Black Women Continue Making Job Gains

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Black Women Continue Making Job Gains

Digging through the demographic data in the latest job numbers, one of the clear winners of the last few months has been black women. Since December, they’ve knocked more than 3 percentage points off their unemployment rate, from 13.9 percent to 10.8 percent. That’s the biggest drop over the last five months for any single demographic group broken out by race, sex, and age by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To continue reading at, click here.


Jewish woman files suit over Black Woman’s burial

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WABC) — A trial is set to begin in the case of a Jewish woman in Connecticut who is suing her own congregation over the burial of a black woman in the interfaith section of their cemetery. Maria Balaban’s lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial Tuesday in New London Superior Court. She wants the remains of Jamaica-born Juliet Steer exhumed and relocated from the Congregation Ahavath Achim’s cemetery in Colchester. The 73-year-old Balaban, who is white, claims the congregation broke its rule against burials of non-Jews at the cemetery when it allowed Steer to be buried in an interfaith section of the cemetery in 2010. To continue reading at WABC click here.


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Black woman makes history in DSC electrician program

DAYTONA BEACH — Bernadette Reeves often heard people predict her daughter, Tersah Fields, would become a model because she is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with a small frame. But Fields, a student in the Mid-Florida Electrical Non-Union Apprenticeship, GNJ program at Daytona State College, had other ideas.”She always liked clanking, banging and building even as a young child,” Reeves said. Fields will be graduating as the first black female from the electrical apprenticeship program and the third overall female graduate since it started in 1977, according to program officials. To continue reading at the Daytona Beach News Journal, click here.


Cable TV shows focus on black women

You know all those so-called reality TV shows where women are drinking, fighting and pulling each other’s hair over everything? Niecy Nash says her new unscripted show has one thing in common with them: It stars a woman.”I didn’t think I was a good fit for reality television, because, you know, (it’s) so combative and volatile,” said Nash (“Reno 911!”), whose unscripted “docu-comedy” “Leave It to Niecy” airs on TLC. “I’m a lover, not a fighter. If you want to take a break from seeing somebody get slapped in the mouth, you can watch ‘Leave It to Niecy.'” To read more at the Tampa Bay Times, click here.


Yacht Company Must Pay $200,000 For Email Denying Employment To Woman For Being ‘Black, Overweight’

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Fort Lauderdale company that hires crews for yachts is facing damages after an employee accidentally sent an email to an applicant saying she wasn’t hired because she’s black and overweight. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported Tuesday that Broward County says Luxury Yacht Group must pay Diane Melton almost $200,000 in damages and fees. The employee who interviewed Melton recommended her for hiring. But a supervisor wrote in an email that she accidentally sent to Melton that she shouldn’t be hired because she is black and overweight. The supervisor added that the email should be deleted. To continue reading at WPEC-TV, click here.  For a copy of the email, click here.


Startup Accelerator Supports Minorities and Women in Tech

Today’s tech industry is comprised of only 25% women, and a paltry 1.5% African-Americans make up Silicon Valley’s tech workforce. San Francisco-based startup NewME wasn’t having it. Before launching its immersive accelerator program, the company successfully fostered a dialogue about minority participation in the tech space with events and conferences. The 2010 NewME Washington D.C. conference brought together experts, venture capitalists and minority entrepreneurs themselves to discuss the industry’s high barrier to entry, specifically when it comes to African-Americans, Latinos and women. To continue reading at, click here.