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Black Billionaire Adopts Morehouse’s 135th Graduating Class
5/29/2019 6:43:16 PM

More bold actions needed to abate the nation’s $1.5 trillion debt crisis   By Charlene Crowell   The annual season of college commencements have a unique way of bringing together multiple generations of families in celebration. For the 135th graduating class of Atlanta’s Morehouse College, commencement marked another event that was as unexpected as it was generous.  Robert F. Smith, the event’s speaker who is also Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, announced he would pay the entire class’ student loan debts. This unprecedented...

Forget the Adversity Score, Just Dump the SAT
5/29/2019 6:34:46 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   The College Board, the organization that develops and administers the SAT test, has developed a new “adversity score” to augment the widely used college admissions examination. The fact that the College Board has had to create an “adversity score” is reason enough to discard the badly flawed SAT test, a test that many consider racially biased, and that only measures the likelihood of first-year college success. In other words, it measures the accumulated advantages that some students have over others because of the quality of their...

Remembering Unita Blackwell
5/29/2019 6:33:23 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   I was deeply sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Mayor Unita Blackwell. She was one of a kind. She was always laughing and making other people laugh and she never stopped growing, learning, rolling with the punches, and punching back when she had to. As a civil rights activist, a member of the executive committee of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party along with Fannie Lou Hamer, and the first Black woman mayor in Mississippi, Unita achieved many “firsts.” She was elected mayor of Mayersville, Mississippi in 1976 and served for more...

Prevent Long Hot Summer of Violence in America
5/29/2019 6:28:49 PM

By Russell Simmons Exclusive to the NNPA Newswire   Across the nation and throughout the world, millions of people are still morning the tragic and senseless killing of our Brother Nipsy Hustle. We are again reminded of the terrible sickness of violence in communities across the United States. We should not wait for another one of our hero’s to be killed before we stand up to take action to prevent this plague of violence from continuing. Nipsy was a great example of what can happen when a young man from our community puts his head down and transcends the traps that are...

Jamestown to Jamestown: Commemorating 400 Years of the African Diaspora Experience
5/22/2019 10:24:19 AM

By Vanessa Mbonu   NAACP—History commonly points to late August in the year 1619 when some “20 and odd Negroes” originating from Angola arrived in the British colony of Jamestown, Virginia as the first documented enslaved Africans to land in what is now The United States of America. Fast forward to 2019 through the continued metamorphosis of the African American, we mark the 400th anniversary of our arrival as men and women still fighting for equal rights, justice and freedom. Our resilience is unmatched. To commemorate the 400-year anniversary of the first...

‘Black Girl Magic’: Black Women Lawyers Freed 17 Inmates Serving Life Sentences, Receive Financing Assistance from Kim Kardashian
5/22/2019 10:16:23 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   “Let’s pause here to give a little credit where credit is due. Freeing 17 prisoners—all of whom were serving life sentences without parole—is impressive and commendable and the result of a campaign—90 Days of Freedom—launched by Kardashian’s attorney, Brittany K. Barnett, a Black woman,” Anne Branigin wrote for The Grapevine. The Decarceration Collective’s MiAngel Cody, another Black female lawyer, also collaborated on the project. “If we wanted to go back even further, it’s worth knowing...

To Commemorate Brown, Support Our Teachers
5/16/2019 11:07:19 AM

By Julianne Malveaux   Sixty-five years ago, the Supreme Court ruled, in the Brown v. Board of Education case, that the Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) doctrine of “separate but equal” was unconstitutional. That ruling ended legal segregation in public facilities, but it did not necessarily accomplish its goals in terms of school desegregation. Indeed, Richard Rothstein, the historian who is a Distinguished Fellow at the Economic Policy Institute and at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, wrote that in 2014, Black students are “more racially and...

Inaugural Grand African Run Announced in Washington
5/16/2019 11:05:57 AM

By Stacy M. Brown   The late South African Leader Nelson Mandela famously noted that sport has the power to change the world, inspire, and unite in a way that little else does. “It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair,” Mandela said during a speech in 2000 in Monaco, France. “It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination,” he said. On Tuesday, April 30, a video of Mandela’s speech was played on a...

‘You Can't Win Like That’
5/16/2019 11:03:57 AM

By Marian Wright Edelman   “I can’t do a lot of the extra stuff that I would like to do for my kids or with my kids because I just can’t afford to. No vacations. There’s not too much going to the movies or little outings. Even getting school uniforms together is expensive. Sometimes they have to wear stuff from last year. I have a lot of guilt because I can’t provide for them the way that I want to.” The Children’s Defense Fund recently released our latest report on Ending Child Poverty Now once again showing just how much poverty is...

Consumer Board Proposes Helping Debt Collectors Instead of Consumers
5/16/2019 10:53:30 AM

By Charlene Crowell   When it comes to personal finance, multiple issues confront consumers every day. From ever-deepening student debt, to denials on mortgage applications, and small-dollar borrowing known as payday loans that come with legal triple-digit interest rates in 33 states -- all contribute to a series of financial challenges. But there is also another form of consumer finance that acts as a kind of glue that affects these and other issues: debt collection. In 2017, The Urban Institute found that 71 million consumers had a debt collection in their credit...