Credit Card Reform Fears Never Materialized
Despite these encouraging developments, debt remains a weighty financial burden for millions of Americans
Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist
Consumers benefited while issuers continued to profit. At the same time, the nation’s top five credit card issuers – who accounted for more than half of the credit card market with combined portfolios of $475 billion, continued to enjoy net earnings that were significantly higher than those of other commercial banks. Read the complete article
The Emancipation of the Wilmington Ten by Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr.
With 10 courageous strokes of her ink pen, Gov. Beverly Perdue acted to rectify what she described as a case of 'naked racism'
On behalf of the four deceased members of the Wilmington Ten – William “Joe” Wright Jr, Jerry Jacobs, Ann Shepard, and Connie Tindall – and on behalf of six living members of the Wilmington Ten – Wayne Moore, Willie Earl Vereen, Reginald Epps, James McKoy, and Marvin Patrick – I express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all who helped to make this moment possible. Read the complete article
Obama Races Away from the Issue of Race
'This president runs from race like a Black man runs from a cop'
George E. Curry NNPA Columnist
Why couldn’t President Obama utter Dr. King’s name on the day he used the slain civil rights leader’s Bible to be sworn in? On King’s birthday, why couldn’t he be called more than just a preacher? Read the complete article
King’s Greatest Legacy: Seeing Polarization as Progress
Too many King ceremonies indulge too much in the simplistic, feel-good rhetoric
Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist
I’ve always disliked the way Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is often celebrated. Read the complete article
NRA: Hands Off Malia and Sasha Obama
The ad conveniently ignores the fact that the Secret Service is required to protect the president’s children
George E. Curry NNPA Columnist
Just when you think leaders of the National Rifle Association can’t stoop any lower, they keep managing to plunge even deeper. This time, they have strayed way over the line of respectability by using Malia and Sasha’s enrollment in Sidwell Friends, a private Quaker school, to malign President Obama over his proposal to place limits on the sale of assault rifles and expand background checks. Read the complete article
Technology: the New Frontier of Inequality or the New American Promise?
Speech for The 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast in Portland
Dr. Irma McClaurin
Dr. Irma McClaurin’s keynote speechat the Skanner Foundation's 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration scholarship breakfast. held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Portland Read the complete article
Kevin Powell: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Would Hardly Recognize America in 2013
In celebration of his legacy, let's treat each other with humanity and compassion
Kevin Powell Special to CNN
(CNN) -- The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would hardly recognize America in 2013, the 50th anniversary year of his world-famous "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Read the complete article
Ask President Obama to "Create a Marshall Plan for Black America"
African Americans are in economic crisis: Take action today by signing our petition
Bernie Foster Of The Skanner News
Black America is in crisis and needs an economic development plan. Sign our "We The People..." petition and ask President Obama to Create a Marshall Plan for Black America. Read the complete article
How Mental Health Services Make Schools Safer
Former psychologist at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., speaks out
By Cathy Paine for CNN
I received the emergency call at 8:14 a.m. on May 21, 1998.Eighteen minutes earlier, a 15-year-old student had entered Thurston High School armed with two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle, and in a matter of seconds, killed two students and wounded 25 more, some sustaining life-long injuries. Read the complete article
Actual Corporate Taxes: The Easiest Way to Bring in Hundreds of Billions of Dollars in Revenue
'No American company should be able to avoid paying its fair share of taxes by moving jobs and profits overseas'
Last January, when our documentary film, We’re Not Broke, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, we were elated. The film’s message about how multinational corporations are cheating the American people out of desperately needed tax revenue to the tune of $100 billion a year was sure to reach the masses. Read the complete article