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A Look At The Worst Job Markets Around The U.S.

Here's a glimpse of areas in the US that are doing poorly despite the fact that the number of jobs continues to grow. The following states and cities remain at the bottom of the job market barrel: Florida, California, Nevada...

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And Then They Came For Imus...

At first they came...
At first the religious leaders came for Howard and Opie and Anthony. I was very offended, I did not speak out, and they took them away.
Then the gay leaders came for Laura. She is a woman with a religious belief who made free speech, I did not know the woman, so I said nothing so they took her away.
Then the black leaders came for Imus, I liked the show and I will miss it, I did not like his comment, so I said nothing and they took him away.
Now they are coming for Sean, Bill and Rush.

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PRIDE: Breaking the Barriers of Racism

As a coach, Jim Ellis has a passion not only about coaching kids in swimming but for the sport itself. When asked by Swimming World TV to define passion Jim says "I get up at 4 o'clock in the morning with no regrets, looking forward to going to the pool, administering a workout... that is passion."

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Barack Obama: African American President

An African American president? We already had one in the tv series, "24", but will it work out as well on television as in real life? Is America ready for a Black president? Get to know more about Sen. Barack Obama, one of the Democrats' candidates for president in the 2008 elections, and decide for your self.

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Superbowl XLI: Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith

African American coaches are a rare species in the National Football League. The hiring process may have been more discriminating than with the college football teams.

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Breaking the Myths: Diversity in Swimming

"White men can't jump or dance and Blacks can't swim" Type this into any search engine and you'd get a considerable amount of results mainly found on forums and bulletin boards. People do talk about this issue; some even published articles on why too few professional swimmers are African American, and this at the risk of being branded a racist or an ignoramus. But the less than satisfactory number of African Americans in the swimming arena may not be a matter of racial discrimination, but that of economic limitations.

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SHANI DAVIS: The Winning Streak

Shani Davis has marked his place as one of the top achievers in speedskating when he won world titles for this new extreme sport, but he made Olympic history when he won the Men's 1000m at the recent 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. This article traces the journey of how the young Davis became a champion from the beginning to his recent Olympic win.

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The Role of Women and Minorities in the Second World War

This article commemorates the contributions of women and minorities to the U.S. military in World War II. President Roosevelt was confident that the American people will win the war - and they did. Yes, white Americans comprised the bulk of the military strength that time, but women and minorities filled in significant voids in the war effort. Women worked in the military industry, African-Americans and Hispanics served in different military branches, the American Indian radiomen joined the Marines in the Pacific, and Japanese-Americans fought in the 442nd regiment, the most decorated unit in the war. It was an affirmation that inclusion of diversity can very well be equated to a successful campaign.

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Minorities playing Major roles in the government- Diversity in Bushs Cabinet

If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would see that his dream of equality among races is already being manifested in the U.S. Government. This article features short biographies of people from the minority groups in President Bushs Cabinet- State Secretary Colin Powell, Education Secretary Rod Paige, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta. Their accomplishments are truly inspiring for minorities who also want to become government officials in the future. They have proven that opportunities in politics are present, and individuals from minority groups should learn from the examples they have set.

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Who was the first Oprah?

Before Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart came Sarah Breedlove, a.k.a. as Madam C.J. Walker, the pioneer of female entrepreneurship in America. This article is a short narrative about the life of Madam Walker, who, out of sheer determination, rose from poverty to become a self-made millionaire. She started out as a domestic worker, established a small business of hair growers until she built an empire in the cosmetic industry. Her keen understanding of the demands of her diverse class enabled her to strategize properly, and she was able to fill a lucrative void.

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The legacy of Lydia Villa-Komaroff - Hispanic Scientist, Educator and Leader

For those who associate Hispanics solely with blue collar jobs, and think that they cant make it big in the field of science, theyve got another think coming. In reality, many Hispanics have already made important contributions in modern technology, partaking in mans endless search for scientific knowledge. This article honors Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a world-renowned molecular biologist. She has spent her life studying and experimenting with human cells and genes. Her devotion to education, her revolutionary discoveries in developmental biology, and her efforts to draw minorities to pursue careers in science made her one of the most powerful Hispanics in America.

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Going the Distance: African-Americans in Space

Space exploration demands exceptional skills, and as the fields pioneering African-American astronauts showed, minorities do belong in outer space too. This article profiles four extraordinary African-Americans: Guion S. Bluford Jr. (first African-American in space), Frederick D. Gregory (first African-American Deputy Administrator of NASA), Mae C. Jemison (first African-American woman in space) and Bernard A. Harris (first African-American to walk in space). Honoring their accomplishments is very timely as the world welcomes the dawn of the space age.

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Elton John: "Madman Across the Water"

Elton John has survived a pop music career as well as an intriguing personal life. From the beginning of his career in the 1970s to the present, Elton John has made an indelible mark in the music industry, as well as the gay and lesbian community. With his witty and blatant tongue, Elton John has not only revealed the truth about his identity. He has also emphasized the need for the truth to be revealed. This article is a brief look into the life of the music legend, celebrating both his impact on his devoted supporters as well as humanity as a whole.

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Condoleeza Rice: On the Spotlight

Controversial as she may be, National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice has become an icon in American politics. This narrative takes a close look at the life of Condi, from her educational career at Stanford University, to her political assignments in two Bush administrations. She has earned honor and respect through her determination, sharp mind, exceptional teaching skills and valuable contributions to Americas international relations. She epitomizes the strong-willed African-American woman, undaunted by the enormous responsibilities that lie on her shoulders.

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Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton: A Warrior for Justice

A number of U.S. presidents - George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and John Kennedy - were war veterans. Their military training has molded them to stay tough despite the pressure of maintaining the nations stability as the leader of the American people. They represent what war veterans are capable of. The skills, work ethics, and discipline that war veterans have learned as soldiers would inevitably translate to success in the real world. This article gives us a glimpse of the war experience and public service career of Lt. Lynn Buck Compton, a highly esteemed officer in the 101st Airborne during World War II. As part of the elite paratroopers, Compton fought in the most famous battles of the war. Afterwards, he became a prosecutor, and helped convict Sirhan Sirhan for the murder of Robert Kennedy.

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