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Youth Unemployment at 15.9% in September Generation Opportunity releases Millennial Jobs Report

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 28 October 2013 15:50.

Washington, DC – Generation Opportunity, a national, non-partisan youth advocacy organization, is announcing its Millennial Jobs Report for September 2013. The data is non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) and is specific to 18-29 year olds:


Coping with Student Loan Repayment: Report Shares Problems, Offers Options for Borrowers

Written by Charlene Crowell on Monday, 28 October 2013 14:14.

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that many of the same types of loan servicing problems that affected consumers in the mortgage market are now affecting student loan borrowers. Just as troubled homeowners were often unable to pay their mortgages, refinance their loans, or receive timely assistance from loan servicers, many student loan borrowers are now experiencing many of the same difficulties.  Although the report focuses on private student loans, some of the servicing problems identified also affect federal student loan borrows.


NCDOT Begins Fortify Project and Introduces New Website to Informand Better Connect Commuters

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 28 October 2013 14:05.

Raleigh - The North Carolina Department of Transportation project to fortify two of the Triangle’s busiest roads begins this week, with some preliminary work already underway. The Fortify project involves removing and replacing an 11.5-mile stretch of I-40 and I-440 to address immediate safety concerns. Drivers will begin seeing nighttime lane closures this week, with some additional daytime closures to follow in early December.


Arts For Social Justice Documentary "Walk With Me" Has First-Round Digital Release

Written by Featured Organization on Sunday, 27 October 2013 12:19.

John Travis HoltDocumentary about the legacy of arts and social justice distributed by LA based virtual  studio Filmbreak. New York -- Against the backdrop of moments of historical social change, Walk with Me is an expressionistic portrait of three women - DC theater-artist Rebecca Rice, who grew up in Chicago during the turbulent '50's & 60's; Lisa Biggs - a dance-theater artist and scholar; and Anu Yadav, a first generation South Asian actor-educator living in Washington, DC. Directed by Tanisha Christie and Ellie Walton, the film centers on the artists work in prisons, community centers and schools where each woman has found theater as a way to engage a level of activism in themselves, form inclusive spaces with others, and to tell stories of joy or sorrow.


Renowned Radio Personality Michael Baisden Launches "One Dream One Team" Mentoring Initiative In Nationwide Effort to Recruit Male Mentors for 12,000 African American Boys

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 21 October 2013 18:24.

Baisden adopts a high school class of 28 young men to spark One Dream One Team mentoring agenda
Orlando, FL - When renowned radio personality Michael Baisden posted "A real man takes care of his kids no matter what the relationship is with the mother of the child," on his Facebook page, he never anticipated the over nine million views or one million plus likes and comments he received as feedback!

Print Applauds Gov Brown’s Decision to “Ban the Box” on Public Sector Employment Applications

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 21 October 2013 18:15.

Thousands of ColorOfChange members took action urging Gov. Brown to remove barriers to re-entry for millions of  qualified Californians with past convictions - Oakland, CA -- After more than 5,500 California ColorOfChange members and allies across the state raised their voices, Gov. Jerry Brown signed “Ban the Box” (AB 218) legislation into law.


U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Critical Affirmative Action Case

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:37.

Project 21 Black Conservatives' Network Hopes Eventual Decision Will Invalidate Constitutionality of Racial Quotas Once and for AllCase Centers on Whether Referendum Passed in Michigan to Prohibit Preferential Treatment in Public Employment, Education and Contracting Based on "Race, Sex, Color, Ethnicity or National Origin" Violates U.S. Constitution


The Shutdown and the Debt Ceiling

Written by Featured Organization on Tuesday, 15 October 2013 13:34.

“We are rolling toward the first sovereign debt default in history by a solvent nation.  The shutdown is a frustration and an annoyance, like a room full of mosquitoes.  The debt default is like a hurricane on steroids, or as Warren Buffet put it, a financial nuclear weapon,” says Leon LaBrecque, JD, CPA, CFP, CFA, the Chief Strategist and founder of LJPR, a firm managing $547 million in assets*. “A default on the debt would significantly impact the dollar, pensions, the markets and the global economy.  Not to mention the fact that we (the U.S.) would look pretty foolish.  We are the most powerful nation in the world, and we cannot get our house in order.”


Justice Department Will Sue N.C. Over New Voting Laws

Written by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent on Thursday, 10 October 2013 13:31.

John Travis Holt-department-of-justiceWASHINGTON – Stepping up efforts to combat voting laws that discriminate against Blacks, Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans to sue North Carolina over restrictive, new voting laws that critics say will suppress the minority vote. In a press statement, Holder said: “The North Carolina law includes troubling new restrictions, such as provisions that will significantly reduce early voting days; eliminate same-day registration during early voting; impose a restrictive photo identification requirement for in-person voting; and prohibit the counting of otherwise legitimate provisional ballots that are mistakenly cast in the right county, but in the wrong precinct.”


Black Consumer Power Still Matters

Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil on Saturday, 05 October 2013 15:44.

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African-Consumer 2013 Report. This is Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s third comprehensive, in-depth report on African-American consumers. I along with Cloves Campbell, chairman of the NNPA; Rev. Jacques DeGraff who is the co-chair of Nielsen’s External African-American Advisory Council, officially released the report at a press conference during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 43rd Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.