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Wednesday, February 7, 2018 through Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 through Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Profiles in Black History: The Warrior Queen Amanirenas


Makheru Bradley
Makheru Bradley
Photo by Ron Ross

Amanirenas: A Kentake Queen of Ancient Kush

During the 1st BCE a series of strong Afrikan women known as the Kentake (Candace) Queens ruled the kingdom of Ancient Kush (modern day Sudan). Amanirenas, who ruled Kush from 40 – 10 BCE is the most renowned of these queens, largely due to her wars with the Roman Empire.

Unfortunately we don’t have the full history of Amanirenas from the Kushite perspective, because their language, written in the Meriotic Script, has not been fully deciphered. However, what we do know from historians such as Strabo (who was obviously biased towards Rome), is a story of remarkable leadership and battlefield courage. More ↠


B.A.R.E. Presents Annual Black History Program Feb. 16th & 18th


       STATESVILLE,NC – B.A.R.E. (Blacks Acknowledging Their Roots of Education) Reflections will host its Annual Black History Program Friday and Sunday February 16th and 18th at the Unity Center (Old Unity High School), 1145 Salisbury Road, Statesville, NC 28677.
       The 2018 celebration will highlight Golden classes (50th Year Celebrations – 1968) of historic Black High Schools. For those sharing yearbooks, it is requested that some form of history be provided as well.

Burgess Bailey
With the theme, “The Gospel Train,” Sunday’s celebration will feature a Gospel Program from 2-4pm, with funds benefitting the Unity Alumni Scholarship Fund. The ultimate goal is to have 10 groups preform a minimum of 2 selections reflecting the theme, i.e., “The Gospel Train,” “Come Along My Friend Come Along,” “Swing Down Sweet Chariot and Let Me Ride,” and others.
       Doors open at 5pm for networking and review of displays, which will include many yearbooks and other memorabilia. More ↠

Celebrating Black Newspapers - Part 1
NNPA Foundation Chair Touts the Virtue of the Black Press
NNPA Foundation Chair and Sun-Reporter Publisher Amelia Ashley-Ward Talks about London Breed and the Black Press


Amelia Ashley-Ward
    The irony of a recent San Francisco Board of Supervisors decision to appoint Mark Farrell, a White venture capitalist, as acting mayor, and how it played out, still rubs Amelia Ashley-Ward the wrong way.
    The board’s decision resulted in the removal of London Breed from that position, who was the first African American woman to serve in that post.
    “Here we are in a city that’s supposed to be so progressive and then you watch about 50 White progressives tell this young, Black woman that they don’t want her, because she’d have too much power and she’d have the advantage of running for mayor; that’s B.S.,” said Ashley-Ward, the new NNPA Foundation chair and publisher and owner of the San Francisco Sun-Reporter. “When did a Black woman raised in public housing get an advantage over anyone? London Breed isn’t begging for hand-me-downs, but this is another reason that the Black Press will live forever, because of injustices like this and my newspaper will keep this on the front page and we are going to call it like we see and no one else will do that.” More ↠

CBC Members Wear Kente Prints to Trump’s SOTU Address
CBC Chair Offers Stinging Rebuttal to President Trump's State of the Union Address
CBC Members in Kente Cloth
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus wear Kente cloth-inspired prints, during the State of the Union address on January 30. The CBC members stood in solidarity with the Americans, Haitians and the African nations smeared by President Trump’s comments during a bipartisan meeting about immigration at the White House. Photo by Lauren Victoria Burke/NNPA


    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus wore Kente cloth-inspired prints to the State of the Union address standing in solidarity with Americans, Haitians and the African nations smeared by President Trump’s racist rhetoric.
    — Janelle Jones, an analyst with the Economic Policy Institute, told Vox that, “The recovery of employment was happening long before Trump got into office.”
    —The Black unemployment rate is almost double the White unemployment rate, a trend that has endured for decades.
    Rep. Cedric Richmond, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus railed against President Donald Trump’s boasts about the economy, especially his claims about the Black community, in a blistering response to the president’s State of the Union (SOTU) address.
    CBC members also wore Kente cloth-inspired prints to the State of the Union address.
    Richmond said that every action taken by President Trump, since his election, has been destructive for poor, working-class, and middle-class communities throughout the country, as well as communities of color. More ↠