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ColorOfChange Applauds Johnson & Johnson’s Decision to Cut Ties with ALEC

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 22 June 2012 20:21.

Move Follows Civil Rights Group’s Ad Buy Targeting African Americans and Tying Company to ALEC - Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced this Tuesday that it would no longer fund the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The announcement comes a week after ColorOfChange launched radio ads targeting African Americans in Chicago, DC, New Brunswick, NJ, and Sanford, FL and exposing the connection between Johnson & Johnson and the policy group, which has pushed legislation that hurts black communities such as voter suppression bills and so-called Stand your Ground laws.

NYU School of Medicine Adult ADHD Program to Host a Special Screening of “Gigante: A Documentary"

Written by NYU Langone Medical Center on Monday, 28 May 2012 17:15.

torres111215ntNew York City - The NYU School of Medicine will host a special screening of GIGANTE, a documentary about Andrés “Yungo” Torres, a Puerto Rican professional baseball player currently with the New York Mets and his struggles with acute ADHD. It revisits the pivotal years of his childhood in flashbacks interpreted by children culled from the humble Western Puerto Rican neighborhood where Yungo was raised and flashes forward between his last year as a San Francisco Giant and his new beginning with the Mets. Starring his teammates, coaches, family, and the luminaries of ADHD research, GIGANTE aims to put a light on the man who has achieved so much in spite of one of the most acute manifestations of the disorder. Part cautionary tale, part biopic, it aims to inform, enlighten and inspire.


“The Under Shepherd” Takes A Controversial Look at the Black Church

Written by Tene’ Croom Special to the NNPA on Monday, 09 April 2012 19:25.

The latest foray into movie making by nationally syndicated morning DJ Russ Parr is astounding.  He wrote and directed his fifth movie entitled, The Under Shepherd. It’s sure to have people, particularly those deep in the Black church, saying a lot more than amen. For example, this one scene from the movie illustrates what I mean. “You’re a fraud and an insult to this church (First Baptist Church) and God.” Deaconess Carter, with controlled anger, deftly portrayed by Vanessa Bell Calloway, said to the Rev. Lawrence “LC” Case. He’s played by Isaiah Washington, whose character was a doctor in the ABC network drama, Grey’s Anatomy.  Looking at her straight in the eye, with an air of self righteousness, Rev. Case replied, “I am God.”


What Carbohydrates Do To Your Body

Written by Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity on Monday, 12 March 2012 15:29.

There’s lots of information out there these days about nutrition and health, and some of it can be very confusing!  One nutrition topic that has gotten a lot of attention lately is carbohydrates, or “carbs.”  It seems that every time we turn around, some has developed a new weight loss program that focuses on cutting or increasing carbs. But what are carbohydrates, and why are they so important to us?


Positive Parenting During Early Childhood May Prevent Obesity

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 06 February 2012 18:01.

Programs that support parents during their child’s early years hold promise for obesity prevention, according to a new study in the online February 6 issue of Pediatrics.
Today, one out of five American children is obese. Young children who are overweight are five times more likely than their peers of normal weight to be obese by adolescence. Obese children and adolescents, especially low-income and minority youth, are at increased risk for a range of medical, social and academic problems.

Author to Speak on a Slave Escape from a Durham Plantation

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 20 January 2012 20:00.

106RALEIGH - In 1848, Mary Walker fled slavery and the plantation that is now Historic Stagville in Durham, leaving behind her son and daughter.  She spent 17 years trying to recover her family.  Dr. Syd Nathans, professor emeritus with Duke University, tells of Walker's remarkable ordeal in the book "To Free A Family:  The Journey of Mary Walker" at Historic Stagville on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m., and at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, on Monday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m.  The programs are free.