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High blood pressure, strokes and Blacks

High blood pressure, strokes and Blacks

GLENN ELLIS
 GEORGE CURRY MEDIA Few, if any, health issues touch the lives of more African-Americans than high blood pressure. Usually, hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe if the pressure is above 180/120. Blood pressure numbers between 120-139 systolic (upper number) or 80-89 diastolic (lower number) are considered prehypertension. […]

‘Justice’ in Black and White

‘Justice’ in Black and White

SUSAN K. SMITH GEORGE CURRY MEDIA Their names will – or should – become household words: Brian Banks and Brock Turner.  Both are athletes. Both were good students with no criminal histories. One, Banks, is Black. Turner is White. Both were accused and convicted of rape. Banks was 16 and still in high school in […]

We need literacy warriors

We need literacy warriors

Dictionary defines warriors as “a person who fights in battle and is known for having courage and skill.” In “Roots,” reimagined Kizzy Kinte tells her dad, “Reading is my way of being a warrior, my way of feeling free inside.” Teaching enslaved people to read and write was illegal in most Southern states, so reading […]

Jordan continues fight for economic empowerment

Jordan continues fight for economic empowerment

Last month, the National Urban League last week released our annual report on the social and economic status of people of color, the State of Black America®. This year’s edition, “Locked Out: Education, Jobs & Justice,” was especially significant because it marked the 40th anniversary of the report, first issued in 1976 by Vernon Jordan. […]

What about Harambe?

What about Harambe?

Since his shooting at the Cincinnati Zoo on June 28, the death of Harambe, a 17-year-old male gorilla, has created a firestorm of controversy in contemporary “culture wars.” There has been considerable second-guessing concerning the decision to shoot and kill the animal. Even worse, there has been unreasonable vilification of the parents of the 3-year-old […]

Self-identify over birth certificates? There’s more

Self-identify over birth certificates? There’s more

Unless you are comfortable with little girls or women sharing bathrooms with men, you should be angry about the president’s new transgender bathroom directives that allow persons to use restrooms based on how they self-identify, rather than the sex stated on their birth certificates. The more radical wing of the transgender movement involves not only […]

Obama must recommit to eliminating nuclear arms

Obama must recommit to eliminating nuclear arms

On May 27, President Obama became the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, Japan, where at the end of World War II the U.S. became the first and only country to drop an atomic bomb. The president used the occasion to revive attention on the need to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Immediately, the […]

Dylann Roof doesn’t deserve the death penalty

Dylann Roof doesn’t deserve the death penalty

Dylann Roof, the unrepentant racist who killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., is a monster. He prayed with people before reciting racist cants and annihilating people. After his heinous acts, it was discovered that he was a rabid racist who wrapped himself in the Confederate flag. Does he deserve […]

Has America given up on school desegregation?

Has America given up on school desegregation?

May 17th marked the 62nd anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawing so-called “separate but equal” public schools. The decision effectively superseded the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision upholding racial segregation. Chief Justice Roger G. Taney wrote in the Dred Scott decision in 1857 that he believed […]

The myth of equality

The myth of equality

SUSAN K. SMITH GEORGE CURRY MEDIA COLUMNIST As a child growing up, I found solace in words found in the Declaration of Independence and in the
Holy Bible. The Declaration of Independence says
“all men are created equal…”The Bible
says that God loves everyone, and that Jesus
showed the agape love that was of and from God. If
a person […]