High unemployment continues for African Americans

For the second consecutive month, the U.S. unemployment rate has remained essentially unchanged at 5.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But as usual, the rate for African Americans remains high—nearly double the national rate at 10.2 percent, ...

Gov. Brown appoints Gene Hale to business council

Gene Hale, chairman of the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, has been appointed to the California International Trade and Investment Advisory Council. Hale is the chief executive officer at G&C Equipment Corporation and president of Gence Corporation ...

Earn money to start or grow a business

The West Angeles Community Development Corporation will hold a workshop May 21 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. to introduce its Individual Development Account (IDA) program that can help people start or expand a business, buy a house or enhance their education.

Activists petition U.N.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR) this week called for major criminal justice reforms as the United Nations reviews the United State’s record on human rights issues. The call for a U.N. review comes in the wake ...

BOE targets women entrepreneurs

The Board of Equalization will hold a number of seminars to help small business owners. The first is the free Connecting Women to Power Business conference June 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at California State University, Dominguez Hills ...

Good business

The last thing on Jennifer Davis’ mind was winning $10,000 when she got up Saturday morning to trek down to Los Angeles Trade Technical College to attend the second annual Social Innovation Summit.

Report details Black job crisis

In a report released April 8, the Los Angeles Black Worker Center (LABWC) detailed some sobering facts about the world of work in the City of Angels.

Black online entrepreneurs say tech is the way of the future

When most people think of the technology field, they think of White computer “whiz kids” like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. However, African American entrepreneurs have founded technology-related companies. Many of them are attracted to the independence of running their own ...

NNPA recognizes Black achievers

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) hosted recently its fifth annual Torch Awards dinner in Washington D.C. The ceremony was scheduled in conjunction with Black Press Week, and took place at the Marriot Hotel.

Minimum wage debate finds two sides to issue

With three different studies serving as the centerpiece of discussion, the Los Angeles City Council Economic Development Committee on Tuesday kicked off a series of public hearings regarding a proposal to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles.

Achievement gap narrows as minority students improve graduation rates

Graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students increased by nearly 4 percentage points from 2011 to 2013, outpacing the growth for all students in the nation, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education ...

Summer jobs available for youth

Summertime is coming, and as the old song says “the livin’ is easy” and that is especially the case for young people who have an opportunity to snag one of the more than 20,000 jobs that will be offered to ...

Price lends support to small businesses

Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price has introduced a motion to provide further support and expansion of contracting opportunities for small and micro businesses within the city. The 9th District councilman said he wants to “level the playing field” to ...

Campaign for minimum wage pushes forward

If the Los Angeles City Council were to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour, it would create 64,000 new jobs, says Rusty Hicks, executive-secretary treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and co-convener of the Raise ...

Kanye’s world: Class, luxury and Steve Jobs

Kanye West, the multi-millionaire rap star designer of $350 haute couture shoes, has a lot to say about luxury. And he’s very critical.