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Checkup or check out. Many African American men are negligent when it comes to their health. Checkup or check out. Going to the doctor twice a year will help detect prostate cancer or other manageable diseases. We have to lose the shame about undergoing a rectal exam, and encourage the conversation around the importance of…

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has died from a rare form of cancer. He was 46. When video emerged of Ford smoking crack and engaging in erratic behavior, he made international news in 2014. Ford was well-known in low-income sections of Toronto and was well liked by many of its residents.  After video evidence was shown of…

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Iman shares a heartfelt message about healing. On Wednesday, Feb. 10, the supermodel posted a touching quote via Instagram, writing, “Each tear is a poet, a healer, a teacher.” Since her music icon husband’s passing just a month ago, the 60-year-old has quietly paid tribute to the love of her life by way of quotes,…

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to “Mob Wives” star Big Ang. On Feb. 2, the reality star’s sister, Janine Detore, launched a GoFundMe account in hopes of raising $25K toward Big Ang’s battle against stage four lung and brain cancer. In April 2015, Big Ang, whose real name is Angela Raiola, underwent a procedure to…

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Former “Basketball Wives” star Jennifer Williams suffered a heartbreaking loss this week when she revealed that her mother recently lost her battle with cancer. Williams revealed the sad news yesterday with a set of lengthy Instagram posts dedicated to her late mother. “Heaven just got another angel… Little did I know when you pulled me…

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Chicago’s music scene has been in mourning for the past few days. Tim “Dj Timbuck2” Jones, 34, died recently due to complications from cancer. DJ Timbuck2 has been a staple on the Chicago music scene since the age of 15. He was mentored by Twilte Tone and was always enlisted as the go to DJ for high-profile events in…

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Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin suffered the tragic loss of her son. Cabral Franklin died after a long battle with cancer. He was 41. Cabral Franklin was a well-known political strategist in Atlanta who worked behind the scenes on campaigns and issues that affected Atlanta, state and even national campaigns. As a managing partner of…

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America was first introduced to Ameena Matthews in the Emmy Award-winning documentary “The Interrupters” in 2011. The film followed three violence interrupters over the course of a year and their journey to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once engaged in. Employed by the organization Ceasefire, the interrupters used their street cred to…

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There is no more telling form of self-hatred than when a person deliberately bleaches their skin. The practice becomes especially tragic when the people who take this option are African. Skin-bleaching products are big business in Africa, with Nigeria using the most products. But now the African country of Ivory Coast is taking steps to…

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With the passing of sports journalism great Stuart Scott, there are many tributes pouring in for the beloved ESPN sportscaster. Back in July of 2014, Scott gave an emotional speech during his acceptance of the Jimmy V Perseverance award.  In the speech, Scott talks of his struggle with cancer and the toll it took on…

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Stuart Scott, the face of ESPN “SportsCenter “ died after a long struggle with cancer. He was 49 years old. The beloved sports anchor and father loved life and refused to let his diagnose and battle with cancer destroy him. Instead, he embraced life to its fullest with what time he had remaining. Scott said…

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(Photo credit: Tito G Photography) The world consists of two types of energy: positive and negative. As human beings, our bodies absorb positive energy from pleasant or happy experiences or negative energy from pain or stress. As it relates to our well-being or health, my experience in life has led me to believe that positive…

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Reality star Diem Brown has died after a long battle with cancer. In 2006, the “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” star revealed that she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer just weeks prior to her first appearance on MTV’s “The Real World.” TMZ reports that earlier this week, Diem was surrounded by family in a New York…

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(Photo credit: Tito G Photography) Being diagnosed with Breast Cancer or any Cancer makes a person come to terms with a lot of things in life. I know it definitely made me look at things in my life with a much more critical eye. One thing that I asked myself is “Why do I regularly eat things that I know are  not good for me?” When I go to the grocery store or a restaurant, what are the triggering thoughts or impulses that influence my purchase? Do I ever buy anything solely because  it is providing my mind and body with what it needs to function at its best? Before my diagnosis, my answers to these questions were those of someone…

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H. Rap Brown/Jamil al-Amin

For many young people today, the name H. Rap Brown does not register within the dialogue of the civil and human rights struggle for blacks in this country. During the 1960s, his fiery rhetoric shook the foundation of the white male supremacist power structure. Brown was the chairman of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and…

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Many people in the elite black comedy world have kept a secret for well over a year; their friend, mentor and colleague, Paul Mooney, is sick. Many people who do not know Mooney spread rumors or made horrible assumptions about his health. But Mooney has been battling  prostate cancer for well over a year and…

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