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Blacks rejoining labor market

Blacks rejoining labor market

| December 16, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–The black unemployment rate rose to 11.1 percent in November, according to the latest jobs report from Labor Department, because of increasing optimism in the economy. The black unemployment rate rose from 10.9 percent in October to 11.1 percent and the jobless rate for whites increased slightly […]

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AT&T faces $10 billion race discrimination suit

| December 12, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–A group that advocates for economic inclusion and fair contracting for black-owned media recently filed a $10 billion dollar lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against AT&T and DirecTV. The National Association of African American Owned Media (NAAAOM) filed the lawsuit for an unnamed company that “owns seven original […]

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Black pollster: ‘Democrats got their [butt] whipped’

Black pollster: ‘Democrats got their [butt] whipped’

| November 23, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Even with overwhelming support from black voters, Democrats still lost control of the United States Senate in the midterm elections and President Barack Obama will have to compromise with the GOP-controlled Congress to get anything done in his last two years. “First let’s put it in context, […]

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Lynch nomination will test Obama’s relationship with new Congress

Lynch nomination will test Obama’s relationship with new Congress

| November 23, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)– In what may be the first test of the GOP-controlled, United States Senate’s willingness to work with the White House, President Barack Obama nominated United States Attorney Loretta Lynch to succeed Eric Holder as the next attorney general. If confirmed, Lynch would become the first black […]

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Housing segregation played role in Ferguson, Mo. tragedy

Housing segregation played role in Ferguson, Mo. tragedy

| November 4, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Mo., Darren Wilson, a white police officer, was as much as the product a century of housing segregation spurred by federal, state and local policies as longstanding tension between blacks and police, according to […]

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Blacks expect more from hip hop artists

Blacks expect more from hip hop artists

| October 16, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., members of the black community and independent artists continue to call on mainstream rappers and entertainers to use their visibility to speak out against police brutality affecting young, black males. Nearly […]

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Justice Department urged to stay focused on police killings

Justice Department urged to stay focused on police killings

| October 4, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Officials from the National Action Network, the National Urban League the National Bar Association, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other civil rights groups have urged the Justice Department to remain focused on the deaths of Michael […]

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Experts push for better oversight of police

Experts push for better oversight of police

| October 2, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Neill Franklin says there is nothing new about friction between law enforcement agencies and Blacks. And he should know–Franklin is a 34-year law enforcement veteran of the Maryland State Police and the Baltimore Police Department. “This is nothing new,” said Franklin, during a panel discussion on the shooting […]

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Companies ‘steal’ billions from low-income workers

| September 25, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Employers pickpocket billions of dollars from low-wage workers, a crime that disproportionately hurts blacks and often goes underreported, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). Researchers at EPI, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on economic issues that affect low- and middle-income families, […]

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Black, brown workers stuck in poverty wages

| June 25, 2014

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—As fast food and retail workers continue to march for higher wages, a new study by the Economic Policy Institute revealed that blacks are more likely to earn poverty wages than whites. EPI released the “Raising America’s Pay” study in conjunction with the launch of a new research […]

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