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Black Businesses Face Familiar Struggles in Africa

As the United States pivots to strengthen economic ties with Africa, there’s a good chance that Black-owned businesses may be left behind because of to some of the same factors that limit their growth in America.

Drop in Black Homeownership Rate Double that of Whites

Each year the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University assesses the nation’s housing outlook. The recently-released The State of the Nation’s Housing in 2014 reveals that troubled housing areas remain in the midst of rising prices, higher interest ...

Union pulls support from UNCF after Koch gift

WASHINGTON (AP) - A powerful government workers’ union will end its support for the United Negro College Fund after the group accepted $25 million from the conservative powerhouse Koch brothers and the college fund’s president appeared at a Koch event.

How Exactly Do Colleges Allocate Their Financial Aid? They Won’t Say.

At the center of the admissions and financial-aid process is a massive information imbalance: Schools make their decisions with detailed data about each applicant that goes well beyond test scores and transcripts. Many universities have access to comprehensive financial profiles, ...

Apple’s Beats buy is two-sided for music streaming

Apple’s $3 billion purchase of headphone maker and streaming music company Beats Electronics sheds light on a rarely recognized reality in the music-streaming industry: It’s hard to succeed in the business without offering other products and services.

Diet failure is not your fault

When weight loss and fitness expert Phoenix Gilman relocated from California to the metro Atlanta area a few years ago, she continued her steadfast mission to revolutionize the way the public thinks and about food and the way they consume ...

Housing Recovery Bypasses Blacks and Latinos

Scholars from several of the nation’s most-esteemed colleges and universities jointly concluded that the nation’s so-called housing “recovery” is bypassing communities of color and working- class neighborhoods. Underwater America, their new report, analyzed negative equity and foreclosure data using zip ...

Mail delivery to your door at risk

Mail delivery to the door could become a thing of the past for many.

Effective Ways of Increasing Bank Lending

Capital Access has become more elusive than ever. Why? Because of a kneejerk reaction in 2010 by Congress responding to the subprime mortgage crisis by passing the colossal mass of regulations known as the Dodd–Frank bill.

Time to End Predatory Career College Loans

Are you tired of complaining to family and friends about things you feel powerless to change? Or, as college costs continue to climb and student loan debts increase, do you or someone you know feel helpless that your opinion could ...

$90 Million-Plus Lost to Foreclosure Scams

Earlier this month, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette charged an organization known as Freedom by Faith Ministries with defrauding more than 100 consumers in Southeast Michigan. The alleged crime: foreclosure rescue scams.

'Kill switch' may be standard on U.S. phones in 2015

The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players.

Nigeria: Economy $510 billion, biggest in Africa

Nigeria's recalculated economy is worth $510 billion, by far the biggest in Africa, officials announced Sunday using long overdue revised data that gives the West African nation continental bragging rights but does little for the 70 percent of its citizens ...

U.S. Created a Cuban Twitter to Overthrow Government - Report

The U.S. government secretly created a Twitter-like social media service to subvert Cuba's communist government, according to an investigative report by the Associated Press.

Playing college sports: A long, tough job

Colleges consider playing a sport an extra-curricular activity. But as last week's National Labor Relations Board ruling on Northwestern University's football players makes clear, playing a sport isn't like being a member of the stamp club.

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