Congressional Black Caucus concerned about Amazon/ Whole Foods deal

By Frederick H. Lowe Online retailer’s agreement to buy Whole Foods Market, the upscale grocery chain, for $13.4 billion has some members of the Congressional Black Caucus concerned because they fear it could lead to more food deserts in African-American communities. In a July 20 letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Maureen Ohlhausen, acting chairman of the[Read More…]


Experts: Drug policy needs more science, less punishment

Posted by Nathan Collins of Stanford University Drug policy in the United States often goes against the findings of science, instead focusing on cultural attitudes about drug users and addiction, argue neuroscientists and legal scholars. The team says that basing drug policies on scientific information could benefit the fight against widespread opioid addiction and overdoses. “Drug policy has never been based[Read More…]

Barbara Gonzaque Boutte

  Barbara Gonzaque Boutte, widow of the Alvin J. Boutte, CEO of Indecorp, Inc., the holding company for Independence Bank of Chicago, has died. Mr. Boutte also was president of Independence Bank, once the nation’s largest black-owned bank. Mrs. Boutte died July 17 in her Markham, Ill., home from multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. She was 86. Known[Read More…]

How Medicaid helps black women

By Dawn Godbolt, Ph.D. Medicaid is absolutely essential for minority women and their families. Minority women are underpaid in comparison to other groups, lack access to care through private insurers, and have worse birth outcomes than their White counterparts. Given that women of color face greater barriers to coverage than most groups, Medicaid is indispensable in providing access to treatment[Read More…]

Medicaid provides health coverage for 28 percent of black adults and 57 percent of black children

  By Dawn Godbolt, Ph.D. Center for Global Policy Solutions Medicaid plays a significant role in providing health care to communities of color and reducing health disparities. People of color tend to be covered by Medicaid at a higher rate than Whites, often because they face structural disadvantages, which result in less access to private health insurance. Examples of these[Read More…]

Baby teeth link autism and heavy metals, NIH study suggests

  Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese, compared to teeth from children without autism, according to an innovative study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. The researchers studied twins to control genetic influences and focus on[Read More…]

High blood pressure linked to racial segregation in neighborhoods

WASHINGTON–The findings, reported in the May issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, offer further evidence that policies to reduce residential racial segregation may have meaningful health benefits, especially for African-Americans, who suffer the highest rates of hypertension of any group in the United States. Residential segregation, the separation of groups into different neighborhoods by race, has long been identified as a[Read More…]

Is soda making your brain age faster?

            BOSTON–New research suggests that excess sugar—especially the fructose in sugary drinks—might damage your brain. Researchers using data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) found that people who drink sugary beverages frequently are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall brain volume, and a significantly smaller hippocampus—an area of the brain important for learning[Read More…]

Real Men Cook Cooks Up a New Recipe for Black Men and For Its Father’s Day Event Honoring Them

CHICAGO — Black men are nearly always depicted as criminals, affecting the way we think about ourselves as men, husbands, boyfriends, brothers, uncles and fathers. We’re shown carrying guns not books. We’re followed in stores because workers there assume we have come to steal not to buy. Women tightly clutch their purses in fear because they believe our chief aim[Read More…]