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Report: Black Women In Texas Face The Highest Maternal Mortality Rate In The Country

Black pregnant women are dying at disproportioanately high rates in Texas. 

African-American women are succumbing to a maternity mortality epidemic in Texas. A recent feature story in the Los Angeles Times depicts the game of roulette pregnant black women are subjected to due to poor access to healthcare and other social-economic factors.

The maternal death rate in Texas reached a significantly high rate in comparison to the rest of the country, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist. Amongst pregnant women, black women are dying at higher rates, Jezebel reports.

A 2016 report by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force found that 11.4 percent of black women became mothers in 2011 and 2012, but accounted for 28.8 percent of deaths in relation to pregnancy.

Because of Texas’ strict anti-abortion laws, healthcare for women in the state has floundered. Additionally, it has the highest rate of uninsured women in the country.

“In an ideal world, a woman would have the opportunity to have a visit with a physician before she becomes pregnant to identify any potential risk factors before she gets pregnant,” Dr. Lisa Hollier, an OB/GYN who heads the Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force told The Times. “Then a woman would enter prenatal in her first trimester. Unfortunately, African American women are the least likely to have that first trimester of prenatal care.”

“Texas public health officials say they are concerned about the state’s high maternal mortality rate but they don’t believe cuts to women’s health clinics are to blame,” writes Ann Simmons, “noting that the decrease in funding did not take effect until after the increase in maternal mortality had been reported.”

Still, a common issue black women face when accessing proper prenatal care is also discrimination. It’s speculated that medical professionals don’t take black women’s health as serious— due to underlying racial microaggressions and stereotypes that arise when pregnancy occurs.

“We know there are instances where [African American mothers] are not given the proper level of attention and care because of assumptions that doctors and hospitals are making about them,” said Houston Rep. Shawn Thierry.

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Black Trans Woman Bee Love Slater Found Burned Alive In Florida

Over the weekend, the body of Bee Love Slater, a 23-year-old transgender woman was found burned beyond recognition inside a car. According to reports, Slater is the 18th trans woman to be killed this year.

Hendry County investigators said as of now the investigation into Slater's death is ongoing. They cannot title it a hate crime until a clear motive has been established, but Slater's best friend, Kenard Wade thinks the vicious manner of her death is a clear sign.

"She had a really, really good heart," Wade told CBS Fort Myers affiliate Wink. "She would never harm anyone, never put anyone in harm's way. How could someone go to that extreme to get rid of her?"

Wade continued and said Slater received several death threats because she's trans and expressed a desire to leave the area for safety reasons.

Slater's death falls in line with an on-going trend of violence against trans women, particularly black trans women. The Human Rights Campaign states 18 trans women have been murdered in 2019, while 26 members of the trans community were killed in 2018 and 29 trans deaths were recorded in 2017.

CBS News reports that the week of Slater's death, Bailey Reeves, 17 transgender teen was shot and killed in Baltimore on Labor Day.

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T.I. Grills Candace Owens On Trump's 'MAGA' Slogan At The Revolt Summit

T.I. had one pressing question for Candace Owens during the 2019 Revolt summit that Owens couldn't quite answer. The two-day conference held in Atlanta brought together music executives, activists, and entertainers to discuss hip-hop, it's power, the current climate of the genre and to network. However, with the 2020 presidential elections nearing politics were also a hot topic.

For Saturday's (Sept. 14) Hip Hop and Politics panel hosted by Jeff Johnson, T.I. asked the conservative commentator to explain Donald Trump's campaign slogan. "When you say Make America Great Again, which period are we talking about?" Tip questioned. "[Is it] the period when women couldn't vote? The period when we were hanging from trees? The crack era? Which period in America are you trying to make great again."

The 30-year-old Connecticut native said: "I actually think that I would totally rock a hat right now that says Make Black America Great Again," which prompted T.I. to interject and restate the original question.

"Which period was America great that we're trying to replicate? Which era was it? Tell me." T.I. questioned. With an excited audience, Owens' attempt to explain Trump's slogan didn't go so well.

Watch the clip below.

@Tip was not trying to hear it from black white supremacist #CandaceOwens #Diddy #Revolt pic.twitter.com/SfJ0Rvd9SM

— MMS Online (@MMS_Online_) September 15, 2019

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Megan Thee Stallion Signs To Jay-Z's Roc Nation

Just weeks after Megan Thee Stallion was seen with Jay-Z in New York, the breakout Houston rapper has announced her affiliation with Roc Nation.

"I would like to announce that I am officially apart of the @rocnation fam," she said Friday (Sept. 13) with a photo of her and Mr. Carter. "The grind don’t stop!" The rapper has had quite the summer thanks to the release of her recent project, Fever along with monster singles "Hot Girl Summer" with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign as well as "Cash Shit" with DaBaby.

In addition to her climb to the Billboard charts (both singles made the Hot 100 chart), the rapper made a splash at New York Fashion Week with hangouts with Anna Wintour and a performance at Rihanna's Diamond Ball.

Megan sent subtle hints with her signing to Roc Nation. After all, she drives the boat with D'usse and was recently seen with Jay-Z at Puma's 5th Avenue opening in August.

WTF pic.twitter.com/TRzV32FPRS

— jhus (@likemylambo) August 30, 2019

 

 

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I would like to announce that I am officially apart of the @rocnation fam!!! The grind don’t stop ! #realhotgirlshit

A post shared by Hot Girl Meg (@theestallion) on Sep 13, 2019 at 1:18pm PDT

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