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Thursday 05/21/2015
Depression, Black Superwoman Syndrome, and Suicide
Updated: May 21, 2015 - 5:03 pm

She was the founder of For Brown Girls and, later, the #DarkSkinRedLip Project, as well as several online movements celebrating dark-skinned Black women. By all accounts, she was a spirited, beautiful, trooper who inspired millions of women around the world to embrace their natural, God-given beauty. So when Karyn Washington’s death, at 22, was reported as a suicide, disbelief, fear, and anger spread through social media circles like a wildfire.

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Monday 04/13/2015
Black Women Face Challenges in Building Wealth
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 11:07 am

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black women are the only group that has not recovered the jobs they lost in the recession. Five years into national recovery, the unemployment rate for Black women has even risen a little since December, from 8.2 percent to 9.2 percent.

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Jackie Hampton Left Corporate America for Black Press
Posted: April 13, 2015

WASHINGTON – Many African Americans begin their career at Black businesses and move own to better-paying jobs in Corporate America. But Jackie Hampton, publisher of Mississippi Link newspaper in Jackson, took the reverse route – and she’s glad she did.

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Monday 03/30/2015
Black Women Protest Delay in Confirming Loretta Lynch
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 5:30 pm

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Hundreds of Black women and girls representing the Black Women’s Roundtable descended on the nation’s capital last week to petition the Senate to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general.

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Creating Her Own Vision: LisaRaye McCoy
Posted: March 30, 2015

If one can say their life was an open book then LisaRaye McCoy would probably agree that hers have been on display ever since she made her feature film debut as “Diamond” in the Ice Cube directed film, “The Player’s Club” nearly 18 years ago. Since then, we’ve witnessed her acting career gradually gain momentum from the large screen playing opposite Omar Epps in “The Wood” and other films-Rhapsody, All About You and Go for Broke. Her most familiar connection to households is her role as Neesee James in the CW sitcom, “All of Us” which had a comfortable run for almost 5 years.

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Tuesday 03/17/2015
Representative Giddings honors Cynthia Mickens-Ross with TLBC Community Award
Updated: March 17, 2015 - 8:32 am

Representative Helen Giddings (D-Dallas)- On March 3, 2015 the African American State Legislative Conference recognized Dr. Cynthia Mickens-Ross for the TLBC Community Award. This award is given to individuals who are making significant contributions to their community through their time, actions, talents and dedication.

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Tuesday 03/10/2015
Civil Rights Lawyer Barbara Arnwine Launches Talk Radio Show
Posted: March 10, 2015

Outspoken civil rights leader Barbara Arnwine is taking to the airwaves with a weekly news talk radio show on Radio One’s WOL 1450 AM, which airs in the Washington, D.C. area, beginning March 3.

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Tuesday 03/03/2015
Entrepreneurship, Health & Wellness, and Scholarships!!
Updated: March 03, 2015 - 10:58 am

Dallas, TX - Entrepreneurs who have ambitions of owning their own businesses are invited to a Business Plan Development workshop hosted by the North Dallas Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. on March 7. The workshop is free and open to those who are starting a business as well as existing small business owners. The Workshop will begin at 10 a.m. at K.B. Polk Recreation Center at 6801 Roper Street in Dallas. Attendees are asked to bring their own laptop computers; Wi-Fi will be available.

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Monday 03/02/2015
Breast Cancer Survivor Beating the Odds
Posted: March 02, 2015

Alisha Gibson was told nothing was wrong. Her primary care doctor had twice prescribed antibiotics after she complained of some soreness in the neck and shoulders.

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Sherrilyn Ifill Calls for Renewed Focus on Housing Segregation
Posted: March 02, 2015

Preventing future Fergusons will require dismantling the patterns of segregation established by decades of federal housing policies, Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF), told a gathering of law and social work students at the University of Maryland on Monday. Speaking at a series held by the University of Maryland School of Law titled ‘Beyond Ferguson,’ Ifill cautioned that rather than move beyond what happened in Missouri last August, we must thoroughly engage the implications of Michael Brown’s death.

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Black Women Endure Menopause Longest
Updated: March 02, 2015 - 9:04 am

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Sarah Finney, 57, said she gets hot flashes throughout her body at least once an hour. She even wakes up in the night with so much perspiration that she looks like she just left working out at a gym, she said.

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Beyond Survival: Life After Rape
Posted: March 02, 2015


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Tuesday 02/24/2015
Amiya Alexander named among Top 100 African-American HISTORY makers by TheGrio & NBC News
Posted: February 24, 2015

Dancer and aspiring Obstetrician Amiya Alexander, is the owner of the only dance studio on wheels, Amiya's Mobile Dance Academy. She started her business as a 9 year old entrepreneur who provides dance training and community programs for all youth. Since the start of her business, Amiya has been featured on the Tyra Banks Show, Disney, CBS News, Fox 2, and The Doctors TV show, just to name a few. Her business has been a true accomplishment. Amiya's positive attitude and elimination of "can't” in her vocabulary has contributed to her success. Amiya's entrepreneurial spirit comes from her mother who is a Registered Nurse; she also owns businesses that help the community.

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Academic Art Librarian Debuts Blog: Blackness Personified, The Chronicles of an HBCU Librarian
Posted: February 24, 2015

​First-year librarian, kYmberly Keeton at Lincoln University – MO has created a new blog to document her experiences as an Academic Art Librarian and Assistant Professor. The blog features her work in information literacy, public art programming, and presentations. As an HBCU Librarian, Keeton states that she wants to highlight the ups and downs in her career and to continue the legacy of several writers at Lincoln University that made a major difference. “I believe that it is imperative to show through writing and visual depictions of what I go through as a librarian with the world. My first blog,Digibooklibrarian was a major success and received national awards while I was in graduate school, and I hope that this new initiative will receive the same amount attention in my profession.”

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Dallas Artist Madelyn Sneed
Updated: February 24, 2015 - 8:27 am

Madelyn Sneed is a representational painter born in Dallas, TX. She received her BFA at the University of North Texas and is currently working on her series France; a documentation of her travels and experiences in France. Madelyn has shown in galleries around the DFW area and has won the Best of show Marilyn Smith Memorial Award at the Visual Arts Society of Texas 8th Annual 125-Mile Visual Arts Exhibition in 2014. She now lives in San Antonio, TX where she is being mentored by Rex Hausmann and creates in her studio at Hausmann Millworks.

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Sunday 02/22/2015
Breaking the Silence: The Loud Silence of Rape Survivors
Updated: February 22, 2015 - 1:44 pm


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Breaking the silence: Some Faith Leaders Victimize Rape Survivors Again
Posted: February 22, 2015


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Monday 02/16/2015
Chibok Girls of Nigeria: Whose Girls Are They?
Updated: February 17, 2015 - 11:09 am

“There is no national consensus in Nigeria on how to deal with the Boko Haram insurgency. What outsiders often fail to grasp is that this grim situation is merely the symptom of a deeper malaise: a breakdown of the informal consensus on power sharing between the Muslim north and the Christian south that had guided Nigerian politics for decades.” — Princeton Lyman, former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria.

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A Different Standard for Black Girls
Posted: February 16, 2015

Nearly 40 years ago, a metaphor or fable, if you will, about “upstream-downstream” was created by healthcare practitioners to better explain and argue for the value of preventative health care measures. The fable describes a group of community members standing near a river who witness someone drowning. Some of the community members jump into the water and pull the person to the shore. As soon as they do so, they try to resuscitate her.

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Girls In Justice
Updated: February 16, 2015 - 7:52 pm

I’m grateful for a powerful new book, Girls In Justice by artist Richard Ross, a follow up to his moving earlier Juvenile In Justice, which combines Ross’s photographs of girls in the juvenile justice system with interviews he gathered from more than 250 detention facilities across the United States. If a picture is worth a thousand words, the deeply disturbing photographs speak volumes. Ross uses the power of photography to make visible the hidden and harsh world of girls in detention. These heart wrenching images coupled with the girls’ ages and life stories should move us to confront the cruel and unjust juvenile justice system in our nation.

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2015 Pretty Brown Girl Day Celebration to Launch In Chicago
Posted: February 16, 2015

Detroit, MI ( -- International Pretty Brown Girl Day was established by the Pretty Brown Girl Foundation. This is a special day to empower, inspire and encourage girls of color to love the skin they’re in.

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Wednesday 02/11/2015
Black Women to Gather In L.A. for Conference on Opening Beauty Supply Stores
Updated: February 11, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Los Angeles, CA - The ethnic beauty supply business is a $15 billion business with approximately 13,000 retail outlets across America. According to Beauty Business magazine, the industry has seen a 12% growth during the toughest recession years for retailers between 2007 and 2009. A study conducted by Alberto Culver showed, the beauty customer visits an OTC (over-the-counter) store on average, 22 times per year. These statistics are what contribute to the beauty retail business being such a strong sector.

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Breaking the silence: Rape’s Other Victims
Updated: February 23, 2015 - 2:03 pm

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Tuesday 02/10/2015
Mother & Daughter Launch Meaningful Jewelry & Accessories Business
Posted: February 10, 2015

Ursula Walker and mom, Monique Stone are not only known about town for being the first Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient at BTWHPVA and a multi-talented award winning performing artist (Walker) and the award winning Angel Faces, Inc. Director and multi-talented performing artist (Stone), but also for their eclectic fashion flare, mixing and matching styles and altering clothing to create their own hip, unique look. Thus, HIP-NIQUE was born and they have once again tapped into their artistic and creative side to introduce three very different handmade jewelry and accessories collections. “With the creativity and knowledge of my daughter Ursula, we created HIP-NIQUE'S “EARTH STONES” JEWELRY COLLECTION, using healing crystals that not only have meaning behind its majesty, but, will wow and captivate discerning shoppers with their natural beauty,” Monique says.

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Monday 02/09/2015
AHA, Macy’s & Volunteers Nationwide Raise Awareness of Women’s Leading Cause of Death, Heart Disease
Updated: February 09, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Black PR Wire – February is American Heart Month and through the Go Red For Women® cause campaign, the American Heart Association is asking all Americans to “Go Red” by wearing red on Friday, February 6 to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women.Heart disease, including stroke is the leading cause of death for allAmerican women and nearly 50,000 African American women are dyingannually from these diseases.In fact, as many as one in three women will die from heart disease.

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Wednesday 02/04/2015
Loretta Lynch Deftly Handles Senate Judiciary Committee
Updated: February 04, 2015 - 11:18 am

At the beginning of her appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning, Attorney General-designate Loretta E. Lynch delivered her opening statement. It was one that reflected her solid family background, with many of her family members in attendance at the Hart Office Building.

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Angela Davis Still an Activist
Updated: February 04, 2015 - 11:11 am

Say the name Angela Davis and, depending upon with whom you speak, a range of opinions, emotions and thoughts automatically ensue.

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First Superintendent of Buffalo Soldiers National Monument Named
Updated: February 04, 2015 - 11:08 am

Dr. Joy Kinard, who holds graduate degrees from Howard University and has been instrumental in overseeing restorative projects, including the Carter G. Woodson Home in Northwest, is a 17-year veteran of the National Park Service.

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Black Girls Should Matter,Too
Updated: February 04, 2015 - 10:55 am

WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Black girls are disproportionately suffering from punitive school disciplinary policies and actions yet society fails to take note of their plight the way attention is focused on Black males who get trapped in the school-to-prison pipeline, according to a report by the African American Policy Forum, a New York-based national think tank connecting academics, activists, and policy-makers whose goal is to dismantle structural inequality.

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Rape and the Myth of ‘The Strong Black Woman’
Updated: February 22, 2015 - 1:36 pm

A woman gets raped every 2 minutes in the United States. According to the U.S. Justice Department, nearly one of every five Black women – 19 percent – are raped each year. Many experts suspect those figures severely understate the problem. For example, research by the Black Women’s Blueprint, Inc., a New York City-based civil and human rights organization of women and men, reports that 60 percent of Black women have been sexually assaulted by the time they are 18 years old.

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Tuesday 01/27/2015
One Reason To Smile Campaign Benefiting Women Called Moses
Updated: January 27, 2015 - 10:11 am

Dallas, TX - What is your one reason to smile? One Reason to Smile wants your personal stories of joy and triumph to include in the upcoming coffee table book of the same name.

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Monday 01/26/2015
The Southern Literary Renaissance of Lillian B. Horace
Updated: January 26, 2015 - 10:16 am

Texas’s first African American woman novelist was also a biographer, diarist, educator, publisher, and librarian. Lillian B. Horace was born on April 29, 1880 in Jefferson, Texas. Her parents were Thomas Amstead and Macey Matthews. The family moved to Fort Worth, Texas when Lillian was a young toddler. She would go on to receive her early and formal education, graduating from the historically black institution, I. M. Terrell High School. Lillian enrolled in Bishop College in Marshall, Texas, where she took classes from 1898 to 1899. She focused her entire life around writing, entrepreneurship, community activism, philanthropy, and her faith.

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Tuesday 01/20/2015
Author Dr. Karen R. January Breaks Silence on the Cycle of Silence for Women
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 5:46 am

Lessons Mama Never Taught Me by Dr. Karen R. January was written as a tool to educate young girls and women about areas that greatly affect their well-being. The book is a non-fiction narrative that follows the stories of ten women from varied religious and ethnic backgrounds. Each one tells how they fell to the depths of hell because of crucial life lessons their mothers failed to teach them. They discuss what these lessons are, how they survived, and the paths they each chose toward healing.

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Black Author's Vernadine A. Merrick Politcal Thriller Now Available E-Book
Updated: January 23, 2015 - 5:43 am

And the Walls Came Tumbling Down... The Secret Life of Senator Jack by Vernadine A. Merrick is a political, suspense, romantic thriller that’s received rave reviews across demographics!

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Tuesday 12/23/2014
Obama Adminstration Launches Six New Women's Business Centers
Posted: December 23, 2014

Women-owned businesses are growing like crazy. They have grown faster than the rate of small businesses, according to the annual American Express OPEN report.

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Thursday 11/20/2014
Congresswoman Johnson Re-elected as Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 7:25 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that the Democratic Caucus has approved an additional 12 Ranking Members for the 114th Congress.

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Wednesday 11/12/2014
Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity and the Exposome at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center to Host “LIVE! African-American Women Surviving Breast Cancer Through Education
Posted: November 12, 2014

Memphis, TN ( — The Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity and the Exposome (RCHDEE) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) has convened a Breast Cancer Awareness and Action Coalition that includes 11ealth local and state health care, civic and community organizations. The coalition’s shared goals are to arm African-American women with information to prevent breast cancer’s deadly impact and to encourage best practices in early detection, screening and treatment of the disease.

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Monday 11/03/2014
GM’s Boler-Davis Awarded 2014 Technologist of the Year
Updated: November 14, 2014 - 10:28 am

DETROIT - A General Motors executive who said she was once discouraged by a teacher from pursuing an engineering career received the 2014 Technologist of the Year award from Women of Color magazine.

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Wednesday 10/15/2014
Gwendolyn Jones named interim president of Dallas' Urban League
Updated: October 15, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Gwendolyn Jones, a seasoned professional who has been with the Urban League in Dallas since 2010 and is a specialist in business development, fundraising, banking compliance, policy and procedures and all phases of real estate development, will serve as the League's interim president.

Ms. Jones, formerly served as Vice President of VMK Management and also First Vice President, Compliance Manager/CRA of Countrywide Bank.

“Dr. Brooks has always demonstrated a keen intellect and professionalism,” said Gwendolyn Jones, Urban League Interim President & CEO “She is a problem solver and was the perfect leader to take on the many challenges facing the Urban League.

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