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Mpls psychologist receives award for professional excellence

 

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota presented Minneapolis psychologist Bravada Garrett-Akinsanya, executive director of the African

 

American Child Wellness Institute and president of the Brakins Consulting and Psychological Services, with a Professional of the Year award at its Annual Conference, held Nov. 3 in St. Paul. The award recognizes a professional who provides high-quality services, exemplifies best practices, and demonstrates commitment to and leadership in the field. “NAMI recognizes Bravada Garrett-Akinsanya for her work to provide mental health services to children, to address mental health disparities and to help more providers become certified to provide children’s therapeutic services and supports in schools,” said NAMI’s executive director, Sue Abderholden. Continue Reading →

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Enjoy a healthy holiday season

 

Often, when we hear the term “healthy relationship” we think of intimate or romantic relations. However, healthy relationships expand past your partner and you. We need healthy relationships amongst members in our families and communities to be healthy individuals ourselves. The holiday season is a period of time when families come together, share stories, catch up, exchange pictures, and give gifts to one another. The holiday season is a time of joy. Continue Reading →

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Holiday cuisine: healing for the mind, body and SOUL

 

As we look forward to spending quality time with family and friends over a hearty spread, you might be pleased to know that holiday dinners are as good as it gets when it comes to healthy eating!  

Sweet potatoes 

This holiday staple is a treasure trove of health benefits! Rich in Vitamins C, B6, D, iron and magnesium, it not only stimulates bone, teeth and cell creation, but it also helps reduce stress, keeping colds and flu at bay. This cancer-fighting super food is also rich in potassium, keeping the heart, kidneys and nerves functioning properly. Although a “sweet” potato, its natural sugars are released slowly into the bloodstream, ensuring a balanced flow of energy — great news for diabetics! Continue Reading →

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Pastor celebrates 50 years of ministry

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Alphonse Reff, Sr. accepted the call to ministry in 1962. “I thought I could do some other things other than [being a minister],” admits the reverend, adding that ever since he took “a whipping from God, He whipped me into shape, and for 50 years I’ve been trying to tell the whole story.”

Both the community and his church, Wayman A.M.E. Church, where Reff has pastored for nearly 30 years, and others helped celebrated his 50 years in ministry during a three-day celebration last September. He received proclamations from both Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak among the best wishes expressed to both him and his wife Janice, who he married in 1963. “He has been a leader in the community for years now, and we are just grateful to see folk coming out and recognizing his leadership,” noted Rev. James Moody of Chicago. “It was just my honor to be here, to this great celebration and gathering with these wonderful people,” said AME Senior Bishop John R. Bryant, who was the featured speaker at a service given by the St. Continue Reading →

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It’s time to stand up and shout, ‘No more!’

 

This is a very trying time for the African Americans in Minneapolis. First let me start off by saying there are two very important things missing that allow this tragedy to happen. First is the love of God at the center of many of our people, and second is the outright hatred of ourselves. I believe we as a people need to get up every day and say, “I like me” and say it until the day we believe it. Then get up every day and say, “I love me.” It is impossible for a Black man to love anyone if he doesn’t love himself first. Continue Reading →

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Diabetic eye disease on the rise in U.S. — African Americans at higher risk

Diabetes affects nearly 26 million people in the United States. In addition, another 79 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes, a condition that puts people at increased risk for diabetes. All people with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, are at risk for diabetic eye disease, a leading cause of vision loss and blindness. Diabetic eye disease refers to a group of eye problems that people with diabetes may face as a complication of the disease and includes cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. Diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease, is the leading cause of blindness in adults 20 to 74 years of age. Continue Reading →

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Insights from experts at starting anew

 

 

Hello to all the followers of the “Starting Anew” column. I am pleased to announce that after many triumphs and struggles as well as other issues, I have landed a permanent working position at St. Stephens Human Services. It was four years ago this month when I was given the opportunity to start this column. I have gone through quite a bit since then. Continue Reading →

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America’s Black First Family symbolizes rise of African culture

Hotep (Be at peace, be at rest, be free)

In this the second in a three-part series, I want to share another core idea: “SIA” an ancient African teaching that I have had the great honor of having verified in travels to the elders in Africa and in the 20 years of study in the International Khepran Institute. In both classrooms, I was able to verify that this idea is preserved through the trials and the awful terror of our existence in this country. The “SIA” refers to the intelligence of the heart. Cerebral intelligence depends upon the senses, the recordings of observed facts, and the comparison of these facts and ideas of the mind. The first four senses — touch, taste, smell and sight — pass through the brain; the fifth sense, hearing, passes through the heart without speaking directly to the brain. Continue Reading →

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Athletes encourage youth to stay active, healthy

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Around 100 local boys and girls worked with WNBA stars October 15 on staying active and living healthy. The five Minnesota Lynx starters — Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and Taj McWilliams-Franklin — along with WNBA Legend Teresa Edwards worked with Southside Family Charter School students on basketball fundamentals at the WNBA FIT Dribble to Stop Diabetes clinic on the team’s home court. “It warms my heart, and it says a lot of the character of the women,” Edwards noted of the five Lynx players whom she beforehand introduced individually to the students. Each of them had played a game the night before but spent part of their off-day with the kids. “Having the young kids here and being able to interact with them” was important for the Lynx players, added McWilliams-Franklin. Continue Reading →

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Getting to ‘The Root’ of hair loss

 

 

 

First of a two-part story
 

By Anika Robbins

Contributing Writer

 

 

Between lifestyle and grooming issues and breast cancer treatments, hair loss affects an estimated 21 million women in the U.S., according to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. Traditionally considered a “men’s issue,” women are debunking that myth at epidemic speed. With scant treatment options available, including transplantation or topical steroids, many women are resorting to natural remedies, including going natural,” i.e., wearing their hair free of chemicals. The natural hair movement has gained momentum nationwide, picking up speed in the Twin Cities.  

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