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Leadership Secrets of Outstanding African American Women
2007-08-13 18:36:00
By Paul Davis African American women have overcome unprecedented adversity historically and have now arisen to a place of marvelous success and notoriety. Two of my personal favorites among African American women are Rosa Parks and Oprah Winfrey. Rosa Parks was an African American seamstress and civil rights activist whom the U.S. Congress dubbed the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement". Parks is famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey bus driver James Blake's demand that she relinquish her seat to a white passenger. Her subsequent arrest and trial for this act of civil disobedience triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott, one of the largest and most successful mass movements against racial segregation in history, and launched Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the organizers of the boycott, to the forefront of the civil rights movement. Her role in American history earned her an iconic status in American culture, and her actions have left an enduring legacy for....
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Minority Women on the Bench: Judge Bolin?s Legacy
2007-08-13 17:43:00
This article appeared in the February 26, 2007, edition of The National Law Journal By Kenneth G. Standard , Nazneen Malik We recently noted the passing of a legal pioneer, the Honorable Jane Bolin, who died in January, at age 98. As the nation observes Black History Month, it seems particularly appropriate to reflect on her inspiring legacy in the legal profession. When Bolin donned judicial robes for the first time in 1939, upon her appointment by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, as a judge on the New York Domestic Relations Court, it marked a milestone in the American justice system: A door had been opened, not only for African-American women, but for other minority women as well. For the first time, an African-American woman, attuned to the issues and concerns of women and minorities, had the opportunity and the judicial authority to effect change. Bolin's judicial appointment was, in fact, the culmination of a lifetime of ?firsts.? She was the first African-American woman to... ...
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African-American Women Step up in Business World
2007-08-13 17:20:00
By Jim Hopkins, USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO ? Camille Young worked at big businesses for years until she discovered an idea for her own company during a South Pacific vacation. Back in New Jersey, she started looking for the food she ate in Fiji, frequenting fresh-juice bars in Manhattan because she couldn't find any near home. "Someone really needs to open a juice bar here," Young recalls thinking. She quit her bank job last year to open the first of two juice bars in her BaGua Juice chain in Jersey City. She hopes the company will grow to as many as 50 locations. SMALL BUSINESS CONNECTION Young, 34, is one of thousands of African-American women starting businesses, research shows, in a trend that's tipping the balance of economic power in the black community. As women take entrepreneurship's lead, marketers from banks to tech companies are tapping black women as a new source of revenue. "It's a huge opportunity," says Angela Burt-Murray, editor in chief of Essence, a leading...
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Cultural Factors Keep Some Black Women Away from the Gym
2007-07-02 19:20:00
By Harry Jackson Jr. McClatchy Newspapers Andrea Riggs was ready to take on the competition when she opened her personal training studio in Black Jack, Mo. The niche for Body Beautiful was to help black women get into shape, be healthy and look good. The competition she ran into, however, wasn't Bally or Gold's or 24 Hour Fitness. Instead, her greatest competition came from attitudes about exercise and diet from the people she wanted for her clients: black women. "They told me they didn't want to lose weight," Riggs said, recalling her efforts to recruit clients. "It's cultural expectations and pressures. African-American women seem to say, 'We want meat on our bones, and we all want to be bootylicious and appeal to African-American men.' " People who battle health disparities in African-Americans agree with Riggs. But they admit the topic rarely is broached because of fear of political incorrectness. Still, that well-meaning sensitivity may contribute to killing people. ...
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Are Single Black Women Too Independent?
2007-07-02 18:59:00
By Sonya Triggs Are single black women too independent? Too sure of themselves, too eager to express their opinion (and dis yours), too unwilling to listen and be submissive? Are today's black women even capable of 'following' a strong black man? For all my single brothers out there who have asked me these questions many times - this article is for you. First, let's deal with the first question - Are single black women too independent? My answer to this might surprise you - I think, in many ways, black women are too independent, but with good reason. To understand this dichotomy, you have to understand something about most single black women. Most single black women have a history of supporting themselves, holding down a job (or two), possibly raising children, attending school, taking care of household bills (probably with a house of their own) and helping out with other family responsibilities involving parents, grandparents and siblings. In many cases they have handled thes...
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Black Women Firsts: Hidden Gems of Black History
2007-07-02 18:26:00
From a wisp of a girl in the poet Phillis Wheatley to the brightest brigadier general to the fleet feet of top athletes, Black American women from 1773 to 1997 have transcended the shackles of slavery, sexism, the glass ceiling and OPE (other people's expectations) to widen boundaries not only for Blacks but for all human beings. In several cases these women led their race and their gender as they became not only the first Black woman but the first Black and/or the first woman to reach the top in the following fields: POLITICS and LAW The first Black woman to receive a major appointment from the federal government was Mary McLeod Bethune, who was named director of Negro affairs of the National Youth Administration by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 24, 1936. The first Black woman to serve in a state legislature was Crystal Bird Fauset, who was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Nov. 8, 1938. The first Black to hold two cabinet positions was Patricia...
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When and Where I Enter: Black Women in the Academy
2007-06-22 21:40:00
By Carol E. Henderson Despite the psychological, emotional and intellectual violence done to us on a daily basis, Black women professors have had to stand firm within the ?quiet undisputed dignity? of their personhood. I am still amazed at the naiveté of colleagues in the profession who are blissfully ignorant of our predicament. We are African and American and female in a predominantly White, male profession. Many of us traverse a fine line. Our mental and spiritual health is depleted by constant exposure to those who want to understand us as if we are foreign objects or subjects for display. Many of our colleagues are torn between despising us and wanting to be more like us. Our very presence elicits quite a bit of curiosity among those who see us as a link to Africa ? and as such, a link to a past that is shameful and unimaginable in this day and age of intellectual and technological advancement. But how deceiving that can be. Since Sept. 11, 2001, many of my colleagues and I....
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Can We Talk? - A Black Sister's Call to Arms
2007-06-22 21:17:00
Significant barriers still faced by women of color in the workplace. Despite higher levels of formal education and longer time spent in organizational settings, black women and other women of color still lag behind their white women counterparts, as they advance beyond entry level positions. Research suggests that diverse women employees still face unique challenges in the workplace, such as: * over scrutiny and under management * being labeled as affirmative action hires * lack of mentors and role models * greater interpersonal conflict and harassment * less supportive co-workers or supervisors * training, education and work experience never enough * additional performance pressures * isolation/invisibility * lack of accessible accommodations * heightened perceptions of blocked career paths * stuck in the advancement pipeline * perceptions of not being a "good fit" or a team player. * concrete vs. glass ceilings These stressful and... [[ ...
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Medical Movers & Shakers: African-American Women are on the Front Lines of
2007-06-22 17:29:00
By Shirley Henderson Growing up in Nigeria, Olufunmilayo Falusi Olopade, M.D., was urged by her father, a minister, to become a doctor. "He realized that the health of his congregation was poor" says Dr. Olopade. "He kept encouraging me. He saw a need among our people. That floats what I do." Honoring her father's wishes, she studied medicine in Africa and later in the United States. Today she is director of the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago Hospital. Inside one of her two labs that are stocked to capacity with rubber gloves and test tubes, Dr. Olopade has been advancing the area of cancer genetics through tireless research to find out why Black women develop breast cancer earlier than White women. Nixing the idea that the cause may be environmental factors such as poverty and lack of health care, she determined that Black women developed a more aggressive type of breast cancer, which she bases on genetic factors. ...
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Nurturer or Queen Bee?
2007-06-15 17:25:00
By Julianne Malveaux There were about 30 of us seated in a semi-circle on a weekday afternoon, students, faculty, staff, administrators, mostly African-American women, with a couple of White and Latina sisters thrown in. The occasion ? an informal chat with women after a talk I gave. But the warmth turned wary when one woman asked why African-American women were so mean to each other. We talked about it just a bit, discomfited by the question. I retreated into a conversation about two models of women's leadership ? Queen Bee or Nurturer. The Queen Bee, of course, is the woman who gets some psychic pleasure by being the first and the only. She doesn't give other women a break because no one ever gave her one. She did it the hard way, by golly, and everyone else had better do the same. She forgets that some queens, like Marie Antoinette, end up no one to protect them and their heads on a plate. In contrast, the Nurturer shares, and takes pleasure in sharing. She doesn't want to ...
African American Women with Disabilities: An Overview
2007-06-15 16:49:00
By Eddie Glenn, Ph.D. Post Doctoral Fellowship Howard University Research and Training Center The premise of this paper is that African American women with disabilities are victims of the impact of a "triple jeopardy" syndrome: race, gender, and disability. The author makes the point that there is a dire need for research which focuses on the status, needs, and aspirations of African American women with disabilities. The research study under discussion is designed to address the issue of multiple jeopardy in which most African American women with disabilities find themselves. Introduction It is only recently that people in general have begun to hold candid discussions about disability. Even people with disabilities have always been reluctant to talk about themselves. In the past, many persons with disabilities were self-conscious. In addition, many of them refused to admit that there were differences between persons with disabilities and the non-disabled. In the African American....
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25 Great Companies for Black Women
2007-06-15 00:36:00
By Jayme S. Gayney Essence Magazine To create this year's list, Essence asked more than 60 business insiders -- headhunters, human resources representatives, research firms and nonprofit organizations -- to nominate companies with solid reputations for hiring, retaining, supporting and promoting Black women.(Unlike other lists that rely on a question-and-answer survey in which companies can respond with what they want you to know, we created our methodology based on discussions with those in the know.) We then conducted additional research to find exceptional programs and policies within these organizations that cater specifically to our needs. We also contacted the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to find out if those being considered are indeed practicing what they preach. Finally, we scoured the staff of some great companies to find Black women who are succeeding at all levels. Here are the findings (* Compa nies listed alphabetically): 1. Aetna, Inc., Hartford What mak...
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The Hair Struggle
2007-06-08 18:57:00
For many black women, hair has been an obsession. Photographer Michael Cunningham and author George Alexander explored this issue in their new photo essay book, ?Queens.? The message they came away with after interview over 100 women is that there are multi-faceted meanings in the way women wear their hair. Alexander wrote: ?Hair is about identity, beauty, racial pride, race politics, self-acceptance, self-expression, self-realization, class, status, fun, glamour, romance, fantasy, art, passion, joy, pain, freedom, enslavement and power. Hair can be all those things and more.? Cunningham and Alexander are not the only ones that are exploring the many side of hair issues. In the period of a year, two feature films- last year?s ?Hair Show? and this year?s ?Beauty Shop? have delved into the happenings at Beauty shops. And just before winning an Oscar in 2002, Halle Berry announced that she would be creating a movie version of ?Nappily Ever After,? the best-selling novel about the......
Demystifying Black / African-American Skincare
2007-05-01 19:40:00
Contrary to popular believe, black skin has certain needs specific to its genetic make up. However the basic steps in skincare, cleaning, toning, treating, moisturizing and sun protection are still necessary. Black or dark skin tends to have varying pigmentation and undertones even on one individual. Black skin has a problem with hyper-pigmentation and scaring, and special care is needed to avoid these situations and repair already damaged skin. It is therefore important to know your skin type and problem areas if any. Sun Protection Despite having more melanin than white skin, people of color still need to practice sun protection. Also people of African descent or other dark-skinned race can and do get skin cancer. It is a common belief that the melanin in dark skin protects it from skin cancer. The truth is, melanin only offers some amount of protection. What is true is that with black skin, sun damage is less obvious. The use of sunscreen is therefore necessary. Sunscre...
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Makeup Tips For African-American Women
2007-04-30 23:17:00
African-American women have a wide variety of skin tones ? from lighter to darker and everything in between. And while makeup lines have improved vastly in the last five years, it?s still a tricky undertaking to find the right shade for your skin tone. So finding the right makeup for your personal skin tone can be a tricky thing. If you choose the wrong color family, you can find yourself with a flat complexion or an ashen look. With a little guidance and some trial and error, you can find a color combination that works for you. Here are three simple steps to help you on your way: 1. Pay attention to your undertones. Look beyond your skin?s color (overtone) to find the undertones that give definition to your features. For instance, rich ebony complexions often have cool undertones (look for colors in the blue family). Brown and caramel complexions may have warmer undertones (look for golden colors). Once you determine which colors are yours, use them as accents ? especially around...
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The Love-Hate Relationship Between Black Women and Hair
2007-04-23 23:45:00
By Syann Thompson New writer- Syann Thompson, giving us a personal and historical perspective on black women and the love-hate relationship they have with hair... Black women are constantly engaged in a battle with their hair ?My great granny always said, ?If you want to know a black woman, you touch her hair. She said that is where we carry everything - all our hopes, our dreams, our pains.? - Novelette, Da Kink in My Hair I have always been curious to find out the real reason why we Black women straighten our hair, whether it is through perming or the hot comb. This led me to research and complete an entire dissertation called, Why Black Women Hate Their Hair: A look at British, Caribbean and African-American Women. The results I found were very telling. But this journey of research was not only about hair, but an opportunity to unravel what I believe are deep-seated insecurities we black women have had with our hair for thousands of years. I?m not just concerned about hair,...
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African American Women and the 2008 Presidential Election
2007-04-17 19:31:00
By Leroy Jones, Jr. Political Commentator & Columnist As the political hardball between Senators Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama reaches an almost frantic pace, media pundits and others are dissecting every tiny piece of the cause and the effect of each move. Each group of voters seems to have been analyzed and sized up. The general consensus seems to be the surprise reaction that Sen. Obama is receiving in the African American community. There is absolute amazement over the outcry about his true ethnic background and makeup. Digging deeper within the African American community, which most of the majority media usually tries to do, no one is talking about the true key to the Democratic nomination, which will be the vote of the African American women or what I refer to as SAAW, "Strong African American Women ". My mother, Mayo Louise Jones, may God bless her soul, was the first "SAAW" that I ever knew. She was the rock that held our family together, including an extended family of....
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An insult to all women
2007-04-12 00:53:00
(CNN) -- Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer spoke Tuesday about radio commentator Don Imus' remarks about her team. This is a partial transcript of her speech: They are young ladies of class, distinction. They are articulate, they are brilliant, they are gifted. They are God's representatives in every sense of the word. You see, what you don't realize, perhaps some of you don't realize, that less than a year ago, five of these young ladies were preparing to graduate from high school. There are five freshmen here. And as they prepared to graduate from high school, they thought about what great opportunity they were going to have to come to Rutgers University and get an education, and play at the highest levels. That's what they thought. And before you know it, less than a year, they found themselves on the national stage playing for the world to see, basketball at its highest level, and which, I might add, that this freshman class has over a 3.0 grade-point average. This grou...
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Don Imus in the Morning After
2007-04-10 22:52:00
On the April 4 edition of MSNBC's Imus in the Morning , host Don Imus referred to the Rutgers University women's basketball team, which is comprised of eight African-American women and two white players, as "nappy-headed hos" immediately after the show's executive producer, Bernard McGuirk, called the team "hard-core hos." Later, former Imus sports announcer Sid Rosenberg, who was filling in for sportscaster Chris Carlin, said: "The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the [National Basketball Association's] Toronto Raptors." As of today, CBS Radio and MSNBC announced they are both suspending Don Imus' morning talk show for two weeks beginning next Monday. This piece of breaking news came from Media Matters at the height of the Don Imus comment controversy. Don Imus has served his public apology, calling the remarks he and fellow journalists McGuirk and Rosenberg as "insensitive and ill-conceived." He has been busy going the rounds of interviews in publicly expressin...
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2007 DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for African Americans
2007-04-10 19:08:00
Here are the 2007 DiversityInc Top 10 Comp anies for Africa n America ns: No. 1: AT&T Also No. 3 on The 2007 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list and No. 3 for Recruitment & Retention A long-time Human Capital leader in every demographic, AT&T reports that 21 percent of its work force and 29 percent of its new hires are black/African American. In addition, 30 percent of the women in its work force and 14 percent of its managers are black/African American. No. 2: Wachovia Also No. 11 on The 2007 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list and No. 7 for People With Disabilities Wachovia, which has steadily moved up the Top 50 in recent years, has very strong Human Capital demographics. Thirty percent of its new hires are black/African American and 19 percent of management promotions went to blacks/African Americans. No. 3: Verizon Also No. 6 on The 2007 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list and No. 8 for Recruitment & Retention Another strong.....
Electronic Village: 30,000
2007-04-09 17:27:00
I am one of those who signed up at the 2,000 Bloggers Project of Tino Buntic. Interacting with fellow bloggers is a joy! So when I saw another blogging project called Electro nic Villa ge : 30,000, I immediately thought of joining. This time there is an undercurrent of activism in it. I don't know yet the details but definitely I will be one of those who will post in order for the bloggers' voices to be heard above the din of internet noise. Stay tuned! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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National Minorities
2007-03-10 10:02:04
By Mary Anne Winslow The problem of segregation and racism remains real and vital for every country in the world as in every country there are representatives of different nations who struggle to share and enjoy the same rights as native population does. The reason for segregation and racism is not the skin color, or different culture, faith or language; it is deep in the hearts and minds of people. Usually the representatives of national minority are not able to enjoy all the privileges and benefits not because they do not have a legal right for it, but because the society itself is trying to segregate them and never miss a chance to remind them that they are strangers. Nation al minorities face discrimination in most areas and aspects of everyday life, but in the following essay I would like particularly pay attention to the health service provided to them. Lorraine Cullen and Simon Dyson argue that racism adversely affects the health of ethnic minority groups. Firstly it lead...
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Former K-State football player shares memories of integration - News
2007-03-10 10:02:04
Former K-State football player shares memories of integration - News Veryl Switzer was the first black scholarship football player to graduate from K-State, and the Green Bay Packers selected him with the NFL's fourth-draft pick in 1954. Ron Prince, K-State's head football coach, said Switzer and other black athletes contributed tremendously to enable him to be in the position he is today. Coming from the tight-knit community of Nicodemus, Kan., Switzer said his first class at K-State had more people than his entire town's population. Nicodemus was the first primarily black rural settlement west of the Mississippi River. Located in Graham County, Switzer said it served as a place for former slaves to improve their quality of life, raise their families and have a chance to own farmland. He said he explored his passion for competition in a one-room schoolhouse, where rows of desks divided kindergarten through eighth grade. "Everyone was in one room. Everyone was in your busines...
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An Excerpt on African American Unemployment
2007-03-10 10:02:04
According to a recent social-scientific survey of more than 3,000 employers nationwide, more than 60 percent of employers would not knowingly hire an ex-offender. By comparison, 92 percent of those employers would likely hire a current or former welfare recipient and 83 percent would hire someone who had been unemployed for a year. Reflecting this employer bias and a host of related barriers, the best social science research finds that incarceration carries a 10 to 20 percent "wage penalty." Ex-prisoners on average experience no real wage increases in their twenties and thirties, when young men who have never been incarcerated tend to experience rapid wage-growth. Prison time serves to channel individuals away from skilled occupations and into job sectors characterized by low wages, limited job stability, and fewer opportunities for advancement. It significantly disrupts the career-building process as ex-offenders are left to start back at square one with respect to gaining a... ...
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Will Barack Obama Become The First Black President?
2007-03-10 10:02:04
In the critically-acclaimed multi-awarded tv series, "24", we were introduced to the concept of a Black president. Somehow the idea did not seem bad at all. On television, that is. But when reality followed fiction, the public outlook changes and many people were not that supportive of the idea of having an African American sitting in the Oval Office as President . Just recently Sen. Barack Obama , the gentleman from Illinois who could be a political dark horse, is thrust into controversy when he announced his intent to run for President in the 2008 Elections. Unlike his celluloid counterpart, however, Obama was met with criticism and skepticism. Not Black Enough? His critics were skeptical on how Black really Obama is. Which brings us to ask: What makes an African American an African American or a Black a Black? Is it the color of skin, the bloodline, the place you were born and grew up in, or is it the culture you were exposed to? How does being pure or unpure Black decreases... ...
African American Head Coaches Clash in Superbowl XLI
2007-02-09 21:50:05
African America n coaches are a rare species in the National Football League. The hiring process may have been more discriminating than with the college football teams. As far back as 2004 there have already been 5 African American football coaches hired, including Sylvester Croom, the first African American to be hired as football coach in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) which was known for its history of racial polarization. He was one of the African American coaches hired for the 117 school varsity teams in the NCAA division. The NFL have also been doubling its efforts in diversifing its pool of head coaches. With the Rooney Rule in place, many minority candidates especially African Americans vying for head coach positions were given an opportunity to be considered for the job. In 2003, NFL fined the Detroit Lions for failure to interview minority candidates for head coach after Marty Mornhinweg was fired and Steve Mariucci was immediately hired. The Lions claimed that they.....
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Superbowl XLI: Colts vs Bears
2007-02-09 21:50:05
Superbowl XLI is coming up and for the latest gladiator run we have a very interesting tidbit added into the mix. The head coaches of the two opposing teams are African American. And they're not merely African American coaches but two of the BEST football coaches in NFL. It is rather rare to see Black coaches in NFL and it is rarer to see two of them leading their teams into the Superbowl. No matter which team wins, be assured there is a Black man there standing with the trophy in hand, raising his arms in victory. Every Black man who is a fan of the Superbowl must be proud to see their brothers coaching the best teams. However, considering the popularity of football, why does the pool of head coaches still lack color? From an article at, Chris Collinsworth writes: I had a conversation with Dungy about the interview process when he was the defensive coordinator in Minnesota. I asked him if the lack of African-American owners was the biggest issue for minority coaches. Dun...
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Ten Tips for Healthy, Beautiful African American Hair
2007-02-09 21:50:05
African-America n hair is more adaptable to a variety of styles that do not involve braiding or chemical relaxing if one uses a great relaxer that gradually reduces curl without the brittleness or breakage that can result from chemical relaxers. Natural and moisturizing, a relaxer modifies the hair's structure by breaking hydrogen bonds and rotating disulfide bonds, rather than breaking them as chemical relaxers do. Xenna CEO Carol J. Buck makes ten suggestions for styling your hair after using Curlaway ® Gel: 1. Keep ends in place with a touch of wax or paste. Secure the tips of your bangs or ends to your face or crown with wax, as well. 2. For sleek, romantic waves, set your hair with large rollers or use narrow rollers for sexy, bouncing ringlets. 3. For the tousled, casual look, use a medium barrel curling wand and let the curls fall where they may. (When using Curlaway, your hair will be very responsive to roller and wand styling at a medium setting, so heat styling wil...
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Why I'm Black, Not African American
2007-02-09 21:50:05
September 8, 2004 By John H McWhorter It's time we descendants of slaves brought to the United States let go of the term "Africa n America n" and go back to calling ourselves Black - with a capital B. Modern America is home now to millions of immigrants who were born in Africa. Their cultures and identities are split between Africa and the United States. They have last names like Onwughalu and Senkofa. They speak languages like Wolof, Twi, Yoruba and Hausa, and speak English with an accent. They were raised on African cuisine, music, dance and dress styles, customs and family dynamics. Their children often speak or at least understand their parents' native language. Living descendants of slaves in America neither knew their African ancestors nor even have elder relatives who knew them. Most of us worship in Christian churches. Our cuisine is more southern U.S. than Senegalese. Starting with ragtime and jazz, we gave America intoxicating musical beats based on African conceptions...
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Is America Ready for an African-American President?
2007-02-09 21:50:05
Well, this article seems to think so. At least among residents of Iowa, that is. With the coming 2008 elections, the debate on the war in Iraq will probably heat up and become one of the biggest issues candidates will be debating upon. However, that's not the only thing that will shake up the political arena. Issues of race and gender will be touched upon when Senators Obama and Clinton are in the race to the White House. A woman for President ? An Africa n America n for President? How ready is America for such a radical shift? The Des Moines Register published a poll showing 2/3 of Iowa's adults believe America is ready for an African-American president in 2008. 55 percent of those polled say Americans would elect a woman. And 40 percent believe the country is ready for a Hispanic president. A Hispanic President may not be that far off when New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson officially announces his intent to run for president in March. Read this article from for more....
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