Job Prospects Flat for Black Workers in March

By Freddie Allen (NNPA Newswire Managing Editor) The employment prospects for African Americans showed little improvement in March, according to the Labor Department’s most recent jobs report. The labor force participation rate, which is the share of Blacks who either hold jobs or are looking for work, remained unchanged from February (62.3 percent) to March. […]

Remember the Chibok Girls

By Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) Three years ago, Boko Haram terrorists burst into dormitory rooms at the Government Secondary School in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok and kidnapped nearly 300 girls simply because they dared to get an education. In the days leading up to anniversary of their kidnapping, there were plenty of […]

Film Review: Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary

By Dwight Brown (NNPA Newswire Film Critic) “My music is the spiritual expression of what I am…I want to be the force that is truly for good.” It was a while before the legendary jazz musician and saxophonist John Coltrane got to a place where he could articulate his mantra that clearly. The legacy Coltrane […]

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Leads Charge to Investigate Federal Advertising

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has heard the call for a new report on federal advertising and they’re listening. One year ago, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) stood on Capitol Hill with members of the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) […]

Anti-trust Lawsuit Could Shake Up Newspaper Industry Forever

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Retailers, restaurants, healthcare companies and technology firms often turn to newspaper inserts, as a tried-and-true method to reach consumers, especially minority consumers. A major anti-trust lawsuit has been filed by the owner of an independent marketing company, who says that, if he’s victorious, millions—if not billions—of dollars in […]

Another One: Wells Fargo Bank Just Got Downgraded

By Dr. John E. Warren (San Diego Voice and Viewpoint/NNPA Member) Following a series of high profile lawsuits and allegations of misconduct, the embattled Wells Fargo Bank just suffered another loss in the form of a rating downgrade. Late last month, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency downgraded Wells Fargo’s rating from an […]

Ask Alma: My Husband Told Me not to Buy a New Car, and I Bought One Anyway

By Alma Gill (NNPA News Wire Columnist) Dear Alma, One of your recent columns, reminded me of my situation, so, I decided to contact you. I am a military wife and I love my husband. We’ve been happily married for three years. He takes good care of us and is strict with our budget. He […]

Blacks, Latinos Missing Out on Lucrative Jobs in the Oil Industry

By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) There are great opportunities for African Americans and Latinos in the oil, natural gas, and petrochemical industries, according to industry insiders, who are calling on minorities to “get in the game.” “IHS Markit projects that there will be nearly 1.9 million job opportunities over the next 20 years […]

Baton Rouge Charter Academy Fights to Stay Open, Keep 600 students

By Candace J. Semien (The Drum/NNPA Member) BATON ROUGE — When Jonathan Hage traveled to Baton Rouge following the August flood, the Charter School USA director’s first concerns were his teachers’ and students’ well-being. Along with his wife and other executives, Hage brought hope and money; each teacher received $500. “It’s not money. It’s love,” […]

Cosby Asserts Rights To Defend Himself against Janice Dickinson

By Stacy M. Brown (The Washington Informer/NNPA Member) Bill Cosby continued his vigorous defense of his innocence and his famous brand last Thursday as the iconic, but troubled, comedian’s legal team argued that public statements in his defense are not defamatory. Cosby’s lawyer, Angela C. Argusa, filed an opening appellate brief in the ongoing case […]