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Rookie Model Nabs SI Swimsuit Issue Cover

Danielle Herrington, 24, is also the 3rd black woman to grace Swimsuit Issue's cover

(Newser) - Danielle Herrington is the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model for 2018. The magazine revealed its swimsuit edition cover Tuesday. Herrington is the third black woman to appear on the cover of the annual issue that launched in 1964, the AP reports. Beyonce appeared on the cover in 2007, while... More »

She's First African-American Woman With $1B Business

Janice Bryant Howroyd made it big with employment agency Act-1

(Newser) - Familiar with the name Janice Bryant Howroyd? There's a reason the 65-year-old comes in at No. 4 on a CNBC list of black women who have changed the world of business. Howroyd, it turns out, is the first African-American woman to run a company that generates more than $1... More »

5 Black Women on What Happened in Alabama

98% of them voted for Doug Jones

(Newser) - "Alabama's women wrote the verdict on Roy Moore," declares an NBC News headline, with the accompanying story pointing out that 58% of women voted for Doug Jones in Alabama. But a deeper look at the numbers reveals that headline is missing a word: black. As the Washington ... More »

Report Reveals Good News on the Breast Cancer Front

Deaths have plummeted—but there's still a disparity based on race

(Newser) - Some good news to share this week: Deaths from breast cancer have plummeted over a 26-year period. A report released Tuesday by the American Cancer Society shows a 39% decline in breast cancer-related deaths between 1989 and 2015, reports the Washington Post . The report notes 322,600 deaths were prevented... More »

First Black Woman to Lead West Point Cadets: 'Humbling'

Simone Askew has assumed duties as first captain of the Long Gray Line

(Newser) - Simone Askew marched into history Monday as the first black woman to lead the Long Gray Line at the US Military Academy. After an early-morning 12-mile march back to the gray stone academic complex at West Point with 1,200 new cadets she led through the rigors of basic training... More »

Wine Train Sorry for Kicking Black Women Off Tour

They're not the first 'noisy' group to have had problems

(Newser) - Rarely has a train gone into reverse as abruptly as the Napa Valley Wine Train. After initially defending its decision to kick a mostly black women's book club off the train mid-journey for being too noisy, the company has issued a statement saying it was "100% wrong in... More »

Book Club: Racism Got Us Kicked Off Wine Train

Book club members say they had to do 'walk of shame' off the train in 'racist attack'

(Newser) - Members of a book club out for a ride through California wine country say they endured a "humiliating" experience Saturday when they were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The women from the Sistahs on the Reading Edge club—10 of them black,... More »

Town Elects Black Female Mayor, Officials Quit

Tyrus Byrd makes history in Parma, Missouri

(Newser) - Shhh: You might hear a pin drop in the city hall of Parma, Missouri, where top officials and police officers quit after a black woman was elected mayor for the first time, KFVS reports via the Huffington Post . Former city clerk Tyrus Byrd was sworn in as mayor last week,... More »

Now Under Review: Military Hairstyles

Twists, dreads were largely banned in rules some complain targeted black women

(Newser) - The military increasingly has abandoned its one-size-fits-all haircut as the face of the American soldier has diversified, but new rules on hair sparked a furor amid concerns that they unfairly restricted black women. Now Chuck Hagel has ordered a review "to ensure standards are fair and respectful of our... More »

Black Women Face Racial Disparity on Cancer

Harold Freeman: White women tend to get better treatment

(Newser) - A new study in Cancer Epidemiology confirms a sad truth about America's health system: Black women with breast cancer are more likely to die than white women with breast cancer. Part of the reason is that black women tend to get a more aggressive form, writes Harold Freeman in... More »

Poll: Black Women Most Religious in America

Washington Post survey: 9 in 10 turn to faith in tough times

(Newser) - White evangelicals may be making plenty of noise this electoral season, but a new study suggests that the most religious group in America is actually black women, reports the Washington Post . Highlights from its in-depth survey with the Kaiser Family Foundation:
  • 74% of black women say "living a religious
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Exercise Does Little to Fight Black Girls' Obesity

Health advocates may need to change their message: experts

(Newser) - While exercise is a great way for white girls to fend off obesity, it's hardly effective among blacks, a study finds. Researchers reviewed 1,148 adolescent girls, comparing their physical activity and obesity rates. They found that white 12-year-olds who moved more—falling into the top half of researchers'... More »

Black Women: Fat Because We Want to Be

Alice Randall: 80% of black women 'seriously overweight'

(Newser) - Most Americans need discipline in order to battle today's obesity epidemic—but in black America, "what we need is a body-culture revolution," writes Alice Randall in the New York Times . Even experts "don’t understand something crucial about black women and fat: many black women are... More »

Black Women Heavier, Happier With Bodies

66% of overweight or obese black women report having high self-esteem

(Newser) - Hefty can be heavenly. That seems to be the feeling of many black women. While they tend to be heavier than white women, they're significantly happier with their bodies, a Washington Post /Kaiser Family Foundation survey has discovered. While only 41% of average-sized or thin white women report having... More »

Michelle Obama Has a Right to Be 'Angry'

Everyone should be over this slur: Kathleen Parker

(Newser) - The latest round of attempts to portray Michelle Obama as an "angry black woman" are enough to make any sensible person angry, writes Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post . Parker says the various political operatives and former staffers she has talked to, including Republicans, "without exception" have all... More »

Black Women Can Have Bigger Waists, Still Be Healthy

By two measures, black women could be bigger without raising health risk

(Newser) - Black women can have larger waistlines and be larger in general than white women and still be relatively healthy, according to new research.The study of 6,400 volunteers examined abdominal obesity and body-mass index and found that black women had higher thresholds than white women for both measures before... More »

Essence Hires White Editor; Uproar Ensues

But black women's magazine will not change course

(Newser) - Essence is a magazine “seen as the ultimate fashion and lifestyle title for black women,” writes Keith J. Kelly in the New York Post . So what is it doing hiring a white fashion director? That’s what the founding fashion director of Vibe wants to know, writing on... More »

White Actress Cast as African Queen—Again

Despite her 'full lips,' Angelina Jolie is no Cleopatra

(Newser) - Why is Angelina Jolie, a white woman, playing Cleopatra , an African queen? “Just when we thought there weren't enough leading roles for black women in Hollywood , they create one and give it to a white woman,” writes Shirea L. Carroll for Essence . “I don't care how full... More »

Interracial Marriage a Black Guy Thing

Black women less likely to marry another race

(Newser) - Black men are much bigger fans of interracial marriage than black women, according to a new study. About 22% of black men who got married in 2008 walked down the aisle with a woman of a different race, compared to just 9% of black women, the study found. “When... More »

Interracial Love Is the Answer for Black Women

Authors: Lonely, educated women should give white guys a look

(Newser) - "Black women are in market failure," says Karyn Langhorne Folan, a black woman married to a white man and the author of a new book urging others to follow her lead. "The new market is men of other races," explains Folan, who joins a growing chorus... More »

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