Elaine Welteroth & Serena Williams Launch The Birth Fund
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by Corynne Corbett
23h ago
Black Maternal Health Week ends tomorrow, but our challenges in having children continue. So, we couldn’t be more excited to see journalist and Project Runway host Elaine Welteroth and the GOAT, Serena Williams, join forces to launch The Birth Fund. The two decided to do something to address the alarming maternal mortality crisis in the United States. Each has experienced firsthand how our needs and symptoms are ignored. Welteroth chose to give birth at home, and Williams had severe complications post-pregnancy, resulting in several surgeries Their collaboration began earlier this week when th ..read more
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The Sudden Death Of Mister Cee Highlights The Need For Healthcare in Hip-Hop
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by Keyaira Boone
5d ago
Legendary hip-hop deejay and producer Mister Cee, whose real name was Calvin LeBrun, died on April 10. He was only 57 years old. The cause of death has not yet been released. Affectionately known as “The Finisher,” Mister Cee was previously a disc jockey on Hot 97 and a fixture on the party scene in New York and New Jersey. Up until the time of his death, he was spinning at 94.7 The Block. The latter released a statement on social media reacting to LeBrun’s sudden passing in a joint post with another host at the station, Shelley Wade. “Yesterday was such an emotionally traumatizing day. For ho ..read more
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O.J. Simpson Died of Prostate Cancer: A Wake-Up Call for Black Men
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by Fajr Eutsey
6d ago
Orenthal James Simpson, popularly known as O.J. Simpson, passed away at the age of 76 on April 10th from prostate cancer. Simpson was a once famous University of Southern California running back, a Heisman Trophy-winning, and former NFL Buffalo Bills football whose gridiron career was overshadowed by the murder of his wife and a friend of which he was accused. (Initially, acquitted of murder and found liable by a civil jury). Subsequently, Jones led a troubled life, with some time in jail for a botched robbery. Along with that came a prostate diagnosis. Let’s unpack what prostate cancer is, pr ..read more
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Ex-NBA Veteran Nate Robinson Needs of a Kidney Transplant
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by Corynne Corbett
6d ago
Yesterday, The Daily Mail reported NBA veteran Nate Robinson, 39, admitted that ‘he doesn’t have long to live’ if he can’t get a kidney replacement. The former Knicks guard announced in October 2022 he had been dealing with Renal Kidney Failure and had been undergoing treatment privately for four years.   ‘Some people’s bodies reject dialysis. And thank God that mine accepts it, and I can live… If I didn’t go to dialysis, I wouldn’t live probably longer than a week or two, “Robinson told The Daily Mail. “So it’s serious, can’t miss a day.” The Three Time Dunk champion has been hospit ..read more
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RDN Johane Filemon on How Supplements Fit into to Your Nutrition Plan
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by Fajr Eutsey
1w ago
Self-care and wellness are the buzzwords of the moment, but it isn’t easy to know where to begin the journey of optimal health. However, we know nutrition is a crucial factor. We spoke with Johane Filemon, a Registered Dietician Nutritionist who runs a company called Wonderfully Nutritious, about the role supplements play in a balanced diet. BHM: How does access to nutritious food directly correlate to our health conditions? Johane Filemon: Our community has experienced health disparities since the genesis of this country. Today, access to basic medical needs and a qualified and licensed nutri ..read more
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How to Safely Buy Wigs Online: A Black Women’s Guide
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by Erin H. Maybin
1w ago
A recent viral video of a young woman who ordered a quick-fix wig online contracted a viral skin disorder (Molluscum Contagiosum) —[see the original story here]. This skin infection causes bumps and can spread all over the body. And the condition can be contagious. This story highlights the importance of safe online wig shopping. While the wig market booms (projected at $15.27 billion by 2034, according to futuremarketinginsights.com, prioritizing health remains critical. Wigs offer endless possibilities for self-expression and convenience. However, some online sellers prioritize affordabilit ..read more
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Avoiding Consequences of Type 2 Diabetes
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by Claudia Lopez
1w ago
Diabetes has become a prominent health challenge worldwide. In 2019, more than 11% of the United States population had diabetes, and this number continues to rise. There is an alarming lack of awareness surrounding this condition as 1 in 5 people with the condition don’t know that they have it. Type 2 diabetes disproportionately impacts the Black community. African Americans are 60% more likely to be diagnosed with the condition and at least twice as likely to be hospitalized and experience long-term complications including death, when compared to non-Hispanic whites Factors that may contribut ..read more
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Type 2 Diabetes Prevention: Adapting Your Lifestyle While Living With Prediabetes
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by Claudia Lopez
1w ago
Did you know that millions of people worldwide are affected by prediabetes? More than 1 in 3 adults in the United States are living with prediabetes. Alarmingly, more than 80% of those with the condition are unaware that they have it. Prediabetes occurs when your blood sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. It serves as a warning sign that you should begin taking action to avoid potential long-term consequences of uncontrolled blood sugar such as heart, kidney, nerve, and eye issues to name a few If you have prediabetes, taking action today for a healt ..read more
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Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine: 5 Essential Moves
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by Claudia Lopez
2w ago
As the last frost thaws and the days stretch longer, the fresh bloom of spring invites us to rejuvenate our homes and fitness routines. This season of renewal is the perfect backdrop to dust off our workout wear and inject new life into our physical activities. If you’ve felt cooped up or stagnant in your winter workouts, you can leap into spring with these five essential home workouts that promise to refresh your body, mind, and spirit. 1. The Dynamic Jump Squat Jump squats are an explosive way to invigorate your lower body and cardiovascular system. Standing with your feet shoulder-width a ..read more
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The Toll On Our Health When We Try to Be Superwomen (There’s Research)
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by Fajr Eutsey
2w ago
As Black women navigate life, we are tasked with balancing work, family, wellness, and many other responsibilities. While managing these things, we often develop invisible capes. They symbolize our innate and inherent trait, the ability to be superwomen. Although this role is multifaceted and notably impressive, over time, it puts a lot of wear and tear on the physical, mental, and emotional health of Black women collectively. This conceptual framework is commonly referred to as The Superwoman Schema (SWS); it explores the experiences of women, with an emphasis on Black women, as we attempt to ..read more
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