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- Political Engagement: How many African Americans currently serve in the U.S. Congress?
- Health and Wellness: True or False. Women under 40 cannot get breast cancer.
- Community: What percentage of African American families live below the poverty line?
- Technology: In texting lingo, what does TTYL and POS mean?
- Personal Finance: How much money should you have in your savings account.
Political Engagement: How many African Americans currently serve in the U.S. Congress?
Currently, there are 42 African Americans serving in the United States Congress. Of the 42 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, 14 are African American women. The current chair of the Congressional Black Caucus is Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA).
Each week, blackgirlgrown provides an update on what’s going on in Washington, both at the White House and in the Congress. It is important for us to play an active role in our local, state, and federal government.
Health and Wellness: True or False. Women under 40 cannot get breast cancer.
False. Women under 40 can get breast cancer. And African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer than any other group of women. It is important for us as women to know our bodies and perform self-breast exams.
There are a number of articles available on blackgirlgrown and resources through the Circle of Promise, an initiative of the Komen Foundation, specifically geared toward black women and breast cancer awareness.
Community: What percentage of African American families live below the poverty line?
The most common measure of poverty is the poverty threshold designated by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to its most recent data (2007), the U.S. Census Bureau declared among married families: 5.8% of all people including 8.3% of black persons, were in poverty. Among single parent families: 26.6% of all persons, including 44% of black persons, were in poverty. Overall, the U.S. Census declared that in 2007 12.5% of all people, including 25.5% black people, lived in poverty.
Though there are disputes on poverty numbers and solutions, there is no disputing that poverty has a greater impact on black communities. And while there is a lot (or more) the government can do, we all have a role to play in improving our communities through social action, self-improvement, and awareness.
Technology: In texting lingo, what does TTYL and POS mean?
TTYL: Talk (Type) To You Later
POS: Parents Over Shoulder
Texting has now become a way of life for teenagers, and even preteens. Even as adults, texting is becoming a part of common communication. However, the lingo can be confusing and even its own language. For those new to texting, or parents searching for understanding (and a translator), NetLingo has thousands of definitions that explain the online world of business, technology, and communication — including the largest collection of Internet acronyms and text messaging shorthand.
Personal Finance: How much money should you have in your savings account.
According to most personal finance experts, 10 percent of your paycheck should be saved for a rainy day fund if possible. The goal of a regular savings account is to have enough accessible cash for three months of living expenses: mortgage/rent, car payment, and monthly bills. Yes, for most of us that seems a bit steep. But we have to make an effort. Personal finance is a key topic here.