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Russian President Vladimir Putin is troubled by the growing popularity of rap music in his country
Arts

Russian President Vladimir Putin is troubled by the growing popularity of rap music in his country

  Russian president Vladimir Putin has a  way of giving other world leaders fits. But as it turns out Putin has something that has him pulling out his hair. It’s rap music. During a recent meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, with cultural advisors, Putin said he was alarmed by rap’s growing popularity among the nation’s youth, and he would like […]

Affordable Care Act, which has reduced uninsured rates for blacks, has been ruled unconstitutional
News

Affordable Care Act, which has reduced uninsured rates for blacks, has been ruled unconstitutional

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which has dramatically improved the health insurance coverage rates for African Americans since its enactment, has been ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in Texas, setting off a major battle. Supporters of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, which was enacted by the 111th Congress and […]

Cash is still king for most black consumers
News

Cash is still king for most black consumers

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Cash is king. Well, er, let me modify that statement. It is still king with African-Americans, but other racial and ethnic groups are pulling out their debit and credit cards to pay for purchases, according to a Pew Research Center study. “Roughly three-in-ten adults, or 29%, claim they don’t make any purchases with cash during […]

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
News

National Park Foundation buys Dr. King’s boyhood home

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today The National Park Foundation, the philanthropic partner of the National Park Service, has purchased Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home in Atlanta from the King Center, which has owned the building since 1973. The National Park Foundation closed the transaction on November 27th,  transferring the home’s ownership to the National Park Service, organization officials […]

The black unemployment rate fell to 5.9% in May — the lowest since the government started keeping track in 1972.
News

Black unemployment was 5.9 percent in November

  Overall black unemployment in November was 5.9 percent, a major drop from 7.1 percent compared with the same month a year ago as businesses feverishly sought to hire qualified workers but were largely unable to find them. The jobless rate for black men 20 and older in November was 5.8 percent compared to 7.1 percent for the same month […]

Tuskegee Airman dies
Obituaries

Tuskegee Airman dies

  Wilfred Defour, an aircraft technician for the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War 2, was recently found dead in his Harlem, New York, home. A  home health care worker found Mr. Defour’s body in the bathroom. He was 100 years old. Foul play was not involved. While in the service, Mr. Defour painted the tails of the aircraft from […]

Marlboro’s parent company buys a big share in a marijuana producer
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Marlboro’s parent company buys a big share in a marijuana producer

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Will we soon see the Marlboro man staring off into the distance while smoking a joint? That could be a real possibility after Altria Group, owner of Marlboro cigarettes, the world’s best-selling brand, recently purchased a 45 percent stake in Cronos Group Inc., a Toronto-based global cannabinoid company for $1.8 billion, Altria also said it […]

Founder of Sears funded schools for African-American students
History

Founder of Sears funded schools for African-American students

  Julius Rosenwald, co-founder, part owner and president of  Sears Roebuck & Company, funded schools for black children and teachers throughout the South during the early 1920s. The Julius Rosenwald Fund donated millions in matching funds to support the education of African-American children in the rural South. The money was spent to hire teachers, enroll students and buy supplies. One […]

Report: the planet continues to get warmer
Green

Report: the planet continues to get warmer

  The planet’s long-term warming trend has continued through 2018, with the average global temperature set to be the fourth-highest on record, reports the World Meteorological Organization, which is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The 20 warmest years on record have been the past 22 years with the top four in the past four years, WMO reported. The global average temperature […]