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This summer marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, and it just so happens this writer has a goal over the next few years to visit all of the U.S. national parks. Recent research indicates this makes me quite the anomaly. While record numbers of tourists are expected to turn up to take in…

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On the anniversary of her birthday, Dr. Donda West continues to affect the world in a positive way through the organization that was named for her. Donda’s House Inc., Creative Cypher and Blue 1647 recently screened a short film, The Cycle, directed by Michael Marantz, produced by Already Alive and executive produced by Sway of…

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If you put a frog in a pot of boiling water he’ll jump out; however, if you put him in a pot of cold water and slowly increase the temperature, he adjusts to the increasing heat until his system can no longer compensate. Then, stressed and overwhelmed with what he has endured, he dies. The frog will stay in the increasingly unhealthy, dangerous situation because it happened gradually over time and he ignored his natural ability to sense the danger and get out of the situation. Are African Americans behaving like this frog?

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Rapper Lil Boosie’s recent comments have brought a significant amount of criticism for the Louisiana hip-hop star. During an appearance on “NiteCap” with Peter Bailey, Boosie spoke about crime, the glorification of prison and racism

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Dealing with a heartbreaking illness A mother’s story of a bipolar son This Fragile Life Award-winning professor Charlotte Pierce-Baker is the mother and author of this very compelling and powerful novel.  Although this disorder does not discriminate by race or gender, African Americans are far less likely to receive treatments and diagnosis.  This is partially…

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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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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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Although the imaginary fiscal cliff was avoided, there are some big issues left for President Obama to deal with pertaining to the economy. The most pressing is the debt ceiling. It is possible that the U.S. will go through a technical default for a few days, although most anticipate that Congress will give in and…

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President Barack Obama will make his 2013 State of the Union address to America tonight. We know he will touch on immigration reform, gun violence and maybe even LGBT rights, but what will he say to African Americans, specifically? He will discuss enhancing U.S. manufacturing but will not mention that jobs will not be coming…

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Diabetes is a major killer of blacks. Many Africans Americans including Halle Berry, former Miss America and “Desperate Housewives” star Vanessa Williams, Damon Dash and comedian-actor Anthony Anderson have the disease. Although diabetes can often be detected by carrying out a urine test, which determines whether excess glucose is present, many people often have diabetes…

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It is undoubtly reasonable to suggest that the Emancipation Proclamation is one of the most important documents in the history of the United States. The Emancipation Proclamation — enacted 150 years ago on Jan. 1, 2013, represented the beginning of the end for slavery in the United States.

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – The housing crisis hurt low-income communities and minorities more severely than other groups, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday. “Lower-income and minority communities are often disproportionately affected by problems in the national economy, and the effects of the housing bust have followed that unfortunate pattern,” Bernanke said in prepared remarks…

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During the holidays, many of us have some time to rest and relax with family. Another favorite pastime during the holidays is to curl up in one’s favorite chair with a good book. Here are five nonfiction books that are both excellent and informative in addition to being well written. The End of Anger: A…

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