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African-American – News September 8, 2011

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Metro East minority contractor group threatening to shut down major construction project
Metro East minority contractor group threatening to shut down major construction project (KMOV-TV Saint Louis)
A group of African American contractors has threatened to shut down a major construction project because it says IDOT is not hiring enough minorities.
Peer mentors, mental health care credited with helping to reduce black infant mortality rate (Flint Township/Swartz Creek Advance)
Peggy VanderMeulen, director of Strong Beginnings, talks about the $4.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that will expand efforts to reduce the African-American infant mortality rate in Kent County.

Watching “The Help” (The Gazette)
I suppose I should admit my biases about “The Help” upfront, because there was no way I could go see a movie like this without feeling cynical.

Study: 33 Percent Of Americans Raised Middle Class Move Downward As Adults
Study: 33 Percent Of Americans Raised Middle Class Move Downward As Adults (National Public Radio)
That headline may not seem significant, but here’s how Pew Charitable Trusts sells its finding that 33 percent of adults who grew up middle class end up sliding downward: The idea that children will grow up to be better off than their parents is a central component of the American Dream, and sustains American optimism.
CastingA African Americans forA 60’sA ProtestA Re-enactment (Realism101.Com)
Documentary about Newark, NJ needs 20 to 30 young African-American people for a re-enactment scene of a civil disturbance from the 1960’s. That means you have to be able to look like a ’60’s person – no visible tattoos, no shaved heads, . You could get away with a shaved head or more modern hairstyle if you have the right kind of hat – think … (more)

Sides galvanize over same-sex marriage ban (Windsock)
The N.C. General Assembly is scheduled to return to Raleigh next week, primarily to consider proposed amendments to the N.C. Constitution.

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