Posts Tagged ‘African American’

Survey: Among black, Hispanic Americans, complexity reigns on abortion issue

Monday, July 30th, 2012


(CNN) A large majority of black and Hispanic Americans identify as both “pro-life” and “pro-choice” when it comes to abortion, according to a survey released Thursday. The poll finds that both minority groups are more likely than Americans in general to embrace or to reject both labels.

Large majorities of African-Americans identify both as “pro-life” (71%) and “pro-choice” (75%), according to a Public Religion Research Institute survey released Thursday. Hispanic Americans harbor similarly complex views on abortion, with 77% identifying as “pro-life” and 72% calling themselves as “pro-choice.”

The survey found that 52% of black Americans and 47% of Hispanic Americans acknowledge that they embrace or reject both labels, proportions that are higher than those for Americans overall. Thirty seven percent of all Americans embrace both labels or neither label.

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George Jefferson, African American Sit-com Star Dies, Age 74

Friday, July 27th, 2012

(Moderate Voice) Sherman Hemsley, known to many for his starring role on The Jeffersons has died at 74, and is remembered by many as the peevish, nervous, reactive funny man playing George Jefferson, a ‘movin’ on up’ patriarch of a newly affluent black family who also, much like Ralph Cramden of The Honeymooners, was a sometimes schemer. In the sit-com, George owned a dry cleaning business, lived in a highrise New York luxury apartment with his wife, Louise (Wheezy)… and an assortment of lovably weird neighbors. They had a son named Lionel. The Jeffersons (irnonically named now that we know more about Thomas Jefferson’s actual love interest) ran from 1975 to 1985, a good long run for a comedy show. Later the Philly born Helmsley guest starred in other series.

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Training Black Women to Have It All

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012


(The Root) According to theExecutive Leadership Council, an organization focused on increasing the number of African Americans at the senior level in Fortune 500 companies and on corporate boards, the numbers are grave: Of the more than 35,000 senior-executive positions either at the CEO level or those one or two levels below CEO within Fortune 500 companies, it is estimated that only 3.2 percent – or fewer than 800 – are black.

And when it comes to CEOs themselves, just six in the country are African American — and only one of those, Ursula Burns of Xerox, is a woman.

Laysha Ward, board chair of Executive Leadership Foundation, says that the statistics "definitely can change, they must change and they will change." The Root caught up with her after the ELC's ninth annual Women's Leadership Forum and Black Women on Power discussion series, an event that offers leadership-development opportunities to its 200 high-potential African-American female members with the explicit goal of increasing their ranks in high-level positions in corporate America.

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African American Mental Health Services A Concern In California, Study Says

Saturday, July 21st, 2012


(Huffington Post) African Americans across the state have concerns that their mental health assessment and diagnoses are inadequate, according to a state-commissioned reportissued today.

These inaccurate psychiatric assessments are a “part of the problem that leads to disparate outcomes,” the report said.

“People felt like they did not have a good assessment (from their provider) to understand what their particular issues are,” said V. Diane Woods,the founding president of the African American Health Institute of San Bernardino County and primary author of the study. “And if you are not getting a good assessment, you are not getting a good plan or care, and it increases the probability that you will be placed on the wrong medication.”

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Retailer’s decision to drop The Blind Side upsets Christian faithful

Friday, July 20th, 2012

(The Guardian) A US retail chain that sells Christian products has come under fire for pulling the Oscar-winning film The Blind Side from shelves, two years after it arrived on home video, because of profanity and the use of a racial slur.

Critics – many of them also religiously-minded – say LifeWay is sending the message that Christians "must be sheltered from the world's realities", after it refused to stock copies of the John Lee Hancock film. Ironically, the Blind Side's $300m (£192m) box office success in 2009 was largely credited to Christian filmgoers: the drama, which stars Sandra Bullock in an Academy award-winning role, centres on a white evangelical family in the US bible belt that adopts a struggling African American teenager from the Memphis ghetto and sees him blossom into a star college football player. It is based on the real life story of Michael Oher, now anNFL professional for the Baltimore Ravens, and the Tuohy family which took him in.

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African American women contributed significantly in the Civil War

Thursday, July 19th, 2012


( While it is estimated that there were perhaps four hundred or so women soldiers in theCivil War, there are also instances of several black women soldiers.

A Winchester, Virginia lady, Lizzie Hoffman, reportedly enlisted in the 45th U.S. Colored Infantry. She was the only black regiment from western Virginia (now West Virginia). Lizzie was arrested along with her entire company while they were sailing aboard a steamer. She was sent finally to the Central Guard House in Washington where she was found out to be a woman and was ordered to put on a dress.

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Study: Blacks and Hispanics pay 3 percent more for homes

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012


(Washington Post) Wells Fargo has agreed to pay at least $175 million to settle federal accusations that it had discriminated against Hispanic and black homebuyers, charging them higher mortgage rates. And new research may corroborate the Justice Department’s belief that there’s systemic discrimination in the housing market: A paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that black and Hispanic homebuyers pay more for their homes, irregardless of their income, wealth, and credit profiles.


Researchers examined 2 million housing sales in four different cities and found that black and Hispanic homebuyers pay about 3 percent more than white homebuyers.

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Wells Fargo to pay $175m over racist lending

Friday, July 13th, 2012


(RTE News) The bank is accused of engaging "in a pattern or practice of discrimination against qualified African-American and Hispanic borrowers in its mortgage lending from 2004 through 2009."

Customers were also steered toward riskier sub-prime loans, while their white peers received standard loan terms, the Justice Department said.

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Unemployment rises among black Americans, figures show

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012


(The Guardian) One of the most jarring figures in the labour statistics is a rise in unemployment among African Americans, from 13.6% to 14.4%, double the rate for the white population.

The proportion of white Americans out of work was static at 7.4%, and while the jobless rate for Latinos remained high at 11%, it too was unchanged from May.

Algernon Austin, the director of the race, ethnicity and economy programme at the Economic Policy Institute, said the figure for black Americans had been hovering at or above 14% for the past three years, even with a 'recovery' supposedly under way. "It is an extremely high rate to be stuck at," Austin said. "That is the really important news."

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Childhood abuse linked to adult obesity in black women, study says

Saturday, July 7th, 2012


(Chicago Tribune) Higher levels of childhood physical or sexual abuse are associated with an increased risk for obesity among adult African American women, researchers said.

It was the first study to look at a large group of African American women for this association, which has been found among women in previous studies, the researchers from Boston University said in the August issue of the journal Pediatrics.

The association was “modest, statistically significant” for women who reported severe abuse early in life. And the researchers note that caregivers could take this into account when working with children to prevent obesity.

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