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Obama gun photo a mistake

Obama gun photo a mistake

When then Sen. Obama was running for president, many of his critics accused him of being a Muslim – as if being a Muslim in a country that prides itself for its freedom of religion is a bad thing.

In fact a Pew Research Center poll taken October 2008 found 16 percent of voters who identified as conservative Republicans thought he was, despite numerous photos of him and his family attending a traditional Christian church.

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  • Written by LZ Granderson/CNN

Don’t get sacked by bad food choices

Don’t get sacked by bad food choices

Now that the Super Bowl is over, it's time to move forward with the game of life. Each of us should focus on the things that are important to our overall health – such as exercising and eating healthy – to keep diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and stress from ravaging our bodies.

Some people may be looking for an oasis in the desert or a quick fix to their health problems. In reality, regardless of the problem, it's what you consume that can cause debilitating diseases to sack your body. In fact, it's the foods that you thought were good for you that are causing the problems.

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10 no-nos for white people during Black History Month

10 no-nos for white people during Black History Month

As Black History month begins and we take pride in the ancestors that help make this country great, it's only fair that we ask white people to refrain from some of the things they have the nerve to say to us on a regular basis. Please give us a break for at least this month.

So here it is...10 things white people should not say and/or cannot ask you during African-American History Month.

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  • Written by Zack Burgess/Real Times News Service

Black Women’s Agenda group leads call for gun control

Black Women’s Agenda group leads call for gun control

Like many Americans, I was horrified to learn that the National Rifle Association (NRA) has chosen to press its case for armed guards in the nation's schools with a commercial referencing President Obama's daughters. Haven't enough of our children been victimized by our inability to address gun violence?

Instead of lashing out and attacking anything and anyone who suggests there is a need for gun control legislation, The National Rifle Association should consider the model the Johnson & Johnson company provided during the 1982 Tylenol tampering scandal.

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Relationships, listening & the ‘better’ factor

Relationships, listening &  the ‘better’ factor

Building a case for better relationships through better listening, Florida A&M University professor Chandra Clark offers these tips for becoming "more active, engaged listeners."

CONSIDER THE COMMUNICATION CONTEXT. The physical setting, time and location of a communication exchange may well impact its reception. For example, if you have a sensitive message for someone, it may be better to speak in person or by phone rather than via text or email.

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Obama slights loyal following

Obama slights loyal following

President Barack Obama has the opportunity, in this second term, to put his feet on history. He won an election that his opponent had essentially claimed, he has been firm about that which he would negotiate on, and he has offered a progressive inauguration speech that offers up a liberal agenda, embracing Social Security and Medicare, uplifting immigrants and gay rights, and embracing ways to address inequality.

One could not help but applaud the strong direction of President Obama's speech. But those of us in the African American community wonder why we could not get a shout out about high unemployment and poverty rates, inner city challenges, and income, economic and unemployment disparities.

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  • Written by Julianne Malveaux

Boy Scouts shouldn’t become ‘Gay Scouts’

Boy Scouts shouldn’t become ‘Gay Scouts’

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. This statement is the best way to express my thoughts and feelings about what the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is constantly going through.

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the U.S., with more than 2.7 million youth members and more than 1 million adult volunteers. It is estimated that more than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA since in founding in 1910, including me.

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