April 11, 2016
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April 8, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) and CBC Health Braintrust Chairwoman Robin Kelly (IL-02) released a joint statement to recognize National Minority Health Awareness Month.
Chairman Butterfield: “It is paramount that we continue to acknowledge and discuss the health disparities that affect minority communities. Since its inception the CBC has been committed to advancing access to affordable health care for all Americans so that we can eliminate racial based health disparities. Ending health disparities means addressing inequities in environmental, social, and economic conditions in our communities.
“Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and stroke are some of the most debilitating diseases to disproportionately impact minority communities. We can reduce the rates of these serious illnesses by expanding access to coverage, which we have started by covering 20 million more Americans with the Affordable Care Act. But we must continue to do more to help spread information that will prevent illnesses in order to promote and maintain a healthier society. We must continue to target those vulnerable communities and utilize resources to close the health gap.”
Rep. Robin Kelly: “National Minority Health Month raises awareness about the persistent and pervasive health disparities impacting communities of color across the nation. From diabetes and kidney disease to breast and prostate cancer to HIV/AIDS, African Americans in particular remain at or near the top of nearly every negative health indicator. As such, it is critically important that we take this opportunity to spotlight these disparities.
“While there are many factors that contribute to health disparities in the African American community, the lack of diversity in medicine is a key contributor. Research shows that patients respond much better to culturally competent care. My principal focus this year as Chair of the CBC Health Braintrust is to promote diversity in medicine and strengthen the diversity pipeline to create more opportunities for African Americans in the medical profession. Increasing diversity and expanding access to health care are key steps in reducing health disparities in America and making our communities safer.”
Since its establishment in 1971, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) have joined together to empower America’s neglected citizens and address their legislative concerns. For more than 40 years, the CBC has consistently been the voice for people of color and vulnerable communities in Congress and has been committed to utilizing the full Constitutional power and statutory authority of the United States government to ensure that all U.S. citizens have an opportunity to achieve the American Dream. To learn more about the Congressional Black Caucus, visit http://cbc-butterfield.house.gov.
Media inquiries: Tyler Clifford at (202) 226-9776 or [email protected]
Interim Communications Director
Congressional Black Caucus
Abraham was considered righteous because he believed God. He took Him at His word. What is God asking you to believe today, this week, this month, this year? We must learn to believe God and His word.
Fresh off a loss on American Idol, runner-up La’Porsha Renae has found herself in hot water after she called the LGBT community a “lifestyle.”
Renae, in an interview, was asked about how she felt about the “Religious Liberty” bill 1523 that her home state of Mississippi had banned, allowing members of the LGBT community to be refused services by people who claimed religious exemptions.
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Flowers are blooming. Trees are budding. It’s finally springtime; well, it is in the parts of the country that still respect and adhere to the seasonal calendar.
For many, spring is an exciting time of the year as it brings warmer weather and prepares us for summer. But for those suffering from asthma, spring, its pollen and other allergens can be dangerous.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 3 million African Americans were living with asthma in 2012. In fact, Blacks are 20 percent more likely to have asthma than any other race.
Asthma isn’t something to play with. An asthma attack can be fatal.
Here are a few things to be aware of that can trigger a springtime asthma attack:
Trees and grass
Trees and grass produce pollen as they begin to bloom in April. This may result in high pollen counts in the air, which can seriously affect your asthma. Weeds and ragweed are other plants that may trigger your asthma symptoms and make you miserable.
Campfires are fun, and a good way to eat a tasty S’more. But, the smoke may not sit so well for someone with asthma. Smoke is another trigger for asthma flare-ups. If you are going to be near a campfire, be sure to sit upwind of the smoke. Also, don’t sit too close to the fire.
With spring comes more rain and thunderstorms across the country. Experts say rainwater is the reason why allergens like pollen grains spread like wildfire. During these storms, there are usually high winds. This helps spread the pollen at a quicker rate. So you may struggle breathing or experience other asthma symptoms more during a thunderstorm. Stay indoors if you can.
Not only do some insects carry pollen, which is a natural trigger for asthma symptoms. But, some stinging insects may be fatal for those suffering from asthma. Be aware of any yellow jackets, honeybees, wasps, hornets and fire ants if you’re spending long amounts of time outdoors. Avoid using perfume, as some insects are attracted to the sweet smell.
For some people with asthma, chlorine can be an irritant, triggering a reaction. Talk with your physician if you are experiencing allergic symptoms like eye and nose irritation.
For anyone with asthma, there are phone apps that can help you keep track of pollen in the air and other triggers that can make you feel miserable.
So, you’re on a date with a guy you really like, but does he know that you’re feeling him? According to new research, the answer might be in your body language — those subtle movements you may not be noticing.
“The most important part is understanding body language, but not obsessing over it,” says Jasmine Turner, matchmaker and founder of Black Match Made in Chicago. “It can confuse you if you’re looking at it the wrong way.”
According to Turner, body language is most important during the pursuit phase. Although as a more traditional matchmaker, she doesn’t necessarily encourage women to pursue their desired male counterparts, she does suggest several ways to let them know your interest. Many of these hints, she says, are naturally subconscious, especially for confident women. Men don’t give off many of these signs.
But, what if you’re not always so comfortable on dates? Here are five suggestions to let him know you’re interested:
1. Start before the conversation begins.
Turner says there are ways to flirt without actually walking over to a man. A wink, a nice stare with a smile, and doing those things in a “feminine way” can pull men in.
“As women, we’re very sensual,” Turner says. “And that’s how we express interest.”
2. Pucker up.
There’s a reason that celebs like Kim Kardashian have perfected the Instagram selfie pucker: our mouths are a big part of how we flirt.
“A little bit of openness and a little bit of pucker shows we’re interested,” Turner says.
3. Engage in hair play.
Hair is a flirting tool that many women naturally use. Touching and flipping your hair not only shows it off, but brings attention to one of your best assets.
“We do it because we’re giving exposure,” Turner says. “It says, ‘I want you to see the beauty in my face; I want you to see me.’”
4. Still keep your cool.
Be careful not to fidget too much, though, as a ton of unnatural movement can come off as being uncomfortable.
“It could also be a sign that she wants to get away, making her seem agitated or aggravated.”
5. Be vulnerable.
Exposing parts of the body like the neck, throat, or wrists may subconsciously indicate a level of trust and openness to your potential partner.
“Those areas are usually protected because they’re vulnerable,” Turner says, “But when a woman is comfortable with a man, she may show those areas, like tilting her head to expose her neck.”
by Caroline M. Brown –Blackenterprise.com
Business and brand pioneer Lisa Price, founder of Carol’s Daughter, a natural haircare and beauty products line, was recently honored by the Harlem Business Alliance (HBA), a New York City nonprofit that services Harlem’s business community.
Price received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award during HBA’s 35th Anniversary Awards Dinner. Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, who owns New York restaurants Red Rooster & Streetbird, was honored with a Business Person Award.
The Harlem Business Alliance was founded in 1980 by a group of prominent Harlem business leaders who recognized the void that had resulted from years of disinvestment and abandonment in Harlem and the critical need to mobilize the existing businesses and organizations to come together as a collective voice.
Other HBA honorees included NYC Comptroller’s Chief Diversity Officer Carra Wallace (Government Service Award), journalist at NY1 & CNN Errol Louis (Percy E. Sutton Award), Red Rabbit founder Rhys Powell (Chairman’s Award), and Harlem Haberdashery co-owner Louis Johnson Jr. (Community Service Award).
Each of the winners embodied this year’s Awards Dinner theme: Black Business Matters. Meaning, they understand the necessity and importance of Harlem Business Alliance in the community and urged attendees to assist and give back to the community in their own ways; either through philanthropy and support of their community or starting businesses of their own.
Many of the honorees accredited each other as motivation to continue pushing forward an agenda based on supporting Harlem and the African American community as a whole.
The surprise of the evening came at the end of the program when New York Congressman Charles Rangel took the stage to award HBA Executive Director, Regina Smith with the Legends Award. As a parting courtesy from Congressman Rangel, HBA received an official Proclamation declaring March 29th as “Black Business Matters Day.”
The importance of black business in helping to uplift the community in terms of addressing societal issues cannot be understated. History has shown, despite harrowing and tough times in hostile environments, growth and support of black-owned businesses, translates into substantive progress in the black community, note HBA representatives.
In 2012, HBA was awarded a $728,750 Community Economic Development (CED) grant for a new HBA program, the Back Office Support Initiative. With this grant, HBA was able to build a new co-working space. Creative Workspace @HBA houses a Business Support Center where it provides pro-bono back office services for up to a year to eligible local entrepreneurs.
In exchange for this assistance, these entrepreneurs agree to hire low-income residents. As of now, these CED entrepreneurs have hired more than 60 employees.
When looking for new business or investment opportunities, many look toward owning successful franchises as the way to go.
Just think, the brand is already established, the basic business model is set, and there is basically a blueprint laid for you to follow—sounds simple enough. What may not be as obvious to you, however, is the unique set of challenges that come along with opening your addition to a franchise.
BlackEnterprise.com offers a few of the pros and cons to weigh to determine if franchising is right for.
Pros: Well, this can be pretty obvious.
Cons: Even with all that up, there are a few downs.
Learn more about the opportunities in franchising from the owner of 2 highly successful Wing Stops, Tina Howell, at the 2016 BE Entrepreneurs Summit, May 4-7, Loews Hotel Miami, Miami, Florida. Register now. Be sure to follow Black Enterprise on social media @BlackEnterprise for Entrepreneur Summit news, highlights, and updates.
We have begun a new week. How are you feeling? Are you excited about the possibilities? are you filled with dread and doubt? Trust and believe that God has great plans for you this week. As in Mark 9:24, ask The Lord to help you overcome your unbelief.
President Bill Clinton doubled down on his 1994 Crime Bill, pulling back from his recent apology for his role in the over incarceration of young African Americans. Instead, today he labeled these youth in similar fashion to his wife’s description 20 years ago, as a type of predator that leads to people being “hopped up on crack.” Mass incarceration has largely been the type of stain on the Clinton legacy with Black Americans that doesn’t wash out with words. Clinton’s bill has left in its wake a trail of devastated African American families cut off from loved ones that have served sentences for nonviolent drug offenses that were decades too long. For former President Bill Clinton to now insinuate that Black Lives Matter protestors are defending murderers and gang leaders, is offensive to a people that have been through so much due to his legislative actions. Yet, here we stand in 2016 hearing the same rhetoric espoused to create the Crime Bill, now being used to justify its abhorrent results. Where as in 1996 Hillary Clinton called young blacks super predators, that is now replaced with Bill Clinton saying,
I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out into the street to murder other African American children — maybe you thought they were good citizens.
Hillary Clinton’s statements calling inner city black youth, “super predators who must be brought to heel” was a line of thought built to create unfounded paranoia about urban youth back in the 1990s.
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