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The Future of Social Security

Senior Policy & Program Associate Sarah Murphy Gray talks to WHUR’s Harold Fisher about the fate of Social Security.  “Social Security, as you know, as all of your listeners know, is vitally important to every single African-American; and really it’s an inter-generational program. So whether you’re retired, whether you’re disabled, a child, or a millennial, […]

By |November 15th, 2016

Slate: The Collapse of the American Dream

Helaine Olen talked to Maya Rockeymoore about the unequal impact the housing and financial crises had on minority communities: Maya Rockeymoore: Once you have foreclosures happening left and right, property values in the neighborhoods where you tend to live, or in the cities where you tend to live start heading straight down. And that actually happened. That’s Maya […]

By |November 10th, 2016

Central Penn Business Journal

This story cites CGPS’s report on entrepreneurship. People of color face added hurdles, rooted in decades of discrimination that limited access to education, good-paying jobs and advancement in the workplace. As a result, many African American families do not have access to savings and investments that are key to economic advancement. The median wealth level […]

By |November 4th, 2016 It’s Lonely In the Black 1%

Tanzina Vega interviewed Maya Rockeymoore on why only 1.7% of the top 1% are black:

By |October 14th, 2016 These Black CEOs Couldn’t Get a Loan (Now They Run Some of the Fast-Growing Companies in America)

The story delves into why only 1.5 percent of Inc. 5000 companies are run by black Americans. History plays a large role, says Algernon Austin, senior research fellow at Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for Global Policy Solutions. Long-term, systemic oppression has had a dampening effect on entrepreneurship within African American communities. In particular, Austin […]

By |September 29th, 2016

The Undefeated: Cicely Tyson — a pioneer still going strong

This story about Tony and Emmy winner Cicely Tyson mentions Dr. Maya Rockeymoore’s role as the chair of the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts, which presented Ms. Tyson with a lifetime achievement award: “We have supported arts education for 20 years through the Celebration of Leadership in the Fine Arts, during a time […]

By |September 20th, 2016

Youth Today op-ed: Advocating for Social Security Is Advocating for Youth

In this op-ed, CGPS President and CEO Maya Rockeymoore discusses how the debate on Social Security reform focuses on seniors and ignores children. The national focus on Social Security’s benefits for seniors obscures its role as one of the largest antipoverty programs for children. Without Social Security, the child poverty rate would skyrocket to 43 […]

By |September 14th, 2016

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