Monday, June 28, 2010

Thin may not be in for African-American women

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Many women today are dissatisfied with their weight, body shape and size, and often strive to be unrealistically thin. A University of Missouri graduate student has found that black women actually differ from white women in their perceptions of the ideal body shape and size.

Rashanta Bledman, a doctoral student in the department of educational, school and counseling psychology in MU's College of Education, examined the cultural ideals of body type for black women, changing the focus from weight and thinness to shape in order to better understand black women's perceptions of attractiveness. Previously, most research has focused primarily on middle to upper class white women and excludes African-American women.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Is the Rush Card good or bad for blacks?

Black households compose 21% of the 10 million Americans that are considered “unbanked”– unable or unwilling to open checking, savings or credit card account. Enter Russel Simmons and the Rush Card. Some say it does more harm than good.

The Rush Card has come under fire as critics question the card’s value to the black community. For example, professor of finance at Syracuse University, Dr. Boyce Watkins, is unimpressed with the purported mission. During an interview with radio program, “The Takeaway”, he stated, “It’s a very interesting sort of idea here. [Simmons is] saying ‘I’m giving everyone access to the American Dream,’ but I never really knew the American Dream consisted of having a piece of plastic that puts people further and further in debt.”

Read more here The Rush Card, good or bad?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Where are the black TV Shows

The broadcast networks have made great strides in recent years by diversifying the faces we see on primetime TV, a momentum that carries into new and returning shows on the 2010-11 schedule.

But it’s a scattershot success. At the moment, the number of scripted, live-action shows on broadcast television with all-black (or predominantly minority, for that matter) casts is exactly zero.

Read more here

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Congress honors slave who built US Capitol Building

Congress honored the slaves who built the US Capitol building by erecting commemorative plaques inside the Capitol in their honor.

The plaques read: "This original exterior wall was constructed between 1793 and 1800 of sandstone quarried by laborers, including enslaved African Americans who were an important part of the workforce that built the United States Capitol."

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Congressman King , " Obama favors black people"

During an appearance on G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show this morning to discuss Arizona’s immigration law, Iowa congressman King suggested President Barack Obama was a racist and “favors the black person” while carrying out his presidential duties.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Black leaders urge swift federal action on poverty

Poverty-stricken minority neighborhoods across America are "zones of pain" in a "state of emergency" that deserve a swift federal response, a group of black leaders that include NAACP President Ben Jealous and Jesse Jackson said during a discussion on economic recovery at the Rainbow/PUSH annual conference Saturday.

Read more here,CST-NWS-push13.article

Friday, June 11, 2010

Rare photo of slave children found in NC attic

RALEIGH, N.C. – A haunting 150-year-old photo found in a North Carolina attic shows a young black child named John, barefoot and wearing ragged clothes, perched on a barrel next to another unidentified young boy.

Art historians believe it's an extremely rare Civil War-era photograph of children who were either slaves at the time or recently emancipated.

Read more about this here

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Innocent black man freed after 16 years in prison

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Biracial child banned from class beacuse of hair care product?????

An eight year-old girl who is the only African American in the advanced placement class has been kicked out of class because of a product she applies to her hair. She has been using the product for over a year and now with the school year almost over the teacher claims to be allergic?