Unlike members of the Freedom Riders, shown here at the Uban Issues Forum in Los Angeles earlier this year, many black Americans are moving back to the South./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

Blacks Are Moving Back South

The Great Migration has now reversed course. Black Americans are now flocking back to the South, a place where they battled historic racism and bigotry, the home of the Confederate Flag. That may or may not be a good thing for this country. The latest U.S. Census Bureau report, based on 2010 data show  black Americans […]

Stage and film actress Minnie Foxx has been a crusader against domestic violence.

Actress Bemoans Domestic Violence

Los Angeles-The crisis of domestic violence is annually observed during the month of October. For women of color, especially black women, domestic violence is likely to end up on their doorsteps more often times than not. Women of Indian descent deal with domestic violence twice the number of times it touches down any other race. […]

President Barack Obama talk jobs at the House of Blues in Hollywood./Photo: Dennis J. Freeman

Obama Heckler Raises Questions

As President Barack Obama entered the stage of House of Blues venue in Hollywood for one of his many 2012 presidential fundraising campaign stops amid the backdrop of chants, “Fired up! … Ready to go!” and “Four more years!” excitement gushed openly from his supporters. Then a hushed tone of worry immediately crawled over the […]

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign fundraiser at the House of Blues in Hollywood./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

Obama Stumps L.A. for Support

The haters can hate, but President Barack Obama still has the same swag that got him elected into the White House in 2008. Heading into the 2012 presidential election year, President Obama is reminding folks these days that he hasn’t lost his mojo. Stumping for votes from Southern California supporters and putting the public bulls […]

Smokey Robinson and wife Frances celebrate the singer's Ella Award presented by the Society of Singers./Photo/Dennis J. Freeman
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Smokey Robinson Gets High Honor

It’s hard not to think about the contributing works of William “Smokey” Robinson when you think about the hit-making records machine called Motown. Besides Motown Founder Berry Gordy, it’s hard to imagine the name of an artist or songwriter more synonymous with the success of the Detroit-based record label that included a stable of talented […]

Deven D. Anderson, senior program associate for Black Youth Vote!, said young black Americans are being hit hard by the downturn of the economy./Photo Courtesy of Deven D. Anderson

Black Youth + Poverty – Jobs = Screwed

Op-Ed written by Deven D. Anderson, Black Youth Vote!-Source: PRNewswire It’s a critical time in America. The recession has been tough, especially for young Black Americans. With an unemployment rate for young Black males over 18 percent, young Black men are still hemorrhaging and the people we put in office to represent us are just […]

Howard University linebacker Keith Pough is a preseason All-American./Photo Courtesy of Howard University.

Howard University’s Men of Action

  The linebacker tandem of Keith Pough and Kurt Mangum II gives Howard University’s opponents reasons to fear.  They’re tough as hardwood nails. They hit you like a ton of bricks. Their mental makeup is carved out of life experiences. They fly around the round the football the same way a fly can find his […]

Myrlie Evers-Williams is a Freedom's Sisters honoree in new exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance./Photo/Dennis J. Freeman

Freedom’s Sisters Get their Due

Black women’s contributions to this nation have been largely obscured and rendered nearly obsolete in history books.  But the truth of the matter is that without Ida B. Wells fighting the lynching of black people, without Harriet B. Tubman’s efforts of freeing the slaves, without Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm being unbought and unbossed and without Rosa Parks […]

Rev. Jesse Jackson discusses voting and redistricting at a town hall meeting Los Angeles sponsored by the Congressional Black Congress./Photo/Dennis J. Freeman

Black Flight Redo Political Lines

LOS ANGELES—African-Americans once were clustered so heavily in urban areas that the terms “black” and “inner city” came to be used almost synonymously. According to the 2010 U.S. Census results, that time is history. While blacks have by no means vanished from cities, unprecedented numbers have headed for the suburbs or left the big cities […]

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb talks to the media after his bad day against the San Diego Chargers./Photo/Dennis J.Freeman/news4usonline.com
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Chargers Upend McNabb, Vikings

By Dennis J. Freeman The rust of a lockout didn’t seem to bother the play of the NFL first week. It sure didn’t seem to have any impact on the San Diego Chargers’ defense. However, the long offseason holdover may have bothered Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb.  McNabb, once a perennial Pro Bowl quarterback with […]

San Diego Chargers safety Bob Sanders will have an immediate impact with the team./Dennis J. Freeman
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Wild and Crazy NFL Predictions

It’s a good thing the lockout ended or else NFL fans would be climbing the walls trying to get their weekly fix in. When it comes to the NFL ,sports fans has some sort of an opinion on what will happen, what players will shine or bust, and who will go to the Super Bowl. […]

Candace Parker and Los Angeles Sparks teammates are looking to the future after failing to make the playoffs this season./Photo: Kiahna Manker

Sparks Unplugged from Playoffs

  You could hear a pin drop afterwards. The mood was somber and one of finality. The party crashed as the Los Angeles Sparks found themselves officially eliminated from playoff contention once and for all after a devastating defeat to the San Antonio Silver Stars at Staples Center. But this was no shocking exit. You […]

AT&T Staffing Manager Angela Green gives a job seeker some points on applying for employment./Dennis J. Freeman

Black Caucus Job Fair Misses Mark

Congressional Black Caucus members receive an “A” for show, hype and effort in producing a series of nationwide job fairs geared to highlight the high numbers of black Americans out of work. Touting their “For the People Jobs Initiative,” the CBC, however, receive incomplete verdicts when it actually comes down to producing the number of […]

Author Angela N. Parker is a regular monthly contributor to News4usonline.com.
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The Feminine Mystique

By Angela N. Parker  News4usonline.com columnist I recently decided to compile some of my essays into a short book titled, Under the Hill: One Thirty-Something Woman’s Musings on Spinsterhood, Disappointment and Accidental Self Discovery. Anyone who has read my column knows that they are a type of satire, a comedic way of looking at the […]

Veteran stage and film actor Obba Babatunde recieves some long overdue recognition at the 21st NAACP Theatre Awards in Los Angeles./Dennis J. Freeman
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Babatunde Blazes Greatness Trail

Veteran actor and theatre performer Obba Babatunde is this generation’s Sammy Davis Jr. He is a renaissance man with a flair for producing great work in film and on the stage. Generally recognized as one of the most versatile entertainers in the world, Babatunde was given his due when he was honored with the Trailblazer […]