Indianapolis Recorder

Breaking the cycle: Why poverty can be a closed loop with few chances for escape

In a big ballroom at Indiana University Southeast, sociologist Melissa Fry and her colleagues arranged tables with signs on them around the perimeter. Each station represented a certain service, including a school, a bank, a social services office, a grocery store and a hospital.
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You could be at risk for colorectal cancer — so get screened

Black Americans are 20% more likely to be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and are more likely to develop it at a younger age than whites. When they get it, studies show, they are also up to 35% more likely to die from it. This disparity has been going on for years, according to Dr. Douglas Rex, distinguished professor emeritus at Indiana University School of Medicine and director of Endoscopy at Indiana University Health.

Black doctors navigate systemic racism to fulfill a mission

When Rhonda Bayless’ mother got chemotherapy treatment for lung cancer, she would put on full makeup, her most luscious wig and most chic set of clothes. Not to show off, she was in no mood for that. “She felt like as a Black woman, she needs to present herself in a certain way so that she can receive a certain level of care,” Bayless said. “When you engage with the health care system [as a Black woman], you need to make sure that you look a certain way, so that they won’t treat you as some ki

Advocates see increasing rate of domestic violence against Black women since pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the lives of millions of Americans, it’s also triggering an alarming increase in violence against Black women, advocates say. “We’ve seen a surge of need in housing and crisis calls. We’ve also seen a surge in past clients reaching out for additional emotional and financial support,” said Jacqueline Willet, well-being services coordinator at Coburn Place. The Indianapolis-based organization offers transitional housing as well as legal and emotiona

Biden order energizes agencies addressing lead exposure

When Karla Johnson moved into her Delaware Street house over two decades ago, she signed a disclosure form acknowledging its paint contained lead. She understood that as long as the paint was intact she wouldn’t have to worry about her family’s exposure to the dangerous substance. But her young son played in the yard and occasionally shoved some dirt in his mouth. Johnson, an administrator at the Marion County Public Health Department’s Healthy Homes program, took him to get tested for lead. S

Mixed reactions flood Egypt’s streets following Tunisian revolution

CAIRO: As jokes comparing the Egyptian regime with its Tunisia counterpart abounded on the streets, serious open discussion of a potential revolution in Egypt was harder to find. Cautious happiness was the best description of the most prevalent sentiment on Egypt’s streets after Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s president for over 23 years, bowed to civil unrest and fled the country.

Mubarak lauds Egypt's judiciary system

CAIRO: Media coverage of court cases is what President Hosni Mubarak believes to endanger the credibility and image of the Egyptian judiciary system the most. Mubarak explained, during his speech in the Judicial Supreme Council yesterday in celebration of the Judiciary Day, that the sometimes-sentimental way media covers court cases stirs controversy and perplexes the public opinion, something that affects people’s perception of the court rulings.

Pope Shenouda says gov't must address discrimination

CAIRO: Calling for calm in the wake of a deadly attack on an Alexandria church, Pope Shenouda III said the government must do its part by addressing the discrimination faced by Egypt’s Christian community. As hundreds of predominantly Christian protesters clashed with police forces in northern Cairo, Coptic Pope Shenouda III was interviewed on state television on Monday to comment on the violence and to present the Church’s position on the issue.