Daily Archive: June 18, 2013



EEOC sues BMW, Dollar General over background checks

The EEOC, run by Jacqueline Berrien, weighed in on background checks. (AP Photo/File) by Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency that enforces federal employment discrimination laws, filed lawsuits against BMW and the discount retailer Dollar General alleging that the companies broad use of criminal background checks discriminate against Black applicants and employees. According to the EEOC, BMW fired dozens of Black employees at one of its plants in South Carolina during “a transitional period” that required employees to re-apply for their jobs. A BMW contractor performed criminal background checks that exposed criminal convictions that prevented the employees from getting rehired. The Washington Post reported that 70 Black employees lost their jobs through the process. “One woman with 14 years under her belt was let go after a misdemeanor conviction surfaced that was more than 20 years old and carried a $137 fine, according to the EEOC’s lawsuit,” the Washington Post reported.



The death of Saint Paul’s College

JOHNNY C. TAYLOR, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE THURGOOD MARSHALL COLLEGE FUND by Freddie Allen WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Saint Paul’s College, a historically Black college founded in 1888 in partnership with the Episcopal Church, announced last week that it’s shutting down and working to help current students transfer to other institutions. The school, located in Lawrenceville, Va., announced that it was closing after a deal that would have allowed Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, N.C. to acquire the struggling college collapsed under the weight of Saint Paul’s debt. Already mired in debt, Saint Paul’s College terminated its sports programs in 2011 to cut costs. When the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, a regional group that certifies degree-granting institutions, rescinded the schools accreditation last summer, administrators went to court to get it back. Now, both the accreditation and the school are gone.



Why 2 Chainz got robbed

Tauheed Epps, aka 2 Chainz, performs at the second weekend of the 2013 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 20, 2013 in Indio, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP) by Dion Rabouin I often find myself in conversations centered on the question, “What happened to hip hop?” The best answer that I’ve found came from HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher in reference to a previous conversation he had with rapper Jay-Z. Maher had chastised Jay about his lyrics, particularly the over-the-top braggadocio about Maybachs, Ace of Spades and spending Euros (that’s right, plural) that has come to define the Brooklyn-born rapper in the later stages of his career. “Why don’t people hate you?” Maher asked. (I’m paraphrasing.)