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Most Americans not Prepared for Retirement

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – Seventy-five million working Americans do not have a retirement plan, and half of all Americans have less than $10,000 in savings, according to a report by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee, It’s even worse for African Americans and other people of color. According to a December report from the National In ...

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Black Unemployment Rises to 12.1 percent

At 12.1 percent the Black unemployment rate is nearly double the national unemployment rate of 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate for Black men over 20 years old jumped from 11.5 percent in December 2013 to 12 percent in January, compared to White men who  experienced a decrease in their unemployment rate from 5.6 percent in December 2013 to 5.4 percent in January. The jobless rate for Black women over 20 y ...

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E-Juju and Griots salute Jayne Cortez and Amiri Baraka

 A gathering of renowned poets envisioned by the late Amiri Baraka arrived in a profusion of words and memory last Tuesday evening at the Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life on NYU campus.   That event was originally conceived by Baraka in collaboration with Manthia Diawara, the director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs, as a tribute to Jayne Cortez, who joined the ancestors a little more ...

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U.S. Voting Hurdles Remain

US VOTING Rep. Keith Ellison is leading drive to guarantee right to vote. By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent   WASHINGTON, D.C.  (NNPA) – If you thought that the United States Constitution guaranteed your right to vote, think again. “While the right to vote is inherent throughout our founding document, and there are amendments prohibiting discrimination, nothing in the Constitution explicitly gu ...

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STEM Education Gap Threatens American Economic Success

WASHINGTON, D.C.  (NNPA) – At a time when 6.7 percent unemployment (or, 11.9 percent among African Americans) is an improvement, the STEM sector still has more available jobs than qualified American professionals. And according to a study released last week, the United States’ will halt its economic success unless the racial gap in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is addressed.   ...

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Black Meetings Making History in Greater Fort Lauderdale

By Kitty Oliver   Broward County turns 100 years old in 2015, marking a century of dramatic racial and economic change for African Americans.  In that time the area has evolved from a rustic, almost uninhabitable frontier into the most diverse multi-ethnic urban area in the country, rivaling Queens County, NY. Milestones of local progress include the planned transformation of the Sistrunk Corridor in F ...

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Top Blacks In Healthcare 2014: Dr. Regina Benjamin

Dr. Regina M. Benjamin was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 18th United States Surgeon General in July, 2009 and served a four-year term. Dr. Benjamin also oversaw the operational command of 6,700 uniformed public health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote, and protect the health of the American people. Dr. Benjamin served simultaneously as Surgeon General and as the first ...

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Michael Sam: NFL Prospect Announces That He’s Gay

by NewsOne   Staff Sunday afternoon, former University of Missouri lineman Michael Sam, 24, announced to the world what his teammates have known for years. He’s gay.   Though that fact is not earth-shattering in and of itself, Sam’s revelation sparked an avalanche of contentious debates and varied reactions as observers wondered what Sam’s sexuality could mean for football. After all, it is one of the ...

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Violet Palmer: NBA’s Only Female Referee

Violet Palmer Place of Residence: A National Basketball Association arena near you or Los Angeles. Why She’s a Game Changer: Palmer is currently the only female referee in the NBA.   Sometimes longevity under difficult circumstances deserves praise. Palmer became one of two women to infiltrate the all-male referee ranks of the NBA in 1997. Her fellow groundbreaking female referee left after five years, leav ...

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