Blacks often pay higher fees for car purchases than whites
11/8/2017 9:56:39 PM

By Charlene Crowell It's that time of year again when auto dealers try to make room in their showrooms for next year’s models. The seasonal clearance sales that come right before the holidays are just as tempting as ever, beckoning consumers to get that proverbial ‘new car fever.’ But don’t let those shiny new cars blind you from the facts of a major consumer purchase. After mortgages and student loans, auto sales take a big bite out of your pocket and available credit. A new analysis of car sales data reveals that many consumers are being charged...

Companies are looking for diverse ad teams to avoid blunders
11/8/2017 9:56:18 PM

By Alexandra Olson CoverGirl executive Ukonwa Ojo was struck when the team from an ad agency entered the room to pitch ideas for revamping the cosmetic company's image. For the first time in Ojo's more than 20-year career in business, she found herself working with an African-American creative director. That meeting would ultimately result in a marketing campaign that challenges conventional ideas about beauty. It features celebrity women from a spectrum of races, ages and professions, including Issa Rae of HBO's “Insecure,” motorcycle racer Shelina Moreda,...

American Airlines CEO sees opportunity in NAACP criticism
11/8/2017 9:55:51 PM

By David Koenig The CEO of American Airlines said Thursday he is looking forward to company representatives meeting with the NAACP to discuss the civil rights group's charge that carrier has a culture of racial insensitivity. The NAACP earlier this week warned African-Americans that if they fly on American, they may face discrimination or even safety issues. CEO Doug Parker said his first reaction to the NAACP's charge was, “How can that be true of us?” He described the airline as having “a diverse and open environment and organization.” But he says...

Trump's latest executive order threatens to topple Obamacare Rep. Barbara Lee Calls Trump’s Obamacare Executive Order “Spiteful. Destructive. Cruel.”
11/8/2017 9:55:32 PM

By Freddie Allen President Donald Trump just delivered two more gut punches to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in an ongoing effort to knock out President Barack Obama's legacy. On the same day that Trump signed an executive order crafted to open up the health insurance marketplace to barely there plans that may leave people living with pre-existing conditions, like HIV and AIDS, with higher premiums or priced out completely, the White House also announced plans to discontinue the health insurance subsidies that made it easier for low-income people to access quality health...

95-year-old Black judge celebrates 50 years on federal bench
11/8/2017 9:55:00 PM

By Jeff Karoub Judge Damon J. Keith thinks back on his 50 years on the federal bench and remembers many tumultuous and significant times, including being sued by President Richard Nixon after ruling that wiretapping couldn't be done without a court order. The 95-year-old from Detroit, the only African-American among six current federal judges who have served 50 or more years according to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, still hears cases about four times a year at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. His approach—in or out of the spotlight, on or...

Fats Domino's career included 'racial disturbance' in 1956
11/8/2017 9:54:17 PM

By Tad Dickens Nostalgia was the rule on Wednesday, as news emerged that Antoine “Fats” Domino, the New Orleans singer, pianist and rock ‘n' roll pioneer, had died at 89. Yet Domino's career, including iconic numbers “Ain't That A Shame” and “Walking To New Orleans,” included bleaker episodes. The songwriter and performer saw multiple doses of mid-1950s racial violence—including a Roanoke melee. In May 1956, the same year he released his career-defining hit, a cover of “Blueberry Hill,” Domino headlined a show at...

Fats Domino, Rock ‘n’ Roll pioneer, dead at 89
11/8/2017 9:43:53 PM

By Stacy Brown Fats Domino, the rock pioneer who inspired Elvis Presley, the Beatles and countless other superstars, died Wednesday at his home in Harvey, Louisiana. He was 89. Mark Bone, chief investigator for the Jefferson Parish coroner’s office, told NPR that Domino died of natural causes. Born Antoine Domino, the “Architect of Rock ‘n’ Roll” enjoyed a career spanning five decades that included more than 25 gold singles and 65 million records sold. His massive vault of hits includes “Blueberry Hill,” “I’m Walking,”...

Educating Black students in the New Jim Crow Era
11/8/2017 9:14:34 PM

Policy experts discuss educating Black students in the New Jim Crow Era]Policy experts discuss educating Black students in the New Jim Crow Era   By Stacy M. Brown After decades of desegregation efforts, federal civil rights laws, and other attempts to close the achievement gap, a high quality education remains an elusive goal for most Black children. In an effort to engage Black parents around reaching that elusive goal, educators and community stakeholders tackled leadership, educational equity and policy in urban schools, during a recent panel discussion. Led by...

Ask Alma: Taking care of my elderly parents is taking a toll
11/2/2017 10:38:03 PM

By Alma Gill   Dear Alma: I am a 64 year-old divorced woman who lives with my father. Some years ago, when my marriage fell apart, and Mom was diagnosed with dementia, I moved back home to help my dad with her. I was also working part-time, so I couldn't afford my own apartment. Two years ago, Dad and I could no longer care for Mom at home, so we put her in a care facility, and I retired. During this time, I have made new friends, three of them live in the state of New Mexico. A few months ago, I went to visit these friends, and fell in love with New Mexico. The cost of...

DIMAS: crop vertical like a MUG SHOT, please.
11/2/2017 10:36:36 PM

A bright light of Black press goes out: Bernal Smith dies at 45 By Stacy M. Brown Bernal E. Smith II, the president and publisher of the Tri-State Defender and a well-known civic leader in Memphis, Tenn., died Sunday. Smith was 45. The Tri-State Defender, among the longest running African-American newspapers in the country and a member publication of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, noted on its website that Smith was with his family when he was found Sunday, October 22. “The New Tri-State Defender and its management board was devastated when we learned that...