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Obama becoming more outspoken on race

NEWS ANALYSIS By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When President Obama returns to Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. Friday to eulogize Rev. Clementa Pinckney, it will cap a period in which he has become increasingly outspoken on race, even uttering the N-word to make a point about the slow pace of progress in race relations. Commenting on the Charleston tragedy on June 18, Pr ...

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1ST SERVICE HELD AT BLACK CHURCH SINCE 9 SLAYINGS

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Members of a historic black church worshipped at their sanctuary Sunday for the first time since a gunman opened fire at a Bible study, killing nine people, and uniformed police officers stood among the congregation as a measure of added security. The service started with a message of love, recovery and healing, which will no doubt reverberate throughout churches across the country. ...

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Ex-NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal: ‘I identify as black’

By Kiley Armstrong Wire Service Correspondent NEW YORK (AP) -- The NAACP chapter president who resigned after her parents said she is white said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and she "takes exception" to the contention she tried to deceive people. Rachel Dolezal said on NBC's "Today" show that some of the discussion about her ha ...

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Suspect in church shooting had apartheid-era patches

By Meg Kinnard, Mitch Weiss and Jacob Jordan Wire Service Correspondents CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Dylann Storm Roof drove around with a Confederate flag on his license plate - not exactly an unusual sight in the South. But on his Facebook page, he wore a jacket with the flags of the former white-racist regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia. A picture began to emerge Thursday of the 21-year-old white man arres ...

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Black unemployment rises

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After falling into the single digits in April, the Black unemployment rate increased to 10.2 percent in May, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department. The national unemployment rate also increased from 5.4 percent in April to 5.5 percent in May. Most economists attribute the slight uptick in the jobless rate to th ...

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A push to address Black-on-Black violence

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As cities across the country have mobilized massive street protests over police violence and misconduct, a familiar question has been raised by their opponents: Why does violence with-in the Black community garner less concern than police violence? Mapping Police Violence, 304 Black people died at the hands of police last year, 101 of them un ...

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Some prisoners forced to pay for incarceration

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – More than 40 states allow prison and jails to charge in-mates “pay to stay” fees, according to a re-port by the Brennan Center for Justice, a debt burden that reaps billions of dollars for state and local jurisdictions, and disproportionately affects Black inmates and ex-of-fenders. The Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Mo., po ...

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After officer’s acquittal, 2 more cases loom for Cleveland

By Mark Gillispie Wire Service Correspondent CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland emerged unscathed and intact after a day of protests following the acquittal of a white patrolman who had been on trial in the shooting deaths of two unarmed black suspects killed in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire. Officers arrested 71 people the night after the verdict, though there was nothing close to the violence other cities ...

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Gutted Obamacare could hurt GOP

By Ricardo Alonso-Saldivar Wire Service Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) - A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for mil-lions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law. But it's Republicans – not White House officials –who have been talking about damage control. A likely reason: Twenty -six of the 34 states that would be most affected by the ruling have ...

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In Selma, Obama proved he’s ‘Black enough’

The Obama family join hands as they begin the march with the foot soldiers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief SELMA, Ala. (NNPA) – Throughout his campaign for the presidency, Barack Obama was dogged by one question: Is he Black enough? The question was repeated so often that after showing up late for an appearance at the ...

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