The Black Women’s Roundtable released its fourth annual report today, detailing a “prescriptive lens” for African-American women and the issues that affect them most.
Titled Black Women in the U.S., 2017: Moving Our Agenda Forward in a Post-Obama Era, the 72-page document was released in Washington D.C. at the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), a nonprofit that “works to expand, strengthen and empower our communities to make voting and civic participation a cultural responsibility and tradition.”
The report arrives in conjunction with BWR’s 6th annual “Women of Power” national summit, happening this week in D.C. and Arlington, Virginia.
Written by multiple contributors from various fields, the report provides research and action plans for promoting their public policy agenda. The protection of women’s health care access and Black women’s rise in political power are just a couple of topics covered in the report.
Here’s some of what it shows us:
Black Women Are Rising In Political Power
Black women were the largest demographic group to cast ballots during the 2008 and 2012 elections. In 2016, they showed up once again when Kamala Harris, former California Attorney General, was elected U.S. Senator.
Zena Stephens was elected as Texas’ first Black woman Sheriff, while nine Black women were elected to the judicial bench in Jefferson County, Alabama.
Black Women Are Rising In Entrepreneurship
Black women remain the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs, BWR reports. An estimated 1.9 million Black women owned firms in 2016, employing 376,500 workers and generating $51.4 billion worth in revenues.
Black Women Earned The Majority Of Associate And Bachelor Degrees Among Blacks
Among degrees earned by Black people, Black women earned 67% of Associate Degrees and 65% of Bachelor Degrees.
The report also notes: “While women across race are more likely to compete with men in completing higher education, Black women outpace their male peers more than any other group.”
More Than 40% Of Sex Trafficking Victims Are Black
According to the Justice Department, over 40% of sex trafficking victims are Black, outnumbering White (25.6%), Hispanic (23.9%) Asian (4.3%) and Other (5.8%) victims.
Black Girls Are More Likely Than White Girls To Be Sent To Juvenile Facilities
Black girls are 2.7 times more likely than White girls to be referred to the juvenile justice system from other social service agencies (schools, mental health facilities, child welfare system). They are often accused of committing “technical” violations such as truancy and running away or being “hard to control.” 31% of these violations result in Black girls being incarcerated.
SOURCE: Black Women’s Roundtable Annual Report
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20 Things You Didn’t Know About The Legendary Michael Jackson
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1. MJ was a victim of physical abuse from his father as a child. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he shed tears and claimed that he was so terrified of his father that he would often vomit when he saw him.
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2. His favorite animated character from childhood was Pinocchio.
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3. When MJ listened to the songs from his days in The Jackson 5, he said he sounded like “Minnie Mouse.”
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4. His middle name was Joseph – Michael Joseph Jackson.
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5. “Billie Jean” is allegedly based on a true story. MJ claims an obsessive fan tried to say he was the father of her child.
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6. His first song to hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart was “Ben” in 1972.
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7. MJ was a huge Beatles fan. He paid $47 million for the publishing rights to the Beatles back catalogue in 1985 and sold a share of it to Sony in 1995 for $95 million.
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8. Get this… The costumes for the “Thriller” video came from the Salvation Army.
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9. Jackson invented and owns the patent for the special anti-gravity boots he wore that allowed him to lean forward extremely far in live performances of “Smooth Criminal.”
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10. MJ loved animals, and had several…strange pets. He had a python called Crusher, two llamas called Louis and Lola, and his most famous pet was Bubbles, the chimpanzee.
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11. Sources say MJ “borrowed” the Moonwalk from street dancers he saw outside a hotel.
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12. The original song title for “Thriller” was “Starlight.”
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13. Sources say MJ slept in an oxygen tent to live longer and for cosmetic purposes.
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14. MJ was a proud owner of a 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch that has a theme park, a menagerie, and a movie theater.
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15. “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin was one of MJ’s closest friends, and is the godfather of two of Jackson’s children.
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16. MJ’s estate signed a deal with Sony that gave them access to his unreleased recordings for $250 million.
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17. MJ often wore a black armband to remind people of the suffering of children around the world.
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18. The Los Angeles mansion he was renting just before he passed away once belonged to Sean Connery.
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19. MJ was allegedly a pretty avid reader… He was once accused by a library of owing $1 million in overdue book fines.
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20. Wikipedia, Twitter, and AOL’s Instant Messenger all crashed at 3:15PM on the day MJ died: June 25, 2009.
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