Stories from the latest issue:

African Americans turn out in large numbers in national elections but not in the all-important local elections.

Black Voter Victory

Voting Rights   Appeals court blocks restrictive voter photo ID law in Texas By Frederick H. Lowe In a major victory for African-American voters in Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled that the Lone Star State’s restrictive photo ID law —the strictest in country — violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The […]

Scene of Detention
News Wrongful Convictions

Scene of Detention

  Chicago police held mostly blacks at a secret jail location In the 1981 movie “Prince of the City,” an undercover narcotics detective asks a Mafia guy if one the criminal organization’s members is involved in a high-profile New York crime. The “made” man is clearly offended by the question. “What’s the matter? Don’t you have enough niggers to lock […]

Racial Bias may Lower Benefits of Economic Status

Racial Bias may Lower Benefits of Economic Status

  By Jessica Martin Washington University in St. Louis Racial discrimination could lessen the mental-health benefits usually associated with better socio-economic position for African-American men, a new study finds. “Individuals who have greater economic resources generally report better health, including lower prevalence of mental disorders,” says Darrell L. Hudson, assistant professor of public health at the Brown School at Washington […]

"Racial and ethnic disparities in quality of care have long been documented in nursing homes," says Yue Li.  "This study shows that recent regulatory, financial, and market driven changes have resulted in an improvement not only in homes with higher numbers of minorities, but across the board." (Credit: iStockPhoto)

Racial Gap at Nursing Homes Narrows, but Remains

  Health By Mark Michaud University of Rochester While some disparities remain, the quality of care in nursing homes with more racial and ethnic minority residents has improved. The progress may be linked to increases in Medicaid payments, researchers say. “Racial and ethnic disparities in quality of care have long been documented in nursing homes,” says Yue Li, associate professor […]

Michael Brown
Civil Rights Health

He Lives

  #Black Lives Matter Michael Brown and #Black Lives Matter Movement. He was shot to death nearly a year ago.   By Frederick H. Lowe Nearly a year ago, an unarmed Michael Brown was shot to death by Darren Wilson, a white cop, but Brown’s death hasn’t been forgotten even though Wilson has been cleared by state and federal officials […]

Police crime scene

Deadly July

  Police Shootings Police deadly shootings accelerate Police killed 123 people in July and 682 so far this year, according to the website Killed by Police 2015. The number of people killed in July by police is much higher than June’s death rate of 80, according to the website. Samuel Dubose was shot to death July 19th by University of […]

Black women who work nights are at high risk of developing diabetes.
Health News

How Does Working Nights Raise Diabetes Risk?

  Diabetes By Lisa Chedekel Boston University African-American women who work night shifts are significantly more likely to develop diabetes than those who have never worked nights. The cause may be sleep cycle disruptions, say the authors of a new study in the journal Diabetologia. The researchers found that the risk of diabetes increased as women spent more years working […]

Black workers
Black Workers Jobs

Fatter Wallets

  Black Workers A federal minimum wage increase to $12 an hour would lift black workers Black workers would benefit significantly if the federal minimum wage is raised, according to a report issued by the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. “One third of black and Hispanic workers would receive a raise if the minimum wage is raised […]


Drinking Sugary Beverages Isn’t So Sweet

  Health They cause obesity and diabetes African-American men are large daily consumers of sugar-sweetened beverages, including juices and soft drinks that cause obesity, diabetes and heart disease, according to a report published by Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report, titled “Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption among Adults — 18 States, 2012,” surveyed 115,291 adults. It found that 20.9% of African […]