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Student-success program boosts African-American males

Student-success program boosts African-American males

Julius St. John wants to prove that he can be among the minority of African-American males who start and finish college on time.

The recent George Washington High School (Philadelphia) graduate believes he will attain his goal with the help of Community College of Philadelphia's Center for Male Engagement (CME).

Incoming members of the fall class learn success strategies during a two-week Summer Enrichment Program held at the center.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

Can the South break out of the low-skill trap?

Educational attainment is improving in the South, but many parts of the 16-state (plus Washington, D.C.) region are caught in a vicious cycle that ensures they will lag behind the nation in creating high-paying jobs and producing workers who can fill them.

That finding stands out in a report released Tuesday (July 31) by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce.

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Millions of ex-offenders given a voting ‘death sentence’

by Freddie Allen
NNPA News Service

WASHINGTON – Nearly 6 million former prisoners –1 million of them African Americans – will not be able to vote in the November presidential election because of state laws that continue to punish them even after they have completed their sentences, according to a recent report by the Sentencing Project.

The report said 5.85 million citizens who were formerly incarcerated will be prevented from voting.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

Voter ID support strongest in those with negative attitudes toward African Americans

Voter ID support strongest in those with negative attitudes toward African Americans

Support for voter identification laws is strongest among Americans who harbor negative sentiments toward African Americans is a key relevation in a new National Agenda Opinion Poll by the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication.

Voter ID laws require individuals to show government issued identification when they vote.

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Special Report: Youth and sexual risk

Special Report: Youth and sexual risk

The number of African-American high school students engaging in sexual risk behaviors for HIV has declined dramatically in 20 years, significantly reducing the disparities in risk between African-American youth and youth of other racial or ethnic groups, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among students overall, however, behavior change has stalled during the last 10 years studied, the report said.

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Mind games: The mental connection to physical fitness

by Vernon Warrick
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

When the average person asks me a question about physical fitness, it's normally something like, "I'm ready to get in shape, so what should I do?"

My natural inclination is usually to find out what they have been doing up to that point, and the responses are always generally the same: "I've stopped eating everything that I know is bad." Or, "I've gone cold turkey except for rain water and cabbage, plus I do X amount of miles, sit-ups, etc. every day."

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