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Original NAM content, youth media stories, and ethnic media articles on America's African American communities. For more information on NAM's African American coverage, contact Kevin Weston at kweston [at] newamericamedia [dot] org.

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Race in the News: A Roundup/Andrew Lams Birds of Paradise Lost

WBAI, Radio Interview, WBAI Jul 15, 2013

George Zimmermans acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin sparked protests around the country over the weekend and ignited a national conversation about race and justice.

WORDS FROM THE WISE: America’s Oldest Park Ranger Brings Black History to Life

Feb 05, 2013

Photo: Betty Reid-SoskinRICHMOND, Calif.--Betty Reid-Soskin is America’s oldest National Park Ranger and one of the most beautiful people I have met in Richmond, Calif., across the bay from San Francisco. I had the pleasure of meeting her recently as she...

Rosa Parks' Stamp on American History

Feb 04, 2013

Image: The new Rosa Parks “forever stamp.”NEW YORK--To honor the centennial of the birth of Rosa Parks on Feb. 4, 1913, the United States Postal Service has issued a Rosa Parks stamp. Last year, a stone carving of Parks was...

Ravens Hold Off 49ers’ Comeback Attempt

Feb 04, 2013

Joe Flacco was named Super Bowl XLVII MVP after leading the Baltimore Ravens to a thrilling 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League’s 47th Super Bowl on Feb. 3 hosted at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in...

African-American Unemployment Rate 13.8 Percent in January

Feb 04, 2013

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for African Americans in January was lower than it was in December but higher when compared to the same month a year ago.The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning that the jobless rate...

Innovative Nebraska Program Brings Diversity To Highly Segregated Public Schools

Feb 03, 2013

Photo: Fifth graders Alyx and Nolan survey the after-school offerings at the diverse, dynamic Wilson Focus School in Omaha, Nebraska.OMAHA - Fifth-grader Alyx has trouble naming the “absolute coolest” thing about Wilson Focus School, part of an innovative educational model...

Life, Death and Immigration Reform

Feb 02, 2013

 A family member's cancer bout made this writer see how border wars divert attention from larger issues.(The Root) -- The man who tried to save my young cousin's life was born in Mexico. At age 19 he hopped the fence...

Aging Up: Successful Foster Youth Highlight Flaws in Nation's Care Systems

Jan 30, 2013

 It’s hard for Sixto Cancel, a lifelong, now former, foster kid, to fight the feelings of guilt that will occasionally creep up when he thinks about his life journey. Last week, the 20-year-old Afro-Hispanic college freshman traveled to the nation’s...

African Americans Negotiate Mental Illness, Black Pain

Jan 30, 2013

 HARTFORD – The scars are still visible on Michelle Baxter’s arms.She was a chubby six-year-old when she first started slashing her arms with razor-sharp fingernails. Baxter, 35 and now a licensed social worker, theorizes that the cuts—one of about 15...

Louisiana receives B- for education policy

Jan 30, 2013

 Early in January, Louisiana’s educational policies were given an overall grade of B- from Sacramento-based education reform lobbying group Students First. The group gave failing grades to 11 states, including Massachusetts and other states with higher standardized test scores than...

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