July 9, 2020

While it is frustrating that many Black businesses haven’t had much luck with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, it is no surprise.

To get through these tough economic times, hairstylists like Cynthia Smith, owner of Integrative Alopecia Solutions in Columbia, Md., have relied more on their clients and communities than on government aid. 

“The CARES Act hasn’t addressed any of my financial needs,” Sm...

September 9, 2019

 (The following is testimony by William Darity Jr., on the proposed Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans Act before the 116th Congress 2019-2020 on June 19, 2019)

The time has come for the United States, finally, to lay to rest the issue of what has been called, variously, the Slave Problem, the Colored Problem, the Negro Problem, the Black Problem, and the African American Problem. The...

March 19, 2019

I stand on the muddy banks of the Allegheny River and watch my daughter’s paddle slice through the polluted water as if her future depends on it.  It just might. She rises at 4:45 a.m. three days a week to train.  She’s not shooting for the Olympics, but she is hoping her talent might help her pay for college.  My family, like so many Black families in America, is sweating out the college admissions process and the hefty tuiti...

February 28, 2019

The bell clangs, sparking an eruption of applause and boisterous cheers. It's the end of another trading day on the floor. And standing on the New York Stock Exchange's famed balcony is NAACP President Derrick Johnson, who — alongside a contingent that included Board Chairman Leon W. Russell and NAACP New York State Conference President Hazel Dukes — rang the NYSE closing bell Feb. 26 to commemorate the official launch of the...

January 17, 2019

“A government job used to mean it was a sure thing,” said U.S. Census Bureau employee Johnny Zuagar. “We cannot go to work [because of] a wall!”

The statistician is a 15-year employee with the Census and serves as the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Census Council 241 President.

Zuagar’s one of the 800,000 federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22, 2018 after Congress ref...

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