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Misty Copeland has been promoted to principal dance at America Ballet Theatre

On Her Toes

  Misty Copeland named Principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre On her toes. Ballerina Misty Copeland has been promoted to principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre, making her the first African-American woman to hold the position with the New York-based company. American Ballet on Tuesday named Copeland principal dancer along with Stella Abrera of South Pasadena, California. Copeland, who […]

Presiding Bishop-elect Michael Curry will lead the Episcopal Church.
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Black Leader of Ruling-Class Church

  Michael Bruce Curry is scheduled to take office November 1.   By Frederick H. Lowe Michael Bruce Curry, the first African-American Presiding Bishop-Elect of the Episcopal Church, articulated in a pithy manner what it may be like to lead a mostly white and very wealthy congregation. “It’ll be interesting to see what terms get used about me. Let’s wait […]

Unemployment rates by race in June 2015

Joblessness Drops

  Black unemployment rate is still much higher than that other racial and ethnic groups The black unemployment rate dropped to 9.5% in June, down from 10.2% in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today, July 2. BLS reported, however, the labor force declined by 432,000 in June, following a drop of a similar magnitude in May. In […]

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Arts News

What Oscar Wants

  Motion Pictures by Frederick H. Lowe After last year’s Academy Awards television broadcast wasn’t nominated for an award because of its lack of diversity and low ratings, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, announced Thursday that a more diverse group of artists and executives have been invited to become members of the […]

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson
Mental Health News

Mental Illness Leads to Jail for Blacks

  Mental Illness Federal legislation introduced to change the way the country treats mental illness by Burney Simpson WASHINGTON—Misdiagnosis and mistreatment of mental health disorders in African Americans contribute to high rates of incarceration and recidivism, an issue that has led a bipartisan group in the U.S. House to introduce a bill designed to reform the way the country treats […]

States that have not adopted Medicaid Expansion.
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Ruling Doesn’t Expand Medicaid

  Medicaid Expansion Deep south states have refused to provide Medicaid Expansion   By Frederick H. Lowe Last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the landmark Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, does not affect Medicaid expansion that would provide health-care coverage to the nation’s poorest citizens, many of  whom are African American and live in the Deep South, because an […]

Any added sugar can make diabetes worse.
Mental Health

Added Sugar Is Bad for Diabetes

Black men suffer from high rates of diabetes (HealthDay News) — High-fructose corn syrup has long been portrayed as a major villain in the American diet. But a new school of thought contends that plain old table sugar or even all-natural honey can be just as harmful to a person’s health. Any source of excess sugar contributes to obesity and […]

U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all states.
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Black LGBTQ Community Celebrates

  LGBTQ Celebration is tempered by deadly shootings in Charleston   By Frederick H. Lowe The National Black Justice Coalition, a Washington, D.C.-based civil rights organization dedicated to empowering black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, celebrated Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriages in all 50 states, but the organization’s joy was tempered by the shooting deaths of […]