EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – This week on Newsmakers: Jim Vincent, president of the NAACP's Providence branch; Philip Eil, news editor of the Providence Phoenix.
The NAACP is gearing up to celebrate its 100th anniversary in Rhode Island. Vincent, who took over the Providence NAACP in 2011, and the panel discuss a number of issues, including the 17% unemployment rate for black Rhode Islanders last year and the controversial acquittal of George Zimmerman. Vincent also explains why the NAACP wants the General Assembly to repeal Rhode Island's voter ID law.
The world of alternative weekly newspapers was rocked earlier this year by the sudden closing of the Boston Phoenix after years of business troubles. However, its Providence sister paper is still alive and well under the leadership of Eil, its new editor. He discusses his vision for the Phoenix, some of the stories he's done so far and the paper's upcoming 35th anniversary.
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