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Police arrest black NFL player because he was “acting suspicious”

By Frederick H. Lowe A Las Vegas police officer pointed a gun at Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett’s head and threatened to kill him if he moved after arresting him for no reason on Saturday, August 26.  Bennett posted his experience on twitter. Bennett was walking to his hotel after attending the Mayweather-McGregor fight when he and other members […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]