Monthly Archives: April 2013

Why should I care about nail health?



Nail problems are very common and troubling. Nails often reflect our general state of health and can often be the first sign of serious general health issues.  

Nail facts

Fingernails grow out in four to six months. Toenails grow out in nine to 12 months. Individual rates depend on age, time of the year, activity levels and heredity. Continue Reading →

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Acoustic soul artist Richie Havens, icon of a generation, succumbed to heart attack on April 22



By Dwight Hobbes

Contributing Writer


Hailing from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, N.Y. where he was a contemporary of seminal spoken wordsmiths The Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron (they all recorded for the tiny label Douglas Records), Richie Havens caught on with Verve/Folkways in the late 1960s, distinguished by a mellow, raw-edged voice smoothly set to open tuning on the guitar. He established his career with the albums Mixed Bag, for which he wrote the war protest anthem “Handsome Johnny” with actor Louis Gosset, Jr., Somethin’ Else Again and Richard P. Havens 1983. Gaining renown for creating highly innovative covers of mainstream artists, he was a cult success breaking through on the top charts with his interpretation of The Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun” on his own label Stormy Forest. Havens was famous until the end of his career for a show-stopping performance recorded live at the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival of “Freedom (Motherless Child).” He tried his hand at acting, playing Othello in the rock musical Catch My Soul and doing a supporting lead in Greased Lightning as part of a cast starring Richard Pryor, Pam Grier, Beau Bridges and Cleavon Little, with activist Julian Bond playing a cameo role. Havens is the self-effacing Woodrow, dutiful mechanic to Pryor’s portrayal of Wendell Scott, former moonshine runner and the first Black stockcar-racing driver to win an upper-tier NASCAR race. Continue Reading →

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Patience: When is it no longer a virtue?

Many of us here at the MSR recall being taught by our elders that “Patience is a virtue,” and very often we have found their advice to be true. Often, if we wait and exercise patience, in time what is fair and what is just will prevail. Those in power who are doing wrong sometimes come to see the error of their ways. They begin to listen. They hear the cries of the people and do what they can to relieve their pain. Continue Reading →

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Georgia Ellyse: Ashley Dubose talks about being a single mother, new projects & more




Have you ever met a legend before they blew up? Something about them convinces you that they have the ability to go all the way, they simply possess the “it” factor. I am certain those that come across Ashley Dubose’s music or witness her perform form the same conclusion, “she is going to make it big one day!”

A diamond in the rough, emboding the quality and creativity of a major label artist yet still independent and faced with the struggle of quitting a job or following a dreams with no guarantees. Maintaining job security seems like the responsible thing to do when one has a child to care for. Dubose, a St. Continue Reading →

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Terror in Boston? Terror in America!

How fragile is our precarious democracy in the face of senseless violence? Two explosions exposed the fragile state of our precarious social contract at the Boston Marathon, April 15, 2013, as three were killed and 175 or so injured, some badly, some losing arms and legs. As this column was written nine hours after the carnage (and published 8 days later), we don’t know yet if this was by domestic or foreign terrorists. Doesn’t matter. It was mean-spirited premeditation with malice aforethought, killing innocents to get attention and send a message. Continue Reading →

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Focus on real policies that help women, not bogus conspiracy theories

Columnist Lucky Rosenbloom wrongly attributes to the Guttmacher Institute the claim — itself false — that abortion providers “target” African American women [column of April 11]. In reality, disproportionately high abortion (and unplanned birth) rates among women of color are the direct result of their higher rates of unintended pregnancy, which in turn reflect economic and social inequalities that are widespread and pervasive. The result is stark disparities not only on various reproductive health outcomes, but also on a broad range of health indicators, including high rates of diabetes, heart disease, AIDS and cancer. Antiabortion activists ignore these systemic inequities and instead cynically accuse abortion providers of targeting minority women. In fact, fewer than one in 10 abortion clinics are located in predominantly African American neighborhoods. Continue Reading →

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Prominent Blacks have supported Planned Parenthood’s mission

The Spokesman-Recorder published an editorial by Lucky Rosenbloom [column of April 11] asking readers to ignore his political party’s voter-suppression efforts and direct our indignation and protest against legalized abortion instead. Readers must draw their own conclusions on the merits of that argument. But it should be noted that Mr. Rosenbloom’s article included false statements about, and fictitious quotations attributed to, Mrs. Margaret Sanger. The fact is that Mrs. Sanger and Planned Parenthood Federation worked together with dozens of prominent African American personages, including Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, Rev. Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Mrs. Mary McLeod Bethune, Mrs. Mary Church Terrell, AME Bishop David Sims, and Meharry’s Dr. Michael Bent. The truth can be learned at the website, which also posts the thoughtful speech written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and delivered by Mrs. Coretta Scott King in acceptance of the Margaret Sanger award in 1966. Continue Reading →

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No wonder East African students say they don’t feel safe at school


We humans have been blaming and scapegoating the most vulnerable minority group among us for thousands of years: It’s an age-old tradition. I recently overheard a man say, “Yeah, the West Bank area in Minneapolis used to be a nice neighborhood, but then the East Africans moved in.”

Well, now he knows how Native Americans felt when the White man moved into Dakota Territory and ruined their neighborhoods. At least the newly arrived East Africans have come in peace and not forced us off the land and given us some desolate, windblown reservation in South Dakota to live on. When the police showed up at South High School to break up the “food fight,” students in the lunch room said the police only went after the East African students. The East African students took the full brunt of the police response. Continue Reading →

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Tayler Hill moves on up to the big time




Tayler Hill soon will earn her human economy degree from Ohio State. A few weeks ago, she went on a few interviews and last week got her first job offer. “I never have been on a job interview, so I’m not sure exactly how that works,” admitted the Minneapolis native before interviewing for and accepting her first job as a professional basketball player. The Washington Mystics selected her as their first-round pick in this year’s WNBA draft, and she starts her post-college job in May. Hill briefly explained the interview process, which for a WNBA prospect is a lot different than NFL and NBA potential draftees: no 40-yard timings or individual workouts beforehand. Continue Reading →

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The Heat is on — 66-16-REPEAT?



LeBron James will be the NBA’s Most Valuable Player — that is no secret. It might be unanimous! James averaged 27.0 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game. And his team, the Miami Heat, are the defending NBA Champions. And with the NBA playoffs underway as of April 20, the Heat are heavy favorites to reach the Finals for the third straight year. Continue Reading →

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