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! […]

Is Mediocrity the New Standard for Black Students?

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MIAMI – While many thought Jim Crow politics ended with the Civil Rights movement, the Southern Poverty Law Center alleges otherwise in their most recent complaint against the Florida Department of Education. The complaint alleges that the Department of Education adopted a discriminatory strategic plan that sets lower academic expectations for Black and Hispanic students […]

Obama Hopes to Sidestep Congress to Have ‘a Year of Action’

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WASHINGTON – With a largely uncooperative, highly-partisan Congress headed into a mid-term election, President Obama declared in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night that he will have ‘a year of action’ by expanding economic opportunity through executive orders and other action that do not require legislative approval. “I’m eager to work with all […]

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” […]