"It was my genes that were the reason she was sick."
For decades we've talked to our boys about the threat of being unfairly targeted by law enforcement. Last spring, the shooting of an unarmed Black teen by a neighborhood watch volunteer ratcheted up the stakes, sparking national debate over racial profiling and a law that initially allowed the shooter to walk free. As emotions continue to swirl, what should we be telling our young men about how to keep themselves safe?
Sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a single shot to scare off the husband she says abused her, Marissa Alexander is home and sharing the details of her harrowing ordeal in this ESSENCE exclusive.
We've all heard the sobering statistics: When it comes to academic achievement, African-American students are often coming up short, falling behind their peers in standardized test scores, high school graduation rates and enrollment in the most rigorous classes. But we can make a change. Jeannine Amber asked experts across the country for their best tips to propel our kids to excellence. It turns out the key to academic success is not what we've been told.
We've all heard it before: The key to losing weight is to eat less and exercise more. But if it were that simple, why are so many of us carrying so much extra baggage? Four out of five African-American women are overweight or obese, a rate higher than any other group's. ESSENCE Senior Writer Jeannine Amber consulted doctors, researchers and scientists around the country to find out the real reason our pounds won't budge and what you can do to live your healthiest life.