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Racism is real… However, according to a new study, prejudice and racism manifest in hospital rooms more frequently than one would think. According to the Huffington Post, the study, which was published in the January issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptoms Management, black patients who are terminally ill receive less compassion from doctors than their white counterparts. The study was conducted on 33 real, hospital-based physicians in the western Pennsylvania area. Each doctor was placed in “high fidelity” simulations in which they were required to interact with actors portraying dying patients and their family members. Each “patient” read from the same script and showed matching simulated vital signs. While doctors were aware that they were participating in a study, they did not know the specifics of what researchers were looking for. The findings of the study were quite alarming…
[MadameNoire]

Cab Driver Who Refused To Pick Up Al Roker Gets Hefty Fine

Al Roker has claimed a victory for black people everywhere who’ve ever struggled to catch a cab. NBC reports that as a result of the complaint the weatherman filed with the Taxi and Limousine Commission in November, the cab driver who bypassed him and his son in New York City one evening will now have to pay a fine of $500. In late November, Roker took to Twitter to express his frustration as a black man trying to catch a taxi. Less than two months later, Roker has received justice and the cab driver has been forced to pay for his ignorance. Interestingly, the commission says this incident was actually the driver’s second refusal violation. We bet he won’t get a third.
[MadameNoire]

Wale Performs At President Barack Obama’s Final State Of The Union

Wale-uptown
Wale is no stranger to the White House grounds and has been especially chummy with President Barack Obama and the First Family for a while now. The Washington, D.C. rapper made history after opening President Obama’s State of the Union address with a performance, marking the first time a rapper has done so. While Wale might be the last artist one would expect to warm up the SOTU crowd, it appeared the veteran performer took on the challenge and rocked out as expected. If you haven’t seen a live performance Maybach Music Group artist, he’s definitely a pro on the big stage. Wale made the most of his moment, and even palled around with some of the political elite in the building, including taking a selfie with Dr. Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s better half…
[HipHopWired]

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