African-American – News

African-American – News June 6, 2012

Jim Crow Returns: New State Laws Could Take Obama Out This Fall (SF Weekly)
Around noon on a windy fall Sunday, the motorcade began forming. Dozens of African-Americans, ages 5 to 85, poured from the three-story New Covenant Baptist Church and into a coughing 20-year-old bus, a cramped church van, and their cars.

Mary J. Blige To Play Malcolm X's Wife In TV Drama
Mary J. Blige To Play Malcolm X’s Wife In TV Drama (StarPulse)
Mary J. Blige has signed on to play civil rights hero Malcolm X ‘s wife in a new TV drama.
Lifespan Gap Shrinks Between Whites, Blacks (IVillage)
TUESDAY, June 5 — The gap in life expectancy between U.S. Whites and blacks narrowed between 2003 and 2008, yet significant disparities remain, a new study finds.

Where, Oh Deceiver, Is Thy Sting? The Tea Party and Racism (Free Republic)
As we approach the silliest of all Silly Seasons, it is important to bear a couple things in mind.

Exercise benefits black girls less than whites, study shows (Lake Wales News)
In a dispiriting finding for African-American girls and women, a new study finds that while engaging in high levels of physical activity is a good bet for preventing obesity in white adolescent girls, it does not give their black peers the same benefit.

Groups mobilize to counter assault on voters’ rights (Final Call)
As many as five million people could be denied access the right to vote in the November presidential election because of a series of regressive actions, including insisting on photo identification at the polls, reducing time allotted for early voting and eliminating Sunday voter registration drives popular among Black churches.

GRAPHIC: Howeownership Rates by Race/Ethnicity, 1994-2012 (CEPR)
The Census Department release had some negative news on homeownership rates. The 65.5 percent homeownership rate was down a full percentage point from the year-ago-rate. This is down almost four full percentage points from the peak in the second quarter in 2004 and is the lowest level since the fourth quarter of 1998.

Differences In Breast Cancer May Be Indicated By A Newly Discovered DNA Marker (MediLexicon)
Researchers and doctors at the North Shore-LIJ Health System and the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered a potential explanation for why breast cancer is not experienced the same way with African American and Caucasian patients.


A man was sentenced to 4 years in jail due to joint-remnants

A man was sentenced to 4 years in jail due to joint-remnants stuck to his shoe!

A British man was sentenced to four years in jail because the remains of a smoked joint were found stuck to his shoe. 43- year old Keith Andrew Brown was sentenced to four years for the “possession” of cannabis at the UAE airport.

After airport customs found cannabis weighing less than a grain of sugar embedded in the thread of his shoe. However, he was pardoned and released early from prison.

The UAE is a popular destination for British tourists and imposes though penalties for all drug-related crimes.

Four years is the usual charge for possession while trafficking is punishable by death. It bans many over-the-counter medications including melatonin, which eases the effect of jet lag and codeine, a common ingredient in pain relievers.

There are reports saying that a Swiss national was jailed after 3 poppy seeds from a bread roll were found on his clothes. Visitors are advised to “take extreme caution in order to avoid arrest.”