Archive for the ‘African American’ Category

Giant ad with white woman welcomes Howard University students

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

(USA Today) A Giant store ad featuring a white model to target Howard University's predominantly black student body is raising eyebrows.

Nearly 87% of Howard's undergraduate and graduate students are black, according to the university. White students make up less than 3% of the student population.

The ad appeared in Giant's circular specific to the new store near Howard's campus. Tweets criticizing the ad started appearing Saturday.

 

In a statement e-mailed to USA TODAY Network, Giant said, "Unfortunately, an incorrect stock photo was used in the ad, and we apologize for this oversight. We wish all Howard University students a successful semester."

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Study links racism-related factors and cellular age

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

(Medical News Today) A new study reveals that racism may impact aging at the cellular level. Researchers found signs of accelerated aging in African American men, ages reporting high levels of racial discrimination and who had internalized anti-Black attitudes. Findings from the study, which is the first to link racism-related factors and biological aging, are published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Racial disparities in health are well-documented, with African Americans having shorter life expectancy, and a greater likelihood of suffering from aging-related illnesses at younger ages compared to Whites. Accelerated aging at the biological level may be one mechanism linking racism and disease risk.

"We examined a biomarker of systemic aging, known as leukocyte telomere length," explained Dr. David H. Chae, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the study's lead investigator. Shorter telomere length is associated with increased risk of premature death and chronic disease such as diabetesdementiastroke and heart disease. "We found that the African American men who experienced greater racial discrimination and who displayed a stronger bias against their own racial group had the shortest telomeres of those studied."

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‘SNL’: Civil Rights Group Praises Addition of African-American Talent

Friday, January 10th, 2014

(Hollywood Reporter) Saturday Night Live is getting high praise from civil rights group ColorOfChange.org.

On Tuesday, Upright Citizens Brigade alum Sasheer Zamata was tapped to join the series. She will be the first African-American woman in the cast since Maya Rudolph,who left the show in 2007. And Wednesday, LaKendra Tookes and Leslie Jones, both African American, joined the show as writers.The online organization, whichpreviously criticized SNL for what it described as a lack of diversity in its cast, thanked the show's producers for three new hires this week.

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African American women have a harder time losing weight

Monday, January 6th, 2014

(Reuters Health) – African American women who follow the same diet as white women and exercise just as much tend to lose less weight because they burn fewer calories, a new study suggests.

"Many large and well done studies have demonstrated that African American women tend to lose fewer pounds than their Caucasian counterparts," Dr. Ann Smith Barnes told Reuters Health by email.

Smith Barnes studies obesity at Baylor College of Medicine and is the medical director of Weight Management Services and Disease Prevention for the Harris Health System of Houston. She was not involved in the new study.

Scientists haven't been sure what explains those differences in weight loss. One suggestion is that African American women are less likely to adhere to weight loss programs. Another possible explanation is that their bodies need fewer calories.

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Hispanics following African Americans’ example in finding government jobs

Monday, December 30th, 2013

(Washington Post) Iraq war veteran Chris Gomez, a Mexican American, was sure he was a perfect candidate for a government job. He had a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and was still serving in the Army Reserve as a sergeant first class.

For two years, month after month, he sent off applications to the Labor Department, the Bureau of Prisons and other federal agencies. They seemed to disappear. Where to? He didn’t know. He was never sure whom to call or how to follow up.

“I almost gave up,” Gomez said.

With a wave of government retirements opening the way for a new generation of federal employees, Hispanic Americans, the nation’s fastest-growing minority group, remain chronically
underrepresented in the government. And Hispanics say in large part that they are hamstrung because they lack the kind of contacts and networks that have helped African Americans secure federal jobs.

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Beverage sugar tax targets minorities’ health

Friday, December 27th, 2013

(Medical News Today) Taxing sugar-sweetened beverages is likely to decrease consumption, resulting in lower rates of diabetesand heart disease, and these health benefits are expected to be greatest for the low-income, Hispanic and African-American Californians who are at highest risk of diabetes, according to a new analysis led by researchers at UC San Francisco.

Over the course of the next decade, lowered incidence of these diseases would save over half a billion dollars in medical costs, concluded the research team, which includes members from Oregon State University and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

The researchers previously modeled the national health effects of a penny-per-ounce tax over the course of 10 years and found that it would reduce consumption among adults by 15 percent, modestly lower the prevalence of diabetes and obesity and prevent tens of thousands of coronary heart events, strokes and premature deaths. The new study considered a range of reductions in sugary beverage consumption among Californians.

In the new study, assuming a decline of 10 to 20 percent in the consumption of soda and other sugary beverages from the tax, researchers concluded that new cases of diabetes and coronary heart disease would drop statewide, and those health benefits would be greatest in poor and minority communities. The analysis, published in the online journal PLOS ONE, predicted that overall, one in 20,000 Californians would avoid diabetes. This estimate would double for Hispanics and poor Californians and triple for African Americans.

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Six-of-10 uninsured African-Americans helped by government

Friday, December 20th, 2013

(UPI) — Six-of-10 uninsured African-Americans may be eligible for subsidized health insurance, Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, officials say.

A report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services calculated the uninsured rates by state and provided several examples of what premiums might look like for African-Americans living in major metropolitan areas.

One-fifth of uninsured African-Americans and permanent residents live the greater Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Detroit metropolitan areas, the report said.

A 27-year-old individual in Atlanta with an income of $25,000 can pay as little as $105 a month for a bronze plan after applying the tax credit, while a family of four with an income of $50,000 could pay $148 a month for a bronze plan after applying the tax credit, the report said.

"The healthcare law is working to address long-standing disparities in healthcare coverage and improve the health of the African-American community," Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of HHS, said in a statement. "Through the health insurance marketplace, 6.8 million uninsured African-Americans have new options for affordable health coverage that covers a range of benefits, including important preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs."

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TMZ Asks Readers To Vote On Whether To Use ‘African American’ Or ‘Ni**a’

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

(Huffington Post) Wait. Is this a joke?

TMZ created a poll to ask readers how it should "refer to black people." We had to do a double take — and then a triple take — before finally being convinced that this was real:

TMZ posed the question in a post about Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight saying that he does not like being called "African American" and that he believes there are certain circumstances when it is acceptable to use the n-word. Reactions to the poll on Twitter were just as we would expect:

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San Jose State faculty condemn alleged hate crime, criticize administration

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

(San Jose Mercury News) San Jose State faculty leaders formally apologized this week to a black student allegedly bullied for weeks by his white roommates, saying the reported abuse should have been stopped sooner.

" … This despicable behavior may have been significantly reduced had it been addressed promptly," says a resolution passed by SJSU's Academic Senate.

The senate executive committee also begged the administration to renew its focus on diversity and to follow through on earlier suggestions for change.

Last month, four white SJSU freshmen were charged with misdemeanor crimes, accused of tormenting their black roommate for weeks. The four students — who reportedly told police that the abuse was just a prank — have been suspended while their criminal and campus discipline cases proceed.

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How African-American Brokers At Merrill Lynch Won A Massive Discrimination Settlement

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

(Business Insider) Bloomberg Businessweek has a new behind-the-scenes look at a huge Merrill Lynch racial discrimination lawsuit brought by black brokers that ended with a $160 million settlement.

"The Man Who Took On Merrill" by Karen Weise reveals the litigation strategy that convinced the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to issue the landmark ruling finding that the case brought by a broker named George McReynolds could move forward as a class action.

This decision was crucial to getting Merrill to settle, since a class-action lawsuit representing 1,200 plaintiffs is much more high-stakes than a case filed on behalf of a single plaintiff. The class action alleged Merrill prevented black brokers from succeeding by giving them less assistance earlier on in their careers than whites and by socially ostracizing them.

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