White Americans are more likely than black Americans to have used most kinds of illegal drugs, including cocaine, marijuana and LSD. Yet blacks are far more likely to go to prison for drug offenses.
This discrepancy forms the backdrop of a new legislative proposal in California, which aims to reduce the disproportionate incarceration of black people in the state. Supporters of the bill, SB 649, point to some striking national data.
Nearly 20 percent of whites have used cocaine, compared with 10 percent of blacks and Latinos, according to a 2011 survey from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration -- the most recent data available.
Higher percentages of whites have also tried hallucinogens, marijuana, pain relievers like OxyContin, and stimulants like methamphetamine, according to the survey.Crack is more popular among blacks than whites, but not by much.
By JAKE COYLE -
TORONTO — In Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," Solomon Northop, a free man from upstate New York who's kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana played by Chiwetel Ejiofor, is hung for daring to strike an abusive and imbecilic plantation hand (Paul Dano). He's cut down, but only just barely enough to reach the ground. McQueen captures it all in one long, agonizing take, as Northop is left dangling, shuffling excruciatingly on his tiptoes.
"I don't think I've seen that on film, and I wanted to make damn sure if it was on film, it was going to be done well," McQueen said in a recent interview. "It was very necessary for me to use those kind of shots to tell the story. Film is what 115, 120 years old? It's a baby. There's no right or wrong way to shoot anything. It's not style. It's necessity."
Film history, however, is long enough that one might expect one of the nation's most essential chapters to have been depicted on screen more frequently and fervently. "It's a massive hole," says McQueen. There have, of course, been a handful of notable films about slavery ("Beloved," "Amistad," the miniseries "Roots"), but, it's safe to say, never before has there been a movie like this. "12 Years a Slave" is the most unblinking portrait of slavery yet seen in cinema: a straightforward resurrection of its atrocities, complications and, most of all, its plain reality.
"I wanted everyone to be Solomon Northup," says McQueen. "You are on that journey with him."
"12 Years a Slave," which Fox Searchlight will release in theaters Oct. 18th.
Michelle Obama travels to Watertown, Wisc., and hits the talk-show circuit to push her latest health initiative for America: Drink more water. 'It's really that simple,' she says.
By Jennifer Skalka Tulumello
Christian Science Monitor
First Lady Michelle Obama is adding a third pillar to her healthy eating and exercise platform: She wants Americans to drink more water.
“ ‘Let’s Move,’ meet ‘Drink Up,’ ” suggests the Washington Post.
The first lady, accompanied by actress Eva Longoria, traveled Thursday to Watertown, Wisc., – locational pun intended – to make her pitch. She is hitting the talk show circuit – “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and more – and she is involved in the launch of a new site: YouAreWhatYouDrink.org.
push her latest health initiative for America: Drink more water. 'It's really that
simple,' she says.
Jennifer Skalka Tulumello
Christian Science Monitor
First Lady Michelle Obama is adding a third pillar to her healthy eating and exercise
platform: She wants Americans to drink more water.
“ ‘Let’s Move,’ meet ‘Drink Up,’ ” suggests the Washington Post.
The first lady, accompanied by actress Eva Longoria, traveled Thursday to
Watertown, Wisc., – locational pun intended – to make her pitch. She is hitting
the talk show circuit – “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno” and more – and she is involved in the launch of a new site:
Read More: http://news.yahoo.com/does-america-drinking-problem-michelle-obamapushes-water-171417627.html
By Pamela Springer
To unlock the mystery of aging among skins of color, we have to look to our complete ancestral background. While our ancestors may have been Africans, a vast majority of African-Americans have been racially blended with Caucasians and Native Americans. This racial blending has created skin that, though deep in color, is prone to the aging of the face, neck and hands. The primary culprits: sun exposure, cigarette smoking and diet.
Clinical studies have shown that individuals with skin of color show less severe facial aging when compared to lightener-skinned individuals. The reason for this is the rich pigment content in darker skin. This pigment - known as melanin - has a protection factor that protects the skin from the aging effects of UV rays.
PROTECTION FACTOR (PF)
You may have seen the acronym SPF on the label of sunscreens. This stands for Sun Protection Factor. SPF measures the ability of the skin to become damaged by the ultra violet burning (UVB) rays. Darker skin has a built-in sun protection factor registering at 13.4. In comparison, Caucasian skin has a protective factor of 3.4.
To put this in perspective: a store-bought sunscreen with an SPF of 15 blocks 93 percent of the UVB (burning) rays giving darker skin at 13.4 a natural Sun Protective Factor just under that.
Does, this natural protection factor indicate that African Americans should not wear sunscreen? No! Studies have shown that the use of sunscreen is less prevalent among African Americans. However, patchy skin color, dark spots and textural roughness are commonplace. These visible signs of aging on African-American skin are a direct result of exposure to artificial or natural ultraviolet rays.
Another reason for diligent use of sunscreen: skin of color can fall victim to skin cancer. Unfortunately, skin cancer in non-Caucasians is often detected in later stages. These delays in detection generally lead to an advanced and incurable diagnosis. Bob Marley, one of the greatest reggae musicians, succumbed to an aggressive form of melanoma when his physician dismissed the spot under his toenail as a soccer injury. It is imperative that both the public and medical providers be educated about skin cancer and skin of color. For more information on aging and skin cancer – visit www.skincancer.org/Prevention-Guidelines.html
African American Boomer, Pamela R. Springer, a licensed aesthetician, educator, author and product formulator. She is the founder of The Skin & Makeup Institute of Arizona and the Academy of Advanced Aesthetics and Permanent Cosmetics (AAAPC) a continuing education facility. Ms. Springer trains graduates in clinical treatments for pigmentation anomalies, acne, razor bumps and aging skins. Her previous position as an educator for an international professional skin care line opened the door to her much sought after training on ethnic skins.
Working on ethnic skins for more than 20 years, Springer developed and launched Global Skincare, a corrective product line addressing the unique skin disorders of African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and Asian skins. In 2011, Global Skincare received the endorsement of board certified dermatologist, Toni C. Stockton, M.D., a dermatology consultant for the major sports teams in Arizona, and a former associate professor for Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science.
In her book, “Natural Radiance, A Guide for Ethnic Skin Care,” Springer helps consumers understand their skin challenges and the ingredients that will uncover the natural radiance of ethnic skins.
For more information visit www.globalskincareproducts.com
He is a member of 100 Black Men of Jackson, Miss.
by Frederick H. Lowe
The NorthStar News
Dr. Claude D. Brunson, who has been named president-elect of the Mississippi State Medical Association, said the organization is ready to participate in moving state officials forward in seeking a solution to providing health care for all Mississippi residents.
“The Mississippi State Medical Association is and has always advocated for access to health care for all Mississippians,” Dr. Brunson wrote in an email to The NorthStar News & Analysis. “We firmly believe that access to health care is more readily attainable through the vehicle of health insurance. We are not as firm about whether the vehicle of Medicaid Expansion is the best vehicle. We do believe that our elected officials should continue to discuss and debate the issue of access to health insurance for Mississippians, and the Mississippi State Medical Association stands ready to participate fully in moving this discussion towards a solution.”
Dr. Brunson will assume the post of president of the Mississippi Medical Association on Aug. 1, 2014. When he does, he will be the first African American to lead the 4,600-member organization.
Read More: http://www.thenorthstarnews.com/Story/mississippi-medical-association-names-dr-claude-brunson-president-elect
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