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Michael Baisden bids farewell to radio

Michael Baisden bids farewell to radio

Nationally syndicated radio personality Michael Baisden announced a hiatus from his radio show on his Facebook page Wednesday morning. That separation is to begin on April 1.

Baisden, who commands a daily audience of over seven million listeners, said he was unable to discuss the particulars but concluded that a deal could not be made on mutually agreeable terms.

Recognized as one of the most influential men in radio, his "Michael Baisden Show" is one of the top rated afternoon drive radio programs heard in the top urban markets. He is also a TV talk show host, film-maker and New York Times best-selling author with nearly two million books in print.

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Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide

Sugary drinks linked to 180,000 deaths worldwide

Sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to more than 180,000 obesity-related deaths worldwide each year, according to new research presented this week at an American Heart Association conference.

"This means about one in every 100 deaths from obesity-related diseases is caused by drinking sugary beverages," says study author Gitanjali Singh, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Among the world's 35 largest countries, Mexico had the highest death rates from sugary drinks, and Bangladesh had the lowest, according to the study. The United States ranked third.

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  • Written by Leslie Wade/CNN
  • Category: News

GOP faces tough racial issues in minority outreach

GOP faces tough racial issues in minority outreach

WASHINGTON – Republican K. Carl Smith is African-American and he knows that the GOP's racial reckoning won't come from 100-page reports from party headquarters with carefully worded prescriptions about "outreach" to "demographic partners."

Instead, the type of sea change needed to shake the GOP's image as a party of old, white and culturally-insulated men will require the type of profound grassroots shakeup that might make some in the GOP uneasy."

"You got your establishment Republicans who want to keep things the same," said Smith, an Army veteran who grew up in Alabama during the Civil Rights era. "The status quo needs to go through some, I won't say diversity classes, but I'll say liberty classes and learn about helping people on the bottom of the ladder."

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  • Written by Halimah Abdullah/CNN
  • Category: News

African-American teen abortion rates twice the national average

African-American teen abortion rates twice the national average

A new study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute shows that African-American teen abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average.

According to the study, the national average is 18 abortions per 1,000 women among 15-19-year olds. The African-American abortion rate is 41 per 1,000 women among that age group, which is four times higher than non-Hispanic whites abortion rate at 10 per 1,000 and twice as high for Hispanics at 20 per 1,000.

The Guttmacher Institute revealed in a recent study that African-American women account for 30 percent of all abortions and African Americans make up only 13 percent of the total U.S. population.

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  • Written by CNN
  • Category: News

The Black Women’s Expo in Chicago is a must-see

The Black Women’s Expo in Chicago is a must-see

The Millennial Generation were just pre-teens when The Black Women's Expo (TBWE) kicked off in 1994. Janet Jackson was hot on the pop charts and Disney had just released "the Lion King" movie. The term "smart phone" had yet to be coined and texting was not the ubiquitous occurrence it is today.

Fast forward to 2013 and the Expo is still offering relevant content, not just to those who first turned out 19 years ago, but also to Millennials who will likely be attending with their daughters. Merry Green, owner of MGPG Events, Inc., and the creator of the Expo, talks to The Chicago Defender about the highlights of the 2013 event slated for April 5-7 at Chicago's McCormick Place and what we can expect this year.

The Chicago Defender: To what do you attribute the longevity of The Black Women's Expo (TBWE)?

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  • Written by Real Times News Service
  • Category: News

CBC pitches its FY 2014 budget as the way to go

CBC pitches its FY 2014 budget as the way to go

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), which historically submits alternatives to budgets proposed by both Republican and Democratic presidents and House majorities, has released its alternative for fiscal year 2014.

According to the CBC, its alternative reduces the deficit and alleviates harm inflicted by austerity measures in a responsible and fiscally sound manner. The CBC FY 2014 alternative also is pitched as increasing economic opportunities by investing in education, infrastructure, housing, job training and through modernization of our military.

In addition, the CBC says its budget protects and enhances the social safety net that "continues to save millions from poverty." It calls for significant investments in these functions to "accelerate our economic recovery and to ensure our recovery is felt in every community in America."

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Dr. Ben Carson to leave medicine, hints at politics

Dr. Ben Carson to leave medicine, hints at politics

OXON HILL, Maryland – Dr. Benjamin Carson, the neurosurgeon who made headlines in February for making political statements during his address at the National Prayer Breakfast, said Saturday he was leaving medicine and pursuing other opportunities, which could include politics.

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, Carson said he was ending his medical career "while I'm on top," making the comparison to airplane pilots who retire before crashing.

"There are so many more things that can be done," Carson said, pointing to his educational foundation Carson's Scholars.

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  • Written by Kevin Liptak/CNN
  • Category: News

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