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did you knowDid You Know topics range from things that could save you money to things that could save your life.  Most of the topics fall somewhere in between and hopefully they are useful.

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One of the easiest ways to lose weight is to eliminate sugary drinks

1 can of coke is about 140 calories.  A 32 oz big gulp at 7-11 is almost 500 calories.  An 8oz glass of orange juice is just as many calories as a coke.  Eliminating 3 sugary drinks a day can reduce your calorie count by up to 20%, enough to lose a pound a week.

source: 
Livestrong.com

African Americans Watch Between 6 and 8.5 Hours of TV Per Day

According to the 2012 Nielsen Report "African-American Consumers: Still Vital, Still Growing" baby boomers watch 8.5 hours of TV per day.  Gen-Y African Americans watch an average of 6 hours per day.  If you sleep 8 hours and watch TV for another 8 hours that only leaves 8 hours to work, eat, play with kids, read a book, pursue a goal, exercise, etc.

Too much TV is turning us into overweight couch potatoes that are pawns of the media; manipulated into buying things we don't need while worshipping winners of American Idol and emulating the antics of the Basketball Wives Savages.

Don't be a slave to the TV.  Pursue your own road to stardom.

source: 
Nielsen Report 2012

5.85 Million People Cannot Vote Due to Felony Record

Without a vote you have no power.  With 70% of the prison population being non-white this is how power is disproportionately taken from minorities in the US.

source: 
SentencingProject.org

1 out of every 8 prisoners on the planet is African American

In addition, non-whites make up about 70 percent of the U.S. prison population.  There is no other logical explanation except for institutional racism in America

source: 
NAACP.org

Approximately 1 in 5 adults with HIV is living with HIV and doesn't know it

This translates into approximately 116,750 HIV-positive people in the African American community. Please see: Where to Get an HIV/AIDS Test

source: 
Center for Disease Control (CDC)

African Americans represent only 14% of the population but account for 44% of all new HIV infections.

2009 statistics from the CDC.  Follow this link for more statistics on AIDS in the black community.

Click here to find out where to Get an HIV/AIDS Test.

source: 
Center for Disease Control (CDC)

70% of African-American children cannot swim

African-American children between the ages of 5 and 14 are three times more likely to drown than white children in the same age range.  Click the link to see a champion black swimmer.

source: 
USA Swimming

In 2011 Only 55% of Law School Grads Found Legal Jobs

According to the American Bar Association only 55% found legal jobs requiring passing the bar 9 months after graduation.  Read more about the risk-reward of law school here

source: 
American Bar Association

20% of Americans can't read or write well enough to fill out a job appication

One in five Americans today cannot read or write well enough to fill out a job or read a bedtime stories to their children.  Adult literacy is one of the basics for survival.  Check out some resources here

source: 
Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP)

Ponzi Schemes increased 400% from 2008 to 2009

150 ponzi schemes were reported in 2009 compared to only 40 in 2008.  These schemes cost investors over $16.5 billion. African American churchgoers lost millions in this ponzi scheme.

source: 
Securities and Exchange commission (SEC)