Monthly Archives: June 2017

Boston Celtic Jaylen Brown named
“most interesting rookie of the playoffs”

Jaylen Brown LeBron James Freedman's Bank Dos Equis NBA Playoff Rookie AwardFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 25, 2017

By a vote of fans, media, and former players, Jaylen Brown of the NBA’s Boston Celtics has been selected Freedman’s-Dos Equis “Most Interesting Rookie of the Playoffs.”

Brown led all playoff rookies in scoring (points per 36 minutes), and was among the top 3 in rebounding and effective field goal percentage. His defense, sometimes matching up against NBA stars like LeBron James and Jimmy Butler, also drew praise.

“I like that kid Jaylen Brown,” Stephen A. Smith commented during a recent broadcast of his show, “First Take,” on ESPN. “He’s gonna be special.”

Fans of other teams commenting on and their team pages had high praise for Brown as well, writing:

“I love [Spurs guard Dejounte] Murray but Jaylen Brown was on a whole another level,” one Spurs fan wrote.

“For the playoffs [it] is definitely Jaylen Brown, kid stepped up big time — I’d have Pat [Warriors guard Patrick McCaw] behind him in 2nd though,” a Warriors fan added.

Jaylen Brown vs. Raptors Freedman's Bank Dos Equis NBA Playoff Rookie AwardThe award was created in 2017 by the Freedman’s Foundation, in association with the 5/7 Club, Freedman’s Bank,,, and Heineken USA (owners of the Dos Equis trademark.)

Brown earned 47 percent of the votes in the final round, Thon Maker of the Milwaukee Bucks 32 percent, and Taurean Prince 20 percent in the final round. Patrick McCaw and Denounte Murray received less than 20 percent of the votes in early rounds and were not included in round 3.

Votes by fans (50 percent) and media and former players (50 percent) were weighted as a percentage in the 3-round balloting, which began with five nominees on April 25 and continued through the final votes on three finalists on June 10.

Approximately 50,000 fan votes were tabulated during the survey period.

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Make *real* banking reform work for communities

Freedman's Bank Texas bank US bank reforms Charles Cooper

Texas bank regulator Charles Cooper discusses the plight of community banks and small-business lending in a cogent article for the Express-News, reprinted by permission.

AS A STATE REGUATOR, [I've found] nothing is more evident than how community banks impact Main Street America — in Texas and across the country. They are deeply invested in the community where their customers live and work, helping local businesses and residents, and generating economic growth from the bottom up.

Collectively these banks are responsible for almost half of all small business lending and three-quarters of all agricultural lending in the United States. At a time when the big banks offer cookie-cutter solutions and some are pulling back on their local presence, it is good to know that our citizens can rely on the local community bank that better understands their needs.

But in recent years, community banks have been hampered by regulations defined at the federal level. After the U.S. financial crisis nearly a decade ago, federal policymakers focused on how regulation could head off future crises. And so, a large number of new regulations and procedures were adopted.

Texas banking regulation Charles Cooper US bank reform Dodd-FrankThere was just one problem: Many new rules addressing too-big-to-fail institutions also applied to community banks that posed no systemic risk to taxpayers.

Due to this increased complexity, compliance costs have increased for community banks. A recent study by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank estimates community banks spend about $4.6 billion every year in regulatory compliance. These higher costs have been a contributing factor to a decline in the number of banks, in turn limiting access to credit and banking services for consumers.

IN TEXEAS, WE HAVE gone from 644 banks in 2009 to 464 today.

Fortunately, there is an opportunity to solve this problem. In the U.S. House of Representatives, the Financial Services Committee chairman is Texas’ own Jeb Hensarling, who has jump-started congressional efforts to right-size regulation for a post-crisis environment.

As Texans, we should be proud one of our own is playing such a critical role at the federal level.

In addition, similar reform efforts are underway in the Senate. Combined, these developments offer hope that regulatory reforms just might make their way into law.

Perhaps the best place to start is where there is bipartisan support. In my recent visit to Washington, D.C., I met with members of the Texas delegation and others in Congress. The one unifying topic — regulatory right-sizing for community banks.


The Conference of State Bank Supervisors, whose members regulate 78 percent of all U.S. banks, supports creating a common definition for a community bank, and then exempting all those that qualify from federal rules aimed at bigger and more complex banks.

Such a definition — based on a combination of factors such as assets, local ownership and lending in the community — would enable legislators and regulators alike to create a regulatory regime tailored for community banks.

This idea of a community bank definition, and the accompanying right-sized regulation, is not a novel one.

US bank failures by state FDIC mapThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. uses a common definition to perform its community bank research.

Governors at the Federal Reserve Board support applying different rules for big and small banks.

In an executive order, President Donald Trump recently directed his administration to make sure that regulation is “effective, efficient and appropriately tailored” for financial institutions.

When folks head in the same direction, you tend to get results. With the political winds in Washington favoring community banks, I am optimistic we can achieve common-sense regulation that permits community banks to do what they do best — serve their communities.

Charles G. Cooper is commissioner of the Texas Department of Banking and chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors.

June 16-18 – Freedman’s and genealogy event in Atlanta

Freedman's Bank genealogical records history Atlanta eventThe Celebration of Juneteenth is coming to the Atlanta area June 16, including a look at the Freedman’s Bank records on African-American genealogy:

Atlanta Daily World writes:

On Saturday at 2 p.m., “Tracing History with Emma Davis Hamilton” will take place in McElreath Hall, Member’s Room. Hamilton, past president of the Metro Atlanta chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS), will lead a detailed 90-minute session designed to help participants work with the important records of Freedman’s Savings Bank. This Washington, D.C., institution was created after the Civil War, to assist newly emancipated enslaved and African-American soldiers. Its records contain valuable genealogical information such as birthdate, birthplace, where raised, former owner, employer, occupation, residence, and relatives. The bank not only provided services for African Americans, but white citizens as well. Hamilton has 26 years’ experience as a genealogy researcher.