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Swastika painted outside Black lawmaker’s office

- WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - After a swastika was painted on a sign outside his office Aug. 4, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus from Georgia is afraid that the pitched, emotional battle over healthcare reform has become racially tinged. Some opponents of health care reform, he said, “are bringing (in) race–and ‘Negro' and ‘colored' and Obama” when contacting his...

Alleged sexual assault creates victims on all sides

CHARLENEM RICHMOND, Calif. (FinalCall.com) - The family, friends, and community of a 15-year-old White girl who was allegedly gang-raped outside her homecoming dance at Richmond High School, were still grappling with how such a heinous act could occur and how to ensure that it doesn't happen again. They convened a town hall meeting in the school's auditorium on October 31 and...

Disaster hits Haiti

Thousands feared dead following devastating earthquake in Haiti (FinalCall.com) - A devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti January 12 sparking fears of a humanitarian disaster in the tiny island nation of a little over nine-million. The strongest earthquake to hit Haiti in over 200 years severely rocked the capital city Port-au-Prince and its two-million plus residents. Initial news reports showed many...

Black Press demands ‘respect and reciprocity’

-Staff Writer- WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - “Two Black men, not former slaves, educated, came together to say, ‘We must plead our own cause,' March 16, 1827, 50 years before slavery was abolished. Centuries later we are still saying the same thing. We must plead our own cause. This is the power of the Black press.” That's how Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher...

New evidence shows U.S. government gave money to journalists in spy case

- WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com) - New evidence has been revealed by the National Committee to Free the Cuban Five–including the names and amounts of individual payments–that the U.S. government covertly paid tens of thousands of dollars to anti-Cuban Miami journalists working for major media outlets to write often incendiary stories about Cuba and a group of Cuban nationals who were...

‘Intelligence gathering run amok’ challenged

/GIN NEW YORK - The bitter controversy over the building of a Muslim community center and mosque near the site of the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001, is sparking new fears of government snooping on Islamic holy places–which it now claims it can do without a warrant. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Asian Law...

The end of killer cool flavoring?

-Staff Writer- Once aimed at Blacks, menthol cigarettes may be banned in effort to reduce smoking WASHINGTON - The “African Americanization” of menthol cigarettes may be coming to a halt as the Food and Drug Administration considers what, if anything, to do about menthol flavoring in efforts to reduce cigarette smoking. Cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of...

Tough year ends, tougher times ahead?

CHARLENEM, Askia Muhammad and Starla Muhammad -Staff Writers- (FinalCall.com) - Blacks in America entered 2010 with a sense of promise and hope that going into his second year in office; the country's first Black president might address more of their issues, such as chronic unemployment, nagging racism, and police brutality. But hope turned to despair as unemployment rates and home foreclosures...

Bev Smith drives back Jewish pressure, Farrakhan takes the city of Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (FinalCall.com)  - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan's clarion call for Black empowerment and self-determination rang out across America during a nationally broadcast town hall meeting at the August Wilson Center for African American Culture here March 11. Despite the attempts of critics seeking to influence and divide Pittsburgh's Black community, Minister Farrakhan joined popular and principled syndicated talk...

Killing Bin Laden: Hit, Execution or justified military action?

Questions and inconsistencies remain after killing of Osama bin Laden (FinalCall.com) - Even as U.S. President Barack H. Obama met May 6 with members of the Special Forces team responsible for the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, inconsistencies continued to emerge bringing into question the Hollywood action type narrative disseminated by his administration. At the same time, Pakistani officials...