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Volunteers of America Chesapeake collecting backpacks, school supplies for kids in need

Volunteers of America Chesapeake kicks off its Operation Backpack initiative later this month, working to ensure low-income students from around the Baltimore-Washington region have access to supplies they need to be successful in school.

Black families believe racial inequality growing in U.S. schools

Black families overwhelmingly believe that their schools are underfunded, and that racial inequality is growing, according to a poll conducted by The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research firm.

Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

I am a native Washingtonian. I still live on the same street that my parents brought me home to 50 plus years ago. I am a product of D.C. public schools.

Bill Cosby: A big legacy, forever tarnished

For those who grew up with Bill Cosby's comedy, feelings of sadness shouldn't be confused with sympathy in appraising a legacy that -- whatever the eventual outcome of the criminal case against him, in which a jury on Saturday failed ...

Global Response Needed for South Sudan Famine

On February 20, 2017, the United Nations (UN) declared a state of famine in South Sudan. Man-made crisis and conflict had left 4.9 million in need of urgent food assistance and at least 100,000 in immediate danger of death by ...

Maryland taxpayers be warned about phone scam involving certified letters, debit cards

Comptroller Peter Franchot, is warning taxpayers about a new scam linked to the Internal Revenue Services’ Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) in which fraudsters call to demand immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card. The scam is being ...

Hijacking the black media to undermine musicians’ rights

Traditional media has a long history of neglecting the black community, and an equally long history of refusing to give us a fair hearing or equal time.

Making the case for investing in HBCUs

The United Negro College Fund’s (UNCFs) iconic, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste,” advertising campaign remains the gold-standard for shining light on the urgency of investing in black colleges and universities.

Bill Maher, the n-word and how he betrayed black intellectuals

NNPA Columnist Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy.

GOP and identity politics in the black community

The Republican Party continues to miss the mark when it comes to engaging the black community.

Medicare isn't broken; quit trying to fix it

Tens of thousands of seniors owe their lives to Medicare's prescription drug benefit, according to a new study from the University of Illinois.

The Topic of Mental Health Cannot Be Tabled: Why talking about mental health is so important

Unfortunately, there are serious consequences for a lack of treatment. Untreated mental illness can cause further emotional, behavioral or physical health problems. We have seen the impacts of mental illness gone untreated in our veteran and homeless populations. Far too ...

Paging Dr. Siri

Smart-phone apps are about to revolutionize medical care.

Problems with a Carbon Tax

While President Donald Trump wants to cut taxes, there are others who hope to raise them— by taxing carbon.

Ensuring the promise of the Every Student Succeeds Act

During the month of May, many of us celebrated the 63rd anniversary of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision.