Nation and The World

v27_andy_youngATLANTA (NNPA) – Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and Danny J. Bakewell, Sr., the National Newspaper Publishers Association chairman emeritus and executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the LA Watts Times, were presented with NNPA's Legacy of Excellence Awards last Friday night in recognition of their lifelong work, courage, commitment, sacrifice and achievements.

The awards were presented here as part of NNPA's annual convention. Both recipients were loudly applauded and given a standing ovation in recognition of their sterling achievements.

v25_nw_sealsAmericans have heard about them on TV news and seen them featured in movies. Yet most people don’t even know whether they’ve ever met one in real life.

They are portrayed in the media as secretive, rugged, and brave. In recent history, they are credited as the stealth fighting force that took out al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, the master mind of 9-11.

v23_nw_mt_rushmorelMount Rushmore is a popular tourist attraction with 60-foot-tall faces of four former presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln—carved into the granite stone in South Dakota’s Black Hills, which the Sioux tribes consider to be sacred and to which they have territorial claims based on an 1868 treaty. ‘It should have never been taken, nor should have been made a national monument with four presidents that fostered nothing but hatred and contempt towards Native people.’ — Jay Winter Nightwolf, host of the “American Indian Truths”

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v23_black_youthMainstream media often portray African-American youths, especially black men and boys, as criminals, crime victims and predators. These stereotypes, according to social justice advocates, can create a racially charged atmosphere that results in violence such as the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

v22_mississippiMichael McIntosh couldn’t believe what he was hearing. He had come to visit his son at the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility near Jackson, Miss., only to be turned away. His son wasn’t there.

“I said, ‘Well, where is he?’ They said, ‘We don’t know.’”

Thus began a search for his son Mike that lasted more than six weeks. Desperate for answers, he repeatedly called the prison and the Mississippi Department of Corrections. “I was running out of options. Nobody would give me an answer, from the warden all the way to the commissioner.”

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v20_fp_world_bankNigeria’s candidate for the presidency of the World Bank, Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, enjoyed the support of the African Union, Brazil, and South Africa but it was not enough to defeat the U.S. pick - Jim Yong Kim – for the powerful global finance position.

Kim’s selection was announced this week, ending a tight race between the developing world candidate with years of World Bank experience and a candidate endorsed by Washington, Europe and Japan.

v13_women_blacks_social_activism_articleIn celebration of Women’s History Month and the 185th Anniversary of the Black Press, leading pioneers in education, civil rights, politics, and media gathered at the National Press Club in Washington to honor the significant contributions Blacks have made and continue to make to society.

The forum entitled, “Stateswomen for Justice: From Whence We’ve Come, Where We Are, Where We Must Go from Here” addressed issues of leadership and the visionary solutions needed to propel African-Americans into the future.

v11_gun_sales_increaseGun sales are booming.

Enthusiasts are stocking up on guns and ammunition, and some in the industry are wondering whether sales are spiking as they did after Democrat Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008.

That rush created a nationwide shortage.

v8_selma_marchA commemoration of the 1965 March from Selma to Montgomery will take place March 4-9, led by the National Action Network.

With a potential 5 million voters being affected by prospective new laws in 34 states, the Rev. Al Sharpton says his Selma to Montgomery march to be held March 4-9, aims to expose what appears to be a goal of disenfranchisement in the Nov. 6 election.

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v8_texas_round_upHOUSTON, Texas – The City of Houston Police Department will be among more than 260 law enforcement jurisdictions across Texas, and 65 in the Gulf Coast region alone, that will be participating in the “2012 Great Texas Warrant Round-Up.”HPD and the Harris County Constables will join other regional participants in this statewide annual event, which officially begins Saturday, February 25, 2012, to look for individuals with outstanding warrants.


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