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Economic Equity

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Earth Day Isn’t Just for Rich, White People

That will be evidenced this Earth Day as NAACP chapters around the country are hosting activities to engage communities of color in ways tied to deeper social justice and civil rights. Environmental issues in Michigan, we enter Earth Day with our eyes on the prize…

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Payday Lenders Wage New Wars against Consumers and Regulation

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act gave guardrails to lenders and consumers alike. Reactions from civil rights and consumer advocates clearly indicated they weren’t buying it.

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Wells Fargo Increases Its Commitment to Black Homebuyers

Wells Fargo announced a commitment to create 250,000 African American homeowners by 2027; a plan to lend $60 billion for home purchases over that 10-year period.

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Two Black Men Arrested at Starbucks Finally Speak Out — Police Chief Apologizes

You go from being someone who’s just trying to be an entrepreneur, having your own dreams and aspirations, and then this happens. How do you handle it? Do you stand up? Do you fight?

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Black Entrepreneur Develops Innovative Health, Fitness and Well-Being App For Women

She’s It Founder and President, Tam Williams, wanted to provide a product that would help women to engage, learn and be motivated to look beyond the scale and to look at themselves first.

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The Art of Success Honoring the Intellect, Swagger & Power of Black Creatives

The Harlem Business Alliance has pledged its service as an advocate for the preservation and retention of Harlem’s business community for over 37 years.

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Latest Headlines

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As Workers See Crumbs, Biggest Wall Street Banks Have Already Pocketed $2.5 Billion

As most Americans report that they have seen little to no paycheck boost thanks to the Trump-GOP tax cuts, the very biggest Wall Street banks are reporting quite the opposite: record profits.

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‘Total Failure of Governance’ by Trump: Blackout Deepens Puerto Rico Crisis

Wednesday’s blackout, as the AP noted, “occurred as Puerto Rico legislators debate a bill that would privatize the island’s power company, which is $14 billion in debt and relies on infrastructure nearly three times older than the industry average.”

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What’s Unconscious Bias Training, and Does it Work?

Unconscious bias training will not solve the whole problem. Discrimination has other causes that aren’t fully dealt with in this kind of training, such as explicit prejudice or policies that have disparate impacts on people of different races. Effective solutions will require multiple approaches…

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When the World Attacks You, Find Strength in Christ’s Power

I think Paul’s good news is that there is a place of refuge when the attack comes. He uses himself as a very good example to follow.If I surrender my weaknesses to the power of Christ and subjugate my will to that of the Lord’s will, then I become empowered to deal with whatever is thrown my way.

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Black Scholar and Activist Ron Walters Was a Genius, Donna Brazile Says

Donna Brazile called world-renowned scholar and activist Dr. Ronald Walters a genius … Dr. Chavis noted that the movements for Black Power and Black political leadership have evolved and that Dr. Walters’ writings gave recognition to the diversity within the Black community, but also called for unity.

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Egyptian-Inspired Swimsuits Beyonce’s Dancers Wore At Coachella, an Inspiring Story Too

From that moment, things changed for me. Although technically very broke, I was still working odd jobs and I started saving. If I got ten bucks it wasn’t just ten bucks… it was half a metre of printed fabric! Three dollars meant I could get myself a new packet of needles.

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Civic Engagement

Politics, Voting Rights, Legislation

Chair of HBCU Alumni Leadership Roundtable Endorses “Call to Colors” Part VI

Andrea Harris, Senior Fellow with the Durham-based Self-Help Credit Union, Chair of the HBCU Alumni Leadership Roundtable, and former president of the NC Minority Institute for Economic Development, supports a “Call to Colors”.

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Starbucks to Close All Stores Nationwide for Racial-Bias Education on May 29

The curriculum will be developed with guidance from several national and local experts confronting racial bias, including Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative…

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Taking Aim at Corporate Impunity, Sanders’ Bill Would Send Big Pharma Execs Behind Opioid Crisis to Jai

“We know that pharmaceutical companies lied about the addictive impacts of opioids they manufactured,” said Sanders. “They knew how dangerous these products were but refused to tell doctors and patients.

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Red State America’s Teacher Rebellion and Class Conflict – Lessons Learned

Nothing could be more at odds with a society that has learned to salute “winners” and give the back of the hand to “losers,” than the widening social sympathy sweeping through the schoolhouses of red state America.

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Despite the Racist, Xenophobic, and Dangerous Policies, N.J. Enacts Automatic Voter Registration

The developments in New Jersey is similar to an automatic voter registration measure in Maryland last month. Lawmakers in at least 15 other states have introduced automatic voter registration bills

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End Tax Breaks – Are Americans Winning on Tax Day, Common Good Faces Grim Future

It’s time to end tax breaks for the Koch brothers, wealthy CEOs and big corporations that shift profits offshore and outsource jobs. It’s time to end tax breaks for Big Pharma and greedy health insurance corporations.

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Books of Knowledge

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Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

By Shomari Wills 
By telling the little-known stories of six pioneering African American entrepreneurs, Black Fortunes makes a worthy contribution to black history, to business history, and to American history.

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Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism

By Will Willimon
By hearing black pain, naming white complicity, critiquing American exceptionalism/civil religion, inviting/challenging the church, and attending to African American pastors, this book helps pastors of white, mainline Protestant churches

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So You Want to Talk About Race

By Ijeoma Oluo
In “So You Want to Talk About Race”, editor at large of The Establishment Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the “N” word.

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