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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL BY JAMES CLINGMAN: Who can we turn to politically?

 “Who can I turn to, when nobody needs me? My heart wants to know, and so I must go where destiny leads me.” Listening to an old album by the Temptations, “In a Mellow Mood,” made me think about the political trick-bag Black folks are in now that Barack is on his way out and the focus is on 2016 presidential candidates. I thought about how Black folks are nowhere in the political conversation, neither on th ...

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UNCW to host JazzFest March 27-29

By Ann Seymour, Events Coordinator, UNCW Department of Music   WILMINGTON, N.C. (March 16, 2015) -- Spring is on the way and so is UNCW’s annual festival celebrating the rich tradition of jazz and its future. The festival features two evenings of guest concerts and a closing concert by high school students.   Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, an alumnus of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and charter member ...

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Ask Alma

  BY ALMA GILL NNPA COLUMNIST Long distant lover I am a 50-year-old field service engineer who travels 75 percent of the year for work. I love my job and appreciate the opportunity that I am able to travel around the world.  No, I’m not in the military, so I can pick and choose where I decide to reside long term. Basically, the problem is maintaining long distant relationships with my family, friends a ...

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188 years of Black Press excellence in USA

 BY DR. BENJAMIN CHAVIS   In recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), I believe it is important to emphasize both the historical and contemporary mission, value and success of the Black Press in America. For the past 188 years Black Americans have labored diligently and responsibly to publish and distribute Black-owned newspapers in the interests of m ...

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State Briefs, March 19, 2015

    SENS. BURR AND TILLIS  AMONG THE 47 GOP’ERS WHO SIGNED IRAN LETTER [WASHINGTON, D.C] Among the 47 Republican US senators who signed and sent a  open letter to  the Iranian government in hope of crippling Pres. Obama’s negotiations over their nuclear capabilities, were North Carolina senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. Burr is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The letter, sp ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL BY REV. JESSE JACKSON, Selma’s lesson: The struggle continues

BY REV. JESSE JACKSON President Obama marked the 50th anniversary of Selma by celebrating the ordinary heroes who sacrificed so much to make America better. Noting that nearly 100 members of Congress were in the audience, he urged them to return to Washington to strengthen the Voting Rights Act, weakened by the ill-considered decision of five conservative Supreme Court Justices in Shelby County v. Holder.  ...

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The internet at a crossroads

BY HARRY ALFORD The communications network of the National Black Chamber of Commerce has evolved along with the Internet. When we first started back in the late 1980s, we would write and print out letters through a pinwheel printer. To print out 50 copies of a letter would take about an hour. Then, we would mail the 50 letters and wait a couple of days for them to reach our database. Before long, we would d ...

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Systematic racism in America

BY DR. BENJAMIN CHAVIS, JR. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) report on the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department sheds a brighter light on a serious racial injustice malignancy that is not isolated or unique to that besieged city. What the Justice Department concluded in Ferguson, after months of intense investigation, exposes a systematic pattern of injustice and inequality that can actually be found in many ...

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LBJ’s defenders cheapen his accomplishments

BY GEORGE CURRY Lyndon B. Johnson has done more to help African Americans and poor people than any modern president. But his defenders are cheapening his legacy by inflating his accomplishments, which is an insult to the people – Black and White – who lost their lives fighting for civil rights. The first and most obnoxious example of a LBJ supporter becoming unhinged is Joseph A. Califano, Jr., President Jo ...

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