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Teen pregnancies, dangers on the rise

by Zach Burgess
NNPA News Service

After more than a decade in decline, the United States teen pregnancy has been rising in recent years.

According to momlogic.com, the estimated public cost for teen pregnancy in the United States is between $6 billion and $9 billion a year. Eighty percent of teen moms are on some form of public assistance. Seven out of 10 teen mothers are unlikely to receive prenatal care


Mmmm! Crab cakes made with jackfruit can be most enjoyable

jackfruit-crabcake600x434Everybody loves a good recipe – even if the cook is a homemaker or someone trying to acquire the culinary skills to branch out into the world as a professional chef. You may not choose to become a chef, but that's OK. There are tons of recipes that you can follow that will convince people that you're a skillful cook.

Have you heard of a fruit called jackfruit? Well, if you haven't, it is an edible, tree-borne fruit that can weigh up to 80 lbs


Community help needed to eradicate synthetic drugs

by Amy P. Weirich

There is a new system of drug trafficking in Tennessee, and it is being carried out right in front of our eyes at convenience stores across the state. Those who are breaking the law are doing so knowingly, and I am writing today to alert you to this dangerous trend: synthetic drugs.


Mayor Bloomberg is right: impose a limit on sugary drinks

The mayor of New York has done it again; he has taken a personal interest in health and wellness of New Yorkers to try to control the out-of-control obesity problem. The issue has caused both an uproar and praise from people who are glad to see a change for the better in "The Big Apple."


Street culture vs. church power

The Rev. Marvin Winans' remark, "I refuse to be afraid of us," in the wake of the robbery attack on him by four young black men at a neighborhood gas station on Linwood and Davison (in Detroit), carries a moral truth.

It is a statement deeply rooted in the belief that we cannot throw our children away or become prisoners in our own communities, afraid to go out because young black males have become tigers in the hood, on the prowl for their next victims.


NAACP strays far from its mission

by Raynard Jackson

Those who have followed my writings over the years know that I am not very fond of the modern-day NAACP. They have strayed very far from their original mission and have become a patsy for the Democratic Party. They are more concerned with having a photo taken at the White House than being the picture of equality and fairness for those with no voice.


With – or without – Will Smith, eat healthy during the summer

It's unusual for me to sit back and listen to rapper Will Smith's "Summertime," a hodgepodge of rhymes and phrases about the advent of summer. The intro/chorus goes like this: "Summer, summer, summertime/Time to sit back and unwind."

When I think about summer, I think about the hot blazing sun beaming down on me. And, of course, the unhealthy foods that people tend to eat because cooks at home tend to prepare minute-meals rather than suffer over a hot stove when it's sweltering outside.


Summer ripe with possibilities for early childhood development

by Tarrin McGhee
Special to the Tri-State Defender

The annual observance of Memorial Day serves as a gentle reminder that summer is right around the corner.

During this time of year, adults and children of all ages relish thoughts of long-awaited opportunities to enjoy extended periods of daylight, playtime, rest and relaxation.


Racist ‘Talk’ with white children

In the wake of the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., stories appeared in newspapers, on broadcast outlets and on the Internet about "the talk," a candid conversation black parents have at some point with their black sons about surviving in a society that devalues them as humans.

In an April 5 article published in Taki magazine (takimag.com), National Review contributor John Derbyshire wrote, "Yes, talk about the talk is all over." Under the headline, "The Talk: Nonblack Version,"


Disneyland is cool, but there are trips more valuable

When you leave the United States, you'll often find "cultural tourism," or the opportunity to enjoy a culture and also purchase trinkets or more substantial items in markets around the world. In Ghana, we look for kente cloth, statues, and masks. In other African countries, the offerings are often similar, but Zimbabwe is known for its marvelous and distinctive Shona sculpture. South African offers Ndebele dolls, among other items. And so it goes.


Seven points to keep you from eating yourself into oblivion

Nearly one-third of Memphis's population is obese, which earned the city the unflattering rank as the fattest city in the nation, according to a recent report in Newsweek magazine. I'm not surprised by the expanding girth of Memphians considering that "The Bluff City" is deemed the "barbeque capital of the world."


A college degree, what’s it worth these days?

by Kelly Goff
New America Media

That seems to be the topic on everyone's mind as millions of American students head toward graduation this month. And by everyone, I don't mean my classmates, the ones who have scrimped, saved, borrowed and begged to pay for their degrees. I mean the professors, parents and education reporters who just can't stop talking about how bleak the job market is for new graduates.


A Biblical reason to vote against Mitt Romney

After President Obama expressed his personal support for same-sex marriage, there has been a robust discussion among African Americans about whether his stance will make African-American voters less likely to support him in November.