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Traditional parental roles and the grind of change

Traditional parental roles and the grind of change
A cache of new research from the Pew Center paints a picture of the modern American family – a picture in which the historically rigid roles and responsibilities of moms and dads are meeting in the middle.
 
But that picture has always been a bit different for African-American moms and dads, and the ways this cultural shift is unfolding reflects those differences.
 
“As such roles change, African Americans are included too,” says George Garrow Jr., executive director of Concerned Black Men. The nonprofit seeks to uplift children and families by building African-American male role models.

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African-American workers stuck in poverty wages

African-American workers stuck in poverty wages
WASHINGTON – As fast food and retail workers continue to march for higher wages, a new study by the Economic Policy Institute revealed that African Americans are more likely to earn poverty wages than whites.
 
EPI released the “Raising America’s Pay” study in conjunction with the launch of a new research initiative focused on “broad-based wage growth as the central economic challenge of our time – essential to alleviating inequality, expanding the middle class, reducing poverty, generating shared prosperity, and sustaining economic growth.”
 
During a panel discussion about the new project, Valerie Wilson, director of EPI’s program on race, ethnicity, and the economy, said that over the last 30 years, wage growth has been far below productivity growth, for a lot of workers, regardless of race, ethnicity or gender.

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Black identity and racism collide in Brazil

 Black identity and racism collide in Brazil
Before teams representing their countries from around the world arrived in Brazil, the country’s president, Dilma Rousseff, took the opportunity to label 2014 the “anti-racism World Cup.”
 
The declaration came after a wave of racist incidents in soccer around the world targeting black players, many of whom are Brazilian. While it’s a well-intentioned gesture and a particularly important one for a World Cup being hosted in the country that’s home to the largest population of people of African descent outside of Africa, Brazil has a complex past and present when it comes to race.
 
That complexity can perhaps best be illustrated by the fact that many black Brazilians don’t think of themselves as black. Brazilian soccer star Neymar is a great example. Asked during an interview in 2010 if he had ever experienced racism, his response was, “Never.” He added, “Not inside nor outside of the soccer field. Even more because I’m not black, right?”

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Signs of conflict rise in Cohen-Wilkins race

Signs of conflict rise in Cohen-Wilkins race
Challenger Ricky Wilkins says four-term incumbent Steve Cohen “needs to get serious and focus on what’s important” in their race for Tennessee’s 9th congressional district seat.
 
Wilkins statement came in response to Cohen’s campaign filing a complaint to the Federal Election Commission citing Wilkins for incorrect signage for his campaign, which opened its headquarters last Saturday (June 14th) at 3412-14 Poplar.
 
Cohen’s letter to the FEC asserts that, “Ricky Wilkins’ yard signs completely fail to disclose that the communication has been paid for by the authorized political committee. There is no disclaimer on the yard signs.”

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  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Category: Original

New Freedmen’s Bureau Records available for Juneteenth celebration

New Freedmen’s Bureau Records available for Juneteenth celebration
In recognition of Juneteenth, FamilySearch announces the online publication of additional Freedmen’s Bureau records – popular historic sources for those doing African American research that extends back to the Civil War period when slavery was abolished in the United States.
 
Juneteenth, which commemorates the abolition of slavery, begins June 19, with some celebrations extending an entire month. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, enforcing the freeing of the slaves. The celebration of Juneteenth (Emancipation Day) began in the streets of Galveston by the former slaves and is now celebrated throughout the nation every year on the same date by millions of people.  

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A cancer challenge for NY Times’ Dean

A cancer challenge for NY Times’ Dean
 
A malignant tumor was removed from the kidney of New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet over the weekend, reports Politico.
 
In a memo to his staff, Baquet shared that, “I had minimally invasive, completely successful surgery on Saturday and my doctors have given me an excellent prognosis. I will be out of the office for about a week while I mend.”
 
Here is the full memo:

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