Study: Black School Voucher Recipients More Likely to Enroll in College

WASHINGTON – A new study released today by researchers at the Brookings Institution and Harvard University shows that African American participants in a private school choice program were 24 percent more likely to enroll in college as a result of receiving a voucher, reinforcing previously-released data showing improved graduation rates, parental satisfaction, and academic achievement […]

Capital Public Radio Takes a Bite Out of School Lunches

SACRAMENTO – Beginning this year, the federal Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act requires schools across the country to serve meals with more fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while reducing sodium and fat. It’s estimated that 60% of California schools fall short of meeting the new regulations. The latest multimedia documentary from Capital Public Radio, What’s […]

Bad Economy, Good President: Poll Finds 86% Of Blacks Give Obama Favorable Rating

LOS ANGELES – With many citing the economy as the most important issue for the 2012 presidential election,, a leading digital source of emergent Black culture, and a coalition of top black civic, entertainment and media organizations, conducted The State of the Black Economy (SOBE) survey, a study of African American public opinion on […]

Fall Sports Alert: What Parents, Players and Coaches Need to Know

WEST ORANGE – As the fall season approaches, millions of student-athletes are preparing to take to the playing fields – and with that comes an increased risk of sports-related injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than seven million students participate in high school sports annually and millions more are active on the […]

Three Reasons Why Eye Exams Should Top 2012 Back-to-School Checklists

RANCHO CORDOVA – Pencils, notepads and calculators top back-to-school checklists each year; however, eyecare professionals advise that these tools are only as effective as the healthy eyes that use them. Many experts believe that 80 percent of what we learn is through our eyes, making a comprehensive eye exam one of the most important ways […]

SBA Offers Free Computer Security Workshops To Small Business Owners

WASHINGTON – Small businesses around the country can take advantage of free computer security workshops to help strengthen their information security, determine their readiness against security breaches and safeguard their business information from computer attacks. The U.S. Small Business Administration, Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s InfraGard will […]

BET’s Hit Gospel Singing Competition SUNDAY BEST Returns For Fifth Season

NEW YORK – After four amazing seasons of heartfelt praise and tough competition, SUNDAY BEST returns on Sunday, July 8 at 8:00 P.M.* in a special two-hour premiere dedicated to the awe-inspiring and sometimes hilarious auditions. Hosted by gospel legend Kirk Franklin with returning gospel great recording artists and judges Pastor Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda […]

Homeowner Bill of Rights Passes California Assembly

SACRAMENTO – California’s State Legislature voted today to pass the Homeowner Bill of Rights, legislation introduced by Attorney General Kamala Harris and championed by consumer advocates and homeowners. The California Foreclosure Reduction Act— AB 278 (Eng, Feuer, Mitchell) & SB 900 (Leno, Corbett, DeSaulnier, Evans, Pavley, Steinberg)—passed 53-25 in the Assembly and 24-13 in the […]

Studies Show Significant Risk Of Skin Cancer In Skin Of Color

NEW YORK – Do you have darker skin? If so, skin cancer might not be top of mind as a significant health threat, but beware – just because your skin is darker does not mean you are immune to skin cancer. Thanks to objective methods to measure skin color[1] developed by L’Oreal Research & Innovation, […]

‘The New Black Politician’ Examines Groundbreaking Era in American Politics

ATLANTA – In the just-released book “The New Black Politician: Cory Booker, Newark and Post-Racial America”, Emory University political scientist Andra Gillespie uses Newark, N.J., and its mayor, Cory Booker, as a case study to explain the breakdown of racial unity in black politics. “The New Black Politician” presents a challenge to the current understanding […]