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Beyond conversations: What are next steps to bridge the disparity gaps?

Beyond conversations: What are next steps to bridge the disparity gaps?When I look back at the stories I've worked on this year, there's one theme that appears over and over. From black baby dolls being hung from a noose at a high school, to protests over Miss Saigon, to a professor being reprimanded after teaching about institutional racism, race and racism keep coming up.

Maybe, just maybe, we as a society are ready to start having meaningful dialogue about privilege and racism in a way that will actually bring about changes — from our educational system to transportation to housing and the criminal justice system. Although simply talking about it will not necessarily bring about the needed changes, at least it's a start.
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Intolerance hardens towards gays across Africa

Intolerance hardens towards gays across AfricaJan. 14 (GIN) – Governments across Africa are decreeing new punitive laws against gay nationals just as displays of tolerance and acceptance are being seen around the world.

Nigeria, Cameroon and Uganda in the last few months all tightened existing laws that target the homosexual community, their organizations, meeting places, and anyone working within or for gay rights in Africa.
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U.S. retirement crisis has "racial component'

U.S. retirement crisis has WASHINGTON (NNPA) – More than three-fifths of Black working-age households – 62 percent – have no assets in a retirement account, according to a new study by the National Institute of Retirement Security (NIRS),

Working-age households contain residents 25 to 64 years old. Even those Black households with assets trail similarly situated Whites. Among the 38.3 percent of Black households age 55 to 64 who do own accounts, the average savings is $34,365. That's a fraction of the $206,400 saved by their White counterparts.
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Gregory Lorjuste: President Obama's scheduler also worked for Bill Clinton's Harlem-based foundation

Gregory Lorjuste: President Obama's scheduler also worked for Bill Clinton's Harlem-based foundationNot many young African-American men can lay claim to having a bond with one — never mind two — U.S. presidents. But Gregory Lorjuste, deputy director of scheduling for President Obama, is one of the fortunate few. Before working on Obama's first White House bid, which ultimately led to his current gig, Lorjuste worked for former President Bill Clinton's Harlem-based foundation.
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Study: Little difference in risky behaviors in PG-13, R movies

Study: Little difference in risky behaviors in PG-13, R moviesMany parents would never think of allowing their young teen to see an R-rated movie, but a fresh study shows those films have much of the same type of content as those that are rated PG-13.

Amy Bleakley is a research scientist at the University of Pennsylvania who was a co-author of the study appearing in the latest edition of the journal Pediatrics. She said the PG-13 rating, determined by the Motion Picture Association of America, doesn't always stop the kind of material parents may think it does.
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A better deal for kids in the budget? Democrats and Republicans say 'yes'

A better deal for kids in the budget? Democrats and Republicans say 'yes'June Jimenez of Silver Spring, Md. was pregnant when she was laid off from her job at a public affairs firm last year. She tried unsuccessfully for months to find a job and worried about losing her home.

"My mortgage is $1,500 a month and I only received $320 a week in unemployment," she says.
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Hundreds of Minnesota children in need of role models

Hundreds of Minnesota children in need of role modelsThose Minnesotans who have resolved to do what they can to make the world a better place in 2014 are being encouraged to consider becoming mentors to young people.

According to Gennea Falconer, director of Kinship of Greater Minneapolis, they currently have around 200 youths in ongoing mentor relationships, but ...
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Proposed tobacco settlement excludes Black media

Proposed tobacco settlement excludes Black mediaWASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department and the Tobacco-Free Kids Action Fund have reached an agreement with the four major tobacco companies that requires them to spend more than $30 million advertising with the three major television networks and run full-page ads in 35 White and Hispanic newspapers as well as purchasing space on their respective websites but not make a single purchase from a Black print or broadcast media company.
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Floyd Henderson: Breaking barriers

Floyd Henderson: Breaking barriersNorthside resident and retired research librarian Floyd Henderson was inducted into Valparaiso University's Hall of Fame last year in February as the first African-American inductee.

Henderson made history for the first time when he gained the title of first African-American to participate in intercollegiate athletics at Valparaiso University in 1951. The barrier breaker said that he first heard about the Lutheran university from his hometown minister.
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The mission continues: New year brings new methods

The mission continues: New year brings new methodsThe essence of a new year is that it brings forth new opportunities and new possibilities for an organization to grow, change, and transform. January is the time when individuals as well as organizations reflect on lessons learned from the prior year, and use this wisdom for continuous improvement in the coming year.
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Is national media coverage of Cedar Riverside fire connected to scrutiny of Somali Americans?

Is national media coverage of Cedar Riverside fire connected to scrutiny of Somali Americans?I woke up Tuesday morning to Facebook posts from my Somali American friends expressing their sadness and confusion about the Cedar Riverside apartment fire that day. The fire left 14 injured, destroyed a halal market, and also partially damaged a nearby mosque. Many of my friends and acquaintances were in disbelief and shock at the news as the new year began.
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