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Articles from the October 26, 2023 edition

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  • OP-ED: Early Detection Saved My Life from Prostate Cancer

    David Ford|Oct 26, 2023

    Twice. That is how many times I have had to battle cancer. I still consider myself very fortunate, although surviving a disease that is expected to kill nearly 609,820 Americans this year is not a matter of luck. The fact is that cancer screenings can help save lives. When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I thought my prospects were dire. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer incidence among Black men is more than 70% higher than in White men, and Black men are more than...

  • Senator Laphonza Butler Vows Unwavering Support for the Black Press and Black Communities

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    The Black Press has gained a powerful ally in the U.S. Senate, promising unwavering support for the historic voice of the African American community. Sen. Laphonza Butler (D-CA), appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to complete the late Senator Dianne Feinstein's term, promises to be a transformative force in the United States Congress. During a Zoom call with publishers from the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), Sen. Butler expressed her dedication to ensuring the long-term viability...

  • Secretary Benson statement on Senate passage of voting rights bills

    Oct 26, 2023

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today made the following statement regarding Senate passage of HB 4568, lifting Michigan’s ban on hiring transportation for rides to the polls: “Every Michigander deserves equal access to the ballot. The state’s longstanding ban on hired transportation to the polls unfairly restricted the voting rights of seniors, people with disabilities, young voters, and anyone with transportation challenges. “Today, the Senate passed important legislation to overturn this discriminatory ban. I’m grateful for the leadershi...

  • Shaft Star Richard Roundtree Dead at 81

    Dave Nemetz, Birmingham Times|Oct 26, 2023

    Richard Roundtree, who played the iconic lead character in the 1971 movie Shaft and its sequels, has died at the age of 81. The actor passed away on Tuesday "after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer with his family at his bedside," per our sister site Deadline. "Artists & Representatives Agency mourns the loss of our friend and client Richard Roundtree," the actor's agency said in a statement. "His trailblazing career changed the face of entertainment around the globe and his enduring legacy...

  • Peters Calls for Increase in Funding to Protect Houses of Worship and Other Nonprofits Against Threats Amid Historic Levels of Hate Crimes

    News from US Congress|Oct 26, 2023

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amid a historic rise in hate crimes in the U.S., U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) is calling for additional funding to protect synagogues, mosques, gurdwaras, African-American churches, and other religious or non-profit institutions from potential attacks. Peters – alongside U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) – urged the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to allocate $500 million in funding for the Feder...

  • PARENTS! Put down your phone!

    Guidance Center|Oct 26, 2023

    Average parent spends more time on their devices than they do with their kids There is no shortage of studies showing the ill effects of screen time on young, developing minds. Yet while many parents set rules to limit their kids' electronics time, most aren't doing the best job role modeling themselves. According to research, three out of five American parents admit to spending more time on their electronic devices than their kids. On average, moms and dads spend nearly five hours daily on...

  • Hollywood Stars and Executives Unite in Plea for Hostage Release Amid Israel–Hamas Conflict

    Stacy M. Brown, NNPA National Correspondent|Oct 26, 2023

    A coalition of prominent Hollywood figures, including Chris Rock, Diddy, and Tiffany Haddish, have penned an impassioned letter to President Joe Biden, expressing gratitude for his leadership during the Israel-Hamas conflict. The group of Hollywood power players connected to the recently launched website "No Hostage Left Behind" also urged continued attention to the hostages in Gaza in the letter. The letter opened with a note of relief at the recent release of American and Israeli hostages. It...

  • Scams, fraud take mental-health toll, especially on older adults

    Oct 26, 2023

  • How Families Can Protect Generational Wealth

    Oct 26, 2023

    StatePoint) A home is often the most valuable asset a family can own. It serves as a wealth-generating opportunity for current and future generations as the home's value appreciates over time. Yet, for hundreds of thousands of people who inherited their land and homes from family members, these assets could be at risk. Many families have experienced problems with properties that have been passed down without a will or estate plan. These properties are referred to as heirs' property. If the deed...