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Erika Nicole Kendall: Black Women Want to Be Overweight? I’m Confused

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Erika Nicole Kendall speaks to Alice Randall’s recent piece in which Randall argues that African American women are choosing to be fat.   She says that there are multiple perceptions of black female identity, and that Randall’s viewpoint is just one of them.   Alice Randall’s recent op-ed confused me. I couldn’t quite tell if the estimated 4 percent of the population that is black, female and overweight is to blame for…

Poor Baby: Tami Roman Wants Fans to Stop Bullying the Basketball Wives

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In what might be the biggest LOL moment of the week, Tami Roman of Basketball Wives says that she wants the public to stop bullying her and her co-stars.  In an interview with Sister2Sister Magazine, Roman goes in on those who are allegedly creating all of this negativity around her show: “Waking up to negativity on Twitter, negativity on Facebook, negativity on blogs, it’s emotionally and mentally draining, and things…

African American Women In Metro Atlanta Facing HIV Crisisis

African American Women In Metro Atlanta Facing HIV Crisisis

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Atlanta is in the midst of a crisis because the rate in which African-American women in the city are being infected with HIV is now being compared to some third world countries. Studies have shown that black women now make up 60 percent of newly reported HIV cases. The CDC has reported that 1 of every 30 black women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. 11 Alive Atlanta…

H.I.V. Crisis Facing Black Women in Atlanta [Video]

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The AIDS rate is increasing so fast among black women in Atlanta that one local news station, 11 Alive News, is sounding the alarm. Research shows African-American women, many living in Atlanta, are being infected with HIV — so much so that the new cases are being compared to African countries, according to 11 Alive News. Data collected in 2009 from the health departments in Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett…

NY Times: “Black Women Want to be Fat”

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Alice Randall at the New York Times says that black women have a cultural identity in which they encourage one another to be overweight.   FOUR out of five black women are seriously overweight. One out of four middle-aged black women has diabetes. With $174 billion a year spent on diabetes-related illness in America and obesity quickly overtaking smoking as a cause of cancer deaths, it is past time to…

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The (Ree)lationship Guide: Are Black Men ‘Bitter’ About Love?

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by Ree, “The (Ree)lationship Guide” In 2005, Tyler Perry’s  film titled “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” attempted to shed light on possible reasons why African American females are “angry” in regards to love and relationships. Four years later, Tim Alexander filmed a narrative/documentary titled “Diary of a Tired Black Man” that displayed video footage of conversations with minority (primarily African American) men and women regarding love and relationships. Majority…

Basketball Wife Producers Plan to Sue Jennifer Williams

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Basketball Wife Jennnifer Williams pushed hard against the show when she filed suit for being slapped.  Well, the producers aren’t sitting idly by and allowing that to happen.  The show’s producers have filed suit against Williams, apparently in retaliation for her decision to publicly diss the show that paid her bills. Williams originally filed suit against another cast member, Nia Crooks, when Crooks slapped her during a recent episode.   TMZ…

The (Ree)lationship Guide: Are You Talking Too Much?

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Far too often I’ve run across situations in which someone’s significant other cheated on them with a childhood friend or a relative. While there is no excuse for this extreme deception, I’ve oftentimes questioned my clients about conversations they have with their “inner circle” regarding their relationship. Below are 3 relationship topics you may want to cease discussing with your “inner circle”.   1. Good sex. Bragging about good sex…

Let’s Discuss NBA Player J.R. Smith’s [Ass]tronomical Love Life with The (Ree)lationship Guide

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The media has been abuzz with news of the $25,000 fine imposed on New York Knicks’ J.R. Smith for tweeting a picture of his girlfriend’s [ass]tronomical body part. The $25,000 should be the least of his concerns, as he’s probably spending that amount of money on his monthly expenses. His biggest concern should be his relationship. Let’s assume his girlfriend knew his intentions prior to the media catching wind of…

Amazing Video on Black Female Media Images – a Must See

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This video shows how black women have been historically portrayed in the media.  

Love and the Black Church

Love and the Black Church: 10 Things Your Pastor Won’t Say About Dating and Relationships

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For centuries there has been a unique, close-knit relationship between black people (particularly black women) and the black church. Below is a list of things your pastor won’t tell you in regards to dating and relationships:   1. You should date, daily. Dating daily is important to acquire a better understanding of yourself and people from various backgrounds. Your pastor probably wouldn’t advocate this, as it may be misconstrued into…

Too Soon? Target Pulls the Whitney Houston Gift Card

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Hallmark once offended black families everywhere last year with it’s Father’s Day Card for black women.  This time it’s Target and they’ve created a card in honor of Whitney Houston that doesn’t have many people laughing.   Yes, we saw the card too.  Not funny.

Study Links Hair Relaxers To Fibroid Tumors and Early Puberty In African American Females

Study Links Hair Relaxers To Fibroid Tumors and Early Puberty In African American Females

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    A new study in the American Journal of Epidemiology has linked hair relaxers to uterine fibroids, as well as early puberty in young girls. Scientists followed more than 23,000 pre-menopausal Black American women from 1997 to 2009 and found that the two- to three-times higher rate of fibroids among black women may be linked to chemical exposure through scalp lesions and burns resulting from relaxers. Women who got…

Is Marriage Doomed in the African American Community?

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The once dominant married couple family—a husband who works for pay, a wife who tends to home and children—has relinquished its privileged position, having now become a minority of all households. More Americans are unmarried now than ever. People marry later in life and sometimes not at all. And among those who do marry, the wife is more likely than ever to earn more or be better educated than her…

Studies Show African American Women Carry The Heavy Weight Of Family’s Financial Burdens

Studies Show African American Women Carry The Heavy Weight Of Family’s Financial Burdens

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    Nearly three-quarters of black women worry about not having enough money to pay their bills, according to a poll conducted by the Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation, a survey The Washington Post calls “the most extensive exploration of the lives and views of African American women in decades.” The findings, which have been uncovered in a series called “Black Women In America,” took a close look at the impact…