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Major corporations control the world. They have more influence over the actions and policies in the U.S. and abroad than any other group on this planet.They use this influence to shape global environmental policy. They decide what is built and/or destroyed, they determine which products are made and which products people can use, they control the food supply, and they control which resources people have access to.


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Less Than 4% of the 46 Million Food Stamps Recipients Commit Fraud

96% of the 46 million food stamp recipients have legitimate needs to have them.  Hunger in America is real. We have to deal with it.

Source: Government Accounting Office (GAO)

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“Revolution is a serious thing, the most serious thing about a revolutionary's life. When one commits oneself to the struggle, it must be for a lifetime.” - Angela Davis

Help for Black Men (Latest Survival Guide Topics)

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help for black menThe following are the most recent Survival Guide topics.  Some of these topics are particularly relevant to black men, black fathers, or the black community in general, but much of the information in these articles can and should be used by anyone looking to save money, accomplish goals, or generally improve their quality of life.  AfroDaddy is not exclusively a website for black men and we firmly believe that all men and women should be happy and prosperous.

We are writing Survival Guide topics as fast as we can and more are coming.  If you have a suggestion that you don't see on the website, please email us

Alternatives to Driving Drunk on New Years Eve (or Any Other Night)

The Basics: 

No DUIMillions of people love to go out on New Years Eve and drink and party until the sun comes up.  Unfortunately there are those who don't plan out how to get home once the party has stopped, which leads to making bad driving decisions or getting rides home from other drunken strangers.  Driving home drunk is a way to ruin your life with a DUI and/or to ruin multiple lives through serious or fatal car accidents.   New Years (or any other outing) does not have to end this way.

The following are several reasonable options for getting home safely if you've had too much to drink.  Even better, most of these options (if planned out ahead of time) allow you to go out and drink as much as you want and know that your ride home is taken care of. 

Good luck and have fun!

What are Poverty Taxes and How to Avoid Them

The Basics: 

Poverty TaxHave you ever wondered why when you're poor and struggling there are always things coming up that seem to suck extra dollars out of your paycheck? You thought your check was say $500, but before you can turn around you're down to three or four hundred bucks and you haven't paid a single bill yet? 

If this seems to keep happening don't worry you are not alone.  You are just a victim of the old adage of why the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor.  Your problem is simple - you are paying way too much Poverty Tax.

How the Body Heals Itself After Smoking - a Chart

The Basics: 

Healthy Living SignThe human body is an amazing machine.  No matter how much you abuse it with crappy food, lack of exercise, and a general beating it always manages to try to heal itself.  Nowhere is this more evident in relation to smoking.  Cigarette smoking is one of the most damaging things you can do to your body as it scars your lungs, restricts your breathing, affects your arteries and restricts heart function.  With all that said, as soon as you stop smoking your body immediately begins to repair itself.

For those quitting "cold turkey" the chart below (courtesy of shows the typical progression of healing that a body goes through.  Each person is different, but these guidelines should give you hope if (and when) you decide to give up smoking.

How to Clear Your Lungs After Quitting Smoking

The Basics: 

Smoking - Helping HandI think we all can agree that smoking is bad for your health.  For those out there that do smoke you are probably tired of hearing people tell you all the reasons you should quit and I am sure that many of those things go in one ear and out the other.  Ultimately quitting smoking comes down to a personal choice and an amazing will power that allows you to break the nicotine addiction.

One of the main reasons people ultimately do give up cigarettes is the lack of ability to do basic cardio activities.  We're not talking about running a mile, we're talking about walking up a flight of stairs or chasing your kids around the park.  If this is your reason for quitting this article gives you some good news.  soon after you quit your lung function can return to normal and you can do all of the physical activities you want.  Here are some tips on how to get there.

How to Buy a House With a $20,000 Salary

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Cincinnati OhioThe collapse of the housing market in 2008 has had a devastating impact on individual families and the economy as a whole. Outside of the wave of foreclosures there has also been a significant decrease in property value which has sapped the wealth of millions of homeowners. The other side of that coin however has been the resulting low home prices and historically low interest rates that are the direct result of the bubble.

If you are looking to buy a home 2012 may be an excellent time to buy as there are several cities across the country where you can buy a home for less than $150,000 with an extremely low interest rate. The combination of low interest rates and low home prices mean that many people can afford to buy a home even with a salary as low as $20,000 a year.

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411 Articles contain African American news topics that are relevant to our community.  News sources include local black men's magazines, newspapers, black websites, African American bloggers and other community media outlets.  Of course, some of the articles here are created by staff.

There are many powerful voices out there that alot of us aren't exposed to.  If you are one of those voices and you want to be heard on our site or the Newsletter, contact to become a contributor.

Black History Past and Present: Pardon the Wilmington Ten

Wayne MooreNo one can right all the wrongs of history, but when there is an opportunity to do so we must take advantage of it.  In 1971 a group of students and a political activist (dubbed the "Wilmington Ten") were convicted of arson in 1971 under very suspicious circumstances.  After given extraordinarily long sentences (some up to 35 years) for a non-violent crime, the Ten were released after serving almost a decade in prison.

As the truth was revealed about the jury (of several KKK members), the recantation of all eyewitness testimony, and the revelation of prosecutor misconduct the Wilmington Ten are asking for official pardon for their crime.  Below is a letter to that effect from one of the Ten, Wayne Moore.

Sisters Like Rhonda Lee Deserve Better

Rhonda LeeBlack meteorologists Rhonda Lee was fired from her job at Louisiana-based KTBS after defending her short hair style on Facebook.

The news media is a tough industry to break into.  It can be especially difficult for a young black woman trying to make it on her reporting skills and talent while constantly being judged based on appearance and other superficial traits.  Nowhere did this manifest itself in such an ugly manner as when Rhonda Lee, an African American weather reporter was fired from her job after defending her choice of hair style. 

Rhonda Lee had been a weather reporter for Shreveport, Louisiana-based KTBS where she provided on-air coverage of the weather.  In late October the station received a note on their Facebook page from a reader who took exception to her appearance:

CNN: Who Is Black In America? Really?!?

CNN Black In AmericaI originally had such high hopes for the CNN series Black In America.  Finally there was a platform on a national news outlet that was going to tackle issues directly related to Black people in America.  Indeed the first episode did a good job educating both white and black America about certain aspects of the black experience.  Several of the subsequent episodes however, have left me wanting.

This latest installment "Who is Black in America" critically highlights how far the show has stumbled from its lofty beginning.  CNN has gone from discussing relevant African American issues to now spending an hour trying to tell us we don't know who is black.

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