Dr. L A Morrison

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Disney redraws first black princess after anti-racism campaigners claim her skin is 'too white'

Disney has promised to re-draw a Disney princess after anti-racism campaigners said her skin was "too white."<p>Princess Tiana was the first black Disney princess, created for the film 'The Princess and The Frog' in 2009. She has been re-animated for the new film 'Wreck It Ralph 2', in which all the …

Racism

School Uniforms Becoming a Stiff-Fitting Policy on Black Students

Jerimiah Fassett was sent home from school earlier this September. He did not get into a fight. He did not bully another student. He did not …

Black Students

Tanzania: Consolation for ferry accident victims

As mourning grips the country following the capsizing of MV Nyerere in Lake Victoria of Mwanza Region on Thursday, families reflect on their memories …

East Africa

Allergic girl dies after airport Pret a Manager baguette

<b>A girl with a severe sesame allergy died after eating an airport Pret a Manger baguette, which did not list the ingredients.</b><p>Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, collapsed during a flight from Heathrow to Nice on 17 July last year.<p>Despite her father administering two EpiPen injections, Natasha, from Fulham, …

British Airways

Number of gay, bi men living with HIV jumps 70 percent in Georgia

Gay and bisexual men under 30 make up nearly half of all new HIV diagnoses and they’re the only age group whose rate of infection is getting worse, …

Sexuality

'Settled Science' On Obama School Lunch Program Turns Out To Be Junk — What's Next?

<b>Junk Science:</b> Eight years ago, the Obama administration spent millions of dollars pushing schools to get kids to eat healthier. The science behind …

Obama Administration

Orthodontists aren't smiling about teeth-straightening start-ups - Los Angeles Times

It’s easier than ever to get straighter teeth. Orthodontists think that’s a big problem.<p>Where metal braces installed in a doctor’s office were once the only way to correct misaligned teeth, a new method that uses removable clear aligners can eliminate a visit to an orthodontist and save patients …

It Was a Suspected ‘Birth Tourism’ Site. Then Came Late-Night Screams.

Many neighbors had long been suspicious about the red brick townhouse in Queens.<p>Bryan Kim, 19, said he had seen pregnant women showing up at the home.<p>Sheng Long Peng, 70, said he had often seen the owner of the home arrive in his car with groups of pregnant women.<p>Elizabeth Lee, 51, said she saw …

Maternity

First black female White House reporter gets Newseum statue

WASHINGTON (AP) — Journalist Alice Allison Dunnigan triumphed over sexism and racism to become the first black woman accredited to cover the White House.<p>In recognition of her achievements, the Newseum unveiled a statue in her honor on Friday.<p>The bronze life-size statue will remain in the Newseum, …

Women of Color

Lake Victoria Tanzania ferry disaster: Divers hunt for survivors

At least 136 people have died after a ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized on Lake Victoria, Tanzania, officials say.<p>Many are missing and it is …

13-Year-Old with Severe Dairy Allergy Dies After Classmate Puts Cheese Down His Shirt

One of the teen's classmates was arrested shortly after the incident on suspicion of attempted murder.<p>“I’ll see you after school,” Karanbir Cheema told his grandfather before he walked out the door on an otherwise normal June morning. According to his mother, those were the last words she and the …

Black cowboys: Creole trail rides showcase unique culture

Pickup trucks started pouring into the tiny town of Calvert, smack in the middle of Texas’s four metropoles. Some pulled wagons with horses peeking out of the metal bars. Others dragged flatbed trolleys stacked with speakers, a barbecue and a portable toilet.<p>Inside the vehicles, urbanites from …

Creole

Beyonce and Jay-Z surprise Arizona teen with $100,000 scholarship

Seeing Jay Z and Beyoncé is always exciting.<p>Being awarded a $100,000 scholarship from America’s favorite power coupleat the concert?<p>That’s a whole other level of excitement.<p>Mikayla Lowry had no idea going into Wednesday’s co-headlining Jay-Z and Beyonce show at State Farm Stadium that she had won a …

DJ Khaled

At Least 68 People Are Nearly Blind After A Botched Drug Was Injected Into Their Eyeballs

<b>The syringe sliding</b> into Curtis Cosby’s eyeball was supposed to make life easier.<p>It was Valentine’s Day 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Like millions of …

Drugs, Alcohol, And Suicide Are Driving A Decline In Life Span In The US, CDC Says

Bill Diodato / Getty Images<p>Life expectancy in the US has dropped for the second year in a row and death rates from 5 of the 12 leading causes of …

Trends

Nigeria's young daughters are sold as 'money wives'

Girls as young as five are being sold to settle their parents' debt as part of a tradition known as 'money marriages'.<p><b>Becheve, Nigeria</b> - In this sleepy village, in the shadow of the Obudu mountains in Cross River state, an ancient tradition continues that child protection workers say condemns young …

Nigeria

James Brown's daughter Venisha dead at at 53

Venisha Brown, the daughter of legendary soul singer James Brown, died on Wednesday at the age of 53.<p>She died at AU Health Medical Center in Augusta, Ga., due to complications from pneumonia, the James Brown Foundation announced Thursday.<p>Venisha, a songwriter and musician, was active in the James …

Soul Music

Bummer about your medical emergency, but your claim is denied because you didn't call in advance - Los Angeles Times

Of the many dubious reasons insurers use for denying claims, one of the most bizarre is telling a patient they neglected to obtain prior approval for treatment in the midst of a medical emergency.<p>Because, of course, the first thing most people think of in a life-or-death situation is phoning some …

Wolfe

Ongoing outbreak of rare eye infection found among contact lens wearers

<b>(CNN) —</b> An ongoing outbreak of a rare eye infection has been discovered in contact lens wearers in the UK, a new study reveals.<p>Researchers at University College London found that rates of Acanthamoeba keratitis, an infection of the cornea, have nearly tripled since 2011 in the southeast of …

Research

Would you argue with the doctor if your child looked like this? How a mother's instinct saved her daughter's life - after doctors sent her home from hospital with Panadol

Emma Tobin didn't need test results to know her daughter Paige was seriously ill.<p>After watching the three-year-old's condition rapidly deteriorate to …

Woman's swollen pinky finger was a rare sign of deadly tuberculosis which doctors think she caught from her husband's cough

It may seem over-the-top to go to hospital because of a painful pinky finger.<p>But one woman found her hand injury was actually a rare sign of an …

Immune System

Suge Knight pleads no contest to manslaughter, faces 28 years in prison for 2015 hit-and-run

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight pleaded no contest Thursday to manslaughter in connection with the death of a man during a hit-and-run incident after a confrontation on the set of the movie biopic "Straight Outta Compton."<p>Knight, 53, is scheduled to be sentenced October 4 and in …

Death Row

Beyonce's ex-band member accuses singer of reported 'extreme witchcraft'

Beyoncé has found herself in some brouhaha.<p>Beyoncé‘s former drummer, Kimberly Thompson, requested a restraining order against her because she claimed the singer practices “extreme witchcraft,” The Blast reported. According to the lawsuit, Beyoncé has allegedly been using her magic to run …

Witchcraft

Ugandan pop star MP Bobi Wine arrested on arrival

Authorities in the East African country deny opposition legislator was arrested and say he was just 'escorted' home.<p>Uganda's music star opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi was taken by police after arriving back in the country from the United States where he received medical treatment for …

Celebrity Gossip

Arthur Mitchell's life in pictures

Arthur Mitchell, the trailblazing African-American dancer who called himself "the grandfather of diversity," died on Wednesday, September 19, according to the Dance Theatre of Harlem's Facebook page. He was 84.

The Theatre

Texas couple accused of enslaving Guinean girl for 16 years

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A suburban Fort Worth couple accused of enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years has been indicted on federal charges that …

Fort Worth

Christians, Aid Worker Brutally Murdered By Radical Islamic Terrorists In Kenya

Christians, citizens and at least one aid worker were brutally murdered by radical Islamic terrorists with ties to Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram in Kenya …

Boko Haram

Surgeon denies negligence in removing woman's healthy kidney

A South Dakota surgeon admitted to mistakenly removing an Iowa woman's healthy kidney but denied that he breached the standard of care, according to the surgeon's response to a lawsuit filed by the patient.<p>Dr. Scott Baker and The Surgical Institute of South Dakota acknowledged in an answer to Dena …

South Dakota

Deqa Dahir shot dead in Mogadishu: Somali troops detained

<b>Four soldiers have been arrested in Somalia after a nine-year-old schoolgirl was shot dead in the capital Mogadishu, police have said.</b><p>Deqa Dahir died and another girl was wounded when bullets hit their school bus while it was stuck in a traffic jam, Amnesty International said.<p>Soldiers opened fire …

Mogadishu

4 Health Problems African-American Women Face.

(<b>ThyBlackMan.com</b>) Being a African-American women in today’s society definitely comes with its share of struggles but let me begin by saying I would …

Women of Color