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Washington D.C. Afro-American Newspaper, August 21, 2010

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By Jamaal Abdul-Alim
Special to the AFRO
A growing number of policy-makers, highereducation ofcials and othersare lamenting lacklustercollege completion ratesand soaring student loandebt loads among collegestudents in the United States.The problem is particularlypronounced among Blackstudents.According to the NationalCenter for EducationStatistics, the research armof the U.S. Departmentof Education, the six-yearcollege graduation rate amongBlack students stands at 42percent, compared to 60percent for Whites, 48 percentfor Hispanics and 67 percentfor Asian/Pacic Islander
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High unemployment rates and othereconomic woes continue to haunt Washington,D.C. and Maryland voters as the Sept.14 primary elections draw near. Underthese conditions the endorsements of oneof the labor movement’s most prominentorganizations could end up playing a wild cardrole in some of the region’s most importantand hotly-contested races.“The members of the union don’t alwaysshare the same politics, but what all the studiesshow is when the union endorses a candidate,members are much more likely to vote forthe union’s preferred candidate,” said DavidMadland, director of the American WorkerProject at the D.C.-based Center for AmericanProgress, a self-described “progressive” policyorganization.Madland said the endorsements of the AFL-CIO – an organization of labor unions formallyknown as the American Federation of Laborand Congress of Industrial Organizations
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AFL-CIO membership puts Gray, O’Malley out front
Black Students GraduateLess, Face More Debt
By Dorothy Rowley
 AFRO Staf Writer 
With the Sept.14 primary just weeks away,the fundraising efforts of incumbent AdrianFenty and City Council Chairman VincentGray say a lot about where the contentiousrace could be headed. Added to that, accordingto a new citywide poll, Gray has gained alead over his chief opponent – Leo Alexanderis running a distant third – by 8 percentagepoints.When Fenty launched his campaign lastyear he boasted a war chest of about $1million to help offset expenses in what hasbeen termed one of the most – if not the most – expensive mayoral contests in the city’shistory. But while Fenty’s supporters continuemaking donations, in the past two months theyhaven’t kept pace with Gray’s donors. Recordson le with the D.C. Ofce of CampaignFinance show that between June and July,Gray raised $708,000 from 2,265 donors –most of them grass roots activists – comparedto the $308,000 Fenty gleaned from 599supporters. Most of the mayor’s donors havebeen government workers, private individuals,and a slew of contractors and developerswho’ve all fallen within the $2,000 cap set formayoral campaign donations.“Large donors tend to give to theincumbent,” said David Bositis, senior analystat the Joint Center for Economic and PoliticalStudies in Washington, about Fenty’s donors.“In many respects, Fenty [as the incumbent] isthe stronger candidate.”But Gray is proving to be a worthyopponent, supporters said.“I think all the donations show Vincent’smessage is really resonating with Districtresidents,” Gray’s campaign manager, AdamRubinson, told the
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. “The success storyis not only the total of dollars that we’veraised, but also the number of donors.”Ward 8 activist Phil Pannell acknowledgedthat volunteers working on Gray’s campaignremain energized and that “more and morepeople” are expressing their support ascampaigners. However, he was quick to pointout that despite Gray’s recent nancial gains,he has yet to take an ofcial lead over Fenty.“In the last two campaign reportingperiods, Gray raised more money, but still themayor is much further ahead in total money
Gray Fundraising, Popularity Outpacing Fenty’s
Mayor acknowledges disconnect from residents
By Dorothy Rowley
 AFRO Staf Writer 
While Metro usuallyemploys a proactive stanceagainst violence on its trains,in light of the Aug. 6 youth-involved brawl at the GalleryPlace station, several newsteps have been adopted tooffset recurrences, a Metroofcial told the
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thisweek. At the same time, LisaFarbenstein said, the fracasthat proceeded to the nextstop at L’Enfant Plaza wasout of the ordinary and shouldnot be taken as the norm foryoung people’s behavior onthe trains.“It’s unfortunate that that
Metro Beefs Up Security afterSubway Melee
raised,” Pannell said. Overall, Fenty has raisedclose to $5 million compared to $1.3 millionpulled in by Gray’s camp, and as of the end of last week, Fenty still had about $1.9 millionon hand while Gray’s coffers hovered around
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In the wake of the Aug. 6 st ght involving 70 people,Metro has strengthened security measures – particularlyas it relates to the safety of young people who ride thetrains.
KIMA Charter ChallengesRevocation in Court
Experts say managing debt is an important part of college planning.
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With large volunteer bases–culled from their membership–unions are signicantresources for the candidates and causes they endorse.By Dorothy Rowley
 AFRO Staf Writer 
Despite community outcry, the Public Charter School Boardlast week voted unanimously to close the doors of the KamitInstitute for Magnicent Achievers Public Charter School, anAfrocentric charter school in Washington, D.C. However, evenas KIMA follows the footsteps of a handful of sister facilitiesthat had their charters revoked, its ofcials vowed to ght thedecision.“We’re actually in [D.C. Superior Court] today requestinga stay so that our charter revocation is investigated,” KIMAacademic ofcer Dawn Stewart said in an Aug. 17 interviewwith the
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.Pressed for details leading to the closing, Stewart refrainedfrom providing specics, but referred to the PSCB’s website,where an explanation has been posted.According to the board, an analysis of the school’s
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Doctor: Nail Salon’s Dryer May Increase CancerRisks
Dr. Marcy Street, a board certied Mayo Clinic-traineddermatologist, is speaking out about the harmful effects of UV radiation emitted from nail dryers used in most Americansalons. As with tanning beds, the rays from nail dryers canbe harmful to skin of all colors and may increase the risk of acquiring cancer, she said.‘The nail drying lights emit UVA rays, which can penetratethe skin much more deeply,” said Street, who is the rstAfrican-American Mohs (skin cancer surgeon) in the country.‘These lights are considered as dangerous as tanning beds whenit comes to the skin. The problem is that not enough has beendone to educate the public about them because they are onlythought of as dryers for nail polish.”A 2009 study by the
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Celebrated Musicians Abbey Lincoln, RobertWilson Die
On Aug. 14, noted jazz singer and actress Abbey Lincolndied in Manhattan at 80. Her storied career was markedby several best-selling jazz albums, a lm role alongsideSidney Poitier and Beau Bridges and receiving the NationalEndowment for the Arts NEA Jazz Masters Award in 2003.Lincoln, born Anna Marie Woolridge in Chicago, Ill.,performed up until her death and frequented the Blue Note inNew York City.One day after Lincoln’s death, popular Gap Band bassistRobert Wilson – frequently dubbed the “godfather of bassguitar” – died at his home in Palmdale, Calif. He was 53.Wilson and his brothers, Charlie and Ronnie, were a majorpart of 1970s and ‘80s soul music with their hits “You Droppeda Bomb on Me” and “Outstanding.”According to a press release issued by his family, Wilsonsuffered a massive heart attack. His brother and former GapBand member Charlie Wilson reected on the entertainer’s life.“My brother Robert was a bad boy on the bass. We shared abond as brothers, musicians and friends,” he said. “I loved himand losing him is difcult for both Ronnie and I. The musicworld has lost a very talented man.”
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Since 2009, police andconcerned members of thecommunity have scoured Malibu,Calif., in search of MitriceRichardson, a 25-year-old womansuffering from bipolar disorder.But her father, who has led anationwide search for Richardsonand maintained the websitebringmitricehome.org, conrmedthat human remains found inMalibu were those of his daughter onAug. 13.However, details leading up to Richardson’s disappearancehave been hotly debated. The Malibu Lost Hills Sheriff’sDepartment arrested the woman Sept. 16, 2009, after she failedto pay an $89 restaurant bill and was allegedly “acting crazy.”Police reports say Richardson told other patrons she was fromMars and spoke gibberish. After her arrest, she was releasedwithout a cell phone, car or money in a remote area and wasnever seen again.Richardson was a graduate of California State Fullerton,where she earned a degree in psychology and maintained a 4.0grade point average, according to the site.A vigil was held at Liemert Park in Los Angeles on Aug. 16in Richardson’s honor.
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Before the nation’seconomic recession hit, TheaGoines, a single motherof two, didn’t have manynancial problems. But sinceits arrival, she has foundit increasingly difcult toprovide even the simplestthings for her children, suchas new clothes and shoes.“Though others have beenthrough worse, I have trulyfelt, and am still feeling theeffects of the recession,”Goines recently told the
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. “In addition, I’vehad to make several cuts tolittle luxuries for me and mychildren and I’ve had to applyfor public assistance just tomake ends meet.”While Goines’ tribulationscan be echoed by manypeople across the country, anew report by the Center forAmerican Progress and theWomen’s Voices Women Voteorganization recently foundthat the economic recessionhas severely impacted thelives of unmarried women.According to the report, sincethe arrival of the recessionin 2007, all Americans haveexperienced unemployment,mortgage foreclosures andincreased food insecurity.However, unmarried womenhave it even worse, facingadverse disparities in income,wealth, debt, poverty,unemployment and more.“The Other Half:Unmarried Women, EconomicWell-Being and the GreatRecession” found that nearly47 percent of all womenin America are unmarried,divorced, separated, widowed,or never married. While thesewomen comprise nearlya quarter of the country’stotal adult population andare responsible for raising25 percent of all Americanchildren under 18, theycontinue to grapple withdisparities. In addition, theseproblems are rampant incommunities of color wherewomen are more likely to beunmarried.Goines, who has beenworking to provide for herchildren since her son’s birthin 2000, got laid off fromher job after the recession’sarrival. This forced her toaccept a temporary positionat a fraction of the salary shewas used to making. All of her earnings went back to herchildren and in turn, her billsstarted to pile up.“It’s a miracle that Ihave been able to maintain,”Goines said.Page Gardner, presidentof Women’s Voices Womenvote and co-author of thestudy, said understanding thetroubles faced by women suchas Goines and helping themovercome them is a nationalresponsibility.“Unmarried women playa vital and growing role inthe health of our economyand communities,” Gardnerrecently told reporters. “It iscritical that we understand thechallenges faced by unmarriedwomen and ensure they havea voice in the political andpolicy-making process.”Both CAP and theWVWV believe the
 American Recovery and Reinvestment  Act 
(ARRA) curbed theimpact of the recession bysaving and creating new jobsand increasing social serviceprograms.In the wake of theARRA’s success, they believepolicymakers should focus oninitiatives that will increaseunmarried women’s wages,spending potential, reducetheir debt and increase theirwealth—even as they work toensure all Americans benetfrom economic recovery.“I honestly believe thatit’s a lack of knowledge thatis affecting the situation morethan anything,” Goines said,speaking of policymakers’unawareness of the disparitiesfaced by unmarried women.“[While] there are some whoabuse the system, most peopleare coming to get a leg up onthe situation they are facing,not a hand out.”
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students. That distributionholds up whether the studentsattended public of private not-for-prot institutions.Black students are not onlygraduating less, but they areborrowing more money to getthrough college, according toa recent College Board reporttitled
Who Borrows the Most? Bachelor’s Degree Recipientswith High Levels of Student  Debt 
. That report found thatBlack bachelor’s degreestudents had cumulativetotal debts of $30,500 ormore at a rate of 27 percent,compared to 16 percent forWhite students, 14 percentfor Hispanic students, and 9percent for Asian students.The reason, says JulianneMalveaux, an economist,commentator and president of Bennett College for Womenin Greensboro, N.C., stemsfrom the socioeconomicstatus of many Black families.Complicating things further,she said, is the fact that familymembers sometimes expectthe college students in theirfamily to use their studentloans for paying bills orvarious emergencies.“Probably half of the thingsstudents come to see me abouthave to do with money,”Malveaux said in a recentphone interview with the
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.Malveaux noted the averageBlack family has an incomeof $40,000 or less – tuition,room and board at Bennettis $24,000. “Obviously,there has to be some outsideresources for students tomatriculate,” Malveaux said.Lack of money is why it’simportant to be proactive,says Nicki Washington, aHoward University computerscience instructor, author of 
Prepped for Success: What  Every Parent Should Know About the College ApplicationProcess
.Among other things,Washington recommends thatstudents:• Start thinking aboutapplying for scholarshipsas early as freshman yearin high school. “A lot of parents tend to tell me youcan’t even apply until you’rea senior. But that’s too lateto think of these things,”Washington said, explainingthat it’s important to knowwhat winning a particularscholarship requires, such asextracurricular activities and acompetitive GPA.• Though they may notalways be readily available, tryto take Advanced Placementcourses in high school insteadof going the easy route. Thecourses better prepare studentsfor the rigors of college andoffer the opportunity to getcollege credit while in highschool, thereby saving moneyon their college education.The courses help students getadmitted to college and winscholarships, Washington says.“What they don’t realize is thatthese universities’ scholarshipcommittees ... have such alarge pool of applicants thatthey have to nd those smallthings that help a student standout.”• Create an account onFastWeb, a website thatenables students to search forscholarships, nancial aid andstudent loans for which theyare eligible. Though many of the scholarships may be formodest amounts, others canbe for tens of thousands of dollars.• Search for work-studyoptions on campus, oropportunities to workwithin the collegedepartment of the student’smajor. At the same time,be cautious about thepsychological effect of off-campus opportunitiesin your eld of study,especially those that paywell, because it couldlead a student to think:“I already have thecareer. Why do I need thedegree?” Students whodrop out of college becausethey are enjoying a degreeof pre-graduation careersuccess, Washington said,may lose their job and ndout the hard way that othercompanies won’t hire themwithout a degree.
“Black students are not only graduating less, but they areborrowing more money to get through college, according to a recent College Board report...” “Unmarried women play a vital and  growing role in the health of our economy and communities.” 

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