Lauren Poteat

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Grey's Anatomy Star Chandra Wilson Honored at WomenHeart's Annual Wenger Awards | BlackPressUSA

By Lauren Poteat (NNPA Newswire Contributor) In the battle to save the lives of our mothers, daughters and sisters, "WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart...

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MLK Was Set to Join Black Panther Party Before Death, Founder Bobby Seale Says

It was 1972 as Black Panther Party founder and chairman Bobby Seale sat in a courtroom, dressed in his best available suit, awaiting to hear the fate of his freedom, now resting...


Millennial votes down in San Francisco on the eve of historic Mayoral Election

By Lauren Poteat, NNPA Staff Writer Despite major concerns with the 2016 voter turnouts, which played a significant role in the contentious election of President Donald Trump,...


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Jesse Jackson's Message to Millennials: Be Vigilant, Stand Guard

This week, the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. led hundreds of civil and economics rights enthusiasts to center of political action, Capitol Hill, where he and members of the Rainbow...

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Norton: Black Businesses Will Survive Trump

Though the nation's capital has already seen a 40 percent increase in the number of black-owned businesses, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says that minority-owned businesses...

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Female Military Veterans Get Elusive Shine

In recognition of Veterans Day and Month, BMW of North America stopped by D.C. for the "Women Who Pay It 4ward" Honors Brunch Series, to celebrate outstanding female military...

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DMV Students Stage Walkouts for DACA

Nov. 9 officially marks two months since President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and with the country's attention elsewhere,...

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Rainbow Push Exec Talks Legacy of Jesse Jackson

Standing on the pillars of strength, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. along with the entire Rainbow Push Coalition (RPC), an organization started by the civil rights activist to...


White House and LinkedIn Announce Summer Opportunity Project

Summer can be a crucial mass of time for young people searching for work and experiencing extensive days off between educational periods. With limited-to-no work experience,...

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Trump, Pence Attend National Prayer Service

After a contentious inaugural address from President Donald Trump, he and Vice President Mike Pence began their first full day in office Saturday by attending an interfaith...


The HistoryMakers Celebrate Eric Holder's Legacy

The HistoryMakers, the nation's largest black video oral history collection, recently celebrated the career and legacy of Eric Holder, the nation's first black attorney general.


Award Winning Journalist Tony Harris Investigates "Hate In America"

Just weeks away from the first anniversary of the mass killing at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, award winning journalist Tony Harris takes a look at...

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State of Black America Scrutinized at Town Hall Meeting

In an attempt to provide skilled insight and dialogue about the concerns of African-Americans, TV One and the National Urban League recently paired to hold a definitive town...


Carla Hayden Sworn In as 1st Black, Woman Librarian of Congress

A pivotal moment in history occurred Wednesday as Carla Hayden was sworn in as the head of the Library of Congress - the first African-American and woman to ever assume the role.


Nadja Y. West Named Army's First Black Female Lt. General

Nadja Y. West on Feb. 9 made her mark in history, becoming the U.S. Army's first Black woman to hold the rank of lieutenant general and the highest-ranking woman of any race to...


Obama Closes CBCF Dinner with Call to Vote

President Barack Obama poured his heart out Saturday to fellow constituents and black Americans at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation dinner, issuing a fervent...


President Obama to Give Commencement Address at Howard University

by: Lauren Poteat Special to the AFRO President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) President Barack H. Obama will act as keynote speaker at this year's Howard University...

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T.D. Jakes Talks Entrepreneurship in Latest Book

Bishop T.D. Jakes, New York Times bestselling author and pastor of The Potter's House, recently released a thought-filled book for everyday people looking to think and live as...