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October, 2017


We don’t think Michelle Jones could change because we see black moms as monsters

By Manisha Sinha, The Washington Post Manisha Sinha is the Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut and author of “The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition.” The recent controversy over Harvard University’s decision to withdraw an offer of admission to its doctoral program in history from ex-convict Michelle Jones has evoked strong criticism. Should Jones, who served 20 years in prison for the horrific murder of her 4-year-old son, be given a second chance? Arriving in the midst of much public discussion on the criminalization of blackness and massRead More

Survey: Fewer black women say that the Democratic Party ‘best represents’ their interests

By Vanessa Williams, Post Nation, Wash. Post Are black women losing faith in the Democratic Party? A new survey by the Black Women’s Roundtable and Essence magazine suggesting that’s the case was the basis for a lively debate Wednesday at the Congressional Black Caucus annual conference. Dozens of women packed into a ballroom at the Washington Convention Center to hear results of the annual “Power of the Sister Vote” survey. The most surprising finding was that the percentage of black women who said the Democratic Party best represents their interests had dropped 11 percentageRead More

New sickle cell disease poll dispels long-held perceptions of African Americans

Pfizer, NNPA, and Howard University Collaborate to Improve Public Education and Awareness Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE), the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), and scholars from Howard University today announced results from a new national poll designed to deepen understanding and gauge perceptions around sickle cell disease (SCD) among African Americans. The poll, which included responses from adults in the US who self-identified as African American, revealed that while the majority of respondents were familiar with SCD and understood the disease in general, only one-third (36%) were aware that it disproportionately affects people ofRead More

Democracy is Under Attack with President Donald Trump

By Roger Caldwell Without the rule of law, America is destined to fail and collapse. Under the leadership of President Trump, American leadership is moving to the right where many conservatives and Republicans are upset because living standards and income are declining. President Trump’s only focus is on fooling his base by convincing them that his policies will improve their quality of their life. But he is really only concerned with improving the bottom-line of his personal businesses and helping the 1% of wealthy citizens get richer. As he solidifiesRead More

Who Is Judge Deborah Robinson? The Manafort Indictment Is In Her Hands Now

Photo: Charles Dharapak/AP/REX/Shutterstock BySUMMER LIN, Bustle 6 hours ago SHARE News broke Monday morning that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has officially brought charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Manafort’s business associate Rick Gates. U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson will preside over the Manafort indictment, and a look into Robinson’s storied 30-year career behind the bench shows her overseeing several high-profile cases involving drug lords, top White House officials, a former D.C. mayor, and even an NBA All-Star. Robinson is no stranger to overseeing political scandals involving high-profile figures.Read More


  Jazz in the Gardens 2017 was more than a music festival it was musically a spiritual event. I have attended many concerts and music festivals in my life, however, the two-day JITG served to be the version of a musical revival. After a day of libations, food and people watching along with my ears being blessed with the jazz renditions of artists including Chante Moore and Robin Thicke, my soul waited for Jill Scott to take the stage. Serving as the closing out of day one Ms. Scott asRead More

African Americans Seek Education Through Employers To Help Overcome Financial Difficulties, MassMutual Study Finds

  Job seekers stand in line to attend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Career Fair held by the New York state Labor Department in New York City, April 12, 2012. Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters African Americans more likely to be behind in retirement savings, struggle with finances more than other middle-income earners NEWS PROVIDED BY MassMutual  SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — African Americans, more likely to face greater financial difficulties than other middle-income Americans, including saving for retirement, would welcome more financial education and guidance through their employers, according to a studyRead More

Assessing Risk and Protective Factors for Depression In African-American Men

New research has identified the risk and protective factors that contribute to depressive symptoms in African-American men. By Rick Nauert PhD, Psych Central Georgia State University investigators found that African-American men report an average of eight depressive symptoms in a month. They also found that family support, locus of control, self-esteem, chronic stressors, and discrimination were significant factors for an African-American male’s psychological health. Although African-Americans are less likely than whites to meet the criteria for major depressive disorder, they are at increased risk for depressive symptoms. In the new study, researchersRead More

8 HIV Myths You Need to Stop Believing Right Now

About 38,000 men are diagnosed with the virus each year. Here’s what you need to know GETTY BY ELIZABETH MILLARD, Men’sHealth Recently, Georgia lawmaker Betty Price sparked controversy by wondering whether people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) could be put in quarantine to curb the infectious disease’s spread. The backlash was swift—not surprising, considering the comments’ stigmatizing implications—but it also highlighted some of the prevailing myths about the disease. On a basic level, most of us are familiar with HIV, the virus that can progress to AIDS. HIV attacks your body’s immune system,Read More

How Black Americans See Discrimination

A new survey from NPR shows that black people often feel differently about discrimination depending on their gender, how old they are, how much they earn and whether they live in cities or suburbs. GENE DEMBY, NPR  | We asked black Americans whether they believe discrimination against black Americans exists in the U.S. today. How many do you think responded “it exists”? Drag One of the paradoxes of racial discrimination is the way it can remain obscured even to the people to whom it’s happening. Here’s an example: In an ambitious, novelRead More