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Psychology of Black Unemployment: Impact felt deep in the African American psyche

on Friday, 23 September 2011 18:16.

As she watched President Barack Obama lay out his jobs plan for the nation and repeatedly challenge Congress to address the issue immediately, Madelyn Broadus was thinking “finally, somebody is for the people. It seems like for the past 12 years, (the government) is always for corporations and big fat cats. I really feel like he said it right for how we can begin again, the hard-working American people,” explained Broadus, one of the 14 million unemployed people that the president was speaking of during his speech.


Aspirations: Since we’re talking about it; have you had your financial check-up?

on Friday, 23 September 2011 18:15.

In beauty salons and barber shops across the nation, at summer barbecues and holiday dinners, African Americans have a long tradition of indulging in rich conversation. So much so that we’ve created our very own cultural vernacular, or way of speaking. No matter the venue, when we come together we are ready to talk about it all, from current events and politics to music and relationships. Nothing is off limits…well, almost.


The Economy Across Race and Region

on Friday, 16 September 2011 20:19.

Unemployment Fails to Dampen Positive Outlook Among African Americans and Latinos: Findings from the Blair-Rockefeller Poll challenge long-held assumptions about the impact of the economy on political attitudes and voting behaviors, according to a new report by political scientist Todd Shields. The report, “The Economy Across Race and Region: Unemployment Fails to Dampen Positive Outlook Among African Americans and Latinos,” was released recently on the Blair-Rockefeller Poll website.


Cosmetics Company Owner Loves the Skin Blacks are in

on Monday, 12 September 2011 12:54.

Women of color know their skin is a little different and many mainstream products don’t seem to address the issues they typically have.  For 20 years, one man has been catering to the skin needs of women, men and even babies. Iheatu Obioha started Bluefield, a skin-care manufacturing company, in 1989.  


City to Hold Banks Responsible for Foreclosed Property

on Friday, 15 July 2011 15:28.

In an effort to combat the problem of abandoned properties in Chicago neighborhoods, the City Council approved an ordinance that will hold lending institutions responsible for the upkeep of properties foreclosed upon.  The move comes as community groups have become increasingly vocal over the last few weeks because of an upsurge in crime during the summer months.

Making Yourself Recession-proof

on Friday, 01 July 2011 13:50.

Self-Employed recession-proofRecent news headlines have been dominated by tales of the recession and continuing economic woe. This week, the Federal Reserve (June 22, 2011) announced slower growth in the U.S. economy anticipated focusing on high unemployment and rising inflation. Notably, however, the Fed Committee will monitor the economic outlook and financial developments and will act as needed to best foster maximum employment and price stability.