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Silence Isn’t Golden:  A Call for Community Discussion about HIV/AIDS in Women

Let’s talk about sex. No, not the Salt ‘N’ Pepa hit from the 1990s. As a Black Community, especially black women, we need to have an honest discussion about what really happens behind our closed doors. Two weeks ago, I turned twenty-five. While I am thankful to have lived for quarter of a century, it is sobering to know that 83.8 percent of women in my age group (25-34) attributed contracting HIV through heterosexual contact in 2008. It is even more disconcerting to note that Black/African American women had the highest percentage (87 percent) of HIV transmission through heterosexual contact .These statistics are staggering. It is time to ring the alarm. Our silence here is not golden.


Wisconsin NAACP Youth Council joins Madison rally for public employees

The Wisconsin NAACP Youth Council joined more than 100,000 people in Madison, Wisconsin on March 12, 2011 to protest the bill passed by Governor Scott Walker eliminating Collective Bargaining and limiting the power of unions.


Raising Black Girls in the Age of HIV/AIDS:

In honor of the 30th commemoration of HIV/AIDS, the NAACP has launched a blogging campaigning entitled HIV/AIDS at 30. It will feature blogs and video posts from the NAACP staff, leadership, members, and partners on various topics that affect the black community. Each month we will have a new topic. March is Women and Girls month and two of our Act Against Aids Initiative (AAALI) partners, Black Women’s Health Imperative‘s President and CEO, Eleanor Hilton Hoytt and the National Council of Negro Women’s, Executive Director Dr. Avis Jones- DeWeever have written articles to shed light on a disease that is claiming the lives of so many black women.


Claiming Our Power in the Fight Against AIDS

I sat before the room dumbfounded. Surrounding me were brilliant, beautiful, driven, and successful young women. Each high achievers in their own right. Each on the verge of certain success. Yet, these young women who had originally come to my office to discuss transversing that critical, but sometimes scary path of transitioning from undergraduate education to the rest of their lives, had seemingly only one thing at the top of their minds, “Will I ever find love?”


NAACP Youth & College Division: 75 Years of Youth Activism

For the past 75 years the Division has been at the forefront of the major civil rights battles that challenged the conscious of this nation and advanced the status of African Americans and other people of color.


Video: Red Carpet at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards

The NAACP Image Awards have always been different from other awards shows, because we celebrate character and human rights alongside outstanding achievement in the arts. Here are some special red carpet moments from the 42nd NAACP Image Awards, broadcast on March 4, 2011.


Creating Protections to Secure Your Financial Future

The housing crisis of the 21st century devastated communities across the United States and the foreclosure rate skyrocketed to alarming numbers. Americans throughout the country either experienced the economic downtown indirectly or directly, but the African American community fared worse than any other racial group and are facing great challenges in regaining economic security even as the economy and labor market begins to recover.


Illinois NAACP Heads “Save the American Dream” Rally in Springfield

The Illinois NAACP stood alongside labor groups from across the state to protect the rights of workers to engage in the process of collective bargaining at a rally at the state capitol on February 26, 2011


Wisconsin NAACP Marches to Oppose “Budget Repair Bill”

NAACP Units from across Wisconsin marched to the State Capitol Feb. 26, 2011 to participate in a rally in solidarity with Wisconsin’s public employees and support the rights of all employees to collectively bargain.


Video: Howard University Students Predict NAACP Image Awards Winners

Filmmaker Oscar Munoz captured students at Howard University as they made their predictions on winners of the 42nd NAACP Image Awards. Don't miss the live broadcast on Friday, March 4th 8pm/7 central on FOX.


N.C. Plan a Step Back Toward Segregation

In the last few months, extreme right-wing members of North Carolina's Wake County have advanced an agenda of "neighborhood schooling" that would drastically reduce school diversity and roll back years of progress and integration.


HK on J: Why We March

This Saturday, in Raleigh, North Carolina, the local NAACP state conference will be joined by more than 100 coalition partners for a march on Jones Street to the North Carolina State Legislature.


The Little-known History of Labor Rights & Civil Rights

A few weeks ago I attended the United Auto Workers Region 9A 18th Annual Civil Rights Award Recognition dinner in Hartford, Connecticut.


Citizenship for Some but Not All: a New Resolution Heightens the Attack on Citizenship

The headline reads like a quote from the dark side of America’s history: citizenship for some but not all.


Take the President’s Challenge Today

America is facing a crisis when it comes to leading healthy lifestyles. And of the populations suffering most from diet-related illness, African Americans top the list.


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