Chicago Defender

Here’s Why Black Unemployment Fell In September and (Hint) Trump Has Nothing To Do With It

CHICAGO DEFENDER — The African-American unemployment rate went from 6.3 percent to 6 percent, the second lowest on record behind 5.9 percent in May, according to the U.S. Labor Department who released the report on Friday. The decline suggests that Blacks had a less tough time with finding work. However, the change was little compared to August’s job report. […read more]

Politics

Obama Lauds Black Women at CBC Dinner

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – During his speech at the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner, President Barack Obama celebrated the critical role that Black women have played in “every great movement in American history” and pledged to Read More

World

How Obama Disappointed Africa

(Politico) – Beneath the ecstatic welcome President Barack Obama will receive when he arrives in his father’s homeland of Kenya on Friday is a lingering sense of disappointment. More than the first black president, he’s the first African-American U.S. president, and that’s accentuated a frustration among Read More

Politics

My Brother’s Keeper Enters a New Phase

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – While political pundits rush ahead to the 2016 presidential election, President Barack Obama is rallying private-sector, philanthropic and community leaders to launch an independent non-profit to ensure that the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative lives Read More

Politics

Obama’s Tax Trap

  (Slate) – The most notable Republican reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night did not come from official respondent Joni Ernst, the rookie senator from Red Oak, Iowa, with the camouflage high heels. It came from Mitt Romney, newly back in Read More

Politics

Obama’s Year of the Veto

(Politico) – President Barack Obama’s Keystone veto threat Tuesday was the opening gambit in his fight with the new Republican majorities in Congress looking to derail his post-midterm momentum. Worried White House aides spent the last few weeks working behind the scenes to make sure Read More