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    Michelle Obama


    From Clutch Magazine
    : Taking the stage to a deafening applause, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the graduating class of Spelman College inspiring to them to "do big things."

    While the First Lady has several colleges on her list scheduled commencement addresses, Spelman was by far the most anticipated. Mrs. Obama was presented with an honorary degree from the college, along with honorees Debbie Allen, Phylicia Rashad and Wendy Kopp.



    First Lady Michele Obama commencement speech at... by teamobama2012

    Read the more about the event at Clutch Magazine.

     

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    Trump Not RunningFrom NPR: The Donald is not going to make a bid for the White House.

    Developer/reality TV host Donald Trump says in a statement, posted by ABC News and being reported about by The Associated Press and other news outlets, that:

    "After considerable deliberation and reflection, I have decided not to pursue the office of the Presidency."

    He also says he still thinks he would have been the GOP nominee, and the president, if he had gotten into the race.

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    From Popeater:

    Have a listen to the teaser clip of Willow Smith's next single, 'Rock Star,' and it's clear the 10-year-old 'Whip My Hair' singer is determined not to be a one-hit wonder.

    Following up on '21st Century Girl,' a snippet of 'Rock Star' has now been released, teasing its official upcoming release. The confident track underscores a behind-the-scenes video (watch below) of the rising star cavorting backstage at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards.

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    Tamera Mowry and Husband Adam Housely

    Tamera Mowry of the 90s sitcom 'Sister, Sister' is all grown up and this weekend she wed Fox News' Adam Housley in front of more than 300 guests at a vineyard in Napa Valley, California.



    "I've always wanted an outdoor wedding with lots of flowers," Mowry told People. The 32-year-old actress married Housley, 39, wearing a Carolina Herrera gown, while the groom and his eight groomsmen wore tuxedos and converse sneakers. Mowry's twin sister Tia Mowry, who recently posed nude to show off her pregnant belly, was the matron of honor alongside seven other bridesmaids.

    The twins were on 'Sister, Sister' from 1994 to 1999, and Tia's been starring in BET's hit series 'The Game' since 2006. Tamera will join Tia in their upcoming reality special 'Tia & Tamera Take 2,' slated to debut on the Style Network this summer.

     

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    Known for stirring up some of the world's most delicious cuisines, award-winning chef and author Marcus Sameulsson is on a mission to promote healthy living for America's next generation of leaders.

    The Ethiopia native recently opened his eclectic new restaurant Red Rooster Harlem to a group of 15 middle school students from Harlem's Global Tech Prep for a special class on maintaining a balanced diet for life.

    In conjunction with Citizen Schools and AOL, students had the rare opportunity to ask Sameulsson various questions about his rise to stardom, managing multiple restaurants, and his childhood influences.

    We were on location to catch all of the action. Check out the exclusive video package below featuring Marcus Sameulsson and the students of Global Tech Prep.



     

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    From the Huffington Post:

    President Barack Obama is drawing a line in the sand with Republicans over pending trade deals, one of few areas with the potential for bipartisan action on Capitol Hill.

    Senior administration officials said Monday that the White House will not act on any of the pending trade pacts with Colombia, Panama and South Korea -- all of which are holdovers from former President George W. Bush's administration -- until Republicans sign off on legislation to provide assistance to American workers hurt by jobs going overseas.

    "We are making it clear today that the administration will not submit legislation for the three pending [free trade agreements] until we have an agreement with Congress" about providing robust employment assistance to U.S. workers, National Economic Council chairman Gene Sperling said on a conference call.

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    From the Huffington Post:

    Long before Denzel Washington was Denzel -- the two-time Oscar winner who is one of Hollywood's biggest stars -- he was a struggling actor taking the stage in summer stock and off-Broadway productions.

    When he was cast as Malcolm X in "When Chickens Come Home to Roost" at the New Federal Theatre in 1981, little did he know that the role would propel his career into the stratosphere. Washington's electric performance captivated audiences and caught the attention of television producers assembling the cast for a new TV hospital drama, "St. Elsewhere," which went on to win multiple Emmys and push-start his jump to Hollywood. Sitting in the audience for one of those shows at the theater's home on Grand Street on New York's Lower East Side was a young NYU film student named Spike Lee, who was blown away by Washington's performance and chose him to play Malcolm X in his hit film nearly a dozen years later, a role which thrust the actor into the A-list of Hollywood stars.

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    SELMA, Ala.- Like so many other cities in the Black Belt, Selma is a shell of rusting steel and crumbling brick and mortar. Down by the Edmond Pettus bridge, hollowed out hulks loom over the Alabama river like rotting teeth guarding the mouth of a ghost town. It wasn't always like this.

    So much here belies its rich and historic past, first as home to Alabama's wealthy slave-era cotton kings, later as an important staging ground for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

    But after the marchers had gone and the cameras disappeared, and a handful of the rights were won, so many of the deeper ideals remained unrealized here. In 1977, Craig Air Force base left town like so many other employers.

    Practically all that's left today is a paper factory, a re-segregated public school system and a political culture that remains broken along racial lines. Some residents say remnants of Selma's segregationist past linger on the lips of politicians who are race baiting for votes.

    The city has turned to tourism for economic stability, hoping to capitalize on its role as a cog in the movement and its connection to Bloody Sunday, when on March 7, 1965, armed officers brutally attacked peaceful protesters attempting to march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.

    But economic energy is in low supply here -- the city's main streets are lined with boarded up or abandoned buildings, and weathered old storefronts leaving little to draw in visitors.

    The black and white sections of town are starkly different, the white side boasting large antebellum homes with massive columns and wrap-around front porches, some with rocking chairs, many others abandoned and over-grown.

    "How's that saying go? The more things change the more they stay the same," said Joyce O'Neal, the church historian at Brown Memorial A.M.E Church in Selma, where mass meetings were held during the Civil Rights era.

    About an hour before 11 a.m. service on Sunday, with the first three rows filled with college students and a group of original Freedom Riders, O'Neal talked of Selma's triumphs and tragedies, and the role of the church in the Civil Rights Movement.

    "Selma came kicking and screaming into a new way of life. But it still has that subtle racism," she said. "That's not to say that things aren't a whole lot better -- things that we can do, things that we can participate in, careers that you can have," she said. "But now that I'm here and retired, I can still see some of the racism, especially with the schools."

    When segregation of the public schools began to unravel in the 1960s, whites simply took their children out of the school systems and enrolled them in what some call "seg academies," private academies founded to keep segregation in tact.

    "The whites say if we can't control it, then we don't want anything to do with it," said Aubrey Larkin, a trustee on the Brown Chapel board.

    In 1965 protesters gathered at the Brown Chapel and prayed before setting out on a planned march to the state capital. Then they walked about six blocks from the church to the foot of the Edmund Pettis Bridge, where Congressman and original Freedom Rider John Lewis, alongside nearly 600 protesters, faced off with police officers who had been ordered to disrupt their march. Lewis and the marchers were beaten bloody, with the future congressman suffering a fractured skull.

    White onlookers lined the side of the road and cheered on the attackers. The incident came to be known as Bloody Sunday, and Selma and the bridge are forever tied to it.

    On this Sunday morning in 2011, with a cool wind whipping off the river, old and new Freedom Riders gathered at the foot of the Edmund Pettis. We lined up two-by-two and walked silently over the bridge together, as the relics of Selma's historic past loomed over us ever so humbly.

     

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    Correta Scott KingFrom The Root: A posting on the Psychology Today's the Scientific Fundamentalist blog, titled "Why Are Black Women Rated Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women but Black Men Are Rated Better Looking Than Other Men?" was the talk of the Twittersphere today (usually just introduced with something like "Appalled!" or "Ridiculous!") ... until it disappeared, that is.

    Read more at The Root

     

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    From USA Today:

    I really hope what Sophia Nelson is saying will muffle the voice of NeNe Leakes, whose growing presence on TV surreality shows sullies the image of black women.

    A former stripper, Leakes is a hulking, loud-mouth whose profanity-laced outburst on a recent episode of NBC's The Celebrity Apprentice was the most appalling of her bad-girl acts on a genre of TV shows that falsely claims to reflect real life. She's also a mainstay of Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta, where she regularly behaves like an overgrown schoolyard bully on estrogen.

    Nelson is the author of a new book that seeks to debunk the image of accomplished black women as angry and unfulfilled - a stereotype that Leakes feeds. While Nelson doesn't say her book is the antidote to Leakes and the proliferation of other dysfunctional, angry black women who populate TV surreality shows built around black female characters like her, I hope it is.

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    In a recent Celebrity Apprentice episode, Leakes, who rose to TV fame as a well-to-do Atlanta housewife in the Bravo show, confronted fellow black contestant Star Jones with an expletive-laced tirade that had to make a lot of television viewers cringe.

    "You talked a good game. Now bring your street game, because that's what I'm bringing," Leakes said to Jones in a ghetto bravado that she flashes just about every time a camera focuses in on her. And usually for no good reason, Leakes threatens to pounce upon someone.

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    From NewsOne:

    After close to 50 years of service in the media business, TV One President and CEO Johnathan Rodgers is retiring in June.

    Under his leadership, the network, which serves nearly 53 million adults has become recognized as the quality programming alternative for African-Americans.

    The award-winning cable network is available in 53 million homes and has seen the majority of its success come under the watchful eye of Rodgers.

    Rodgers began his career as a journalist for 'Sports Illustrated' then moving on to work for NBC and CBS. After moving into media management, Rodgers eventually became an Executive Producer at CBS News and later the President of the CBS Television Stations group. In 1996, he joined the cable industry when he went to Discovery Communications as the President of the U.S. Networks group. He came to TV One in 2004.

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    Former Victoria's Secret model Selita Ebanks was red hot at the Art Of Elysium 3rd Annual Paradis Event hosted by vitaminwater at Hotel Du Cap on May 15 in Antibes, France. Her fire engine red dress, drop earrings and beige Mary Jane platform pumps were to die for.






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    Terri Lyne Carrington, Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Cassandra Wilson

    If anyone is paying close enough attention to the entertainment world, they might see a bit of a trend: black women in the spotlight. Beyoncé's new single 'Run The World (Girls)' is all about women taking over ... basically everything. Queen Latifah is set to executive produce a newly scripted series on VH1 called 'Single Ladies' starring Lisa Raye and Stacey Dash. And Maya Rudolph, late of 'Saturday Night Live,' is getting shine with her starring role in the box-office hit 'Bridesmaids.' And now comes another notable addition -- drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's new project, 'Mosaic.'

    Yesterday the jazz drummer announced the release of her fifth album, a special 14-song project featuring some of the most prominent female jazz artists playing today. Guests include Esperanza Spalding, the gifted vocalist/bassist who beat out Justin Bieber for Best New Artist at this year's Grammys, singers Cassandra Wilson and Dee Dee Bridgewater, and pianist Geri Allen.

    In the male-dominated jazz world, Carrington has amassed a stellar reputation as one of the best drummers in the genre. For 25 years, the Berklee College of Music alumn and now professor has worked with a number of well-known musicians, most notably Herbie Hancock, who she played behind for 10 years. Carrington received a scholarship to Berklee at the age of 11, and her illustrious career since has included a broad range of collaborative efforts. She was drummer for the house band on the 1990's late-night talk show, 'The Arsenio Hall Show,' and teamed with the singer Peabo Bryson on the 1996 Summer Olympic Games anthem, "Always Reach For Your Dreams."

    For Carrington, 'Mosaic' is not so much a politicized social statement about gender equality in the jazz world as it is a testament to the wealth of talented female jazz musicians. "When I started playing 25 years ago, I might have felt limited by the pool of available musicians," said Carringon in a recent statement. "But now there are so many talented women [out there]."

    'Mosaic' is scheduled for a July 19 release.

     

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  • 05/17/11--05:19: How to Feng Shui Your Home
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    After a long day at work, most people want to come home to a place of complete calm. Some crave this solace of relaxation so much, that they're willing to dole out boatloads to pay someone to do it for them.

    At Black Voices, we figure, why add the extra stress? This quick and easy guide to Feng shui (which translates to "wind and water") will have your good chi going in no time.

    Since you spend the bulk of your time (albeit predominantly while unconscious) in your bedroom, this is a fantastic place to start. Our sister site Shelterpop had a bunch of great ideas to get us going.

    Although Feng shui is about more than just rearranging furniture, the placement of the bed is important. While the bed should be positioned as far from the door as possible, it is good to put it on the solid wall across from the entryway to create a sense of security. A solid headboard helps the chi enter your body as you sleep.

    And about that chi... stick to bedside tables with rounded edges. Pointy corners send the negative energy straight your way.

    Feng shui in the bedroom is all about keeping things calm. Shield desks or exercise equipment out of sight with a folding screen and paint your walls with calming light blues, greens, lavenders, tans and browns. (Touches of pink, purple and burgundy are acceptable to amp up the romance!)

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    Shelterpop also has some great living room advice.

    First of all, avoid clutter. This is a Feng shui mantra, so get used to it. There's no need for oversized chairs or other obstacles that can obstruct the flow of the room.

    When re-examining furniture placement, keep in mid that you should never have your back to a doorway. Place your chairs and couches facing the entrance... not each other. This puts unnecessary pressure on guests.

    Hide the TV. It can still be in the room (preferably in an armoire) but try focusing on a fireplace instead.

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    Like a good recipe, kitchens can seem difficult, but come out great if you follow the instructions.

    First of all, paint your walls with calming whites, blues and light greens as opposed to volatile pinks, reds and purples that can cause disputes among the chefs.

    In terms of appliance placement, the stove should face the door since you never want your back to the entrance while cooking. Triangle models-in which the refrigerator, stove and sink are six to eight feet apart-are ideal, and fire elements (microwaves and stoves) should be separated from water elements (sink, refrigerator) by wood.

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    Mirrors are key to most Feng shui spaces-when used properly. They are great for bringing light into dark corners, but if placed opposite a door, you risk reflecting the chi right out of the room. Furthermore, avoid placing a mirror across from your bed (stop snickering) because they'll make your problems seem bigger than they actually are.

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    Family photos are also tricky. While they are strongly encouraged to be placed throughout the house-a symbol of true happiness, a family portrait will brighten any living room-avoid them in the bedroom. Bedrooms are for you time. A place of relaxation and romance. Perhaps hang up a piece of your favorite artwork instead, so it's the last thing you see before falling asleep.

     

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    From The New York Daily News:

    It's time to meet the finalists.

    Six young, African-American designers have applied for the chance that could launch a career. Thanks to Harlem's Fashion Row, three of them will present runway shows uptown on Sept. 16, during the next New York Fashion Week.

    And it's up to New Yorkers to decide who makes the cut.

    "We looked for people who have a very clear vision," says Brandice Henderson, founder and CEO of Harlem's Fashion Row. "I wanted someone who had a picture in their head of the person they are dressing."

    From 15 semifinalists, Hender­son and her team culled the top six, evaluating portfolios and interviewing designers in person. In the end, three will make it to the runway, backed by a marketing push and a network of fashion industry know-how - all for free.

    "A lot of young designers aren't able to fund a presentation which would introduce them to buyers and editors," says Henderson, "so Harlem's Fashion Row has become about giving them a platform they might not have otherwise."

    Henderson established the organization in 2007, thinking it would be a one-time event. As she talked to designers, she realized how many resources were needed to get a collection off the ground.

    "It became a challenge, even, to find designers of color," she says. "We'd have to go through a friend of a friend of a friend."

    Today Harlem's Fashion Row is one part networking group, one part fashion incubator, and offers seminars and conversation series. For the six designers currently dreaming up collections, however, it is the chance for a big city debut. Who will be on the runway in Harlem this year?

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    From The Washington Post:

    Charles Barkley is sick and tired of hearing how the sanctuary of the locker room is not ready for a male athlete in a major team sport to come out to his teammates, how awkward everyone would feel after they heard a teammates say, "I'm gay." After all, Barkley has no doubt he played with several gay teammates.

    "I didn't think it . . . they were gay," he said when asked Monday about Phoenix Suns President Rick Welts coming out in a 'New York Times' story over the weekend.

    The Hall-of-Fame player and TNT analyst added he was certain he had gay teammates "on two of three teams I played on."

    Big deal, Barkley basically said, in a wide-ranging interview we taped Monday for my radio show on 106.7 FM: Those two teams with gay players? They still won and flourished. They had camaraderie and chemistry. And no, neither he nor his straight teammates were ever hit on or flirted with to his recollection.

    Fears of feeling uncomfortable in the shower or the dressing areas, Barkley said, are unfounded in his experience.

    "A guy is never going to put himself in that situation in a professional locker room," Barkley said. "It never crossed my mind, and I never felt any different about the guy."

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    From Black Girls Run!:

    Reader Question
    : I am 35 years old and I am a semi-beginner runner. I have been running for about one year now. I have noticed that I have been sweating a lot lately. So much so that my head band, shirt, bra etc. are soaked. I am ok with the sweating but my face is not taking it well. I seem to be breaking out now, something I have never dealt with before. Is this something you have experienced? Can you pose the question to your readers for some suggestions? I have taken face wipes to the gym to clean right after. I have been washing with acne wash. Nothing seems to be working. Thanks in advance for your help!




    Let me first just say that I feel your pain. I thought that when I left college, I left all of my acne problems behind. But, as soon as I started working out daily back in 2006, I developed acne on my cheeks and forehead, and wait for it - dreaded back acne. And this wasn't just a few pimples and blackheads here and there. My face looked like the before pictures on the Proactiv commercials!

    Toni experience something similar a few years ago when we first started BGR! Toni, who has had perfectly clear skin her entire life, I'm not bitter developed acne in her t-zone, chest, and back. She even blogged about it, and you can check out her advice here.

    After I started to breakout, it took about six months for the acne to go away. In the meantime, there were a few things that helped my skin clear up.

    1. New Skincare Regime - After seeing my skin, my mom went out and bought me Clinique's 3 Step skincare products, which includes the liquid face soap, Clarifying lotion, and Moisturizing Lotion. At the time, I was using Olay's deep cleansing face wash. For me, switching products was important, because I needed to use products that addressed my changing skin care needs which include were overactive sweat glands due to working out.

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  • 05/17/11--10:11: Obama's Left Flank
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    From The Atlantic;

    In this Chris Hedges piece, Cornel West attacks Obama for betraying progressives, and then descends into some really personal, embittered invective:
    He bitterly describes Obama as "a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it."

    "When you look at a society you look at it through the lens of the least of these, the weak and the vulnerable; you are committed to loving them first, not exclusively, but first, and therefore giving them priority," says West, the Class of 1943 University Professor of African American Studies and Religion at Princeton University.

    "And even at this moment, when the empire is in deep decline, the culture is in deep decay, the political system is broken, where nearly everyone is up for sale, you say all I have is the subversive memory of those who came before, personal integrity, trying to live a decent life, and a willingness to live and die for the love of folk who are catching hell. This means civil disobedience, going to jail, supporting progressive forums of social unrest if they in fact awaken the conscience, whatever conscience is left, of the nation. And that's where I find myself now...

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    It appears that 'The Terminator' Arnold Schwarzenegger is going through a 'Total Recall' following a recent announcement.

    The former Governor of California stunned the world on Monday evening when he revealed that he and wife Maria Shriver had separated earlier this year -- likely having to do in part because breaking news today that Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with a longtime member of their household staff.


    Schwarzenegger issued a statement to the 'Los Angeles Times' on Monday night regarding his admission. "After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," he disclosed. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry."

    Adding, "I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time. While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."
    Shriver, who was married to the former actor for 25 years, moved out of the couple's multi-million dollar Brentwood mansion in January.

    The former first lady of California wasn't the only person to leave the action film icon in January. It has been reported that the staff member who bore his child, also retired in January after working for the family for 20 years. The woman claims that she voluntarily left her position after reaching a longstanding goal of working with them for two decades. She noted to 'The Times' that she left the family "on good terms" and "received a severance payment."
    Schwarzenegger's unfortunate situation is nothing new in mainstream society. Other public figures, politicians and celebrities have been found out, scrutinized and magnified in the media for their lousy behavior and rampant infidelity.

    In 2001, Reverend Jesse Jackson admitted to having an extramarital affair with Karin Stanford, a 39-year-old employee of his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. The relationship ultimately resulted in the birth of a daughter.

    More recently, music mogul Mathew Knowles landed himself in hot water following a March 2010 DNA test proving that he was the father of Alexsandra Wright's baby boy. Wright, a one-time Interscope Records staffer, claims she had an 18-month affair with the former Xerox executive.

    Speaking from a man's perspective, I often question why so many of us put ourselves in such compromising positions that can end up being detrimental to our families. Granted, we may receive attention from inquiring minds at times (for better or worse) -- but having a lack of self-control can only lead to a long running list of personal issues. Including the risk of contracting and spreading a sexual transmitted disease to a wife or partner.

    Although all three men (and countless others) may have opted out of the Maury Povich route in facing public humiliation, the fact of the matter is, infidelity leaves a permanent scar across the heart of many families who are broken due to one person's selfishness. Make it end, brothers. Cross the board.



     

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    A recent poll revealed gynecologists in South Florida now discriminate against overweight patients whether they are otherwise healthy or not.

    The Florida Sun Sentinel's poll found that 15 out of the 105 gynecologists polled said they have set weight cut-offs for new patients starting at 200 pounds or based on measures of obesity and turn down women who are heavier.

    "Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment can't handle people over a certain weight. But at least six said they were trying to avoid obese patients because they have a higher risk of complications," according to the newspaper.

    Refusing to treat pregnant obese women is a common practice, but turning away non-pregnant patients is new. "Physicians, like any business, can decline service to whomever they choose for any reason - including personality conflicts - as long as it's not discriminatory. The American Medical Association advises doctors that they cannot reject patients because of race, gender, sexual orientation or infectious diseases," the Sentinel reports. But weight is not included in the guidelines.

    Doctors in favor of refusing overweight patients site high numbers of lawsuits after difficult births and high rates for medical-malpractice insurance. Others claim their ultra sound equipment did not give accurate internal anatomy in obese women, making it harder to diagnose problems.

    And if the doctors believe they do not have the proper medical equipment to treat existing patients they can drop the patient but must refer them to other doctors. Still, "do I think it's a good policy? No," said Dr. Robert Yelverton, a board member of the Florida Obstetric and Gynecologic Society. "Overweight people need doctors. I don't know where a patient in that situation would go if every practice had that policy."

     

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