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What We’re Reading This Week [March 8, 2013]

Teen-Mom-statBloomberg to New Yorkers: Don’t Be a “Baby Mama”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is catching flack for plastering the city with teen pregnancy prevention ads that many deem offensive. The campaign features images of adorable tots (most are of color and have tear-stained cheeks), paired with slogans such as, “I’m twice as likely not to graduate from high school because you had me as a teen.” Damn. The eye-catching ads are meant to induce panic—though the national teen pregnancy rate is down almost 30-percent. And while many comments expressing outrage have come from the African-American community, according to the CDC, our teen pregnancy rate is double the percentage of Caucasians though we make up less than 15-perent of the population. CLICK HERE to read more…

Chris Brown Seeing Red, Again

Chris Brown has the kind of passion that hurts. And we’re not just talking about loved ones. The young pop star’s emotions got the best of him earlier this week when her threw a man-sized tantrum (of course, his bodyguards were present) and threatened to “turn this place up” after being charged $10 for parking. Brown’s impulse control is on a permanent level one. His inability to manage his frustrations is undoubtedly result to his downfall. CLICK HERE to read more…

Adam Carolla’s Privilege Precedes His Common Sense

Proving that his racial views are as flat as his jokes, Adam Carolla, an Italian comedian, made several shortsighted comments about the staggering number (20-percent) of Blacks and Latinos who lack bank accounts. Though Carolla didn’t grow up with a polished silver spoon in his mouth (but maybe a foot), his failure to consider how White privilege—even for immigrants—impacts both communities isn’t a laughing matter. But he isn’t the only who needs to take action. The Black community can also benefit from doing more than crying outrage at scary statistics. A great place to start is simply talking to our families about money management and resources, such as credit unions. CLICK HERE to read more…

Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour Rant

A lot can be said for passion, but in the case of Sen. Rand Paul he just appears to have a lot to say. In response to President Obama’s recent nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA, the Kentucky Republican went before the House shortly after 11:30am Wednesday morning and didn’t stop until nearly 13 hours later after midnight. The political filibuster, which included rants about the constitutionality of the administration’s use of drone strikes to target suspected terrorists, was a ploy to delay the Senate vote, which he succeeded in doing. But what’s more remarkable than Paul’s marathon speech is his ability to go that long without a bathroom break.  CLICK HERE to read more…

5:2 Fasting Diet Craze Takes Off  

Every time you turn around there’s some new diet that catches the public’s attention. Already popular in Britain, the 5:2 diet promises to let you “lose weight, stay healthy, and live longer” by eating whatever you want for five days and then fasting for two. The intermittent plan is said to be different than your typical crash diet in that during your “fasting” days you’re actually allowed to eat, just skip lunch and limit your daily intake to 250-300 calories on those days. The author claims that adjusting your eating habits like this twice a week forces the body to turn off the fat-storing mechanisms and turn on fat-burning systems. CLICK HERE to read more…

Hugo Chavez’s Untimely Death

News of divisive leader Hugo Chavez’s passing caused quite a stir in political circles. The Venezuela’s President died in Caracas at the age of 58. Several world leaders turned out to attend his funeral, including Cuba’s Raul Castro and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. After the services, vice president Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as interim president. Hopefully, he, or his potential successor, will forge a more solid relationship with the US. CLICK HERE to read more…

Drake’s Remembers the Time

The normally sing-song rapper shows and proved on his latest track, “5am in Toronto,” where he drops a barrage of rapid-fire rhymes that had the Internet buzzing. The hip-hop blogosphere has speculated that the Canadian MC was throwing shots at several unnamed peers in the aggressive single-verse song. CLICK HERE to listen for yourself…