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Extra time for some to finish health care enrollment

healthcare 600The Obama administration has announced that extra time will be granted after the March 31 deadline for consumers to complete enrollment in an insurance plan under the health care law, the Associated Press reports.

"We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment, either online or over the phone," Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright told AP.

Officials told AP that extensions will be allowed on the honor system, requiring only that applicants attest that special circumstances or complex cases prevented them from finishing their enrollment by March 31.

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Publishers Charles Tisdale and M. Paul Redd honored by former peers

publisher 600WASHINGTON – Two legendary publishers – Charles Tisdale of the Jackson Advocate in Mississippi and M. Paul Redd Sr. of the Westchester County Press in New York – have been posthumously inducted into National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation's Distinguished Black Publishers' Enshrinement.

They were honored here last week during Black Press Week's annual observance. The ceremony is reserved for stalwart publishers who have significantly contributed to the legacy of the Black Press.

Benjamin Todd Jealous, former executive director of the NNPA Foundation and immediate past president of the NAACP, gave remarks about each honoree.

 

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Nielsen announces external affairs appointments

nielson 600(BlackNews.com) – Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, has expanded roles of Cheryl Pearson-McNeil to senior vice president, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, and Don Lowery to senior vice president, Government Affairs.

Both teams are part of Nielsen's External Affairs group. Pearson-McNeil is a National Newspaper Publishers Association columnist whose columns appear periodically in The New Tri-State Defender.

"I am pleased to announce Cheryl and Don's expanded roles," said Karen Kornbluh, executive vice president External Affairs. "Elevating our presence and enhancing our reputation and influencer relationships with multicultural communities and government officials is vital to our growth and our ability to effectively serve our diverse clients and their needs."

 

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Parents of Hadiya Pendleton ‘still mourning’

mourningparents 600WASHINGTON – After a long day of travelling, then networking on Capitol Hill, Nathaniel and Cleopatra Pendleton returned to their downtown Washington, D.C. hotel and dressed for a dinner in their honor. Later that evening, they shook hands and smiled for photographs as they accepted the 2014 NNPA Newsmaker of the Year Award, an accolade they earned as a result of their work against gun violence in the aftermath of their 15-year-old daughter's death. They shared the honor with the parents of Jordan Davis, a black teen killed in Jacksonville, Fla.

"We are mourning still. We still wake up every day and have to determine what to do, whether what we're doing is right for us," Cleopatra says. "So many people want to see something positive come from this, a lot of people came to us and said we need to do something. They empowered us."

Not as much as the parents have empowered Black America.

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First Lady travels to China and invites young people to participate

FirstLadyChina 600First Lady Michelle Obama, who headed to China on March 19th, continues her official visit this week, with the trip set to conclude on Wednesday.

"Over the past five years as First Lady, I've traveled around the world – to countries like Mexico, India, South Africa, Ireland and others across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America – and China is another important stop on this journey," Mrs. Obama posted on whitehouse.gov. "With more than 1.3 billion people, China is the most populous country on earth, and it plays an important role on the world stage."

Our lives here in America are connected to the lives of people around the world, she said.

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Tracing family’s roots gives a ‘broader sense of self’

GinaPaige 600WASHINGTON– For African Americans, the quest to trace one's origins is fraught with mystery and dead-ends. But with time and a willingness to dig, it's totally feasible – and often rewarding.

"Now that I know or have an idea about my family and genetic past, it gives me a broader sense of self," says James Morgan III, who has been tracing his lineage for the past six years. "To be able to view myself more – not as a one-dimensional person, just American – but as a citizen of the world, of space and time, is something that I think everyone deserves."

Morgan, a New Jersey native, began researching his ancestry in college. But his interest in topic began much earlier.

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Congressmen link with Hip Hop Caucus to change the face of climate change

climate 600(NewsOne) – Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), both members of the Congressional Black Caucus, are hoping to change the face of climate change by educating Black colleges and universities on its detrimental effects on African-American communities, reports The Hill.

The two congressmen are joining the efforts of the Hip Hop Caucus to fight back against a deeply entrenched stereotype that the environment is not an important issue for Black America.

"When you think of environmentalists, people think of, quite frankly, some white person, probably wearing Birkenstocks or something and tying themselves to a tree," Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said Friday during a press call.

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Bias a factor in suspending black students

suspension 600WASHINGTON – A new collection of research shows that despite the myths surrounding black student behavior, poverty and severity of the offense have very little to do with the rate black students are suspended from school.

Rather, the studies point a finger in another direction: the implicit bias perpetrated by school officials.

The Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative, a group of researchers, educators, advocates, and policy analysts funded by the Atlantic Philanthropies and the Open Society Foundations, compiled the research on school discipline.

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Body too toned for Planet Fitness?

tootoned 600Tiffany Austin was just hoping to get back into shape after a car accident and, like so many others, went to her local Richmond, Calif., Planet Fitness in hopes of working it out ... only to be told by an employee that she was "intimidating" others, according to KTVU.

That's right. Austin was allegedly told by one of the branch's staff members that her toned body was intimidating other gymgoers and was asked to put on a baggier gym-issued shirt over her more flattering workout gear.

"We've had some complaints you're intimidating people with your toned body. So can you put on a shirt?" the staffer said, according to the news station. Shrugging it off – although she didn't see the issue with her crop top – Austin amicably agreed to put on a shirt.

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Clicktivism’ moves civil rights forward in a new generation

clicktivism 600Reflections on the historic U.S. civil rights era often conjure up images of the grandeur-scale marches during the 60's era, restaurant sit-ins and civic uprising that played its role in advancing black America and cultivating support. Today, experts say the temperament of black activism is comparable, but takes place in digital spaces where young African-Americans share stories and invoke conversation about their struggles with friends and strangers.

Social media has become the tool of choice for African Americans who are rallying support and a newfound understanding to their causes by spreading messages through their networks and watching them go viral. Twitter, YouTube, and most recently Tumblr, have become a popular springboard for young "activists," even though some reject the label.

Several black students at Harvard University became the most recent topic in the national spotlight with their "I, Too, Am Harvard" campaign. On Tumblr, the students can be seen in photos individually holding boards with various quotes and statements to draw awareness.

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President Obama awards Medal of Honor to 24 overlooked minority veterans

medalsofhonor 600On Tuesday, President Obama awarded 24 minority U.S. soldiers, who collectively served in three of the nation's wars and were never rewarded for their courage, with the Medal of Honor, reports the Associated Press.

Only three of the 24 were alive for President Barack Obama to drape the medals and ribbons around their necks; the others were awarded the honor posthumously.

"Today we have the chance to set the record straight," Obama said. "No nation is perfect, but here in America we confront our imperfections and face a sometimes painful past, including the truth that some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal."

 

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GOP lawmaker: businesses should have right not to serve blacks

GOPLawMaker 600Phil Jensen, a Republican state senator from South Dakota, has raised eyebrows with some of his recent remarks about the rights of businesses to be prejudiced on the issue of race.

According to the Rapid City Journal, Jensen doesn't see a problem with people refusing to serve someone because they're black.

"If someone was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and they were running a little bakery for instance, the majority of us would find it detestable that they refuse to serve blacks, and guess what? In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down because no one is going to patronize them," Jensen told the Journal.

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States shift higher ed costs to families

CharleneCrowell 600As the nation's trillion-dollar student debt continues to rise, a new analysis of public higher education's funding finds dwindling state support is the key factor driving rising tuition costs and deepening student debt. According to Demos, a public policy organization advocating economic opportunity and inclusive democracy, over the last two decades, state support for higher education funding shifted to a new paradigm.

As government support of higher education dwindled, public institutions raised tuition costs to recover those lost funds. These increases occurred at both four-year and two-year public institutions. And in that process, families were handed a larger financial burden to fund their children's college education.

"The shift from a collective funding of higher education to one borne increasingly by individuals has come at the very same time that low-and-middle-income households experienced stagnant or declining household income," the report says.

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