There are all different types of cancer. Leukemia is one type that involves the production of abnormal white blood cells in bone marrow. There are four different types of the more common forms of leukemia, but one type is increasing concern in the black community.
A study done in 2013 showed that African Americans with this type of cancer did not live as long as other patients with the disease, in spite of receiving the same treatment. It’s called Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), also known as chronic myelogenous leukemia). It primarily affects adults, and occurs in about 6,000 people in the U.S. every year. Although it represents 10-15 percent of all the different types of leukemia, it has become a growing concern for African Americans.
What researchers know
What researchers know about the cancer is that this type of leukemia typically grows slowly, but it can quickly accelerate and spread to just about any part of the body. They also found a link between CML and an abnormal chromosome known as the Philadelphia chromosome (Ph chromosome). Further, they know that the disease is usually diagnosed in its chronic phase (early stage) when treatment is very effective for most patients.
What researchers don’t know
What researchers don’t know is why people develop the disease. They also do not know why this form of leukemia is becoming more prevalent in the black community, or why blacks with CML may not live as long as other patients with the disease. Because of the disparity with which this cancer affects African Americans, it is definitely a cancer they need to know more about.
Read more at www.cancer.gov/types/leukemia/patient/cml-treatment-pdq leukemia
Eco-friendly products are organic products that do not harm the environment in anyway, whether it’s in the production process or at the time of disposal. Such products include foods, drinks, skincare, haircare, and more. A record number of consumers are now more health-conscious in their buying habits because they believe in preserving the environment, as well as their own personal health.
Here are 7 Black-owned businesses that feel the same way by selling organic, healthym and eco-friendly products:
#1 – True Laundry Detergent: Established in 2012 by three Black entrepreneurs, this Atlanta-based company specializes in eco-friendly laundry detergent. They have over 25 distributors and currently do business in over 18 states throughout the country.
#2 – Gilliard Farms: Located in Brunswick, Georgia, Gilliard Farms is a Black family-owned and operated organic farm that dates back to 1876. The farm has never used chemicals on their crops.
#3 – CURLS, LLC: Entrepreneur Mahisha Dellinger founded CURLS in 2002 in Elk Grove, California. They are a leader in the natural hair care industry and use only certified organic ingredients in their products.
#4 – Blac Minerals: BLAC Minerals Cosmetics specializes in all natural makeup for women of color. All their products are free from animal testing, FD&C synthetic lakes and dyes, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and other chemicals.
#5 – Ellis Island Tea: Ellis Infinity Beverage Company was founded in 2008 by Nailah Ellis-Brown. Their specialty is Ellis Island Tropical Tea, an all natural, hibiscus tea with a Jamaican blend. The recipe came from the founder’s great grandfather and is now produced in Detroit, Michigan.
#6 – Naturalicious: Founded by entrepreneur Gwen Jimmere, this Detroit-based company produces and sells non-toxic hair care products. They also donate a large portion of their profits to Services to Enhance Potential (STEP), an organization that helps find employment opportunities for men and women with special needs.
#7 – Shea Moisture: This company produces all-natural products for the hair, skin, bath and body products, cosmetics and products for both women and men. The inspiration came from their grandmother, Sofi Tucker, who sold Shea Butter, African Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preparations.
Soledad O’Brien, who used to work at CNN, tore into them for making money off of Donald Trump’s hate speech.
O’Brien says that the media is going through “contortions to make things seem equal all the time” when comparing Trump to his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
“If you look at Hillary Clinton’s speech where she basically pointed out that what Donald Trump has done — actually quite well — has normalized white supremacy,” O’Brien said to CNN host Brian Stelter on Sunday. “I think she made a very good argument, almost like a lawyer. Here are ways in which he has actually worked to normalize conversations that many people find hateful.
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CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem Sunday night before the Seattle Reign’s game against the Chicago Red Stars “in a little nod” to NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem to protest racial injustice and minority oppression came to public notice when he remained seated on the bench before a preseason game against Green Bay. On Thursday night in San Diego, he and safety Eric Reid knelt during the anthem before a game against the Chargers.
“It was very intentional,” Rapinoe told American Soccer Now after Seattle’s 2-2 tie in the National Women’s Soccer League game. “It was a little nod to Kaepernick and everything that he’s standing for right now. I think it’s actually pretty disgusting the way he was treated and the way that a lot of the media has covered it and made it about something that it absolutely isn’t. We need to have a more thoughtful, two-sided conversation about racial issues in this country.
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It’s all love in the beginning. But too often, it ends in hate, recriminations—and financial disaster. The difference between financially successful relationships and costly breakups boils down to avoiding three dangerous relationship fails—lack of openness, dishonesty, and unfairness.
It is critical to honestly and completely disclose all current financial assets, liabilities, income sources, and obligations, as well as financial histories, prior to making joint financial commitments. By the way, marriage itself is such a commitment. But even if you don’t get married, doing things such as purchasing a home together could be dangerous if you aren’t aware of financial secrets, such as an unresolved tax issue or a compulsive spending habit.
Black Enterprise spoke with divorce and family attorney Rosalyn C. Charles, Esq., of RC Charles & Associates in West Orange, N.J., about the three relationship fails that can put your assets at risk.
Failing to be open
“People don’t realize that talking about finances, understanding how people feel about money, and finding out your individual vision for money is very important to sustaining a relationship in the long-run,” says Charles. She cites failing to have the “money talk” as the most common and avoidable of relationship fails. “This is true not only in a marriage but in any relationship in which people enter into financial agreements—even platonic friends who might choose to jointly acquire property or other assets. Your concept of riches and moving forward [toward financial goals] and the other person’s concept may be totally out of whack. But you don’t understand that because you haven’t had that tough conversation.”
Failing to be honest
“People often get into trouble because they’re not honest,” says Charles. “People are overcome by their emotions and often don’t have those hard discussions about finances, their income, and their financial histories. Both men and women have come through my door to discuss their divorce and have no idea what their spouse makes or what assets their spouse may have accumulated.
“A lot of times, they don’t know this because they filed separate tax returns,” Charles explains. “Or even though they might have filed joint tax returns, they didn’t review them; they just signed. So both men and women are in the dark. They don’t know what kind of debt their spouse has gotten into, or what kind of riches their spouse might have.”
Failing to consider a prenuptial agreement
“Everyone often only thinks about the downside, of ‘what I’m not going to get,’ when they think of prenuptial agreements,” says Charles. “But if a prenuptial agreement is really borne out of a discussion and full disclosure of your finances, it can be a very good thing. Depending on what point in your life you happen to be thinking about getting married, both partners may have accumulated a fair amount of assets. The key to a prenup is honest and full disclosure. It’s not just to protect but also to set the framework for how things might be resolved or dissolved at the end of a marital relationship. You can’t necessarily predict what might happen during the course of a 20-year relationship, but a prenup will at least lay the framework for how you will dissolve some things. It will ultimately save you a whole lot of money in divorce litigation.”
The bottom line: If you can’t avoid these relationship fails, there is no trust and no reason to put your assets at risk by making joint financial commitments such as marriage. (This also makes a prenup unnecessary.) However, if both you and your relationship partner are committed to complete openness and honesty, you will be fully informed to make decisions that are in your respective best interests. That could be to end your relationship, delay marriage while working to resolve financial challenges, or to move confidently forward while working together toward shared financial goals.
In the latter case, should you still discuss and at least consider the need for a prenup? Absolutely. If your relationship is built on a foundation of openness and honesty, including with your finances, you may never need it. But if having one, or even merely discussing it, would undermine trust and confidence in your relationship, the prenup is not really the problem. Without trust, there’s no real basis for commitment, whether financial or emotional.
Black Enterprise Executive Editor-At-Large Alfred Edmond Jr. is an award-winning business and financial journalist, media executive, entrepreneurship expert, personal growth/relationships coach, and co-founder of Grown Zone, a multimedia initiative focused on personal growth and healthy decision-making. This blog is dedicated to his thoughts about money, entrepreneurship, leadership and mentorship. Follow him on Twitter at @AlfredEdmondJr.
HANGZHOU, China (AP) — President Barack Obama says the NFL quarterback who is refusing to stand for the national anthem is the latest in a long line of professional athletes who have exercised their constitutional right to make a statement about social issues.
The president was asked at a news conference Monday about Colin Kaepernick’s protest gesture. Obama said he has no doubt that the San Francisco 49ers player is sincere and “cares about some real, legitimate issues.”
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Marcus Lumpkins –Blackdoctor.org
Chicago-native and award-winning rapper, Chance The Rapper isn’t trying to get his next album trending or a picture of his car or his latest girlfriend trending like many rappers nowadays are. Chance actually sparked the trending of an empowering hashtag online after he tweeted a photo of himself Tuesday evening taken on the red carpet of MTV’s Video Music Awards. Accompanying the photo, he tweeted the hashtag: #BlackBoyJoy.
Interestingly enough, the hashtag caught on. It maybe because the climate in America right now is hostile, to say the least. Black men are dying at the hands of authority figures. It’s as if we are stabbed repeatedly then handed the knife, only to be told “it’s your fault.” In a time when Black men’s lives don’t really seem to matter, witnessing #BlackBoyJoy is a rare, much-needed jolt in the arm.
It’s a welcome alternative the hashtags we’ve been seeing of those who have been slain. So in a time when Black men are supposed to be strong, but not too strong to authority figures, serious, but not too serious, caring, but not too caring, we celebrate this idea that young black men can be happy, too.
Here are a number of fans who posted their own personal takes on #BlackBoyJoy.
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Karamo Brown is tired of the shade.
It’s been 12 years since The Real World: Philadelphia alum made his television debut as the first openly gay Black man on reality TV.
And not much has changed regarding the stigma associated with African Americans in the LGBTQ community, he tells BlackDoctor.org.
One major stigma being this assumption, he continues, that if you’re a gay or bisexual Black man, it’s inevitable that you’ll contract HIV.
“Yes, I have dated men who are HIV-positive, proudly and openly. People associate me and say that I have HIV. They start to want to shade me,” says Brown, who is HIV-negative. “If someone wants to assume that I’m HIV-positive or whatever, it doesn’t take away from the love that I have and me supporting another brother.”
That’s why Brown is on a mission to change the narrative and empower the gay and bisexual community through the Positively Fearless campaign; a partnership with pharmaceutical company Janssen.
Positively Fearless is a celebration of being Black, gay and even HIV-positive. Brown, who is speaking at Atlanta’s 10th annual Black Pride Celebration, is encouraging people to get tested and for those who are HIV-positive to live in their truth by seeking treatment and being proactive in their health.
“Just growing up around Black men and the majority of my best friends being Black men, I notice the conversation and the way we interact in discussing how we’re feeling. It’s as if we can’t express that,” Brown says. “It’s fine to be transparent. It doesn’t take away from your masculinity. For me, who dates gay men, it makes you sexier.”
Black gay and bisexual men are the most affected by HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 38 percent of Black gay and bisexual men were diagnosed with HIV in 2014.
“This is not a death sentence at all. People aren’t dying from HIV as they were 20, 30 years ago because of medical advances and how far we’ve come in technology,” says Deondre Moore, an HIV advocate on the Positively Fearless campaign.
Moore learned of his HIV-positive status during a doctor’s appointment the day after Easter in 2014.
“It was just heartbreaking. I kind of saw my life flash before my eyes,” the 21-year-old says.
With more education, his parents became his strongest support system – helping to pay for his doctor visits and medication. They wanted to do whatever it took to ensure their son lived a long, healthy life.
But his parents’ support didn’t eradicate the ill thoughts of others.
“I’ve even had family say, behind my back, things like, ‘make sure not to eat after him,’” Moore recalls. “I’ve had some people say, ‘I don’t know about dating somebody who’s positive…’ but they also didn’t know about PrEP and ways to prevent it.”
Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a pill for those who are HIV-negative but are at risk of being exposed to the virus by having sex with a HIV-positive partner. There’s also PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, which is an antiretroviral medication for someone who fears they may have been exposed to HIV after intercourse.
“I’m alive. I’m healthy and I’m well,” Moore says. “I really want every Black man who has hidden his sexuality or HIV status because of the stigma [to] stand proud and be positively fearless.”
Join the conversation with Brown and Moore by tweeting @HIVWisdom using #PositivelyFearless to share your personal stories and stand in your truth.
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HeartLove Place was featured on Fox 6 News about the garden program and how it teaches children about healthy food choices and responsibility through gardening. Under the leadership of HeartLove resident, “Green Thumb” Dorothy McBride, the children grew and reaped the harvest of their labor this summer! Green beans, squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes made for a great meal. The garden program is supported through a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Summer Grants for Kids.
On Wednesday, August 11, fifteen adults graduated from the ProStart Culinary & Job Readiness Program. 100% of the class passed the ServSafe examination, certifying them as food safety managers!For the first time, TWO ProStart classes are being offered in the fall – one at HeartLove Place and the other through a partnership with the Social Development Commission at their Teutonia Ave. site. Graduation for both classes takes place in December.
This ProStart program is funded through a generous donation from Bader Philanthropies and the Social Development Commission. Other partners include Word of Hope Ministries, City of Milwaukee, and ResCare.
More than 500 bookbags filled with school supplies were distributed to children on Saturday, August 20th. Thanks to our sponsors and supporters of the 16th Annual Back to School Family Rally!
Prep Time: 15 min
Serving Size: 4
Survive the August heat with this simple recipe. The salad takes less than 20 minutes to prepare.
Parenting is challenging but having faith in your children will allow God to guide them in the right direction.
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