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Air Force officer wins Miss Black USA 2014 Title

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The Miss Black USA Pageant and Scholarship Foundation recently announced Miss Black Colorado Jasmine Alexander as the new Miss Black USA 2014. 
On Sunday night at the University of the District of Columbia Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., a panel of judges chose Alexander for top honors out of 25 contestants from across the nation. Alexander is a 26-year-old Air Force Intelligence Officer stationed at Peterson Air Force Base. 

African-Americans suffer because shortage of organ donors

WASHINGTON – At the start of 2002, Everett Lee, 57 at the time, considered himself “healthier than all get out.” So when he found himself winded with the smallest tasks, he knew something was wrong.
He scheduled a physical with his doctor as soon as possible, including blood work, EKG, and x-ray.
“[My doctor] said, ‘the blood has to go to the lab, I’ll give you a call back Friday.’ Well, he didn’t call Friday,” Lee says. “He called me Saturday morning at 9 a.m. – and you know that’s a bad sign – and said, ‘Everett you need to go to the hospital, right now.’”

‘Power in the Boardroom’

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(PRNewswire) – Black Enterprise (BE) – via BlackEnterprise.com – has released its latest report on African American representation on the corporate boards of 250 of America’s largest publicly traded companies. 
In its second annual report focused on African-American representation of corporate boards, the media company identifies 176 African-American directors at S&P 250 largest companies, including American Express, Walmart, Xerox and Carnival Corporation, on the Black Enterprise Registry of Corporate Directors. In addition, the report reveals 74 companies with no African-American representation among their boards of directors.
The report spotlights prominent African0American directors, including Black Enterprise 2014 Corporate Executive of the Year Kenneth Frazier, Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co. and an ExxonMobil Corp. director; Ariel Investments L.L.C. Chairman and CEO John Rogers, who serves on the boards of McDonald's and Exelon; and American Express Chairman & CEO Kenneth I. Chenault, who serves on the boards of AMEX, IBM, and P&G; among others.

Health care at college: Can your teen manage?

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NEW YORK – Lauren Davies had a desperate thought while stuck in traffic as she frantically drove upstate to reach her 19-year-old.
"If I drive on the shoulder and a cop stops me, will he believe me when I tell him I think my daughter's dying in a hospital?"

DOJ investigation sought into police killings

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WASHINGTON, DC –  The National Bar Association (NBA), the largest African American Bar Association in the United States, is calling for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., and the recent death of 42 year-old Eric Garner, who died from a chokehold allegedly used by a member of the New York Police Department while Garner was in police custody.
Witnesses in the Staten Island and Ferguson cases accuse police of using unjustified and excessive force.