DMV HEAT IS A SOCIAL NETWORK CREATED TO KEEP ITS USERS INFORMED OF EVENTS, PEOPLE, AND PLACES LOCATED IN THE DC, MD, AND VA AREA.
(The Root) -- Genealogical DNA testing can yield very surprising results, as The Root's deputy editor just found out.
"My mother, who is Creole from Louisiana and identifies as black, had her DNA tested recently. The test results came back as positive for a region in India. She was very shocked and confused, because she had never heard of Indian ancestors and can't trace any to Asia on her family tree. Is this a false positive?" --Lauren Williams
Probably not. Several reasons could explain why DNA results for a female Creole from Louisiana would show traces of ancestry from a region in India.
(The Root) -- Whenever northern Nigeria has been in the news in recent months, the stories are usually about killings and kidnappings by Boko Haram -- a radical Islamist insurgency group that has killed some 2,000 people and kidnapped others in the region since its emergence in 2002. The slayings included several people killed during a bank robbery in Yola, a tiny village in the region.
The group's aim is to create an Islamic state. Nigeria's president, Goodluck Jonathan, has just declared a state of emergency there and in two other areas, and the Nigerian military has met violence with violence, drawing criticisms for what some see as unnecessary brutality. This week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said there were “credible allegations” of human-rights violations committed by Nigerian security forces.
Contending that there is no way to make up for decades of discrimination that crippled the proud history of black farmers, on the Huffington Post NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous checks in on the debate raging around a court settlement.
There is no way to make up for decades of discrimination that crippled the proud history of black farm ownership in this country. But we can do our best to move forward.
Shawn Taylor writes at Ebony.com that he is prepared to explain to his 6-year-old daughter about the social ills she will confront during her lifetime, arguing that he has taken a firm stance against teaching her from a deficit model.
"When di pickney dem growed." This was my grandmother's (rest her soul) response to being asked if children should be told about something heavy happening in the family. Translation: "When they get older." She was a firm believer that you loved and cherished children, but they were in no way "lickle adults." She set the tone in our family that kids were only informed about serious subjects when she thought they were ready. Death? Between 10 and 11 years old. Uncle Grenville's male roommate being more than just a roommate? Thirteen. And I'm still waiting for the sex talk.
Read more at the Huffington Post.