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Spanking

To Hit or Not to Hit: Spanking in the African-American Community

For decades, spanking has created controversy among parents, pediatricians, and researchers. Since the 1970s, researchers have repeatedly cautioned that spanking has little if any benefit to children. Despite the dire warnings from professionals, parents...
Public Accommodations

Could a Ruling In Favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop Have an Impact on Legal Race-Based...

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Masterpiece Cakeshop was sued by a gay couple after refusing to bake a cake for their wedding. A ruling for the...
felony disenfranchisement

No Money, No Vote: How Imposed Fines, Fees and Cost Keep Black People From...

When a person leaves jail/prison, it is often said that he or she has “paid their debt to society.” But for many ex-offenders, the debt grows even after prison ends. In addition to jail...
Blacks on TV

Is the Black Community Ashamed to See Poor African-Americans on TV?

Television is experiencing a “New Golden Age.”  Television dramas and comedies are earning high praise for their daring and creativity. Though television still needs more diversity, actors and shows by African American creators have...
Smoking Cigarettes

No Ifs, Ands, or Butts: Black People Shouldn’t Smoke

Former President Barack Obama is one of the most admired men in the world. However, there is one thing about him that is not admirable: his smoking habit. Although the president reportedly has kicked the...
ADHD Illness

Are Black People Giving ADHD Enough Attention?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can create emotional, social, and educational problems for children with the disorder. ADHD often leaves African-American parents of affected children fighting many battles simultaneously. On one front, the parents of...
Voting

Why Local Elections Should Matter to Black Voters

“All politics is local” – Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, Speaker of the House, 1977-1987 On Tuesday, November 7, across the country there will be elections that will decide the quality of daily life for many Americans....
identity politics

The Truest Form of Identity Politics Belongs to White America

“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” — quote from Toni Morrison, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist Recently, the killing of four U.S. soldiers in Niger made headlines. The story then became...
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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