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Men want ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ expanded to include black females

Men want ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ expanded to include black females

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 200 African-American men, ranging from a taxi driver to university professors, sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday urging him to expand his black male initiative to include black girls and women, saying they were "surprised and disappointed" that the president had sought to include only half of the race to tackle community-wide issues.

A copy of the letter to Obama was obtained by the NNPA News Service.

After praising the president for saying that addressing the needs of those left behind is as important as anything else he is undertaking, authors of the letter wrote, "So we were surprised and disappointed that your commitments express empathy to only half of our community – men and boys of color. Simply put, as black men we cannot afford to turn away from the very sense of a shared fate that has been vital to our quest for racial equality across the course of American history."

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A night out with the Omega men: Sundresses and Linen

A night out with the Omega men: Sundresses and Linen

There's nothing like educated, handsome men with a purpose and the men of Omega Psi Phi are examples of such. On Sunday, May 25th they hosted their annual Sundresses and Linen event at the Pink Palace Museum located at 3050 Central Ave.

The men of the Sigma Lambda Lambda chapter of Omega Psi Phi organized the event to commemorate their 10-year anniversary as an alumni chapter and to raise funds for one of their celebrated service projects and for scholarships – one of the fraternity's cornerstones.

The front lawn was the focal point of the event, with several rooms inside the museum reserved for guests to dine on hors d'oeuvres, look at African art and mingle as music played from both a live band and a DJ. The proceeds went to the Omega Healthy Kids Clinic, a community initiative of the Sigma Lambda Lambda Chapter that targets childhood obesity as an epidemic. The clinic creates awareness and emphasizes education in the areas of nutrition, childhood diabetes and the importance of physical activity and exercise, indeed an awesome cause!

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Republicans are veteran hypocrites on the VA

Republicans are veteran hypocrites on the VA

If you let the Republicans tell it, President Obama is directly responsible for the fiasco at the Veterans Administration. But they don't tell you that fresh off of Memorial Day parade appearances, they are responsible for scuttling legislation that would have expanded benefits for the nation's 22 million veterans and their families.

A measure backed by Obama would have lengthened the period veterans are eligible to receive health care from the VA from five years to 10 years after deployment. The bill also would have allowed the VA to open 27 new health facilities, expand medical and dental care, make more veterans eligible for in-state tuition at public universities, repeal the recent cut in cost-of-living adjustments for new enlistees and extend a program that provides care for veterans with mild to severe brain injuries.

More than 20 military organizations – including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Wounded Warriors Project and Disabled American Veterans – supported the bill.

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UTHSC’s growing interest in pharmaceutical discovery, development and manufacturing

UTHSC’s growing interest in pharmaceutical discovery, development and manufacturing

Dr. Ken Brown, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), traveled to China earlier this month to participate in an international conference sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to discuss international concerns related to pharmaceutical supply chain security.

The conference also focused on manufacturing practices, shipping and distribution networks, and the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry. The trip to Qingdao is described as a reflection of UTHSC's growing interests and efforts in pharmaceutical discovery, development and manufacturing.

Other global concerns discussed centered on internet pharmaceutical sales, counterfeit pharmaceutical trafficking and pharmaceutical cargo thefts, said Dr. Brown, JD, MPA, PhD, FACHE,.

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No surprise racism lurked underneath rage of mass murderer

No surprise racism lurked underneath rage of mass murderer

There was no surprise that in between U.C. Santa Barbara's mass murderer Elliot Rodger's warped, sick, and perverse harangues against women, he also laced in a generous dose of racist rage and stereotyping.

"I passed by this restaurant and I saw this black guy chilling with 4 hot white girls. He didn't even look good. Then later on in the day I was shopping at Trader Joe's and saw an Indian guy with 2 above average White Girls!!!"

He returns to these hate mongering digs at black, Hispanic and Asian-American men for having the temerity to associate with white women, and worse their reciprocation with minority men more than a few times.

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Maya Angelou: A phenomenal woman passes on

Maya Angelou: A phenomenal woman passes on

(THE ROOT) – One of the United States' most prolific and beloved authors and poets has passed away at the age of 86. Maya Angelou was a Renaissance woman whose life inspired six autobiographies, including her internationally celebrated first memoir, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

Ms. Angelou was found unresponsive in her Winston-Salem home. Her death comes just days after she canceled an appearance in which she was to be honored at the Major League Baseball Beacon Awards luncheon in Houston.

Born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Mo., on April 4, 1928, she was 3 years old when she and her brother Bailey were sent to live with their grandmother in Stamps, Ark., after their parents divorced. In that small town, she saw the evil of racial discrimination as well as the richness and faith of African-American life, both of which would play critical roles in her life and writing.

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‘Unpopular Black Opinion’ confessions

‘Unpopular Black Opinion’ confessions

There are unpopular opinions, and then there are unpopular black opinions. Have you ever been talking to your friends and let one slip? Maybe you've come out as anti-"Scandal" or, worse, turned the station when a Beyoncé song came on. The backlash that can come from speaking your truth is enough to make you worry that your proverbial black card will be revoked.

But when we asked our readers to be brave and tell us what, in their experience, #notallblackpeoplelike, they answered. From corn bread to "Real Housewives of Atlanta" to religion, these preferences pushed back on the stereotypes about African Americans. The lesson learned (again) is that the black community has never been a monolith. If you have an seemingly unpopular black opinion, you might actually be in good company.

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