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For the average African American, the National Rifle Association is as dreaded as the Republican Party. This is especially true for African Americans who live in urban areas. As a card-carrying member of the NRA, it is nice to see that they have just announced the Colion Noir is going to be their newest contributor to…

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Many Americans are aware of the impact that diabetes has on the African American community. Compared to the general population, African Americans are disproportionately affected by diabetes with 4.9 million, or 18.7 percent of all African Americans age 20 years or older having the disease. In addition, African Americans are 1.8 times more likely to…

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This morning, the lifeless body of Marco McMillian was found on the Mississippi River levee. McMillian was Mississippi’s first openly gay candidate for mayor who happened to also be an African American. Democrats, including President Obama, whom he had met, considered him to be one of the rising stars in the state’s party and political…

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Everywhere one looks there is a new diet. Most of these are made popular by celebrities. One such diet is the gluten-free diet made popular through the endorsements of famous people, including former President Bill Clinton, Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, Miley Cyrus, Zooey Deschanel and Jenny McCarthy. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye…

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It’s important for parents to be involved in the lives of their children, especially as it concerns their education. This means interacting with the administrators; teachers and other parents who  are affiliated with the schools our children attend. However, it is possible to go overboard sometimes, and this is what happened to Aydrea Meaders. Meaders,…

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Since the end of the Bush administration, we have seen poverty rates in America continue to rise. Last year, almost 1 in 6 people were living in poverty as long-term unemployment left millions of Americans out of work. New data released by the U.S. Department of Census doesn’t show any improvement on the horizon. The…

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A new report by Congressional Research Services notes that since the early 1980s, there has been a historically unprecedented increase in the federal prison population. Consequently, this has aided the increase in disparities in incarceration rates by race in America since the start of the Obama administration in 2008. Now, new data show that the…

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Recently, mainstream media outlets like Mother Jones and MSN Health have asserted that chicken can or may be giving people cancer. Most of which is based on several new studies, the first of which regards a recent admission by the FDA that chicken meat sold in the USA contains arsenic, a toxic chemical that has…

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In nine days, the U.S. government enact automatic spending cuts due to what is called sequestration. Specifically speaking, the sequester refers to the drastic and severe budget cuts that are set to happen on March 1 if the White House and Congress cannot not find some common ground on the budget. For African Americans, it…

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Just pretend for a moment that you are a registered voter and a citizen of a certain jurisdiction and your elected political leader openly acknowledges that he likes “big bootie freaks?” Well pretend no more, this is the reality for constituents of Jersey City, N.J., Assemblyman Charles Mainor. The issue was raised due to what is included…

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In his annual winter letter published in the Emory University magazine, the school’s president James Wagner, attempted discuss the importance of compromise in politics, instead, he stuck his foot in his mouth. Wagner,  Emory’s 19th president, is an award-winning teacher and scientist. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1975 from the University of Delaware,…

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