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If You Make $100K a Year in This City, You Are Considered "Low Income"

San Francisco

“Low income” is a term that is often linked to the need for affordable housing. A low-income status means many people can receive help from the U.S. Department of Housing […]

PHEN To Hold 9th Annual Father’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer With Black Churches

Father's Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer

— Nationwide Events Will Recognize Survivors With Prayers and Support — Quincy, MA — In churches across the US, a portion of regular Father’s Day services will be devoted to […]

Black-Owned Construction Firm Awarded Contract to Replace Contaminated Water Lines in Flint, Michigan

Rhonda Grayer, Vice President of WT Construction

W.T. Stevens Construction, a Black-owned construction firm with about 25 employees, has been awarded a multi-million dollar service contract to replace more than 18,000 lead corroded pipes across the city […]

Mother and Teen Son Launch Movement to Help Black Families Create Generational Wealth Through Business Ownership and Personal Financial Success

Lavette and Yungche, mother/son founders of the Family Brand Movement

— In a nation where 49% of children are living in poverty, the family brand movement has been started to extract the true potential in family bonds — Nationwide — […]

Black Israelis Are Twice as Likely to Be Arrested for Crimes They Didn’t Commit -- Young Ethiopian Immigrant Sitting in Israeli Prison without Trial

Rivka Yeshayhu, a Black Ethiopian Israeli

Nationwide — Rivka Yeshayhu is a 21-year old Ethiopian-Israeli, a dedicated daughter and sister who works hard to support her family. Rivka lost her father at a young age and […]

"Scholarship Mom" Shares Money-Saving Secrets In Her Book -- How To Send Your Kids To College For Free

Gwen Thomas, author of The Parent's Guide to Sending Your Kids to College

— “The Parent’s Smart Guide to Sending Your Kids to College Without Going Broke” — Washington, DC — It’s that time of year when millions of college-bound students and their […]

Summit Aims to Correct Asian Beauty Supply Store Manager Beating and Choking a Female Black Customer

Beauty Supply Summit

Nationwide — Beauty Supply Institute, a training and consulting organization founded in 2007 by former business & economics professor and 3-time store owner Devin Robinson, is hosting its 1st Annual […]

Minority-Owned Firm Building Resilient Homes For New York Poospatuck Reservation Familiess Left Homeless by Superstorm Sandy

rebuilding_team_oden_development_homes

Nationwide — The New York Governors Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) helped fund housing through the “New York Housing Recovery Program”. The Governors Office of Storm Recovery assists property owners […]

NYU Appoints Lisa M. Coleman as Chief Diversity Officer

Lisa M. Coleman, Chief Diversity Officer at NYU

As NYU’s Inaugural CDO, Coleman to Lead Efforts to Improve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Hiring, Admissions, and Culture New York, NY — New York University President Andrew Hamilton today […]

White Reporter Resigns After Calling Herself the N-Word

Valerie Hoff, Atlanta reporter

Atlanta, GA — Valerie Hoff, an Atlanta TV reporter and frequent CNN contributor, has resigned after using the N-word in a recent Twitter exchange. But she didn’t use the derogative […]

Orrin Hudson to Be Interviewed by Monica Pearson - Atlanta’s First African-American TV News Anchor (Who Stayed On-Air For 37 Years)

Monica Pearson and Orrin Hudson

Nationwide — Orrin “Checkmate” Hudson, founder of the Be Someone mentoring program based in Atlanta, GA, will be a guest on “The Monica Pearson Show,” KISS 104.1 FM, on Sunday, […]

Black Relationship Expert (Who Has Been Married 3 Times) Says in New Book That "Marriage is a Trap in Disguise"

Papoo Outland, author of Marriage is a Trap in Disguise

— Author Papoo Outland challenges readers to think objectively and take pragmatic decisions and actions regarding marriage. — Nationwide — Author Papoo Outland announces the official launch and availability for […]

Trump Wants to End Reproductive Healthcare for Millions of Low Income Women

Trump with women supporters

Another healthcare benefit for millions of low-income women may soon be abolished. The legislation that will stop federal funding and end these programs is called H.J. Res 43, and it […]

Grand Opening of Santa Clara County's First African-Centered Community Health Clinic

Roots Community Health Center

— The grand opening ceremony will be on Thursday May 4th, 11am to 2pm — San Jose, CA — Members of the media are invited to attend the grand opening […]

Hundreds of Black Boys Say They Were "Modern Day Slaves" at a Recently Closed Reform School

Antoinette Harrell conducting child peonage research

Kentwood, LA — Antoinette Harrell is a genealogist, activist, and peonage detective who spent decades tracking down slavery in the deep south. The peonage research of Harrell led her to […]

90's Rapper Chubb Rock is Fighting For Black People's Health

Chubb Rock

Chubb Rock (born Richard Simpson) is a NYC-based rapper who released several hip hop hit albums in the early 1990’s. But lately this rapper is focusing on a bigger concern, […]

Black People and Cancer -- Where You Were Born Can Increase (or Decrease) Your Risk

African American man with cancer at doctor's office

A new study on cancer among African Americans revealed that where African Americans were born makes a big difference in their risk for cancer. The new research showed that blacks […]

Author and Activist K. Gerald Torrence Promotes His Book “America's Original Sin” at Dayton Book Expo

Bookcover and K. Gerald Torrence

— Finding the truth about black lives in America without having access to the right information can be overwhelming. Blogger and author K. Gerald Torrence has made his mission to […]

National Fatherhood Organization Announces "National Real Dads Read Day"

Real Dads Read

— First National Real Dads Read Day set for June 9, 2017, with a Focus on Children of Color — Atlanta, GA — It wasn’t too long ago that Fathers […]

Strayer University Leadership Under Fire for Racial Discrimination and Abuse of Power

Bryan Jones, President of Strayer University

By Sandra Wyckoff Nationwide — In separate complaints filed in Virginia and Tennessee, employees at Strayer University, one of the largest for-profit college systems in the US, have alleged systematic […]

Mental Health Expert, Dr. Sheila D. Williams, Uses Her Memoir, ‘My Mother’s Keeper’, to Inspire and Motivate Others to Live Unapologetically and Create the Future They Desire

Dr. Sheila D. Williams, author of My Mother's Keeper

Nationwide — Are you holding on to a family secret? Have you become stagnant due to a past that haunts you? Are you ashamed, embarrassed or afraid to expose something […]

New Nationwide Cross-Cultural Training Program for Police Officers, Badges2Bridges, Aims to Ease Racial Tensions

Police officers

Nationwide — The Cross-Cultural Institute has launched Badges2Bridges, a new training program for police officers and law enforcement professionals. The program aims to equip law enforcement personnel to work effectively with […]

Washington DC Elected Officials Out of Step with African American Leaders Attempts at Progress

DC Board of Elections

Washington, DC — DC’s Mayor Bowser, Council Member Anita Bonds, and DC’s Attorney General Racine, have not shown support for the proposed Recovery Act for Living Descendants of American Slaves, […]

Tech Entrepreneur Launches "Spendwith" -- A Mobile App That Encourages African Americans (and Latinos) to Buy, Sell & Trade in Their Own Communities

Jibril Sulaiman, founder of Spendwith app

— “Spendwith” is a culture-based, buy & sell app that is now available on the iTunes and Google Play app stores — Atlanta, GA — Spendwith, a new mobile marketplace […]



African-American Nurse Overtakes Psychiatric Industry -- Mental Health Care Options Just Got Better!

Glennae E. Davis, founder of NaesVision

Los Angeles, CA — African-American professionals facing discrimination, looking to hire attorneys, been referred to mental health services, or expecting to be ‘made whole’ hoping equality will come through administration […]

Author and Social Worker Releases New Book, “When I Grow Up,” to Educate Children About Extraordinary Career Opportunities

When I Grow Up by Jessica McEachern

Nationwide — Who’s ready for a great new book! When I Grow Up by author Jessica McEachern, MA, MSW, emboldens young readers, ages two to ten, to imagine a multitude […]

"Silence No More," a Liberating Memoir by Dr. Kenisha Burke, Encourages Individuals to Break Their Silence and Talk About Their Pain

Kenisha Burke, author of Silence No More

Nashville, TN — Dr. Kenisha Burke empowers individuals to tell their stories, however painful they may be. Many victims of abuse, infertility, eating disorders, and other hurtful pasts are afraid […]

The American Heart Association Recognizes National Minority Health Month with Key Survey Findings on Hands-Only CPR Beliefs among Minority Populations

American Heart Association CPR

— American Heart Association and Anthem Foundation Join Forces to “Change Perceptions” about Performing CPR — Dallas, TX — New survey findings from the American Heart Association (AHA) – the […]

White Girl, Black Doll -- 2-Year Old Shuts Down Cashier Who Questioned Her Choice

2-year old girl Sophia who prefers a Black doll

Nationwide — While in a Target store recently in South Carolina, Brandi Benner told her 2-year old daughter Sophia to pick out a prize for finishing her potty training. After […]

Spring Break Leadership Chess Camp Helping Atlanta Inner City Youth to "Be Someone"

Orrin Hudson and Dr. Erik Fisher with students

Atlanta, GA — Orrin Checkmate Hudson, “Master Motivator Teacher and Mentor”, is holding his annual Spring Break Leadership Chess Camp from Monday, April 3 through Friday, April 7, 2017 in Stone […]

The Black Economic Challenge -- $20 a Month Can Solve the Problems in the Black Community

Terrance Amen, founder of 3ufirst

Nationwide — Terrance Amen, founder and CEO of 3ufirst.com, asks, “Does the Black community really want to solve its problems?” He continues, “We’re not working together enough to really solve […]

More Black Children Developing Diabetes -- Three Ways Parents Can Help Stop This Epidemic

Black childhood diabetes and obesity

Obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes are diseases normally associated with adults. But the truth is that obesity among children has doubled in the past 20 years. Researchers predict that […]

This Private College (and Many Others) Are Allowing Low Income Students to Attend For Free

Student enrolled in low income program at Washington College

Many private colleges across the country are experimenting with new programs that will allow more low income students to attend their institutions. One of those is Washington College, a private […]

"No Love, No Charity: The Success of the 19th Child" Among the Most Highly-Covered Positive Non-Celeb Stories! -- Why No Movie Deal?

No Love, No Charity by Paul Lamar Hunter

Nationwide — Late in 2013, San Francisco Bay Area-based PR, et Cetera, Inc. president Toni Beckham issued a press release to introduce author Paul Lamar Hunter and his riveting and […]

Jay-Z and His Mom's Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship Program Now Open For Students

Rapper Jay-Z and His Mom

The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship provides financial support to high school students as well as undergraduate students entering college for the first time. The purpose of the scholarship is to […]

Is This Fortune 500 Company Discriminating Against Low Income Neighborhoods?

Low income family

AT&T is again under fire, this time for discriminating against low-income neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio. How? By not upgrading home Internet and video technologies in poor neighborhoods. The accusations come […]

Former NAACP Leader Who Lied About Her Race Says in New Book, "I was ‘Too Black’ for My Husband"

Rachel Dolezal, author of In Full Color

Nationwide — Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader from Spokane, Washington who pretended to be Black although she is really white, says in her new book that her first marriage […]

Bad News for Low Income College Students in Trump's 2017 Budget

Donald Trump making budget cuts

As President Donald Trump continues to make changes to the nation’s budget, his most recent cut to the U.S. Department of Education is bad news to millions of low-income students […]

Jesse Jackson's 2017 PUSH Excel Scholarship Program Now Open to African American Students

Jesse Jackson

PUSH Excel Scholarship Program awards a number of scholarships each year to deserving students who plan to attend college but do not have the resources to pay for tuition. Each […]

2017 NBNA Scholarship Program For Black Nurses Now Open

NBNA Black Nurse Scholarship Program

The NBNA Scholarship Program offers 14 scholarships each year to students pursuing a career in nursing who are members of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc. The scholarships are based […]

The Danger of Drinking Alcohol While Your Skin is Exposed to the Sun -- Many Blacks Still in Denial

African American drinking alcohol outside

Most skin cancers are caused by direct exposure to the UV rays in sunlight, according to the American Cancer Society. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can damage DNA in […]

Civil Rights Leaders Confront Korean Store Owner Who Choked Black Woman Because He Thought She Was Stealing

Korean Beauty Supply Owner Attacks Black Woman

Charlotte, NC — Members of the NAACP and the Nation of Islam (NOI) recently confronted Sung Ho Lim, a Korean beauty supply store owner, after a cell phone video of […]

How President Trump's Tax Cuts Will Affect Low Income Housing in a Really Bad Way

Donald Trump in a low income housing area

The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that there is now a shortage of affordable homes in every state and major metropolitan area in the country. It is considered a […]

Book Review: "Having Her Say" -- The 21st Published Book by Dr. Rosie Milligan, Described By Many as a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman

Having Her Say By Dr. Rosie Milligan

Reviewed by Dr. Maxine Thompson Nationwide — Having Her Say: A Compilation of Articles by and About Dr. Rosie – Time Keeper, Almanac and Score Keeper for Black America is […]

The #1 Killer of Black People in America is Not Black on Black Crime -- It's This!

African American patient with high blood pressure

About 75 million American adults (29 percent) have high blood pressure, or 1 in every 3 American adults, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. It greatly increases the […]

Social Worker Turned Author Shares Powerful Lifelong Insights in New 3-Part Book Series

Jo-Lynn's Written Expressions by Jo-Lynn Herbert

Nationwide — Jo-Lynn’s Written Expressions, a 3-book series written by social worker turned author Jo-Lynn Herbert, is a journey that has been guided on life terms that continues a bond […]

This Non-Profit Leader and Educator Has Authored More Than 10 Books That Empower African Americans

Olive Peart

Nationwide — Olive Peart is an established lecturer, educator and radiographer, and the author of more than 10 young adult novels and professional text books. She gives motivational lectures to […]

African American Author, Family Strategist, and Mother of 7 Releases Powerful New Book to Help People Communicate Effectively

Charlotte Avery, family strategist and mother of 7 children

— The Family Strategist™, entrepreneur and author Charlotte Avery, mom of 7 and married for 14 years transparently shares her personal journey of learning how to communicate in love and […]