Rep. Charles Rangel to be admonished
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-New York, will be formally admonished Friday by the House’s ethics committee for violating rules on receiving gifts, the committee announced Thursday. The issue centers on who paid for his and several other members of the Congressional Black Caucus’ 2007 and 2008 travel to the Caribbean. While the committee found that the other five caucus members committed no wrongdoing, Rangel “violated the House gift rules by accepting payment for reimbursement for travel to the 2007 and 2008 conferences,” it said in a written statement. (Continue Reading…)

Caribbeans need many boxes to ID race on US Census
Identify yourself as being of “Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin” on the 2010 U.S. Census questionnaire, and you will get to be more specific about your ancestry, such as Mexican-American, Cuban or Puerto Rican. But check the box for “black, African-American or Negro” and there will be no place to show whether you trace your identity to the African continent, a Caribbean island or a pre-Civil War plantation. Some Caribbean-American leaders are urging their communities to write their nationalities on the line under “some other race” on the forms arriving in mailboxes next month, along with checking the racial categories they feel identify them best. (Continue Reading…)

Single Black women being urged to date outside race
So many black women are single, she says, because they are stuck in the groove of a one-track song: sitting alone, waiting for that one “good” black man to come along and sweep them off their feet. Waiting. Talking to girlfriends. Waiting. Going out alone. Waiting. Going to work. Waiting. Waiting for a “good” black man, with the same education level to marry them. Waiting. Even when they know the odds are stacked against them. Single black women with college degrees outnumber single black men with college degrees almost 3 to 1 in major urban areas such as Washington, according to a 2008 population survey by the U.S. Census Bureau. Given those numbers, any economist would advise them to start looking elsewhere. (Continue Reading…)

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