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Black Dollars Matter!

   Black Dollars Matter! The protest slogans addressing our latest struggle for justice and equity compel me to come up with a new phrase. The signs and T-Shirts emblazoned with “I Can’t Breathe!” “No Justice, No Peace!” and the latest, “Black Lives Matter,” carry connotations related to action. I often wonder what the folks who wear the T-shirts and hold the signs are doing to back up the slogans they ...

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Hi Tech Must Give Higher Priority to Diversity

Hi Tech Must Give Higher Priority to Diversity By Kim M. Keenan NNPA Guest Columnist   This revolution will definitely not be televised. When Intel announced that it would spend $300 million over the next five years to create a workforce that actually looks like America, the coverage of the announcement was scant. Here, we have a real game changer, and the faint praise of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s dec ...

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HUD Chief Seeks Broadband Access for the Poor

HUD Chief Seeks Broadband Access for the Poor By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent   Julián Castro, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development talks about the importance of homeownership in the African American community. (Freddie Allen/NNPA)     Julián Castro, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, wants to provide broadband access to p ...

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Financial Shackles Still in Place

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist       As the annual, month-long Black History observance begins, now is a timely moment to reflect on the journey that previous generations of Blacks have trod in the continuing quest for total freedom and equality. From 1865’s Emancipation Proclamation, to 1954’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, and 1965’s voting rights legislatio ...

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IS YOUR FAMILY PROTECTED? – Life Insurance Strengthens Your Financial Safety Net

                      Savings account? Check.  Retirement account? Check.  Debt managed responsibly? Check.  Life insurance? Wait a minute ... Protecting your financial security is about more than having money in the bank now and in the near future. It’s also about long-term financial protection for your family. However, a significant share of Americans ...

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Add Economic Justice to the Black Agenda

The groundswell for criminal justice reform has become nearly daily headline news. Demonstrations spanning the nation and many parts of the globe have demanded justice for those lives taken by questionable and fatal police behavior. Yet, Black America also suffers from another kind of injustice that is economic in nature and as pervasive as it is cruel. According to a new analysis of the Federal Reserve’s S ...

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Low Gas Prices, early Chrismtas Gift for drivers

The price of gas has been falling steadily over the last couple of months. According to gasbuddy.com, the BP station and the GoLO station at Roosevelt and Independence are battling with gas prices set at $2.47 per gallon for 87 octane. The Shell on North Avenue and Harlem has gas for $2.55 per gallon. Many just figured we would never see gas prices this low again. The drop in oil prices has been triggered b ...

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Jackson Outraged by High Tech Firms

Jesse Jackson says it is “outrageous” that high tech firms based in Silicon Valley hire so few women and people of color. “Rainbow PUSH successfully challenged companies to release their workforce diversity data.  We researched the racial and gender composition in their boardrooms, C-suites and workforce.  The data is undeniable, and underscores the systemic under-representation of Blacks, Latinos, and wome ...

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  On December 12, the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) ratified a resolution titled “Supporting the Diversification of Tech Industry’s Empowerment” which calls on tech companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and others to diversify their workforces through more robust outreach to minority communities. The resolution was sponsored by Reps. Gilda Cobb-Hunter (SC), John King (SC), Carl ...

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Clergy Urge Limits on Payday Lending

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist More than 80 members of the clergy from 22 states, representing multiple denominations, converged on Capitol Hill from November 17-19 in a unified advocacy effort. Following two days of training that included discussions about the negative impact of payday lending their communities, updates and key data points, clergy on the third day urged lawmakers to enact legislation t ...

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