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‘True’ melting pot in U.S. by 2060

In 2060 America will become a true melting pot of ethnicities and races, the U.S. Census Bureau projects.

According to the first set of projections released based on the 2010 Census, minorities – incl

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  • Written by Maya Rhodan/NNPA

Things won’t change unless some of us do

How will African Americans improve our situation in 2013? Right now, we have higher unemployment than any other population in our nation, less wealth, higher school dropout rates, and more crime in our communities.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said that African-American communities had twice the number of negatives and half the number of positives in our country. While the numbers may have shifted somewhat, it is still true that we are more likely to experience negative consequences (teen pregnancy, incarceration, crime) and less likely to experience positives (college graduation, high net worth).

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  • Written by Julianne Malveaux

African-American homicides remain at alarmingly high rate

African-American homicides remain at alarmingly high rate

WASHINGTON – As the nation continues to ponder possible solutions to curb carnage that results from the easy accessibility to firearms, nowhere is the loss of lives from guns greater than in the African-American community.

According to "Black Homicide in the United States: An Analysis of 2009 Homicide Data," report by the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C., the African-American homicide rate in the year studied was more than six times that of whites.

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  • Written by George Curry

Be it resolved, lose weight in incremental steps

It's that time again when many of us resolve to change our eating habits to lose those unwanted pounds and keep the pounds off – until next year when we resolve to do it again. Our resolve to lose weight, and keep it off, annually hangs in the balance up against our difficulty resisting food temptations.

Plain and simple, resolutions are difficult to keep. We don't always follow through. Still, change is inevitable, and as we get older women most likely will add a few pounds to their frame and their dress sizes will increase. Men will gain significant weight, too. Years ago, my weight reached 300-plus pounds and I was headed to the grave.

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Mental illness is everybody’s problem

Mental illness is everybody’s problem

Mental illness continues to plague our society. Tens of thousands have been diagnosed and just as many have yet to be diagnosed. I'm sure you know someone who is mentally ill. But if truth were told, some people would deny this disease exists. They'd rather believe their mental faculties are in order and cannot be compromised.

Some people are naturally different. But those on the verge of mental collapse suffer from failing memory, dementia, amnesia or alzheimer's, while others tend to look spaced out and sometimes are seen conversing when no one else is around. They hear things and see things that our eyes and ears don't see or hear. In some cases, they wander alone without regard for their own safety.

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Another misfire by the National Rifle Association

When the National Rifle Association finally revealed last week what it was willing to do to help curb gun violence in schools, it fired a blank.

"Politicians pass laws for Gun-Free School Zones. They issue press releases bragging about them. They post signs advertising them. And in so doing, they tell every insane killer in America that schools are their safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk," NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said at a so-called news conference in which he refused to take questions.

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  • Written by George Curry

Faith & family are holiday shoe-ins

Faith & family are holiday shoe-ins

If you're up on shoe fashion you know that recently Nike released a new pair of shoes, the Bred 11's. While I'm not up on those types of shoes myself, I find that most boys my age (16) are.

I couldn't help but notice how guys were going bonkers over these shoes. The same pair of shoes that were released when my mother was a teenager.

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Jimmy Graham, your life is a touchdown

Jimmy Graham, your life is a touchdown

That's right, Jimmy Graham! Most of the public is only recently becoming aware of the story of Jimmy Graham.  I find this very unfortunate, but true.

Jimmy Graham is a tight end for the New Orleans Saints football team.  As of this writing, he is the leading tight end in the N.F.L. as measured by receptions and touchdowns. But most importantly, he is proving to be a true "baller" in the game of life.

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