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THE NRA’S BLACK FACE

THE NRA’S BLACK FACE

A Texas lawyer who calls himself ‘an urban gun enthusiast’ defends the Second Amendment and gun ownership.  He’s neither old, fat, nor White. BY MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE LOS ANGELES TIMES /MCT HOUSTON ‒ “Colion Noir” belongs to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and owns several guns, including a sleek Glock 17 handgun and a customized AR-15 […]

Courier wins best front-page honor from Florida Press Association

Courier wins best front-page honor from Florida Press Association

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Florida Courier placed third for best front pages in the Florida Press Association’s annual Better Weekly Newspaper Contest. The Courier staff was the third-place winner in the Front Page Makeup category in Division A, which is for newspapers with circulations of 15,000 or more. The first-place winner was the Sarasota Observer; […]

Obama’s Africa trip a delicate dance of diplomacy

Obama’s Africa trip a delicate dance of diplomacy

BY CHRISTI PARSONS TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU/TNS ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – President Barack Obama’s five-day trip to Africa that ended Tuesday with a rousing speech to the continent’s heads of government featured a delicate dance of diplomacy with leaders who have rocky records on human rights and corruption, among the continent’s most pressing problems. The presidents […]

Senate admits election districts are unconstitutional

Senate admits election districts are unconstitutional

BY BRANDON LARRABEE THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE − In what one critic of the Legislature called an “unprecedented admission,” the Florida Senate conceded Tuesday that the chamber’s districts are unconstitutional and should be redrawn in a special session beginning in October. An agreement between the Legislature and a coalition of voting-rights groups and […]

For-profit colleges under fire for recruiting practices

For-profit colleges under fire for recruiting practices

Students allowed to enroll with no proof they finished high school BY MICHAEL VASQUEZ MIAMI HERALD/TNS It’s a term that sounds like a street crime: “Snatch and grab.” At Miami’s FastTrain College, that’s how some employees described the recruiting of students. Prosecutors say FastTrain’s recruiters would drive around poor neighborhoods trying to cajole the men […]

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 263

Random thoughts of a free Black mind, v. 263

Sandra Bland’s “death by cop” − I reviewed the autopsy report, the booking documents, and available court documents. • Time is only of the essence with regard to gathering evidence that can be destroyed, manipulated, despoiled, or that disappears over time. Time is NOT of the essence when it comes to making a conclusion about […]

Church leaders, come out of the closets

Church leaders, come out of the closets

Homosexuals have come out of the closet, while many churches have run into the closets and shut the doors. An overstatement? Maybe. But there is much dissatisfaction within Black church circles that many of their leaders are remaining silent and accepting the U.S. Supreme Court’s scandalous redefinition of marriage. There is also silence as more […]

Obama takes prison reform ‘con’ on the road

Obama takes prison reform ‘con’ on the road

President Obama last week took his criminal justice con game into the U.S. prison system, home to one out of eight incarcerated persons in the world. On any given day, about 80,000 inmates are held in solitary confinement, some of them for decades. Obama proclaimed that’s not a “smart” thing to do, and ordered his […]

The reality of Obama’s Iran deal

The reality of Obama’s Iran deal

The nuclear energy agreement between Iran and the P5+1 nations has finally concluded and the moment is bittersweet. Iran’s sovereignty should have been respected, and it should not be forced to make concessions for doing what it always had a right to do. Iran has as much right as Israel or any other country to […]

How fakeness tarnishes hip-hop

How fakeness tarnishes hip-hop

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson recently filed for bankruptcy and testified in court that despite his flashy public persona, he is only worth $4.4 million. Not that there is anything wrong with that. The dilemma is the art of the illusion. So often, we see hip-hop personalities fabricate their status to appear bigger than life. Rocafella […]

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