U.S. consumer sentiment improved in early May, as optimism about jobs eased the pain of high gasoline and food prices. Economists were less optimistic about the country’s growth prospects, but they were slightly more upbeat about the job market. Their projected drop in the nationwide unemployment rate, however, obscures a depressing outlook for African-Americans, whose jobless rate remains double that of the national average. TNJ queried noted experts about prospects for Black employment, income, poverty and entrepreneurship. Here are their responses:
TNJ’s 14th annual class of “40 Under Forty” high achievers reflects the rich diversity of the country’s Black community: African, African-American, Caribbean-American, Afro-Hispanic and Afro-European. The presence of nine entrepreneurs among them is worth noting.
Margaret Murray Washington already was a well-known educator and women’s activist when she married Tuskegee Institute founder Booker T. Washington and continued that activism during her marriage. On Sept. 12, 1898, the Washingtons gave twin lectures at Old Bethel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C.
When he was eighteen, Claude Scott made up his mind to become an orthopedic surgeon.
As President Barack Obama tries to reshape the U.S. health-care system into one that is based on prevention rather than on reaction to disease
From his Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Cornell University for a bachelor’s degree and a law degree; to a research fellowship at Yale Law School; to a judgeship; then to partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom L.L.P., Stephen C. Robinson’s 26-year career in law followed a road less traveled by most attorneys.
A partner in the entertainment group at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, Lisa E. Davis is one of the nation’s leading entertainment lawyers, representing a broad spectrum of clients. Her career in entertainment law fits perfectly with her passion for the arts. It gives her an opportunity to “help her clients realize their artistic vision and help preserve their intellectual property.”