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Black History Month: Needed now more than ever

Black History Month: Needed now more than ever

“There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering.” – Lonnie Bunch, founding director, National Museum of African American History and Culture Ever since the 2009 election of Barack Obama as America’s first Black president and the […]

Rebuilding wealth lost during Great Recession

Rebuilding wealth lost during Great Recession

February, Black History Month, is usually a time when communities and organizations honor the achievements of our forefathers. But this year, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and key allies chose February to convene a symposium that addressed communities of color and consumer financial services. Co-convening organizations with CRL were the Joint Center for Political […]

A knockout punch for Zimmerman

A knockout punch for Zimmerman

Had he not massacred Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman would be an average White man holding down a mediocre job, living under the radar, and aspiring for a law enforcement job. He and his wife would probably be divorcing (as they are now) on account of his brutality (she cites his beatings in her divorce proceedings). […]

Diverse ways of viewing diversity

Diverse ways of viewing diversity

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld made some comments last week about not caring about “diversity” in Hollywood, especially in the area of comedy, and set off some very heated conversations across the country. Seinfeld was on CBS This Morning being interviewed about his Internet-based show, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Seinfeld has been criticized in the past, […]

Consumers of color pay more for dealer-financed loans

Consumers of color pay more for dealer-financed loans

New research by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) finds that consumers of color still report paying higher interest rates on dealer-financed car loans than other consumers. This disparity is even more disturbing given that Black and Latino consumers report making more of an effort than Whites to negotiate their interest rates.  Thirty-nine percent of […]

‘Economic Freedom’ should be rallying cry

‘Economic Freedom’ should be rallying cry

Because the Negro does not own and control retail establishments in his own community, he is unable to stabilize his community…The Negro must pool his capital in order to help himself….This will enable him to solve his own problems. -  S.B. Fuller Has the thought ever occurred to you that despite having the highest unemployment […]

A cereal tweet exposes  serial unfairness

A cereal tweet exposes serial unfairness

MSNBC’s President Phil Griffin was forced to apologize last week for an incendiary and grossly unfair tweet about conservatives. This all got started with a simple TV commercial for Cheerios breakfast cereal. The only thing that was noteworthy about the commercial, which ran during the Super Bowl on Sunday, was that it featured an interracial […]

Facing challenges of business ownership

Facing challenges of business ownership

RON BUSBY, SR. NNPA COLUMNIST There is nothing like doing what you love to do. And it’s even better when others around you share your vision and goals. Tuesday, January 28 was almost perfect. I, along with three key supporters of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., started the day off telling the U.S. Black Chambers, […]

One thing that I wish that President Obama had said

One thing that I wish that President Obama had said

I was pleased that President Obama spent so much time on the matter of economic inequality and the need to raise the minimum wage in his State of the Union address.  Better late than never.  But there was something that he did not address that I wish that he had taken up.  Stated simply, if […]

War on women hurts children too

War on women hurts children too

In President Barack Obama’s State of the Union (SOU) address, he appealed to our nation’s employers to raise wages from the current minimum of $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.  He has already signed an executive order that requires federal contractors to be paid $10.10 an hour, an only appropriate move since so many […]