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#CHIRAQ - More than just a nickname, a shameful and tragic reality for many

by Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

Controversy over movie about Chicago violence again raises questions about images, exploitation and how to make suffering and loss of life more than entertainment and tales of urban woe. On... »

Angry activists in Cleveland: Justice for Blacks in America will never happen

by Richard B. Muhammad and Charlene Muhammad -Final Call Staffers- | May 29, 2015 - 10:29:20 AM

Protests were largely peaceful, calls for calm were plentiful and pleas for the city of Cleveland to be a model for dealing with deadly Black-police encounters and tense police-community relations were prominent. »

'Indict, convict, send killer cops to jail'

by Richard B. Muhammad - Editor | May 29, 2015 - 10:27:07 AM

BALTIMORE - A grand jury indictment of six police officers accused in connection with the death of Freddie Gray took the city another step toward justice and perhaps gives prosecutors a clear example of what is possible when Blacks are abused or die in police custody—or after encounters with cops. »

Becoming one in Christ - Farrakhan's message of unity transcends religious boundaries

by Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor- | May 29, 2015 - 10:26:31 AM

he Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan said he felt right at home speaking from the pulpit at Greater St. John Bible Church on the city’s West Side May 24. As a believer in the oneness of God, no one should be confused by a Muslim speaking at a church, he noted. »

Death toll rises after storms barrel through Plains, Midwest

by AP | May 29, 2015 - 10:25:23 AM

Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on May 24, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes. »

Deadly White Waco biker clashes downplayed because of race?

by Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor- | May 29, 2015 - 10:23:39 AM

WASHINGTON - In what a Waco, Texas police sergeant described as the "worst, most violent" crime scene he’d seen in more than 34 years of police work, nine motorcycle gang members were killed, 18 were injured and another 170 were arrested and more than 200 deadly weapons were confiscated after a gun fight erupted over a simple parking space May 17. »

Arizona racial profiling case to cost taxpayers $45 million

by Jacques Billeaud Associated Press | May 29, 2015 - 10:17:54 AM

PHOENIX - As county officials in metro Phoenix work to enact a budget for the next fiscal year, they are confronted with a looming financial liability: the legal costs associated with Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s racial-profiling case. »

‘Fight for 15’ protesters hand over 1mn-signature petition at McDonald’s HQ

by RT.com | May 29, 2015 - 10:16:37 AM

Some 1,000 anti-low pay protesters have delivered a petition with over 1 million signatures to McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois. Ten workers from the crowd were permitted into the fast food giant’s compound to hand it over. »

Religious intermarriage increases as Christian Millennials decline

by Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer- | May 29, 2015 - 9:35:06 AM

According to the report, among Americans who have gotten married since 2010, nearly four-in-ten (39 percent) report that they are in religiously mixed marriages, compared with 19 percent among those who got married before 1960. »

Brutal aftermath of police MOVE bombing still resonates

by Askia Muhammad -Senior Editor- | May 20, 2015 - 8:58:10 AM

WASHINGTON - More than 30 years have now passed since the worse abuse of police authority in modern American history. On May 13, 1985 a massive police operation was launched in Philadelphia after Wilson Goode, the city’s first Black mayor, permitted its racist commanders to first rain a 10,000 bullet fusillade, before executing a helicopter bombing of the headquarters of a radical, Black naturalist organization known as MOVE. »

A case of 'selective prosecution'?

by Ashahed M. Muhammad -Assistant Editor- | May 20, 2015 - 8:57:50 AM

Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, a former Central Intelligence Agency case officer, was sentenced May 11 to forty-two months in prison in what activists and legal analysts are calling the latest salvo in the Obama administration’s war against whistleblowers and journalists. »

Unrest sows seeds for future leaders, opens eyes of youth

by Richard B. Muhammad - Editor | May 20, 2015 - 8:56:48 AM

BALTIMORE - Unrest in a city known yesterday for crab cakes, row houses, marble steps, downtown tourist spots and sports stadiums—alongside struggles with decay, violence and heroin—has captured global attention. »

Boys to Men Conference a huge success

by FinalCall.com News | May 20, 2015 - 8:52:21 AM

CHICAGO - Nearly 350 boys and young men from Chicago and surrounding areas enjoyed a full day of activities, training and guidance during the power packed Boys to Men Conference held at The National Center, which is the international headquarters of the Nation of Islam. »

Spike Lee breaks silence on ‘Chiraq’ controversy

by FinalCall.com News | May 19, 2015 - 8:24:17 AM

CHICAGO - A press conference was held May 14 at Father Michael Pfleger’s Saint Sabina Church to address the controversy regarding acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee’s upcoming movie titled “Chiraq” which is scheduled to begin shooting at the end of May. »

Black unemployment falls but still doubles rate of Whites

by Freddie Allen | May 19, 2015 - 8:21:48 AM

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - The Black unemployment rate fell to single digits (9.6 percent) in April, for the first time since President Barack Obama was elected in 2008. Despite the improvement, the Black jobless rate is still double the unemployment rate of White workers, which has remained flat since February at 4.7 percent. »

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