Why black cardiologists are vital—and rare

Dr. Rachel M. Bond has seen the difference black cardiologists can make. She recalls the time she volunteered to give a brief talk at a predominantly black church in Brooklyn, New York. Many of the members, she said, had untreated heart problems—because they’d felt physicians didn’t understand them or take them seriously. “After that meeting, you would be surprised how […]

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Black kids and suicide: Why are rates so high, and so ignored?

Teen suicide rates among black youth are increasing. In 2016 and again in 2018, national data revealed that among children age 5-11, black children had the highest rate of death by suicide. For the years 2008 to 2012, 59 black youth died by suicide, up from 54 in the years 2003-2007. Also, the 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s […]

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You Can Now Send Your Kids to Black Friday 'Camp' While You Shop

Black Friday — the biggest shopping day of the year — is almost upon us, folks. (Yeah, yeah, we know: That came up fast.) No problem, though, because we’ve got the 411 on a very cool babysitting option for your kids, so you can empty that wallet unfettered, all through Thanksgiving week. Select Life Time gyms are offering full and […]

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Man’s tongue turned BLACK and became so swollen it blocked his airway

Gruesome pictures show how a man’s tongue turned BLACK and became so swollen it blocked his airway and made his heart stop twice The man was a haemophilia patient, meaning his blood couldn’t clot properly His tongue kept swelling uncontrollably and eventually blocked his airways When medics tried to put a breathing tube into his throat his heart stopped They […]

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23% of young black women now identify as bisexual

Since 1972, social scientists have studied the General Social Survey to chart the complexities of social change in the United States. The survey, which is conducted every couple years, asks respondents their attitudes on topics ranging from race relations to drug use. In 2008, the survey started including a question on sexual identity. As sociologists who study sexuality, we’ve noticed […]

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‘He’s not crazy. He’s hurting’: Suicides are rising for young black and Latino men in Texas

Hip-hop is therapy for Tye Harris. Tonight’s session is at the Granada Theater. He takes the stage in his red Adidas joggers and a jean jacket. He’s nervous, but he pulls the mic close to him. It’s time to channel T.Y.E, his alter ego and more confident side. The lights dim and his hip-hopera begins: “Something is unusual, with me […]

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Many Black Americans Live in Trauma Care ‘Deserts’

FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 — Black neighborhoods in America’s three largest cities are much more likely to be located in a “trauma desert,” an area without immediate access to a designated trauma center, a new study finds. Census data for neighborhoods in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles revealed that neighborhoods made up of mostly black residents are more […]

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