Obamacare: A Midterm Report Card

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WASHINGTON – The first half of the Obamacare open enrollment period is over, and yesterday,federal health officials announced sign-up figures from the first three months. After a disastrous start, HealthCare.gov(which handles enrollment for 36 states) began functioning properly. It, along with state-run insurance exchanges, netted more than 2.1 million signups between Oct. 1 and Dec. 28. But […]

White House Seeks to Help Expand Education Opportunity

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WASHINGTON – Thirty years ago, one year of tuition, room, and board at a nation’s four-year, degree-granting institution cost $8,756 on average (or $3,499, when adjusted for inflation). As of 2010, that figure had almost tripled to $22,092 – and that’s just for one year. To meet this economic hurdle, 39.6 million Americans have turned […]

Proposed Tobacco Settlement Excludes Black Media

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund have reached an agreement with the four major tobacco companies that requires them to spend more than $30 million advertising with the three major television networks and run full-page ads in 35 White and Hispanic newspapers as well as purchasing space on their […]

12 Year-Old Launches His Own Fashion Line One Bow at a Time

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MILWAUKEE- Always impeccably styled in a button down, creased slacks and dress shoes, our talented feature this week after school pins patterns and sews stitches. As noted in a promotional descriptor, we can find his youthful fingers on a sewing machine for hours or at least until his mother tells him it’s time for bed. […]

Massive Credit Card Debt Threatens the African American Middle Class

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WASHINGTON – Middleclass Blacks are using credit to help cover their basic living expenses, according to a report from the NAACP and public policy research organization, Demos. In the recession’s aftermath, 79 percent of middleclass African-American households carry credit card debt. “Everybody needs credit but it should be a tool to help your economic life” […]

Despite Website Improvements, Millions of Blacks Not Covered

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WASHINGTON – As the Obama administration makes strides to improve the functionality of HealthCare.gov, the flagship website for the Affordable Care Act, Republican lawmakers continue to block federal funds that would help millions of poor Blacks get health insurance coverage. A progress report on the improved performance of HealthCare.gov cited hundreds of software bugs that […]

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: The Exploitation of Black Athletes

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WASHINGNTON – Under its television deal, each Big-10 university will receive $24.6 million annually. The Pac-12′s new television deal will pay each member $22 million a year. Each member of the Big 12 will get $20 million and ACC universities will receive $17 million when each academic year kicks off. To put those figures in […]

HBCUs Struggling to Keep Up Due to Underfunding

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WASHINGTON – The president of the D.C.-based Thurgood Marshall College Fund said recently that historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are feeling the effects of underfunding, but are getting serious about resolving those issues. In doing so, the 106 schools — which the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University — can help […]

Stars Return for ‘Best Man’ Sequel

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NATIONWIDE – Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee’s latest film doesn’t enjoy the Oscar buzz that accompanied several other African-American movies this year, nor should it. While the big screen premieres of “12 Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station” and “The Butler” have helped to make 2013 one of the most memorable for black filmmakers, Lee’s […]

White Candidate Accused of Fooling Black Voters

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HOUSTON – Bruce Austin, a longtime member of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees, said he lost the recent November election because of deception on the part of his opponent. Small business owner Dave Wilson beat Austin by 26 votes. Wilson received 50.1 percent of the vote for the HCC District 2 race. Austin, […]