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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 ...

Study: Credit card debt higher for U.S. black middle class

African-Americans have been pummeled by the recent financial crisis, including facing the most adverse consequences of credit card debt and higher interest rates, according to a recently released study by the NAACP and Demos, a U.S.-based research and policy center.

Dr. Kenneth Edelin, advocate for women’s right to abortion, health care, 74

Prominent obstetrician and women’s rights advocate Dr. Kenneth Edelin died Monday in Sarasota, Fla. after a battle with cancer. He was 74 years old.

Blacks, Latinos, Asians lagging in pension, retirement savings

“People of color face particularly severe challenges in preparing for retirement,” states a new report titled “Race and Retirement Insecurity in the United States” by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS).

Year in Review: Politics of polarization dominated U.S. news

On the national stage, the politics of polarization were on display with Democrats and Republicans locking horns over the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, voting rights laws and myriad other issues.