Archive for March 19th, 2009

DeMaurice Smith, 45, was elected this week by the National Football League Players Association, the union for professional football players, as executive director, replacing Gene Upshaw, who died last year after serving in the role for 25 years. Smith is a Washington, DC, attorney who has President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder in his Rolodex. Although […]


Anne Wiggins Brown, the African-American soprano who starred as Bess in George Gershwin’s 1935 folk opera Porgy & Bess, died Friday at the age of 96. She was at home in Oslo. She had moved there in 1948 to join her Norwegian husband, an Olympic bronze medalist, and to escape American racism. Considered a pioneer in […]


According to a long-term study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the incidence of heart failure among African Americans under 50 is more than 20 times higher versus Whites. The study’s authors, however, acknowledge the number of cases studied was small (5,115) and more investigation is necessary. Check out the study for yourself at: http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/360/12/1179 We […]