College student Francois Louis, 20, poses for a photo in Davie, Fla. Louis can’t remember the last time he went to the doctor and gets by on over the counter medication or health remedies whenever he’s sick. He’d love to be able to the doctor and have a check-up, but says it’s just too expensive on his salary of less than $15,000 a year. For millions of unemployed and underemployed twenty-somethings, many who are still living at home in the wake of a recession, health care has been out of reach. Now sweeping federal health laws are promising make coverage more affordable, but the big question remains, will it be affordable enough? (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) by Kelli KennedyAssociated Press Writer MIAMI (AP) — Dan Lopez rarely gets sick and hasn’t been to a doctor in 10 years, so buying health insurance feels like a waste of money. Even after the federal health overhaul takes full effect next year, the 24-year-old said he will probably decide to pay the $100 penalty for those who skirt the law’s requirement that all Americans purchase coverage.
MISS EBONY AND HER COURT—The 2013 Miss Ebony Teenage Taylor Whitley, center, with flowers and crown and her court, from left: Zyaire Fisher, London Pipkins, Katherine Logan and Kayla Castleberry.
Students celebrate their recent graduation from the Year Up intensive training program (BlackNews.com) — Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. Their program emphasizes academic and professional rigor, setting expectations high for quality of work and professional behavior. A strong structure guides students through the steps necessary for achieving success in the classroom and the workplace.
First lady Michelle Obama hugs Jenika Headley-Greene as Obama hands out diplomas during the graduation ceremony for Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet High School,…
by Todd Sperry (CNN) — Young drivers are getting the message that distracted driving can be deadly, but a new study released Monday reports drivers ages 16 to 21 put themselves at far higher risk when driving alone.
PUPPY PURSE: Actress Quvenzhane Wallis arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 24, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) by Debbie Norrell Quvenzhané Wallis wasn’t the only pint-sized star to dazzle on the Oscars red carpet Sunday night. Her tutu-and-tiara-wearing puppy purse was also turning heads and was so age appropriate.
RYANN ROBERTS, CMU GRADUATE by Maya Rhodan NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Ryann Roberts, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, said…