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African America’s June 2020 Jobs Report – 15.4%

African American Unemployment Rate %


AFRICAN AMERICAN: 15.4% (16.8%)

LATINO AMERICAN: 14.5% (17.6%)

EUROPEAN AMERICAN: 10.1% (12.4%)

ASIAN AMERICAN: 13.8% (15.0%)

Previous month in parentheses.

Analysis: Every group saw a significant decline in their unemployment rate with Latino Americans having the biggest decline of 310 basis points. Asian Americans had the smallest decline with 120 basis points.











Analysis: African American Women had a significant change in their unemployment rate with a 250 basis point drop in their unemployment rate with a negligible change in their participation rate. African American Men saw a 80 basis point increase in their unemployment rate, but also experienced a significant 130 basis point increase in their participation rate. African American Teenagers always the most volatile group historically saw their unemployment rate drop by a staggering 1,170 basis points, but it seems like it woas  also saw their participation rate rise by 750 basis points on the back of a strong 110,000 jobs added in May.

African American Men-Women Job Gap: African American women currently have 1,023,000 more jobs than African American men in June. This is a increase from 843,000 in May.

CONCLUSION: Wall Street continues on a unprecedented tear and Main Street is building an economic mansion, but unsure whether they are on solid dirt of loose sand – maybe even quicksand. The economy added a jaw dropping 4.8 million job in the month of June, African Americans managed to add 404,000 jobs or 8.4 percent of the job total after comprising 11.3 percent in May. The Main Street economy, where the majority of African America’s financial reality resides is still waiting to see what the Federal government will do when it comes to unemployment benefits and other fiscal stimulus. If the Republicans allow the benefits to lapse believing the economy is truly roaring back on its own versus being propped up it could be as disastrous as the states who opened up prematurely and are now facing an uphill battle to constrain the virus again. Banks have offered extensions on mortgage relief for another three months so that may ease some of the pain along with allowing the amounts to be added onto the back end of the mortgage which had been a huge concern among many. This has provided an indirect stimulus to many households, but very little to African Americans who are the lowest home ownership group.

African America currently needs 862,000 jobs to match America’s unemployment rate.

African America’s May 2020 Jobs Report – 16.8%

African American Unemployment Rate %

Overall unemployment: 13.3% (14.7%)

African American: 16.8% (16.7%)

Latino American: 17.6% (18.9%)

European American: 12.4% (14.2%)

Asian American: 15.0% (14.5%)

Previous month in parentheses.

Analysis: Overall unemployment dropped by 140 basis points. African American unemployment rate change was negligible. Latino and European Americans both saw considerable decreases in their unemployment rate. Asian America saw the only significant increase of 50 basis points.


African American Men: 15.5% (16.1%)

African American women: 16.5% (16.4%)

African American Teenage: 34.9% (28.0%)



African American Men: 63.9% (63.4%)

African American women: 59.9% (59.4%)

African American Teenage: 32.7% (25.2%)


Analysis: African American Women saw little change in their unemployment, but did see a 50 basis point increase in participation rate as they added 75,000 jobs in May. African American Men saw a 60 basis point decrease in their unemployment rate and like African American Women saw a 50 basis point increase in their participation rate with 135,000 jobs in May. African American Teenagers always the most volatile group historically saw their unemployment rate rise by 690 basis points, but also saw their participation rate rise by 750 basis points on the back of a strong 110,000 jobs added in May.

African American Men-Women Job Gap: African American women currently have 843,000 more jobs than African American men in May. This is a decrease from 903,000 in April.

CONCLUSION: With the Wall Street roaring back, many would presume this to be a huge boom for Main Street. Unfortunately, despite the economy seeing a 2.5 million job increase in the month of May, African Americans managed to add 283,000 jobs or just 11.3 percent of the job total. The Main Street economy, where the majority of African America’s financial reality resides is on very shaky ground. Few economist believe that the economy which has been on lock down due to the pandemic could, would, or will bounce back quickly. For many, it feels like more illusion. Half of all Americans do not have enough savings for a $400 emergency, let alone a pandemic that forced many to sit home with no pay aside from the White House’s $1,200 stimulus, which may see a round two as the president hopes to be in citizens favor closer to election. There is also massive social unrest as well gripping the country, but Wall Street has decided the effects are minimal on the economic engine. We shall see.

African America currently needs 693,000 jobs to match America’s unemployment rate.


HBCU Money’s 2020 African American Owned Bank Directory

All banks are listed by state. In order to be listed in our directory the bank must have at least 51 percent African American ownership. You can click on the bank name to go directly to their website.


  • AAOBs are in 16 states and territories. Key states absent are Florida, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Virginia.
  • There has not been an AAOB started in 19 years.
  • Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, each have two AAOBs.
  • 14 of the AAOBs saw increases in assets from the previous year.
  • African American Owned Banks have approximately $4.3 billion of America’s $19.5 trillion bank assets or 0.02 percent.
  • AAOBs control 1.7 percent of FDIC designated Minority-Owned Bank Assets, which is down from 1.8 percent in 2019. A third straight year of declines.
  • 2020 Median AAOBs Aseets: $106,140,000 ($142,129,000)*
  • 2020 Average AAOBs Assets: $225,519,000 ($217,533,000)*
  • For comparison, Asian American Owned Banks have approximately $129.3 billion in assets spread over 73 institutions. Asian AOBs saw an increase of $9.9 billion increase (8.3 percent) in assets from 2019, while African American Owned Banks saw a 5.2 percent increase in assets.



Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Founded: January 28, 2000

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $19,584,000

Asset Change (2019): DOWN 27.8%


Location: Mobile, Alabama

Founded: February 19, 1976

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $49,791,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 6.5%



Location: Los Angeles, California

Founded: February 26, 1947

FDIC Region: San Francisco

Assets: $438,033,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 5.0%



Location: Washington, DC

Founded: August 18, 1934

FDIC Region: New York

Assets: $530,840,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 26.1%



Location: Savannah, Georgia

Founded: January 1, 1927

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $42,345,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 6.7%


Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Founded: June 18, 1921

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $418,130,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 5.6%



Location: Chicago, Illinois

Founded: January 01, 1934

FDIC Region: Chicago

Assets: $137,351,000

Asset Change (2019): DOWN 3.4%



Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Founded: November 16, 1972

FDIC Region: Dallas

Assets: $627,856,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 5.2%



Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Founded: September 13, 1982

FDIC Region: New York

Assets: $311,321,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 9.6%



Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Founded: August 02, 1982

FDIC Region: New York

Assets: $654,051,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 0.8%



Location: Detroit, Michigan

Founded: May 14, 1970

FDIC Region: Chicago

Assets: $295,951,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 15.8%



Location: Durham, North Carolina

Founded: March 01, 1908

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $265,273,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 1.2%



Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


FDIC Region: Dallas

Assets: $55,713

Asset Change (2019): N/A



Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Founded: March 23, 1992

FDIC Region: New York

Assets: $49,442,000

Asset Change (2019): DOWN 8.5%



Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Founded: March 26, 1999

FDIC Region: Atlanta

Assets: $78,131,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 30.7%



Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Founded: January 4, 1904

FDIC Region: Dallas

Assets: $97,321,000

Asset Change (2019): DOWN 7.2%


Location: Memphis, Tennessee

Founded: December 16, 1946

FDIC Region: Dallas

Assets: $85,617,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 2.9%



Location: Houston, Texas

Founded: August 01, 1985

FDIC Region: Dallas

Assets: $106,140,000

Asset Change (2019): UP 6.8%



Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Founded: January 1, 1924

FDIC Region: Chicago

Assets: $23,586,000

Asset Change (2018): Down 1.6%

The Cultural Danger Of Covid-19: A Devolution Of Intellectual Progress

By William A. Foster, IV

“A man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.” – Will Rogers

I am rarely one who likes to write qualitative pieces over quantitative ones, but for the moment I am going to make an exception. I can give you numbers about how the economy is suffering and is going to continue to suffer for the foreseeable future. I could give you the number of cases, deaths, lack of PPE numbers, and percentage of overworked medical and essential workers. I could go on and on and on with numbers, I am economist after all, but here is the reality of all those numbers – they are bad, real bad, and will be bad for sometime to come. Instead, what I would like to discuss is an acute qualitative cultural loss we may potentially experience and perhaps give us an opportunity to think about what this very new world could look like that we are about to embark upon if we are not proactive in maintaining a core essence of our humanity.

The world we are entering will be far more online and far more physically distanced from each other both on a micro level and global macro one. Everything from work, school, and socializing. Many would argue that online college is the way of the future. This maybe true, but people forget one of the most critical components of college in person is the social aspect, the relationship building that simply can not currently be replicated online. A few decades ago, I was a freshmen at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC and there I would meet my three best friends that I am sure will be that for the rest of my life. Our meeting was happenstance. None of us had the same major, personality, or interest. We called ourselves the Variety Pack because nothing about us was alike, but alas, we found each other, bonded, and formed a brotherhood that has stood the test of time. For all the differences of course, two of us did share the same Algebra/Trigonometry class. The class was an 8AM class and the pain of getting up for it when you are not a morning person can not be overstated in my case. However, myself and Rashad, the one of the said Variety Pack with whom I had the ungodly morning class with, loved to sit up and debate theology many nights. Rashad was/is a devout Christian. I on the other hand am something of a spiritual nomad you might say, but am fascinated by the intellectual aspect of religion. One particular night in our dorm hallway we got into one of our intense discussions and the hours clearly raced by because before we knew it the sun was rising. Sleep? Forget about it. We both agreed we would get ready and meet for breakfast and try our best to stay up through class. Moments like these and many more are what built our bond and there is simply no way to replace it online. People from different backgrounds meeting, sharing an experience, bonding, learning from each other, evolving, and developing their understanding of the world.

Simply put, COVID-19 has the potential of sending us back to the dark ages in terms of cultural evolution and development. Thousands of students who study abroad every year will no longer get to do so. Student exchanges, especially from China and Asia in general, will be looked at with heavy skepticism if considered at all. Americans, who are already known to be culturally hubris and inept, often failing to travel much and experience culture even within the United States will be even more isolated. Tourism and vacations that allow us to experience distant lands and bring back with us new ideas will be vastly reduced. Academic tourism for professors who may themselves spend time as visiting professors at different universities will be greatly hampered. Cultural developments like fusion cuisines from different parts of the world will retrench and much more will simply begin to deteriorate. The rise of intellectual incest, a term I use when someone or an institution is only receiving ideas from the same petri dish of thought. If a student receives all of their degrees for instance from the same institution, this would be an example of intellectual incest. Because the world is now going to shrink itself in an effort to protect itself, there is a unknown danger that may start to form. We have seen the world where people are exposed to different cultures, ideas, and ways of life and we have seen a world where people are isolated and xenophobia forms out of it.

The danger that we become a less tolerant, less compassionate, less understanding, and less intellectually evolved is a real possibility that could have far reaching societal implications for future generations. In a world where terroristic nationalism has been on the rise in far too many countries, COVID-19 may give many the “pass” they have been looking for to justify retrenching from a world that was evolving and developing towards efficiency of its intellect. Sharing best practices the world over is something we need more of and not less. This is by no means to say we were in Utopia. I do not believe in Utopia and not sure I would I enjoy living in it. Conflict has its place within measure in a society. Disagreement has its place within measure in a society. My Global Economic Environment professor, Dr. Catherine Mann, taught me years ago in business school that if you do not truly understand your opposition’s position, then you can not truly understand your own. To this day she is one of the most brilliant and wisest people I have ever met and there is an acute truth in what she said. How does one know their position is best if they have nothing to compare it with? Plan A maybe good, but an objective view of Plan B may allow it to have tweaks made to it that can make it great or perhaps it is Plan AB that is great. Without that engagement, we will be taking steps back in the interactions that create evolution and development of thought.

I am not sure when we will come out of this state we are in and I am not sure how we will be when we do. What I do know is that fear can drives even the fiercest animals into hiding and that fear for humans could undo hundreds of years of intellectual progress. Great ideas will become fewer and farther apart if that is true. The grand ideas of humanity like cleaning up pollution, reaching Mars and beyond, eliminating poverty, and so many more will take hundreds of years longer to accomplish than they otherwise would have. Yes, the world has forever changed and we will have to interact with each other differently, but make no mistake about it, we must continue to interact. Can you imagine a world where peanut butter never met jelly? Neither can I and I do not want too.

The Cookout of Cookouts: Teddy Riley vs. Babyface & The HBCU Takeaway

The cookout of cookouts finally happened. Teddy Riley and Babyface came together and gave us everything we wanted and more. Yes, there were still some old black man technical difficulties, but ultimately, over 500,000 Instagram accounts logged in to watch – MAGIC. These two legends have produced, written, and been at the helm of creating hundreds (if not thousands) of undeniable hit records. The financial value of their catalogs possibly exceeds $1 billion. The music, event, and the gentlemen themselves provided a world of observations to behold. We tapped a few of our favorite HBCU intellects on their take from the night and what if anything they believe HBCUs could take away from such an amazing night for the culture.

Christen Turner, Alumnae of Spelman College, Founder of Matchmaking for Millennials & Janelle T Designs, @isthatchristen

“The battle itself was amazing. Never thought I’d feel so connected to my people through a social media platform. With that being said, we have to figure out a way to create our own hugely successful platforms AND/OR get a cut from the platforms that we literally keep relevant.”

Brandon Bellamy, Alumnus of North Carolina A&T State University, Associate Director (Student Services) and Adjunct Professor at Howard Community College, @ProfBellamy

“Like HBCUs, the Teddy Riley vs Babyface battle faced adversity from within, but also from external threats. Both artists brought an exceptional background, respect and similar perspectives on the transcendent nature of music. They are competitors in their work, but contemporaries like DuBois and Washington, whose approaches to the purpose of education varied – but the goal was the same, the improvement of our people. HBCUs can learn from this battle that there is nothing wrong with competition, but we must also be able to work together and strive for the common goal of success for all through education.”

Dr. Keneshia Grant, Alumnae of Florida A&M University, Author & Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University, @keneshiagrant

“On Monday night, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds came to Instagram to slay prepared to remind the world of his distinction in music. When Babyface’s preparation was met by Teddy Riley with a lack thereof, he calmly stayed the course and encouraged Riley to rise to the occasion. HBCUs could learn two important lessons from last night’s battle (and by battle, I mean tutorial in genius, excellence, and professionalism—taught exclusively by Babyface). First, professionalism in the presentation and delivery of our work is as important as the work itself. Second—and critical to many HBCU missions—we must balance patience and maintenance of high standards in our interactions with others (people, organizations, other HBCUs, etc).”

William A. Foster, IV, Alumnus of Virginia State University & Prairie View A&M University, Economist/Financier & Founder of HBCU Money, @astroeconomist

“It was an extraordinary night. For those of us who grew up with these two men, having them together in these times – I am not sure we could have asked for much more, technical difficulties aside. I will say for a budding HBCUpreneur, especially in technology, these moments have provided a clear opportunity for a need to provide a platform for moments such as these given the numerous issues and limitations. If I was managing an HBCU’s endowment, I would be courting them (Teddy Riley & Babyface) to see if they would donate a percentage of their catalog. Even a small percentage of the royalties would bring in millions over the years from these living legends.”

Charlyn Anderson, Alumnae of Howard University, Founder of Starting With Today, @startingwtoday

“But what immediately came to mind is too often our institutions (HBCUs) are compared to the bells and whistles of PWIs when the actual core of our education is stronger even in its simplicity. The lack of the extraneous has often worked to the benefit of the HBCU community because they don’t rely on bells and whistles as props but actually prepare to execute consistently on a high level regardless of amenities. Clearly siding with BabyFace, and even with that knowing your value and who you are brings a certainty in all spaces that doesn’t require you to move outside of your lane for approval and validation.

Marcus King, Prairie View A&M University, Founder of Hardly Home, @marcuskxng

“I’d like to say it’s another example of the need to elevate and promote a younger and more technologically advanced workforce to meet the needs of today’s digital world… but I’m a dreamer…”

Ultimately, there will be a lot to take away from this pandemic. There will be a plethora of academic studies that will need to be done, entrepreneurial opportunities, and HBCUs should try their best to be at the vanguard of them for our community. Moments like this are case studies that can help us learn, prepare, navigate, and shape the post-Covid world that we will eventually find ourselves in. Teddy Riley and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds gave us an amazing evening from the chaos outside, lessons within, and as always music to fill our souls with.