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New Loan Policies Fail Black Students in College

Written by Freddie AllenNNPA Washington Correspondent on Monday, 15 April 2013 14:02.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Like thousands of Black college students, Bethanie Fisher, a psychology major at Howard University depended heavily on the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students program that allows parents to borrow the full amount of college tuition and fees. During, the 2007-2008 school year, an estimated 33 percent of undergraduate students that earned degrees at Historically Black Colleges and Universities received Parent PLUS loans, double the rate of all undergraduate students nationwide.
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Advocates Push to Preserve Foreclosure Program

Written by Charlene Crowell on Monday, 15 April 2013 13:55.

A broad coalition of state and national organizations is pushing to preserve a key federal program that has helped more than 1.1 million troubled homeowners and reduced mortgage payments by a median savings of $546 each month. The Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), created in response to the nation’s housing crisis, is set to close shop on December 31. Housing and consumer advocates are urging the U.S. Treasury Department to reconsider ending the program.
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New Guide Keeps Diversity Conversations Authentic

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 12 April 2013 13:22.

Chicago human resource executive and former chief diversity officer is now the author of a dynamic new diversity book, "Profitable Diversity: How Economic Inclusion Can Lead to Success." It highlights the P&L impact of responsive and proactive diversity practices and is now available everywhere books are sold. 
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New Report: Payday Lending Drains Nearly $1 Billion from Local Communities

Written by Charlene Crowell on Monday, 08 April 2013 15:56.

One of the worst ironies of the nagging economic recession is that consumers with the fewest financial resources have lost the most. Now, a new report finds that payday loans not only strip much-needed income from low-income families; but also harms the economic viability of the communities where they operate, draining nearly $1 billion a year. Written by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development (Insight Center), it also reveals other net negative impacts of these small-dollar, high cost loans on economic growth and personal bankruptcy filings.  
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Diversity Programs Give Illusion of Corporate Fairness

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 08 April 2013 15:54.

Diversity training programs lead people to believe that work environments are fair even when given evidence of hiring, promotion or salary inequities, according to new findings by psychologists at the University of Washington and other universities. The study also revealed that participants, all of whom were white, were less likely to take discrimination complaints seriously against companies who had diversity programs.
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End the ‘War on Drugs’ Now

Written by Ron Daniels NNPA Guest Columnist on Monday, 08 April 2013 15:43.

On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stepped to the podium of the Riverside Church in New York to vigorously proclaim his opposition to the War in Vietnam. It was one of the most powerful orations among numerous remarkable speeches delivered during his brief but extraordinary life.
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Immigrant breaks cultural barriers; achieves American Dream

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 01 April 2013 17:08.

New book follows a new immigrant’s journey of assimilating into American middle class DALLAS – In the mid-80s, Nigeria was a country torn apart by political strife causing many people to search for a better life abroad. Osaze Ehigiator shares the story of his immigration from Nigeria to the United States in his new book Thrill of the Rookie.

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GDN Book Feature: Duty Call: Rendezvous With Destiny

Written by Dr. Lonnie Sessoms on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 14:20.

MAITLAND, FL— Within the pages of Dr. Lonnie Sessoms, Jr., Ph.D.’s new book, Duty Call: Rendezvous with Destiny ($16.99, paperback, 978-1-62419-674-4; $8.49, e-book, 978-1-62419-675-1) readers will see how God placed potential and purpose in every individual.  The author details how the potential of many readers is like a jewel, in that it is hidden under layers of lifetime experiences both positive and negative, and how to rediscover significance through the origin of humanity.

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Publishers Discuss Role of the Black Press

Written by Eleska AubespinSpecial to the NNPA fromThe Houston Defender on Monday, 25 March 2013 15:59.

March 16 marked the 186th anniversary of the founding of Freedom’s Journal, the country’s first Black newspaper. Its editors, Rev. Samuel Cornish and John B. Russwurm, proclaimed in the first edition, “Too long have others spoken for us…We wish to plead our own cause.”
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Right to Dream Examines Immigration, Supports DREAMers

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 25 March 2013 15:57.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – In Right to Dream: Immigration Reform and America’s Future, University of Arkansas sociologist William A. Schwab examines the evidence and calls for passage of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, better known as the DREAM Act. The DREAM Act would provide residency to undocumented young people brought to this country as children. It would allow such young people to attend college with in-state tuition and to work and travel freely. It would open a path to citizenship to those who complete their education or military service.

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