NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Can Jobs & Economic Empowerment Stop The Killing In Chicago? Education Gap Fueling The Black Unemployment Crisis



Can Jobs & Economic Empowerment Stop The Killing In Chicago?

The summer in Chicago has already gotten off to a deadly start, with gun violence claiming the lives of five and injuring nearly 60.

According to the Chicago Tribune, there have been 1,400 shooting victims so far this year and 2016 is just about to reach its midway point. But what can be done to curb the violence in the Windy City?

Pastor Corey Brooks joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the epidemic of violence plaguing Chicago and what can be done to slow down and ultimately end the bloodshed.

Education Gap Is Fueling Chicago’s Black Unemployment Crisis

It may come as no surprise that the employment rate for Blacks in Chicago is dramatically different from that of Whites.

In fact, a new Brookings Institution study finds Chicago’s racial employment gaps with young adults are among the widest in the nation.    

Take the employment rate for twenty to twenty-four year olds, it’s forty seven percent for Blacks, while Latino’s are at seventy percent and Whites are at seventy-three percent.

Among the 10 largest metro areas in the country, Black employment rates across ALL ages are the lowest in Chicago.

Also, according to the National Urban League’s 2016 State of Black America report, Chicago ranked 62TH out of seventy in unemployment equality and 65TH our of 70 in income equality.

Martha Ross one of the authors of the Brookings Institution report and Shari Runner, President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss the disturbing study.

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka talks about the Power Politics & Community Reinvestment

The mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Ras Baraka, has been in office less than 2 years and has already been dubbed “The People’s Mayor.”

He is bringing together the best and brightest political thinkers for a closed, roundtable discussion to find solutions to some of black America’s toughest challenges.

His summit will strive to combat poverty and the education gap, bolster technology, promote criminal justice reform and explore the role of art in the community.

Author Explains The Spiritual Connection Between Black Men & Basketball

For many African-American men, basketball is more than a game — it’s a way of life. A new book claims that basketball is even a religious experience for many Black men.

The spiritual relationship between Black men and basketball — specifically streetball — is detailed in the new book, Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion, Hip-Hop, and Street Basketball.

Onaje X. O. Woodbine recently sat down with NewsOne Now host Roland Martin to discuss the interesting connection between hoops and African-American inner-city culture.

Retirement Savings Plans For Self-Employed Workers

In today’s economy, there are an increasing number of individuals stepping out into the non-traditional workforce and making a great living freelancing, working on short contracts, and/or being paid hourly wages for a gig.

According to the New York Times, the number of Americans participating in the independent, or “gig economy,” grew by 9.5 million between the years 2005 and 2915. This rise in independent workers/contractors grew larger than the increase in the employment rate during the same time period.

America’s Wealth Coach, Deborah Owens, appeared on NewsOne Now to share a few important tips that will help guide those working in the “gig economy” piece together an investment plan that can potentially garner up to seven figures in retirement savings.

Rollin’ With Roland: Kenny Leon’s Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament and Gala Fundraiser

Roland Martin recently attended the annual Celebrity Golf Tournament and Gala presented by Tony-Award winning director, Kenny Leon.

The event helped raise funds for the True Colors theater company’s educational programs, such as the National August Wilson Monologue Competition for high school students.




All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.

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