ROGER CALDWELL: U.S. Black Chamber Expands its Reach, Influence, and Voice in 2015

OPINION (NNPA) – Black business is growing and the Black community is not aware of its influence nationally and globally. Group economics and Black business is not discussed very often together in the Black community and this is the reason the Black community is suffering. According to 2015 Urban Institute report, Whites have 12 times […]

AUBRY STONE: Unfair Solar Policy Needs Review

OPINION – All across California’s African American communities, issues of equality and fairness should not only be thought of as civil rights issues, but also as economic issues. Every day, families and small businesses must bear the impact that poorly crafted policies or outright indifferences have had on their ability to economically thrive and succeed. […]

Health law reporting extension issued for employers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department on Monday gave employers an extension of critical reporting requirements, as it seeks to manage some of the most complicated parts of the federal health care law. Employers had previously faced deadlines in February and March to report 2015 health insurance information to their employees, and also to the […]

Volkswagen Apology Ads Ignore Black, Latino Media

(NNPA) – Still facing an uphill battle to regain its reputation as a trusted automobile manufacturer, Volkswagen has turned a blind-eye to consumers in the Black and Latino community. To some, it’s puzzling that the scandal-plagued automaker would ignore African-Americans, whom a Nielsen Company study revealed possess $1.1 trillion in collective buying power that’s expected […]

AAA Offers Safety Tips for the Holidays

EMERYVILLE, Calif., – More than 20 percent of all collisions taking place in shopping mall parking lots during the holiday season, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.  AAA warns motorists how to avoid unnecessary hazards and potential damage claims. “Steering clear of common parking lot dangers will help you avoid stress and damage […]

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 […]