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Heart Failure in the Black Community: What African-Americans Need to Know

The liver can regenerate. A lost arm or leg can be replaced with a man-made prosthetic. But the heart cannot be so easily fixed. Heart cells do not regenerate or repair themselves. And while...
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How School Dress Codes Unfairly Target Black Girls

Imagine this scenario: Your daughter plans to wear a traditional African outfit to school to celebrate Black History Month. Her planned ensemble includes an African dress and a traditional headwrap called a “gele.” On...
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Are the ‘Best Cities’ In America Truly Best for Everyone?

Owning a home has long been considered a key part of the American dream. But a home’s value can vary based on its location. As such, buyers and renters are always seeking guidance about...
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Why are Black Women Suffering from PTSD?

When post-traumatic stress disorder is discussed, images of broken, injured soldiers returning from combat frequently come to mind. But PTSD is not limited to the military.  According to the American Psychological Association, “PTSD does...
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Women’s Empowerment Was a Big Deal In African Societies, Before Christianity and Islam

Oftentimes when people learn of the status of women in ancient Egyptian society they are perplexed by the amount of human rights women enjoyed in a civilization that existed so far back in history. On...
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Why Are Black Children Committing Suicide?

For years, most thought that suicide was not a serious problem in the African-American community. Indeed, overall, the total suicide rate for African-Americans is half the rate of whites. However, this low rate is...

How Racism Causes Child Birth to be a Death Sentence for Black Mothers

The birth of a baby is usually a joyous occasion for the entire family. New parents spend months carefully picking out furniture, toys, books, and clothes for the infant. Family and friends throw baby...
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Most States Failed to Cover 10 Topics Recommended to Provide Students a Clear Understanding...

Black History Month is an annual opportunity to reflect on the significant contributions that people of African descent have made to American culture and history. In February, children of all races are encouraged to...
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Why the Global Perception of Africa Should Matter to African-Americans

Africa: Motherland of Misconceptions Africa: Our Motherland, Our Misconceptions One three centuries removed From the scenes his fathers loved, Spicy grove, cinnamon tree, What is Africa to me — “Heritage” by Countee Cullen Although Harlem Renaissance poet Countee Cullen wrote “Heritage”...
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Why Are Schools Serving Predominately Black Students More Often Marked As ‘Failing’?

Headline after headline proclaims the news: America’s students attend “failing” schools. Government data supports the conclusion. Parents agree. On this issue, liberals and conservatives are united in their dismay. The concern seems warranted because...

In the Age of Trump, Is the Partnership Between Blacks and ‘White Allies’ Dead?

The election of Donald Trump ushered in an era of heightened racial anxiety. His election triggered an immediate wave of violence against African-Americans and other nonwhites. The rise in racially motivated hate crimes has...
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Betsy DeVos Wants to Gut Department That Investigates Civil Rights Violations In Schools

  As the federal agency responsible for overseeing education from kindergarten through college, the policies adopted by the United States Department of Education have a major impact on the lives of American students. But in...
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Keeping Up with the Obamas

From the moment they walked onto the stage in Chicago’s Grant Park on November 4, 2008, as the new first family in waiting, the Obamas captivated the American imagination. Over the next eight years,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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...

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