Author Archives: Freddie Allen

  • All Students Benefit from Minority Teachers

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite the cry from people of color for more teachers who look like them, both Whites and Blacks benefit from a more diverse teaching force, according to a study by Center of American Progress. “… A study of the relationship between the presence of African-American ...

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  • Black Unemployment Lowest in 6 Years

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Black unemployment rate hit a six-year low in June, dipping below 11 percent for the first time since August 2008. Last week, the Labor Department reported that the Black jobless rate was 10.7 percent in June, compared to the White unemployment rate, which was 5.3 ...

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  • President Obama Acts to Ease Student Loan Debt

    WASHINGNTON (NNPA) – From 2003 to 2014, student debt in America skyrocketed from $250 million to $1.2 trillion, surpassing credit card debt. As more students, especially Blacks students, rely on grants and loans to get through college, President Barack Obama has stepped up with a series of ...

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  • Black Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall

    For the second month in a row, the Black unemployment rate decreased, and the economy added more than 200,000 jobs, according to the Labor Department. The unemployment rate for Blacks decreased slightly from 11.6 percent in April to 11.5 percent in May and was two percentage points lower than ...

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  • Rule Change on Generic Drug Labeling Could Cost Billions

    A proposed rule change for generic drug labels, crafted by the Food and Drug Administration, could cost patients, health care providers and drug manufacturers billions of dollars and limit access to affordable, prescription drugs for minorities and the poor, according to more than a dozen ...

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  • When Cops Hide Behind Badges to Kill Blacks

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In 1965, Tuskegee Institute in Alabama was a hotbed for social protest and bred students passionate about equality, justice and civil rights. Seventeen-year-old, Ruby Sales, born in Jemison, Ala., was one of those students. “Once you got the religion of civil ...

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  • Megacommunities Bridge Minority STEM Gap

    WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In an effort to address persistent, racial disparities in science and engineering careers, educators and community stakeholders have embraced the "megacommunity" model of cooperation. The megacommunity model is a tri-sector approach to solving hard, real ...

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  • Holder Favors Voting Rights for Ex-Felons

    If America is ever to end the revolving door of prison recidivism, it needs to ease the re-entry of former offenders back into society by allowing them to vote, Attorney General Eric Holder believes. Holder announced his position during a recent conference on criminal justice reform at ...

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  • U.S. Voting Hurdles Remain

    If you thought that the U. S. Constitution guaranteed your right to vote, think again. “While the right to vote is inherent throughout our founding document, and there are amendments prohibiting discrimination, nothing in the Constitution explicitly guarantees our right to vote. We, as ...

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  • Black Unemployment Rate Falls to 11.9 Percent

    The unemployment rate for Blacks dipped to 11.9 percent in December, according to the Labor Department—but that decrease may be because likely workers, discouraged after months of searching for jobs with few prospects, have simply stopped looking. According to the Labor Department, the ...

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  • Homelessness Increases in U.S.

    WASHINGTON–The downturn in the economy and a lack of local resources have forced more Americans to live under bridges, in their cars and on the couches of other family members, according to a recent report on hunger and homelessness. The 25-city survey, conducted by the United States ...

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