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BY ALMA GILL, NNPA COLUMNIST A Tough Call  Dear Alma, I’m friends with my next door neighbor. She’s not my BFF, but we hang from time to time. Her husband is in the military and she doesn’t have family in the area. She and I have a lot in common — we’re around the same age and like the same things. She has a son, and I have a daughter. The kids both go to the same high school. Yesterday my neighbor stopped ...

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RALEIGH, N.C. - As he enters the second half of his term this week, Governor Pat McCrory is facing allegations of ethics violations. Progress North Carolina Action has filed an ethics complaint against the governor, accusing him of failing to disclose ownership of stock in Duke Energy, failing to report income from, and failing to report he was on the board of Progress North Carolina Acti ...

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OUR VOICE, “Is Obama trying to kill Black colleges?” by George Curry

  Is Barack Obama, the nation’s first African American president, trying to kill Historically Black Colleges and Universities? If he’s not, he’s going to have a difficult time convincing HBCU presidents, trustees and alumni. Surprisingly, Obama has become their worst nightmare. Neither Obama, the First Lady, the Secretary of Education or the president’s closest advisers attended an HBCU and, consequent ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL BY GEORGE CURRY, “Ed Brooke doesn’t get his due”

Sandwiched between the deaths of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and popular ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott, the passing of former Massachusetts Senator Edward W. Brooke III at the age of 95 did not get nearly the attention it deserved. Though two African Americans were elected to the U.S. Senate during the Reconstruction Era by the Mississippi legislature – Hiram R. Revels and Blanche K. Bruce, both Repub ...

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FROM NEWSWIRE REPORTS Questions continue to be raised by the family of 17-year old Lennon Lacy, who was found hanging from a swing set from a dog leash and a belt in Bladenboro, N.C. Now reportedly his 32-year old girlfriend, Michelle Brimhall, has gone into hiding. Reports confirm that Brimhall’s parents have acknowledged that their daughter has a drug problem. They also indicated that they haven’t heard f ...

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BY ALMA GILL NNPA COLUMNIST Friend won’t let go of ex Dear Alma, My friend is a single mother. Her husband left her and their three children to be with a younger woman he had been working with. He said the new woman was his soul mate. My friend was devastated and I understand. It’s been almost a year now and she still continues to spiral into a deep depression. Now I can hardly recognize her.  She had kinda ...

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Movie Review: ‘Top Five’

BY DWIGHT BROWN NNPA FILM CRITIC   Chris Rock recently hosted “Saturday Night Live.” During the show’s normal intro section, he did around 10 minutes of standup. One of the targets of his wicked humor was the new World Trade Center. He said he would never go in it. There were audible gasps, and a bit of controversy followed. Some weren’t amused that he had the audacity to say what people think. That’s ...

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OUR VOICE, GUEST EDITORIAL, Mr. President: Come to Ferguson, MO

BY REV. JESSE JACKSON, SR. Ferguson is too important to be treated on the margins.  It is too important to lead the news one day, and disappear the next.  The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the police response to the demonstrations that followed, the horror of a clearly biased prosecutor driving a grand jury to fail to make an indictment – all this isn’t simply about Ferguson.  There is a Ferguson i ...

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Nobody Knows the Trouble We’ve Seen

  BY DR. BENJAMIN F. CHAVIS, JR. Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen Nobody knows my sorrow Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen Glory hallelujah! Those are the opening lyrics to “Nobody knows the trouble  I’ve seen,” a spiritual with roots  as a slave song. It was originally called, “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Had.” The enormously gifted Marian Anderson popularized “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen” ...

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