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Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus have expressed concern about the merger between Amazon and Whole Foods

Congressional Black Caucus concerned about Amazon/ Whole Foods deal

By Frederick H. Lowe Online retailer Amazon.com’s agreement to buy Whole Foods Market, the upscale grocery chain, for $13.4 billion has some members of the Congressional Black Caucus concerned because they fear it could lead to more food deserts in African-American communities. In a July 20 letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Maureen Ohlhausen, acting chairman of the […]

August 6, 2017 · 0 comments ·

Report: the changing workplace presents both an opportunity and a risk for blacks

By Frederick H. Lowe The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington D.C.-based think tank for black-elected officials, recently released a report about the future of work and how it will affect African Americans. It’s  both a study and a warning that urges blacks to prepare for major changes in the workplace. The study titled “The Future of […]

August 5, 2017 · 0 comments ·
National Association of Black Journalists is searching for an executive director

National Association of Black Journalists is searching for an executive director

  The National Association of Black Journalists has hired Harris Rand Lusk, a New York-based executive search firm specializing in nonprofits, to lead a national search for a new executive director at NABJ. The search for an executive director is the first major item to be implemented following the successful completion of the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020. The NABJ is […]

June 8, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Blacks face higher rates of discipline in the military

Blacks face higher rates of discipline in the military

  The Air Force has the worst record By Frederick H. Lowe Blacks serving in the four branches of the military are disciplined at much higher rates than whites with the disciplining of blacks in the Air Force being sky high, according to a report released Wednesday. In its report, “Racial Disparity in Military Justice: Findings of Substantial and Persistent […]

June 8, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Edwina Justus, the first black woman engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad.

Edwina Justus, first black woman train engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad

By Rosemary Eng Back in the ’70s when the train engineer uniform was the standard striped denim hats and overalls, Edwina (Curlie) Justus said to heck with that and climbed into the driver’s seat of a locomotive wearing a nice blouse and jeans and, of course, her eyelashes. Justus was Union Pacific Railroad’s first female African-American train engineer. Her story […]

June 1, 2017 · 0 comments ·

Driverless vehicles will drive jobs to a dead end

Letter to the Editor Fred, thanks for running the article about driverless vehicles from Demos writer Dr. Algernon Austin. I covered this field for 18 months or so, and I agree with Dr. Austin that driverless vehicles will kill a number of driving jobs. Black teens who think they will grow up and drive for public transit like the CTA […]

May 10, 2017 · 0 comments ·
African-American Men Should Be Very Worried about Self-Driving Vehicles

African-American Men Should Be Very Worried about Self-Driving Vehicles

Posted by Dr. Algernon Austin WASHINGTON, D.C.–There is a great deal of excitement about self-driving or autonomous vehicles and how they will make travel safer and more efficient. What isn’t being discussed nearly as much is the impact of this technology on people who drive for a living. Many people should be worried about whether their jobs are about to […]

May 3, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Jobless Rate Increases for Black Men in March

Jobless Rate Increases for Black Men in March

    By Frederick H. Lowe WASHINGTON—It was a new month for jobs data and things had gotten worse for black men. Businesses added 98,000 jobs in March, lower than predicted, and black men 20 years old and older continued to suffer from the nation’s highest unemployment rate. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the jobless rate for […]

April 19, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Study:  Driverless Vehicles Could Speed Workers to the Poor House

Study: Driverless Vehicles Could Speed Workers to the Poor House

By Frederick H. Lowe                           Self-driving vehicles will drive over 4 million workers to the unemployment line if the technology is fully implemented in a short period of time, concludes a research paper by the Center for Global Policy Solutions, a Washington, D. C.-based think tank and action […]

March 16, 2017 · 0 comments ·
Black Unemployment Was 7.7 Percent In January

Black Unemployment Was 7.7 Percent In January

By Frederick H. Lowe The nation’s nonfarm businesses added 227,000 jobs in January, President Barack Obama’s last month in office of his eight-year term, but despite the strong growth in jobs, black unemployment improved very little. The black jobless rate was 7.7 percent in January, down from 7.8 percent in December. This compares with an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent […]

February 4, 2017 · 0 comments ·