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Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains

Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains
LOS ANGELES — The founder of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides free music lessons to low-income students from gang-ridden neighborhoods began to notice several years ago a hopeful sign: Kids were graduating high school and heading off to UCLA, Tulane and other big universities.
 
That's when Margaret Martin asked how the children in the Harmony Project were beating the odds.

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  • Written by John Rogers-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Obama Decries Domestic Violence After Rice Cut

Obama Decries Domestic Violence After Rice Cut
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is speaking out against domestic violence in the wake of Ray Rice’s termination by the Baltimore Ravens.
 
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he spoke Monday evening with Obama about Rice. The running back was let go by his team and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video emerged showing him knocking his then-fiancee unconscious.

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  • Written by NewsOne Staff
  • Category: National

Police short on Hispanic officers

Police short on Hispanic officers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old by an officer in a nearly all-white police department in suburban St. Louis refocused the country on the racial balance between police forces and the communities they protect.
 
But an analysis by The Associated Press found that the racial gap between black police officers and the communities where they work has narrowed over the last generation, particularly in departments that once were the least diverse.

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  • Written by EILEEN SULLIVAN and JACK GILLUM-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Expelled black students’ parents sue Ohio district

Expelled black students’ parents sue Ohio district
CINCINNATI – The parents of four black students who allege their children were expelled over rap music videos and targeted because of race sued a suburban school district in federal court on Tuesday, charging violations of constitutional rights including free speech.
 
Attorney Robert Newman, representing the parents, said that the students were expelled from Colerain High School in Colerain Township, a 20-minute drive northwest of Cincinnati, for making rap music videos off campus and that black students were unfairly targeted. The parents' lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati against the Northwest Local School District, the Colerain Township Board of Trustees and some police officers.

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  • Written by Lisa Cornwell-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Black Women Hit Hard by Unemployment

Black Women Hit Hard by Unemployment
While unemployment rates have fallen for nearly every group of Americans after the most recent recession, there appears to be no reprieve for black women.
 
An estimated 10.6 percent of black women age 20 or older are unemployed, a figure unchanged from a year ago, International Business Times reports, citing Friday’s jobs report from the Labor Department. The overall unemployment rate for blacks in August was 11.4 percent, compared with 5.3 percent for whites and 7.5 percent for Hispanics.

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  • Written by Lynette Holloway-The Root
  • Category: National

Emergency preparedness plans marginalize African Americans

Emergency preparedness plans marginalize African Americans
WASHINGTON – This September marks the 10th anniversary for National Preparedness Month. And when it comes to emergency situations, African-American communities tend to be among the most vulnerable and least prepared.
 
Henry Louis Taylor Jr., professor of urban and regional planning, and founding director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo, believes that emergency preparedness efforts sometimes reflect the marginalization of low-income and communities of color.

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  • Written by Jazelle Hunt-NNPA News Service
  • Category: National