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 […]

Trump Speaks of Ending “Carnage” as He Enters White House

WASHINGTON (CBM) – Donald Trump’s inaugural address was heavy on nationalism and populism. It also was light on any attempt to bridge the divide between his supporters and those who didn’t support him, thousands of whom marched in the streets at record numbers the day after his inaugural. Speaking for 16 minutes, the new president […]

CBC Chairman Rebukes Republicans for Scheduling Blacks on Last Sessions’ Panel

(NNPA) – Seven African Americans testified on the last panel of a two-day hearing about Senator Jeff Sessions’ bid to become the next Attorney General of the United States. They included civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.). It was clear that […]

High School Artwork Pits Republicans Against CBC on Capitol Hill

(NNPA) – “We may just have to kick somebody’s ass,” new Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) told a reporter on January 10, over the repeated removal of a painting that won the annual High School Congressional Art Contest. The CBC Chair likely was exasperated with several Republican members of Congress, who spent part […]

Yes We Did: Obama Rallies All Americans in Farewell Speech

(NNPA) –  “Yes, we did!” Those were the words that Barack Hussein Obama ended his farewell speech to America on Tuesday, eight years after he won the presidency, campaigning on the slogan, “Yes, we can!” For nearly an hour, the nation’s 44th Commander-In-Chief reminded everyone that history will not only show him to be the […]