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Why Herman Cain Suits Conservatives To A Tea

June 01, 2011

One cannot overlook is the fact that his success wasn’t just about him being smart, but about him being fortunate.

June Proclaimed Caribbean-American Heritage Month

June 01, 2011

"We pay tribute to the diverse cultures and immeasurable contributions of all Americans who trace their heritage to the Caribbean."


June 01, 2011

Book Reveals "Other Side" Of W.E.B. Dubois

June 01, 2011

This new book promises readers a reinterpretation of the man who pioneered the idea of the "color-line" dividing Black and white America.

Tornado Victims Fear Immigration Crackdown

June 01, 2011

"They thought we were with the police because of our vests, and they were worried the police would take them back to their home countries."

More Than Immigration At Stake In Historic AZ Recall Effort

June 01, 2011

A bipartisan effort to recall conservative state Senator Russell Pearce, known for his tough stance on illegal immigration, could signal a shift in the political climate in Arizona.

Fed's Flip-Flop Over Black Police Department Test Scores

June 01, 2011

"We are appalled to learn that the DOJ has branded our tests as "invalid," despite having been appraised openly in advance of our validation steps."

Health Care Quality Gaps And Disparities Persist Nationwide

June 01, 2011

Among minority and low-income Americans, the level of health care quality and access to services remained unfavorable.

Notre Dame Partners To Boost Minorities In The Boardroom

June 01, 2011

Chicago United seeks to assure that African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American executives are well-prepared for directorships.

Camps Cleared In Haiti As Hurricane Season Starts

June 01, 2011

The mayor of a large city in the Haitian capital region has begun clearing out camps set up after last year's earthquake.

Gates Foundation Spends $1.7B On Farming In Africa

June 01, 2011

The world's largest charitable foundation announced five years ago it would spend millions of dollars to fight poverty and hunger in Africa.

Black Sorority Presents Finer Womanhood & Scholarship Program

June 01, 2011

Mayor Tom Henry presented a City of Fort Wayne Proclamation to the chapter and proclaimed the day “Black Infant Mortality— Healthy New Beginnings Day.”

Killer Who Dragged Black Man Gets Execution Date

June 01, 2011

Three white men chained the 49-year-old black man to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him to death on a country road near Jasper.

Sentencing Commission Urged To Apply Guidelines Retroactively

June 01, 2011

“It would be cruel to change policy because of the injustice they suffered only to deny them relief."

Blacks Support Mobile Phone Merger

June 02, 2011

Collectively, the signatory groups represent the approximately 40 million African Americans in the United States.

Challenge Filed Against GA's "Show Me Your Papers" Law

June 02, 2011

“Georgia's law is fundamentally un-American: we are not a 'show me your papers' country nor one that believes in making certain people ‘untouchables.’

'Achieving' Women Entrepreneurs Honored By 100 Black Men

June 02, 2011

In the United States, more and more women are taking the leap into entrepreneurship and learning the benefits of owning a business.

Urban League: Withdraw Proposed Mortgage Qualification Rule

June 02, 2011

“A Rule that stifles homeownership for communities of color will also negatively suppress the entire housing industry.”

NY Gov Opts Out Of Controversial Deportation Program

June 02, 2011

Two weeks ago, a letter released by a former ICE contractor confirmed that ICE intentionally misled New York to obtain the state’s participation in Secure Communities.

"Cosby Show's" Grandma Huxtable dies at 93

June 02, 2011

Taylor's films include the Clint Eastwood movie "Play Misty for Me." She was among the original members of the Negro Ensemble Company.

House Democrats Blast Dept Of Ed. On Gainful Employment Regulation

June 02, 2011

DOE recently released a regulation that would make programs ineligible for federal student aid if they fail to meet one of three measures of “gainful employment.”


June 02, 2011

Blacks And AIDS: 30 Years Later

June 02, 2011

AIDS, initially thought to be the exclusive purview of white gay men, has taken a large toll on African Americans.

TX GOP Accused Of Trying To "Dilute" Latino, Black Representation

June 02, 2011

Despite the fact that Texas’s minority population has grown substantially over the past decade, the Republican proposed map suppresses their influence.

Study: Cost Of College Shows Low-Income Students Have Few Choices

June 02, 2011

s it stands, these financial-aid policy choices increasingly benefit affluent students instead of those with the greatest demonstrated need.

Report Shows Racial Transformation Of Philadelphia

June 02, 2011

Philadelphia has experienced significant changes in its ethnic and racial composition over the last 2 decades, with many neighborhoods undergoing sweeping transformations.

HUD Acts Against Pregnancy Discrimination In Home Mortgage

June 02, 2011

“Mortgage professionals may verify income and other resources and have eligibility standards but they may not single out women on maternity leave."

June Is African-American Music Appreciation Month

June 02, 2011

African-American musicians, composers, singers, and songwriters have made enormous contributions to our culture.

Study: Mass Amputations Kept To Minimum After Haiti Earthquake

June 02, 2011

A team of plastic and orthopedic surgeons achieved a high success rate in limb salvage among patients injured in last year's devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Tennis Ace Serves To Help Urban Youth

June 03, 2011

Agassi, who operates an award-winning charter school in a poor area of Las Vegas, has long been a champion of charter school education.

Former LA Black Panther Leader Pratt Dies At 63

June 03, 2011

Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, was a former Los Angeles Black Panther leader and spent 27 years in prison on a murder conviction that was later overturned.

Black Female Dean Makes History At Univ. Of Maryland

June 03, 2011

She is the first woman to hold the post, and succeeds James Harris, who is stepping down after 14 years as dean. Dill’s term begins August 1.

LA. Admission Standards Threaten Black College Enrollment

June 03, 2011

New admissions standards for state universities in Louisiana may have a major negative impact on black enrollments in higher education in the state.

NCAA Hitting Black Schools Harder?

June 03, 2011

Where many non-HBCU peers – including schools with similarly limited resources – show some improvement, teams at HBCUs are trending in the opposite direction.


June 03, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron Laid To Rest

June 03, 2011

Scott-Heron, most well-known for his composition, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a Jamaican soccer player.

NYC Comptroller To Address Caribbean Power Breakfast

June 03, 2011

He is hailed as a "trailblazer" and "pioneer," since he is the first Asian American elected in New York City - both to legislative office in 2001 and citywide office.

First Black Alabama Congressman Honored

June 03, 2011

A Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the National Bar Association, The Alabama State Bar Association and a Life Member of the NAACP.

First Woman To Command U.S. Military Service Academy Takes Helm

June 03, 2011

"The Coast Guard has always led by allowing women equal access to all our jobs and assignments."

Tough AZ Sheriff Now Dealing With Feds

June 03, 2011

Sheriff Joe and his department, after much resistance, entered into a legal settlement to fully cooperate with the Justice Department.

Cervical Cancer--A Preventable Tragedy For Latinas

June 03, 2011

As part of a national campaign, the California Medical Association Foundation is raising awareness about cervical cancer and vaccinations that can prevent the disease.

Education Doesn't Increase Odds That Minorities Play 'High-Status' Sports

June 03, 2011

Whites disproportionately undertake facility-based exercise, blacks tend toward team sports and fitness activities.

Feds Resolve Citizenship Status Discrimination Claim

June 06, 2011

The investigation revealed that Canvas Corporation had a pattern or practice of rejecting non-U.S. citizen applicants, even though citizenship was not legally required.


June 06, 2011

New Evidence Could Win Medal of Honor For Black WWI Hero

June 06, 2011

Despite federal policy that denied blacks combat roles in white American units, the Hellcats distinguished themselves in battle.

Program Brings New Class Of Latino Interns To Capitol Hill

June 06, 2011

The program works to expose talented young Latinos to the inner-workings of Congress, while preparing them to become part of Congress.

UN Criticizes US On Women's Rights

June 06, 2011

Inadequate implementation of current policies have “resulted in the continued prevalence of violence against women.

Book Highlights History Of Women And Slavery In America

June 06, 2011

The book is “an impressive selection of documents that brilliantly illustrates the many dimensions of women’s experience of slavery, from the earliest laws."

Court Orders New Look At City Immigration Law

June 06, 2011

"We are required to intervene when states and localities directly undermine the federal objectives embodied in statutes enacted by Congress."

Feds Begin Official Notification Of Black Farmers Settlement Process

June 06, 2011

African American farmers around the country are now receiving information about their legal rights to the settlement.

First Lady Brings Native American Kids To Garden

June 06, 2011

Michelle Obama invited a group of Native American children to her plot to help plant what are called the "three sisters" — corn, beans and squash.

Report: More Hispanics Go To Federal Prison

June 06, 2011

Statistics released this week revealed that Hispanics now comprise nearly half of all people sentenced for federal felony crimes, a number swollen by immigration offenses.

West Point Cadet Sues R&B Diva Over Alleged Beating

June 06, 2011

The lawsuit alleges the cadet, Richard King, was waiting at Bush Intercontinental Airport, when LaBelle allegedly ordered her bodyguards to attack him.

"Cosby Show's" Taylor Funeral Tomorrow In Harlem

June 06, 2011

The family is grateful for the light and laughter our mother gave not only to us but to the world during her time on The Cosby Show.

Maternal Mortality Rates Increasing For Black Women

June 06, 2011

Nationally, blacks have a four-times greater risk of pregnancy-related death than whites - a rate of 36.1 per 100,000 live births.

Cholera Surges Again In Part Of Haitian Capital

June 06, 2011

The group is reporting that the number of new cases is more than three times what it saw back when the disease first surged in the fall.

Hispanic Organizations Get Behind AT&T-T-Mobile Merger

June 07, 2011

The commitments that AT&T is making as part of this proposed merger will resonate strongly in Latino communities.

Black Women Attorneys Head Straight To Corporate Jobs

June 07, 2011

Gender was perceived as more of a barrier to advancement than race and/or ethnicity, but this did not deter in-house women of color from setting high goals for advancement.

Civil Rights Coalition Unveils Plan To Transform High Schools

June 07, 2011

“We can no longer afford to wait to transform our public high schools. All students must attain the knowledge and skills they need to compete in the 21st century marketplace ."

Women's Risk Of Heart Disease After Gestational Diabetes Differs By Race

June 07, 2011

When they analyzed the study participants by racial-ethnic group, black race and Hispanic ethnicity predicted heart disease even after adjusting for other risk factors.

Investors Meet With Minority, Women-Owned Firms At Consortium 2011

June 07, 2011

Key decision makers from across the country will also join the annual meeting with a focus on identifying emerging managers.

Fed Reaches Out To Women, Ethnic And Minority Farmers

June 07, 2011

"For traditionally underrepresented population groups, FSA continues to focus on increased participation in all offices.”


June 07, 2011

Women Soldiers Show Resilience Similar To Men

June 07, 2011

“Contrary to popular belief, women who go to war respond to combat trauma much like their male counterparts,” said lead author Dawne Vogt.

Demographic Factors Linked To Black Mental Health

June 07, 2011

The study found that lower socioeconomic position was associated with poorer mental health status.

Landmark Study On Millennials Challenges "Post-Racial" Myth

June 07, 2011

“Contrary to widespread labeling of the millennial generation as 'post-racial,' young people actually see a lot of racial problems."

Survey: Black Drivers Pay Highest Car Insurance Rates

June 07, 2011

The report shows that while insurance companies do not intentionally discriminate against black people, they do place emphasis on factors blacks score poorly in.

Poll Dissects The Young Black Vote

June 07, 2011

Surveys found many young black voters to be conservative on social issues, contrary to the popular narrative that the new generation of voters is widely progressive.

Campaign Wants Blacks To 'Click It'

June 07, 2011

A group of black organizations, along with NHTSA, have launched a new seat belt safety awareness campaign.

Poll: Belief In Economic Opportunity Crosses Race Lines

June 07, 2011

Whites and minorities share many common views about what it takes to succeed in today’s economy and a cultural optimism about the progress America has made.

Brotherhood Celebrates Black Males Headed To College

June 07, 2011

"We are celebrating the achievements of young black men who are defying the odds and are on their way toward creating change for themselves."

Navajo Prosecutor Files Charge In Toddler's Death

June 07, 2011

Her case was made headlines over the impact of federal prosecutors declining to take Indian Country criminal cases.

Report: Black Dieters Watch Their Weight For General Wellness

June 08, 2011

According to the latest research from Mintel, more Black adults who are watching their diet are doing so for health reasons, not to lose weight


June 08, 2011


ACLU Alleges Bias In Illinois Police Searches

June 08, 2011

"Years of data make clear that consent searches by the ISP are conducted in a racially disparate manner," said Harvey Grossman, legal director for the ACLU of Illinois.

Black Baby Boomers Eye Uncertain Retirement

June 08, 2011

Financial planners typically say retirees will need replacement income of 70-80 percent to continue living as well as they did prior to exiting the workforce.

Battle Brewing Over New Fla. Voter-Registration Law

June 08, 2011

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), reacting to outrage voiced by her constituents, this week asked the Department of Justice to block the new law.


June 08, 2011

Black Caucus Chief Promises Fight For Jobs Bill

June 08, 2011

“After five months of controlling the House, the Republican Leadership continues to prevent critical jobs legislation from being considered and passed."

How Minority-Owned Small Businesses Benefit From Health Care Reform

June 08, 2011

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act will make a real difference to the competitiveness of minority-owned small businesses.

Liberals Vs. Cornel West, What's The Beef?

June 08, 2011

For the last few weeks, journalists, liberal bloggers and academics have been piling on the Princeton professor and best-selling author with one vicious attack after another.

Redistricting No Longer A Black-White Issue In Virginia

June 08, 2011

The group, Virginia New Majority, says the map approved by Board of County Supervisors in April does not reflect the county’ s demographics.

Bottled Water Use High Among Minorities

June 08, 2011

Although higher rates of bottled water use among minorities have been reported previously, the reasons have remained largely unexplored.

Northwestern Study Finds Minority Kids Use Media More

June 08, 2011

"In the past decade, the gap between minority and white youth's daily media use has doubled for blacks and quadrupled for Hispanics.

Pharmaceutical Giant Settle Sex Discrimination Lawsuit

June 08, 2011

The action resolves a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor in May 2010 alleging that the company discriminated against female sales specialists.

Feds Accuse Gang Of Targeting Blacks

June 08, 2011

“The Azusa 13 gang waged a campaign of hate during a two-decade crime spree in which African-Americans were harassed and attacked.”

Minority-Owned Firms Doubled In Recent Years

June 08, 2011

Receipts of minority-owned employer firms totaled $860.5 billion, an increase of 54.3 percent from 2002.

Top Scores In Diversity For NBA

June 20, 2011

As the 2011 Racial and Gender Report Card shows, the National Basketball Association had the best grade among the men’s leagues for race and gender as it has for two decades. The NBA remains the industry leader on issues related to racial and gender hiring practices.

Bank Settles With Feds Over Allegations Of Discrimination

June 20, 2011

Justice Department reaches settlement in alleged lending discrimination in St. Louis. Settlement provides $1.45M to ensure equal lending services to African-American community

Minority Homeless Rate Drops

June 20, 2011

HUD’s annual report reveals how the Recovery Act’s Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) helped to mitigate homelessness in America.

Latinos Keep $169B Out Of Banks

June 20, 2011

A new study released by the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and its Tayloe Murphy Center outlines specific steps for how banks and credit unions can capture billions of dollars in deposits by reaching out to Latino and other "unbanked" households across the United States.

Mercury Levels In Fish Major Concern For Latinos

June 20, 2011

An analysis of several studies conducted among Latinos reveal that this community faces a disproportionate risk from toxic mercury pollution because of a combination of cultural, economic and linguistic factors.

ICE Immigration Program Under Fire

June 20, 2011

ICE director John Morton has announced changes to the embattled immigration-enforcement program Secure Communities, which allows local law enforcement agencies to check the fingerprints of people they arrest with FBI and Department of Homeland Security databases to make sure they are not undocumented criminals.


June 20, 2011

Nearly half of young men of color age 15 to 24 who graduate from high school will end up unemployed, incarcerated or dead, according to two new reports released today by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center.

Minority Group Moves To Block Mobile Phone Merger

June 20, 2011

The national civil rights group ColorOfChange.org today launched a campaign urging the FCC to block the proposed AT&T and T-Mobile merger, arguing that the merger will have hugely negative consequences, especially for African Americans.

Court Throws Out Wal-Mart Gender Bias Case

June 20, 2011

The women pressing the suit claim they and colleagues across the country were victimized by Wal-Mart’s practice of letting local managers make subjective decisions about pay and promotions.

CA Latinos Pressure Governor To Sign Farm Workers Act

June 21, 2011

A prominent group of Latina leaders today joined the 12-day drive urging Gov. Jerry Brown to sign SB 104, the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act. Among those participating at the state Capitol in Sacramento are Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Executive Secretary-Treasurer Maria Elena Durazo, former San Jose Vice Mayor and South Bay Central Labor


June 21, 2011

Later this week, HBCU Presidents will gather in Atlanta to discuss what America needs to know about the role of HBCUs in the national college completion agenda. From Thursday through Saturday the Southern Education Foundation (SEF) will be convening more than 100 HBCU presidents and trustees for its 2011 HBCU Governance and Institutional Effectiveness Seminar

Black Heart Attack Victims Wait Longer For Specialized Care

June 21, 2011

Black patients having a heart attack wait longer at hospitals than white patients to get advanced procedures that will restore blood flow to their hearts, according to a University of Michigan Health System study. The differences in care may be explained by hospital quality, rather than the race of individual patients.

Black Leaders Speak Out Over Religious Liberty Protections

June 21, 2011

Led by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, law makers today are calling upon President Obama to restore religious liberty protections in employment law. On June 25, 1941, with the U.S. poised to go to war, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802 in response to the efforts of black labor leader A. Philip Randolph and other civil rights leaders to acquire fair employment practices for Black workers at defense plants.

Is A Post-Racial America Possible?

June 21, 2011

As the field of candidates for President grows, some in the Black community are being forced to accept the hard reality that race relations in America have not improved. Still others never thought a post-racial America ever had a chance to begin with.

First Black To Head March Of Dimes

June 21, 2011

LaVerne Council, a longtime March of Dimes volunteer leader and Board member, was elected as the first black chair of the organization's national Board of Trustees. Council is only the second woman to head the 73-year-old national organization.

Settlement Over Indian Land Royalties Approved

June 21, 2011

Federal judge Thomas Hogan yesterday approved a $3.4 billion settlement in a class action that alleged U.S. officials mismanaged Indian royalties. The class-action settlement, the largest ever approved against the U.S. government, generated more than 20 published judicial opinions and numerous appellate-court hearings.

First Lady Visits Nelson Mandela At Home

June 21, 2011

US First Lady Michelle Obama arrived for her 6 day visit in South Africa late last night. Accompanied by her mother Marian Robinson, her daughters Malia and Sasha and her niece Leslie and her nephew Avery, Mrs Obama met members of Nelson Mandela’s family and his wife Graca Machel today. Sello Hatang and Sahm Venter

Historic Negro Baseball Stadium On Road To Restoration

June 21, 2011

On The heels of the unveiling of the 2011 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places (NTHP) by the non-profit National Trust for Historic Preservation, comes an update on one of last year's sites. Hinchcliffe Stadium, home of the Negro Baseball League's New York Black Yankees, fell into disrepair since it's closing in 1997.

Nation's Mayors Speak Out On "Failed" War On Drugs

June 22, 2011

According to the mayors’ resolution, the Criminal Justice commission will produce recommendations to “reduce crime and violence, improve cost-effectiveness, ensure the interests of justice at every step of the criminal justice system…reduce incarceration, reform U.S. drug policy, eliminate racial and gender disparities

The Ugly Politics Behind Alabama's New Anti-Immigrant Law

June 22, 2011

Despite soaring deficits, cuts in social services, worker layoffs and tornado-devastated communities, Alabama's first Republican-controlled government in 136 years has turned its focus on undocumented immigrants

Sharpton Vs. West Round Two

June 22, 2011

Rev. Al Sharpton and Cornel West will continue their heated debate on President Barack Obama and the Black community this Saturday in Chicago at the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual conference.


June 22, 2011

The citizens commission charged with drawing new political boundaries for seats in California's House of Representatives, state Legislature and Board of Equalization has extended until June 28 the time it will accept written testimony on its first round

Another Black Congressman Under Fire

June 22, 2011

A congressional ethics panel is investigating allegations that black congressman Alcee Hastings sexually harassed a member of his staff, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigation of Mr. Hastings is being conducted by the Office of Congressional Ethics, the House's independent ethics investigative arm, and it is at a preliminary stage.

House Rejects GOP Bill To Terminate Election Assistance Commission

June 22, 2011

The Congressional Tri-Caucus members denounced Republican efforts to terminate the Election Assistance Commission, the agency Congress created in the wake of the debacle in Florida during the 2000 Presidential Election. Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Elections Subcommittee Ranking Member and Congressional Hispanic Caucus

HIV/AIDS Worry Majority Of Blacks

June 22, 2011

The Kaiser Family Foundation today released its eighth large-scale national survey of Americans on HIV/AIDS. Kaiser is reporting black Americans, and particularly young blacks, express much higher levels of concern about HIV infection than whites.

Feds Begin Major Police Racial Mis-Conduct Case

June 22, 2011

Almost six years after police fatally shot two people and injured four others on the Danziger Bridge, amid the chaos after Hurricane Katrina, the trial of five current and former New Orleans police officers is set to begin today in federal court. The defendants are Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, officer Anthony Villavaso, former officer Robert Faulcon

NY Dept Of Ed. Accused Of Mistreating Minorities

June 22, 2011

The New York Civil Liberties Union is urging the Department of Education to continue its ongoing efforts to include positive-discipline practices in the city’s schools. In testimony provided on the disciple code for New York City public schools the NYCLU cautioned that the DOE’s disciplinary code and zero-tolerance policies criminalize

Report Looks At Health Disparities In The Age Of Personalized Medicine

June 22, 2011

Science Progress, a project of the online magazine Center for American Progress, released “Addressing Race and Genetics: Health Disparities in the Age of Personalized Medicine,” a report that studies how personalized medicine can potentially alleviate racial and ethnic health disparities. Personalized medicine, which is the development of medicines and therapies tailored to patients’ unique genetic traits and risks

Latino Farmers Unhappy With Settlement

June 22, 2011

There is growing unrest among Hispanic farmers over a $1.3 billion federal program created to settle discrimination comlaints against the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). At issue is the difference between settlement amounts received by black farmers

Audit Finds That Tucson's Ethnic Studies Program Is Legal

June 23, 2011

In the battle over Tucson’s ethnic studies program, which has been effectively outlawed when Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed HB 2281 into law last year, opponents of the program have been able to more or less hide their political agenda behind vague worries about the district’s Mexican American studies program. Not so now, say supporters of the ethnic studies program after an independent audit found that the programs are perfectly legal.

Minority Start-up Boot Camp Launched In Silicon Valley

June 23, 2011

This month Silicon Valley welcomed the first ever technology accelerator for minority-led start-ups, NewME Accelerator. NewME's select participants commenced their first class on June 16 and will participate in this program throughout the summer. The start-up founders are based in a shared house in Mountain View, Calif. and are utilizing co-working

Conference Touts Growth Of Charter Schools

June 23, 2011

According to data relesed by the National Alliance for Public Charter School (NAPCS), who recenlty celebrated its 11th annual conference in Atlanta, public charter school growth has risen by nearly 12% between 2009 and 2011. The data show public charter schools serve a higher percentage of non-white and urban students, with 63% of public charter schools being non-white, compared to 43% of that same population in conventional public schools. Roughly 55% of public charter schools are located in large cities as opposed to 25% of traditional public schools.

Latino-White Achievement Gap Unchanged

June 23, 2011

In a first-of-its kind report released today by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) it was revealed that In 20 years, the national achievement gap between Hispanic students and their non-Hispanic white peers hasn’t budged. The report comes as Congress is considering how to rewrite No Child Left Behind, the federal law

New Talk Show To Spotlight Blacks

June 23, 2011

After a 3-month search Time Warner Cable today announced the winners of its contest to showcase African-Americans in the talk show genre. The new talk show will premiere this fall on TWC On Demand. The winners were among hundreds of contestants who took part in casting calls in Charlotte, New York, Dallas and Los Angeles or who uploaded audition videos to the “Born to Shine” Facebook page.

Black Anti-Abortion Billboards Go Up In L.A. Area

June 23, 2011

A national anti-abortion advertising campaign targeting inner-city minorities with racial-specific billboards reached Oakland this month with at least 25 "Black & Beautiful" signs plastered in East and West Oakland. The advertisement, which features the picture of a black infant under the bold-lettered title "Black & Beautiful," direct residents to an anti-abortion website sponsored by the Radiance Foundation, a Georgia-based group opposed to Planned Parenthood.

No Child Left Behind Law And Minority Kids

June 23, 2011

Nearly a decade after the No Child Left Behind law was enacted, studies have shown little progress in reducing the number of teachers of low-income students who are inexperienced or teaching classes outside their subject areas. The law, which was supposed to stop school districts from putting less qualified teachers in classrooms with low-income students, is best known to the public for requiring more standardized testing. According to studies, considerable progress has been made in reducing the number of uncertified teachers

Tuskegee Airmen Mark 70 Years

June 23, 2011

The Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. (TAI) will hold its 40th Annual Convention next month in Maryland. The dates of the gala are August 3-7. The convention theme "70 Years of Aviation Excellence: Then, Now, the FUTURE" will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the start of the Tuskegee Airmen Experience in 1941 and honor the men and women who carry the torch and fight today's wars.


June 23, 2011

The latest census numbers reveal ethnic minorities now make up the majority of babies in the United States. Currently, non-Hispanic whites make up just under half of all three-year-olds, which is the youngest age group shown in the Census Bureau's most recent survey. It is the first time that this has been the case and the change reflects a growing age divide


June 24, 2011

A new Stanford University School of Medicine study shows that tobacco companies increased the advertising and lowered the sale price of menthol cigarettes at stores near California high schools with larger populations of African-American students. Study lead researcher Lisa Henriksen, PhD, of the Stanford Prevention Research Center found Tobacco companies increased the advertising and lowered the sale price

New Genetic Risk Factors Of Lupus Found In Study Of Black Women

June 24, 2011

Researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center have found four new genetic variants in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) that confer a higher risk of systemic lupus erythemathosus (“lupus”) in African American women. The study, which currently appears on-line in Human Genetics, is believed to be the first

Latinos Could Smash 2012 Voting Record

June 24, 2011

Latinos will turnout in record numbers in the next Presidential election, with at least 12.2 million casting ballots, according to projections made by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund. This analysis also reveals that Latinos will account for a significant share of the electorate in several states.

Minorities Not Being Properly Screen For Diabetes Despite Risks

June 24, 2011

Although people from certain ethnic groups are at high risk for getting diabetes and should be screened, a new study suggests that such screenings are not being done as often as they should. Dr. Ann Sheehy, a hospitalist and clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, was lead author of the findings, which appear in this month's edition of Diabetes Care.

Are Black Colleges Becoming Whiter?

June 24, 2011

According to the online Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, HBCUs have significantly increased their white enrollments. But, despite numerous press reports to the contrary, in general the "whitening of black colleges" is simply a myth. Enrollments at the nation's historically black colleges and universities remain at the highest level in history. According to U.S. Department of Education data, there were 322,789 students

Despite Problems, DC Caribbean Carnival Still On

June 24, 2011

The 19th Annual DC Carnival almost didn't happen this year due to outstanding money owed to the police department to cover overtime costs for last year's event. Local sources say the annual procession, featuring costumed participants on flatbed trucks and on foot, requires a large police presence, and last year the D.C. Police Department hit organizers with an overtime bill, of which $53,000 is still owed.

Hackers Target AZ Police Over Immigration Law

June 24, 2011

"We are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 law and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona," LulzSec said in a press release. "Hackers of the world are uniting and taking direct action against our common oppressors: the government, corporations, police, and militaries of the world."

HUD Allocates $240M For Indian Housing

June 24, 2011

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced nearly $210 million in Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG)allocations to 146 tribes in 25 states. These funds are distributed each year based on a formula to eligible Indian tribes or their tribally designated housing entities for a range of affordable housing activities. IHBG funds are intended to primarily benefit low-income families living on Indian reservations or in other American Indian communities. T

Major Latino Convention Opens In Cincinnati Monday

June 24, 2011

Beginning Monday, Cincinnati plays host to The League of United Latin American Citizens annual convention. The event is expected to draw 20,000 people. Cincinnati beat two cities with much larger Hispanic populations, Orlando and Houston, to host this year’s gathering of the largest Hispanic civic organization. The group’s Ohio director, Jason Riveiro, lobbied to bring the convention to Cincinnati, arguing that holding the weeklong meeting here would have a greater impact on making people aware of Latino issues than holding it in Florida and Texas, states where the Hispanic population is much greater.

Black And Jewish Leaders Meet In Motown To Tackle Mutual Concerns

June 27, 2011

Black and Jewish leaders from across the country are in Detroit this week to bond while finding ways to fight poverty at a time when the problem is growing. Sponsored by the national office of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the program involves

Redistricting Reform Threatens Minority Voice

June 27, 2011

Few ordinary Californians have been more intensely interested in the state’s new Citizens Redistricting Commission than Berkeley-based Tea Party activist David Salaverry. Back in March, he realized that the fledgling panel, with its 14 citizen

Report Reveal Effects Of Increasing Asian Population On Higher Education

June 27, 2011

The National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) today released, in partnership with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, precursory findings from its forthcoming research report

New Cherokee Nation Chief Wins By 11 Votes

June 27, 2011

The Cherokee Nation elected a new principal chief by just 11 votes and a recount is under way, officials in Oklahoma said. After an all-night wait as the final votes were counted, final election results posted shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday on the tribal website

Black Cigarette Expose Prompts FDA Action

June 27, 2011

Just days after Black Radio Network featured a new Stanford University School of Medicine study revealing questionable advertising tactics of menthol cigarettes in black neighborhoods, the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) announced it is conducting an independent review of research on the public health impact


June 27, 2011

Civil rights leaders are today calling on Executive and Congressional leadership to honor the precedent set by previous deficit reduction negotiations that have reduced the deficit without increasing poverty. In a letter to policymakers involved in deficit

Unique Program Helps Black Women Mange Diabetes

June 27, 2011

The University of Virginia Health System has received a $300,000 grant to study the “Call to Health” model, which uses text messages, stress reduction and other techniques to help African-American women manage type 2 diabetes. UVA was one of five organizations to receive two-year grants from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation

Stars Come Out For BET Music Awards

June 27, 2011

Legendary songstress and diva extraordinaire Patti LaBelle was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. Beginning with a special introduction from another musical icon, Gladys Knight , Cee Lo Green took to the stage in a throwback Patti LaBelle

Mystery Still Surrounds '64 KKK Killings

June 27, 2011

A cloud of mystery still surrounds the events of the Deep South’s most notorious nights: the murders of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights workers who were chased down a rural lane by a gang of Klansmen, beaten, shot and buried in a dam. The case riveted America, prompting Lyndon Johnson, the President

MLB Blasted As Anti-Latino

June 28, 2011

A Latino security professional claims he was turned into a chauffeur in a racially motivated "bait and switch" job offer from Major League Baseball. William Diaz claims pro baseball gave him a phony job title, which paid far less than he was

Big Auto Expands Minority Safety Program

June 28, 2011

Toyota today announced a $1 million commitment to support the national expansion of Buckle Up for Life, a safety program developed by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, to help address the extraordinarily high number of African American and Hispanic children, teens and adults killed or injured

Study Finds Answers To Increased Black Heart Attack Risks

June 28, 2011

Researchers may have discovered one reason that African Americans are at increased risk for heart attacks and other cardiovascular events. According to a new study published online in the journal Radiology, African Americans have increased levels of non-calcified plaque, which consists of buildups of soft deposits

ICE Immigration Changes Hailed

June 28, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued new written policies directing Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officers, agents, and attorneys to use prosecutorial discretion to implement its priorities for immigration enforcement as well as reforms to the Secure Communities program. Christopher Micheal spoke

Sharpton Gets Heated Over CA Pension Reform

June 28, 2011

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton is talking about the pension reform initiative. Sharpton says the City's proposed pension reform initiative is a civil rights violation, and that attention should instead be placed on taxing the wealthy.


June 28, 2011

African-Americans once were clustered so heavily in urban areas that the terms "black" and "inner city" came to be used almost synonymously. According to the 2010 U.S. Census results, that time is history. While blacks have by no means vanished from cities, unprecedented numbers have headed for the suburbs or left the

Minority Mental Health On Tap For July

June 28, 2011

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, is raising awareness of the importance of treatment in improving mental health and accessing resources that support wellness. According to the National Alliance

SC Gov Signs Controversial Immigration Law

June 28, 2011

Governor Nikki Haley has signed off on legislation to crack down on illegal immigration. Before Haley signed the bill, the American Civil Liberties Union announced plans to challenge it. Supporters and protesters showed up at the signing to praise and sound off against the new law. The legislation requires police to check the immigration

Cherokee Nation Election Overturned

June 28, 2011

The Cherokee Nation Election Commission overturned the unofficial results in the principal chief’s race Monday afternoon and declared current chief Chadwick “Corntassel” Smith the winner by seven votes, reports the Native Times. Bill John Baker, originally named the winner based on the unofficial results announced

Latinos Absent From News Desks

June 29, 2011

Latino groups are calling for more of a presence in the Sunday morning talk show arena. Today the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), together with the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), The LIBRE Initiative and Being Latino are launching a social impact project called: The Art of Politics.

Best Buy Accused Of Widespread Profiling

June 29, 2011

Best Buy Co., the nation's largest electronics retailer, faces new allegations of discrimination and retaliation barely one week after agreeing to settle

Native American Parents Extend Drinking Habits To Children

June 29, 2011

Urban American Indian teenagers with alcoholic parents perceive their parents to be less restrictive about drinking and tend to face more alcohol-related problems at age 18, according to a new study by Colorado State University’s Tri-Ethnic Center. The study recently was published in the The American Journal.

Half Of Minority Homes Headed By Single Moms

June 29, 2011

The percentage of children living with their mother without a father present varied widely among race and origin groups in 2009, from 8 percent for Asian children to 50 percent for black children. Seventeen percent of non-Hispanic white children and 26 percent of Hispanic children also lived with their mother only.

Was Mark Twain A Closet Racist?

June 29, 2011

In the wake of the unveiling of a commemorative stamp depicting iconic author Mark Twain, a Baylor University scholar says there was more to anti-racist Twain than most people know — including a stint as a Confederate soldier and a boyhood in which he believed that slavery was right and righteous.

Newly Elected Black Mayors Make Jobs A Priority

June 29, 2011

The recent elections of Alvin Brown as Jacksonville, Florida’s first African American mayor and Michael Hancock as Denver’s second Black mayor, provide much needed new hope and leadership in the war on unemployment. Both Brown and Hancock have strong Urban League roots and both have made job creation in their

Patti LaBelle Countersues West Point Cadet

June 29, 2011

Singer Patti LaBelle is countersuing the former West Point cadet who claimed her bodyguards beat him, saying the Houston man started the fight by punching her son in the face. LaBelle's lawsuit accuses Richard King, 23, who was suspended from the United States Military Academy as a result of the March 11


June 29, 2011

According to the latest Gallup poll results, underemployment is tougher on the life evaluation ratings of college graduates and postgraduates than on Americans who are less educated. Underemployment negatively affects life ratings of white Americans more than blacks, Hispanics, or Asians. High-income Americans are

Stunning Admissions In Katrina Shootings Case

June 29, 2011

Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans police officers allegedly fired on two black families on the Danziger Bridge. Two people died. Now the officers are on trial in a case that exposes widespread corruption in the city's justice

MLK 'Table of Brotherhood Project' Announced

June 30, 2011

On the 48th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech, Chevrolet is sponsoring the “Table of Brotherhood Project,” a four-city tour honoring King's legacy. The tour culminates with the Aug. 28 dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington.

Cherokee Nation Recount Delayed

June 30, 2011

The recount of the Cherokee Nation election was supposed to begin this morning at 9:00 A.M.. As of 1:30, the recount hadn't started. According to local new sources, the court is holding a hearing to figure out if the ballots are in a condition to undergo a recount. The controversy comes after Bill John Baker

Crack Offenders Eligible For Early Release

June 30, 2011

Thousands of federal prisoners locked up for offenses involving crack cocaine will be eligible for early release following today's vote by the United States Sentencing Commission to apply the Fair Sentencing Act guidelines retroactively

Voting Right Restrictions Under Scrutiny

June 30, 2011

Sixteen U.S. senators sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday urging it to review new state voter ID laws and scrutinize their implementation to ensure that eligible voters are not disenfranchised. “The civil and human rights community welcomes the senators’ request

New Tribal Justice Center Project Reaches Milestone

June 30, 2011

The Oglala Sioux Tribe, Department of Public Safety (OST-DPS) today announced that designs for a new free-standing justice center in Pine Ridge, South Dakota are nearly 50 percent complete. Marking the first major construction

Latino Rights Group Reports On 'State Of Latino Nation"

June 30, 2011

As part of a press conference held today at its 82nd Annual National Convention, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), highlighted its commitment to improving health among the U.S. Hispanic population. One initiative, Latinos Living Healthy, is aimed at reducing childhood obesity among

Poll: 1 in 5 African Youth Plan To Start A Business

June 30, 2011

Gallup surveys in 27 African countries and areas underscore the interest young people in the region have in entrepreneurship. A median of one in five Africans between the ages of 15 and 24 who are not already business owners say they plan to start their own business in the next 12 months, although they are less


June 30, 2011

A local Durham, NC television station is reporting today that two women accused of skimming money from a minority college fund at North Carolina Central University intend to fight the allegations. Former provost Beverly Jones Washington

Major Education Survey Shows Continuing Racial Gaps

June 30, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education today released data that cast much-needed light on disparities in educational resources and opportunities for students across the country. These data provide policymakers, educators and parents

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