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By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent President Joe Biden on Friday announced the nominations of three individuals to serve on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors, including Lisa D. Cook, a professor of Economics and International Relations at Michigan State University. If confirmed, Cook would become the first African American woman to serve in that role. A Marshall Scholar from Spelman College who received a second B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University, Cook earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. She

By Cherranda Smith, Black Information Network Quarters featuring poet Maya Angelou are officially in circulation. The US Mint announced Monday (January 10) that the history-making quarters shipped out to banks across the US. Maya Angelou is the first Black woman to be featured on a US quarter. The design featuring the late poet laureate and author is the first in the "American Women Quarters Program" which will put out multiple quarters featuring trailblazing women in American history over the next four years. "Each 2022 quarter is designed to reflect the breadth and depth of accomplishments being celebrated throughout this

U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) announced that he will not be seeking re-election for a 16th term. Rush will finish out his current term in the U.S. Congress where he has served continuously since 1993 and continue his lifelong work for justice and equality outside the halls of Congress as a preacher, an activist, and a community organizer. “After nearly three decades in Congress, I have been reassigned,” Bobby Rush said. “Let me make it clear that I am not retiring, I am returning.  I’m returning home, returning

Shawn Rochester, who authored the spellbinding book “The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America,” and Robin Watkins, a highly regarded financial and operations accountant, have made Wall Street history. And the two are poised to break through more barriers in the financial world. Their latest venture, Minority Equality Opportunities Acquisitions Inc. (MEOA), has raised $126.5 million they’ve earmarked to help minority businesses and enterprises grow and prosper through mergers and acquisitions. “It’s amazing to be a part of this,” Watkins, a Drexel University graduate, stated. While Rochester serves

By Cherranda Smith, Black Information Network Mary McLeod Bethune was the daughter of formerly enslaved African people, a dedicated educator and advisor to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and her legacy will now live on at the nation's capitol. According to NBC News, a statue of Bethune will be replacing a Confederate general to represent the state of Florida at the nation's capitol. This replacement is historic, marking the first time an African American represents a state at the National Statuary Hall located within the US Capitol building. Bethune's trailblazing legacy will be eternalized in an 11-foot, 6,000 pound

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 at the same time that the person is not there, it kind of dims that celebration,” said David Roundtree, owner and

By Ryan Shepard, Black Information Network The National Basketball Association has just kicked off its 2021-2022 regular season campaign. However, the league is already looking ahead to February. In an effort to strengthen its relationship with historically Black colleges and universities across the country, the NBA has announced its first-ever "HBCU Classic." Set to take place on February 19 at Cleveland State University during 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend, the inaugural "HBCU Classic" will feature Howard University and Morgan State University. The game will serve as a bridge between the 2022

SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group, Inc. announced the appointment of Adrienne Lofton to the company's board of directors. Lofton, a marketing and retail omnichannel veteran who has extensive experience transforming some of the nation's best-known consumer brands, will also serve on the boards of the company's airline subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc. Lofton is the vice president of global brand marketing at Google, where she oversees the integrated consumer experience for Google's platforms & ecosystems portfolio (inclusive of Android, Chrome, Google Play and Education).

By Stacy M. Brown Colin Powell has died from complications from Covid-19, his family members have confirmed. The first Black US secretary of state was 84. “General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from Covid 19,” the former General’s family wrote on Facebook. “We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American,” the family wrote. They reported that Powell had been fully vaccinated. Powell became the first Black national security adviser during the end of

By: Martin Hamlette, JD, MHA It will be years before we learn all the lessons of the COVID crisis, but some are coming into view even now. This pandemic has not hit all communities equally. As we recover, policymakers have a responsibility to avoid the mistakes of the past. Congress is considering historic investments in the social safety net. As they do so, those investments should not be paid for by cuts to programs that help minority communities. One program that Black and Brown Americans increasingly rely upon is