Georgetown University has decided to rename two buildings named after slaveowners, following protests from students calling for increased awareness of the university’s racial history.
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by Matthew Wright –theGrio.com
Georgetown University has decided to rename two buildings named after slaveowners, following protests from students calling for increased awareness of the university’s racial history.
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A 39-year old patient of mine was watching the New England Patriots game when he noticed blood on his shirt coming from his left nipple. Another 42-year old patient found a lump in his breast and changes in his nipple that didn’t go away. Men get breast cancer too, and they’re spreading the word. Male Breast Cancer awareness is taking off, with celebrities like Samuel Jackson and Mark Ruffalo tweeting pictures of their nipples last week to raise awareness as part of the #InTheNipOfTime campaign, and 24 states in the union officially designating the third week in October to be “Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week“. But awareness is not enough.
Most breast cancer treatments are based on clinical trials done primarily in women, who comprise 99% of the breast cancer population; the results are then extrapolated to men. But is this appropriate? Just as we now realize that heart disease may be a different phenomenon in women as it is in men and lament the fact that few women participated in the trials that defined management of cardiac conditions, we tend to treat conditions based on data derived from patients who participate in clinical trials, often to the detriment of minorities who either were not afforded the opportunity or chose not to participate.
Part of the blame for this rests with those of us who are clinical investigators. How many studies are focused solely on male breast cancer? Or even worse, how many trials of breast cancer treatments exclude men altogether? Of the 1839 currently open clinical trials on breast cancer listed on clinicaltrials.gov, only 742 have male participants, and only two studies focus specifically on male breast cancer. I can appreciate that it is difficult to do studies focused on a paltry 1% of the breast cancer population. Few centers see more than a handful of male breast cancer patients per year, so to do studies focused on this population would require multicenter collaborations which can be cumbersome and inefficient. And funding for “orphan” cancers affecting relatively few patients can be difficult to come by. But without men participating in trials to define future treatments for breast cancer, how will we know that these therapies apply equally to them as to their female counterparts?
The same logic applies to all subgroups of patients. A study released last week from the American Cancer Society found that the breast cancer incidence rate in African Americans is now the same as that of Caucasians, but the racial divide in terms of survival continues to widen. While this could be due to biology with African Americans getting more aggressive cancers than their Caucasian counterparts, or sociodemographic factors that lead to poorer access to screening and high quality care, one has to wonder about the efficacy of our treatments in this population. Most breast cancer therapies are based on clinical trials in which the majority of the participants were White. Understandably, there has been much trepidation on the part of some African-Americans to participate in clinical trials due to a sordid history of unethical “experiments”, but much has changed since Tuskeegee.
Without minority participation in clinical trials, we have no way of knowing whether novel treatments will be equally effective across subgroups of patients. It is not uncommon for some to be hesitant to enroll in clinical trials, with the perception of being “human guinea pigs.” Yet, when one considers the fact that the data from these trials are extrapolated to all patients, minorities who are under-represented in studies essentially force their future generations to be “guinea pigs” in a different kind of experiment – one that treats them based on our best data, which may or may not be applicable to them. So critical is this that the National Institutes of Health is mandated by law to try to ensure appropriate participation by women and minorities in clinical trials. But what about men?
Men get breast cancer too, and it is important to raise awareness about this disease. But awareness alone is insufficient. It remains critical to encourage diverse participation in clinical trials to ensure that our therapies are equally effective across different subgroups, or alternatively, that differences between populations are identified and more appropriate treatments are found. How else can we ensure that we tailor treatments to patients, rather than assuming “one size fits all?”
By Carter Higgins –Blackdoctor.org
Handsome. Rich. Successful. Athletic. The list of adjectives goes on and on to describe one of Hollywood’s biggest action stars, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. So it will be a shock to many when millions hear about his deep depression on the next episode of Oprah’s Master Class. The star recounts his deep, dark battle through and out of depression. And more importantly, what he learned.
One situation in particular was at age 15, he saved his mother, Ata Maivia Johnson from committing suicide.
His parents were in an argument while driving when his father pulled the car over on the side of the road. Ata got out and began walking into oncoming traffic until Dwayne pulled her out of harms way.
“In that moment, one of the greatest lessons I’ve ever learned was how precious life is and in an instant, it can all go away” he shared.
Another revealing moment in The Rock’s life was when his daughter was born. In the episode, he says “I held her with these two hands and said ‘I will always protect you. You are safe.’ And from that day on, she is. I remember asking her, ‘What is it you love about our relationship?’ And she says, ‘I trust you.’ And to me, hearing that from a 13-year-old girl to her dad, and remember where I was when I was 13: the instability, the distrust. To hear my daughter tell me that…man, I love that girl.”
Even more life-changing situations occur in this tell-all episode: including being passed over by the NFL after playing football all throughout high school and college at the University of Miami.
At age 23, Dwayne fell into a deep depression and was uncertain as to what he was supposed to do next with his life.
“I found that with depression one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone. You’re not the first to go through it, I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s going to be okay” he shared.
Two months later Dwayne says he got a call from the head coach of the pro team that cut him and he was asked to return to the field.
“I hung up the phone, and my dad said, ‘You’re going to do it, right?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t think so. I think… I’m done with that. … My gut tells me I’m done.’”
Dwayne’s father Rocky Johnson and grandfather Peter Maivia were professional wrestler’s with the WWE. Dwayne decided he wanted to follow in their footsteps to his fathers disapproval.
He recalls his father saying, ‘You’re throwing it all away. It is the worst mistake you will ever make. I said to him ‘Maybe I’ll be no good, but I feel like, in my heart, I have to do this.’”
Dwayne’s father eventually became his trainer and he shares that his decade long career as a wrestler was, “one of the greatest chapters in my life.”
With Facebook at our fingertips, curiosity can sometimes get the best of us — providing the opportunity to check up on former flames. But if you value your current relationship at all, one psychologist says, don’t even go there.
She says most problems actually start not with bad intentions, but with a simple hello. “Half of the people who are doing this are in happy marriages … these are accidental romances. It’s sad, because after the ‘Hi. How are you?’ it’s ‘Remember when…’ and it gets very emotional and it can turn into an affair,” Kalish says.
Kalish says this is especially dangerous for people whose young relationships ended due to external forces, rather than internal dispute. These cases would include couples forced to break up by disapproving parents or by one person heading off to serve in the Army.
Indeed, studies have shown that around one in five adults use Facebook to flirt. Evidence from social media has even been used in divorce proceedings.
The best advice? “Don’t go there” if you’re in a relationship, Kalish says. “The feelings will come back.”
It’s all over the news, the struggle today’s college students and their parents face in financing a college education—the same education that is pursued with a belief that it will bring the student that much closer to making their life’s dream a reality.
According to CollegeBoard.org, tuition and fees constitute 39% of the total budget for in-state students living on campus at public four-year colleges and universities, and 20% of the budget for public two-year college students who pay for off-campus housing.
The not-for-profit student advocacy organization also notes that though housing, food, and other living expenses are not technically costs of attending college, a very significant college expense is forgone earnings from time devoted to school instead of the workforce, and without sufficient earnings, many students struggle to meet daily expenses, with non-tuition components of student budgets easily interfering with student success.
But, this is not a money story of woe. There are students, both nontraditional and traditional, who successfully forge creative ways to follow their dreams and succeed in their career goals while pursuing their education.
Oye Diran, founder of Arista Imagery, is one of them. The self-taught photographer based in New York City has taken a childhood love of art and photography to not only pursue his passion while studying business at CUNY’s College of Staten Island, but to sustain a living on his own. The 25-year-old has already shot the runways of New York Fashion Week and has global publications and brands, including Munaluchi Bride, New African Woman, Zen Magazine, Applause Africa, and Project Runway alumnus Korto Momolu to his credit.
Below, Diran shares three steps to tapping into your creative talents and using them to fund your dreams:
Tap into the child in you and use talents that showcase your passion. “When I was little, I was always into art. I still draw and paint as well,” Diran says. “I’ve always admired works from fashion photographers and the images they create, especially those who had an artistic flair. When I decided to do this for a living while in school, I purchased a camera and just started getting into event photography and, later, got into fashion photography.”
Search the Web and use campus resources to find ways to monetize your creative talents. Diran decided to study business in school to not only tap into his more analytical side, but as a way to help with running his budding business. “I live on my own in Staten Island, N.Y., and my photography gigs help with my school and living expenses,” he says. “Photography helps me bring in an income, and I learned about the business aspect of it all over time. I got professional advice from established photographers and researched how much others charge for their services via the Internet. I also read up on marketing and customer service—skills that are critical to this business. Taking photos is maybe 30% of the job. The business is 70%.”
Gain inspiration from your family, culture, or community in creating a niche for what you offer to clients or consumers. Diran was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to entrepreneurial parents, and he says these factors play a big part in his photography and clientele. “My mother was also an artist who drew and painted as well,” Diran says. “All that played a role in my photography, as well as pursuing a business major. In Lagos, we have a diverse, rich culture and, in terms of fashion, we have a booming industry there right now. That inspires me because a lot of my photos have an African flair to them, featuring colorful, vibrant imagery. My culture plays a role in the moods of my photos and the direction of many of my shoots.”
This article originally appeared in www.smallbusinesspr.com during August 2015.
Small businesses often feel they can’t compete against larger companies with unlimited marketing resources. They overlook the potential marketing opportunities that come from reaching out to the community in which they’re located. A wide range of marketing strategies can help you connect with would-be customers in your local community.
Here are tips to localize your marketing campaigns and boost your small-business profile in unexpected ways.
Get your online presence in order
An informative, user-friendly website is just the starting point for your marketing purposes. You should also cultivate a vibrant social media presence and make use of numerous location-based directories, mapping services, and review sites that cater to users in search of local goods and services. Being represented on YellowPages.com, MerchantCircle, Google Maps, Yelp, Yahoo!, Facebook and elsewhere strengthens brand awareness and boosts your standing in search engine rankings.
At the same time, your website must be optimized for mobile customers. Otherwise, as Online Marketing Specialist Kelly Meeneghan Peters writes, “visitors are forced to scroll, pan, and zoom extensively to see websites in their entirety.” If you’re seeking local customers, she adds, “a strong mobile presence will make it simpler for them to find your physical location while on-the-go.”
It’s also important to double-check every online listing of your business for consistency in contact information. Any discrepancies in the name, address, phone number, and URL of your small business will cause confusion in a prospective customer’s mind and prompt him/her to look to a competitor for reliable information.
Start thinking “community”
It’s easy to get caught up in online marketing strategies at the expense of making your brand felt in your community. A quick look around can spark fresh ideas about how to achieve your marketing objectives through networking, collaboration, and taking part in community causes.
Local Marketing Expert Jeff Slutsky reminds small-business owners of the benefits that come from simply meeting people in person. He recommends introducing yourself “to at least five people every week”— whether you’re at a gas station, grocery store, PTA meeting etc. Hand your new acquaintance a business card with “a special freebie offer on the back” and invite him/her to stop by your store.
“Out of the 250 people you might meet over the year, odds are 185 will use your business-card coupon, and about 50 will become new customers,” he writes.
Savvy small-business owners often cross-promote with fellow local businesses. Ideally, you want to forge a relationship with a business that has roughly the same target audience or is otherwise complementary with your products or services. Consider having local businesses offer their customers a special discount on your products or services (and do the same for them) or work out a mutually beneficial customer-referral system.
What about sponsoring or hosting a local event? Small businesses can reap great brand-building rewards by affiliating with a community charity or fundraising organization. Sponsors receive prominent billing on charity event signage and advertising, not to mention the community goodwill that comes from actively helping people in need.
Other related actions include:
Getting involved in local charitable events “can take your business from being a newcomer to the community to being an active participant in making the community a better place to live for all,” writes Social Media Consultant Dorien Morin-van Dam.
Finally, look into what your local chamber of commerce is doing. Many offer new residents a “welcome wagon service” with helpful information about area medical providers, home repair services, exercise facilities, etc. If there’s a good fit, offer to include a brief description of your business as well. Some welcome wagon services invite people to opt-in to emails and share this information with participating businesses — a valuable lead generation resource.”
By employing a robust localized marketing campaign strategy, your small business can generate consumer interest and awareness in ways no large chain or retail outlet can.
Claire Prendergast is the Director of Marketing Communications at agencyEA, a brand experience agency specializing in experiential, digital and traditional engagement in Chicago. She guides the strategic vision of the company’s brand, messaging and voice, while supporting and evolving consumer engagement programs for clients. Prendergast also oversees all of agencyEA’s internal and external marketing communications, including digital marketing and public relations.
Tony Tagliavia -Media Manager, Milwaukee Public Schools
MILWAUKEE – From a school safety assistant who collects donated winter coats for students in need to a banker-turned-educational assistant, a state teacher of the year and alumni who donate time and money to support students following in their footsteps, Milwaukee Public Schools is celebrating stories that make us MPS Proud as the district marks American Education Week.
Throughout the week, MPS is highlighting the contributions made by alumni, community partners, school-based and secretarial staff, district support staff and families to help MPS in its mission to provide successful student outcomes.
Those stories include:
– Steven Brown, Janet Marino Donovan, Harry Oden and Linda Walsh, MPS graduates who are active in their high schools’ alumni associations encouraging other grads to rekindle their school spirit to help today’s students. Read more about how these alumni are raising scholarship money for graduates, helping with college applications, volunteering and mentoring.
– Nikole Johnson and Pheng Lor, two paraprofessional educational assistants who go above and beyond in service to children. After a 17-year career with a major bank, Johnson was looking for a change and found education. Find out why she says is the best thing that ever happened to her. Lor, an immigrant from Laos and an MPS graduate, says he loves seeing his Kluge students grow and the difference he helps make in their lives. Read why he sees himself in his students.
– Mai Xiong, whose commitment to helping students at Academy of Accelerated Learning reach their greatest potential earned her the title of Wisconsin’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year for 2015-16. Read more about a teacher who works tirelessly to teach students no matter their learning style or ability.
– Kimberly McLaughlin, a safety assistant at South Division who for 10 years has collected donated coats to provide them to students in need during the winter. “My kids come from all over the world and don’t know about the Wisconsin winter,” she said. Learn more about “Mama Mac’s Closet.”
– Karen Delker, who attended Fernwood from K4 through 8th grade and came back to the school in 1987, where she has worked ever since. Read about the personal attention she gives every student and parent, including how she helped a young man get over his fear of fire drills.
– Marquez Guzman, an MPS graduate who plays several roles for the district: financial analyst, golf coach, Junior Achievement volunteer and My Brother’s Keeper Initiative implementer. “I wanted to return to MPS so that I could make an impact in the lives of young people both in and out of the classroom,” he said. Learn how he sees his finance job playing a major role in that.
– Joy and Ronald Adams, who are part of a generations-long tradition of attending Milwaukee Public Schools. Joy’s father, her husband and her sons are all proud MPS alumni and soon, her granddaughters will be old enough to be at least the fourth generation to attend MPS. Hear why Joy says her sons frequently thank her for their MPS education.
Media interested in profiling any of these outstanding individuals should contact MPS’ Tony Tagliavia ([email protected]) Friday, November 13 or MPS’ Denise Callaway ([email protected]) the week of November 16.
By Princess Gabbara, BDO Daily Contributor –Blackdoctor.org
This heavyweight champion went from throwing punches in the ring to throwing himself in kitchens across America. Making our lives easier, the Olympic Gold Medalist blessed us with the George Foreman Grill along with his cookbook, “George Foreman’s Indoor Grilling Made Easy: More Than 100 Simple, Healthy Ways to Feed, Family and Friends.”
“He’s leavin’ (leavin’) on that midnight train to Gladys Knight’s chicken and waffles restaurant.” OK, so those really aren’t the lyrics to Gladys’s classic, “Midnight Train to Georgia,” but the Empress of Soul does have a chicken and waffles restaurant – three to be exact – that bears her name. The soul singer also released a cookbook inspired by healthy eating following her mother’s death from diabetes.
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ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — President Barack Obama says putting large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground to combat the threat from the Islamic State would be “a mistake.”
He says that’s not just his view, but the view of some of his closest military and civilian advisers.
Obama spoke Monday at a news conference in Antalya, Turkey, at the close of a summit of 20 nations. The talks have been overshadowed by Friday’s attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people.
The president says the fight against the Islamic State terrorist threat requires participation of the people in Iraq and Syria to push back against ideological extremes.
Since taking over hosting duties from Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central earlier this year, Larry Wilmore has assembled one of the most diverse writing teams on late night television.
On Saturday, Wilmore and “The Nightly Show” team appeared on the “Keepin’ it 100” panel during the New York Comedy Festival, where he explained why it was important to him to hire a diverse staff.
“People ask me, ‘How is your team so diverse?’ Because that’s what I wanted,” he said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “My mission from the beginning was to find people from different backgrounds and hire an eclectic team.”
Since its January premiere, “The Nightly Show” has consistently covered race, from the racial disparities during this year’s Academy Awards to blasting Fox News for its “racial approach” to covering the string of violence in Baltimore earlier this year.
While Wilmore admitted that his show is only highlighting issues that should be important to everybody, he also actively relies on his audience to help convey the show’s message.
“I’m always aware of the fact, no matter what show I’m doing, that I’m not in a vacuum. I’m in a relationship with the audience,” he said. “And I’m very respectful of that relationship, believe me. I’ve done enough TV over the years. I always feel like once I put on the show, it really belongs to the audience and you become a curator of the show. That’s really how the relationship works. And the audience knows. If you’re fucking it up, they will let you know.”