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,” […]

Black Teen Birth Rate Falls 60 percent in 10 Years

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WASHINGTON – A new report by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shows that the teen birth rate for African Americans has declined by 60 percent between 1991 and 2011 – a rate 10 percent greater than the overall dip in teen birth rates. Over the past decade, the national teen birth rate has […]

5% of Consumers Had Errors on Their Credit Reports

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WASHINGTON – A Federal Trade Commission study of the U.S. credit reporting industry found that five percent of consumers had errors on one of their three major credit reports that could lead to them paying more for products such as auto loans and insurance. Overall, the congressionally mandated study on credit report accuracy found that […]

New App Helps Locate Black-Owned Businesses

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WASHINGTON – Hundreds of Black-owned businesses have a new way for consumers to find and shop with them. There is an app for that. The Around the Way app, the brainchild of a marketing and technology firm in Washington, D.C., allows the customer access to companies that are at least 51% African-American owned and employed. […]

Whites Six Times Wealthier than Blacks

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WASHINGTON – Whites had an average wealth of $632,000 in 2010 while Blacks had about $98,000 and Hispanics had $110,000, according to a recent study by the Urban Institute. “Such great wealth disparities help explain why many middle-income blacks and Hispanics haven’t seen much improvement in their relative economic status and, in fact, are at […]

Social Security Changes Could Hurt Blacks Most

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WASHINGTON – Social Security changes proposed by Obama could hurt Blacks more than other groups, a new report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions finds. In this fiscal year 2014 budget, President Obama proposes switching the way benefit programs such as Social Security and civil service retirement adjust for inflation to the chained consumer […]

‘Buying Power of Black America’ Report Probes Spending Shifts

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NATIONWIDE – According to the data found in a new report, “The Buying Power of Black America,” Black consumers have shifted their priorities and preferences. With the nation slowly recovering from recession, businesses need to develop strategies for regaining and increasing their share in the Black American economy. Black consumers now represent the margin of […]

Shonda Rhimes: When You’re Hot, You’re Hot

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HOLLYWOOD — It happens every now then. A television show so hot that fans wait with bated breath for it to air each week. The next day it is a major topic of discussion in offices, in beauty salons, on the Internet, etc. And, of course, the show’s ratings are in the stratosphere. Such is […]