5 Things for Friday, June 23: Senate Health Bill, Philando Castile, Bill Cosby

It's the first official weekend of summer, so treat yourself by taking a few days off from thinking about the health care bill. But not quite yet! Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out ...

Teens Are Still Having Sex, Most Use Contraception

American teens' sex habits and contraceptive use haven't changed much over the past decade, according to a new report from the National Survey of Family Growth, which is administered by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

San Francisco Moves to Ban Sales of Vaping Flavors, Menthol Cigarettes

San Francisco city supervisors approved this week an ordinance to ban the sales of flavored vaping liquid. The measure would also prohibit sales of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products.

Senate Finally Unveils Secret Health Care Bill

The closely guarded Senate health care bill written entirely behind closed doors finally became public Thursday in a do-or-die moment for the Republican Party's winding efforts to repeal Obamacare.

How Hot Is It in the West? Let Us Count the Ways

It's so hot in the West that the scorching heat is breaking records, causing massive power outages and prompting flight cancellations.

Wayback Burgers Celebrating First Day of Summer (June 21) with Free Shake Day

Wayback Burgers, America’s favorite hometown burger joint and fastest growing burger franchise, will (milk)shake things up for the first day of summer by giving away one FREE Junior Black & White Milkshake per guest at all participating locations all day ...

40% Of Travelers Contract Infectious Disease On Vacation Tips To Help You Return Unscathed

Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback riding excursion in Costa Rica.

Be The Match® To Rally Black And African American Marrow Donors

Be The Match®, the organization that operates the world's largest and most diverse donor registry, and Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley, have teamed up on a new public service announcement campaign, Heritage Holds the Cure, to urge Blacks and ...

South African Winemaker Ntsiki Biyela Debuts Aslina Wine Collection

Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black female wine creator, debuted her new wine collection, Aslina, in Houston recently. Four wines are included in the Aslina collection - Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Bordeaux blend.

Get Grilling Like a Pitmaster

Summertime meals are all about the grill. This year, give your grill and your family a break from hamburgers and hot dogs, and heat things up with the flavor and versatility of fresh pork.

How to Best Cope with Summer Heat: Be Weather Ready

Summer can be hot, sticky and downright uncomfortable. It can also be dangerous if you are not prepared.Summer can be hot, sticky and downright uncomfortable. It can also be dangerous if you are not prepared. Cope with the heat this ...

Houston Health Department to Block Walk Neighborhoods to Protect Residents Against Zika, Mosquito Diseases

HHD employees will visit more than 1,600 homes to teach residents how to protect themselves against Zika and other mosquito borne diseases. They will go door to door through the neighborhoods to hand residents information packets with flyers, brochures, mosquito ...

Gentleman Jack Real to Reel Tour Giving African American Filmmakers The Platform They Deserve

While last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy helped launch a national discussion about Hollywood’s lack of diversity, others have taken the issue into their own hands, choosing to change the narrative by writing and telling their own stories.

Woman Calls 911 Over McNuggets, Was Not Lovin' It

We've all been there at one point or another. Stressed, stomach grumbling, starting to get a little hangry. Sometimes the need for some nugs becomes a dire emergency.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to Launch $10-million Statewide Initiative to Help Fight Chronic Kidney Disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) has announced a new $10-million community investment Initiative to help raise awareness around the prevention and early detection of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)1 and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)2 – two conditions ...