Home values point to a sharp wealth divide within US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s still possible in Boston for a mail carrier, an accountant and a Harvard-trained psychiatrist — basically, the crowd from “Cheers” — to live as neighbors. That finding by the real estate brokerage Redfin makes the capital of Massachusetts a rarity at a time when neighborhoods in most U.S. cities are increasingly […]

EXCLUSIVE: Russell Simmons Speaks Out on RushCard Glitch

(NNPA) – Russell Simmons hasn’t slept much since news broke in mid-October that users of his RushCard couldn’t access their own money and were locked out of their accounts, due to a computer glitch, leaving some unable to make rent payments, pay utility bills or buy groceries for their families. “Technology glitches happen, but this was […]

Suspected Racial Profiling Results in GroupMe App to be Shut Down

(NNPA) – The mobile group messaging app GroupMe, owned by Microsoft, is claimed to have been a useful technological tool in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown district, helping business owners to connect with police in real time in their efforts to curtail crime and targeting shoplifters along the neighborhood’s popular shopping strip. Now the app is in the […]

California to enact tough equal pay law to address wage gap

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Female workers in California are getting new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The Democrat announced Tuesday he has signed legislation that supporters say enacts the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation. The legislation by Democratic Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara lets female […]

Uber enters into agreement with Sacramento International Airport

SACRAMENTO – Sacramento International Airport (SMF) has reached an agreement with Uber allowing the ridesharing company to operate legally at the airport. The agreement went into effect at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The operating permit applies to all UberX drivers. The airport does not have agreements with other Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as […]

Huge turnout expected at Sacramento homeownership event

SACRAMENTO – Preparations are under way this afternoon at the Sacramento Convention Center in anticipation of lines forming prior to the opening of NACA’s American Dream Tour event. Recent reports indicate that much of the Sacramento area is still struggling with unaffordable mortgages and the threat of foreclosure. NACA (Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America), the […]

Black Designer Lights Up GM

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – If you’re driving down a highway, street or tunnel anywhere in North America and you see the shimmering new headlights on the latest Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC or Buick approaching you, there’s a good chance you’re seeing the work of Martin Davis, a talented, young African American designer who works for General Motors. […]

Number of businesses owned by minority women are soaring

(AP) – The number of U.S. businesses owned by minority women is soaring, and outstripping U.S. business growth in general. The number of companies owned by Hispanic women rose 87 percent between 2007 and 2012, while the number of companies owned by Black women rose nearly 68 percent, according to preliminary figures released last week […]

No digital divide among Black, white millennials

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new poll finds African-American millennials say they are just as engaged in getting news online as their white counterparts, further debunking a long-held belief that people of color are at risk of being left behind technologically. In general, 64 percent of millennials say they read and watch news online regularly, including […]

Boosting Child Tax Credit Would Lift Poor Black Children Out of Poverty

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Reforms proposed to the Child Tax Credit by the Center for American Progress could help to reduce poverty in children younger than 3 years old in the Black community by nearly 22 percent. The plans to enhance the credit are laid out in a report by the progressive think tank. According to […]