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  • Biden, Harris Invited to NNPA Convention as Black Press Celebrates 197 Years, Addresses Voter Turnout and Empowering Black Communities

    Stacy M. Brown|May 30, 2024

    The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) will host its annual national convention from June 19 to 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. The NNPA is the trade association of the more than 250 African American-owned newspapers and media companies that comprise the Black Press of America. This year's event, themed "Empowering Black Press, Communities, Families, and Voter Turnout," marks the Black Press's 197th anniversary, just three years shy of its bicentennial. The Black Press was...

  • More than 77,000 Sign Petition for Justices Alito and Thomas to Recuse in Capitol Attack Cases

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA - National Correspondent|May 23, 2024

    A petition calling for conservative Supreme Court Justices and noted Donald Trump supporters Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas to recuse themselves from major cases related to the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack has amassed 77,000 signatures as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 21. Following a report from The New York Times that highlighted potential conflicts of interest for the conservative justices, MoveOn launched the petition. The Times reported that an upside-down American flag, a symbol associated...

  • Vice President Kamala Harris Announces Nationwide Economic Opportunity Tour

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|May 2, 2024

    Vice President Kamala Harris has announced a nationwide Economic Opportunity Tour to spotlight the Biden-Harris Administration's efforts to foster economic growth, build wealth, and ensure American prosperity. The tour, which will begin with a moderated conversation in Atlanta on April 29, will see the Vice President visiting several states to emphasize the administration's commitment to creating an economy where every person can thrive. A subsequent event is scheduled for Detroit, with more dat...

  • President Biden Unveils Sweeping Student Loan Relief Plans, Targeting Racial Disparities

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National News Correspondent|Apr 18, 2024

    President Joe Biden has announced comprehensive plans to provide substantial relief to borrowers, particularly those from marginalized communities disproportionately burdened by debt. The proposed measures, announced on Monday, April 8, would represent a significant step towards making higher education more accessible and equitable for millions of Americans. Despite Republican opposition and a previous rejection by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Biden-Harris administration is implementing yet...

  • Outcry Grows Over Gaza Airstrike, Biden Urges Swift Ceasefire in Statement

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    The most recent Israeli airstrike, which victimized a World Central Kitchen-operated aid convoy, has sparked international outrage and increased calls for an immediate ceasefire as tensions between Israel and Gaza rise. The attack, resulting in the deaths of seven humanitarian workers, has drawn condemnation from global leaders and humanitarian organizations, highlighting the pressing need to halt the violence and protect innocent lives. The aid workers, representing multiple nationalities,...

  • Beloved Actor and Activist Louis Gossett Jr. Dies at 87

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National News Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    Louis Gossett Jr., the groundbreaking actor whose career spanned over five decades and who became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his memorable role in "An Officer and a Gentleman," has died. Gossett, who was born on May 27, 1936, in Brooklyn, N.Y., was 87. Recognized early on for his resilience and nearly unmatched determination, Gossett arrived in Los Angeles in 1967 after a stint on Broadway. He sometimes spoke of being pulled over by law...

  • U.S. Citizens Flee Haiti Amidst Escalating Chaos: Global Concerns Mount

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Mar 21, 2024

    Amidst escalating turmoil in Haiti, a recent exodus of U.S. citizens fleeing the violence underscores broader concerns about the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Caribbean nation. As conflict rages on in regions like the Middle East and Eastern Europe, voices like Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., President of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, emphasize the need for global attention to the suffering of people worldwide, including those in Haiti. "A lot of people are concerned about...

  • Senate Leaders and Civil Rights Advocates Unite to Reinforce Voting Protections

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Mar 14, 2024

    In a press briefing on Thursday, February 29, Senate leaders, alongside civil rights advocates, announced the reintroduction of S.4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, aimed at safeguarding voting rights and fortifying the nation's democratic foundations. According to U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on March 12 to discuss the growing threats to voting rights and the need for federal voting safeguards. Leaders said as...

  • Vice President Kamala Harris Joins Annual Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Honors Legacy of Bloody Sunday

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National News Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    To help commemorate the 59th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Vice President Kamala Harris stood alongside activists and community leaders on the iconic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where she used the occasion to mark history and to call for a ceasefire in the Middle East. "People in Gaza are starving. The conditions are inhumane, and our common humanity compels us to act," the vice president declared to cheers. "The Israeli government must do more to significantly increase the flow of a...

  • Biden Administration Takes Step to Curb Credit Card Fees, Bridge Racial Disparities

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National News Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    In a move to confront racial disparities in credit terms, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposal to cap credit card late fees at $8, challenging the longstanding issue of "junk fees" that disproportionately affect people of color and minorities. The ambitious plan, announced on Tuesday, March 5, aims not only to alleviate immediate financial burdens for consumers but also addresses the systemic inequities faced by those residing in predominantly Black or African American and Hispanic o...

  • Historic White House Gathering Celebrates Descendants of Civil Rights Icons

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Feb 15, 2024

    In a Black History Month event at the White House on Tuesday, Feb. 13, Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the descendants of some of the most influential civil rights leaders from the 1950s and '60s, along with other foundational historical figures. The gathering marked the first time many of those families convened in the same room. Prominent figures such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Emmett Till, Thomas Jefferson, and Sall...

  • NNPA's Historic Town Hall Sparks Dialogue on Strengthening Black-Jewish Relations Amid Rising Hate

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Feb 8, 2024

    The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) orchestrated a transformative Town Hall between Black and Jewish leaders at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, creating a pivotal moment during the trade association's 2024 Midwinter Training Conference. The NNPA is a trade association representing the more than 250 African American-owned newspapers and media companies that comprise the original Black Press of America. The objective of the...

  • Three Black U.S. Army Reservists Killed in Drone Attack Near Syrian Border

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Feb 1, 2024

    Three Black American reservists from the 926th Engineer Brigade, based at Fort Moore, Georgia, lost their lives in a drone attack on a U.S. base near the Jordan-Syria border. Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh identified the fallen soldiers as Sgt. William Jerome Rivers, 46, of Carrollton, Georgia; Spc. Kennedy Ladon Sanders, 24, of Waycross, Georgia; and Spc. Breonna Alexsondria Moffett, 23, of Savannah, Georgia. The tragedy occurred at the logistics support base at Tower 22 of the...

  • Report Reveals Racial Wealth Gap Widens in the United States

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    A new report from WalletHub, a personal finance website, has found that the racial wealth gap in the United States is alive and well. The report, titled "2024's States with the Biggest & Smallest Wealth Gaps by Race/Ethnicity," compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 21 key metrics, ranging from the median household income gap to the unemployment rate gap. The report found that the median household wealth for Black Americans is just $14,100, compared to $187,300 for...

  • NNPA 2024 Annual Mid-Winter Conference to Empower Black America

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) is gearing up for its 2024 Annual Mid-Winter Training Conference, which begins on Wednesday, January 24, at the B Ocean Resort and Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Representing 250 African American-owned newspapers and media companies in the United States, NNPA's theme for this year's conference is "Empowering in 2024: The Black Press, The Black Vote, and Black America." The four-day interchange promises attendees valuable insights into...

  • Biden Takes Aim at Excessive Bank Charges

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Jan 25, 2024

    President Biden has announced a proposal to dramatically reduce the cost of overdrawing a bank account. The initiative targets what it views as unnecessary financial burdens on consumers, particularly those living paycheck to paycheck. The proposed regulation could cap the overdrawn account fee at $3, which would represent a significant difference from the current banking landscape where fees can soar to as much as $39. "When companies sneak hidden junk fees into families' bills, it can take...

  • Civil Rights Leaders 2024 Insights on Martin Luther King's Courage

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Jan 18, 2024

    During his short life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stepped on all kinds of powerful toes in his fight for civil rights, and he was a courageous and determined leader who refused to let prison or violence sway his end mission. He also never lost sight of the fact that civil rights-addressing racial and economic injustice-were inextricable from liberation, freedom, equality, and world peace. As the founding leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Dr. King led a nonviolent...

  • President Biden Accelerates Student Debt Relief with Early Implementation of SAVE Plan

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Jan 18, 2024

    The president asserted that his administration's SAVE plan has helped 3.6 million Americans by canceling their student debt. Again, attempting to fulfill a key promise made during his 2020 campaign, President Joe Biden announced the accelerated implementation of a crucial provision under the Student Aid for Voluntary Education (SAVE) plan. The president reaffirmed his commitment to reforming the student loan system and ensuring that higher education remains a pathway to the middle class, "not a...

  • Harvard President Claudine Gay Resigns Amidst Scandals and Plagiarism Allegations

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Jan 11, 2024

    Harvard President Claudine Gay has resigned, making her tenure the shortest in the university's history. The decision comes after just six months and two days in office, amidst mounting allegations of plagiarism and criticism over her handling of antisemitism issues on campus. Harvard University spokesperson Jonathan L. Swain declined to comment on Gay's decision, but Harvard's official student newspaper confirmed the move. The first Black president in the storied university's nearly 400-year...

  • Three Years After January 6th Attack on Capitol:

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Jan 11, 2024

    The United States Attorney's Office is marking the third anniversary of the unprecedented attack on the U.S. Capitol, which shook the nation and much of the world when supporters of the twice-impeached and now four-times indicted former President Donald Trump stormed the building and disrupted a joint session of Congress where members were attempting to affirm the results of the 2020 presidential election. "In the wake of this historic event, the U.S. government has been tirelessly working to in...

  • Biden Commutes Sentences and Pardons Marijuana Offenses in Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Jan 4, 2024

    In what the White House called a decisive move echoing the core tenet of equal justice under law, President Joe Biden announced a set of substantial clemency actions aimed at addressing glaring disparities within the U.S. criminal justice system. The president, underscoring bipartisan consensus on the need for a fair and unbiased legal framework, declared a series of important measures toward realizing the promise of equal justice in American communities. "I am announcing additional steps I am...

  • President Biden Celebrates Black Small Business Boom, Announces New Investments

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Dec 21, 2023

    During President Biden's visit to the Wisconsin Black Chamber of Commerce today, he showcased the unprecedented growth of Black small business ownership under his administration. In a press call, top White House officials attributed the surge in Black entrepreneurship, the fastest in 30 years, to Bidenomics, which the president pledged would receive further support through new investments targeting underserved communities. Hero Plumbing, a Black-owned business in Milwaukee dedicated to removing...

  • Vice President Kamala Harris Makes History in Senate with 32nd Tie-Breaking Vote

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA|Dec 7, 2023

    On Tuesday, Dec. 5, Vice President Kamala Harris broke the previous record set by John C. Calhoun in the 19th century for the most tie-breaking votes cast in the U.S. Senate. Harris has now cast 32 tie-breaking votes, eclipsing Calhoun's record of 31 during his tenure as vice president from 1825 to 1832. The latest tiebreaker occurred during the confirmation of Loren Alikhan as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia. As vice president, Harris serves as the president of the Senate,...

  • Judge Awards Aretha Franklin's Property to Her Sons

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Nov 30, 2023

    A Michigan judge has allocated properties owned by the late legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin to her sons based on a 2014 handwritten will discovered between couch cushions. The decision came after a jury in the Detroit area affirmed the document's validity four months ago, despite its somewhat messy appearance. The ruling replaces a prior 2010 handwritten will that had surfaced earlier in the estate proceedings. The judge's ruling outlines that Kecalf Franklin will inherit a property...

  • Vice President Harris Announces Commitments Exceeding $900 Million for the Women in the Sustainable Economy Initiative

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National News Correspondent|Nov 30, 2023

    Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday announced the Women in the Sustainable Economy (WISE) Initiative, which the White House says supports the 2023 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) theme of "Creating a Resilient and Sustainable Future for All." Its goal is to strengthen women's economic empowerment globally. The initiative contains over $900 million in commitments from governments, private sector companies, foundations, and civil society. The funds will bolster women's economic parti...

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