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Bringing Black men back home

President Obama’s speech on fatherhood, delivered in 2008, called out men who had deserted their families and communities — “They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.”

“You and I know how true this is in the African-American community,” he added. “We know that more than half of all Black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled — doubled — since we were children.”

But if fathers are willing to do their part, he said, “our government should meet them halfway.”

That’s precisely what President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal judge shoots down Texas proclamation allowing one ballot drop-off location per county Nine people who attended Trump rally in Minnesota contracted coronavirus Schiff: If Trump wanted more infections ‘would he be doing anything different?’ MORE’s policies have done. His First Step Act, in

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Black Americans are paying more to own a home and falling further behind

Black Americans pay more than any other group to own a home, a disparity that contributes to roughly half of the $130,000 retirement savings gap between Blacks and Whites, according to new study from MIT.



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Black homeowners pay more in mortgage interest, mortgage insurance and property taxes than other homeowners, according to the paper by Edward Golding, executive director of the MIT Golub Center for Finance and Policy and co-authors, Michelle Aronowitz and Jung Hyun Choi.

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Overall, the differences in mortgage interest payments amount to $743 a year, mortgage insurance premiums come to $550 a year and property taxes are about $390 per year. Together, this results in $67,320 in lost retirement savings for Black homeowners when invested over 30 years, according to the paper.

These inequities make it impossible for Black homeowners to build wealth through home ownership at the same rate as White

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Kitchen of the Week: Former barrister chambers becomes apartment with award-winning black kitchen

This black kitchen, designed by Nicola Manning of Auckland, won the Outstanding Renovation Kitchen award in this year's NKBA national awards.

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This black kitchen, designed by Nicola Manning of Auckland, won the Outstanding Renovation Kitchen award in this year’s NKBA national awards.

It’s hard to believe this kitchen is in an apartment that was previously a commercial office space.

Kitchen designer Nicola Manning of Nicola Manning Design says the space was the client’s inner-city barrister chambers for 20 years: “As he was approaching retirement, he and his wife decided to convert the ‘office space’ into an apartment that would have a New York loft feel.”

The kitchen Manning designed has just won the Outstanding Kitchen Renovation award in the national NKBA awards, with the judges calling it “an inspired transformation”.

Kitchen designer Nicola Manning.

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Manning says the client’s brief was to transform the staff lunchroom and storage space into the kitchen, which was to be the heart of the new apartment. “It needed to have a slight industrial

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White man seeks forgiveness in attack on Black family’s home

WARREN, Mich. (AP) — A white man accused of firing shots into the home of a Black suburban Detroit family who put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window asked for forgiveness during a court hearing Thursday.



Warren, Mich., Mayor James Fouts, left, stands with Candace and Eddie Hall during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at police headquarters in Warren. A 24-year-old white man has been charged with ethnic intimidation and other counts for firing shots into the Hall's home just north of Detroit after the family put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window. (AP Photo/Corey Williams)


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Warren, Mich., Mayor James Fouts, left, stands with Candace and Eddie Hall during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, at police headquarters in Warren. A 24-year-old white man has been charged with ethnic intimidation and other counts for firing shots into the Hall’s home just north of Detroit after the family put a Black Lives Matter sign in their front window. (AP Photo/Corey Williams)

Michael Frederick Jr., 24, made the remarks after being given a moment to speak about bond. He was appearing by video in Warren District Court for arraignment on charges including ethnic intimidation.

Frederick told Judge Michael Chupa that he wanted

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As Summerville park sees improvements, Black residents remember its cultural impact | News

SUMMERVILLE — Years ago, Doty Park near downtown looked drastically different when it was a huge hub for Black residents.

There wasn’t a community center. And baseball fields used to sit where tennis courts now stand. Those fields were typically filled predominately with Black residents from the Alston and Brownsville areas. 

Anthony Pinckney, a 58-year-old native Summerville resident, said his wife ran the concession stand. He used to drive around the park after the baseball fields were replaced, trying to remember the good days.

Louis Smith, another longtime Summerville resident, said being there in the 1980s and ’90s felt like a neighborhood experience.

“You probably had a lot of marriage proposals out there,” he said. “It was a cultural hub of the community.”

For decades, Doty Park was the home to the Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball League. It was a program where Black and White children in large numbers could

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The Paradox Of The U.S. Black Home Ownership Rate

In a recent article here on the Biden housing plan, I mentioned the Paradox of the Black Home Ownership Rate – in the 30 years from 1940 to 1970 when housing discrimination against Blacks was legal and horrific, the U.S. Black home ownership rate nearly doubled going from 23% to 42%, but 50 years after the 1968 Fair Housing Act became law, the U.S. Black home ownership rate was essentially the same as in 1968. It was 41% in 2018. That paradox seems impossible but it’s true. 

Another hidden truth is that from 1940 to 1970, the Black home ownership rate increased more in the South than in the North. For example, from 1940 to 1970 the Black home ownership rate in Mississippi increased 31 percentage

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Home Depot Black Friday deals to last two months

In recent years, retailers have competed to move their Black Friday sales, and the entire holiday shopping season, earlier on the calendar. COVID-19 is only speeding up that trend.



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Home Depot is looking to enhance the frenzied shopping bonanza that happens every year the day after Thanksgiving by announcing this week that its holiday pricing will start in November and run through December.

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Rather than Black Friday deals being limited to one day of the season, holiday sale prices will instead be extended for the entire two-month stretch both in stores and online, according to Home Depot. On the company’s mobile app, customers will also be able to see the deals next month before lower prices are in play online, it added.

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The home-improvement chain is also sticking with

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Home Depot Says Black Friday Prices Available Throughout Holiday Season

(RTTNews) – Home improvement retailer Home Depot (HD), is taking a different approach this holiday season as it will offer Black Friday discounts for two months, beginning in early November through December.

Usually, the retailer offers the deep discounts annually on the Friday after Thanksgiving. However, instead of a single day, Home Depot will offer its discounts for two months this year.

The retailer in statement said customers can enjoy stress-free shopping this holiday season, as the company is reinventing Black Friday shopping keeping in mind the safety and wellbeing of customers during the COVID-19 period.

The deals will be available both in its stores and online, however, mobile app users will get exclusive early access to some discounts in November.

Home Depot will keep its stores closed on Thanksgiving day. Other retailers, including Walmart (WMT), have also announced they will not open this year on the holiday.

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Home Depot announces Black Friday deals to last two months

In recent years, retailers have competed to move their Black Friday sales, and the entire holiday shopping season, earlier on the calendar. COVID-19 is only speeding up that trend.

Home Depot is looking to enhance the frenzied shopping bonanza that happens every year the day after Thanksgiving by announcing this week that its holiday pricing will start in November and run through December.

Rather than Black Friday deals being limited to one day of the season, holiday sale prices will instead be extended for the entire two-month stretch both in stores and online, according to Home Depot. On the company’s mobile app, customers will also be able to see the deals next month before lower prices are in play online, it added.

Closed for Thanksgiving

The home-improvement chain is also sticking with its practice of closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, so that “associates and customers can enjoy important time

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Home Depot changes Black Friday shopping, offers 2 months of deals

Home Depot is joining a slate of retailers in “reinventing” Black Friday this year in an effort to prevent large crowds from gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rather than have a single day of deals, the home improvement retailer announced Wednesday it will offer sales throughout the holiday season.

TARGET TO CLOSE THANKSGIVING DAY, START HOLIDAY DEALS IN OCTOBER TO AVOID CHRISTMAS RUSH

Although stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, both in-store and online sales will begin in early November and last through December, according to an announcement on the company’s website.

With new cases of the virus rising in some areas of the country, retailers are increasingly trying to find ways to prevent crowds from gathering during the holiday rush.

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“Starting with reinventing Black Friday, we’re improving the shopping experience, with your safety and wellbeing as our priority,” 

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