When will we raise the minimum wage?

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Forward Times Staff The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009.  Several states have a higher minimum, but a predictable few, including Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina and Alabama, are stuck at that low minimum.  If the minimum wage kept up with inflation, it would be


TD Ready Challenge deploying $1-million grants to 10 organizations addressing affordable housing

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, msayles@afro.com TD Bank is awarding 10 $1-million grants to organizations across the country that are working to mitigate the housing affordability crisis. The sixth annual TD Ready Challenge targets nonprofits designing innovative solutions that address systemic barriers and increase access to affordable housing.  Applications for the challenge close on


Capital Growth Partners hosts town hall for President Biden’s Internet for All initiative

By Megan Sayles, AFRO Business Writer, msayles@afro.com Megan Sayles is a Report for America Corps member. Capital Growth Partners, a business advisory firm,  assembled broadband providers, information technology (IT) professionals, digital divide consultants and leaders from the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) to discuss opportunities in President Biden’s Internet for All initiative. In 2021 Congress


Why is Medicare rationing Alzheimer’s drugs?

By Kenneth E. Thorpe The FDA has recently approved exciting new treatments that can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a scourge that claims more American lives than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.  One such medicine, Leqembi, reduced early-stage Alzheimer’s patients’ cognitive decline by 27 percent in clinical trials — a breakthrough that offers