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The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment for black men fell in January
Black Workers News

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 […]

Business Finance News

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 […]

Keith Mokoape, a retired South African Major General
Africa News World

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 […]

Philadelphia District Attorney recently indicted  two police officers for beating an arrested man.
Civil Rights Deadly police shootings District Attorneys News Politics

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 […]

Jackie Robinson West Allstars Little League Team had its titles stripped for league violations.
News Sports

Jackie Robinson West Little League Team Is Stripped of Its Championship Titles

Team manager also suspended By Frederick H. Lowe Little League International announced Wednesday that it stripped the all-black Jackie Robinson West Little League Team of its championship titles for rule violations, which included placing players on the team who did not qualify because they lived outside the team’s geographic boundaries. The League also suspended Darold Butler, the team manager, from […]

Don Thompson, president and CEO of McDonald's Corp., announced Wednesday that he will retire March 1.
Business News

McDonald’s Arches Are No Longer Golden for Black CEO Thompson

He retires after less than three years on the job By Frederick H. Lowe The Board of Directors of McDonald’s Corp., the world’s largest restaurant chain, announced on Wednesday that Don Thompson, the company’s president and chief executive officer, will retire March 1. Thompson, who was named CEO in July 2012, also announced that he also is retiring from McDonald’s […]

Joseph Sledge, who was sentenced to life in prison for a double murder he did not commit, was recently released at age 70. Sledge, who is wearing a white shirt and tie, is with Barbara Kinlaw, his sister. (The North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence provided the photographs)
News Social Security Wrongful Convictions

After 37 Years, a Man Is Released from Prison for a Crime He Did Not Commit

Another wrongful conviction and another instance of diminished economic opportunity By Frederick H. Lowe Joseph Sledge was a young man of 33 when he was sentenced to life in prison for a double murder he didn’t commit. Sledge was a 70 year-old senior citizen when he was released from prison on Friday after serving 37 years in prison for the […]

President Obama’s Ratings Are Up
News Politics

President Obama’s Ratings Are Up

President Barack Obama received a 50 percent job-approval rating, following his State of the Union address this month, but among African Americans, his ratings dropped three percentage points, according to a Gallup Politics survey. During his State of the Union address on Jan. 20th, President Obama delivered a populist message calling for free tuition at the nation’s junior colleges and […]