In the News: Less Blacks in Major Cities; FDA Bans Japanese Food Imports; Disco Legend Dead at 64 - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue
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Black residents are fleeing the city and heading to the suburbs (Image: Thinkstock)

  • Black Population Lessens in Major Cities
  • The 2010 Census data shows that the African American population has declined over a decade in many popular Black cities–Atlanta, Cleveland, and Chicago, to name a few–across the country, bringing them to warmer and more suburban areas.

    The data reveals 20 of the 25 cities that have at least 250,000 people and a 20% black population either lost more black or gained fewer in the past 10 years than in the 1990s.

    The decline is attributed to three main factors: middle and upper-class Blacks heading to the suburbs, northern Blacks venturing to thriving locations in the South and the aging of the African-American population, according to USA Today.

    • FDA Bans Food Imports from Japan

    The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it was banning the imports of dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables from areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after the earthquake and tsunami caused a radiation leak, according to The Associated Press. The decision affects milk and produce imported from four Japanese territories: Gunma, Ibaraki, Fukushima and Tochigi.

    The FDA confirms those foods will be detained at the borders and will not be sold to the public. The administration adds that the food produced in the country has not reached the United States. Food imports from Japan make up less than 4% of the foods imported to the states.

    The announcement comes after the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare confirmed the existence of radioactive iodine in produce, dairy and infant formula.

    • Disco Legend Loleatta Holloway Dead at 64

    The Love Sensation songstress, Loleatta Holloway, died yesterday of heart failure, according to

    The gospel turned R&B/disco singer is most famous for the hook on Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch‘s Good Vibrations, which they sampled from her hit single Love Sensation.

    Janel Martinez

    With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina,,, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.