Saturday, October 21, 2017
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Nareissa Smith

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Obesity

Obesity, Hunger: Two Sides of Same Coin in Black Food Deserts

America is in the midst of an obesity crisis.  The most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that nearly 40 percent of American adults and 20 percent of...
black judges

Do Black Judges Matter In the Quest for Equal Justice?

On October 2, 1967, Thurgood Marshall took his seat on the Supreme Court of the United States. Marshall was the first African-American to sit on the Court. In the fifty years since his appointment,...
black workers

Working While Black: Why Emily Gets a Job Over Lakeisha?

*Mary (*not her real name) has a degree from one of the best colleges in the nation and is highly qualified in her field. She has applied to a major government agency in her...
Black Students College Costs

Is the Cost of College Making it a Bad Investment for Black Students?

In 1940 less than two percent of African-Americans graduated from college. By 2016 that number had risen to nearly 30 percent.  That increase should be a sign of success however the financial challenges faced by...
Betsey Devos Sexual Assault

Betsy DeVos’ Rollback of Campus Sexual Assault Rules Puts Black Women at Risk

Each year at this time, college students return to campus, ready for new experiences. While most students’ experiences will include lectures and football games, a few unfortunate students will experience something else: sexual assault. Unwanted...
Skin Lightening

Why Would Anyone Want to Bleach Their Beautiful Black Skin?

When I was a child, the phrases “Black is Beautiful” and “Say it Loud! I’m Black and I’m Proud!” were constants in my household. Though these phrases originated well before I was born, my...
black women

Looking at How Black Women Are Policed in America

Earlier this summer in Bakersfield, California, Tatyana Hargrove, a 19-year-old Black woman, was riding her bicycle to a store to buy a Father’s Day gift. She was stopped on the way home by police...

Policing for Profit: How Civil Forfeiture Is Making a Comeback Under Trump

In July, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would reinstate its civil forfeiture policy. Civil forfeiture allows law enforcement officers to seize the property of those suspected of crimes. This...

Lets Hear it for the Black Mothers Who are Holding Our Communities Together

In 1965, the United States Department of Labor released “The Moynihan Report,” a paper that aimed to explain the causes of poverty in the Black community. Although the author, Assistant Secretary of Labor Daniel...

Black Women in Hollywood are Ready to Take Control of Their Image: Will the...

Hollywood is abuzz about the success of "Girls Trip." The bawdy comedy starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and breakout star Tiffany Haddish is the first movie written by, produced by, directed...
racial segregation

Racial Segregation and How It Impacts the Health of Poor Americans

Home is where the heart is, but it is also where the health is. Last week, researchers at Princeton released a study that found that poor Black neighborhoods produce children (whether Black or not)...

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