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US police reaching out to black communities

US police reaching out to black communities
DALLAS (AP) — Some U.S. police departments are renewing efforts to build trust with black communities in the aftermath of the shooting death of an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Missouri.
 
Police departments are holding public meetings to field questions and let people voice the anger they feel toward officers who patrol their neighborhoods, hoping to avoid the upheaval that followed Michael Brown's Aug. 9 death.
 
Dallas Police Chief David Brown considers it a preventative step.

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  • Written by Jim Salter-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Christensen set to be U.S. first Black female governor

Christensen set to be U.S. first Black female governor
The United States has never had a Black female as the governor of a state-level jurisdiction but that could change in the November general election. U.S. Virgin Islands Del. Donna Christensen (D) is well on her way to becoming the governor of her territory. She and Basil Ottley Jr. won the crowded Aug. 2 Democratic Party primary for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively, and because of the strength of the party, will face minor opposition from the island’s other political parties in the Nov. 4 general election.
 
Christensen was delighted to win her latest political battle. “I am pleased to have the nomination of the Democratic Party and I invite all of my fellow Democrats to work together with me to ensure victory in November,” Christensen, 68, said. “We have a lot of work to do; our people expect that we will have a common vision and a plan to move our territory forward.”
Christensen has been the delegate from the Virgin Islands since 1997. Before her election to Congress, she practiced family medicine for 21 years and held other political offices in the territory.

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  • Written by James Wright-NNPA from The Afro-American Newspaper
  • Category: National

New Dating App Designed for Black Professionals Now Available in the App Store

New Dating App Designed for Black Professionals Now Available in the App Store
Nationwide — MELD App is a dating mobile app designed exquisitely for the black professional. It aims to connect and to bring together sophisticated single black professionals on one platform for romantic discovery.
 
These days there is a plethora of mobile dating apps for those who are single and looking to discover romance. While many have found quality matches on these platforms, black single professionals have not been as lucky. Various studies have shown that matching success rates for single black professionals on these platforms are very low despite high engagement rates.

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  • Written by BlackNews.com
  • Category: National

Mental Health Issues Create Problems for African-Americans in City Jails

Mental Health Issues Create Problems for African-Americans in City Jails
Researchers have discovered some disturbing statistics about substance abuse and mental health in our criminal justice system. Approximately two-thirds of the people involved in the U.S. criminal justice system suffer from substance abuse disorders.
 
This year, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that of the 2.3 million U.S. inmates, 1.5 million suffer from substance abuse addiction and another 458,000 inmates either had histories of substance abuse or were under the influence at the time they committing their crimes.

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  • Written by Craig D. Frazier-Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News
  • Category: National

Fort Campbell monument to honor black paratroopers

Fort Campbell monument to honor black paratroopers
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A monument honoring the first black paratroopers assigned to Fort Campbell 64 years ago is being dedicated there next month.
 
The post says the monument honors the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, which was reactivated in 1947 as the 3rd Battalion, 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Fort Campbell said it became the first black unit in history to be a part of an American combat division.

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  • Written by AP
  • Category: National