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    Predatory Lending Overly Victimize Blacks

    Blacks are more vulnerable to lending predatory practices, particularly when it comes to securing home mortgages, a recent CNN report found. But CNN also reported that victims of high cost interest rates and overpriced housing...

    ‘Years of Heartache’ Recounted in New Mandela Book

    A new collection from the private papers of former South African President Nelson Mandela reveals years of heartache due to missing his family while in prison and his discomfort at becoming a national icon. Conversations...

    Rains Cause Floods in Haiti; Officials Say 12 Dead

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Steady rains flooded portions of the Haitian capital over the weekend, turning streets into rivers and leaving at least 12 people dead, civil protection officials said this week. Storms falling on...

    No Going Home yet for Darfuris in Refugee Camp

    ABU SHOUK CAMP, Sudan (AP) — The kids in this Darfur refugee camp have lived here for all or most of their lives, and won't be going home soon. Children in dust-coated jeans or robes...

    Spelman College Students Win AT&T Mobile App Prize

    Two Spelman College women created a winning AT&T mobile application and received a $10,000 prize with a tool called HBCU Buddy, BlackAmericaWeb.com reported. Jonecia Keels and Jazmine Miller are co-captains of the college’s Spelbots robotics...

    Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program Continues 50-City Tour

    The Diabetic Amputation Prevention (DAP) Foundation recently announced it will continue its 50-city tour, the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, in New York. The program will offer free diabetes and high-blood pressure screenings and provide...

    Harlem Welcomes First Hotel Since 1967

    Aloft, one of Starwood Hotel’s boutique lodgings, opens in New York City’s Harlem later this month, it will be the first hotel to open in the neighborhood in over 40 years. According to the Associated...

    Emergency Medical Technician Charged for Not Helping Dying, Pregnant Woman

    A New York emergency medical technician (EMT) who was accused of doing nothing while a nearby pregnant woman entered medical distress and subsequently died was recently charged in a federal court with misconduct, The...

    Joint Center Report: Black Vote Possible Key to Democrat Victory

    Don’t write-off Democrats just yet, as a newly released report found that African-American voters could help Democrats retain control of Congress, and gain ground at the state level, if they show up at the...

    California Legalization of Marijuana not Universally Accepted

    California’s Proposition 19, to enact legalization of marijuana for recreational use in that state, faces opposition from those who say passage of the ballot initiative in November could create a myriad of problems. Among them...

    Black Law Enforcement Group Questions FDA Menthol Ban

    The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) has released a statement citing “serious concerns” about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ban on menthol cigarettes. NOBLE issued the statement prior to hearings scheduled...

    Woman acquitted in Winfrey South Africa school scandal

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A woman accused of abusing teenagers at Oprah Winfrey's school for girls in South Africa was acquitted of the charges Monday, and Winfrey said she was "profoundly disappointed'' by the trial's...

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