Daily Archives: March 28, 2014

Black Women in the US: Progress Made, But Key Areas Need Attention


Contributors to Black Women’s Roundtable report, Black Women in the U.S., 2014 stop for a photo during the BWR Summit kick-off at the National Council of Negro Women headquarters. Pictured (L-R):Dr. L. Toni Lewis, SEIU Healthcare; Joycelyn Tate, Telecom Talk; Melanie L. Campbell, Black Women’s Roundtable; Felicia Davis, Building Green Network; Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Incite Unlimited; Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, Ph.D.; and Carol Joyner, Labor Project for Working Families. PHOTO CREDIT: CIT-VISUALS

Washington, DC – A report released today by Black Women’s Roundtable Public Policy Network (BWR), Black Women in the U.S., 2014, found that significant progress has been made since key historical markers however, there are many areas that remain in need of dire national attention and urgent action. The report was released during a legislative briefing at the historic headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). The event kicks off the BWR National Summit taking place over the next three days.

“This report is a quick glimpse at where we are. We use this document as a roadmap during our BWR summit,” says Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO National Coalition and convener, BWR. “Black women are a powerful force and we plan to demonstrate that power by working collaboratively and intentionally across issues to usher in a new set of progressive polices and leaders to champion our cause. In the coming days, we will unveil specific details about the implementation of the Power of the Sister Vote!”

“We look at the tragedies and the triumphs surrounding Black Women’s lives across a variety of different indicators and areas of inquiry,” Adds Avis Jones-DeWeever, PhD, Incite Unlimited and editor of the report. “Black women have made progress since key historical markers such as the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Brown v. Board of Education, and the onset of the War on Poverty, but many areas remain that need urgent action.”

The following are some of the key findings from Black Women in the U.S., 2014:

Black Women’s Health Still in Need of Dire Attention

Ø For Black women, having a baby can be deadly. The maternal mortality rate for Black women is fully three times that of white women and is on par with several developing nations.


Nas And Michael Eric Dyson Discuss Hip-Hop At Georgetown University

Nas and Michael Eric Dyson talk about Illmatic and hip-hop’s recent role in the academy during a discussion at Georgetown University.


DJ Jazzy Jeff’s Doctor’s Orders Mix

The Doctor’s Orders is throwing a party at Club Scala in London on April 18th and DJ Jazzy Jeff is appearing alongside DJ Babu, Rakaa Iriscience and Mr Thing. DJ Jazzy Jeff put together another one of his soulful eclectic mixes to give a preview of his show. Jeff mixes hip-hop, jazz, funk, R&B, reggae and he even gives Tall Black Guy a shout-out in the beginning.