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Yes, mental illness affects ‘us’

Yes, mental illness affects ‘us’

On Monday, Sept. 16, the news was shocking: A contract employee who worked at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., later identified as Aaron Alexis, killed 12 innocent people in the facility before he w

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  • Written by George Curry

Can African-American women do better than Hillary

Can African-American women do better than Hillary

It might be appropriate to preface this with the fact that I'm a dude injecting myself into what boils down to a woman's decision at the polls. But it's still a peculiar and necessary question that we should keep asking from now through 2016: Why should African-American women support Hillary Clinton for president?

The answer probably depends on how the question is viewed. Some sisters might actually consider it pointless, given the power of the former secretary of state's political brand – and given that many still see her as Bill's wife. Recall that in 2007 – even after that young, less-grayed, charismatic black Illinois senator took to a Springfield stage – Hillary was their "girl." An October 2007 poll showed her easily surpassing Obama with 68 percent support from black female voters.

Who in their right black mind would believe that a brother with a name as bizarre and non-Anglicized as "Barack Obama" had even the fringe of a national poll's chance to win? Ferocious internal debates with family members ensued. It wasn't until that fateful, history-twisting Iowa caucus that black folks suddenly stopped viewing Obama as merely Dennis Haysbert's stunt double in 24.

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Please, stop assuming all blacks are Christian

Please, stop assuming all blacks are Christian

"I'm so frustrated. Just because I'm black/African American doesn't mean I'm Christian. I was raised in a home where we attended church, but during college I decided to officially call myself an atheist. Yet other black people are constantly assuming that I have a 'church home' or saying they will pray for me or telling me to pray about something – it's like they have never met someone my color who isn't 'saved' before. It's such an assumption, and white people aren't treated the same way. How can I tell the world to stop making this assumption about me without offending and encourage people to think before they put their belief systems on others?'

– Annoyed Atheist

I'm not surprised to hear that you.re having this experience. After all, according to a Pew poll, black Americans are more likely than members of any other racial or ethnic group in the country to report a formal religious affiliation.

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Are the Walmart prices worth it?

Are the Walmart prices worth it?

If you don't know about it, there is an ongoing fight between Walmart and the union movement.

The political battle being played out in Washington, D.C. is over the "living wage bill." But that is just the latest ploy in a longer war in years to come between the retail giant and America's primarily-black, Democratic-and-union-controlled urban enclaves.

The retail behemoth won its game of chicken with the D.C. City Council over a living wage bill it had passed requiring large retailers operating in the District to pay its workers a "living wage" minimum of $12.50 an hour (minimum wage in D.C. is $8.25 an hour).

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10 percent of Americans like Congress: Are they nuts?

10 percent of Americans like Congress: Are they nuts?

(CNN) – Our Congress sucks. This is truly one of the few things we agree on. In fact, a new CNN poll released earlier this week found that Congress has only a 10 percent approval rating.

When you think that 10 percent of Americans believe Congress is doing a good job, you have to ask yourself one question: Who are these people?! (Imagine this asked with true Jerry Seinfeld-esque exasperation.)

Congress is so dysfunctional that dictators in other countries are probably pointing at it as an example of why you should never have a democracy.

Yet, somehow, about 30 million Americans are looking at what Congress is doing and thinking: "I like what I see."

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  • Written by Dean Obeidallah/CNN

Black federal workers bear brunt of government shutdown

Black federal workers bear brunt of government shutdown

Arnetta is a 40-something African-American woman living in the nation's capital who's been working about seven years on what folks sometimes call "a good government job."

"I'm a project manager with a leading science agency," the single professional said, noting the excellent benefits and a "high pay grade," thanks to a college degree and experience.

But like so many federal workers across the country, she is understandably frustrated by the Congressional budget impasse that has led to America's first government shutdown in 17 years.

The latest gridlock on Capitol Hill stems from a small band of House and Senate Republicans who have used the latest budget process to try to defund the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, which launched Tuesday.

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Black men in pain need our help

Black men in pain need our help

"I was suicidal in college," a Harry Potter-looking hipster recently told me. The young man's words stunned me. It wasn't his age or gender or style that took me by surprise. It was because he's black.

Even though suicide is the third leading cause of death for black males ages 10 to 24, I had no immediate image, no ready reference for a young black man hurting so bad he wanted to die or for a black man so sick he was driven to kill.

The recent mass shooting by Aaron Alexis at the Washington Navy Yard was horrific and tragic. It made me think about the interior lives of black men – about how little anyone knows how black men feel when they're in agony or depression.

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  • Written by Michaela Angela Davis/Special to CNN

5 ways Obamacare benefits African-American women

5 ways Obamacare benefits African-American women

For the last few weeks, America has been told to brace itself for what is being billed as one of the biggest threats to hit the country in years: the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

A brief overview of some recent fearmongering headlines: "Obamacare Is Really, Really Bad for You, Especially If You're Young," "Sorry, Mr. President, There Is 'Serious Evidence' Obamacare Is Bad for Economic Growth" and "Obamacare – What's Already Gone Wrong."

But despite the scary headlines, there are some serious benefits to the new law, particularly for those in communities of color. The effects that the Affordable Care Act will have on African-American women are particularly noteworthy. Below is a list of five ways Obamacare significantly benefits black women.

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