Mortgage-Relief Scams Target Blacks, Latinos

In today's link roundup: Half the victims of loan-modification scams are minorities. Plus: Jamaica's prime minister to step down. 

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The Huffington Post

Mortgage-relief scams target blacks, Latinos: Since the housing crisis began, nearly half the victims of mortgage loan-modification scams have been of African-American, Latino or Asian descent, according to a May study released by the Homeownership Preservation Foundation, a nonprofit that works with distressed homeowners.

"The New Black Aesthetic" revisited: At the Huffington Post today, novelist and professor Trey Ellis has posted his 1989 essay, about which he says, "Touré's enjoyable work [Who's Afraid of Post Blackness?] is a book-length update and homage."

Africa's top 10 competitive economies: The Atlanta Post has the list from this year's World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report.

Jamaica's prime minister to step down: Jamaica's governing party announced Sunday that Prime Minister Bruce Golding will step down in the coming weeks, possibly averting a rebellion from ruling party members that could have led to his ouster.

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