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Wednesday, July 11, 2018 through Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 through Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Another Assault on the Black Press

Black Man Reading Newspaper
Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA, says that the NNPA opposes the Trump tariffs on newsprint and demands an end to the disastrous trade policies that are hurting our businesses and communities.


Amid the rush to comprehend the ramifications of a full-scale international trade war initiated by the errant and backward tariff policies of the Trump Administration, there are results of the tariffs that need to be challenged by Black America. The financial sustainability of the Black Press of America is now facing a catastrophic and a possible deadly impact, because of these new tariffs. More ↠

Lenoir-Rhyne Announces New Dean of University Library Services

Frank Quinn


HICKORY, N.C. – Frank Quinn, Ph.D., has been named as Lenoir-Rhyne University’s new dean of University library services. He assumed the role on July 1, after the retirement of Rita Johnson who previously served in the position for seven years.
Prior to his appointment at LR, Quinn served as director of Ryan Library at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, since 2006. In this role, Quinn provided collection oversight and management of a 170,000-vollume collection and guided a library staff of 11. His leadership helped increase the number of accessible subscription databases from 38 to 80. Quinn also led an initiative to improve faculty handbook language for librarian promotion and the tenure process, and he planned and coordinated two major renovations to the library, among other accomplishments. More ↠

NCNAACP Blasts GOP Legislature's Rejection of Black Superior Court Pick


Bryan Beatty
The president of the NCNAACP is not pleased that a joint session of the Republican-led NC legislature, before it adjourned its Short Session on June 29th, rejected one of Gov. Roy Cooper’s choices for a special Superior Court seat without apparent reason.

Former Secretary of Crime Control and Public Safety Bryan Beatty, an African-American, was the only one of three candidates put before state lawmakers for their consideration that they rejected.

The other two – Chief District Court Judge J. Stanley Carmical (white male); Chief District Court Judge Athena Brooks (white female) were approved.

Dr. T. Anthony Spearman, president of the NCNAACP, called the rejection without reason, “…quite blatant.”

“I mean the measures to which these guys [GOP lawmakers] are going now, and the things that they’re doing, is just an extension of the extreme things that are happening, and how “45” [Pres. Trump] is just opening up things for people to do whatever they can do without any [remorse],” Dr. Spearman continued.

“I mean just outright in your face.” More ↠

The Black Press Challenges Fake News
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Panelists discuss the effects of “fake news” on the Black community during the NNPA’s 2018 annual convention in Norfolk, Va. TCN photos by Fran Farrer


As Donald Trump’s persistent “fake news” rhetoric continues to fester in the media, Black publishers across the Nation, recently took charge of the conversation, giving way to a special forum entitled “Black Press vs. Fake News.”

The forum took place during the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) annual convention. Dorothy Leavell, the chairman of NNPA and publisher of the Chicago Crusader, the Gary Crusader and the Chicago Reader, moderated the dialogue about misinformation in mainstream media.

“What do we do in this age of fake news?” Leavell said. “Our struggles and our truths have been at the forefront of battling fake news throughout history.”

Leavell continued: “In 1827, we battled the lie that we were nothing more than three-fifths of a human, spearheaded by the Freedom’s Journal, the nation’s first Black-owned and operated newspaper, which stepped in and showed us different. In 1895, activist Ida B. Wells, who established the ‘Memphis Free Speech;’ refuted the fake news of her day—concerning the mythical rape of a White woman.”

Leavell said that, throughout history, Black people have been victimized by the proliferation of fake news and misinformation, More ↠

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