BLACK AMERICAN WOMEN: WHERE THEY STAND

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

  The business of black women

  Women’s edge in education

  Succeeding at worK

  Web-exclusive: Trading briefcases for diaper bags

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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

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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

 

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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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ON THE WEB: 

FRIDAY:  Hip Hop’s influence

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__WEB EXCLUSIVE REPORTS

TRADING BRIEFCASES FOR DIAPER BAGS

http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&brand=msnbc&tab=m5&rf=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21982216/&fg=&from=00&vid=be2dfe7e-31c4-4316-bc22-359caad9c1b1&playlist=videoByTag:mk:us:vs:0:tag:News_Editors%20Picks:ns:MSNVideo_Top_Cat:ps:10:sd:-1:ind:1:ff:8A

LOVE IN BLACK AND WHITE:

http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&brand=msnbc&tab=m5&rf=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21982216/&fg=&from=00&vid=b679062f-6e5f-4c96-beef-d618daca0591&playlist=videoByTag:mk:us:vs:0:tag:News_Editors%20Picks:ns:MSNVideo_Top_Cat:ps:10:sd:-1:ind:1:ff:8A

GIRL TALK

http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-us&brand=msnbc&tab=m5&rf=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21982216/&fg=&from=00&vid=86f005d2-227d-49cc-8933-816360249d3b&playlist=videoByTag:mk:us:vs:0:tag:News_Editors%20Picks:ns:MSNVideo_Top_Cat:ps:10:sd:-1:ind:1:ff:8A 

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A WEEK-LONG SERIES:

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LINKS:

MSNBC Nightly News

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21982216/

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ABOUT THE SERIES:

http://dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/11/20/476352.aspx

ELLIS:  WOMEN MAKING GAINS IN RECORD NUMBERS:

http://dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/11/26/480738.aspx

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2 responses to “BLACK AMERICAN WOMEN: WHERE THEY STAND

  1. Wow! Woe. The “Love in Black and White” series is astonishing. I’m almost sure this is television history (assuming this segment was broadcast on American television).

    However, my definition of a “mixed marriage” has nothing to do with so-called “race”—a “mixed marriage” is a union between a matriarchal family and a patriarchal family. Since a self-described “white” person (often in spite of themselves) are by definition patriarchal it is just a matter of investigation of the Black woman as to whether she is patriarchal (often in spite of herself).

    Most properly-assimilated, college-educate people are patriarchal (often in spite of themselves)—and of an imperial consciousness—so there is no real “loss” to me when these unions take place. This happened thousands of years ago in Africa and India and Arabs and Aryans owe their “pure blood” to this mixing.

  2. Ann, Thanks for collecting this data. I heard about the series, but I have only been able to watch the first one. When I get a little time, I’m going to come over here and read everything you’ve got.

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