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Our queen and our giant in the Black struggle

by Charlene Muhammad and Barrington Salmon

LOS ANGELES—The world is celebrating the life of Aretha Franklin, the incomparable, beloved songstress and Queen of Soul. The 76-year-old passed away in mid-August surrounded by family in her Detroit... »

Murder trial opens: Dallas cop killed Black youth in car driving from scene

by Brian Muhammad | Aug 21, 2018 - 1:03:25 PM

A former Balch Springs, Texas cop who fired bullets into the car of Black teens that included 15-year-old Jordan, is on trial for murder. »

Women winners, progressive challengers and election questions

by Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor- | Aug 15, 2018 - 10:06:32 AM

WASHINGTON—In 1968, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich) said he approached Rep. Adam Clayton Powell (D-N.Y.), the Dean of Black members of Congress with the idea of forming a Congressional Black Caucus. »

Painful deaths, politics and a city in crisis?

by by Bryan Crawford -Contributing Writer- | Aug 14, 2018 - 11:19:10 AM

News headlines described Chicago as a “war zone” after an especially disturbing outbreak of violence and Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson were accused of trying to manage damage control, instead of seeking solutions to a major and deadly problem, by some critics. »

Amid Calls For Shutting Down Asian Salon, Calls For More Thriving Black Businesses

by Janiah Adams And Daleel Muhammad | Aug 14, 2018 - 11:17:22 AM

NEW YORK—Karla Cerrington has never seen business quite like she did the first week of August. Her nail salon, The Nail Belle, off of Malcolm X Blvd in Brooklyn, is located about three to four miles away from New Red Apple Nail Salon, where two Black women were allegedly beaten by Asians following a dispute. »

Family of stabbing victims prepare to file suit and also honored by NBA star

by Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent- | Aug 14, 2018 - 11:16:04 AM

Attorneys for the family of 18-year-old Nia Wilson killed at knife-point in Oakland are preparing to file a lawsuit against BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) for failing to protect its riders. The Arns Law Firm also represents Nia’s sisters, Letifah, also a victim of the attack, and Tashiya. »

Can a sister get paid? Black women at bottom of pay scale

by Barrington M. Salmon -Contributing Writer- | Aug 14, 2018 - 9:34:03 AM

The wage gap is real and stubbornly persistent, especially for Black women. It takes the typical Black American woman 18 months to be paid what the average White man takes home in a year. »

Nature's Wrath or God's Punishment? Calif. ablaze with record-setting destructive wildfires

by Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent- | Aug 14, 2018 - 9:25:01 AM

California Governor Edmund Brown, Jr. declared a state of emergency in Southern California’s Orange and Riverside counties due to the effects of the “Holy Fire,” which has threatened critical infrastructure, thousands of homes and other structures and has caused the evacuation of 20,000 residents so far. »

Spreading the pain to Chicago’s White Side

by by Bryan Crawford -Contributing Writer- | Aug 8, 2018 - 11:59:05 AM

CHICAGO—While the turnout may have been smaller than the anti-government demonstration that shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway last month, the impact and attention that local activists, organizers, pastors and community residents, all of whom are upset and frustrated with violence plaguing the South and West Sides of Chicago, captured should not be understated. »

Pain, loss and fear grandfather was victim of racial violence

by Charlene Muhammad -National Correspondent- | Aug 8, 2018 - 11:57:25 AM

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Family and friends of a beloved grandfather are grappling with his brutal death in a park bathroom during a family outing at Pan American Park. »

New year, old tactics: Memphis police spied on Dr. King yesterday and is spying on activists today

by Donna Muhammad -Contributing Writer- | Aug 8, 2018 - 11:56:38 AM

In the mid-1960s, the Memphis Police Department established a covert domestic intelligence gathering unit, initially, to spy on anti-Vietnam War protestors. But city sanitation workers began to organize in protest of wages and poor, sometimes fatal, working conditions, then-White segregationist Mayor Henry Loeb III, expanded the surveillance. »

Driving Online Activism To Offline Action

by Starla Muhammad -Managing Editor- | Aug 8, 2018 - 11:55:54 AM

Is online activism enough and how can advocates for social justice and community organizers more effectively direct its use into real, substantive difference making in the lives of everyday people? How can social media movements translate into true longstanding change? »

Netflix drama and the targeting of Farrakhan

by Richard B. Muhammad -Editor- | Aug 7, 2018 - 12:37:16 PM

The recent decision by Netflix to cancel a documentary about the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam isn’t really about the movie not being seen. »

Nation of Islam Official Statement on Netflix Cancellation

by Nation of Islam | Aug 1, 2018 - 5:56:32 PM

The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan produced a documentary entitled, “My Life’s Journey Through Music”. As late as July 30, 2018, Netflix published that this documentary would be “Coming August 1” on its media platform. »

Who do you serve, who do you protect?

by by Bryan Crawford -Contributing Writer- | Jul 31, 2018 - 11:13:44 PM

For Black people it has become increasingly difficult—if not impossible—to believe authorities when it comes to police-involved shootings. With the advent of cell phone, surveillance and body cameras worn by police, too often pictures don’t corroborate official stories used to justify the use of deadly force. »


Nature's Wrath or God's Punishment? Calif. ablaze with record-setting destructive wildfires

California Governor Edmund Brown, Jr. declared a state of emergency...

Painful deaths, politics and a city in crisis?

News headlines described Chicago as a “war zone” after an...

In memory of the 'mother and the heartbeat of the revolution'

Winnie Madikizela Mandela, the queen mother in the struggle for...

Netflix drama and the targeting of Farrakhan

The recent decision by Netflix to cancel a documentary about...

Promoting Peace In The Streets - A long road to progress

Twenty-five years ago, former gang members, activists and a few...

Wall Street and the wealthy profiting from police violence

Most American cities and counties routinely buy bonds to cover...

Trump blasted for 'treasonous' Putin summit

Donald Trump called a traitor after meeting with Russia's Putin,...

Shut'em Down! - No More Deaths, No Business As Usual

Activists use civil disobedience in a battle to stop violence...

Whose Independence? - The Fourth of You Lie?

The Fourth of July: whose freedom, whose independence? There is...

Anger, pain, protests rock Pittsburgh after police killing of unarmed Black 17-year-old

The city of Pittsburgh is on edge and boiling hot...

Minister Farrakhan, social media and the awakening of the masses

Social media attacks on the truth and Nation of Islam...

Remembering Louis Farrakhan, Jr. - Brother, Believer, Father, Friend, Soldier

The Nation, family and friends remember the life and contribution...
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