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 […]

Why Are You Always Tired?

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CHICAGO – Are you always asking “Why am I so tired?” Are you having trouble staying awake during watching your evening TV shows? Most of us know what it’s like to be tired, especially when we have a cold, flu, or some other viral infection. But when you suffer from a constant lack of energy […]

The Crisis of Black Males is a National Problem

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WASHINGTON – The failure to invest in Black males threatens America’s real-world economic future and national security, experts say. “We have to realize that we are moving backwards and the country has to realize that the greatest national security and economic security threat is not from some outside enemy, it is from our failure to […]

RAYNARD JACKSON: Supreme Court Made Right Call on Voting & Affirmative Action

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OPINION – Last week liberal Blacks and Whites went crazy after the Supreme Court issued its ruling on affirmative action and the voting rights cases. Well, I happen to agree with the court in both decisions. Now, before you start calling me a “sell-out, Uncle Tom,” or “Republican,” turn off your emotions and listen to […]

States Spend $3.6 Billion on Racially Biased Marijuana Arrests

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NATIONWIDE – African-Americans are nearly four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than whites despite similar consumption rate by both groups, while states have been spending more than $3.6 billion of taxpayers’ funds for policing, adjudicating and incarcerating convicts, according to a recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The […]

Poll Says Many African-Americans are More Unhappy

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NATIONWIDE – Remember the song “Don’t Worry Be Happy”? It appears as if the pursuit of happiness is leaving a lot of African-Americans unhappy, according to a recently released poll by New York-based Harris Interactive, an international market research firm and polling agency. The agency polled more than 2,300 Americans in April using an online […]

Kevin Johnson Urges Accountability as Head of Black Mayors Group

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ATLANTA – Sacramento, Calif. Mayor Kevin Johnson, the newly-elected president of the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM), told his colleagues that if they don’t improve the lives of their constituents, they don’t deserve to remain in office. “We got these good seats, we’ve been elected and we get honored and esteemed everywhere we go,” […]