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Obama puts spotlight on growing income inequality

President Obama called on the country’s leaders to make 2014 "a year of action" to address the growing wage gap in the United States during his State of the Union address last week.His call to action mirrors moves in Massachusetts ...

NBC Latino shuts down: failed experiment or test?

Last November when NBC announced they were shutting down NBC Latino, their Latino-focused news site and entry into the crowded online competition for Latino readers/viewers, a spokesman for NBC said the closure of the site and funneling of readers to ...

House GOP may advance immigration reform plan

Recent remarks by House Republican leaders indicate the GOP is preparing to move forward with immigration reform legislation that includes a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.

Lawmakers shoring up voter rights laws

Civil rights advocates — including the NAACP — have been scrambling since last June when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and delivered a serious blow to protections for black voters ...

Proposed tobacco settlement excludes black-owned media

The U.S. Justice Department and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund have reached an agreement with the four major tobacco companies requiring them to spend millions across major media as part of a settlement for their misrepresentation of the hazards of ...

Martin Luther King’s address to the Mass. state Legislature

The following is Martin Luther King’s April 23, 1965 address to the Massachusetts state Legislature.

Martin Luther King Jr. studied, preached, fell in love, demonstrated in Boston

Martin Luther King Jr. first came to Boston in 1951 to study at Boston University’s School of Theology. He received a doctoral degree in systematic theology in 1955.

Life of Martin Luther King Jr.: a chronology of key events

In a special tribute, the Banner examines some of the key events in the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

U.S. deported 369,000, many without criminal convictions

The U.S. government deported about 369,000 immigrants during fiscal year 2013, according to new statistics from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement released last month, showing a 10 percent drop from the previous year — the first since President Barack Obama ...

New mortgage rules aimed at consumer protection

Although many economists claim the recession is over, millions of Americans are still reeling from its financial effects. In particular, communities of color continue to be disproportionately affected by billion-dollar losses in family wealth. New mortgage rules, effective as of ...

Pressure yielding results for Haitian immigrants in Dominican Republic

While running for Congress in 2012, Joe Kennedy III highlighted his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, where he worked with migrant Haitians to improve horrific living conditions in sugar-cane camps.

Polls: public confidence in government down

According to several recent polls, Americans’ trust in the government and belief that it can solve pressing problems — the economy, health care and the budget — is at an all-time low. But pundits suggest this is no surprise on ...

Family advocates pushing agenda in federal budget

At a congressional briefing last week, children’s advocacy organization First Focus Campaign for Children, in conjunction with advocacy group MomsRising, presented the results of a nationwide poll that found bipartisan public support for protecting funding for children’s programs in the ...

College pricing now mirrors holiday retail sales pitches

You know all those seemingly great sales during the holidays? It turns out, they are often a "carefully engineered illusion." A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal defines what it calls "retail theater," noting that often the discounts being ...

Estelle ‘Rae’ Coleman, 91, was pioneer in banking world

Estelle Rematha Coleman peacefully passed away at Sunnyvale Health Care Center (Sunnyvale, Calif.) on Dec. 24, 2013, at the age of 92. She was born on Sept. 16, 1921 to Geneva Wiggins and Grady Battle in Zebulon, N.C. At the ...