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 […]

Ancient Medicine May Offer a New Hope

(NNPA) – The Meridian System, a foundation principle of ancient and traditional Chinese medicine; and, the essence of Acupuncture therapy, seems to have earned its place as a credible and important concept in western medicine. Ancient Chinese believed the Meridian System runs throughout the human body carrying energy (QI). It is this system that Acupuncturists […]

Straight Black Men Sidelined in AIDS Fight

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Heterosexual Black men were largely invisible at the 2015 United States Conference on AIDS last week, a long-term absence that will continue to impact the future of the AIDS epidemic in the Black community. One in 16 Black men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, compared to 1 in 102 […]

Study: Party Trumps Race among Black Voters

(NNPA) – Party undermines race among African-American voters; a new study finds, signaling a potentially hard sell for the Republican Party within this voting bloc. And it’s a problem that would likely not be solved by merely promoting Black Republican candidates for office. “There are some very successful African-American Republicans, but those folks don’t attract African-American […]

Public Offices Discriminate Against Black Americans

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – It’s an open secret that Black-sounding names can hinder employment, housing, and loan applications. Apparently, basic emails to public servants have snuck onto that list. So concluded a recent study published by the Institute for the Study of Labor, an international research center based in Germany. “Discrimination by providers of public services […]

Black Designer Lights Up GM

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – If you’re driving down a highway, street or tunnel anywhere in North America and you see the shimmering new headlights on the latest Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC or Buick approaching you, there’s a good chance you’re seeing the work of Martin Davis, a talented, young African American designer who works for General Motors. […]

Former President Jimmy Carter to undergo radiation for cancer on his brain

ATLANTA (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter announced Thursday that his cancer is on four small spots on his brain and he will immediately begin radiation treatment, saying he is “at ease with whatever comes.” “I’m ready for anything and looking forward to a new adventure,” said Carter, appearing upbeat and making jokes as he […]

Boosting Child Tax Credit Would Lift Poor Black Children Out of Poverty

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Reforms proposed to the Child Tax Credit by the Center for American Progress could help to reduce poverty in children younger than 3 years old in the Black community by nearly 22 percent. The plans to enhance the credit are laid out in a report by the progressive think tank. According to […]

Oral Contraceptives Cut Down Endometrial Cancer Risk, Provide Long-Lasting Protection

(NNPA) – Oral contraceptives provide long-term protection against endometrial cancer, according to new research published by scientists studying the beneficial side effects of birth control pills. The study, published in the Lancet Oncology medical journal, revealed that oral contraceptive use for approximately five years can significantly impact the health of women as they age and become […]