Sharpton's MSNBC Gig Is Official

In today's link roundup: The Rev. Al Sharpton signs on to host PoliticsNation. Plus: Can church "health ambassadors" cure obesity? 

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Sharpton named MSNBC host: It's official. The Rev. Al Sharpton has been named the host of the 6 p.m. hour on MSNBC. The network announced Tuesday that he'll host PoliticsNation on weeknights starting Aug. 29. MSNBC has been criticized for not hiring a black journalist to fill the role, but Sharpton calls it "a natural extension of my life work and growth."

Churches preach healthy eating: For over a decade at Oak Hill Baptist in north Mississippi, the Rev. Michael O. Minor has waged war against obesity and bad health. Now the National Baptist Convention is ramping up a health campaign devised by Minor, which aims to have a "health ambassador" in every member church by September 2012.

Waters to Obama aide: Say "black": Rep. Maxine Waters and other black leaders lobbed heated questions at one of President Barack Obama's top jobs advisers Monday, pressing him to confirm that the White House is focusing on creating jobs in struggling African-American communities -- and to say the word "black."

Study: Black parents use dangerously soft bedding for babies: Researchers at Children's National Medical Center have found that many African-American parents use soft bedding for their infants, despite evidence showing that it should be avoided to help prevent sudden infant death syndrome. The study, which was led by a pediatrician and SIDS researcher at Children's National, appears in the September 2011 issue of Pediatrics.

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