Madame Noire

Too Broke for Babies: US Birth Rates Drop Because Money’s Tight

In addition to the unemployment rate, the US birth rate is also down. The rate has been dropping for four years; this year’s decline is more modest one percent. Previous years have seen declines in the two to three percent range.

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No One At Home: How To Deal With Foreclosures In Your Community

Minority neighborhoods in America have been devastated by foreclosures, with banks taking over the homes that remain vacant indefinitely. Several banks, including most recently Bank of America, have been called to task by The National Fair Housing Alliance, which has filed official complaints to  the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development about the poor maintenance of these vacant homes.

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10 Great Paying Jobs You Can Get Without a 4 Year College Degree

Lack of education is often cited as a main reason for higher rates of African-American unemployment. Yet getting an education to further your career can be a catch-22. Many people cannot afford to take a four-year break from working with little guarantee that they will be able to find a job with their bachelor’s. But this is not a reason to avoid getting a practical education. There are many lucrative careers for which qualified applicants will be in high demand in the coming years, which only require a two-year degree or vocational training. Here are some of the highest paying jobs that require only an associate degree according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Four of the highest paying jobs are in healthcare — and almost 600,000 registered nurses will be needed in the coming years. Are some of these jobs that only require a two-year degree right for you? Read on to decide.

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Are African-Americans Better Off Than 4 Years Ago?

As I read through the latest outrage at the moment, aka, the hoopla over new rapper Chief Keef, I keep hearing Georgia Anne Muldrow and Erykah Badu lyrically asking, “what if there were no n****rs, only master teachers?”

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Should African-American Stars Be More Politically Engaged?

Recently Harry Belafonte caused a minor uproar when he gave his opinion on the state of minorities in Hollywoodtoday:

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No, I Don't Want to Go to Your Church!

I am a practicing Catholic. As a black woman in Protestant America, this has not always been the easiest denomination to be affiliated with. The scent of incense wafting through a gothic-styled church, the embracing of the Holy Sacraments, the sacredness of the Blessed Virgin  — these are the facets I am used to in worshiping God and I enjoy them. I know for many who are reading this, these terms might be unfamiliar or even disturbing. And I’m pretty sure some of you are ready to leave your pastor’s name and address for me to get “right for the Lord.” Please…save your keystrokes.

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The Ridiculous Discussion Surrounding Gymnast Gabby Douglas' Hair

I love black people. They’re very close to my heart.  But my love for them also allows me to see and speak on the areas in which we need much improvement. One of those areas has become painfully apparent to me over the past couple of days, in the rise and relevance of Olympian, Gabrielle Douglas and the subsequent discussion about the tidiness of her hair. 

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