SIMEON GANT – Rethinking The Burgeoning Green Economy

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OPINION – When I began my research developing the Green Tech education program the term green jobs was an anomaly. The obvious question is, ‘What’s the difference between a regular job and a green job?’ Since its inception in 2009, Green Tech set out to define and spread the word of what a green job […]

CHARLINE CROWELL: America’s Crisis: 38 Million have no Retirement Assets

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  OPINION – As more Baby Boomers continue to retire, a new research report has found that the nation is facing a trillion dollar retirement savings crisis. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), 38 million Americans – 45 percent of working-age households – have no retirement account assets. Among all working households, […]

Student Loan Rates Double Without Congress’ Action

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WASHINGTON — College students’ interest rates are at the mercy of Congress. The interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent Monday and could stay doubled unless Congress fulfills its pledge to restore lower rates when it returns from the Fourth of July holiday. Lawmakers from both parties, as well as the White […]

ROBERT WOODS: How To Determine Your Spending Personality

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OPINION – Budgeting and finance are two of the most important factors in measuring the quality of life in America. If your financial situation is in turmoil, so is your happiness. As the old saying goes: “When money gets short, so does understanding.” Generally speaking, in the African American community, we do not focus on […]

AZIZZA GOINES: The Dream of Township 9

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OPINION – On Wednesday January 16, 2013, I was invited and honored to witness the groundbreaking ceremony of Cannery Place at Township 9 here in Sacramento. Just in case you’re unaware of this project, it is an urban infill project spearheaded by Nehemiah Corporation and is located off of Richards Boulevard and 7th Street. I […]

5% of Consumers Had Errors on Their Credit Reports

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WASHINGTON – A Federal Trade Commission study of the U.S. credit reporting industry found that five percent of consumers had errors on one of their three major credit reports that could lead to them paying more for products such as auto loans and insurance. Overall, the congressionally mandated study on credit report accuracy found that […]

New App Helps Locate Black-Owned Businesses

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WASHINGTON – Hundreds of Black-owned businesses have a new way for consumers to find and shop with them. There is an app for that. The Around the Way app, the brainchild of a marketing and technology firm in Washington, D.C., allows the customer access to companies that are at least 51% African-American owned and employed. […]

Whites Six Times Wealthier than Blacks

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WASHINGTON – Whites had an average wealth of $632,000 in 2010 while Blacks had about $98,000 and Hispanics had $110,000, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute. “Such great wealth disparities help explain why many middle-income blacks and Hispanics haven’t seen much improvement in their relative economic status and, in fact, are at […]

‘Buying Power of Black America’ Report Probes Spending Shifts

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NATIONWIDE – According to the data found in a new report, “The Buying Power of Black America,” Black consumers have shifted their priorities and preferences. With the nation slowly recovering from recession, businesses need to develop strategies for regaining and increasing their share in the Black American economy. Black consumers now represent the margin of […]

Blacks Less Prepared for the Next Financial Crisis

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WASHINGTON – Minorities clinging to the middle class have come out of the Great Recession at a higher risk for falling into poverty during the next economic crisis, according to a recent report by the Center for American Progress, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. The report titled, “Making Sure Money Is Available When […]