Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Issues facing African-American Women:

Throughout the week of November 26, "NBC News With


Williams" will take a look at the issues facing

women across our nation in a new series
"African-American Women: Where They Stand." The
series will
cover a wide-range of issues from their role in

the '08

Presidential race, to the increased health-risks

that they need to be concerned about.

Monday's installment will discuss African-American

women's progress in the education field. Nearly

two-thirds of African-American undergraduates are


At black colleges, the ratio of women to men is 7

to 1. And that is leading to a disparity in the

number of African-American women who go on to own

their own
businesses. Rehema Ellis will talk to educators,

students and businesswomen about why this

disparity exists.

Tuesday, Ellis will look at relationships within

the African-American female community. Many agree

the gender disparity in education and business

African-Americans is having an effect on

relationships that African American women have. Some


say the implications could redefine "Black

family and social structure." In the past fifty

> years, the percentage of African-American women

> > between 25-54 who have never been married has

> doubled

> > from 20% to 40%. (Compared to just 16% of white

> women who have never been married today). Ellis

> > sits down with the members of a Chicagobook club

> and talk

> > about this difference and how it impacts them.

> >

> > Dr. Nancy Snyderman will discuss the increases

> risks for breast cancer for African-American women

> > on Wednesday. Mortality rates for African-American

are higher than any other racial or ethnic group

for nearly every major cause of death, including

breast cancer. Black women with breast cancer are

nearly 30%

more likely to die from it than white women.

Premenopausal black women are more than twice as

likely to get a more aggressive form of the

> disease. And, not only

> > are African-American women more likely to die from

> breast cancer, but they're less likely to get

life-saving treatments. Dr. Snyderman will profile

one of the

only oncologists in the world who specializes in

the treatment of African-American women with

breast cancer. On Thursday, Ron Allen will take

viewers to South Carolina -- the first southern

primary state -- and ask the question: Will race

trump gender or gender trump

race? In South Carolina, black women made up

nearly 30 percent of all democratic primary voters


2004. This year, polls show a significant number


undecided, torn between choosing the first

African-American or first female Presidential


Allen talks with the undecided, as well the state

directors for the Clinton and Obama campaigns, who

> happen to be African-American women.

> >

> > To close the series on Friday, Dr. Snyderman will

> raise the frightening statistic that

> > African-American women are 85% more likely to get

> diabetes, a

> > major complication for heart disease. And, like

> breast cancer, more black women die from heart

> > disease than white women. Dr. Snyderman will

> profile a leading

> > expert and a unique church-based outreach program

> in South Carolina that seeks to spread the word

> > about heart disease risks to black women

> congregants.

> >

> > Mara Schiavocampo, Digital Correspondent for

> "Nightly News," will address two hot topics in the

> > African - American community: interracial dating

> and the

> > impact of hip hop music on black women.

> Interracial dating is a growing trend in the African

> - American community. An

> poll found that 81% of participants

> approved of black women dating non- black men.

> > According to a U.S. Census Bureau report in 2000,

> 95,000 black women were

> > married to white men. In 2005, that number

> increased to 134,000. Schiavocampo will talk to

> experts

> > about the trend and discuss how this defines the

> "Black

> > family" of the future. Schiavocampo will convene a

> panel of leading black men and women from the

> > hip-hop industry for an engaging discussion on

> whether hip hop lyrics and videos

> > positively or negatively affect black women. The

> roundtable also will address how these portrayals

> > are affecting relationships between black women

> and black

> > men.

> >

> > Consumers can go online to join the discussion and

> share their thoughts on message boards. They can

> > also read and respond to blog entries at

> >


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