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Black Unemployment Rate Climbs to 12.4 Percent

by Frederick H. Lowe

(TriceEdney) - The nation's nonfarm businesses hired 192,000 workers in March, but the overall seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for African Americans rose to 12.4 percent compared to 12 percent in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning.

The jobless rate for Black men 20 years old and old was 12.1 percent in March compared to 12.9 percent in February. read more

Major Reparations Conference Set for Chicago

by Frederick H. Lowe

(TriceEdney) - Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, will deliver the keynote address at a one-day conference in Chicago that is being held in the wake of 14 Caribbean nations demanding reparations and an apology from European countries for the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Prime Minister Gonsalves said reparations represent the last stage of colonialism and the first step of social and economic development for Caribbean countries, the site of a large number of slave revolts. read more

Zero-Tolerance Policies Turn Black Students into Zeroes

by Frederick H. Lowe

(TriceEdney) - African-American boys and girls are suspended from the nation's public schools in greater numbers than any other racial and ethnic group even in preschool, according to U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights report released on Friday.

The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Justice Department reported that African-American students were 16 percent of the student population during the 2011-2012 school year, but black boys received 20 percent of out-of-school suspensions and black girls received 12 percent. read more

The Cost of Getting Old

by James Clingman

(TriceEdney) - We are at a critical stage in the economy when “more than one-third of workers (36 percent) have a measly $1,000 saved for their later years,” according to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

“Compare that to the 28% of workers who said they had $1,000 saved in last year's survey, and the picture gets a little more grim,” the article continued. The report refers to all workers; that 36 percent likely skyrockets when applied to Black people. You know what happens when America gets a cold—we get pneumonia. read more

Attention Please

By Julianne Malveaux

(TriceEdney) - If you missed the news about the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean you must have been buried in sand. For two weeks we have been bombarded with theories – was it terrorism? Pilot error? Something else? Now the story has evolved. Were pieces of the plane found? Is everyone dead? How do the families of the presumed dead feel? (This is a really stupid question. How does the clueless reporter asking such a question think the people feel)? read more

Ted Nugent - A White Supremacist; Not a Racist

By A. Peter Bailey

(TriceEdney) - When Ted Nugent, who has called President Obama, among other things, a “sub-human mongrel” because of his racial background and a “racist” because he said that “if I had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin,” says he’s not a racist I believe him. read more

5-year-old Anala Beevers is Not Just cute, She is a Genius

By Michael Patrick Welch

(TriceEdney) -- With an IQ higher than 145, 5-year-old Anala Beevers of New Orleans has been accepted into the Mensa Society. The exclusive high-IQ club accepts only those who score at the 98th percentile on an IQ test.
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U. S. Holds Confab in Nigerian Capital While Attacks Escalate in North

(TriceEdney) – As Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Bureau of African Affairs, makes her third trip to Nigeria since assuming her post in August, a bloodbath is occurring in northern Nigeria where a state of emergency was imposed almost nine months ago.
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Who should be afraid?

In the years after enslavement ended, Southern Whites did all they could to return to a manner of slavery. No White person “owned” a Black person, but many behaved as if they did. Theoretically Blacks were free to come and go as they pleased, but if they went to the wrong store, sat in the wrong part of the bus, or failed to yield narrow sidewalks to Whites, they could practically expect a physical confrontation. All a White woman had to do was cry “rape” and a Black man (and usually the wrong man) was beaten or lynched. Whites expected deference from Black people, and when they didn’t get it, they demanded it with physical threats or worse. read more

U. S. Spending Extraordinary Amounts on ‘Guard Labor’

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

(TriceEdney) - America’s gun culture costs lives and feeds our fears. Consider the most recent injustice in Florida, the verdict in the Michael Dunn case, and the most recent news about America’s “guard labor.”

In Jacksonville, Fla., Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, was aggravated by the loud rap music coming from an SUV filled with four black teenagers in a convenience store parking lot. An exchange of insults ensued. Dunn, who was armed and clearly dangerous, claimed that he was threatened by Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old high school senior, and later claimed he saw the barrel of a shotgun coming from the SUV. There was no shotgun; no other witness saw anything that might resemble a shotgun. Dunn opened his door and fired 10 shots into the SUV as it drove away, killing Jordan Davis. Dunn then drove away without calling the cops, and without ever mentioning that the boys had a shotgun. read more

Nagin - Guilty of Corruption - to be Sentenced June 11

(TriceEdney) - Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin has made history by becoming the first mayor in New Orleans’ nearly 300-year history to be tried and convicted for a crime committed while in office.

Nagin, a New Orleans businessman and Democrat who famously vowed to root out corruption once elected, was found guilty on 20 of 21 counts in a federal court. He was convicted on one count of conspiracy, five counts of bribery, nine counts of wire fraud, one count of money laundering and four counts of filing a false tax return. read more

Between the Lines of the State of the Union

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III

(Trice Edney) - “Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by – let alone get ahead. And too many still aren’t working at all.” President Barack Obama - State of the Union 2014. read more

Do Americans Still Believe in President Obama?

by Kelly-Ann Brown

(TriceEdney) - In the wake of President Obama’s State of the Union Address, it remains unclear whether or not US voters are receptive to his plans for the nation’s future.

The President addressed the United States Congress with passionate plan for the future, promising a “year of action”. However his fifth State of the Union address was unable to capture the hearts of the American people as it had in the past. read more

Grand Jury Indicts Cop in Shooting Death of an Unarmed Black Motorist Seeking Help

By Frederick H. Lowe

(TriceEdney) - A North Carolina grand jury has indicted a police officer in the shooting death of an African-American motorist, who was seeking help following a traffic accident, Roy Cooper, North Carolina Attorney General, said in a statement to The NorthStar News & Analysis. read more

Rights Activist Enters Race for South African Presidency

By Rush Perez

(TriceEdney/Global Information Network) - The largest opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has announced that anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele will be their Presidential candidate for this year’s elections which take place in April. Helen Zille, the president of the DA, stated that there was “no better person” for the Presidential nomination. read more

State of the Union Promises 'Year of Action'; But Did Speech Say Enough?

By Hazel Trice Edney

(TriceEdney) – Finally. That was the general sentiment expressed by Black economic activists in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union (SOU) speech – a speech that surpassed previous SOU's in dealing with economic woes that disparately affect African-Americans and other people of color. read more

Post-Katrina New Orleans: Fired Teachers Win Appeal

By Fritz Esker

(TriceEdney/Louisiana Weekly) -The Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal has unanimously ruled that approximately 7,000 teachers and school employees were wrongfully terminated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Teachers filed suit against the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Education after they lost their jobs post-Katrina and then were not given first crack at new job opportunities that arose once schools began reopening. A bench verdict from Civil District Court Judge Ethel Simms Julien ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in 2012 and on Wednesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal mostly confirmed the ruling. Certain deductions were made related to plaintiffs’ lost wages, but the overall result was a victory for the plaintiffs. read more

Woman President to Lead Embattled Central African Republic

(TriceEdney/Global Information Network) – To the sound of cheers from the National Assembly building, the Transitional National Council of the Central African Republic on Monday tapped Catherine Samba-Panza, mayor of the capital city of Bangui, to be the country’s interim President and first woman to hold the post. read more

National NAACP Chair Sticks With Her Boss' Racism

By Joey Matthews

(TriceEdney) - The chair of the national NAACP had a grand opportunity to publicly denounce discrimination issues related to Bon Secours. Instead, Roslyn M. Brock embraced Bon Secours at a Richmond, Va. event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Bon Secours vice president called the health care giant “my family.” Brock has come under fire for supporting Bon Secours’ racist practices related to the Washington professional football team and its discriminatory training camp deal in Richmond. Bon Secours paid $6.4 million to sponsor the training camp that carries the racist and derogatory nickname of the D.C. team. read more

Africa Was a Point of Pride for Dr. King

By Rush Perez

(TriceEdney) – At a speaking engagement at Western Michigan University on Dec. 18, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recalled his first trip to Africa with his wife Coretta to attend the independence day celebration of the new nation of Ghana. The couple was invited by the new President, Kwame Nkrumah.

“We were very happy about the fact there were now eight independent countries in Africa,” he said. “But since that night in March, 1957, some twenty-seven new independent nations have come into being in Africa. This reveals to us that the old order of colonialism is passing away, and the new order of freedom and human dignity is coming into being.” read more

A Domestic Crisis on the World’s Stage

By Marc H. Morial

(TriceEdney) - “We live in a world where the 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the world’s population. In the United States, the increase in the income share of the top one percent is at its highest level since the eve of the Great Depression.” Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International

“Income inequality” has become the political buzzword of 2014. President Obama, most recently in this week’s State of the Union Address, has made it a central theme of his second term. Both progressive Democrats and conservative Republicans in Congress are making it a focus of this year’s mid-term elections, and leading voices for human rights have called on government and business leaders to take immediate action to close the income gap for the sake of long-term economic and social stability. read more

The Next Generation

By William Spriggs

(TriceEdney) - My "day" job is to train the next generation at Howard University and students who hopefully can fulfill the legacy of the likes of David Dinkins, Elijah Cummings and Kamala Harris. February is normally a month to look back at because it is Black History Month. But I like to think of it as a time to look ahead, especially to the next generation of black leadership.

Last week, during his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said it was time to give America a raise. He announced he was doing his part, requiring new federal contractors to pay workers a minimum of $10.10 an hour. He called on Congress to follow the lead of local communities like SeaTac, Wash., and states like California that took big steps last year to raise the wages of America's workers. read more

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