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Black Star News op-ed: We Need a Concrete Jobs Agenda to Reduce Chronic Black Poverty

In this op-ed, Senior Research Fellow Algernon Austin explains that “the best anti-poverty program is a good job.” African Americans have been suffering from high levels of joblessness for two generations. Since the 1960s, the black-to-white unemployment-rate ratio has been about 2-to-1. … African Americans want to work. Only persons actively looking for work are counted […]

By |September 12th, 2016

Black Enterprise — #BlackBizMatters: Spending $1.2 Trillion Black Buying Power with Black Businesses

Lack of funding is a major roadblock to creating and growing businesses for black entrepreneurs. This story focuses on a website and an app,, that is trying to direct dollars to these entrepreneurs. Our recent report, The Color of Entrepreneurship: Why the Racial Gap Among Firms Costs the U.S. Billions, offers the background for […]

By |August 19th, 2016

Los Angeles Times: On Social Security’s 81st anniversary, a reminder that it’s also a lifeline for children

As Michael Hiltzik puts it, “it’s important to observe that the program doesn’t pit generations against each other so much as bind them together.” In 2014, 6.4 million children, or 8.7% of all children, benefited from Social Security, up from 5.4 million (7.3%) in 2003. Social Security keeps many of those children out of poverty—the child […]

By |August 15th, 2016

The Fiscal Times: How Children Got Lost in the Debate Over Social Security Reform

This story covers our recent report in the context of the debate on Social Security’s solvency: “For the last decade we have been having this debate about the future of Social Security, and in all of these discussions not a single portion of it has really been dedicated to the number of children who actually rely […]

By |August 15th, 2016 — Surprise: At 81, Social Security Is A Growing Anti-Poverty Program For Kids

This story covering our recent report  highlights Social Security’s unheralded role as protection against poverty for children: By the Center’s calculations,  25.5% of children who benefit from Social Security live in households whose income falls below the poverty line. Yet without the Social Security cash, an extraordinary 43% of them would be poor.  Put another way, in 2014 Social […]

By |August 14th, 2016

The Hill: Social Security saves children too

In this op-ed on The Hill, Tanisa Smith-Symes describes how she Social Security survivor benefits helped her when she was a child: I began receiving Social Security survivor benefits after my father died when I was 3 years old. I didn’t know at the time but those benefits would become my only source of stability during my […]

By |August 11th, 2016

Washington Post: Closed Social Security offices, furloughed staff under GOP cuts, agency warns

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore explained why an appropriations bill in the House of Representatives that was going to cut the Social Security Administration’s budget was unadvisable: “Social Security has been the most successful antipoverty program in U.S. history, helping men and women, children, adults and seniors from all walks of life,” said Maya Rockeymoore, president and CEO […]

By |August 9th, 2016

DeltaSky Magazine: 5 Minutes with Kathryn Finney

DigitalUndivided founder Kathryn Finney cited our report, “The Color of Entrepreneurship,” in her interview with DeltaSky magazine: There was also another report, released this year by the Center for Global Policy Solutions. That report found that . . . not investing in small businesses started by people of color is costing our economy upwards of $300 […]

By |August 1st, 2016

FastCompany: A Growing Group Of Black Angel Investors Is Making Up For The Funding Biases In Venture Capital

One of the main roadblocks for African Americans in starting and growing a business is access to capital. This is the story of an African American entrepreneur who found alternatives to traditional venture capital. Jehiel Oliver knew he wasn’t going to find his pathway to prosperity at the doorsteps of Silicon Valley’s venture capital firms. […]

By |July 26th, 2016

TalkPoverty op-ed: Social Security Helps Twice As Many Children As We Thought

In this TalkPoverty op-ed, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore explains that debates about Social Security reform never mention the children who benefit from the program: A new study by my organization, the Center for Global Policy Solutions, found that official reports overlook children who live in extended families where someone receives a Social Security check. According to data […]

By |July 20th, 2016