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NAM in Washington

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effi barry

Christopher Barry Gives Eloquent Tribute to Mom at Funeral

The Washington Informer, News Feature, Mary Wells, Sep 28, 2007

Effi Barry, who died of leukemia, left a legacy of dignity and service in a city that was enthralled by the political career of her ex-husband, former mayor and current City Councilman Marion Barry. Her son, Christopher, grew up in the glare of the media spotlight. He delivered a moving tribute to his mother at her funeral.

O.J. Coverage Overshadows Jena Six

Black Commentator, Commentary, Anthony Asadullah Samad, Ph.D., Sep 27, 2007

If there was a surge anywhere, it was for the Jena Six. Yet, the protest against perceived injustice in Louisiana was overshadowed in large media, with a few exceptions, by America's racial Rorschach test: opinions about O.J. Simpson's guilt or innocence.


NYC Shows Outrage Against Police Terrorism

Black Star News, News Feature, Amadi Ajamu , Sep 25, 2007

The Jena Six may take the headlines in the following weeks, but while the United States solemnly noted the anniversary of the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center, some New Yorkers were protesting police practices in the Latino and African-American communities.

william reed

Keeping it Real: The Black Caucus

Black Press International, Commentary, William Reed, Sep 21, 2007

The Congressional Black Caucus's annual event in Washington, D.C., pulls participants from around the United States. There is a lot of energy, particularly in years when Democrats are ascendant, but the event has yet to become an effective vehicle for organizing the African-American body politic.

morehouse students

Morehouse President to Freshmen: 'Look the Part. Act the Part.'

Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, News Feature, Tracie Powell, Sep 17, 2007

An incoming college president of an elite, predominantly African-American college, is sending a signal about image, culture and behavior by pushing for a dress code for the Morehouse men.

gen. petraeus

Black Caucus: Petraeus Report is 'Nothing New'

Washington Afro American, News Feature, James Wright, Sep 13, 2007

In a story where Vietnam is never mentioned, African-American members of Congress seem universally underwhelmed by the much awaited reports of Amb. Crocker and Gen. Petraeus on the status of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Most had seen this 'then' and it really is 'nothing new.'

radio host bob law

Black Radios Betrayal: WURD in Philadelphia

The Black Star News, Commentary, U-Savior Washington , Sep 13, 2007

A Philadelphia radio station decides to change its format even though a veteran and savvy host, Bob Law, was successfully building a loyal base of listeners by addressing serious issues of concern to the African-American community.


GeoSlavery: Big Brother Enters the Workplace

Black Star News, Commentary, Nayo Joy Simmons, Sep 12, 2007

Biometrics devices are here and becoming ever more common. Personal information and confidentiality appear to be among the first casualties as New York, for example, embraces a brave new world -- but not without dissent.

iraq war

Black Americans Call for Iraq Moratorium

Black Commentator, Commentary, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Sep 11, 2007

While some have waited for Congressional reports and the round of accompanying critiques, one activist has committed his voice to urging African Americans to become active opponents of the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

grey's anatomy

Hollywood Gives Organ Donation a Bad Rap

Washington Afro American, News Feature, Alafaka Opuiyo, Sep 09, 2007

The power of the media to accurately represent or distort is probably never more tested than when dealing with medical issues. What makes for good drama can also cost lives as potential organ donors back away from giving, their fears stoked by Hollywood hype.

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