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News From Around the Web: May 10 Edition

May 10th, 2012

In today’s top news, Obama’s support of gay marriage causes campaign contributions to soar, the NAACP is looking to register a record number of teen voters and sponsors have begun backing out of Basketball Wives as show boycott gains steam.

Obama’s support of gay marriage causes campaign contributions to soar. [Buzzfeed]

The NAACP is looking to register a record number of teen voters. [BET]

Sponsors backing out of Basketball Wives as show boycott gains steam. [BET]

Rihanna responds to her Saturday Night Live dress rehearsal controversy. [BET]

Proposed bill would make employer’s Facebook snooping illegal. [MSNBC]

Sony posts a record loss of $5.7 billion. [MSNBC]

A study says that having a  ”pot belly” may put you at an increased risk for sudden cardiac death. [HealthDay]

Russian president Vladimir Putin will skip this year’s G-8 summit chaired by President Obama. [FT]

Africa’s two female presidents have banded together to elevate women on the continent. [IPS]

Charles Taylor fights his 80-year sentence recommendation for war crimes conviction. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: April 30 Edition

April 30th, 2012

In today’s top news, Beyoncé dispels surrogacy rumors, President Obama shouts out Young Jeezy at the latest White House Correspondents’ Dinner and Brian McKnight receives offers to perform his X-rated R&B satire ballad.

Beyoncé dispels surrogacy rumors. [BET]

President Obama shouts out Young Jeezy at the latest White House Correspondents’ Dinner. [Billboard]

Brian McKnight receives offers to perform his X-rated R&B satire ballad. [BET]

Ellen show DJ Tony Okungbowa makes his silver screen debut. [BET]

Bill Clinton and President Obama campaign together on the economy. [Reuters]

A Gallup poll shows that Americans expect to work longer, retire. [TODAY]

New study shows overweight teens may have harder time controlling diabetes. [CTV]

A mother’s stress level during pregnancy may cause iron deficiency in newborns. [HealthDay]

Sudan president declares state of emergency along South Sudan border. [CNN]

Uganda claims Sudanese government supports Joseph Kony. [New Vision]

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News From Around the Web: April 26 Edition

April 26th, 2012

In today’s top news, former Liberian leader Charles Taylor has been convicted of war crimes and the Supreme Court appears to be leaning toward support of Arizona’s immigration law.

Former Liberian leader Charles Taylor has been convicted of war crimes. [BET]

The Supreme Court appears to be leaning toward support of Arizona’s immigration law. [Reuters]

Chrysler posts its biggest profit since 1998. [CNN]

College students protested student loan debt on “Trillion Dollar Day.” [Reuters]

Doctors warn American Idol winner Ruben Studdard to lose weight. [BET]

Star Jones wants to organize high-profile Black women against Basketball Wives. [S2S]

Wacka Flocka Flame declares he’ll never work with Wiz Khalifa. [BET]

Many Africans living abroad are returning home amid struggling western economies. [CNN]

The offices of a major Nigerian newspaper were hit by bombs. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: April 3 Edition

April 3rd, 2012

In today’s top news, five people are dead after a shooting at an Oakland university, new evidence is revealed in the Trayvon Martin case and a California appeals court holds up the state’s affirmative action ban for university admissions.

Five dead in Oakland university shooting.  [BET]

New evidence revealed in Trayvon Martin case. [CNN]

California appeals court holds up the state’s affirmative action ban for university admissions. [Reuters]

President Bill Clinton hopes the Trayvon Martin tragedy will cause people to re-think “Stand Your Ground” law. [ABC]

Kentucky wins NCAA championship and celebratory riot leaves at least one person shot. [ABC]

Hunger Games tops $250 million at the box office. [BET]

Obesity rate may be underestimated. [CNN]

Michelle Obama to take part in The Biggest Loser. [BET]

Co-founder of largest Black bank dies. [Chicago Sun-Times]

U.S. joins $100 million aid pledge for Syria. [Democracy Now]

U.N. chief says world should be happy, not just rich. [MSNBC]

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News From Around the Web: March 15 Edition

March 15th, 2012

In today’s top news, former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year prison sentence today, Kony 2012 screenings are halted in Northern Uganda after residents express outrage and Memphis will finally name a street after Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years after his death.

Former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year prison sentence today. [BET]

Kony 2012 screenings halted in Northern Uganda after residents express outrage. [BBC]

Memphis to finally name a street after Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years after his death.  [CNN]

The White House is turning its attention to foreign-policy matters this week. [BET]

President Obama says it is not yet time to intervene in Syria. [AJE]

A new book from food justice activist Bryant Terry says that Black people can enjoy vegan food too. [BET]

Study shows that a lack of sleep may cause heavier eating. [WebMD]

Taliban suspends peace talks with the U.S. [Reuters]

Shocking, new anti-smoking campaign sets out to de-glamorize the addictive habit. [Reuters]

Arizona is on pace to have its busiest year for executions. [AP]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 13 Edition

February 13th, 2012

In today’s top news, the 2012 Grammy Awards honor the late Whitney Houston, some are angered as Etta James and Don Cornelius are left out of Grammys ‘in memoriam’ segment and new reports claim Houston died from deadly combo of prescription drugs and alcohol.

The 2012 Grammy Awards honor the late Whitney Houston. [BET]

Whitney Houston allegedly died from deadly combo of prescription drugs and alcohol. [TMZ]

Some angered that Grammys left Etta James and Don Cornelius out of ‘in memoriam’ segment. [MSNBC]

Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina hospitalized following her mother’s death. [BET]

New York City bans churches from operating in public schools on weekends. [WSJ]

Find out where ‘overweight’ ends and ‘obese’ begins. [BET]

Israeli Black Hebrews mourn Whitney Houston’s death. [BET]

U.S. government tops the list in layoffs. [MSNBC]

Gadhafi’s son warns of a Libyan revolt. [BBC]

U.S. admiral says Navy forces prepared to confront Iran. [FOX]

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News From Around the Web: Jan. 6 Edition

January 6th, 2012

In today’s top news, Spike is planning a bash for Obama’s re-election bid, Columbia vows to return mistakenly deported teen Jakadrien Turner and Rick Santorum backtracks on his infamous Black comment.

Spike Lee plans an upscale fundraiser to support President Obama’s re-election bid. [BET]

Mistakenly deported Dallas teen Jakadrien Turner to be returned home. [CNN]

D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. resigns amid felony charges [BET]

California homeless seek shelter amid killing spree. [MSNBC]

Rapper Wiz Khalifa accused of stealing hit song “Black and Yellow.” [BET]

Michelle Obama makes her acting debut on Nickelodeon show iCarly. [AP]

Africa is now China’s “golden ground” for investment. [AFP]

Rick Santorum backtracks on Black comment. [CNN]

New computer virus can raid your bank account. [MSNBC]

Commentary: Do Black celebrity weight loss endorsements make you want to shed those pounds? [BET]

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News From Around the Web: Jan. 3 Edition

January 3rd, 2012

(Photo: Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)

In today’s top news, music legend Aretha Franklin gets a ring, two Black frats have Obama’s back and Georgia’s anti-fat ads attract bad flack.

The ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin gets engaged. [BET]

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says poor Blacks shouldn’t get welfare handouts. [CBS]

FAMU Board approves anti-hazing plan. [CNN]

Some Memphis Black farmers say they have been shut out of a class action lawsuit. [WMC-TV]

Nigerians take to the streets to protest high gas prices. [BBC]

Diabetes during pregnancy may lead to ADHD. [CNN]

Two Black fraternities have joined forces to rally support for Obama’s re-election bid. [BET]

Senegalese musician Youssou Ndour eyes the country’s top post. [AP]

Georgia’s anti-obesity ads featuring children are ruffling feathers. [NYDN]

Hong Kong rings in 2012 with fresh fears of a Bird Flu outbreak. [WSJ]

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Overweight Men at Greater Risk of Prostate Cancer

September 2nd, 2009

Men – particularly Black men – who pile on the pounds as they get older put themselves at greater risk of prostate cancer, a new study shows. After following almost 84,000 middle-aged and older U.S. men for close to a decade, researchers discovered that White and Black men who had gained weight since the age of 21 had a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. But, compared with White men who gained fewer than 10 pounds, those who gained more had twice the risk of being diagnosed with advanced or aggressive prostate cancer. Among Black men, the risks began increasing after a 25-pound weight gain – though the link was seen only with early-stage and less-aggressive prostate tumors, and not advanced cancer. “These results do not warrant a change in the current public health messages about obesity,” Dr. Elizabeth A. Platz, another researcher on the work and an associate professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, said in a written statement. “Men of normal weight in all racial/ethnic groups should be encouraged to avoid weight gain,” she said, “and men who are overweight and obese should be encouraged to lose weight for good health in general.”

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Obese More likely to Get Swine Flu?

July 13th, 2009

 Could being overweight play a role in one’s susceptibility to swine flu? Researchers say that some cases of the H1N1 virus in Michigan suggest that obesity could explain why some people who get infected get so sick. On Friday, a report detailed the cases of 10 very ill swine flu patients in Michigan. Three of them died. All but one of the 10 were either obese or extremely obese, and only three of them had other health problems. Two of the three that died had no other health conditions, CNN reported. “Clinicians need to be aware that severe complications can occur in patients with the novel H1N1 virus, particularly in extremely obese patients,” said Dr. Tim Uyeki, a flu expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Uyeki was a co-author of the report, released by a CDC publication, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. But, even though most of those who have gotten severely ill from swine flu have been obese or extremely obese, health officials note that it could be due to the fact that overweight people are more likely to have asthma and other maladies that make them more susceptible. Obesity alone has never been seen as a risk factor for seasonal flu, they note. Last week, federal officials announced that the U.S. government is ready to spend another $1 billion in orders for swine flu vaccinations.

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