Regina Benjamin with the President today as she was nominated U.S. Surgeon General

Sonya Sotomayor at her confirmation hearing today.

The good news: President Barack Obama has appointed two women of color into some pretty powerful positions.

Bronx native Judge Sonia Sotomayor, 55, has been nominated for U.S. Supreme Court Justice, becoming the first Hispanic and to do so. Her confirmation hearings began today.

Dr. Regina Benjamin, 53, a doctor from Alabama, who has twice reopened her clinic in the wake of natural disasters, was nominated to be U.S. Surgeon General today. She was the first Black woman on the America Medical Association’s board of trustees.

The bad news: Unemployment for Black New Yorkers is disproportionately high during the recession. And no one seems to be able to explain it.