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Beyond Juneteenth: Breaking the Chains to Access Capital and Achieve Real Freedom

Vercie Lark, left, Region 7 Great Plains Administrator and Ted James, right, Region 6 South Central Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration  By Vercie Lark and Ted James Being black and walking away from a person who legally owned you became reality on June 17, 1865, when Texas became the last state to implement the Emancipation Proclamation. The day, now known as Juneteenth, has become one of celebration for black Americans. ...

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Despite Apathy, Activists and Strategists Urge Black Voters Not to Sit out 2022 Midterms

The failure of Congress to pass legislation like the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act have frustrated African Americans. With new voter suppression laws, the leaked Roe V. Wade opinion, and the assault on many other rights, some question whether the voting bloc that allowed Democrats to take the White House and control both houses of Congress will abandon the polls...

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AMERICA’S TRUE LIFE – WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE

by Ennis Leon Jacobs, Jr I recently wrote an opinion editorial titled “America’s True Critical Race Theory” in response to the political debate in Florida on this civic controversy. I had ulterior motives because my son is deeply immersed in the topic, and a friend, who is a state leader, was deeply moved by the Florida legislative proposals. The article recalled an experience in high school when, during a...

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LISC’s Black Economic Development Fund invests $122 million to support growth of Black-owned banks, businesses

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) announced today that its Black Economic Development Fund (BEDF) has committed nearly half its capital, having closed on $122 million in investments for Black-owned banks and businesses throughout the country. The $250 million fund includes investments from Netflix, Paypal, Square, HubSpot, Aflac, Costco, Dicks Sporting Goods, ThermoFisher Scientific, Wayfair, McKinsey & Company, and Dupont. It aligns with LISC's larger Project 10X strategy to break down systemic racial barriers, including $1 billion in investments that...

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How to handle the holiday season and loss of loved ones

by  Aaliyah Bowden, The Charlotte Post The holidays are coming but some people won’t be in the mood to celebrate. After someone near and dear to you dies, it may be hard to enjoy end-of-the-year traditions. Holiday grief is when a person loses a relative or loved one near the holidays or certain festivities had special meaning to the deceased. “It’s a paradox because we’re there to celebrate but...

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Black Angels Take Flight

Joshua Matthews, flight attendant, left, Kenny Jordan flies airplane during lesson, center, Kenny Jordan, right. By Megan Kirk The friendly skies have not always been so kind to Black people. Airports were largely segregated and many Blacks could not afford ticket fares. To make the distinction, though airlines were not legally segregated, airports actively practiced it and African Americans who did fly faced discrimination. Serving on the U.S. House of Representatives...

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