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Affordable Care Act, which has reduced uninsured rates for blacks, has been ruled unconstitutional
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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
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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.
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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.
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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 […]

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 […]

Two black men elected to top leadership positions in Congress
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Two black men elected to top leadership positions in Congress

  One of the men, James Clyburn, the majority whip, has been criticized for accepting millions of dollars from the pharmaceutical industry at a time when consumers are outraged over soaring prescription drug prices By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today For the first time ever, two African Americans will hold two top leadership positions at the same time in Congress, U.S. […]

Police shot to death a black man, who was helping others, in the back, according to an anatomical review
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Police shot to death a black man, who was helping others, in the back, according to an anatomical review

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Police in Alabama shot and killed a 21-year-old man trying to protect other mall shoppers from gunfire by shooting him in the back because they mistakenly believed he was the gunman although he never pulled or fired his weapon. A preliminary anatomical review showed that Emantic F. Bradford Jr. was shot in the back […]