Archive for December, 2011

Being overweight not such a stigma for African American women

Friday, December 9th, 2011

( While all obese women are less satisfied with the weight-related quality of their lives than women of 'normal' weight, black women report a higher quality of life than white women of the same weight. In addition, black women appear to be more concerned about the physical limitations resulting from their obesity, than by the potential psychological consequences of being overweight or obese. These findings by Dr. Tiffany L. Cox, and her team from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND, and Obesity and Quality of Life Consulting in Durham, NC, are published online in Springer's journal Applied Research in Quality of Life.

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New Pew Hispanic analysis reveals majority of undocumented immigrants have deep roots in the U.S.

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

( How long does a person have to live in a foreign country before he/she calls it home?

Six months? One year? Three years? Ten years?

The answer, of course, is however long it takes for that person to feel comfortable in their surroundings. While some people quickly adapt and make themselves at home, for others it may take a few years. But it's a safe bet to assume that if a person has been living in a foreign country for 15 years or more, then they're feeling right at home.

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Black Website Shows Us the Right and Wrong Ways to Talk HIV

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

(, an African American news and lifestyle site, devoted lots of energy and real estate to HIV/AIDS last week. In the run-up and on World AIDS Day, the site ran a three-part series about the disease’s effect on ball culture (“Underground Gay Dance Culture Keeps ‘Voguing’ Legacy Alive”); covered Obama’s remarks at a ONE Campaign event (“President Obama Talks ‘The Beginning of the End of AIDS’”); and debunked down-low mythology in a statistics-laden piece about HIV risk among young black men who have sex with men (“Young Gay Black Men Are Most at Risk for HIV Transmission”).

But two pieces, which appeared side by side on World AIDS Day, crystallized the challenges of talking about sex, responsibility and HIV, 30 years and millions of words into the epidemic.

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Teams chosen for bowls show improved graduation rates, but racial gap remains wide

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

(Washington Post) A study released Monday of the 70 Football Bowl Subdivision schools that will participate in the upcoming college football bowl season showed continued academic progress, but that the gap between white and African-American players continues to persist.

The report by the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport notes an overall Graduation Success Rate improvement from 67 percent to 68 percent for students on the 70 bowl teams.

A total of 97 percent of schools had at least a 50 percent GSR for football teams, up 6 percent from 2010.

Also, for the second straight year 99 percent of schools received a score higher than the target 925 on the NCAA’s four-year Academic Progress Rate. Teams with a four-year APR of 925 or below face penalties including loss of scholarships.

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New study identifies the cause of diabetes misdiagnosis among Asian Americans

Monday, December 5th, 2011

( Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have determined key differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the Asian American population. This study, published today in PLoS ONE, identified ways to differentiate the types of diabetes, which can be clinically similar in young Asian Americans.

During a of 30 healthy-weight diabetic and non-diabetic Asian Americans, the researchers proved that was consistently higher in those with type 2 diabetes, despite their normal (BMI).

Diabetes in Asian and Asian is rising. China currently has the largest population of diabetics in the world, at 92 million, followed by India (50 million), compared to the United States' 27 million. This study has identified reliable diagnostic tools for identifying type 2 diabetes, making correct diagnoses quicker. It has also identified critical physical differences in Asian patients with diabetes that should be considered in making recommendations for proper treatment.

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Asian rapper set to roar across L.A.

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

(Los Angeles Times) Tiger JK's life has been defined by his sense of never quite belonging. He came of age in 1980s and '90s Los Angeles listening to the traditional Korean folk ballads his grandmother played around the apartment, while outside he was drawn in by the city's bustling hip-hop culture. As one of the few Korean American kids at Beverly Hills High, Tiger (who lived on the outskirts of Beverly Hills) never quite felt a kinship with the 90210 lifestyle. And when it came to being taken seriously as an Asian rapper? He wasn't.

"It was rare to see an Asian dude rapping then, so I got a pass — when I was mediocre, they said I was a lot better than they'd thought," said the artist, who now lives in Uijeongbu, South Korea, near Seoul. "But when I got good, they couldn't admit it."

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Are Latinos Assimilating Or Is America Assimilating To Them?

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

(Huffington Post) For many immigrants arriving in the U.S., maintaining ties with their countries and cultures is becoming easier. Their countries, it seems, are coming straight to their doorstep.

Increasingly, Hispanics "have access to their cultural heritage and language through product and service offerings that are targeted to the Latino community," according to Hispanic Research Inc.

Take Pizza Patron, a new Mexican-themed pizza joint opening up in Fresno, California. "From the colorful decor to some of the pizza ingredients, which include Mexican-style chorizo sausage, Pizza Patron is committed to serving the Hispanic market," according to an article by The Business Journal.

Since 2007 all Pizza Patron restaurants accept Mexican Pesos (bills only) as payment. The Dallas-based pizzeria seeking to open franchises in predominantly Hispanic communities throughout the nation and hire bilingual managers and sales teams.

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Asian Pacific American Employees View Their Companies Less Favorably, the Longer They Have Been in the U.S.

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

(PRNewswire) The longer Asian Pacific American (APA) employees live in the United States, the less favorably they view their companies, an annual Asia Society survey found.  The 2011 Asian Pacific Americans Corporate Survey indicates that this decline starts after about 10 years and is most apparent amongst APA employees who have lived in the US 20+ years or who are US-born.

The favorability decrease is especially true in the critical area of professional growth.  Among those surveyed:

  • 49% of APA employees who have been in the US for 20+ years view their companies favorably in terms of professional growth.
  • A bare majority – 53% – of APA employees who have been in the US from 11-20 years view their companies favorably on this dimension.
  • While 62% of APA employees, who have been here for 10 years or less, view their companies favorably in terms of professional growth; this group constitutes only 24% of APAs in the US.

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Bounce TV, First Broadcast Network For Black Viewers, Launches In Philadelphia

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

(Huffington Post) The nation's first free broadcast network targeting African-American audiences arrived in the nation's fourth-largest media market on Thursday.

Atlanta-based Bounce TV is an over-the-air free channel supported by sponsors and is geared toward black viewers ages 25 to 54. Unlike cable channels, Bounce TV is one of a growing number of networks carried on the broadcast digital signals of local television stations.

Bounce TV executives – among them Martin Luther King III and former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young – said the new network's targeted demographic is vastly underserved and hungers for positive programming that speaks to them.

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African American Workers: False Expectations About Retirement Saving

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

(The Black Man) I am an African American financial advisor. However, African Americans and people of color have been a very small part of my wealth management business—so small, in fact, that the phenomenon spurred me to discover if what I have experienced holds true across the country. I have come into contact with very educated and successful African American businesspeople, but the one consistent factor is that many of them lag behind in their saving and investing experiences.

What is more disturbing is that African American and Hispanic workers are just as likely as American workers to feel confident about their retirement security, even though their savings and preparations lag behind, according to findings of the Minority Retirement Confidence Survey (MRCS). While some differences in retirement preparation can be attributed to differences in income distribution, other findings show that minorities are less prepared  even when comparisons are made among workers with similar levels of household income.


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