Are Black Women Obese Because We Want to Be?

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There are few stories that cause me to sprint to Facebook and Twitter, but a widely read New York Times opinion editorial by Alice Randall arguing that black women are the most obese group in America because “we want to be” caused me to do just that. Curious to hear what my African-American sister-friends had […]

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Washington’s Unfair War On America

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The high stakes debt ceiling negotiations have had Americans and the rest of the world on the edge of their seats. While most of the media elite has focused on whether our political leaders can achieve a bipartisan deal on the debt, the rest of the world has taken note of how dysfunctional our democratic […]

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What People of Color Should Know About Tax Cut and Deficit Reduction Proposals

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A lot has been said about the proposed tax giveaway to the wealthiest Americans and the austerity measures recommended by President Obama’s deficit commission. However, an analysis of the impact that both proposals would have on black and brown Americans has been missing from the conversation. U.S. Census Bureau projections show that the nation is […]

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Let’s Move! Sarah Palin

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Former Governor Sarah Palin recently claimed that First Lady Michelle Obama’s childhood obesity prevention campaign inappropriately usurps the role of parents in making food choices for their children. Her critical comments fail to recognize that, in too many instances, parents have become prisoners of school and community environments that restrict their child’s access to healthy […]

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Zero-Basing Public Schools, Free-Basing Education Policy

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There was a tale of two school districts on display at Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum on Saturday morning. The occasion was Congressman Elijah Cummings’s annual arts competition–an event in which students from high schools across his Congressional district submit their best work in the hopes of winning the honor of having their art hang in […]

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Michelle Obama and America’s Fiscal Future

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During a breakout session at last winter’s White House Fiscal Responsibility Summit, President Obama’s chief economic advisor Larry Summers introduced the subject of Social Security reform by suggesting that an increase in the retirement age may be a prudent consideration given that “Americans are living longer”. When it was my turn to speak, I pointed […]

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