William T. Robinson, Jr
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COMMENTARY: Elderly Abuse

NASHVILLE PRIDE — We all must acknowledge that if we are fortunate, we will live a long and productive life and hopefully be taken care of in our old age with the overseeing of our children or closely related family members. In an idealistic world, you would think that the children or family members of elders convalescing or bedridden would prioritize the treatment and care of their loved ones […read more]

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Roundtable participants address challenges, opportunities

DEFENDER NEWS NETWORK — In preparation for the upcoming State of Black Women Summit, the Defender Network and the Barbara Jordan Institute at Texas Southern University hosted more than 100 Houston-area women. The goal of the State of Black Women Roundtable, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-Houston Branch, was to develop a list of the most pressing issues for the summit, […read more]

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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

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In Jobs, we’re in a Race to the Bottom

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   On May 21, I had the opportunity to testify before a Congressional Progressive Caucus meeting on how federal dollars drive inequality by paying contractors who pay too many of their workers too little. The hearing was driven by a study Read More

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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

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Mel Watt is Ideal Choice to Lead FHFA

By  Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   President Obama recently nominated Melvin (Mel) Watt, a long-time North Carolina Congressman, to direct the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). While major news media reported on the development, few mentioned exactly what the new job would entail or the Read More

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New Wall Street Threat to Homeownership

  By Stella J. Adams NNPA Guest Columnist   Private-equity firms, hedge funds and other Wall Street investors are seeking to develop a Real Estate Owned (REO)– to- Rent Securitization Market with the blessing of the FED and FHFA.   A year ago, the Federal Reserve Board issued Read More

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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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The Economy’s Invisible People

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist   Suppose one of the key committees in Congress scheduled a hearing on one of the country’s most debilitating economic problems – the long-term unemployment that’s ensnared millions – and none of the committee members showed up? That’s almost Read More

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New Efforts to Curb the ‘Debt Trap’ of Payday Lending

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   The small-dollar loans that generate long-lasting debt for consumers and cost them billions of dollars each year are drawing the active attention of legislators and regulators alike. On April 24, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a white Read More

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There’s Power in the Purse

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Depending on the day, what you’re reading or who you’re listening to, the economy is either still in the tank, in recovery, getting worse or is on the upswing.  Whatever the fluctuating state of the American economy, money is being spent.  Read More

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Check in the Mail for Wronged Mortgage Borrowers

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   The old saying, “The check is in the mail,”  is often a ruse not worth heeding. But beginning April 12, checks will begin going into the mail for 4.2 million mortgage borrowers who were in the foreclosure process in Read More

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Blackonomics: Money Talk Falls on Deaf Ears

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Surely you’ve heard the saying, “Money Talks.”  But, have you ever wondered what is said about Black money? Obviously, understanding its power and the role it plays in this economy, money speaks loudly and clearly, and Black money speaks even louder.  Read More

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Payday Lending Drains Nearly $1 Billion from Communities

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   One of the worst ironies of the nagging economic recession is that consumers with the fewest financial resources have lost the most. Now, a new report finds that payday loans not only strip much-needed income from low-income families, but Read More

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Blackonomics: Including Us in Economic Inclusion

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist   Thomas Boston, noted economist and author of Affirmative Action and Black Entrepreneurship, in which he called for a strategy that would establish and grow Black-owned businesses to the point of having the capacity to employ 20 percent of the Black Read More

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Bank Continue to Peddle Payday Loans

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   In today’s challenging financial times, the cost of living finds many consumers with an ongoing financial challenge to hold on until their next payday arrives. Even worse, when banks peddle predatory payday loans, they pose serious threats to their Read More

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America’s Racial Wealth Gap Triples over 25 Years

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist As long as most of us can remember, Black communities have taught and believed that a college education is the key to social and economic advancement. But according to a new research and policy brief by Brandeis University scholars, that Read More

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Republicans Advance Discredited ‘Entitlement’ Lies

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist   Even after the White House and Congress stagger to reach a last-minute deal to avert yet another budget crisis, there is a fundamental difference in approach between the Obama administration and House Republicans. And those two stark approaches Read More

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Blackonomics: Borrowing? Read the Fine Print

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Have you noticed the television commercials that offer loans of various kinds or another enticements such as auto leases and insurance policies for the elderly?  These commercials are laden with information that appears on the screen for a few seconds Read More

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Credit Card Reform Fears Never Materialized

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   Since the enactment of the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009, consumers have benefited from more transparent pricing and improved ability to manage credit card debt. Although 68 percent of consumers had a credit card Read More

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$8.5 Billion Agreement with Mortgage Servicers

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   The recent joint announcement by two key federal regulators believed a negotiated agreement with 10 mortgage servicing firms would help more than 3.8 million consumers who were wrongfully foreclosed during 2009 and 2010. Brokered by the Federal Reserve and Read More

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Redefining Conventional Financial Wisdom

by Damon Carr Special to the NNPA from the New Pittsburgh Courier When I first began writing a financial column, I would end almost every column with conventional financial wisdom that’s been past down from generation to generation—pay yourself first, live below your means and Read More

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Blacks, Latinos Two-Thirds of Under-Banked

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   More than 37 million American households were either unbanked or under-banked in 2011, according to a new report by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). African-American households represent 34 percent of all under-banked consumers, the highest percentage among demographics Read More

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The Season to be Careful

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Okay, I’ll admit it.  I am truly the Grinch who wanted to steal Christmas.  It takes me until about December 23 to get in the spirit, and I only feel obligated to find gifts for children and close family.  I Read More