Business

Uphill battle begins for Mel Watt’s nomination to head mortgage regulator

By Kevin G. Hall © McClatchy Washington Bureau June 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s pick to lead the federal agency that oversees mortgage finance faces an uphill battle Thursday at a Senate confirmation hearing. Many Republicans are happy with the current caretaker and Read More

Press Room

Wells Fargo Makes Text Receipts Available at ATMs

    Media     Richele Messick651-205-6560 Richele.j.messick@wellsfargo.com     Wells Fargo Makes Text Receipts Available at ATMs First Financial Services Company to Offer Customers Text Receipts SAN FRANCISCO, June 24, 2013 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) announced today that in addition to Read More

Health

Obamacare starts in 99 days. These 99 things need to happen before then.

[The Washington Post] Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Sarah Kliff’s regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Sarah with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Monday, Wednesday and Read More

Health

Pros and Cons of Having a Baby After 35

Special to the NNPA from the New Pittsburgh Courier Having children is a big decision in anyone’s life. There are so many factors to consider, such as the health of the mother, economic preparedness, and the age of the mother. Today, one in ten babies Read More

Sports

Champions on Parade: Thousands Cheer on Miami Heat Players

[Miami Herald] Tens of thousands of fans celebrated the second straight Miami Heat championship parade outside the AmericanAirlines Arena. Inside, the team partied as well, and talked about making history. The Afterparty, 2:30 p.m. After a franchise-record 66 wins, a 27-game winning streak, and a Read More

Sports

Jay-Z’s Agency Lands Kevin Durant

[ESPN] Roc Nation Sports, the sports agency founded in April by Jay-Z, on Monday officially scored its most marketable name in Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant. The firm’s spokesman Ron Berkowitz confirmed the news, and Durant later tweeted out a picture on Monday afternoon of he and Read More

Sports

Michael Strahan, Warren Sapp Feud Continues; Implies Good Morning America Host’s NFL Career Is Overhyped

[HNGN] Soon-to-be NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp questioned former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan’s credentials to join the greats in Canton.  Sapp blasted Strahan and said the current “Good Morning America” host made a career of playing football against “the weak guy,” the Read More

Sports

Contract Holds Up Doc Rivers Deal

[ESPN] The official completion of the deal that will send Doc Rivers to the Los Angeles Clippers is being delayed because Rivers and his representatives are still negotiating the language in the coach’s new contract, league sources told ESPNBoston.com’s Jackie MacMullan. The NBA has not approved the Read More

Religion

Spiritually Speaking…Your Faith Walk is Now

By James Washington Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Weekly The subject today is “Faith Walk.” Can somebody really explain this to me? I’m not trying to be funny. On the contrary, I’m trying to be real and gain more perspective on what some Read More

Technology

Why does everyone except Google want to build a reader?

[GIGAOM] I have been baffled by Google’s decision in March to euthanize the Google Reader instead of trying to reinvent it for the mobile/tablet age and use its strong (if small) community of users to build a new news reading experience. It is ironic because everyone seems to Read More

Entertainment

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland Dies: Rhythm-and-Blues Singer was 83

[The Washington Post] Bobby “Blue” Bland, a singer who became one of the most popular, electrifying and influential rhythm-and-blues entertainers in the late 20th century and who modernized the genre by blending elements of traditional blues, gospel and pop balladry, died June 23 at his Read More

Business

Wal-Mart, AT&T, Best Buy Slashing iPhone 5 Price

[LOS ANGELES TIMES] If you’re looking for a new iPhone 5 on the cheap, now is the time to buy. A number of retailers have begun slashing their prices on the popular Apple smartphone, including Wal-Mart, which cut prices on the device by $60. The retailer now sells Read More

Business

Study Says Housing Discrimination Still Prevalent in US

Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Hispanics, Asians and African-Americans who are looking to purchase a home still face discrimination in subtle forms, according to a new national study. According to the study, commissioned by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development Read More

Entertainment

George Lucas Marries Mellody Hobson After Six-Year Courtship

[UPI] Writer-director-producer George Lucas and Mellody Hobson. UPI/Jim Ruymen Star Wars creator George Lucas married his longtime girlfriend Mellody Hobson at the director’s Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif. on Saturday. Celebrity guests at the ceremony included Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Howard, both of whom shared Read More

Entertainment

Tupac to Get Star on Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Special to the NNPA from The Houston Defender He’s already revered as a legend of hip-hop, loved worldwide for his fiery political lyrics. He’s one of the highest selling music acts of all time. Now, the late Tupac Shakur is finally receiving his own star Read More

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Op-Ed

Affirmative Action Polls Show Deep Racial Gulf

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In the months leading up to this week’s Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, a public opinion poll by ABC News and the Washington Post showed that 76 percent of Americans oppose affirmative action in college admissions. However, a poll conducted Read More

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Op-Ed

Domestic Spying is Nothing New

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist Forgive me if I come across as cynical, but why is anyone surprised by our domestic spying?  I am not talking about the ridiculous situation with the IRS.  That is a tempest in a teapot, and everyone knows that.   Read More

Op-Ed

You Can ‘Sag’ Butt it will Cost You

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist Do you ever wonder what message our young men are really sending when their pants are sagging to the point of showing their underwear? Has it crossed your mind that they might be mooning us? Before we can figure it Read More

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Op-Ed

A Housing ‘Black Tax’

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist If home ownership is, overwhelmingly, the foundation of individuals’ and families’ economic security in America, Black Americans face a profoundly difficult predicament. For when it comes to that signal marker, the wrenching economic shocks of the past half-decade have Read More

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Op-Ed

A Maximum Effort Needs to be Made for the Minimum Wage

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist It seems that the term “poverty” has been sidelined from our national discourse, even though 15 percent of all Americans, and 26 percent of African Americans experience poverty. The Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law on June 25, 1938, Read More

Op-Ed

What it Means to be an American

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist   With the deepening polarization of our country, I have been reflecting on the cause of this polarization. One of the major issues confronting the U.S. is what it means to be an American.  This may sound a bit trite, Read More

Op-Ed

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

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: An Open Letter to the Chair of the CBC

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist   Honorable Marcia Fudge Chair – Congressional Black Caucus Re: Racist Construction Unions   Chair Fudge: We are very disturbed that elected officials as well as civil rights organizations have this cordial relationship with construction unions.  Construction unions have Read More

Op-Ed

Inner Cities Need Disaster Relief, Too

By Jesse Jackson NNPA Columnist New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago on disaster recovery in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. The natural disaster  caused an estimated $39 billion in damage in New Jersey. Read More

Politics

Nelson Mandela Remains in Critical Condition, South Africa’s President Say

JOHANNESBURG –  Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition Monday in a Pretoria hospital, described by South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma as being “asleep” when he visited the stricken anti-apartheid hero Sunday evening. Zuma told at least 60 foreign and South African Read More

Politics

The ‘Forgotten Goals’ of the 1963 March on Washington

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The hoopla surrounding the observance the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom often ignores that lack of progress made since 1963 on tough issues such as persistent unemployment and wage disparities, according Read More

Politics

Alice Walker Writings Draw Fresh Attack from Anti-Defamation League

Alice Walker (Courtesy Photo/Facebook) by Zenitha Prince Special to the NNPA from The Afro-American Newspaper The Anti-Defamation League on June 18 derided Pulitzer Prize-winning author and essayist Alice Walker over the “fervently anti-Jewish ideas” that they say permeates her latest book. Walker’s The Cushion in the Read More

National

Eliminating Affirmative Action Would Hurt Black Enrollment

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Whenever states have eliminated affirmative action in the past, a decline in Black college enrollment has followed that decision, a study by The Civil Rights Project at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) shows. Rather than Read More

National

Affirmative Action Ruling a Relief to Many

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Civil rights leaders greeted the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin with lukewarm optimism. “It is not a victory, but it is not a defeat either. It’s in that gray Read More

Op-Ed

Blacks More Willing to Make Privacy Concessions

by George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Although the federal government secretly spied on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders in the past, Blacks are more willing than Whites to have their privacy rights invaded if it will help investigate possible terrorists. Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: We Can Do Better on Guns

by Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Guns killed more preschoolers in one year than they did law-enforcement officers in the line of duty. Ask yourself if this is really what we as Americans meant by putting our children first? American companies manufacture enough bullets each Read More

Op-Ed

Beyond the Rhetoric: The ‘Colored Entrance’ to White-Owned Businesses

by Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist For the most part, corporate America employees are satisfied with their careers.  There is usually a chart to review in terms of responsibility.  Is the employee moving up the “ladder” and heading towards more executive responsibility?  That is correlated with salary.  The greater Read More

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Op-Ed

Health Disparities: A Function of Assets, Access and Attitudes

by Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Last week, I attended a “think tank” conversation with leaders of the Rodham Institute, a newly-established center at George Washington University is dedicated to reducing health disparities in Washington, D.C.  This is an important effort because Washington is such a Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Economic Freedom Riders

by James Clingman NNPA Columnist “I was tired of giving in.” – Rosa Parks It is always interesting to reflect on certain events that took place in days gone by, especially when it comes to economic issues.  In my entrepreneurship classes, I often use the example Read More

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Sports

Blake Griffin to Lakers for Dwight Howard?

[UPI] The talks between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers may send star forward Blake Griffin and young guard Eric Blesdoe across the Staples Center in a sign-and-trade exchange for superstar Dwight Howard. Sources close the process say the two Los Angeles Read More

Technology

Sony’s Waterproof Tablet Makes a Splash

[BLOOMBERG] Once on the cutting edge of consumer electronics, Sony (6758) lost its mojo years ago. But every so often, it still comes up with something that reminds you of what it was, and maybe could be again. Meet the new Xperia Tablet Z, the sleekest Android tablet Read More

Religion

Mega Church Pastor and Bestselling Author T.D. Jakes Receives Prestigious Award

By Elena Washington Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Weekly Mega church pastor and bestselling author, T.D. Jakes, along with his communications department, comprised of Regina Lewis, Kayla Tucker Adams and Zakiya Larry with Zunoraine Holmes of TDJ Enterprises and Yona Deshommes of Simon Read More

Op-Ed

Overdraft Fees are Still a Problem

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   A new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finds that overdraft fees continue to pose high risks to consumers, despite recent regulatory changes. The report focuses on the dreaded overdraft charge, the fees banks and credit unions collect for Read More

Op-Ed

Cartoonish College Republicans

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist When I read the recently released report by The College Republican National Committee (CRNC), titled, “Grand Old Party for a Brand New Generation,” I immediately thought of two cartoons:  the Flintstones and the Jetsons. The Flintstones was an animated, prime-time TV show Read More

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Juneteenth is Worth Celebrating

By William Reed NNPA Columnist Did you know that the official African-American holidays are: Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Juneteenth? What do you, and your family, do to celebrate Juneteenth? Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, the Juneteenth holiday is an abbreviated Read More

Op-Ed

I am A Citizen of Hip Hop

By Jineea Butler NNPA Columnist I am a Citizen Of Hip Hop. That bold declaration, which has developed into an international movement, has created buzz and touched off badly needed introspection. Over the centuries, citizenship has been elusive for people of color and a constant source of Read More

Op-Ed

LBJ’s War on Poverty still only Partly Won

By Jesse Jackson NNPA Columnist Fifty years ago, Medgar Evers, the NAACP regional secretary in Mississippi, was murdered by a member of the White Citizens’ Council. Evers’ death received national attention, serving only to strengthen the movement for civil rights. Two years later, President Lyndon Read More

Op-Ed

False Security in Social Security Report

By Stella Adams NNPA Guest Columnist   A recent report from the Social Security trustees confirms that the program is solvent and can fully pay benefits to all eligible Americans until 2033. That is good news only if you are a Baby Boomer. If you Read More

World

Mali and Tuareg Rebels Sign Peace Deal

[BBC] Mali’s government has signed a peace deal with Tuareg rebels to help pave the way for elections next month. The accord calls for an immediate ceasefire and for government troops to return to the rebel-held northern town of Kidal, officials said. The rebels captured Read More

World

Brazil’s President Salutes Brazil Protests, Cities Cut Bus Fares

[NBC News] Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy SAO PAULO — President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday sought to defuse a massive protest movement sweeping Brazil, acknowledging the need for better public services and more responsive governance as demonstrations continued Read More

Sports

Diving Great Greg Louganis to Marry in Fall

[Associated Press] Former Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis plans to get married this fall. People magazine says the 53-year-old Louganis will marry paralegal Johnny Chaillot. The four-time gold medalist is the only man to win consecutive Olympic titles in springboard and platform diving — in Read More

Entertainment

The Apollo Honors Chaka Kahn

By Dwight Brown NNPA Entertainment Critic The legendary lady of funk and soul Chaka Kahn was recently inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame in celebration of her 40th anniversary in the music business. Kahn follows in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and other world-renown musicians who have Read More

Entertainment

Dave Chappelle to Lead Comedy Tour

[UPI} David Chappelle is coming back as the headliner comedian for Funny or Die’s “Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival” following an eight year hiatus from the public eye. “Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival” will begin on August 23 in Austin, Texas and will run through 13 cities Read More

Entertainment

Winfrey and Perry: A Match Made at OWN

by Gail Choice Special to the NNPA from Our Weekly His first dramatic series, “The Haves and Have Nots” premiered May 28. The hourlong drama series became OWN’s most watched premiere show to date. And the comedy-driven “Love Thy Neighbor” premiered the following night, May Read More

Politics

Obama Bristles at Suggestion He’s Shifted on Snooping

[CNN] Critics who have compared President Barack Obama’s stance on government surveillance to that of hawkish former Vice President Dick Cheney are missing his insistence on proper systematic balances, Obama said in an interview that aired Monday. Defending at length the recently revealed government programs Read More

Politics

Jesse Jackson Wants to Serve His Prison Time First; Government Resisting Break for His Mental Illness

[Chicago Sun-Times] WASHINGTON — Jesse Jackson Jr. wants to serve his time first if he and wife Sandi are sent to prison, with the request on Monday coming as prosecutors said the couple does not deserve any sentencing breaks because of the “good works” they Read More

Health

Cheating Ourselves of Sleep

[THE NEW YORK TIMES] Think you do just fine on five or six hours of shut-eye? Chances are, you are among the many millions who unwittingly shortchange themselves on sleep. Research shows that most people require seven or eight hours of sleep to function optimally. Read More

Health

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin Stepping Down

[Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer] U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin announced Thursday that she will resign in July, four years after President Obama nominated her for the position. Benjamin, who oversees the operational command of 6,500 uniformed public health officers around Read More

Politics

Poll: Obama’s Ratings Slip Following Recent Controversies

[ABC News] The series of controversies in Washington over the last month have taken a political toll on President Barack Obama, according to one new poll released Monday that showed his ratings slipping. Even as Americans mostly back the National Security Agency’s controversial practices involving Read More

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Business

5 Businesses to Start With Less Than $20K

[Special to the NNPA from the Houston Defender] How many of you want to launch your own small business, but are stymied because you don’t have tens of thousands of dollars to invest? But the truth is there are a number of in-demand businesses you 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

Report says 70 percent of U.S. workers are disengaged

[UPI] A large majority of U.S. workers do not like their jobs with a significant portion of them disruptive in at least a passive-aggressive sense, a survey found. Being passive-aggressive at work would include attitudes that were so negative they held back personal productivity or Read More

National

EEOC Sues BMW, Dollar General Over Background Checks

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency that enforces federal employment discrimination laws, filed lawsuits against BMW and the discount retailer Dollar General alleging that the companies broad use of criminal background checks discriminate against Black Read More

National

A Fathers Reflection: One on One with Tracy Martin, Father of Slain Florida Teen Trayvon Martin

by Charlene Muhammad Special to the NNPA from the LA Watts Times The trial of George Zimmerman, neighborhood watchman to himself, but reckless vigilante to others, began on June 10 for his killing of Black teenager Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida.  Read More

National

Police Chief in Florida Tries to Ease Old Tensions

[New York Times] SANFORD, Fla. — Within days of becoming the police chief in this small city outside Orlando, Cecil E. Smith began to see clearly the scope of the challenges he faced. There were grumblings within the Police Department’s ranks: at least one supervisor Read More

National

Zimmerman Trial Opens with Curse Words, Jokes

[USA Today] SANFORD, Fla. — In its opening statement in the Travyon Martin murder trial, the prosecution Monday portrayed defendant George Zimmerman as a trigger-happy, policeman wannabe who saw the teenager as a suspicious person and considered it his right to “rid the neighborhood of Read More

Health

Most Consumers Don’t Wash Their Hands Correctly

[FOOD POISONING BULLETIN] A study published in the Journal of Environmental Health found that only 5% of consumers wash their hands correctly. Scientists trained 12 college students in the field of data collection. They then observed 3,749 people washing their hands in public toilets. The Read More

Politics

Study: Walking After Eating May Reduce Diabetes Risk

[WBAY] New research shows exercising right after eating doesn’t cause cramps–it’s good for you. A new study shows going for a walk right after you eat may reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes, especially if you’re older. Researchers say moving helps control blood sugar Read More