Feds, Florida authorities probe Trayvon Martin shooting

SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — An unarmed black teenager shot to death by a neighborhood watch captain told his girlfriend he was being followed shortly before the confrontation that killed him, a lawyer said Tuesday as federal and state prosecutors announced they would investigate. “‘Oh he’s right behind me, he’s right behind me again,’” 17-year-old TrayvonContinue reading “Feds, Florida authorities probe Trayvon Martin shooting”

The New Jim Crow: How the War on Drugs Gave Birth to a Permanent American Undercaste

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com. Ever since Barack Obama lifted his right hand and took his oath of office, pledging to serve the United States as its 44th president, ordinary people and their leaders around the globe have been celebrating our nation’s “triumph over race.”  Obama’s election has been touted as the final nail in the coffinContinue reading “The New Jim Crow: How the War on Drugs Gave Birth to a Permanent American Undercaste”

More Black Men in Prison Today Than Enslaved in 1850

aColorLines’ Thoai Lu is reporting that the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that as of 2008, there were more than  846,000 black men in prison, making up 40.2 percent of all inmates in  the system. The article highlights a recent talk given by author Michelle Alexander, who puts those numbers in context. Alexander, authorContinue reading “More Black Men in Prison Today Than Enslaved in 1850”

Woe, NewsOne for black America reports that African American Female HIV Rates Now Rival Africa

As we prepare to recognize National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day, a new research study has served as a wake up call for a community that might have gone too far. The Center for Disease Control now estimates that 1 out of every 32 black women will be infected with HIV during her lifetime.Continue reading “Woe, NewsOne for black America reports that African American Female HIV Rates Now Rival Africa”

The Body website presents “White Women and HIV”

The Hidden Epidemic: White Women and HIV By Terri L. Wilder, M.S.W. From AIDS Survival Project September 2001 “People see me — I’m blonde, I live at the beach, I’m the girl next door — and when we go into schools, you should see their faces change when I tell them I’m HIV positive. That’sContinue reading “The Body website presents “White Women and HIV””

CBS presents “Out of Control AIDs in Black America”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEO4z4Y0cmw This show was broadcasted in 2004; the AIDs rates among black women have more than tripled since the showed aired. How is it that we have not gotten the picture? This has been an epidemic for more than 20 years. It’s time for us to wake up, time to be conscious about what’s goingContinue reading “CBS presents “Out of Control AIDs in Black America””