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Kamara Taylor: Black Women & The Fight Against Cancer

By: Kamara Taylor With crime being ever so rampant in minority communities, we tend to overlook the biggest threat and killer that continues to destroy homes and the family dynamic.  This terrible menace is CANCER. As Angelina Jolie has become the face of the BRCA 1 gene by removing both breasts to prevent the likelihood of cancer occurring, most African American women are the largest carriers of the triple negative gene.  This form of cancer is not associated directly with the hormonal characteristics of developing cancer, but genetics. My mother, Minnie D. Taylor, was diagnosed with stage four triple negative stage breast cancer on March 27, 2013 at the age of 50 and was dead by July 8, 2013.  Being made aware of this deadly disease goes beyond the monthly self-exams that women are informed to do and the knowledge required goes beyond the text book knowledge from the oncologist. Sometimes medicine remains as much as a big box business as Wal-Mart or Costco and the merchandise is at the expensive of our loved ones lives.  Just as Henrietta Lacks and her HeLa cells have been used to pioneer medicine, many of our loved ones are medical guinea pigs for eager medical students, burnt out residents and overzealous attendees. Cancer is not a new disease; however its rampant spread in the African American community has and should raise eyebrows.  We also need more awareness on how we are affected firsthand as cancer’s ugly head continues to sphere its way into our communities and is just as rampant as crime. The pharmaceutical companies and the oncology departments are cancerous, as well.  They continue to capitalize off a disease that we lack knowledge about and refuse to educate ourselves on.  Please let’s make ourselves aware so that we can prevent our families from inexplicably losing another Minnie D. Taylor ever so soon.   Kamara A. Taylor Masters of Art Political Science Phd candidate Cognitive and Instructional Psychology The post Kamara Taylor: Black Women & The Fight Against Cancer appeared first on Black Like Moi .

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by: Atiya (TheMarriageTree) Recently, I received a letter from a man who has been married for five years. He and his wife are very well educated, career-driven African-Americans with dynamic jobs. Both are doing very well in their perspective careers and finances are not an issue. On top of that they are blessed with a

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Deion Sanders Speaks Out about NCAA Corruption and Double Standards

By Victor Trammell The NCAA is certainly proving by its actions that it is a contradictory institution. It likes to exploit the legal leverage it has over the hard-working college athletes who are often powerless against their arbitrary stances. However, in the case of Johnny Manziel, the star quarterback for the Texas A&M football program, they met their match. The ...

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AG Eric Holder: Justice Department Will Not Challenge Pot Laws in Washington, Colorado

The Justice Department has confirmed that it will not challenge legalization of marijuana laws scheduled to go into effect in Washington and Colorado. The DOJ issued loosened enforcement standards as well, encouraging officials to go after marijuana trafficking cases as opposed to low level users. During a Thursday conference call, Attorney General Eric Holder told the governors of Colorado and ...

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Michael Jackson’s Estate: Half a Billion in Debt to the IRS

By Victor Trammell In the midst of a civil trial with a major concert promoter, the family of the late Michael Jackson is also facing another legal showdown with the IRS. On August 27, NBC News reported that the late music icon’s estate has some major tax problems with the U.S. government. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. His ...

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Shocking List of 10 Companies that Profited from the Slave Trade

It is no secret that slavery rests at the foundation of American capitalism and is often synonymous with the sugar, tobacco, and/or cotton plantations that fueled the Southern economy.  What many may not know is that slavery also rests at the foundation of many notable corporations.  From New York Life to Bank of America, several companies have benefitted from slavery.  ...

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7 Odd Things That You Probably Didn’t Know about the Group “New Edition”

You grew up listening to New Edition, but you may not know everything you think you know. 1)      Many people feel the group was ripped off by its first contract, a horrible deal that only netted them $1.87 from their first double platinum album.  Hint: Get a lawyer to review anything before you sign it.  They were discovered by Maurice ...

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George Zimmerman’s Wife Says She’ll “Have to Think About” Staying Married

In an exclusive interview with Florida investigative reporter Christi O’Connor, George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman, says of the acquitted k!ller, “he has beaten down my self esteem”, according to O’Connor. Shellie Zimmerman also says that she is looking forward to moving on with her life after the trial. O’Connor says she spent months trying to persuade Shellie Zimmerman to share ...

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Yvette Carnell: The 50 Year Anniversary of the March on Washington Was One Big Burlesque Show

by Yvette Carnell Yesterday Americans focused their collective attention on the 50 year anniversary of Dr. King’s March on Washington. Although much of the fixation yesterday was on the historical relevancy of the first Black president delivering the keynote commemoration address,  if you look closely at the event and the key players, it’s apparent that yesterday was nothing more than ...

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