Archive for June, 2012

Study: Black Teens and Meditation

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

 

(The Root) The authors of one new study are saying that exercise doesn't work as well for black teen girls – a claim that leaves us with more questions than answers — but there is also some positive (if not totally surprising) health news out about African American out this week.

In a refreshing change from all the doom and gloom, a study of black teens with high blood pressure published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journalfound that those who meditated twice a day for 15 minutes had lower left-ventricular mass, an indicator of future cardiovascular disease.

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Students protest UCLA over admissions

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

 

(UPI) Thirteen people were arrested while protesting the University of California, Los Angeles admissions office for the admission of more minorities, officials say

The protest began at 3:15 p.m. Friday at the UCLA admissions office, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Campus police made the arrests and ordered other protesters to disperse after the building closed at 6 p.m., UCLA officials said. There were no injuries.

Jose Alvarenga, who currently attends Pasadena City College and plans to apply to UCLA next year, said protesters are trying to get the university to "open the doors of the university" to underrepresented minorities.

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Fil-Am band makes it to “America’s Got Talent”

Friday, June 8th, 2012

 

(ABS-CBN North America News) A local Filipino-American all-girl band made it through another popular TV talent competition and will be competing before a nationwide audience in the wake of compatriot Jessica Sanchez historic run on “American Idol”.

"Ivy Rose" made it past the 1st round of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” after winning the nod of judges Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mendel and Howard Stern. The girls are now moving on to Las Vegas where they will compete for the $1 million cash prize and the chance to headline a show in any of Las Vegas’ renowned casino stages.

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Mitt Romney’s Record On Affirmative Action In Massachusetts

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

 

(Huffington Post) Mitt Romney scuttled the Massachusetts government's long-standing affirmative action policies with a few strokes of his pen on a sleepy holiday six months after he became governor.

No news conference or news release trumpeted Romney's executive order on Bunker Hill Day, June 17, 2003, in the deserted Statehouse. But when civil rights leaders, black lawmakers and other minority groups learned of Romney's move two months later, it sparked a public furor.

Romney drew criticism for cutting the enforcement teeth out of the law and rolling back more than two decades of affirmative action advances.

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Would a Latino running mate help Romney, Republicans?

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

 

(CNN) At the Council on Foreign relations this week,Sen. Marco Rubio talked tough on the international hotspot of the day, Syria.

"It's time to act now. I don't want to score political points on this issue, I want to see it resolved," Rubio told Time Magazine's Rick Stengel, the event's moderator.

Rubio says he doesn't want to score political points, but like it or not — every move he makes these days is viewed through one prism: a potential vice presidential pick for Mitt Romney.

For many Republicans, Rubio is prime running mate material — a fresh-faced, telegenic tea party favorite from Florida, a key battleground state.

And he is, of course, Hispanic — a fast-growing ethnic group in the United States, a group Democrats dominated in presidential elections over the past four decades.

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Editorial: Why so few black jurors?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

 

(Detroit Free Press Op-Ed) It's a conundrum that has bedeviled metro Detroit for decades: In a federal judicial district whose population is more than 20% African American, fewer than 1 in 10 citizens who report for jury duty in Detroit's U.S. District Courthouse are black.

Now, with a well-known black businessman on trial and his alleged partner in a massive kickback scheme, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, scheduled to square off with federal prosecutors later this summer, the prospect of all-white or mostly-white juries sitting in judgment of prominent African-American defendants has rekindled long-standing resentment and suspicion in the black community.

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High Cost of Ignoring Minority Students

Monday, June 4th, 2012

 

(The Root) Recent census data reveal that, for the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half of all children born in the United States, with 50.4 percent of children under age 1 identified as Hispanic, black, Asian American or members of another ethnic minority group.

In terms of the overall population, African Americans are the second-largest minority group in the nation (after Hispanics), with a 1.6 percent increase between 2010 and 2011. Minorities now make up nearly 37 percent of the overall U.S. population, and it's predicted that by 2042, a minority of Americans will be non-Hispanic whites.

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Latinos confuse advertisers

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

 

(Long Island Business News) The explosive growth of our nation’s Hispanic population should be making consumer-products companies rich, but instead, it is leaving them, well, confused.

The U.S. Latino community, already a $1 trillion annual consumer market comprising 52 million people, is on course to grow by another 50 percent in buying power by 2015. While the total U.S. population of 312 million will grow by 42 percent from 2010 to 2050, the Hispanic population over the same span will grow by 167 percent.

“If it were a standalone country, the U.S. Hispanic market’s buying power would make it one of the top 20 economies in the world,” according to a new study by Nielsen. “What’s more, the per capita income of U.S. Hispanics is higher than any one of the highly coveted BRIC countries” of Brazil, Russia, India and China.

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The Hollywood Reporter: Emmy Roundtable Cover Lacks Diversity, Only Features White Actresses

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

 

(Huffington Post) With Emmy nominations on the horizon (July 19th)The Hollywood Reporter(THR) hosted an Emmy roundtable panel with six talented actresses: Claire Danes (star of Showtime's "Homeland"), Mireille Enos (AMC's "The Killing"), January Jones (AMC's "Mad Men"), Julianna Margulies, (CBS' "The Good Wife"), Emmy Rossum (Showtime's "Shameless"), and Kyra Sedgwick (TNT's "The Closer"). All six are drama actresses, they’re all serious Emmy contenders for Best Actress in A Drama Series, and, all six grace the cover of this month’s THR.

Few would argue that these actresses don't deserve to be featured on the cover (who doesn’t love Claire Danes’ explosive performance in “Homeland” or January Jones’ understated performance on “Mad Men?”), but many will wonder why there isn’t more diversity (or any diversity for that matter) on this cover.

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Why Do Asian Americans Have the Worst Long-Term Unemployment?

Friday, June 1st, 2012

 

(The Atlantic) Asian American are the best educated ethnic group in the United States, by a long shot.* Logically, that means they should have the least severe unemployment, given that more educated workers tend to have an easier time in the job market. Instead, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, the Asian community suffered from the most severe long-term joblessness of any racial demographic in 2010, during the slow, early period of the economic recovery. 

As shown in the graph below, 48.7 percent of unemployed Asian Americans had been out of a job for 27 weeks or more. Blacks were next, at 48.5 percent, followed by Whites, at 42.7 percent. 

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