Nielsen Releases First Multicultural ‘Super Consumer’ Report

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(NNPA) – With multicultural consumer spending in the United States today at $3.4 trillion, this “super consumer” group has tremendous impact on U.S. mainstream culture, according to a Nielsen report recently released. The report, The Multicultural Edge: Rising Super Consumers, identifies multicultural consumers as the most dynamic and fasting growing segment of the U.S. consumer economy.“The Multicultural […]

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Filming of ‘Get Hard’

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NEW ORLEANS (NNPA) – The comedy Get Hard, scheduled for release March 27, co-stars Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. The shoot took place in New Orleans. A visit to the film’s production studios in there found Ferrell and Hart deep in their craft of making comedy mountains out of molehills. The plot centers on a […]

What is Your Obesity Costing You?

From dollar amount to intangibles, M.D. says condition is a ubiquitous factor in life

(NNPA) – Sometimes celebrities or otherwise physically fit people will put on a fat suit and document their experience with a video camera, usually to be aired on a daytime talk show. The overall impression is universal: Being severely overweight is taxing on almost every level, says Dr. Eleazar Kadile, who specializes in treating patients […]

Increased Black Home Ownership Would Slice Wealth Gap

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Researchers studying the affects of public policy on the racial wealth gap estimated that the median wealth of Black households would rise 451 percent if Blacks owned homes at the same rates as Whites. “With policies that advance the rate of Black and Latino homeownership to the same rate as White households, […]

NUL Report: Black America Remains in Crisis

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When it comes to the equality in America, a new report by the National Urban League says that Blacks are missing nearly 30 percent of the pie. The annual State of Black America (SOBA) report compared how well Blacks were doing in economics, health, education, social justice and civic engagement. In the […]

Ferguson Increased Revenue by Targeting Blacks

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Justice Department’s recent investigation of the Ferguson, Mo. Police Department not only revealed widespread racism in its operation, but described how poor Blacks were targeted to boost the sagging revenues of small municipalities. “Ferguson police officers issued nearly 50 percent more citations in the last year than they did in 2010 […]

Blacks Now Finishing High School at Record Levels

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After 30 years of little to no progress, Black youth are completing high school at the highest rates in history. This is the finding in a new issue brief titled, “Young Black America Part One: High School Completion Rates are at their Highest Ever,” published by the Center for Economic Policy Research, […]

Film Review: Focus

Will Smith and Margot Robbie co-star in the con artist movie Focus.

OPINION (NNPA) – After Earth, Men in Black 3, Seven Pounds… It’s been a while since Will Smith lived up to his star status in a film worth having his name above the marquee. As Nicky, a con artist’s con artist in Focus, he redeems himself somewhat in a generic but often entertaining game of […]

HUD Chief Seeks Broadband Access for the Poor

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Julián Castro, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, wants to provide broadband access to public housing residents in an effort to increase socioeconomic mobility among poor and low-income families. “We think [broadband access] is important because the world requires a connection to the Internet now,” said Castro. He […]

Black Women Endure Menopause Longest

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Sarah Finney, 57, said she gets hot flashes throughout her body at least once an hour. She even wakes up in the night with so much perspiration that she looks like she just left working out at a gym, she said. “Hot flashes are very annoying,” said Finney, a married mother of […]