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The Big Reason Florida Insurance Companies Are Failing Isn’t Just Hurricane Risk – It’s Fraud and Lawsuits

Hurricane Ian’s widespread damage is another disaster for Florida’s already shaky insurance industry. Even though home insurance rates in Florida are nearly triple the national average, insurers have been losing money. Six have failed since January 2022. Now, insured losses from Ian

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Congressman Al Green Holds National Slavery Remembrance Day with Rev. Al Sharpton as Guest Speaker

After meeting in-person for the last time in 2019, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) will be holding the nation’s leading policy conference in Washington, DC from Wednesday, September 28, 2022, through Sunday, October 2, 2022. This year’s Annual Legislative

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Estevanico: The Man, The Myth, The Legend – The First Black Person in the New World

The history of slavery in the Western Hemisphere has, of course, been well documented but there is one name that is often overlooked in within the posterity of Black people in the New World: Estevanico. Sometimes called “Mustafa Zemmouri,” “Black

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Vice President Harris Announces Slate of Actions to Help Black and Minority-owned Small Businesses

Vice President Kamala Harris used her time at Freedman’s Bank Forum to announce new public and private-sector efforts to advance racial equity. Harris said the administration recognizes the continued difficulty that Black-owned businesses have in finding funding. She acknowledged that

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8B Education Investments launches $111,600,000 initiative to Finance African Student Education

8B Education Investments, which built the first platform that connects high-potential African students with world-class colleges and universities and the tools needed to level up their applications and financial options, announced a partnership with Nelnet Bank to originate $30 million

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Areva Martin Continues to Advocate for those with Special Needs and Those Facing Discrimination and Injustice

Areva Martin grew up in North St. Louis, Missouri, and she said she intuitively knew that something was different about her neighborhood. “St. Louis is one of the most segregated cities in the nation,” Martin told National Newspaper Publishers Association

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Vernice Miller-Travis, a Crusader who Continues the Struggle to Weed out Environmental Racism

Vernice Miller-Travis has consistently recognized racism, including how race has played a significant role in environmental policy. She’s the vice chair of Clean Water Action’s board of directors, executive vice president for environmental and social justice at Metropolitan Group, and

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EPA Launches New National Office Dedicated to Advancing Environmental Justice and Civil Rights

For the better part of a month, National Newspaper Publishers Association President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr. traveled back and forth to North Carolina. Chavis helped spearhead plans and events in observance of the 40th anniversary of the

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Black Millennial and Gen-Z Voters Chime in On Issues Important to Them Leading Up to the November Midterm Elections

As we know, elections have consequences. With that being said, the voice of Black millennial and Gen-Z voters is critical when it comes to impacting the outcome of any election—local, countywide, state, or federal. The 2022 midterm elections will definitely

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‘Democracy Doesn’t Have an Off-Season:’ Democracy Fest Targets Young Voters of Color

“Democracy doesn’t have an off-season.” Those words are the resonating slogan for Democracy Fest, a field day for the Atlanta Public School System meant to encourage voter turnout for students who are eligible to vote. “This was the opportunity to

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Study Finds Community College System Fails to Produce Equitable Outcomes for Black Students

More than one in three Black community college students are in poverty, and widespread inequality in community colleges deepened throughout the pandemic for Black students facing basic needs insecurity. According to a new report from the Joint Center for Political

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Critical Disparity Study Provides Roadmap to Equity in Opportunity

(WIB) – Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks shared the findings of the County’s Utilization and Availability Study, also known as a Disparity Study. The results of the Disparity Study, released on Sept. 28, show that there has been a

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Dr. Cheeks A National ‘GEM’ In STEAM

Few Black women engineers have enjoyed as successful a career in multiple arenas as much as the woman Dr. Loretta H. Cheeks. She unapologetically accepts the challenge to stand out and stand loud in being first to many life goals

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Your Vote is Your Voice – Mid-Term Elections Have Started in the State of North Carolina

September 9th marked the official beginning of the 2022 mid-term elections in the state of North Carolina. That was the date the state began to distribute absentee ballots to voters who requested them. While most mid-term elections have fewer voters

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Vote No to Restructuring the Fayetteville City Council A GDN Exclusive

I was a part of the Civil Rights movement in the sixty’s while a student at Fayetteville State University. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a direct out-growth of student engagement during the sixties. Defeating voter suppression and protecting

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A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing: A Voter Suppression Initiative in the City of Fayetteville

Our city is currently being loaded with a disingenuous campaign to change the structure of our City Council. You might have received a mailer asking for your signature in support of changing local elections from district-based to a hybrid model

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CBO’s ‘Highly Uncertain’ Estimates Fail to Damper Biden, Democrats Enthusiasm Over Student Debt Cancelation

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the cost of outstanding student loans will increase by $20 billion because an action suspended payments, interest accrual, and involuntary collections from September 2022 to December 2022. The nonpartisan agency said after accounting for

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Health, Gun Violence, and A Black Women’s Roundtable Help Kick off CBCF Conference

According to medical research, about 10% of the U.S. population has diabetes, and at least 1 in 3 are pre-diabetic. Further, approximately 828,000 Black patients have diabetic retinopathy, which may exceed 1 million by 2030. That information and a panel

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Chrisette Michele Helps Punctuate ‘Black Excellence’ at NNPA Leadership Awards

The presentation of the annual awards preceded the rousing performance. Grammy winner Chrisette Michele sent the packed house home buzzing following her dazzling performance to conclude the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Annual Leadership Reception at the Marriott Marquis in Washington,

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Hip Hop Icon Coolio Dies at 59

Coolio, whose signature song “Gangsta’s Paradise” played a vital role in securing hip-hop as the popular music of choice, died at age 59. The artist reportedly died on the bathroom floor of a friend’s house. While paramedics suspect Coolio succumbed

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Imperiled Freedom on the November Ballot

As we approach the midterm election on November 8, 2022, many Americans are not sure they will vote, some question whether their vote will count, and others are oblivious to the need to participate in the democratic process. But Americans

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NNPA Set to Honor Four African American Trailblazers with Leadership Awards

Keith Ellison emerged as more than just a figurehead during his first term as Attorney General in Minnesota. The “People’s lawyer” displayed a firm and steady hand guiding the state through Covid restrictions, settling multi-billion-dollar drug cases with opioid distributors

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Amazon Commits $147 Million to Create and Preserve Affordable Homes with Minority-Led Developers

ARLINGTON, VA — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced a commitment of $147 million to create and preserve 1,260 affordable housing units in six of Washington D.C.’s eight wards and in nearby Maryland and Virginia communities – primarily in partnership with minority-led organizations. This

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Poetry Foundation Makes History Honoring 2022 Pegasus Awardees

CHICAGO —The Poetry Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Pegasus Awards, a family of literary prizes that include the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Young People’s Poet Laureate, and the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. The

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Report: Number of Black Americans Serving Long Prison Sentences Far Exceeds Other Groups

While Black Americans remain vastly overrepresented in the prison population, a new report found that the disparity widens among those serving lengthy sentences. The Sentencing Project found that in 2019, Black Americans represented 14% of the total U.S. population, 33% of the

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FEMA Kicks off Preparedness Month with Campaign Targeting African American Communities

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has again teamed with the Ad Council for a public service announcement to kick off National Preparedness Month. With its new “Ready Campaign,” FEMA specifically targets African American communities with messages that encourages advanced preparedness

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Prescribing Adolescents Multiple Psychiatric Drugs Now the Norm, Particularly in BIPOC Communities

The current trend of polypharmacy – the simultaneous use of multiple drugs by a single patient for one or more conditions – reflects racism and discrimination in the treatment of Black, Indigenous, and people of color children and teens, according

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Bank of America Offers Zero Down-Payment Mortgages to Black, Latino Borrowers

Bank of America announced a new zero down payment, zero closing cost mortgage solution for first-time homebuyers, which will be available in designated markets, including certain African American and Hispanic neighborhoods in Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Miami. According

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5 Steps You Can Take To Manage a Hike in Interest Rates

The governor of the South African Reserve Bank recently announced an increase in the lending rate by 75 basis points. This means the repo rate (the rate at which the central bank lends money to commercial banks) will increase from 5.5%

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Meet the Black Woman Lawyer to Represent Alabama Pastor Who Was Wrongfully Arrested

Atlanta-based attorney Bethaney Embry Jones is one of the lawyers representing Alabama pastor Michael Jennings after he was wrongfully arrested by Childersburg police. Jones is an exceptional lawyer who specializes in civil rights and personal injury cases. In May 2022,

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University of Maryland School of Medicine and UMBC Receive NIH FIRST Grant to Recruit New Underrepresented Faculty

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) were awarded a 5-year, $13.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to enhance efforts at recruiting and training junior faculty from

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Darrell T. Allison installed as 12th Chancellor of Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville, N.C.  — Darrell T. Allison, J.D., was officially installed as the 12th chancellor and chief executive officer of Fayetteville State University on Friday, September 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Felton J. Capel Arena on the FSU campus.

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Black TV Chef, Owner of Multiple Restaurants Reveals How to Master Southern Cooking Even If You’re from the North

Superstar restaurateur and chef Justin Sutherland has launched a tour of American Southern cuisine shaped by his upbringing in the Northern Midwest and the South and by his African-American and Asian heritage. Justin owns multiple restaurants in the Twin Cities,

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Loved Ones Hope Public Can Help Locate Black and Missing Individuals

Daniel Robinson drove his 2017 Jeep Renegade west into the desert terrain on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, and no one has seen the Buckeye, Arizona, man since. Investigators discovered the car, described as blue-grey, about four miles from a worksite

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Rihanna To Headline Super Bowl Halftime Show

Rihanna, who refused to perform during the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show because of her stand with Colin Kaepernick, has decided to headline the big event in February. Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and Apple music made the announcement on September 25,

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Reporting Conspiracy Threats: A Step Toward Preventing Future Attacks

During May’s commencement address at Tennessee State University, Vice President Kamala Harris told the HBCU graduates that in many ways, they were entering an increasingly unsettled world, but they could do something positive about that. “I look at this unsettled

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Morgan State University Students Win Zillow’s Hbcu Hackathon With App That Measures Financial Credibility

Second-annual competition challenged participants to develop new technologies to help consumers during their journey to find a home. SEATTLE – Zillow’s second HBCU Housing Hackathon, which drew more than 200 students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), awarded top

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Biden Student Debt Forgiveness Plan Begins, Not Ends

President Joe Biden’s recent student debt cancellation announcement elicited a diverse range of reactions– some congratulatory, others critical, and still others that seem unsure what to make of the unprecedented multi-billion-dollar effort. Predictably, long-time education and civil rights advocates spoke

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Hear Her Campaign Addresses Health Inequities Among Pregnant and Postpartum People

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Hear Her campaign raises awareness of potentially life-threatening warning signs during and after pregnancy and encourages the people supporting pregnant and postpartum people to really listen when they express concerns. By Wanda

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Largest-Ever HBCU Week Coming to Walt Disney World Resort Next Month

HBCU College Fair, Parade of Bands, Battle of the Bands and ESPN First Take live broadcast among event’s key components; Record number of HBCU college scholarships expected to be awarded on the spot LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – High school

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New Name. Same Soul. Real Times Media Relaunches its Cultural Marketing Division as Pitch Black

DETROIT – Real Times Media, relaunched its cultural marketing division as Pitch Black today. Formerly known as RTM360°, the newly minted Pitch Black will continue to help clients connect with Black audiences through a mix of culturally relevant brand communication

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A New Kind of Hope Lives Here

Research has found that 70 million people in the United States have criminal records. Of that number, 63 percent are no longer in jail, on probation, or on parole, yet roughly 27 percent of these ex-offenders remain unemployed due to

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Stressed Out, Burned Out and Dropping Out: Why Teachers Are Leaving the Classroom

Many school districts across the United States are in the midst of a crisis: a teacher shortage. Part of the problem is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are other reasons why teachers are leaving their jobs at higher

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When You’re Questioning Your Faith After Being Hurt by Your Religious Community, Here Are 3 Ways to Cope

For the past few months, religion has never been far from U.S. headlines. The Supreme Court has overturned constitutional abortion rights. Congress is debating whether to codify protections for same-sex marriage. Courts have been asked to decide whether religious schools

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Black Prison Labor Built American Business Empires

In Tennessee, during slavery less than 5 percent of the prisoners were Black. In 1866, after emancipation, that number jumped to 52 percent. And by 1891 it had skyrocketed to 75 percent. The racial makeup of prison populations in America

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Two African American Developers Approved to Restore Famous Black Historic Center in Fort Myers, Florida

The developers are working on the historic building to bring it back to glory. Nationwide — McCollum Hall, a historical site and commercial center in Dunbar, was built in 1938 by Clifford McCollum. Within the vicinity of Fort Myers, Florida,

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Ghana and Other African Nations Who Enslaved and Sold Blacks to Europeans to Formally Apologize

Delegates from Ghana, Kenya, and other African countries will meet in Kansas City to have a long overdue conversation about the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Nationwide — A cultural assemblage is set to converge on Kansas City, as the vision of

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Attorney General Letitia ‘Tish’ James Has Spent Her Entire Career Working for the Public Good

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Attorney General Letitia ‘Tish’ James has spent her entire career working for the public good. She is the first woman of color to hold statewide office in New York, and the first woman to be

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12-Year-Old Boy Makes History as the Youngest Black College Student in Oklahoma

At the age of 12, Elijah Muhammad has become a freshman at Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) making history as the youngest Black college student in the entire state of Oklahoma. Elijah, who is being homeschooled as a high school

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Proposed Federal Abortion Ban Evokes 19th-century Comstock Act – A Law So Unpopular It Triggered the Centurylong Backlash That Led to Roe

Caption: A sign at a July 2022 abortion-rights protest in Santa Monica, California, recalls the country’s long history of trying to restrict access to reproductive health care. < Sen. Lindsey Graham has proposed a national U.S. abortion ban barring the procedure after 15

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