For the past few days, NBC Nightly news has been doing a series of reports on the staus of Black American women. These nightly reports range in topics on career/employment, education, life in the home and many other topics of importance.
Monday’s report centered on the following:
Monday: Booming in business
Tuesday’s report addressed the health risks for Black women, most notably, the risks of breast cancer and how it affects Black women in relation to the rest of the general population:
Tuesday: Health risks for Black women
_Black women and breast cancer
_Health experts on Black women, cancer
Wednesday’s report centered on the statistics that says that 40% of black women have never married, with the national average of never-marrieds at 27%, and among whites, never-married is at 16% for white women. Some of the Black women interviewed considered the choices they faced: marry outside of the Black race, or marry men who have different goals/values than the Black woman (Black women who are college-educated who are unable to find Black men of comparable educational backgrounds as themselves). The report also stated that 47% of single Black women have adopted children.
Wednesday: Redefining Black Families The growing achievement gap between Black women and Black men may be having an impact on their relationships.
_Rehema Ellis reports
The series continues for the rest of this week.
Thurday: Power At the Polls
Friday: Heart Disease
Saturday: Interracial Dating
The series was compiled and presented by Ms. Rehema Ellis, a correspondent for NBC News.
Please check out this series.
It remains to be seen if this series will help or hinder the image of Black women in America. Black women have had more than their share of negative racist/sexist stereotypical assaults that have culminated from 400 years of racialized, sexist gendered oppression. Will this series offer concrete solutions? Will it present the facts of Black women’s lives and how they tackle personal issues in their lives competently and capably? Or will this series attempt to portray Black women as some problem in need of shunting off to the side?
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