Black Health

Haiti Facing One of the Worst Cholera Outbreaks in History

More than half a million people have become ill with the disease and at least 7,000 have died since the outbreak began in October 2010, said Jon Andrus, deputy director of the  Pan American Health Organization . Health providers report about 200 new cases a day. He expects that number to increase when Haiti’s rainy season begins in April. The disease has spread across the island of Hispaniola to Haiti’s neighbor, the  Dominican Republic , which has reported 21,000 cases and 363 deaths from cholera, he said. Haiti’s outbreak “is one of the largest cholera epidemics in modern history to affect a single country,” Andrus said. On Jan. 12, 2010, a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck 16 miles west of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital. The Haitian government estimates 316,000 people died in the quake and the dozens of aftershocks that followed. The earthquake left 1.5 million people homeless, and many people still live in tents in squalid camps around the capital. In February, Haiti’s Health Ministry, with help from Partners in Health, a U.S.-based aid organization, will begin vaccinating 100,000 people in a Port-au-Prince slum and a rural commuity with an oral cholera vaccine, said Louise Ivers, senior health and policy adviser for Partners in Health. Click to read More            

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White Iraq War Veteran Gets Beaten by Black Teens Over Their Use of the N-Word

Iraq War veteran Jim Hardie of Lacey Washington was riding the bus after a day of searching for a job when a group of young black teens seated near him began referring to white women as “white b—-es” and using the N-word. Hardie thought the men were being disrespectful and told the teens, “given the nature of what we’ve gone through with the word ‘n—er,’ it’s not appropriate to loosely throw that word around or refer to white women as white b—-es, and I’d appreciate if they stopped that.” The black teens then attacked Hardie, after which time Hardie exited the bus. Hardie says he did not suffer any major injuries and will not file charges.

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Gawker Blogger Fired for Defaming Kanye West’s Mother With the N-Word

When will white writers learn that using the N-word is just not OK? In fact, it’s offensive. First Rihanna is called a n*ggabitch, and now this.  It all started when Kanye West announced that he was honoring his deceased mother by naming his company after her. Then Gawker blogger Seth Abramovitch turned Kanye West’s company, DONDA, into an acronym for  “Dis Original Nigga Dresses Aight.” This is deplorable on two levels. First Donda West, the much adored mother of Kanye West, is dead. Secondly, that the writer felt that he could just wantonly toss around the N-word and turn it into a joke is disgusting. Here’s the quote: “ You think Tom Ford is full of himself? Kanye West shits Tom Fords for breakfast. Then he irons out the shits into cutting-edge fabrics, and frantically cuts, sews, and laces that fabric through the night and into the morning, until he has produced the most unbelievable clothes — nay, FASHION + ART = FARTSHION! — in the universe. And he calls these clothes DONDA. But he calls all that other stuff DONDA, too! DONDA will be your everything. Just you wait and see. And what is DONDA? It’s an acronym for Dis Original Nigga Dresses Aight.” He’s fired.  

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Rapper Who Lives Near Wiz Khalifa Says He Stole His Song

When an artist in your home state has a song that sounds just like yours, you end up looking just a little bit suspicious.  “Wiz Khalifa  is telling friends there’s a ZERO percent chance he ripped his smash hit “Black and Yellow” from a lesser known song called “Pink N Yellow” … ’cause he’s never EVER listened to the track … this according to sources close to Wiz. We’re told Wiz is adamant he would never jack lyrics from another artist … despite the allegations in a new $2.3 million lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania rapper named Maxamillion. Max claims he copyrighted “Pink N Yellow” in 2008 … three years before Wiz released “Black and Yellow. Click to read more on YourBlackGossip.com      

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Howard University Engineering Students Bring Innovation to Sudan

by Ashley Bayton , Howard University Newsroom WASHINGTON – Four smart and socially conscious engineering students are in Khartoum, Sudan to present at the Knowledge Management Capacity Conference on their grounding-breaking work to bring clean water to a village in Kenya through their work with Engineers Without Borders. Shorma Bianca Bailey, a senior Chemical Engineering major, and the 2011 White House Champion of Change for Women and Girls in STEM recipient is leading the Howard delegation. Bailey is joined by Tena Hunter, Aleah Holt and Kristina Banks as well as faculty advisor John Tharakan, Ph.D. “We are excited about this opportunity to showcase our work and to seek sustainable solutions that utilize appropriate technology,” Bailey said. “We are engineers and our core mission is solve problems. EWB-HU is committed to finding solutions across social, cultural and geographic boundaries.” The team will present their paper titled Investigating the Water Quality and Quantity Issues in Choimim, Kenya. The EWB-HU members have worked on this sustainable water solution for the last three years. Choimim, a rural community of tea and cattle farmers, is about 200 miles from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The people there do not have adequate water and the shortage is dire in the dry season. Click to read

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Charles Barkley: “Weight Watchers is a Scam”

Charles Barkley , the man who is known for putting his foot in his mouth, might be losing some money over his latest remarks.  During a commercial break as he was calling an NBA game for TNT, Barkley was caught referring to  Weight Watchers as a “scam” : Click to read more on JustKhaotic.com      

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Police Report Outlines Atlanta Missing Woman’s Odd Behavior Prior to Disappearance

WSB-TV in Atlanta is reporting that Atlanta police are expanding their investigation of missing Atlanta woman Stacey Nicole English. Investigators are reportedly traveling to St. Louis to interview a man they call a person of interest. Police and canine dogs will also reportedly begin to canvass an area near where the missing woman’s Volvo was found in Southwest Atlanta. In addition, new information is beginning to surface which casts doubt on the missing woman’s emotional stability. A police report obtained by WSB-TV reports that English had been discussing the end of the world prior to her disappearance. It also says that she’d been suicidal.  

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Nielson Report Finds Blacks Don’t Spend More than Whites

One of most repeated criticisms of the African American community is that it spends too much and invests too little. Now the Nielson Company has released a study entitled, “”The State of the African-American Consumer”, outlining the spending habits of African American shoppers. Most striking is that the report estimates the total buying power of African American consumers at 1 trillion dollars. The report also contradicts some commonly held assumptions about African American shoppers, such as the commonly held notion that blacks spend more than whites. Although it is true that blacks shop more than whites, they actually spend less per trip. According to the report, “African-Americans made 165.7 shopping trips per household over the past year, compared with 153 trips for non-African-Americans. However, African-Americans’ average basket ring per household was $37 per trip compared with $45 for non-African-American households. Overall, they spent $6,138 per household per year, vs. $6,883 for non-African-Americans.” In addition, black households made fewer trips per household to grocery stores, supercenters, mass merchandisers and warehouse clubs than non-black households . However, African American households made more trips to convenience stores than non-black households. The report goes on to point out a number of other interesting facts about the African American community, including the fact that the number of African-American households earning $75,000 or more has grown by 63.9 percent in the last decade and percentage of African-Americans attending college or earning a degree has increased to 44 percent for men and 53 percent for women. Read full report HERE .

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Dr. Boyce: America Celebrates New Unemployment Numbers, but It Got Worse for Black People

by Dr. Boyce Watkins Various media outlets are celebrating the fact that November and December were very good months in the battle against chronic unemployment.  This month, overall unemployment dropped from 8.7% to 8.5% and 200,000 jobs were created.  This is a big win for the Obama Administration, which has taken heat for economic problems.  This is the second  straight month where the overall data has gotten better for the US economy as a whole. But one untold story within the numbers is what has happened to black America.  In both November and December, nearly all of the gains in unemployment went to white Americans, with black American unemployment actually getting worse.   According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , black unemployment rose once again from a startling 15.5% to an even worse 15.8%.  This is the second-straight increase, after last month’s increase from 15% to 15.5%. Black women experienced the worst of the unemployment outcomes for this month, with their jobless rate rising from 13% to 13.9%.  Black teens saw their unemployment rate rise from a tragic 36.9% to an even worse 42.1%.   Black males, surprisingly, saw a decline in their unemployment rate (16.4% to 15.7%), but continue to have the worst unemployment rate of any gender/racial category in the country. The racial disparity in unemployment is not the kind of information that will be revealed in “mainstream” media, cable news or network television.  Even MSNBC, the liberal organization that they are, would likely ignore such data because it undermines their desire to paint the Obama Administration in a positive light. Anyone who gave me flack for the piece I wrote about Melissa Harris Perry joining MSNBC would be wise to remember that the network only cares so much about racial inequality. But we must speak to this matter and realize one important, fundamental fact:  The current economic plan is not working for black America, and it has not worked for the last three years.  This is not a direct challenge to the Obama Administration, but they certainly must take responsibility for promoting a racialized version of trick down economics by making it clear that they have never felt compelled to promote targeted economic policy for those hit hardest by the recession. In the last calendar year, white unemployment has dropped from a relatively mild 8.3% to an even rosier 7.5%.  At the same time, black unemployment has risen from a 15.2% to 15.8% today.  When the recession is over, black unemployment will still be worse than white unemployment is right now.  Most hilariously, black people will be expected to cheer for the numbers that currently have white folks rioting in the streets – the same 7.5% that makes Tom Smith furious at President Obama will be fine for Shaniqua Jackson.  This makes no sense and speaks clearly to racial inequality in America. It’s time for a change in policy and time for us to start speaking up.  The media isn’t going to talk for us, so it’s time to demand our own voice.  Also, inequality must be confronted squarely by our political leaders in order for our country to move forward.  If political leaders aren’t acting to removing economic inequality, educational inequality and the effects of mass incarceration, they don’t deserve the African American vote.  This goes for Democrats, Republicans and everything in between – we deserve to feed our families too.    Dr. Boyce Watkins  is a Professor at Syracuse University  and founder of the Your Black World  Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.    

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Yvette Carnell: What ‘Cain’s Solutions Revolution’ Tells Us About Herman Cain

One of the most harrowing aspects of American politics is that all politicians lie, making it  difficult, if not impossible, to pin them down. So when I confronted my conservative friends with the idea that Herman Cain wasn’t a serious candidate and was, instead, just hawkin’ books and pushin’ Islamaphobia as a way of enriching himself, I was rebuffed.  “He’s a serious candidate” they said. “He’s a principled conservative” they ranted. Now, as Cain re-emerges with a “Cain Solutions Revolution” tour, his intentions have been unmasked. His campaign has always been about raising his profile in hopes of winning a coveted FOX show or ratcheting up book sales. And he’s not going to give that up just because his campaign imploded. He’s a hustler. He may as well don a zoot suit, a perm, and pinky ring. “The biggest comment when I ended my candidacy was, ‘Keep 999 alive,’ ” Cain said. “And that’s what this is about. The first solution we’re going to promote actively is ’999: The Revolution.’ ” Whatever. Plans are designed by serious candidates and elected politicians, and if those folks need input from a campaign drop-out, they can call Cain. No one needs a Cain sideshow but Cain. No one benefits from this spectacle but Cain. Cain is now, and has always been, a man out for himself, country be damned. And although his new initiative won’t benefit any of us, it has vindicated some of us. For that, Cain has my gratitude.  

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