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James David Manning, a Harlem pastor, is making outrageous claims that semen is being put into Starbucks coffee to boost the flavor.

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  • Written by Pastor James David Manning via YouTube.
  • Category: National

White House now turning to girls of color

White House now turning to girls of color

WASHINGTON — The White House is planning to focus on improving the lives of girls and women of color, after months of complaints that they were left out of the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative for young men.

White House aides planned Wednesday to release a report on the work it has done to help minority women and girls. They also plan to meet with advocates Wednesday and create a Working Group on Challenges and Opportunities for Women and Girls of Color, an offshoot of White House Council on Women and Girls, which is chaired by White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

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  • Written by Jesse J. Holland-Associated Press
  • Category: National

HBCU president makes controversial remarks on rape to female students

HBCU president makes controversial remarks on rape to female students

A video posted to YouTube of a speech by Lincoln University President Robert R. Jennings has incited controversy over what some people believe are insensitive comments about rape.

During the speech, Jennings speaks of recent incidents on the college’s campus where women made false rape accusations against male companions who had spurned them after their sexual encounters.

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  • Written by theGrio
  • Category: National

Loss of smell could predict death for elderly

Loss of smell could predict death for elderly

Older adults who’ve lost their sense of smell — namely, the ability to pick up on strong odors like smelly socks or bacon sizzling in a pan — could be at an increased risk of death within five years, according to a study involving more than 3,000 people ages 57 to 85.

The study, which published recently in the science journal PLOS ONE, revealed in a smell test conducted in 2005, that nearly 40 percent of subjects who failed died within five years, compared to a 19 percent death rate within five years for those with moderate smell loss. Ten percent of the test subjects were determined to have a healthy sense of smell.

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  • Written by Dorothy Rowley-NNPA News Service
  • Category: National

Employment outlook for African-American males improving

Employment outlook for African-American males improving


WASHINGTON — Last month’s African-American unemployment rate (10.9 percent) was more than twice the white unemployment rate (4.8 percent), but when it comes to key measures in the labor market, African Americans and Latinos have experienced greater gains than whites over the past year, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

Valerie Wilson, the director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy at EPI, a nonpartisan think tank working to improve economic conditions for low- and middle-income families, said that not only have the unemployment rates for people of color declined faster than the jobless rate for whites over the last year, the labor force participation, the measure of people that have jobs or currently looking for work, has also increased, pulling more people into the labor market.

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  • Written by Freddie Allen-NNPA News Service
  • Category: National

Critics: Former FBI agent was paid $157,000 by Ala. school system to spy on African-American kids

Critics: Former FBI agent was paid $157,000 by Ala. school system to spy on African-American kids

A former FBI agent was paid $157,000 to oversee security efforts at Alabama's Huntsville City Schools, including monitoring the social media activity of students, an effort critics argue was unjustly targeted toward African Americans.

The spying on social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter led to 14 expulsions last school year; 12 of them of African-American students.
According to AL.com, the former FBI agent, Chris McRae, oversees Huntsville schools' Students Against Fear (SAFe) program, and was provided anonymous tips which he then used to go on social media sites to monitor students' accounts to assess the threat level.

 

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr.-The Root
  • Category: National