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Black philanthropy month: Philanthropy is not...

Black philanthropy month: Philanthropy is not just for the wealthy

theGRIO REPORT - August is Black Philanthropy Month and in celebrating that, Christal Jackson held her third annual event Philanthropy on the Vineyard at the storied retreat, Martha’s Vineyard.
Cities consider body cameras for cops in wake of...

Cities consider body cameras for cops in wake of Ferguson

MSNBC -- Two major U.S. cities announced Thursday that they are moving forward with efforts to arm police with body cameras, to improve accountability and transparency.
NFL increases penalties for domestic violence

NFL increases penalties for domestic violence

theGRIO REPORT - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has implemented a six game suspension for NFL personnel who are charged with domestic violence or sexual assault and banishment from the league after a second offense...
‘Girlfriend Intervention’ is a terrible show

‘Girlfriend Intervention’ is a terrible show

OPINION - Lifetime channel premiered its latest show, 'Girlfriend Intervention' last night, and it lived up to all the side-eyes people were already giving it...
Albino supermodel Shaun Ross addresses lack of...

Albino supermodel Shaun Ross addresses lack of diversity in fashion

theGRIO VIDEO - New York Fashion Week kicks off next week, showcasing some of the elite designers from around the world, many of which model Shaun Ross has worked for...
71-year-old bodybuilder inspires at health and...

71-year-old bodybuilder inspires at health and fitness expo

theGRIO REPORT - Sam “Sonny” Bryant Jr. is a rarity. He is a champion bodybuilder and at the ripe old age of 71 he is still going strong...

Black Enterprise

Government Wants To Buy 12 Acres Of Weed From Pot...

Government Wants To Buy 12 Acres Of Weed From Pot Farmers

The government wants to buy 12 acres of marijuana for research according to a listing…
Louisiana Governor Sues Obama Administration Over...

Louisiana Governor Sues Obama Administration Over Common Core Standards

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal proves his strong opposition to Common Core State Standards with a…
BET Apologizes For Joke About Blue Ivy’s Hair

BET Apologizes For Joke About Blue Ivy’s Hair

Photo by John Shearer/Invision for MTV.com/AP Images All chaos broke loose on social media, as fans…
Gap: Pay Disparities Between Male and Female...

Gap: Pay Disparities Between Male and Female Employees Eliminated

Going against the grain of women earning less than men, Gap says all their employees…
New Audio Allegedly Captures Darren Wilson...

New Audio Allegedly Captures Darren Wilson Shooting Michael Brown

In light of Michael Brown’s funeral, which found everyone from Spike Lee to Al Sharpton…
Pharrell Being Sued for $1 Million

Pharrell Being Sued for $1 Million

'Happy' Pharrell Williams is being sued by the producer of his YouTube show, ARTST TLK…

The Root

The Black Workforce by the Numbers

The Black Workforce by the Numbers

Labor Day, widely considered to mark the unofficial last weekend of summer, is, of course, also an annual celebration of the contributions American workers make to society. What does the black part of that workforce look like? Here, according to BlackDemographics.com, the Department of Labor and other sources, are the numbers:

I Allowed People to Mispronounce My African Name...

I Allowed People to Mispronounce My African Name for 25 Years

In a recent interview with the Improper Bostonian, Emmy Award-winning star of Orange Is the New Black Uzo Aduba recalls telling her mother of a childhood desire to be called “Zoe,” a name more easily pronounced than her given Nigerian name, Uzoamaka. Aduba’s mother offered the following reply: “If they can learn to say Tchaikovsky and Michelangelo and Dostoyevsky, they can learn to say Uzoamaka.” 

Why Labor Day Should Be a Moral Monday

Why Labor Day Should Be a Moral Monday

On Labor Day we honor America’s working families. These families build our country, serving as the engine that keeps our country on its path toward a just, sustainable democracy. But in 2014, we urge that Labor Day also be a Moral Monday.

Why Are There So Many Black Athletes?

Why Are There So Many Black Athletes?

Editor’s note: For those who are wondering about the retro title of this black-history series, please take a moment to learn about historian Joel A. Rogers, author of the 1934 book 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro With Complete Proof, to whom these “amazing facts” are an homage.

At least 6 Ferguson Cops Named in Civil Rights...

At least 6 Ferguson Cops Named in Civil Rights Suits

Besides Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., officer who killed unarmed Michael Brown earlier this month, six others on the same force have been named in civil rights lawsuits alleging the use of excessive force, the Washington Post reports.

2nd NYPD Death Ruled Homicide

2nd NYPD Death Ruled Homicide

The death of a 45-year-old man who struggled with police while being taken into custody in July in New York City has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner’s office, according to CNN.

Black Voices (Huffington Post)

In America, Only The Poor's Eating Habits Aren't...

In America, Only The Poor's Eating Habits Aren't Improving

CHICAGO (AP) — Americans' eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.


On an index of healthy eating where a perfect score is 110, U.S. adults averaged just 40 points in 1999-2000, climbing steadily to 47 points in 2009-10, the study found.


Scores for low-income adults were lower than the average and barely budged during the years studied. They averaged almost four points lower than those for high-income adults at the beginning; the difference increased to more than six points in 2009-10.


Higher scores mean greater intake of heart-healthy foods including vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy fats, and a high score means a low risk of obesity and chronic illnesses including heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Low scores mean people face greater chances for developing those ailments.


The widening rich-poor diet gap is disconcerting and "will have important public health implications," said study co-author Dr. Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health. Diet-linked chronic diseases such as diabetes have become more common in Americans in general, and especially in the poor, he noted.


"Declining diet quality over time may actually widen the gap between the poor and the rich," Hu said.


Harvard School of Public Health researchers developed the healthy diet index used for the study. It is similar to federal dietary guidelines but features additional categories including red and processed meats, sugar-sweetened beverages and alcohol.


The study authors used that index along with government estimates on trans fat intake to evaluate information in 1999-2010 national health surveys that included interviews with people about their eating habits. The results are published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.


Hu said the widening diet gap reflects an income gap that deepened during the recent financial crisis, which likely made healthy food less affordable for many people. Hu also noted that inexpensive highly processed foods are often widely available in low-income neighborhoods.


The overall diet improvement was largely due to decreased intake of foods containing trans fats but the disappointing results point to a need for policy changes including better nutrition education, Hu said.


In recent years the government and manufacturers have moved to phase out use of artificial trans fats in foods including processed cookies, cakes, frozen pizza and margarines. Trans fats contribute to unhealthy cholesterol levels and can increase heart disease risks. These fats are made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil to improve texture and shelf life.


The study authors say their results are consistent with an earlier report showing that "nearly the entire U.S. population fell short of meeting federal dietary recommendations."


The federal guidelines are updated every five years and new ones will be issued next year. The current recommendations emphasize limiting intake of trans fats, sodium, processed foods and added sugars. They don't specify amounts but encourage diets high in whole grains, vegetables and fruits.


The Harvard index has a similar emphasis with some specifics; to get a top score would include eating daily more than two cups of vegetables, at least four servings of fruit and at least one ounce of nuts.


A JAMA Internal Medicine editorial says the Harvard diet index isn't perfect because it puts equal emphasis on various foods that may not contribute equally to health. Still, the study highlights a "growing chasm" that is a public health concern, the editorial says. It suggests that government efforts to close the gap with programs including food stamps may be insufficient and that limiting government benefits to cover only healthful foods might be a better strategy.


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Online:


JAMA Internal Medicine: http://jamainternalmedicine.com


Federal dietary guidelines: http://tinyurl.com/9yjgeoz


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AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/LindseyTanner

Beyoncé & Jay Z Looked Really Happy At Made...

Beyoncé & Jay Z Looked Really Happy At Made In America

Beyoncé and Jay Z were spotted looking plenty happy at Made In America in Los Angeles on Sunday. ("Still drunk in love?" reads the Us Weekly story about the photos.) Beyoncé and Jay Z spent the summer on tour (and also dodging rumors of a split), but the pair presented a united front at last month's MTV Video Music Awards, where Beyoncé won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

12 Stars (And One Director) Who Had The Best...

12 Stars (And One Director) Who Had The Best Summers In Hollywood

Summer isn't just for Country Time Lemonade and apple pie, it's also a season that can create Hollywood's next batch of superstars. This year, we counted 12 actors (and one director) who made the leap. They probably had a better summer than we did, but ours was pretty great thanks to their efforts, so everyone wins. Ahead, 13 of the summer's best breakout stars.

8 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Feel More...

8 Scientifically-Backed Ways To Feel More Confident (Even When You're Not)

Confidence: Highly coveted, yet often elusive. We dedicate time and energy to cultivating the feeling so we can tap into it when we need it most: at work, in business meetings, on dates, during tough conversations. Fortunately, there are a few science-backed tricks to get us there (even when we totally don't feel it).

If you're feeling less-than-stellar, these simple, actionable tips will help you fake it 'til you make it:

For starters, stand tall.
standing tall

Tall, correct posture is the hallmark outer sign of confidence -- and research shows standing up straight will help you feel it on the inside, too. A study published in the journal Psychological Science showed that a tall, expansive posture helps you act and feel more powerful than more drawn-in stances. As social psychologist and body language researcher Amy Cuddy explains in her TED Talk, your posture can also increase confidence-boosting testosterone in the body and be a potential indicator of success.

Dig out that old rap album.
listening headphones

Getting ready to request a raise or ask someone out on a date? Just press "play." Researchers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University found that listening to bass-heavy tunes may have the power to make you feel more confident.

Recall a time you were powerful.
wedding speech

Making everyone laugh in your best man speech, nailing that job interview, publishing a well-written piece -- whatever it is, those small moments of confidence can make an impact when you're not feeling your best. According to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, channeling a moment when you were genuinely captivating can make you feel (and as a result, act) more confidently. Reviewing your credentials and accomplishments by looking at your resume also may do the trick, TIME reported.

Indulge in your morning ritual.
getting ready in mirror

Those first few seconds when you put yourself together in the morning aren't just crucial for starting your day -- they can bring a surge of self-confidence, too. And while the whole concept may seem more vain than valuable, there's still something to be said for that grooming ritual if you turn it into a mindfulness opportunity (find the simple way to do it here). More confidence and calming thought awareness? We'll take it.

In that same vein, choose your outfits wisely.
business woman

Chances are you've heard the old adage to "dress for success" -- and there's a reason these cliches have longevity. Studies suggest that what you're wearing can have a direct effect on how secure and powerful you feel. Researchers from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University found in an experiment that those who wore white doctor coats (in other words, a piece of clothing associated with a certain quality -- in this case, care and intelligence) performed better on the experiment's administered test than those who did not.

Channel your favorite celeb.
lupita nyongo oscars

Often we think of Hollywood stars like George Clooney, Lupita Nyong'o and Jennifer Lawrence as people who make us feel inadequate (That hair! Those eyes! That smile!), but this exercise can actually help do the opposite. A study published in the journal Personal Relationships found that when people with waning self-esteem wrote down positive qualities they see in their favorite same-sex celebrities and themselves, they felt much more compelled to become their best self. Besides, it takes a special (and awesome) kind of person to have J. Law's sense of humor or George Clooney's collected demeanor.

Stretch those muscles.
stretching

Sometimes all it takes is a good, lengthening stretch to feel like your happiest self. Stretching your muscles can lead to good posture, better blood flow and ultimately more confidence, SELF magazine reported. Not to mention certain stretches can help calm you down. Time to lift those hands up in the air. Ahhh.

Brush up on your Spanish.
adult learning

Learning a new language or sharpening other cognitive skills (re-learning algebra or taking up an art class, anyone?) can boost your life satisfaction in a similar way to a pay raise, according to a study published by the UK's Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. If you need us, we'll be over here practicing our conjugations.

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It's Hard To Learn A New Language. But It's Way...

It's Hard To Learn A New Language. But It's Way Harder To Learn A New Culture.

I spent the majority of this summer at Middlebury College, studying at l’École Française. I had never been to Vermont. I have not been many places at all. I did not have an adult passport until I was 37 years old. Sometimes I regret this. And then sometimes not. Learning to travel when you’re older allows you to be young again, to touch the childlike amazement that is so often dulled away by adult things. In the past year, I have seen more of the world than at any point before, and thus, I have been filled with that juvenile feeling more times then I can count—at a train station in Strasbourg, in an old Parisian bookstore, on a wide avenue in Lawndale. It was no different in Vermont where the green mountains loomed like giants. I would stare at these mountains out of the back window of the Davis Family Library. I would watch the clouds, which, before the rain, drooped over the mountains like lampshades, and I would wonder what, precisely, I had been doing with my life.
Ferguson Cops Start Wearing Body Cameras

Ferguson Cops Start Wearing Body Cameras

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Police in the St. Louis suburb where a white officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old have started wearing body cameras.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports ( http://bit.ly/1r0D9m1 ) that Ferguson police began wearing the cameras Saturday. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told the newspaper officers had the devices on during a protest march Saturday. The march marked the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

Jackson said the department was given about 50 body cameras by two companies about a week ago. Company representatives offered training to officers Saturday on using the devices that attach to their uniforms and record video and audio. Jackson said each officer will get one to use.

BET

Cee Lo Green Schools Twitter on Definition of Rape

Cee Lo Green Schools Twitter on Definition of Rape



Singer tries to define sex without consent.
This Day in Black History: Sept. 1, 1977

This Day in Black History: Sept. 1, 1977



Acclaimed vocalist and actress Ethel Waters died.
Kid Cudi Faints During Concert Performance

Kid Cudi Faints During Concert Performance



Rapper is doing well after falling ill at Chicago show.
Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade are Married

Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade are Married



The couple tied the knot in Miami on Saturday.
This Day in Black History: Aug. 31, 1935

This Day in Black History: Aug. 31, 1935



Former Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver was born.
Michael Sam Released by St. Louis Rams

Michael Sam Released by St. Louis Rams



Defensive end doesn’t survive final cut to make NFL roster.

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H. Hartford Brookins Dies

H. Hartford Brookins Dies

Romney Faces Tough Questions from Black Leaders

Romney Faces Tough Questions from Black Leaders

2010 Census Missed More Than 1.5 Million...

2010 Census Missed More Than 1.5 Million Minorities

Toxins Poison Florida Community

Toxins Poison Florida Community

VIDEO: Man Puts Child in Washer Machine,...

VIDEO: Man Puts Child in Washer Machine, Babysitter Watches

UCLA Medical Center Stung by Lawsuit

UCLA Medical Center Stung by Lawsuit