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Serenity of a Woman

Dallas County had the highest per capita female murder rate amongst domestic violence cases, according to a study from the Texas Council of Family Violence in 2014.

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Kevin Kirksey: Redesigning the casual sports shirt

Designer Kevin Kirksey is on a mission to become the first to redesign the polo shirt and first African American with his own leisure sports design. He calls the shirt “the Kevin Kirksey Double Collar Shirt.”

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Identifying unknown ancestry that influences breast cancer risk

Genetic testing of mitochondrial DNA could reveal otherwise unknown ancestry that can influence a person’s risk for certain types of breast cancer, a new study finds.

Prostate cancer and the PSA controversy

“Don’t get the PSA-cancer screening test,” a U.S. expert panel says. “Do get it,” many urologists and patient advocates say. What’s a man supposed to do?

American dream overshadowed by ‘Days Of Dread’ for African Americans

In all of my days as a Black female in America – and I have been here a long time – did I ever think that I would be here in this country during “Days of Dread.” By now, every American, Black and any other racial destiny, should be aware that there is a quiet, non-verbally declared war going on in these United States of America between the police of various cities and minority citizens, especially male citizens, and age is not a determinant.

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Groups urge CFPB to get debt collection regulation right

When it comes to consumer complaints on credit and lending, debt collection generates more criticism than any other industry. This $13 billion industry makes profits by pursuing at least 77 million consumers each year. Many of the aggressive tactics used are for debts that are not owed, others that are too old to collect, or debts entirely owed by another consumer.

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Ask the candidates: How will you protect democracy?

“Before enacting that law, the legislature requested data on the use, by race, of a number of voting practices. Upon receipt of the race data, the General Assembly enacted legislation that restricted voting and registration in five different ways, all of which disproportionately affected African Americans. Although the new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision, they constitute inapt remedies for the problems assertedly justifying them and, in fact, impose cures for problems that did not exist.” – U.S. 4th Circuit Court of

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When a people mourn – a time to be heard

It has been rough these last few weeks for African Americans.

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I’ve been fighting for this day for 15 years

This is the unvarnished truth.

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Changing America’s narrative: The National Museum of African American History and Culture

“In the shadow of the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the King Memorial, and the front yard of the Washington Monument, like a phoenix, our museum will rise … Believe me, if we can build a museum … there’s nothing that you can’t do. There’s nothing you can’t reach. There’s nothing you can’t teach, but it begins with the vision, and it begins with a vision that maybe nobody else can see.” – Rex M. Ellis, associate director for curatorial affairs, National Museum of African American History and Culture

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New standards improve childcare quality, safety

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s Administration for Children and Families announced on Sept. 23 new quality and safety standards aimed at providing for higher quality care and safer environments for millions of children, including our youngest learners.

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Memorial confronts South’s troubled history

Southern states have long welcomed tourists retracing the footsteps of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others who opposed segregation. Now the Alabama city that was the first capital of the Confederacy is set to become home to a privately funded museum and monument that could make some visitors wince: a memorial to Black lynching victims.

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AALI: Disparities in the community, bridging the gaps

Through the use of the World Wide Web, African Americans have been having a broader national conversation about the issues that affect the Black community at a disproportionate rate – economically, legally, socially, politically, educationally, medically, etc. The African American Leadership Institute, launched in June, held a Fall Summit to address those disparities and how to help bridge those gaps.

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Monday Night Politics: Forum focuses on the Dallas County court of law

Monday Night Politics: Meet the Candidates, presented by The Dallas Examiner, held its second political forum Sept. 19 at the African American Museum in Fair Park with several candidates seeking the office of judges in the Dallas County court of law. The forum began with candidates vying for the 162nd Judicial District – once occupied by the late Judge Phyllis Lister Brown. Candidates in the running were Judge Maricela Moore and Gregory Gorman.

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HBCUs: A national call for peace, unity

“We, the undersigned Presidents of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities … remain brokenhearted over the recent events that have taken place in Baton Rouge, LA, St. Paul, MN, and Dallas, TX. Our thoughts and prayers are with the impacted communities at large and the families who have lost their loved ones.

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Black Americans should eat less salt

The average American consumes nearly 3,400 mg of sodium per day; the recommendation from the American Heart Association is 1,500 mg per day. When there’s extra sodium in your bloodstream, it pulls water into your blood vessels, increasing the total amount, or volume, of blood inside your blood vessels. With more blood flowing through your blood vessels, your blood pressure increases. It’s like turning up the water supply to a garden hose – the pressure in the hose increases as more water is blasted through it.

‘Ban the Box’ helps ex-offenders succeed, community grow

More than 700,000 Americans are released from prison each year. We expect them to re-enter society and be law-abiding, but we make it extremely difficult for anyone who has served time to ever become gainfully employed, even though they have paid their debt to society. A barrier that needs to be removed is that box on standard job applications that asks, “Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?”

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Calling on God in time of trouble, great sorrow

Last week in Columbus, Ohio, a young teen – 13 years old – was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer. The little boy (as I will call him) was allegedly involved in an armed robbery. Police were called, and he and two of his friends ran. This child apparently had a BB gun, which looked remarkably real. Police say the child pulled the gun from his waistband and they shot him multiple times.

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Republican Party rejects African American voters

Are Black voters so loyal to Democrats that their issues are ignored? Donald Trump suggests as much, arguing that Blacks had “nothing to lose” by voting for him. Now a column by Farai Chideya at FiveThirtyEight cites academics that make a similar argument.

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The urgency of now: Building our economy

Adam Clayton Powell’s famous 1967 speech, What’s in Your Hand?, pointed out a very important and relevant truth that still applies today. He said, “You’ve got in your hand the power to use your vote and to use even those ‘few cents’ you get from welfare, to spend them only where you want to spend them.”

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