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Maya Rhodan

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Single moms do it all ... alone

When Feona Huff, 38, was growing up, she pictured her ideal family.

Black teen birth rate falls 60 percent in 10 years

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the teen birth rate for African Americans has declined by 60 percent between 1991 and 2011 – a rate 10 percent greater than the overall dip in teen birth rates.

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Health centers to help uninsured gain access

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced plans to provide $150 million to community health centers to assist in getting uninsured Americans prepared for the Oct. 1 opening of the Health Care Marketplace.

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Social Security changes could hurt Blacks most

Social Security changes proposed by President Barack Obama could hurt African Americans more than other groups, a new report by the Center for Global Policy Solutions finds.

New guidelines issued to improve cultural competency

The Department of Health and Human Services has updated its standards for cultural competency in health care, hoping to narrow the racial and ethnic health disparities common throughout the United States.

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More interest placed in drug treatment

Although President Obama has yet to declare an end to the 40-year-old war on drugs, he has placed the weight of his office on viewing drug addiction as more than just a criminal justice issue.

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Pell Grant changes slow graduation rates

In many ways, the route Bonita Rex took to college is not unusual. After graduating from high school in 2007, family issues forced her to delay enrolling in college. Two years later, thanks to Pell Grants and an improved family situation, she enrolled in the Community College of Philadelphia with a focus on general studies in cultural science and technology.

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Rand Paul relies on past in hopes of Black votes

Rand Paul, the conservative Republican senator from Kentucky, tried last week to pave the way for Blacks to vote for Republicans in the future by extolling the GOP’s accomplishments of the past.

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Warring with the War on Drugs

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, declared a war on the War on Drugs last week, saying it is time to end the failed public policy.

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Blacks and same-sex marriage

(NNPA) Rev. Amos Brown, pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, and Rev. Anthony Evans, president of the National Black Church Initiative in Washington, D.C., are brothers of the cloth. Though they share a love for Christ and the Bible, they do not share the same views on same-sex marriage, an issue now before the U.S. Supreme Court.