AUBRY STONE: Teach & Train Financial Literacy to Black Youth

OPINION – At the California Black Chamber of Commerce it is, without question, our duty and honor to teach and train the next generation of African American entrepreneurs the most successful route to financial success personally and in business. As the new century promised, society has ushered in a new business leader, formed from the […]

Gas Prices Soar in California as Supply Shrinks

LONG BEACH (AP) — Gas prices are soaring in California in a classic example of supply and demand after an explosion stopped gasoline production at an Exxon Mobil refinery while another remains offline due to labor unrest. Average retail gas prices in the state have surged 25 cents a gallon in less than a week, […]

Plastic bag ban suspended after group gets enough signatures for ballot measure

SACRAMENTO (AP) — California’s first-in-the-nation statewide ban on plastic shopping bags was put on hold Tuesday when state election officials confirmed a trade group had turned in enough signatures to place the issue before voters in 2016. The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, had about 50,000 more valid signatures than the 505,000 […]

Half-Million of Wal-Mart’s US Workers to Get Pay Raises

BENTONVILLE, AK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is hoping its decision to boost workers’ paychecks will help it boost its bottom line. The nation’s largest private employer announced on Thursday that it’s giving a raise to about half-million U.S. workers as part of a $1 billion investment that includes changes that Wal-Mart says are aimed at […]

KIM KEENAN: Hi Tech Must Give Higher Priority to Diversity

OPINION (NNPA) – This revolution will definitely not be televised. When Intel announced that it would spend $300 million over the next five years to create a workforce that actually looks like America, the coverage of the announcement was scant. Here, we have a real game changer, and the faint praise of Intel CEO Brian […]

GEICO discriminates against unmarried low income drivers

SACRAMENTO (PRNewswire-USNewswire)- In a petition filed with the California Department of Insurance, Consumer Federation of California alleges GEICO illegally deceives and discriminates against unmarried, lower or moderate-income motorists by quoting them much higher minimum coverage levels than permitted under state law. CFC is calling on the Department of Insurance to enforce insurance and civil rights […]

Income Inequality Rises In all 50 States

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Income inequality is rising and it affects workers in every state, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Researchers from EPI, a nonpartisan think tank focused on low- and middle-income workers, analyzed Internal Revenue Service data for all 50 states and found that not only was the income […]

Black Unemployment Rate Headed for Single Digits

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After three consecutive months of the economy adding more than 25,000 jobs, the Black unemployment rate could dip below 10 percent by mid-2015 if current trends continue, says Valerie Wilson, an economist and director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) at Economic Policy Institute. When Wilson analyzed the […]

Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Conference Opens

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After making Silicon Valley’s boldest commitment to diversity, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich will headline Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project’s 18th annual convention this week in New York City. Krzanich will be part of a one-on-one conversation Tuesday, Jan. 13, the first day of the 3-day conference, with Rainbow PUSH founder Jesse L. […]

Target Under Fire For Using White Model In ‘Annie’ Clothing Ads

HOUSTON (NNPA) – Target has stirred outrage with an “Annie”-themed ad campaign featuring a white model in place of the Black actress who stars in the latest film version of the rags-to-riches story. An online petition calling for the big-box retailer to remove the ads and apologize to “Annie” star Quvenzhané Wallis had accrued more […]