Author Archives: Freddie Allen

  • Black Unemployment Rate Falls to 11.9 Percent

    The unemployment rate for Blacks dipped to 11.9 percent in December, according to the Labor Department—but that decrease may be because likely workers, discouraged after months of searching for jobs with few prospects, have simply stopped looking. According to the Labor Department, the ...

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  • Homelessness Increases in U.S.

    WASHINGTON–The downturn in the economy and a lack of local resources have forced more Americans to live under bridges, in their cars and on the couches of other family members, according to a recent report on hunger and homelessness. The 25-city survey, conducted by the United States ...

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  • Unemployment for Black Women at 4-Year Low

    As job prospects for Whites and Black men have slowed or stalled completely, Black women continue to gain ground in a weak labor market, according to the latest jobs report. “Over the last few months, Black women have seen the greatest decline in their unemployment rate, so there is a ...

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  • Many Poor Blacks in the South will Remain Uninsured

    Even if healthcare.gov, the web portal for federal health insurance exchange, worked perfectly, more than 5 million poor, uninsured adults, many of them Black, will continue to go without coverage because they live in states that didn’t expand Medicaid, according to a recent brief by the ...

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  • Caribbean Nations United for Reparations

    In a move that has implications for Blacks throughout the U.S., more than a dozen Caribbean nations have banded together to urge European countries, which profited from the transatlantic slave trade, to begin serious discussions about reparations. “African bodies were snatched and put on ...

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  • U.S. Increases Un-Needed Surveillance

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 that brought down the World Trade Center towers in New York and punched a hole in the Pentagon in northern Virginia, the United States government ramped up a massive data collection campaign that effectively claimed ...

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  • Chevy Chase Bank to Pay Minority Borrowers $2.85 Million

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Chevy Chase Bank agreed to pay $2.85 million to Black and Latino borrowers, following allegations of discriminatory home lending practices. The Maryland-based bank joins Wells Fargo and Bank of America as banking institutions that paid out million dollar settlements in ...

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  • Justice Department Will Sue N.C. Over New Voting Laws

    WASHINGTON – Stepping up efforts to combat voting laws that discriminate against Blacks, Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans to sue North Carolina over restrictive, new voting laws that critics say will suppress the minority vote. In a press statement, Holder said: “The ...

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  • HBCUs Must Adapt to Teach the 21st Century Students

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As historically Black colleges and universities adapt to the rapidly changing educational landscape, advocates say that collaborative partnerships in business, in the community and on campus will be needed to ensure that HBCUs survive and thrive in the 21st century. ...

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