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‘All My Babies Mamas’ and other insults

‘All My Babies Mamas’ and other insults

The latest negative programming coming from the dominant media is a ridiculous show about a black guy who has 11 children by 10 different women. "All My Babies Mamas" was planned for the coming season, but now it may be completely scrubbed, mainly because a sister, Sabrina Lamb, sent out a petition protesting the show in the most serious manner.

I say kudos to Ms. Lamb and others who have spoken out against this nonsensical and degrading show; I wish the same fate for some of those other so-called reality shows.

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America’s gun problem is not a race problem

America’s gun problem is not a race problem

Massacres such as Newtown are horrifying and heart-rending. They are also nothing like the typical American gun murder.

The typical murder has one victim, not many. The typical murder is committed with a handgun, not a rifle. And in the typical murder, both the perpetrator and the victim are young black men. Blacks are six times as likely as whites to be the victim of a homicide. Blacks are seven times as likely to commit a homicide.

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  • Written by David Frum/CNN

Wide girth could signal trouble ahead

Gaining weight around the girth is like being pregnant. We often hear, "How did this happen!" If we really think about those expanded girths, a lot of men would look pregnant due to an over abundance of belly fat, which causes some men's stomachs to look like those of gestating women.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity has become a national threat to society. One out of every three adults is obese. That is a whopping (excuse the pun) 35.7 percent. In a 2008 report, 42 percent of the U.S. population will be obese by the year 2030.

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Wilmington Ten pardons: ‘Black Press’ at its best

When then-National Newspaper Publishers Association Chairman Danny Bakewell Sr. asked me to emcee the Black Press Week luncheon at the National Press Club in 2011, I had no idea that I would be witnessing history. At the urging of Wilmington Journal Publisher Mary Alice Thatch, the NNPA decided to launch a national campaign to win pardons for the Wilmington 10, a group of activists who were falsely convicted and sentenced to a combined total of 282 years.

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  • Written by George Curry

Drug abuse, African Americans and jail

Drug abuse, African Americans and jail

WASHINGTON – A recent study reports that treating substance abusers, especially African Americans, could save the nation billions of dollars at a time when all eyes are glued to debates over how to solve the country's national debt.

The study by researchers at Meharry Medical College School of Medicine in Nashville linked the prevalence of substance abuse disorders to the high rates of incarceration among African-American males. Published in the November 2012 edition of "Frontiers in Psychiatry," the study also suggested that spending more money on community-based treatment programs and improving mental health care in the African-American community could have an impact on substance abuse and crime among young African-American males.

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  • Written by Freddie Allen/NNPA

Counting calories no answer to permanent weight loss

It seems like no matter how hard we try to change our attitude, our friends or our weight, it either gets undeniably worse or decidedly better. As the years continue to add up, we can become stuck in a time warp or become completely adrift.

Leslie is a prime example. In fact, she has a serious weight problem. She's 5 feet tall and weighs 280 pounds. In reality, her large frame really didn't bother her because she assumed, like the majority of individuals, that losing a pound wouldn't be too hard. Without trepidation, she continued to live life to the fullest, as if there was nothing to worry about.

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The GOP’s suicide-bomb strategy

The GOP’s suicide-bomb strategy

A suicide bomber walks into a bar. He shouts at the bartender, "Gimme the money, or I blow this place to bits!" The worried bartender hands him a wad of cash, and the bomber departs.

The next day, the suicide bomber returns to the same bar. He shouts at the bartender, "Gimme the money, or I blow this place to bits!"

"Are you nuts?" answers the bartender. "If I give you money every day, I'll go out of business. Plus, you're scaring away the customers."

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  • Written by Michael Wolraich/Special to CNN

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