By Charlene Muhammad and Starla Muhammad -Final Call Staffers-

When doing the right thing isn't enough

Third-year University of Virginia honor student Martese Johnson survived an alleged assault by a group of Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control officers, but faces a fight for his good name and to avoid a criminal conviction.

Support for the young leader has been strong: The university president has come out in support of Martese as has the vice president for diversity. Protestors have been in the streets and on campus demanding justice. The governor of Virginia has called for an investigation.

Almost all asked the same question: How could this happen to Martese, clean cut, bright, active and law-abiding?

"College is a microcosm of the real world, sometimes education, being refined, being respectable, does not shield you from racism. We as persons of color who work with college students have to prepare our students for the harsh reality life, that no matter who you are, what you wear, what you do, you can still be a victim of racism," said David Julius Ford, Ph.D., who is on the faculty of James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Va. » FULL STORY

Protestors condemn White minority rule, modern apartheid in the St. Louis area

By J.A. Salaam

FERGUSON, Mo. - White minority rule in South Africa in 1960 resulted in Black youth getting gunned down by police officers while White minority rule in Ferguson, Mo., and an entrenched White power structure is connected to the shootings and targeting of Blacks and Black youth in the St. Louis metropolitan area, said activists during a recent weekend of protests.


Community pays moving tribute to civil rights icon: Rev. Dr. Willie Taplin Barrow

By Starla Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

CHICAGO - The memorial tribute and community-wide service for activist and humanitarian the Reverend Dr. Willie Taplin Barrow held at the international headquarters of Rainbow PUSH, brought together a host of her contemporaries, friends, family and countless others who were influenced and impacted by the four foot, 11 inch tall powerhouse known as, “The Little Warrior.”


Thirty agents probe whether hanging was suicide or homicide

By Johnny Clark and Jeff Amy Associated Press

PORT GIBSON, Miss. - A Black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi was Otis Byrd, a convicted killer whose family reported him missing more than two weeks ago, the FBI said.


Pressuring Us Towards War

By Bill Flectcher, Jr. -Guest Columnist-

I never cease to be surprised by the racist audacity of the Republicans in Congress. In clear violation of international protocol, they arranged for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to speak before Congress. The established practice has been that this is done always in consultation with the Executive Branch. This time the Republicans decided to snub that branch.


Lies, damn lies and media lies

By FinalCall.com News

Nearly every time a Black male is accused of a crime, the police version becomes the unquestioned story though the accused is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty and the media is supposed to be a watchdog and counter powerful institutions.


When doing the right thing isn't enough

By Charlene Muhammad and Starla Muhammad -Final Call Staffers-

Third-year University of Virginia honor student Martese Johnson survived an alleged assault by a group of Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control officers, but faces a fight for his good name and to avoid a criminal conviction.

Support for the young leader has been strong: The university president has come out in support of Martese as has the vice president for diversity. Protestors have been in the streets and on campus demanding justice. The governor of Virginia has called for an investigation.

Almost all asked the same question: How could this happen to Martese, clean cut, bright, active and law-abiding?

"College is a microcosm of the real world, sometimes education, being refined, being respectable, does not shield you from racism. We as persons of color who work with college students have to prepare our students for the harsh reality life, that no matter who you are, what you wear, what you do, you can still be a victim of racism," said David Julius Ford, Ph.D., who is on the faculty of James Madison University, in Harrisonburg, Va.


Illinois governor pledges 'equal access,' opportunity on state construction projects

By Final Call Staffers

CHICAGO—The governor of Illinois came to the African American Contractors Association gala with a message: The state needs to expand economically, construction needs to be booming, jobs need to be created and Blacks need to be included in a growing economy.


Suspicious White House envelope tests positive for cyanide

By RT.com

A suspicious envelope received by the White House in March tested positive for cyanide, the U.S. Secret Service has confirmed, adding that another test will be conducted to confirm the results.


Settlement: Voter cards must be offered to welfare seekers

By AP

BOSTON—Massachusetts residents applying for welfare must be offered voter registration cards and other information under a settlement reached between voting rights groups and the Baker administration.


U.S. sets new record for denying, censoring government files

By Ted Bridis Associated Press

WASHINGTON - For the second consecutive year, the Obama administration more often than ever censored government files or outright denied access to them under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.


Middle East conflicts give hefty boost to arms merchants

By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - The ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen have helped spiral arms sales upwards to the Middle East, according to a study released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.


South African students protest British colonialist statue

By AP

Protesters at South Africa’s University of Cape Town recently tossed excrement on a campus statue of British colonialist Cecil John Rhodes, calling the monument a tribute to the White domination of the past.


'Undemocratic, interventionist': Bolivia lashes out at Pres. Obama for Venezuela sanctions

By RT.com

Bolivia’s Foreign Ministry has joined a chorus of condemnation over U.S. sanctions on Venezuela. A statement called on the U.S. to “abandon its interventionist practices,” shortly after the rest of Latin America bonded in defense of Caracas.


All-out war in Libya predicted without further peace talks

By Josh Butler

UNITED NATIONS (IPS) - Libya is teetering on the edge of all-out war, with a brutal stalemate and misery for civilians predicted unless a recent minor diplomatic breakthrough can be built upon.


Media Silence on Libya

By Margaret KimberleyBlack Agenda Report

In 2011 the leaders of NATO appeared to pull off the perfect crime. That year they used the Arab Spring democracy movement as a cover to destroy Libya, kill its president, Muammar Gaddafi, and turn that nation over to jihadists supported by the Persian Gulf monarchs.


Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers

By Anne Flaherty Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies February 26, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules yet on broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T to prevent them from creating paid fast lanes and slowing or blocking web traffic.


Major bank charged with housing discrimination

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

Thought housing discrimination was a thing of the past? Think again. The Fair Housing Justice Center and nine Black, Hispanic, South Asian and White testers have filed a federal lawsuit charging the M&T Bank Corporation “discriminates in its mortgage lending practices on the basis of race and national origin.


Poor communities lose billions to predatory lenders

By Freddie Allen

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Predatory lenders continue to target poor, Black and Latino communities, siphoning off $103 billion in fees and interests every year, and the rest of us are paying for it, according to a recent report by United for a Fair Economy.


Despite favorable trends, housing recovery lags for Blacks and Latinos

By Nisa Islam Muhammad -Staff Writer-

WASHINGTON - While many around the country are recovering from the housing crisis that had tens of millions facing foreclosure, Blacks and Latinos, are not seeing the same progress.


What's on the economic horizon for Black America in 2015?

By Starla Muhammad -Assistant Editor-

While the overall economic picture generated optimism for some last year, as the country heads into 2015 a majority of low and middle income Black, Brown and poor Americans still suffer from financial struggles carried over from the Great Recession.


A Vision for America

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Even though America says she wants change and renewal, she must deal with the basis of this country’s woes. Either she must evolve from the limited vision of the founding fathers and repudiate that vision, or America must say that she believes in the true vision of the founding fathers and that the darker people will never be respected as equals inside of this nation. » CONTINUE

'The Dynamic Force' (Islam): Its Effect on Black America

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

With us, many revolts in the Western Hemisphere were begun by Muslims, and were successful because the Muslims were very highly learned, highly skilled. When we were brought into America it was against the law of America for any of us to be Muslims. » CONTINUE

'When we stand up, the enemy will step aside': Soldiers in The Movement of Christ

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

As I walked Edmund Pettus Bridge, my mind was on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; my mind was on those who walked with him, and my mind was on the police and the tragic circumstance that led to a voting rights bill. We have to understand that nothing worthwhile comes without struggle and without sacrifice. » CONTINUE

The Intensifying Universal Cry For Justice (Part 2)

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

The only thing between us and the consequences of our action is The Grace and Power of God to delay the punishment/avert the punishment based upon us, or bring it down fully on our heads. ... There will never be justice in our lives until truth is manifest to us, thereby right can be done on the basis of truth. » CONTINUE

The Intensifying, Universal Cry for Justice

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

Seven billion people on our planet are upset, angry, dissatisfied with those who lead and govern their lives and the institutions that have been put into place by various governments to government lives of the people of the Earth. This intense cry for justice demands The Presence of God. » CONTINUE

God will send Saviours

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said that Master Fard Muhammad, the Man Who Saviours' Day in the Nation of Islam honors, studied 42 years to deliver us. We were never told all that He studied, but in order to deliver us from the powerful hands of those who oppress us, He first had to study The Enemy that would work to prevent us from being taken. » CONTINUE

Unite Behind Elijah Muhammad's Program and Position

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

You have to start with land … The Honorable Elijah Muhammad said we need 100 million acres of land as a start! The government owes it to us, but maybe they’re not going to give it. So we have to have another plan, because you’re not militarily strong enough to take anything. » CONTINUE

The role of leadership in uniting Africa and Black America

By The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

I am appealing to you on behalf of our people to lead for the good of all of our people. Lead for the development of our people. Lead to erase ignorance from the heads of our people and, above all, let no one keep African leaders divided against each other, and let no one in America keep us divided one against each other. » CONTINUE

Development to outgrow confinement

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

My reason for coming is hopefully that I might say something that would inspire and encourage you to be the best that you can be, because the walls, no matter how much time you have or indefinite time you have, the walls cannot hold you if you determine not to be held. I'm not talking about breaking out; I'm talking about maturing in a way that the wall can't hold you anymore. » CONTINUE

Guidance For Our President And Our Nation

By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

What must government, corporate America, labor unions, bankers and the American people do to address the enormous debt that has now enslaved the American people, and will continue to enslave future generations if this debt is not brought under control? » CONTINUE