Group Focuses on Developing Black CEOs

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an effort to increase the relevancy of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) redesigned one of its signature programs to cultivate Black industry leaders at the corporate level. Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of TMCF, a HBCU membership group focused on increasing access, retention and […]

Aerius CEO, Harold Rounds Works to Bring “Green Technology Smartphone” to Market

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NEW YORK – His company’s name may not be as recognizable as other smartphone leaders, but one CEO says, given the advances it is bringing to the table, it’s only a matter of time. Harold Rounds took over as Interim CEO of New York-based Aerius International, Inc. in May and hit the ground running. Tasked […]

California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags

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SACRAMENTO (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways. A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to […]

Wages Up for Black Men, Down for Black Women

Valerie Wilson, director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy at the Economic Policy Institute (Freddie Allen/NNPA)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black-White income gap narrowed in 2013 with Black men who worked full-time, year-round experiencing the greatest gain in earnings among all adult workers, according to the current population reports on income and poverty released by the Census Bureau. The median income for Blacks rose $793, an increase second only to Hispanic […]

Gov Brown Signs Bill Mandating Paid Sick Leave

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LOS ANGELES  – Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Wednesday that will require most California employers next year to provide up to three sick days for millions of workers, a policy long-sought by labor unions and opposed by business groups. “This is the least we can do,” Brown told reporters after signing the bill at a […]

PG&E Fined $1.4B For 2010 Gas Line Expolosion

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SAN FRANCISCO — California regulatory judges issued a $1.4 billion penalty on Tuesday against the state’s largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight people and prompting national alerts about aging pipelines. The California Public Utilities Commission said the figure reached by two administrative […]

‘Yes We Code’ Trains Black Youth on Computer Programming

Van Jones and Mattie Lawson discuss the benefits of the ‘Yes, We Code’ initiative. (Valerie Goodloe photo)

LOS ANGELES – Practically every young person downloads applications or apps to their phones or tablets. Their actions make money for countless companies around the world. CNN broadcaster Van Jones aims to reverse that trend through his ‘Yes, We Code’ initiative which teaches African American youth to write their own apps and make money for […]

Two Groups Announce Plan to Boost Spending Among Blacks

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers (NABHOOD) are formally partnering to make sure that a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remains in Black hands. The partnership was launched last week at the start […]

Keep Cool & Save Energy on Hot Summer Days

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SACRAMENTO – Summer’s hot days are here. Plan now for ways to keep your home cool and save money on summer energy bills. The best way to keep your home cool? Don’t let it heat up in the first place. There are many measures out there that can deliver immediate savings: Door stripping, black-out curtains, […]

Employement Numbers for Blacks Best in Six years

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WASHINGTON – The Black unemployment rate hit a six-year low in June, dipping below 11 percent for the first time since August 2008. Last week, the Labor Department reported that the Black jobless rate was 10.7 percent in June, compared to the White unemployment rate, which was 5.3 percent. The unemployment rate for Black men […]