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April is National Minority Health Month

diabetes 600(PRNewswire) – April is National Minority Health Month, which provides a platform from which to pitch the message that some minorities have higher incidences of serious chronic diseases than the U.S. population at large, making regular check-ups and good health management for these groups critical.

In particular, high blood pressure or hypertension, kidney disease and diabetes strike larger segments of certain minorities than of the general population, according to Ronald Charles, M.D., vice president of medical affairs for Buckeye Community Health Plan (BCHP) BCHP. The 2010 U.S. Census indicates that approximately 36 percent of the population belongs to a racial or ethnic minority group.

"Studies show that lack of access to health care, poverty, and cultural attitudes and behaviors are barriers to preventive care and disease management for some minority Americans," Dr. Charles said.

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Hip Hop Union and The Black Press of America build on bond

hiphop 600The National Newspaper Publishers Association – The Black Press of America – and the Hip Hop Union have joined forces to eliminate the communication barriers that have plagued Black America for years.

The collaboration underpins the countdown to "The Greatest Mix" celebrating the Core DJ's 10th Anniversary Conference on May 3rd at the Holiday Inn Miami Beach, Fla.

The NNPA is a federation of approximately 200 African-American newspapers. The Hip Hop Union is a governing body of businesses and entrepreneurs and the largest DJ coalition in the world.

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Say hello to the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival

juneteenth 600Out: The annual Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival. In: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival.

Yes, the long-running Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Festival is getting a makeover. After a 21-year run in Historic Douglass Park in North Memphis, the board of directors has changed the festival's name. The location is changing too, with Robert R. Church Park on Beale Street in Downtown Memphis now the new venue.

According to Executive Director Telisa Franklin, the name change and the new location are moves made to increase the events appeal, retool it as an urban music festival, and strengthen its brand.

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Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

blackmansion 600For movies opening April 25, 2014

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"Brick Mansions" (PG-13 for profanity, sexual menacing, gunplay, drug use and pervasive violence) Remake of the French action-thriller District B-13, now set in a dystopian, walled-in Detroit, and starring the late Paul Walker as a detective determined to rid the city of a drug kingpin (RZA) in league with corrupt cops. With David Belle, Carlo Rota, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa and Gouchy Boy.

"The Other Woman" (PG-13 for profanity, sexual references and mature themes) Romantic comedy revolving around the wife (Leslie Mann) of a shameless womanizer (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who befriends his two mistresses (Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton) before hatching a plan with them to even the score. With Nicki Minaj, Don Johnson and Tatlor Kinney.

 

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Minister Farrakhan is no terrorist

muhammad 600The news cycle April 14th was filled with reports of the murders of three people in Overland Park, Kansas. That these killings occurred during a time of religious observation, the Jewish celebration of Passover, and the killer may have targeted victims for their religious faith or presumed faith makes the loss of life even more reprehensible.

That a grandfather and his grandson could be shot down in the streets says something about the sickness of this society, the prevalence and continued cancer of hatred and an unhealthy and deadly obsession with guns and solving problems or disputes with violence.

Such activity is woven into the history of this nation and America cannot deny that her history is bathed in blood and oppression from the slaughter of the Native peoples to the April 13th killing of Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood.

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