Ally paying $98M to resolve US auto-loan claims

Ally Financial Inc. is paying $98 million to resolve U.S. government claims that minority borrowers were charged higher rates on its auto loans than whites with similar credit histories.

Credit Card Debt Threatens Black Middle Class

Still reeling from the Great Recession, middle class blacks are maintaining their status by using credit to help cover their basic living expenses, according to a report from the NAACP and public policy research organization, Demos.

‘State of MARTA’ provides vision of vibrant future

Welcome to the bustling metropolis of parking lot traffic that lights up like Christmas for miles around at any given time.

More private college presidents earning over $1 million

As the dream of college remains unaffordable for many students and leaves others in mountains of debt, a growing number of private-college presidents are taking home more than $1 million a year.

Booming Entrepreneurship Among Black Women

Most of the businesses are one-woman shows: According to the National Women’s Business Council, 96.5 percent of Black woman-owned firms are non-employer status.

Gift Guide: Navigating maze of phone, plan choices

So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose?

Retailers post customer 'Bill of Rights' after racial profiling allegations

Civil rights leaders met with retail chain representatives and agreed to create a customer bill of rights -- to be posted in department stores in the coming days -- in response to allegations of racial profiling in multiple retail chains.

‘Tis the Season for Smart Shopping

I’ve spent the last three years of this column sharing with you important facts about African-Americans’ consumer power.

2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack

Hackers have stolen usernames and passwords for nearly two million accounts at Facebook, Google, Twitter, Yahoo and others, according to a report released this week.

Blackonomics: A.G. Gaston: Find a Need and Fill It

One of the greatest entrepreneurs in this nation, Arthur George Gaston, offered these wise words of advice to prospective business owners: “Find a need and fill it.”

New video game consoles face changed landscape

The last time Sony and Microsoft came out with new video game consoles, there was no iPad, the iPhone was months away and "FarmVille" and "Angry Birds" had yet to be conjured up.

Google, Microsoft Move to Block Child Porn

Google and Microsoft are teaming up to try to rid the internet of child pornography.

US consumer spending slows to 0.2 percent gain

U.S. consumers slowed their spending in September, even as overall income grew at solid pace for the second straight month.

Personal Finance: Private Student Loans No Better than Using a Credit Card for College

An analysis of the recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Student Loan Ombudsman report concluded that private student loans (PSLs) are a risky and high-cost method to pay for a college education.

Men Aren't Pulling Their Weight at Home

Despite gains for working women over the last few decades, two basic facts remain true: Men still work longer hours in a paid profession, and women do more of the cooking, cleaning and child-rearing at home.