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Widening Racial Gap Exists in Key Factors for Economic Well-Being

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 17 July 2009 15:30.

"With President Obama now approaching six months in office, some have suggested that we have gone beyond race as a major dividing line in society. Yet nothing could be further from the truth," says Mark R. Rank, Ph.D., professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis. "One of the fundamental fault lines in American society continues to be the ongoing racial disparities in economic well-being." Using 30 years of data, Rank examined three key factors in attaining economic well-being: owning a home and building equity; attaining affluence and avoiding poverty; and possessing enough assets to survive economic turmoil."

Positive Emotions Increase Life Satisfaction by Building Resilience

Written by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Friday, 10 July 2009 15:38.

People who seed their life with frequent moments of positive emotions increase their resilience against challenges, according to a new study by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychologist and colleagues. The study, “Happiness Unpacked: Positive Emotions Increase Life Satisfaction by Building Resilience,” appears in the June issue of the bimonthly journal Emotion.

Obama's Visit to Ghana: Indiana University Experts Comment

Written by Yvette Alex-Assensoh on Friday, 10 July 2009 15:33.

Yvette Alex-Assensoh After hard-nosed discussions in Russia and economic talks in Italy, President Barack Obama's visit to Ghana may seem largely a celebration -- the first trip to sub-Saharan Africa by a U.S. president of African descent. But it would be a mistake to think that strategic discussions won't be engaged in Ghana, say Indiana University Africa and African-American studies experts A.B. Assensoh and Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh.

All That’s Left Now is His Music

Written by Hazel Trice Edney on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 12:21.

Michael JacksonWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Michael Jackson. The name itself is synonymous with music legend. That is why reports of his death from cardiac arrest June 23 continue to stun fans around the world this week. As details of this surreal story continue to unfold, the one thing that remains clear is that the revolutionary music of this dazzling icon called the “king of pop” will live forever.

Black Press of America Elects New Chairman: Danny Bakewell Aims to Harness the Power

Written by Hazel Trice Edney on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 12:15.

Danny BakewellMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (NNPA) – Los Angeles Sentinel Publisher Danny Bakewell, the new chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 Black-owned newspapers, says he aims to fortify the power of the Black Press of America by unifying its ranks while also uniting with other civil rights organizations.

Children Living With Hunger in North Carolina

Written by Yasmine Regester on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 12:24.

(NNPA) - One in four children live on the brink of hunger in North Carolina. Three and a half million children in America, ages five and under, are food insecure. These are just some of the statistics recently released in a report by Feeding America, a network of churches and organizations striving to change this problem.

Report Shows Need for Tougher Hate Crime Laws

Written by James Wright on Friday, 19 June 2009 15:13.

hate crimes lawWASHINGTON (NNPA) - Wade Henderson, the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Michael Lieberman, Washington counsel of the Anti-Defamation League, said hate crime is becoming a serious problem that needs to be dealt with as the country’s demographics change and technology becomes a tool of information and activism for hate groups.

Wilmington Attorney Challenges Bar Association and Country Club

Written by Elise Muhammad on Friday, 12 June 2009 14:50.

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Two years after the construction of the Cape Fear Country Club, Wilmington suffered the infamous race riot/massacre of 1898. Recently, over a century later, Attorney Peter Grear refused to attend an event held there by the New Hanover County Bar Association and met with a country club board member about the “history of racial exclusion and exploitation” at the root of his objection.  He also wrote bar association President Alex Dale, explaining his position and requesting that it be shared with other bar members.  The event was co-sponsored by the bar association and the New Hanover-Pender Medical Society.

New CBC Report May Give Peek at Presidentís Black Agenda

Written by Hazel Trice Edney on Thursday, 11 June 2009 18:01.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - A bi-annual report released last week by the Congressional Black Caucus may give a sneak peek at President Barack Obama's agenda for Black America.  "We have a very forward-thinking, progressive, bold agenda and that's what we're working on in terms of the Congressional Black Caucus agenda - but also the president's agenda - which 99 percent of the time is in sync," says CBC Chair Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) in an interview with the NNPA News Service.

Political Claims Get a Reality Check in “Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age”

Written by Urban Institute on Friday, 29 May 2009 14:41.

No matter where you get your news, politicians’ and pundits’ hyperbolic claims about public policy are almost unavoidable. Regardless of past results, we are told that a proposed policy change is sure to turn around a sagging economy, transform failing schools, or eradicate poverty. In Policy and Evidence in a Partisan Age: The Great Disconnect, Paul Gary Wyckoff presents an accessible, compact, and iconoclastic exploration of the paradox between the exaggerated claims made for public policies and the reality of their limited effectiveness.