Blacks Least Likely to Get Business Loan from Banks

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black-owned businesses face tougher challenges than other groups when seeking bank loans, according to a new study by the Gallup polling company commissioned by Wells Fargo. Nearly half (47 percent) of Black-owned businesses operate in the South and the study found that 77 percent of Black business owners use personal cash to […]

Black Leaders Push for Nationwide Police Reform

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In the wake of the tragic death of Freddie Gray and the protests that followed in Baltimore, Black civic leaders continue to call for wholesale changes in policing and an end to police brutality in urban and predominately Black communities across the nation. Barbara Arnwine, the president and executive director of the […]

After Charges Filed and Curfew Lifted, Baltimore Regroups

Two young girls talk to national guardsmen outside of city hall in Baltimore, Md., on Friday, May 1. (Freddie Allen/NNPA News Wire Service.)

BALTIMORE (NNPA) – Friday afternoon was clear and cool enough for a light jacket, although most people wore T-shirts and shorts in Baltimore, Md. The Inner Harbor and much of city hall grounds were barricaded with low metal gates and by 6 pm, the Inner Harbor was free from the lively weekend energy that a […]

More and More Senior Citizens Maintaining an Active Sex Life

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(NNPA) – The month of May is designated “Older Americans” Month. This little-known designation is not new. Initially established by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the month exists to highlight a variety of important is­sues for the United States’ older population. One such topic is sex. And for older Americans, more and more are […]

Report Reveals Fewer Minorities are Uninsured

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson applauds gains in health care coverage by African-Americans and Latinos. (Courtesy photo)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Recent health care reports show declines in the uninsured rates for both African-Americans and other minorities nationally, while highlighting that Washington continues to be among cities where blacks and Latinos have benefited greatly from the Affordable Care Act. Among ethnic groups, Latinos and African-Americans saw the biggest declines in uninsured rates, with […]

‘Black Panther Party’ Film Seeks Wider Audience

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, the first feature-length film to focus on the origin and downfall of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is making waves in the film community. It’s been a breakout entry at the Sundance Film Festival, and has already won an award at the Pan African […]

75 Percent of ‘Furious 7′ Audience Was Non-White

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HOLLYWOOD (NNPA) – Hollywood, are you paying attention? Ethnically diverse casts produce record-breaking monster hits. Take exhibit A, the just-released Furious 7, which set or neared records for the studio as well as the national and international box offices.  The Universal film opened to a franchise-best $384 million over the weekend at the global box office, including $143.6 million domestically […]

Blacks Missing Out on ‘Obamacare’ Savings

According to the AJS report, more than 40 percent of Black enrollees and more than half of White enrollees didn’t know which services were covered under their health plans and which services they would pay for out-of-pocket. (Stock Image)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Even as health care costs continue to cause concerns for the poor, nearly 40 percent African Americans and about half of Whites didn’t know that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help those that need it the most to cover some of those costs. According to the new report by the Alliance […]

Black Women Face Challenges in Building Wealth

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WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black women are the only group that has not recovered the jobs they lost in the recession. Five years into national recovery, the unemployment rate for Black women has even risen a little since December, from 8.2 percent to 9.2 percent. On the flip side, employment brings its own unique difficulties for […]

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 […]