Report Reveals Characteristics of Uninsured Minorities

Despite advances made by the Affordable Care Act, which requires that everyone in the United States obtain health insurance, African-American males and Latinos still represent the highest proportion of the uninsured population in the country. (Courtesy photo)

WASHINGTON – Randy Wheeling, Curtis Washington and Frankie Rossi each signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. For Wheeling, a cable technician who lives in Northeast, signing up meant that he could finally breathe easier when making appointments with a primary care physician. “The co-pay was $50, it’s now $20, and I […]

AFSCME Withdraws Financial Support for United Negro College Fund

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WASHINGTON – Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, has discontinued supplying scholarships to the United Negro College Fund because it accepted a $25 million donation from ultra-conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and UNCF President Michael Lomax apparent support for the brothers’ right-wing ideology. Saunders, an African American, […]

Two Groups Announce Plan to Boost Spending Among Blacks

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers (NABHOOD) are formally partnering to make sure that a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remains in Black hands. The partnership was launched last week at the start […]

Employement Numbers for Blacks Best in Six years

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WASHINGTON – The Black unemployment rate hit a six-year low in June, dipping below 11 percent for the first time since August 2008. Last week, the Labor Department reported that the Black jobless rate was 10.7 percent in June, compared to the White unemployment rate, which was 5.3 percent. The unemployment rate for Black men […]

Uncovering The Truth Behind Nutritional Studies

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ATLANTA –  Do you often feel confused by the multitude of sensational nutrition studies in the media? When it comes to feeding your family, being able to break down the scientific research process to make informed nutrition choices is essential. Conflicting information It’s only natural to wonder about nutrition studies mentioned in headlines. One moment […]

Seniors Need Extra Care to Beat the Heat

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WASHINGTON – Summer is fast approaching. The days will be long. Your grandchildren will be out of school. You will want to spend time outdoors enjoying barbecues and other activities that are part of this season. You should have a wonderful time. But you also need to be careful. Daytime summer high temperatures are often […]

CHARLENE CROWELL: Time to End Predatory Career College Loans

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OPINION – Are you tired of complaining to family and friends about things you feel powerless to change? Or, as college costs continue to climb and student loan debts increase, do you or someone you know feel helpless that your opinion could make a positive change? If you answered yes, know that the federal government […]

Insufficient Vitamin D Linked to Prostrate Cancer in Blacks

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WASHINGTON — The relationship between melanin and vitamin D—the nutrient that sunlight provides—may explain why African American, Caribbean, and men of African ancestry have the highest rates of prostate cancer than anyone in the world, according to a new study. The study by a team of researchers at Northwestern University, which appears in this month’s […]

STUDY: 4 Percent of those Sentenced to Die Are Innocent

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WASHINGTON – Since 1973, more than 300 innocent defendants have been sentenced to death, largely because Blacks are overrepresented among murder convictions and among those who are wrongfully condemned to die, according to a recent report. “The size of the group of innocent people sent to death surprised me, said Samuel Gross, co-author of the […]

Black Unemployment Dips to 5-Year Low

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WASHINGTON – The Black unemployment rate fell to 11.6 percent in April, the lowest mark since President Barack Obama took his office in January 2009, according to the Labor Department’s latest jobs report. In January 2009, the Black jobless rate was 12.7 percent. The last time the Black unemployment rate dipped below 12 percent was […]