West Virginia will host Southern Obesity Summit

By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today The 12th Annual Southern Obesity Summit (SOS) will be held October 22-24 in Charleston, West Virginia. SOS rotates its conference to a different state each year. West Virginia happens to top the list of highest obesity rate among the 11 southern states at 37.7 percent, barely edging out Mississippi with an obesity rate of 37.3 per cent. While[Read More…]

David slays Goliath

And it gives Monsanto’s owner, Bayer Aspirin, a major headache after being ordered to pay $289.2 million By Frederick H. Lowe BlacksmansStreet.Today Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a former groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District, in the San Francisco Bay Area, was experiencing severe skin irritation from spraying Ranger Pro, a generic version of Roundup. The product is a weed killer[Read More…]

Triage center opens on Chicago’s West Side to provide services to the mentally ill and those suffering from drug abuse

By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today   A standing room only crowd attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Westside Community Triage and Wellness Center, which opened last week with the goal of diverting individuals, suffering from mental illness or drug abuse from Cook County Jail, to the center where they will receive care as outpatients. The Center is a joint  partnership[Read More…]

Real Men Cook is cooking up healthier eats for Father’s Day

The 29th annual Real Men Cook celebration will be held Father’s Day, June 17th, with continued emphasis on honoring black fathers, other black-male caregivers and encouraging participating men and their families to eat healthy. The celebration will be held from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm June 17th at Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove Avenue, said Ayinde Cartman,[Read More…]

African-American seniors struggle to find therapists who understand

  By Jeneé Darden KQED Radio “California Report” Also, listen to the audio version online.  Black Men Speak chair Joe Anderson (L) with member James Glenn.  (Jeneé Darden/KQED)   SAN FRANCISCO–Choosing the right mental health therapist means finding connection and trust. For some African American seniors living in the San Francisco Bay Area, for instance, finding that therapist takes extra work.[Read More…]

Seattle passes business tax to build affordable housing for the homeless

The Jet City has seen its homeless population explode By Frederick H. Lowe Seattle, home to the nation’s third-largest homeless population and two of the world’s best-known and most-profitable companies, has passed an ordinance that will tax large companies to raise $47 million annually for construction of affordable housing for the homeless. The ordinance, passed on Monday by a unanimous[Read More…]

Climate change’s sickening effect on the black community could spark a strong voter turnout

By Hazel Trice Edney ( – More than a million African-Americans live within a half mile of existing natural gas facilities and that number continues to grow. Because of this, many predominately Black communities “face an elevated risk of cancer due to air toxic emissions from natural gas development,” according to a recent report by the NAACP and the Clean[Read More…]

HIV rates remain high in the black community

By Frederick H. Lowe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was Wednesday, February 7th, but if you missed the parade that acknowledged the day, you’re not alone because there wasn’t one.  There were some panel discussions. But discussions concerning HIV have largely gone silent because many of us erroneously believe the disease has been defeated. Although HIV infections and HIV deaths[Read More…]

To fight the opioid epidemic, take drug makers to court ?

Litigation against drug manufacturers that produce and distribute opioids could be a promising option in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis, according to a new article. In the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Rebecca Haffajee of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, along with Michelle Mello of Stanford University, analyze the history of[Read More…]

Drug that prevents HIV infection is little known in the black community where disease rates are the highest

Spreading word  about PrEP   By Anna Challet New America Media News Report A drug that prevents HIV infection has been available for five years. But even in San Francisco, a city where one might expect information about the drug to be easy to come by, only some people have heard of it – and it’s not the communities that[Read More…]

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