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 […]

Judge Upholds Election of Kevin Johnson in Black Mayors’ Rift

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WASHINGTON – After intense internal fighting, court battles and competing board of directors that have characterized Sacramento, Calif. Kevin Johnson’s term as president of the National Conference of Black Mayors since last May, his first month in office, a judge has ruled decidedly in Johnson’s favor, effectively firing Executive Director Vanessa R. Williams and nullifying […]

Some “Government Workers” Earning Private Sector CEO Wage

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WASHINGTON – The CEOs of some private firms that have taken over government functions are earning as much as $8 million a year, according to a new report titled, “Exposed: America’s Highest Paid Government Workers.” The report, published by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), said American taxpayers have paid nearly $120 million in […]

Gun Violence Aimed at Black Males Triggers Concern

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WASHINGTON – Several new studies confirm what most people have suspected all along: No group is harmed more by gun violence than young Black males. “While 13 percent of Americans are black, in 2010, 65 percent of gun murder victims between the ages of 15 and 24 were black,” revealed a report by the Center […]