STUDY: 4 Percent of those Sentenced to Die Are Innocent

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WASHINGTON – Since 1973, more than 300 innocent defendants have been sentenced to death, largely because Blacks are overrepresented among murder convictions and among those who are wrongfully condemned to die, according to a recent report. “The size of the group of innocent people sent to death surprised me, said Samuel Gross, co-author of the […]

Black Unemployment Dips to 5-Year Low

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WASHINGTON – The Black unemployment rate fell to 11.6 percent in April, the lowest mark since President Barack Obama took his office in January 2009, according to the Labor Department’s latest jobs report. In January 2009, the Black jobless rate was 12.7 percent. The last time the Black unemployment rate dipped below 12 percent was […]

Judge Upholds Election of Kevin Johnson in Black Mayors’ Rift

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WASHINGTON – After intense internal fighting, court battles and competing board of directors that have characterized Sacramento, Calif. Kevin Johnson’s term as president of the National Conference of Black Mayors since last May, his first month in office, a judge has ruled decidedly in Johnson’s favor, effectively firing Executive Director Vanessa R. Williams and nullifying […]

Some “Government Workers” Earning Private Sector CEO Wage

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WASHINGTON – The CEOs of some private firms that have taken over government functions are earning as much as $8 million a year, according to a new report titled, “Exposed: America’s Highest Paid Government Workers.” The report, published by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), said American taxpayers have paid nearly $120 million in […]

Gun Violence Aimed at Black Males Triggers Concern

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WASHINGTON – Several new studies confirm what most people have suspected all along: No group is harmed more by gun violence than young Black males. “While 13 percent of Americans are black, in 2010, 65 percent of gun murder victims between the ages of 15 and 24 were black,” revealed a report by the Center […]

New Report Shows Child Poverty Escalating in U.S.

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WASHINGTON – One of five children in the U.S. lives in poverty, according to a new report from a children’s advocacy organization. The report, conducted by Children’s Defense Fund, also found that one in every 10 children, or 7.1 million children, is extremely poor. “We are in a very dangerous time right now,” Dr. Marian […]

Not Enough Blacks Staying in HIV Treatment Programs

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WASHINGTON – Even though Blacks get tested for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), the virus that causes AIDS more than other group, health care providers continue to struggle to get Blacks into treatment and keep them there, according to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During a three-year period, Blacks accounted […]

Black Unemployment Rises to 12.1 Percent

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WASHINGTON – The Black unemployment rate increased from 11.9 percent in December to 12.1 percent in January, according the Department of Labor’s latest monthly report. At 12.1 percent the Black unemployment rate is nearly double the national unemployment rate of 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate for Black men over 20 years old jumped from 11.5 […]

PHIL WILSON: Reducing the Risk of HIV by 90 Percent

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OPINION – This Friday, February 7h, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It’s an opportunity for the nation to take a look at the AIDS epidemic in Black America from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view. Given the demographics of the AIDS epidemic in this country, this is a very important day. […]

Wells Fargo & First Generation Films Announce “Go College!” Initiative

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SAN FRANCISCO – Wells Fargo Education Financial Services and First Generation Films today kicked off the “Go College!” national community event initiative that will present 70 film screenings of the award-winning documentary First Generation to tens-of-thousands of high school students, parents, educators and civic and community leaders in 10 major cities across the United States throughout 2014. Go College! […]