Blacks Locked out of CA Housing Market, Study Finds
Mar11

Blacks Locked out of CA Housing Market, Study Finds

In 2015, California had the third-lowest homeownership rate in the nation, according to the United States Census Bureau. More than 1.2 million Californians foreclosed on their homes during the Great Recession and until today are still experiencing the impact of those losses.

The Inland Empire and Central Valley have been the slowest-recovering cities. Research has shown that African Americans who apply for conventional or Federal Housing Administration loans are being denied twice as much as Caucasians.

A 2013 Zillow data analysis collected by the federal government demonstrates the incongruity between the races. The study found that white counterparts who apply for a conventional mortgage are denied just over 10 percent of the time. By contrast, Blacks who apply for the same loans have a denial rate of 28 percent, with Hispanics at 22 percent.

Mar11

Blacks Underrepresented in Higher Paying Majors

A new study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce finds that African Americans are overrepresented in lower paying college majors and underrepresented in higher paying majors. The study, which examined bachelor’s degrees in 137 detailed majors, found that African Americans only made up 8% of the higher paying majors, but 17% of the lower paying majors, despite being 12% of the population.

But the choice of major is still not enough to guarantee higher wages, according to Anthony Carnevale, the author of the report and director of the Georgetown center. He contends that social and family factors play a key role and because of them, blacks can wind up in lower paying jobs even within higher paying majors.

 

Dr. E.Wayne Gaddis Installed For A Second Term As President of The California Missionary Baptist Convention
Feb11

Dr. E.Wayne Gaddis Installed For A Second Term As President of The California Missionary Baptist Convention

In a gala ceremony taking place on January 26 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Dr. E. Wayne Gaddis was installed as president of the California Missionary Baptist State Convention for a second term. The occasion also marked the first time that the California United Baptist and the California Missionary Baptist Convention. “I’m honored to be re-elected unanimously and I’m honored because history was made by me joining with Rev. J. Roy Morrison in bringing the two conventions together,” said Gaddis, senior pastor of Greater True

 

Q & A with Brandy Norwood
Feb11

Q & A with Brandy Norwood

NEW YORK — September 2, 2015 — BET Networks announced that production on its new scripted series ZOE EVER AFTER, starring Grammy Award winning superstar Brandy Norwood, is underway in Atlanta, GA.  ZOE EVER AFTER comes from executive producers Debra Martin Chase, Danny Rose, Scooter Braun, executive producer/writer Erica Montolfo-Bura and co-executive producers Brandy Norwood and Elaine Aronson.  The BET Networks production is slated to premiere in January 2016.

ZOE EVER AFTER is a multi-camera romantic comedy about Zoe Moon (Brandy Norwood), a newly single mom stepping out of the shadow of her famous boxer ex-husband Gemini Moon (Dorian Missick) while trying to balance dating, motherhood, a complicated relationship with her ex and finally fulfilling her career dream of starting a cosmetics line.

AT&T Settles With Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios
Jan12

AT&T Settles With Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios

Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios, Byron Allen won an important victory against AT&T and Direct TV, a year after filing a $10 billion lawsuit that alleged racial discrimination against black-owned media companies. In the settlement reached late last month, AT&T services and DirectTV entered into an agreement with Entertainment Studios to carry the portfolio of Entertainment Studios’ seven HD television networks—JusticeCentral.TV Pets.TV, Recipe.TV, Comedy.TV, ES.TV, Cars.TV, MyDestination.TV, and Comedy.TV— to its 26 million domestic subscribers.

This is a significant win, especially given the consensus that minorities were losing the fight for diversity behind the camera as they are often misrepresented or under-represented. The lawsuit had also taken a swipe at the Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, the NAACP and the National Urban League, claiming these organizations were paid hush money for their endorsements.

Fight The Good Fight
Jan08

Fight The Good Fight

Over the past year, multiple controversial killings of unarmed victims—including Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Tamir Rice in Cleveland and Eric Garner on Staten Island— garnered unprecedented

national attention and exposed an ugly truth our nation has yet to deal squarely with—the notion of justice for all and the role race plays in the legal system.

While many of the high-profile cases splashed across our nation’s headlines draw a strikingly parallel pattern of facts, the “what-ifs and “if-onlys” in the events leading up to the fatal encounters leave open the unanswered question how to diffuse potentially violent confrontations with law enforcement altogether.

New research has found that police officers are increasingly discharging their weapons. Officer-involved shootings nearly doubled in 2015, a troubling statistic the new president of the Police Commission Matt Johnson described as an “alarming development.”

First Ladies High Tea
November will mark the 20th Anniversary of our Annual First Ladies High Tea, honoring the contributions of female leaders and women of faith to the Los Angeles community. For more information, visit www.firstladieshightea.com
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