Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

First Lady Sees Culture as an Obstacle to Higher Education for African American Youth

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013


(Game Politics) First Lady Michelle Obama recently gave a commencement address at Bowie State University encouraging more young African Americans to continue their education. She does so by throwing culture like videogames, television, and music under the bus.

"Be an example of excellence to the next generation," she said Friday at commencement ceremonies held at the nearby University of Maryland. "Today, more than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, more than 50 years after the end of 'separate but equal,' when it comes to getting an education, too many of our young people just can’t be bothered."

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Why Black People Don’t Care About Royalty

Monday, May 13th, 2013


(The Root) — It's rarely a good idea to make a sweeping racial generalization — ever. But I'm taking a risk and making one now: Most black Americans don't care about royalty. To be more specific, most don't care about the British royal family — from Queen Elizabeth to Kate Middleton, and certainly not the visiting Prince Harry — that the rest of America seems obsessed with.

Now, before someone sends me an email, Facebook message or tweet to say, "But I care about the British royal family, Keli," let me say this: I'm not saying there is not a single black person who cares about them. I'm saying I've never met that person, and in all of the black people I have met in my life, I have never met another black person who has met that person.

Need proof besides my word? Take a look at this photo of female Capitol Hill staffers waiting to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry during his visit to the United States this week. Do you see any black women? Because I don't. (I realize that racial identity is a complex subject, so I apologize in advance to anyone in the photo who identifies as black.)

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‘Seeking Asian Female’ Film Exposes Men With ‘Yellow Fever’

Saturday, May 11th, 2013


(ABC News) All her life Debbie Lum, a second-generation Chinese-American filmmaker, has been hounded by men with "yellow fever" — usually, but not always, white men with a fetish for Asian women.

So she set out to expose the men who only see the stereotypical domestic, submissive and highly sexual creature, and not the person.

In her first feature-length film, "Seeking Asian Female," which airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on PBS's "Independent Lens," Lum gets drawn into the complicated relationship of a 60-year-old white man and his 30-year-old mail-order bride.

Lum told that she found the perfect subject after searching for men with yellow fever on Craig's list and other websites. Steven, a twice-divorced garage attendant at the San Francisco Airport, has been unabashedly trolling the website Asian Asia Friend Finder for five years looking for a Chinese bride.

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Racial Diversity Increasing In U.S. Congregations

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013


(Huffington Post) Martin Luther King's once said 11 a.m. Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. That statement seems to remain true today, 57 years later. However, the 2010 Faith Communities Today** report shows a major shift toward desegregation is underway among the nation's religious communities. 

The study, which included more than 11,000 congregations, found the number of multiracial faith communities has nearly doubled in the past decade. Nearly 14 percent of congregations are considered multiracial, with at least 20 percent of members coming from racial groups different from the congregation's majority race. The study also found 4 percent of America's congregations are multiracial, with no racial group having a majority.
Researchers have been tracking these changes since the 1990s. Mark Chaves, in the 1998 National Congregations Study, reported that 7.5 percent of all congregations were multiracial.  Another study in the late 1990s by sociologist Michael Emerson found 5 percent of Protestant churches and 15 percent of Catholic churches were multiracial.

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Hispanic community reacts to election of Pope Francis

Friday, March 15th, 2013


(WTOC) Roman Catholics across the world are still celebrating the announcement of their new leader, Pope Francis. For the millions of Roman Catholics of Latin American descent, Pope Francis represents the beginning of a new era.

More than one billion people belong to the Roman Catholic faith, and nearly 500 million of them live in Latin America. WTOC spoke with Lidia Niederkorn, Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Savannah, and she said she was absolutely thrilled when she saw the white smoke coming out of the Vatican on Wednesday. She was even more thrilled when she found out Pope Francis is from Argentina.

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Hispanic American immigrants increasingly finding home is Islam

Thursday, January 31st, 2013


(Public Radio International) A growing community of Hispanic American immigrants, as well as Hispanics in their home country, are choosing to convert from their predominantly Christian religions to Islam. It's especially common for women.

Tucked away in a quiet rural neighborhood in Somerset, N.J., is an old brownstone that houses the New Jersey Chapter of the Islamic Center of North America’s WhyIslam Project.

Within its confines, in a second floor office decorated with rose-colored walls, sits the administrative assistant and only female employee of the department, Nahela Morales.

In a long black garment and gray headscarf, Morales sits in front of a computer entering notes and taking phone calls from the program’s hotline,             1-877-WhyIslam      , a resource for individuals hoping to learn more about the religion. A Mexican immigrant and recent convert, Morales is the national Spanish-language outreach coordinator for the program, part of ICNA’s mission to disseminate information about Islam nationwide.

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As Asian-Americans’ Numbers Grow, So Does Their Philanthropy

Friday, January 18th, 2013


(CNBC) About 800 people gathered in November in a ballroom in Midtown Manhattan for one of the year's more elegant galas. They dined on beef tenderloin with truffle butter, bid on ski and golf vacations in a charity auction, and gave more than $1 million to a nonprofit group based in New York.

But this was not an old-money event. The donors were largely Korean immigrants and their children.

Members of a new class of affluent Asian-Americans, many of whom have benefited from booms in finance and technology, are making their mark on philanthropy in the United States. They are donating large sums to groups focused on their own diasporas or their homelands, like the organization that held the fund-raiser, the Korean American Community Foundation.

And they are giving to prestigious universities, museums, concert halls and hospitals — like Yale University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The institutions, in turn, are increasingly courting Asian-Americans, who are taking high-profile slots on their governing boards.

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Proud Black teens do better in school

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

( New research shows that when parents use racial socialization—talking to their children or engaging in activities that promote feelings of racial knowledge, pride, and connection—it offsets racial discrimination’s potentially negative impact on students’ academic development.

Preparing adolescents for possible bias is also a protective factor, though a combination of this preparation and racial socialization is ideal in moderating the possible damaging effects of racial discrimination by teachers or fellow students, according to a study published in the journal Child Development.

Our findings challenge the notion that ‘race blindness’ is a universally ideal parenting approach, especially since previous research has shown that racially conscious parenting strategies at either extreme—either ‘race blindness’ or promoting mistrust of other races—are associated with negative outcomes for African American youth,” says lead author Ming-Te Wang, assistant professor of psychology in education at the University of Pittsburgh, who coauthored the study with Harvard University’s James P. Huguley.

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Film explores African-Americans’ unhealthy “soul food” habit

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013


(Reuters) – After interviewing food historians, scholars, cooks, doctors, activists and consumers for his new film "Soul Food Junkies," filmmaker Byron Hurt concluded that an addiction to soul food is killing African-Americans at an alarming rate.

The movie, which will premiere on January 14 on U.S. public broadcasting television, examines how black cultural identity is linked to high-calorie, high-fat food such as fried chicken and barbecued ribs and how eating habits may be changing.

In the deeply personal film, Hurt details his father's fight and eventual death from pancreatic cancer. A high-fat diet is a risk factor for the illness, according to researchers at Duke University in North Carolina.

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Hair care before exercise for some African American women

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012


(Examiner) A new study released in the Archives ofDermatology on Monday, December 17, reveals that hair care may be more important than exercise for some African Americanwomen.

Rebecca R. Hall, MD, Shani Francis, MD, MBA, Melicia Whitt-Glover, PhD, Kismet Loftin-Bell, MS, Katrina Swett, MS and Amy J. McMichael, MD set out to find the influence hairstyle maintenance has over exercise behavior in African American women.

The results, are not surprising, as a great deal of time, money and effort is involved in ethnic hair care. Of the 103 African American women aged 21-60 who completed the study’s questionnaire, 37.9% avoids exercise due to hair-related issues, whereas, 50% have modified their hairstyles to accommodate their workout routine.

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