HBCUs Struggling to Keep Up Due to Underfunding

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WASHINGTON – The president of the D.C.-based Thurgood Marshall College Fund said recently that historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are feeling the effects of underfunding, but are getting serious about resolving those issues. In doing so, the 106 schools — which the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University — can help […]

Stars Return for ‘Best Man’ Sequel

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NATIONWIDE – Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee’s latest film doesn’t enjoy the Oscar buzz that accompanied several other African-American movies this year, nor should it. While the big screen premieres of “12 Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station” and “The Butler” have helped to make 2013 one of the most memorable for black filmmakers, Lee’s […]

White Candidate Accused of Fooling Black Voters

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HOUSTON – Bruce Austin, a longtime member of the Houston Community College Board of Trustees, said he lost the recent November election because of deception on the part of his opponent. Small business owner Dave Wilson beat Austin by 26 votes. Wilson received 50.1 percent of the vote for the HCC District 2 race. Austin, […]

Atlanta Christian Rapper LeCrae Claims No. 1 Spot on iTunes With ‘Church Clothes Vol. 2′

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ATLANTA – If the iTunes charts are to be believed, Atlanta-based holy hip hop MC LeCrae’s “ChurchClothes Vol. 2” mixtape is the best selling digital album in the US. The sequel to 2012’s “Church Clothes” was released this week and is available for free on download sites like Datpiff.com. But supporters of LeCrae’s mission and […]

Racism Costs the U.S. Billions Every Year

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WASHINGTON – Closing the income gap between Whites and minorities, would boost earnings by 12 percent, aneconomic windfall of $1 trillion, for a nation burdened by debt and an anemic job market, according to a recent study conducted by the Altarum Institute and funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The study titled, “The Business Case […]

Jealous to Step Down as NAACP President This Year

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NEW YORK – As the world has discovered, Benjamin Todd Jealous is a man of his word, and his word is his bond. Five years ago when he became the youngest president and CEO of the NAACP, he promised to take the association to a new level of achievements. He also promised his family that […]

Blacks Attend Underfunded ‘Racially Separate’ Colleges

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WASHINGTON – Despite high test scores and access to higher education, Black students often attend poorly-funded colleges and receive certificates instead of earning degrees, according to a recent report. The report titled “Separate and Unequal,” by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, found that, “White students are increasingly concentrated today, relative to […]

Black Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2009

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WASHINGTON – The unemployment rate for Blacks fell from 13.7 percent in June to 12.6 percent in July, the lowest jobless rate for Blacks since January 2009, according to the latest jobs report from the Labor Department. Although economists warn against being too optimistic about one month’s jobs numbers, some economists found it unusual for […]

Can Black-Owned Franchises Help Narrow the Wealth Gap?

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LOS ANGELES – Growing up, all Ronald Smothers ever wanted was to own his own business. In the mid-’70s, armed with a degree from UCLA, he chose a career in franchise restaurants, opening a Burger King in Los Angeles’ Crenshaw neighborhood. He saw that times were changing and believed fast food was one way to […]

Black Men Most at Risk for Prostate Cancer

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PITTSBURG – Men, let’s talk about prostate health. Do you find yourself going to the bathroom more than once during the night regularly? Have you discovered that your urine flow has weakened or is intermittent? Have you noticed blood in your urine or semen? If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, it […]