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Black Voter Turnout Remains Dismally Low in Local Elections

Look at Ferguson: A mostly black town with a mostly white government and police force   By Frederick H. Lowe Although African-American voter turnout in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections exceeded white turnout, blacks vote in much smaller numbers in local elections where many important issues are decided, according to a study by the Joint Center For Political and[Read More…]

Dr. Ben Carson Finishes with 7% in a Republican Presidential Preference Poll

By Frederick H. Lowe Ben Carson, M.D., finished with 7% of the vote in a 2016 Republican in a nationwide presidential preference poll released last week by Quinnipac University. Dr. Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, an author and a political conservative, finished behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Walker received 18%[Read More…]

DOJ: Ferguson Police Acted as Collections Agents, Targeting Blacks

By Frederick H. Lowe The Ferguson, Mo., police department, which sparked weeks of violent unrest following a white cop’s shooting death of an unarmed African-American teenager, used their badges to collect revenue for the St. Louis suburb by targeting black residents for illegal fines that violated their constitutional rights, according to the U.S. Justice Department. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights[Read More…]

Report: Nearly 4,000 African Americans Were Lynched in Acts of Terror by Whites

  The overwhelming majority were men By Frederick H. Lowe Nearly 4,000 black men, black women and black children were lynched between 1877 and 1950 in 12 Southern states, and their violent murders were celebrated, attracting huge crowds including some who used the occasion to hold picnics. The Equal Justice Initiative on Monday published, “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy[Read More…]

African Americans Who Think Often About Race Suffer from High Blood Pressure

By Frederick H. Lowe African Americans who are hyper-vigilant about racial matters are more likely to suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure, according a study published by Johns Hopkins University. The study titled, “Association of Race Consciousness with the Patient–Physician Relationship, Medication Adherence, and Blood Pressure in Urban Primary Care Patients, was published in the American Journal of Hypertension.[Read More…]

Unemployment Rate Drops for Black Men in January

Labor participation rate also declines By Frederick H. Lowe The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for black men 20 years old and older dropped in January compared with December, but the results were mixed for African-American workers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported earlier this month. The jobless rate for black men was 10.8 percent in January compared to 11.0[Read More…]

Black-owned Firms Participate in Apple and Microsoft Bond Offerings

by Frederick H. Lowe Three African American-owned companies participated in multi-billion debt offerings by Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp., and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr. of Operation PUSH in Chicago hailed the deals as breakthroughs for business diversity. The Williams Capital Group, LP, a New York City-based full-service investment firm that caters to institutional investors and corporate clients, participated in the[Read More…]

Don’t Take Away the Ladder to Success for Aspiring Minority Small Business Owners

  By Djenane Bartholomew Every day my husband and I make decisions that affect the lives of 450 people and their families. It’s a lot of responsibility but above all a labor of love. It is all part of being local franchise owners and living our American dream. The franchise model has been a gateway for millions of people over[Read More…]

African-American Assistance Needed to End Africa’s Last Colony

  By Linn Washington Jr. ALGIERS, ALGERIA—Keith Mokoape, a retired South African Army Major General, applauds African-Americans for their assistance in the bitter fight to end racist apartheid in his homeland. Mokoape now hopes that African-Americans will help end the festering sore surrounding the ‘Last Colony’ in Africa. The Western Sahara – an obscure country on the Northwest coast of[Read More…]

Brooklyn and Philadelphia DA’s Take Courageous Steps and Indict the Police

By Frederick H. Lowe The Brooklyn and Philadelphia District Attorneys, both African-American men, have gone where their white colleagues have feared or refused to go by indicting sworn police officers for misconduct and illegal shooting deaths of unarmed civilians. Ken Thompson, the Brooklyn or Kings County, N.Y., District Attorney, Wednesday announced a grand jury indictment of New York City Police[Read More…]

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