STUDY: Body Mass Index of Low-Income African Americans Linked to Proximity to Fast Food

According to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the body mass index of low-income African Americans that live in close proximity to fast food is higher than those who do not.

Often called food deserts, cheap, affordable, abundant fast food options in low-income neighborhoods is highly influential on obesity rates among the population.

According to the study, even higher-income populations displayed a higher body mass index depending on their proximity to fast food.

But income is still a very important factor.

Uni-ball Releases Racist Ad Mocking Black Men in Prison

Just a week after Mountain Dew pulled an ad condemned by many as the “most racist commercial ever,” Uni Ball has released a commercial that actually gives that one a run for its money.

The ad features a muscular black male inmate reading a letter from one of his “homies” typed in Edwardian script and recited in a British accent.

The letter reads:

What up, homie. It’s wack that 5-0 bust you shifting bricks of da funky buddha. And I ain’t just spitting, yo. Everyday we be respecting wit a 40 on da floor for our peeps in lockdown. But word up, me and my homie T-Bone, we got a hood snitch up in the pen. We gon’ cut you loose like a noose, my dukes. And you be chillin’ in the crib knocking boots with some hoodrats. Gotta bounce, dawg.

Respect,

Big G

Mountain Dew Pulls Tyler, The Creator Ad After Accusations of Racism

Tyler, the Creator teamed up with Mountain Dew, and …racism happened?

 

PepsiCo, which owns Mountain Dew, has pulled the ad.

 

In the 60-second spot developed by African-American rapper Tyler, the Creator, a battered white woman on crutches is urged by an officer to identify a suspect out of a lineup of black men. A talking goat named Felicia is included in the lineup. The goat makes threatening remarks to the woman including, “Keep ya mouth shut.”

Emmett Till’s Family Plan to Pressure Mountain Dew to End Endorsement Deal w/ Lil Wayne

The family of the late Emmett Till have not forgotten about an offensive Lil Wayne lyric invoking the Civil Rights martyr’s name.

And although the song – Future’s “Karate Chop” remix – has been pulled from airwaves, Wayne has yet to apologize.

So the Till family plans to pressure corporate sponsor Mountain Dew to drop their endorsement deal with the rapper.

BlackCrowdfunding.net: A Crowdfunding Site for Black Entrepreneurs

William Cunningham has created BlackCrowdfunding.net, a site where black entrepreneurs can raise money from the public to start businesses.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Cunningham explains how he sees his site as an extension of the African American tradition of  “passing the hat;” and how crowdfunding allows black entrepreneurs to bypass traditional channels like bank loans and venture capital.

The site posts an incredible variety of products and start-ups. Some of the popular initiatives currently on the site include a community garden, a travel agency, and a collection of black pride t-shirts.

Rand Paul at Howard University: “Big Government Is NOT A Friend to African Americans”

Republican Senator Rand Paul visited Howard University, making the case for the GOP as part of a party-wide effort to appeal to minorities.

Paul acknowledged the GOP’s inability to connect with black voters, but asserted that Republican, free-market policies are more beneficial to the black community than the “big government” policies of Democrats.

Rape Survivors Demand Reebok Drop Rick Ross Endorsement Deal

Activists and rape survivors have launched a petition demanding that Reebok drop its endorsement deal with Rick Ross.

Ross is still facing outrage over lyrics that seem to condone and make light of date rape: “Put molly all in her champagne/ She ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that/ She ain’t even know it.”

UltraViolet, an organization dedicated to championing women’s rights and fighting sexism, asserts that Reebok is essentially condoning rape by maintaining their partnership with Ross.