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PRESS RELEASE: NNPA and NAHP Join Forces on Capitol Hill to Advocate for Greater Inclusivity in All Federal Government Advertising Spending

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 11, 2016 Contact: Claudette Perry at cperry@nnpa.org or Belzi Palencia at belzi@elmundous.com Strategic Alliance Between African American and Hispanic American Newspaper Publishers Supports Full Voting Rights and Statehood for DC, and a Request that Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Will Ask the […read more]

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Obama to further ease Cuba travel, business restrictions Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/cuba-sanctions-213818#ixzz3mEl6cTwh

  [POLITICO] The White House announced Friday that it is relaxing additional restrictions on Cuba regarding travel, commerce and investment, stemming from President Barack Obama’s call to ease Cuban sanctions last December. The regulatory changes include making it easier to travel to the Caribbean country, […read more]

Business

Mega-Mergers Are Killing Innovation

[TIME] The latest mega-merger in the telecommunications sector, that ofAT&T and DirecTV, would be the fourth largest in history, and it comes only months after the nation’s largest cable operator Comcast announced that it was buying Time Warner Cable, the second largest cable operator. Nor […read more]

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Tribune takes a cue from News Corp. in planned newspaper spinoff

[LOS ANGELES TIMES] Tribune Co.‘s plan to spin off its newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, into a stand-alone publishing company follows in the footsteps of Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp. — and other media companies. Nearly two weeks ago, News Corp. divided into two separate companies: 21st […read more]

Business

Jobs data upbeat, but trade and services dim outlook

[REUTERS] Private employers stepped up hiring in June and new applications for unemployment benefits fell for a second straight week last week, pointing to a steadily improving labor market picture. Still, the pace of economic growth remains lackluster, with other reports on Wednesday showing a […read more]

Business

Rise in mortgage rates cuts into home buyer demand

[REUTERS] Expectations the Federal Reserve will slow its economic stimulus program by the end of the year pushed mortgage rates higher last week, sapping demand from potential home buyers, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday. Rates measured by the Mortgage Bankers Association jumped […read more]

Business

Report: Pregnant workers face routine discrimination

[CBS NEWS] Pregnant women, especially those in low-wage jobs, are denied basic accommodations and routinely fired, according to a new report released Tuesday. Employers continue to refuse to provide pregnant workers accommodations that they routinely give employees with disabilities – despite federal laws designed to […read more]

Business

Blacks Optimistic about Finances

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) –  Members of the Black middle class are more optimistic about their finances than they were a year ago, according to a recent study by the research arm of Prudential Financial Inc., Prudential surveyed more than 1100 […read more]

Business

Windows Becomes the Latest Best Buy Store-In-Store

[THE NEW YORK TIMES] Microsoft has unveiled plans for “store-within-a-store” sections in Best Buy stores, becoming the latest major consumer electronics maker to acknowledge advantages of the brick-and-mortar format. The sections will begin opening this month and offer Windows-based PCs, tablets, Xbox and accessories, as […read more]

Op-Ed

Is ‘Big Brother’ Racially Biased?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist When George Orwell wrote the novel 1984, he envisioned a character, real or imagined “Big Brother” who was a know-all, see-all, omnipotent and elusive presence that intruded into lives because he could.  Those who knew about “him” were told that they did not […read more]

Business

Home prices show strong gains in April

[USA TODAY] The pace of home price increases stayed strong in April with prices up 12.1% year-over-year, CoreLogic says. The annual increase is the biggest in more than seven years. Prices were up 3.2% in April from March. “Increasing demand … coupled with low inventory, […read more]

Business

Modern Etiquette: The power of business networking

[REUTERS] There’s an old adage, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” That adage couldn’t be more appropriate in today’s competitive job market. And networking (especially when you’re employed) can be the key to staying employed and staying on a clear career track. […read more]

Business

Local Businesswoman Continues to Meet Needs of Black Girls Through Doll Line with New Chocolate Skin Addition Read

[NNPA News Wire Service] Special to the NNPA from the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint SAN DIEGO – CEO of World of EPI, Dr. Lisa Williams, recently announced the new addition of DIVAH Taylor to the Positively Perfect doll family.  Launched a few years ago, Positively […read more]

Op-Ed

Homeowner Bills of Rights Emerge as Remedies to Foreclosure

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   A few days ago, HUD released data showing that more 620,000 troubled homeowners received more than $50 billion in principal reductions and savings. These actions were the direct result of the National Mortgage Settlement, negotiated by America’s largest banks, […read more]

Business

Dr. J. Visits Phoenix Black Chamber Mixer

[NNPA] by Floyd Alvin Galloway Special to the NNPA from the Arizona Informant Before there was Air, there was the Doctor. On May 9, Dr. J., Julius Erving made a house call to Phoenix, for  the multi- chamber and organizational mixer sponsored by the Greater […read more]

Business

Study: Five Percent of Consumers Had Errors on Their Credit Reports, Results in Less Favorable Terms for Loans

[NNPA] by William Garth Special to the NNPA from The Chicago Citizen A Federal Trade Commission study of the U.S. credit reporting industry found that five percent of consumers had errors on one of their three major credit reports that could lead to them paying […read more]

Business

U.S. Budget Deficit Shrinks Far Faster Than Expected

[THE NEW YORK TIMES] WASHINGTON — Since the recession ended four years ago, the federal budget deficit has topped $1 trillion every year. But now the government’s annual deficit is shrinking far faster than anyone in Washington expected, and perhaps even faster than many economists think is […read more]

Business

Rate of Union Membership Greater for Blacks

  [NNPA NEWS WIRE SERVICE] By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black workers are 19 percent more likely to join unions than non-Black workers, according to a recent study. The study titled, “Blacks in Unions: 2012,” published by the Center for Labor […read more]

Business

China approves GM’s $1.3B plant

[UPI] China has approved U.S. automaker General Motors’ plan to build a $1.3 billion plant in Shanghai, the official media said. Xinhua News Agency, quoting the automaker, said the plant with a production capacity of 150,000 units would be located in Shanghai’s Jinqiao district and […read more]

Technology

Microsoft says Windows 8 sales ‘good’ but will update amid criticisms

[LOS ANGELES TIMES] n the face of mounting criticisms and sluggish PC sales, Microsoft continues to insist that its gamble on the radically redesigned Windows 8 operating system is paying off, if slowly. Tami Reller, the Windows division’s chief marketing officer and chief financial officer, said […read more]

Technology

Liberal groups boycotting Facebook over immigration push

[THE WASHINGTON POST] Several prominent liberal organizations are launching a boycott of Facebook, an escalation in the simmering feud over founder Mark Zuckerberg’s immigration reform push. Progressives are upset with the ads Zuckerberg’s group FWD.us has funded in support of vulnerable senators who back immigration reform. Instead […read more]

Business

Study says business travel has high returns

[UPI] A study sponsored by the U.S. Travel Association said that every dollar invested in business travel was returned almost 10 times over in business revenue. The study conducted by Oxford Economics found a return of $9.50 in revenue and $2.90 in profit for each […read more]

Op-Ed

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]

Business

Chinese factories rise but U.S. manufacturing slows

[REUTERS] Strong demand at home boosted activity at Chinese factories last month, but U.S. manufacturing hit an unexpected speed bump after expanding rapidly in February, weakened by a slower pace of new orders. Other surveys released on Monday showed manufacturing sectors in South Korea and Japan growing as exports […read more]

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Chief Justice hit by credit-card fraud

[THE WASHINGTON POST POLITICS BLOG] Credit-card fraud can strike anyone, anywhere. Ask Chief Justice John Roberts. Roberts usually uses a credit card to buy his morning coffee at his local Starbucks in suburban Maryland. But on Tuesday, when he needed to be extra sharp for the […read more]

Business

Colleges find a new way to get grads hired

[CNNMONEY] A handful of colleges think they’ve found the secret to closing the gap between the types of graduates they’re turning out and the types of workers employers are looking for: spiders. Not the hairy, creepy kind, but rather artificial-intelligence spiders that crawl through search […read more]

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Few NYC Ad Dollars Spent on Ethnic Media

[THE NEW YORK CARIB NEWS] The Center for Community and Ethnic Media, which is housed at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, is releasing a report today on the advertising practices of New York City’s government. The report documents how little of the city’s ad […read more]

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Coca-Cola executive Saunders Jones retiring

[THE ATLANTA VOICE] ATLANTA – Longtime activist and civic leader Ingrid Saunders Jones is retiring from Coca-Cola after 30 years of notable service with the company, officials announced this week. Jones, senior vice president of Global Community Connections and chair of the Coca-Cola Foundation, will […read more]