Odyssey Media’s ‘Keys to Success’ Elevates Black Women-owned Businesses

(NNPA) – In an effort to increase opportunities for Black women entrepreneurs, Odyssey Media launched “Keys to Success: Access to Capital,” a $25,000 business pitch competition and digital workshop series for women of color who own and operate small businesses. The Coca-Cola Company’s “5by20 Initiative” supported Odyssey Media in the launch of the competition and […]

Equality Index for Blacks Inches Closer to Whites in the 2017 Report

(NNPA) – In their annual State of Black America report, called “Protect Our Progress,” the National Urban League (NUL) suggested that the nation should invest in a “Main Street Marshall Plan” that would solidify gains made by Black Americans during the Obama Administration. The plan includes many policy ideas the NUL has proposed in previous […]

New Orleans begins removing racist confederate monuments

(NNPA) – Against a backdrop of death threats and under the cover of night, officials in New Orleans have begun to dismantle Confederate monuments honoring racists of the Civil War and Jim Crow eras of United States history. Workers removing the first of four monuments wore bulletproof vests, helmets and hid their faces. By 5:45 […]

Senate Confirms Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

(NNPA) – With the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court, Senate Republicans won another victory in their partisan war of obstruction against the nation’s first Black president. Shortly after conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell announced that he would not even consider […]

Wells Fargo Commits $60 Billion to Increase Black Homeownership

(NNPA) – Wells Fargo & Company has set aside a staggering $60 billion to lend to at least 250,000 black homeowners by the year 2027. Metropolitan Atlanta’s second-largest bank also pledged to increase the diversity of its home lending sales team and spend another $15 million to give financial education and counseling over the next […]

Ben Carson Sworn-in as Trump’s Only Black Cabinet Pick

(NNPA) – The swearing-in of all the primary members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet is just about complete. Most of Trump’s cabinet—from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross—are rich, White and male. On Thursday, March 2, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson broke the mold with his swearing-in as Housing and Urban Development […]

Black Hollywood Wins Big at Oscars

(NNPA) – During an unexpected made-for-Hollyood moment, “Moonlight,” a film directed by African American Director Barry Jenkins, took the award for Best Picture over favorites such as “La La Land” and “Hidden Figures.” The film is a complex coming of age story of an African American man that follows his journey from boyhood into manhood. […]

President Trump Signs Executive Order on HBCUs

(NNPA) – President Trump signed an executive order to focus more attention on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) on Tuesday, February 28. Although HBCUs comprise just three percent of higher education institutions in the U.S., “HBCUs contributed 19 percent of the nearly 9 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering awarded to […]

Goldman Sach’s Small Business Program Alumni Create Jobs, Increase Revenue

LOS ANGELES (NNPA) — Eight hundred Southern California businesses have joined thousands of entrepreneurs across the country in an initiative to create jobs. The business owners are participants in Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a scholarship-based program that convenes them to learn critical business skills and create growth plans for their companies. Just one of […]

Democrats Search For The Next Obama

(NNPA) – She’s a lawyer by trade and an accomplished politician who in November became just the second African-American woman to become a U.S. Senator. He’s considered a favorite to become the next head of the Democratic National Committee. Senator Kamala Harris of California and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota are among the new movers […]