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.

In other news: Facebook: Anonymous 'Defriending' Is Back.