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Bethune-Cookman alumna finding success with innovative ‘Purse Props’

Bethune-Cookman alumna finding success with innovative ‘Purse Props’

BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES Some women call them “handbags’’ while older generations prefer the more dated moniker, “pocketbooks.’’ The more fashionable millennial term is is a “purse,” and for as long as they have collectively crowded church pews, claimed their own movie theater chair or longed for public bathroom hooks to hang upon, the […]

Businessmen make strategic deposit into Black-owned bank

Businessmen make strategic deposit into Black-owned bank

BY HAZEL TRICE EDNEY TRICE EDNEY NEWS WIRE In a strategic effort to continue the movement of “Black-on-Black economics” – circulating dollars in the Black community to every extent possible – a group of Black male entrepreneurs led by the U.S. Black Chambers Inc. (USBC) has opened accounts with the D.C.-based Black-owned Industrial Bank. “In […]

Prepaid debit card companies aim to replace bank accounts

Prepaid debit card companies aim to replace bank accounts

BY JAMES RUFUS KOREN LO ANGELES TIMES (TNS) When Steve Streit conceived the prepaid debit card, he had something very specific in mind: a way to let kids spend money online without using a parent’s credit card. He didn’t imagine that 16 years later the cards would be used by tens of millions of lower-income […]

Simmons halts fees, hires extra help after RushCard glitch

Simmons halts fees, hires extra help after RushCard glitch

BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA NEWS SERVICE 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. […]

Nissan, Toyota defend diversity records after Rainbow Push scorecard

Nissan, Toyota defend diversity records after Rainbow Push scorecard

BY STACY M. BROWN NNPA CONTRIBUTING WRITER Nissan, Toyota and Hyundai are the latest automakers to respond to the recently released Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project, which issued its annual diversity scorecard earlier last month. While Ford and General Motors scored high on the scorecard which provides consumers, investors and industry experts a snapshot of each […]

Blacks ‘segregated’ in low-paying retail jobs

Blacks ‘segregated’ in low-paying retail jobs

BY JAZELLE HUNT NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – More than 1.9 million Black Americans work in retail, accounting for 11 percent of the industry’s total workforce. Despite being the second-largest source of employment for Black workers, new data from the NAACP and equality advocacy organization, Demos, finds that the industry is rife with racial inequality […]

Blacks least likely to get business loans from banks

Blacks least likely to get business loans from banks

BY FREDDIE ALLEN NNPA NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – Black-owned businesses face tougher challenges than other groups when seeking bank loans, according to a new study by the Gallup polling company commissioned by Wells Fargo. Nearly half (47 percent) of Black-owned businesses operate in the South and the study found that 77 percent of Black business […]

Apple Watches and dark wrist tattoos are not meshing well

Apple Watches and dark wrist tattoos are not meshing well

BY RYAN PARKER LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Well, that inks. The newly released Apple Watch may be problematic for people with dark tattoos on their wrist, the company acknowledged after complaints from customers. “Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation […]

Hotel booking scams costing Americans up to $220 million a year

Hotel booking scams costing Americans up to $220 million a year

BY HUGO MARTIN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Hotel booking scams are on the rise partly because one in three vacations is set up online, with many hotel and airline reservations punched in on those tiny, hard-to-read smartphone screens. Now a hotel trade group is asking Congress and the U.S. attorney general’s office to take action on […]

Seminoles seek gambling negotiations

Seminoles seek gambling negotiations

THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA The Seminole Tribe of Florida is asking the state to resume negotiations on renewing a five-year deal, set to expire June 30, that gives the tribe exclusive rights to operate banked card games such as blackjack at most of its casinos. The tribe sent letters on May 1 to Gov. […]

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