With “Add-ons,” Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

By Charlene Crowell (Deputy Communications Director, Center for Responsible Lending) It’s that time of year again when auto dealers try to make room in their showrooms for next year’s models. The seasonal clearance sales that come right before the holidays are just as tempting as Read More


What’s in our Shopping Carts?

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   With a current buying power of $1 trillion, manufacturers and marketers should be paying careful attention to the shopping patterns of African-American consumers. The latest report on Black consumers, Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African-American Consumer 2013 Report, illustrates Read More


Black Consumers Remain Strong Supporters of Dodd-Frank

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   A recent consumer survey shows that support for financial regulation, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), is strong. Nearly five years after America’s financial meltdown, a nationwide summer survey of likely Read More


Shopping ‘til We Drop

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist I have a black belt in retail therapy, so I was thrilled when I first saw Nielsen’s new in-depth report, Brick by Brick: the State of the Shopping Center, because it confirms two very important things:  our economy is growing stronger because Read More


Consumer Power has no Age Limit

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   I believe our future is in good hands, despite what recent news headlines would have us otherwise believe.  You are as familiar as I am with the barrage of negative stories of violence, drugs, teen pregnancy, bullying and other Read More


Power at your Fingertips

  By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Did you know that tens of thousands of new products are introduced to consumer markets around the world every year? It could be a new flavor of ice cream, a fancy new electronic gadget or the latest shade Read More