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Enjoy the sun with caution – Anyone can get skin cancer

Some people live in communities where the weather is great for outdoor skincancer 600activities year-round. For others, the summer season is just a few months long. But no matter where you live, you need to know that spending time in the sun can be dangerous for people of all skin colors, including African Americans. Even if you do not have light skin, light-colored hair, and blue or green eyes, you are at risk for skin cancer. Anyone can get skin cancer.
 
Although skin cancer is less common among people with darker skin, it is often detected at later or advanced stages. In fact, data show that when African Americans and other minority Americans are diagnosed with melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, it is usually at a later stage, when the disease is harder to treat and less likely to be cured.

Mr. President, I want to talk to you about the Jackson 5

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My wife and I recently saw the Broadway Musical “Motown.” Motown wasn’t just a musical, however, it connected to the history of America through the sounds of Motown. We loved the show, all the acts and all the songs. However, we were pleasantly surprised that the greatest and loudest applause both during and after the show was given to the performers performing as the Jackson 5.
 
As I looked around, the audience was a mix of 50ish folks like my wife and I and 20 somethings. As we drove home my wife and I started reminiscing about “growing up with the Jackson 5.” What we discovered is that history has not really given the Jackson 5 their just due as it relates to the impact they had on African-Americans as well as the rest of the nation in the early 1970’s. In this article I want to correct this oversight.

This Week’s DVD Releases

dvd 600“I Spy: The Complete Series”
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00IU6HQ4O/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

“Classic Drama Collection” [Emma/Jane Eyre/The Woman in White/The Lady’s Not for Burning/The Woman in White]
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00J3M53Q2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

“Anita: Speaking Truth to Power”
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00K0PA9ME/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

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Should you wash that?

washit 600From hands to hair to clothes to food, keeping things as clean as possible is a very basic, and very essential, part of staying healthy.
 
But do you really know the what’s, how’s and how often’s of cleaning up?
 
How Often Should You Wash…Your Face?
 
 
Dirt, oil, sweat, makeup and bacteria can prevent your skin from being clear and healthy. In general, you should wash your face twice a day, morning and night, with a cleanser that’s right for your skin type.

My Brother’s Keeper: Stop writing letters and start doing the work

gettowork 600Over the past few days my Twitter feed has buzzed about the letter signed by 1,000 women and girls urging President Barack Obama to broaden his My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The letter and subsequent commentaries attack the president, accusing him of any number of sins for not including women and girls in this program. Yes, the issues facing women and girls of color are significant, and while ignored in research and programming as the letter states, they do deserve attention and focus.
 
And that’s my problem with the letter. In short, would this letter have been written if this initiative had never been announced? I mean, the hash tag #WhyWeCantWait is problematic because people have been waiting for years. When it comes to waiting, #YesWeCan! And did.