March 23rd, 2012
02:41 PM ET

Obama: 'If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon'

By the CNN Wire Staff

Sanford, Florida (CNN) - President Barack Obama waded into the growing national controversy of the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, saying the nation should do some "soul-searching to figure out how something like this happens."

"I think every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this and that everybody pulls together, federal state and local, to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened."

Obama said Trayvon Martin's death particularly resonated with him as an African-American parent.

"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," Obama said in brief remarks outside the White House.

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Engage: Growing number of women have never been married
March 23rd, 2012
12:08 PM ET

Engage: Growing number of women have never been married

Engage with news and opinions from around the web about under-reported stories from undercovered communities.

Poll: Nearly 40 percent of women in U.S. never married; nearly half of marriages are over in 20 years – Chicago Sun-Times

Study: 70 percent of female Hispanic youth view themselves as leaders – Huffington Post

Irish Immigration bill draws critics – USA Today

Muslim Americans' identity story one of  'rapid assimilation' – Wall Street Journal

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African-American CEOs still rare
McDonald's promotion of Don Thompson will make him one of six black CEOs of a Fortune 500 company.
March 23rd, 2012
07:00 AM ET

African-American CEOs still rare

By Chris Isidore, CNNMoney

New York (CNNMoney) - The United States government now has a black chief executive. But 99% of the nation's largest businesses do not.

When Don Thompson assumes his new title as CEO of McDonald's (MCD, Fortune 500) on July 1, a promotion announced Thursday, he will be only the sixth active African-American CEO at a Fortune 500 company.

Thompson, who is currently No. 2 at the fast-food chain, will join Kenneth Frazier of Merck (MRK, Fortune 500), Kenneth Chenault of American Express (AXP, Fortune 500), Ursula Burns of Xerox (XRX, Fortune 500), Clarence Otis of Darden Restaurants (DRI, Fortune 500), and Roger Ferguson, who heads privately held TIAA-CREF, as the African-Americans in the nation's top 500 corner offices.

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