On April 9, freshman Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (right) joined Rep. Alma Adams and co-launched the first first-ever Black Maternal Health Caucus.
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Rep. Adams and Rep. Underwood Launch Black Maternal Health Caucus

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Launching the caucus sends a message that we are very concerned about the disparity as it relates to maternal health and African-American women. That African-American women and giving birth and being successful at giving birth and having healthy children is an important issue for this Congress and for our country,” said Rep. Adams. […read more]

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After her landslide victory, Lori Lightfoot speaks to her supporters as the Chicago’s first Black female mayor.
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What Does the Lightfoot Election Mean for Chicago’s Black Businesses?

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “While Mayor Lightfoot will be in control, she faces decades of racism, sexism and corruption ingrained in the city’s systems. She will need continued support to affect real change,” In Our Own Voice founder, president and CEO Marcela Howell said. “Those who joined together to elect Lightfoot must now band with her to address the systemic oppression that cripples Chicago and threatens Black communities.” […read more]

Black women sit at the nexus of race and gender and are buffeted by the twin spectres of these “isms”, and struggle upstream against a current of prejudice and bias which is compounded by gender and race. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
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The Fight for Equal Pay, Gender Parity Heats Up

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Black women sit at the nexus of race and gender and are buffeted by the twin spectres of these “isms”, and struggle upstream against a current of prejudice and bias which is compounded by gender and race. This intersectional discrimination exacerbates those gender and race gaps, stymies Black women’s ability to access educational opportunities, and has a pervasive and corrosive impact on their careers and career advancement, experts say. […read more]

Author Mary B. Morrison has built a 20-year career of women’s empowerment through literature with 26 books under her belt. (Photo courtesy Mary B. Morrison)
Atlanta Voice

Author Mary B. Morrison continues to inspire female empowerment through literature

ATLANTA VOICE — With 20 books in 20 years serving as the foundation of her career, Mary B. Morrison has built a legacy of empowering women, especially Black women as a New York Times-bestselling author. Through her books, the New Orleans-native and Atlanta resident has made it her mission to either showcase Black women in powerful positions or warn them of the repercussions of their missteps. […read more]

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Charleston Chronicle

PRESS ROOM: New Study Identifies Potential Treatment For Higher Rate Of Preterm Birth Among African American Women

CHARLESTON CHRONICLE — It may be possible to lower the high risk of preterm birth among African American women with certain immune and bacterial factors in the microbiome of the cervix and vagina that appear to modulate this risk, according to new research published in Nature Communications. March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit for the health of moms and babies, sponsored research at their Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine that helped lay the foundation for these recently reported findings.  […read more]

Polls proved to be wildly inaccurate and the numbers completely misread how well Gillum, Tallahassee’s mayor, would eventually fare in the primary. He won.
Commentary

A Black man who could become Florida’s next governor

NNPA NEWSPAPER — “Nationally, a confluence of factors, including a surge of political grassroots activism, resistance to the odious policies emanating from the White House and record numbers of women – particularly Black women and women of color – has resulted in these groups and individuals not just mobilizing and organizing but also running for office. This groundswell has changed the face of the election landscape.” […read more]

Melanie Campbell, President & CEO, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and National Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), returned to her hometown of Mims, Florida, to join NCBCP state-affiliate leader, Salandra Benton, State Convener, Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation (FCBCP)/FL BWR, and Desmond Meade, Founder of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC), to encourage Black voters in Brevard County to vote “Yes” on Amendment 4
Politics

PRESS ROOM: NCBCP President/CEO Melanie Campbell Returns to Hometown to Join FRRC #LetMyPeopleVote GOTV Bus Tour in Historic Brevard County, Florida

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Amendment 4 restores the eligibility to vote for individuals with prior non-violent felony convictions in Florida, who have fully completed their entire sentences, including any probation, parole, and restitution. The Amendment specifically excludes those people who have committed murder or a felony sexual offense. […read more]

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Commentary

COMMENTARY: Bill Cosby, White Women and American History

JACKSONVILLE FREE PRESS — “In the years of Cosby’s foolishness it’s hard to believe he would believe he could do the same things as the big time White boys, but it is impossible for me to believe that those women couldn’t find anyone in the country who would listen to or believe them if they had accused Cosby of sexual assault. Most press organizations would have jumped all over such charges with wall-to-wall coverage. I will not speculate as to why they didn’t go public with their accusations against Cosby…” […read more]

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Premiere Black Women’s Organization Spearheads International Change

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Our mission is to convene hearings and conversations that evaluate the impact of current public policy and initiate new policies that address major threats to the well-being of Black women, their families and communities. We are a membership driven organization with a seat at the table for all those who believe as we do, that it is our duty to help make life better for others.” […read more]

Monica Simpson, the executive director of SisterSong, says that the work of Black women will help us understand and combat Trump’s agenda, with Black women leading the fight.
Featured

Op-Ed: Black Women Show the Way Forward in 2018

SAN DIEGO VOICE & VIEWPOINT — There is a reckoning afoot in this country. On one side, Trump has emboldened and embodied a virulent and reckless hate that targets women, Black people, and immigrants (among many others). Each day brings a new outrage. On the other side, #MeToo has followed #BlackLivesMatter as a hashtag-turned-movement, led by courageous truth-tellers who are sick and tired of a violent and largely ignored status quo. […read more]

Politics

Obama Lauds Black Women at CBC Dinner

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – During his speech at the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) Phoenix Awards Dinner, President Barack Obama celebrated the critical role that Black women have played in “every great movement in American history” and pledged to Read More

Politics

Black Women Mobilizing for 2016 Vote

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As the 2016 election cycle ramps up, Essence magazine and the Black Women’s Roundtable have teamed up to mobilize and re-energize Black women voters. The partnership hopes to raise the profile of the already-powerful Black women’s vote. In Read More

Business

Black Women See Job Prospects Improve

By Freddie Allen Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Job prospects for Black women improved in June, as they recorded better employment numbers than the other major adult groups, the latest jobs report by the Labor Department shows. The jobless rate for Black women over Read More

National

Black Women Face Pay Gap

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Black women working full time earned just 64 cents for every dollar White men made in 2013, according to a new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP). Researchers with CAP, a nonpartisan education Read More

National

Report: Black Girls Should Matter, Too

George E. Curry NNPA Columnist WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Black girls are disproportionately suffering from punitive school disciplinary policies and actions yet society fails to take note of their plight the way attention is focused on Black males who get trapped in the school-to-prison pipeline, according to Read More

Business

Black Women are Taking Care of Business

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Instead of breaking the glass ceiling, Black women have increasingly started making their own. According to the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan progressive institute, Black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the Read More

National

Mixed Record on Progress of Black Women

By Jazelle Hunt Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite the stubborn persistence of racial disparities in health, there is cause for Black women to celebrate. “Overall, our life expectancy continues to rise, while teenaged pregnancy rates have dropped dramatically. And most recently, the rate of Read More

Health

Study shows African-American women less likely to receive HPV vaccine

[VACCINE NEWS DAILY]   Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine released a study on August 27 that showed African-American women are less likely to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine than white women. The study looked at African-American and white women with access Read More

Health

Program may help black women avoid weight gain

[REUTERS] A program including self-monitoring, gym access and occasional counseling calls helped black women maintain their weight in a new study. Black women who are overweight or slightly obese are known to have a lower risk of weight-related health problems than white women at the Read More

National

Black Women See Dramatic Fall in Incarceration Rates

by Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent Kemba Smith’s case highlighted problem of Black women in prison. WASHINGTON (NNPA) – After years of being on the rise, the number of Black men locked behind bars in state and federal prisons decreased 9.8 percent between 2000 and Read More

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Op-Ed

Onion’s Apology is Not Accepted

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist   In the midst of the Academy Awards drama on Sunday, February 24, one of the Onion’s writers (we don’t know who he is – I doubt a “she” would have stooped so low), described the lovely and talented child Read More

Op-Ed

White Democrats Abandon Strong Black Women

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist What is it about Democratic presidents and Black women that result in the women always being thrown under the bus? Black women gave President Obama 96 percent of their vote in 2012 – compared to 87 percent for Black men Read More