Picture 1126Salahis incident again raises Blacks’ fears for Obama’s life
‘There is a sense of dread always in the African American community about this president,’ a lawmaker says. The Secret Service says threats against Obama are at the same level as for Bush and Clinton. Reporting from Washington – Last week’s congressional hearing over the security mistakes that allowed a publicity-hungry Virginia couple into a White House dinner has put a spotlight on persistent fears among African Americans for President Obama’s safety. “The African American community is watching this president like a hawk,” Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said after sitting through the House Homeland Security Committee hearing. “We’ve lost the great nonviolent heroes of the 20th century, and there is a sense of dread always in the African American community about this president.” (Continue Reading…)

Tiger’s troubles widen his distance from blacks
Amid all the headlines generated by Tiger Woods’ troubles — the puzzling car accident, the suggestions of marital turmoil and multiple mistresses — little attention has been given to the race of the women linked with the world’s greatest golfer. Except in the black community. When three white women were said to be romantically involved with Woods in addition to his blonde, Swedish wife, blogs, airwaves and barbershops started humming, and Woods’ already tenuous standing among many blacks took a beating. (Continue Reading…)

For Black Women, Breast Cancer Strikes Younger
Many African-American women don’t fit the profile of the average American woman who gets breast cancer. For them, putting off the first mammogram until 50 — as recommended by a government task force — could put their life in danger. “One size doesn’t fit all,” says Lovell Jones, director of the Center for Research on Minority health at Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Jones says the guidelines recently put out by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force covered a broad segment of American women based on the data available. “Unfortunately,” he says, “the data on African-Americans, Hispanics and to some extent Asian-Americans is limited.” (Continue Reading…)

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