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African-American Women In America Make Advancements In Education & Entrepreneurship, Struggle In Other Areas
The latest study by the Center for American Progress (CAP) takes a comprehensive look at the state of black women in America, analyzing African-American women and health, education, entrepreneurship, economic security, and political leadership. We are 13 percent of the female population in the United States, but still have major disparities in various aspects of our lives. Strides are being made, such as the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the spread of paid sick leave. Under the ACA, about 5.1 million African-American women with private health insurance are currently receiving expanded preventive service coverage and an estimated three million African-American women will now have access to affordable or subsidized health insurance. Here’s a snapshot of what CAP found:
One in four African-American women are uninsured.
- More than any other group, African-American women suffer from hypertension: 46 percent of black women 20 years of age and older have hypertension; only 31 percent of white women and 29 percent of Hispanic women of the same age do.
- White women may be more likely to have breast cancer, but African-American women are more likely to die from it. An average of five black women per day (or 1,722 annually) succumb to breast cancer.
- An incredible 65 percent of new AIDS diagnoses among women are African American.
Although more African-American women pursue higher education, the numbers are still at a significantly lower level than that of white women.
- In 2004, the college graduation rate of African-American women was 24.1 percent and has not increased at the same rate as those of white women, Latinas, or Asian American women. Thirty percent of white women have a college degree.
- Only two percent of African-American women are in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, or STEM; women as a whole make up 24 percent of the STEM workforce.
- “According to Census data about work-life earnings, white women make more than African American women among full-time, year-round workers, regardless of what degrees they have obtained,” reports the organization.
Businesses owned by African-American women continue to grow despite significant financial and social obstacles.
- “African American-owned businesses are the fastest-growing segment of the women-owned business market and are starting up at a rate six times higher than the national average,” reports CAP.
- The number of companies started by black women increased nearly 258 percent from 1997 to 2013.
- In 2013 the number of black women-owned businesses was estimated at 1.1 million. This comprised an incredible 42 percent of businesses owned by women of color and 49 percent of all African American-owned businesses.
- Businesses owned by black women employed 272,000 workers and generated $44.9 billion in revenue in 2013.
- But of the top 10 fastest-growing private companies owned by black entrepreneurs from 2009 to 2012, just 27 percent were owned by black women.
This is a major issue for African-American women as they continue to have higher rates of unemployment than white women and continue to have lower amounts of weekly usual earnings and median wealth in comparison to their male counterparts and white women.
- According to the most current available data, African-American women only made 64 cents to the dollar compared to white, non-Hispanic men in 2010. White women, however, made 78.1 cents to the same dollar.
- African-American women only earned $610 per week, whereas black men earned $666. White women’s median usual weekly earnings were $718 in the second quarter of 2013.
- The rate of unemployment for African-American women was 181 percent more than that of white women in the second quarter of 2013. Black women had an unemployment rate of 10.5 percent versus to 5.8 percent for white women.
While black women have long been community leaders, they are underrepresented in all levels of government.
- Only 14 of the 98 women in Congress are African American.
- Of the 29 women of color now serving in the House of Representatives, 16 are black.
- There is only one African-American female currently serving as mayor—Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore–in the nation’s top 100 cities.
Who among us doesn’t enjoy traveling? Sometimes a little escape from reality is just what the doctor ordered and we can’t blame you! With hectic schedules and busy lives a little R&R is not only much needed, it’s deserved! Sadly, with travel comes the hassle of packing.
\Not to worry though, we’ve got you covered! If you’re anything like us packing can sometimes be a nightmare, with the hardest items to pack being toiletries. Between hair, makeup and skincare products a girl can go over the airports weight limit with the extras alone! The best way to travel in style is simply by preparing ahead and purchasing travel sizes of your favorite items or even buying travel sized bottles and making a kit of your very own.
Read more at StyleBlazer.com
Earlier today we reported on journalist Rebecca Harrington, who dropped a substantial amount of weight in 10 days by combining two of Beyoncé’s most strict diet regimens. The first was the Master Cleanse diet, which Bey used to lose weight for her role as Deena Jones in the 2006 Dreamgirls remake. The second was another regimen that Bey used to shed pounds fast after giving birth to Blue Ivy. By combining these two plans into one 10-day dieting journey, partnered with Bey’s intense workout schedule, Rebecca was able to drop 10 pounds in 10 days. Now we don’t know if we’d necesserily reccomend trying this diet. I mean, losing 10 pounds in 10 days doesn’t sound like the safest thing to do. But you ladies asked for the details of the diet, so here it is!
It’s no secret, strict dieting and commitment to exercising is what keeps Beyoncé in tip-top shape all year long. In the past, Bey has even revealed some of her more extreme diets. In an attempt to shed a few pounds, journalist and Beyoncé fan Rebecca Harrington decided to combine the diet Bey used to lose weight to prepare for her role as Deena Jones in the 2006 Dreamgirls remake and the diet she used after giving birth. The result: Rebecca dropped 10 pounds in 10 days.
“One think [thing] I have always enjoyed about Beyoncé is that she’s very open about how hard it is to eat like she does,” Rebecca wrote.
“I will endure the Master Cleanse that Beyoncé endured when she lost weight for Dreamgirls. I will attempt the herculean diet Beyoncé used to lose weight after birthing Blue Ivy,” she continued.
Though she fell victim to temptation and had a cheat day during the 10-day journey, Rebecca confessed that the diet wasn’t anywhere near as bad as she expected it to be.
“I have to say, the actual food on this diet was not terrible. It was sparse, yes, but flavorful.”
In addition to the strict diet, Rebecca recounts the countless hours that she spent working out in the gym. In the end, her hardwork paid off. 1o days later, she was 10 pounds lighter. She adds that in the past, she tested out Gwyneth Paltol and Madonna’s diets—neither came close to yielding results as drastic as Bey’s.
“The real hardship of this particular regimen was the exercise. Beyoncé worked out for two hours a day to get rid of the baby weight and it is hard for a working woman with a busy schedule,” Rebecca later confessed.
As for what got Rebecca through those two-hour workouts…
“It was Beyoncé’s music that got me through it,”she said.
Would you ever try something so extreme?
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Is it all those cheeseburgers a boyfriend brings around that makes us gain weight? Or perhaps it’s the singles who are at risk, because of the lonely nights spent with a tub of ice cream? Actually, both are correct. Nobody is totally safe from the ways dating, love and relationships can make us pack on the pounds.
The government shutdown may have affected you in more ways than you imagined. It even made people sick. So it’s a good thing the two sides have come to an agreement.
Due to the shutdown, 52 percent of the Health and Human Services staff (including the EPA, FDA, NIH, and others) were put on furlough. Many of them have already been called back. “Agencies from the Federal Aviation Administration to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recalled some of their furloughed workers to deal with safety issues and other emergencies,” reports Yahoo! News.
But staffing cuts actually had an impact on your health in various ways. Here are a few ways that staffing cuts to these agencies affected your health, reports Business Insider:
1. Clinical trials — Enrollment in clinical trials at the NIH had a major slowdown as its staff was cut by about three quarters. What this means is that cancer patients, for example, were turned away from potentially life-saving treatments. There were seven new trials that were set to begin, but were delayed, according to The New York Times.
2. Flu surveillance — During the shutdown, the CDC was unable to monitor the progression of disease over time, which is especially important during flu season. And since every flu season is different, the virus is continually changing. Monitoring the season allows the CDC to be able to inform the public if there’s an especially virulent strain.
3. Flu awareness — All health awareness campaigns were stopped, so reminders to go out and get a flu shot, or to constantly wash our hands were halted.
4.Flu vaccine for next year — The shutdown could have hampered the government’s ability to create vaccine for next year.
5. Outbreaks of CDC and salmonella — More than 250 people fell sick in 18 states because of chicken from California infected with Salmonella Heidelberg. Due to the government shutdown, the CDC’s food-borne illness tracking experts weren’t on the case, reports Business Insider.
The CDC director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden recently told Wired, “The broader question is, what are the outbreaks that we don’t know about? At any one time, we’re investigating 25 or 30 clusters of illness. Initially we had sent home the vast majority of the staff working on foodborne disease. When it became clear that [the shutdown] was going to go on more than a week, we called a bunch of them back. But our monitoring systems throughout the agency are working at really skeletal levels and that means we have more blind spots, we may be slower to respond, and we may be less effective at prevention.”
6. Delayed inspections on imported foods — We hope you watched what you ate during the shutdown. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the FDA was unable to support the majority of its food safety, nutrition, and cosmetics activities due that period.
“About 90% of the shrimp Americans eat is imported, and inspection of those imports is done by the FDA. These shrimp come from places like Thailand and India, which have notoriously disgusting aquaculture practices,” reports Business Insider.
7. Monitoring of air and water —Major pollutants went unchecked. The EPA stopped enforcing regulations that protect against toxic emissions into the air and water, according to The Hill. Such pollutions of course can cause human illness through exposure to poisoned air and water.
8. Basic research — The sequester and budget cuts had already hampered research but with the shutdown, the NIH and NSF had to suspend their grant proposal preparation and submission websites. This meant no new funding opportunities were issued. Research is potentially life-saving in the longer run, reports Business Insider.
Actress Jenifer Lewis Talks Self-Love And Setting Standards: ‘I’m Waiting For A Man That’s Not A Boy!’
Baggage Claim actress Jenifer Lewis has never been afraid to keep it real. The 56-year-old Hollywood vet recently opened up to Necole Bitchie about self-love, what she’s looking for in a man and Black women and their health. Check out some highlights from her interview below.
On how she stays so vibrant:
“I drink a lot of water… fruit, vegetables, a little protein. I exercise. Pilates, you know strengthening. You have to take care of yourself.”
On the importance of being healthy:
“And I just want to say this out loud, 4 out of 5 African American woman are either obese or overweight and I want them to take care of themselves. I’m not preaching, it’s just, why be successful if you’re not healthy? I say that every time I get in front of microphone because I love my girls. So take care of yourselves!”
On dating and relationships:
“It sounds cliché but you gotta love yourself so that love won’t be a stranger when it shows up. You’ll know love. You’ll know what it looks like. You’ll know how it makes you feel. I’m waiting for a man that’s not a boy…or shall I say, I’m taking care of myself until he shows up. Because I ain’t looking. That’s too much drama. It’ll happen if I want it to happen.”
Watch her interview on the next page
From Black Enterprise
Professional employer organizations (PEOs) are a possible solution to help small companies maneuver through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. With enrollment for health care reform beginning Oct. 1, (shutdown or not) many entrepreneurs are still be wondering how to deal with some of the hard to understand new requirements the law will bring.
Anish Rajparia, president of ADP ’s Small Business Services division, ADP TotalSource and ADP Retirement Services in Roseland, New Jersey, estimates that now only about 5% to 10% of U.S. small businesses use a PEO. But he believes that at least 30% to 40% of small businesses should consider the tool as an alternative option to help them deal with the many complexities of Obamacare.
PEOs are firms providing services that allow companies to outsource their management of human resource duties, including employee benefits, payroll, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance claims and other administrative tasks. The goal: Relieve the PEO client of those functions so the entrepreneur can focus on running the business and increasing the bottom line.
Read more at BlackEnterprise.com
Many of us were already aware that new X Factor judge Kelly Rowland was working with a bangin’ body, but for those of us who may have forgotten just how bangin’ that body is, the October issue of Shape Magazine serves as a great reminder. Inside, the “Dirty Laundry” singer talks about her intense workout schedule, “problem areas” and practicing self-control when it comes to food cravings.
On her weekly workout schedule:
“I work out five or six times a week. I feel better, look better, sleep better….Being fit makes me feel s*xy. Isn’t that everyone’s goal when they work out, to look good n*ked?”
On her “problem area:”
“As I’m getting older, the Rowland family trait of having bigger bottoms is taking its toll on my hips and butt. The other day, [my trainer] had me doing squats that were so hard I wanted to kill her. But my behind is getting higher and tighter. Exercise really does change your body.”
On controlling food cravings:
“When I want a steak, I grill some Portobello mushrooms and put a little goat cheese on them,” she says. “And I’ve learned to satisfy my sweet tooth by replacing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with half a tablespoon of almond butter on half a banana.”
On getting personal with “Dirty Laundry:”
“When I was writing [the song], I thought my story of abuse was too personal to share, but my manager reminded me that so many women are in similar situations—and that as an artist I’m supposed to be vulnerable.”
Doesn’t she look AMAZING?
Those 24-hour days beg for a few more, in order to cater to our back-breaking list of duties, obligations and responsibilities. The lives that we lead are busy and complex. Most of us are so caught up in the fray that we don’t take the time to eat properly, keep our homes tidy, exercise our exhausted bodies, or tend to our mental health. The simple fact is that the complete 24 hours of living, nonstop media consumption, and constant interactions with others –particularly negative interactions, can be dangerous to us. The mind, unique in its ability to cope, adapt, thrive and surprise, still needs positive conditioning even in spite of its miraculous nature. The ingestion of stress, hard living, mistreatment and sleep deprivation can cause the mind to shatter or break – evident when people have breakdowns that others slowly saw coming.
Some advice: choose sanity above all else. Switch off the television, computer, or cell phone; dump your hostile significant other; distance yourself from your gossipy co-worker; cut your work hours when they’re well above the required amount; move to a home that has less maintenance; hire a babysitter for some alone time; read a book; take a vacation; listen to a new artist; become an artist; eat new food; feed your soul; write a poem; write a song; go to the beach–basically, make some time for yourself. This concept isn’t about irresponsibility but about examining the things that we decide are most important in our lives, the things that we’ve decided to deposit most of our energy in –which are usually things that are a bit disabling. Tending to these seemingly important matters will means nothing if it becomes detrimental to your health.
The effect of stress on our sanity and even our physical health is unbelievable –heart attacks, strokes, etc. Anxiety, lack of sleep, and anything in the surrounding category affects our immune system, leaving us exposed and vulnerable to diseases and viruses. Stress also makes vices such as alcoholism, drug abuse, and other risky behaviors more attractive, seen as a relief to the pressures in our lives. Placing sanity above all other obligations is a lifestyle choice, one that can mean the difference between life and death for some. Introducing mind and heart healthy habits are beneficial (i.e., taking a few extra moments out of our day to take a break when feeling overwhelmed). Decide that it’s important for your health to put some of the “big” things that trouble you on the backburner, even if it means that you’re spending a little less time being social or taking care of business. Obligations will always be there, why not take the time to take care of yourself so that every waking moment isn’t filled with anxiety?