Julianne Malveaux is an author and economist. Her latest book “Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy” is available via www.amazon.com for booking, wholesale inquiries or for more info visitwww.juliannemalveaux.com
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Our Planet is Melting. Who Cares?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Our world is melting. Glaciers are disappearing. Oceans are rising. Lowlands (mostly populated by low income and Black people) are disappearing. And, before Democrats took power in this term, few other than Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New Green Deal have been able to address matters of climate change and, in the words of the New Poor People’s Campaign, “ecological devastation.” […read more]

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With 40% of Americans supporting the president’s rhetoric and policies, America remains extremely divided. (Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)
Commentary

COMMENTARY: Are Blacks Warming Up to Trump?

WASHINGTON INFORMER — For the record, since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking unemployment statistics based on race in the 1970s, the rate of Black unemployment today, 5.8 percent (compared to the overall unemployment rate of 3.8 percent) is at its lowest percentage ever. However, economists emphasize that the downward trend first began under President Barack Obama, further noting that the numbers do not take into consideration those who have stopped looking for work, many of whom are Black. […read more]

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Op-Ed

Report Card on Black America

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Some might think the annual report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage the U.S. Census Bureau released last week had a distinctly repetitive tone to it. Albeit with a few exceptions, the words “not statistically significant” aptly fit Read More

Op-Ed

America Needs a Raise

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The Dow Jones Industrial Average has been floating at or above the 17,000 mark in the past two months – an all time high. There has been a stumble here and a wrinkle there, but even with a weak unemployment Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: Working Outside of your Lane

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist “The economic distress of America’s inner cities may be the most pressing issue facing the nation. The lack of businesses and jobs in disadvantaged urban areas fuels not only a crushing cycle of poverty but also crippling social problems such 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

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Op-Ed

Is the Recovery Stumbling or Soaring?

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   Although the overall unemployment rate still exceeds 7 percent, and the official Black unemployment rate is greater than 13 percent, there are some who insist that there is a robust economic recovery in progress.  Indeed, we were declared “post 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

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

Op-Ed

BUSINESS EXCHANGE: Republicans Have Some Reaching to Do

By William Reed NNPA Columnist   “Brighter days are ahead.” “The check is being put in the mail.” That is what the Republicans seem to be saying after they released their “Growth and Opportunity Project” report in March. Six months after Republicans took a drubbing in Read More

Op-Ed

Blackonomics: The Mythical Black Economy

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Although the dictionary calls it archaic, the “management of a household” is one of the definitions listed for the word “economy.”   Another definition is “a saving or attempt to reduce expenditures.”  Yet another is “a system of interacting elements, especially when Read More

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Op-Ed

The Rich are Treated Differently

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   F. Scott Fitzgerald got it right when he said the rich are different. We are witnessing that in the sequester fiasco and we heard it in another form last week when Attorney General  Eric H. Holder offered an Read More

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Op-Ed

Influencing Barack Obama’s Second Act

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist   There is a different feel in the air, and it should not be surprising.  As historic as was the re-election of President Obama, nothing can replace the uniqueness of the opening of his first term four years ago.  Read More

Business

American Families Are Poorer Than in 1989

[Businessweek.com]   The deterioration in American families’ wealth is even worse than you would know from this morning’s headlines about the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances (PDF). According to my calculations, the inflation-adjusted median net worth of American families was lower in 2010 than in 1989. Read More