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Taking care of yourself with some down time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beach front, salty ocean and exotic beverages with the cute li’l umbrella…all sound really good right now! Vacations are always right on time! But when was the last time you went on one? Are you constantly putting it off? Do things always “come up” to keep you from getting a li’l R&R? Continue Reading →

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Get out of your own way: a heart-to-heart on Black women’s health

 

 

 

Dear Sistergirlfriend: We need to talk… The three top killers of sisters are HIV/AIDS, heart disease and cancer…in that order. I’m not trying to scare you, but you should be concerned, and I’m concerned for ya! I’m not gonna preach at you about using condoms or being selective with your partners or to watch your cholesterol, manage stress, etc. What I do want to talk about, is your mind. Continue Reading →

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Designing a healthy approach to life

 

You’ve set some new year’s goals for yourself…maybe some fitness goals, travel plans, or maybe even a new attitude about life! The new year always brings about renewed zeal for the things we’d like to do to enjoy a better quality of life

But as we’ve seen, without that bangin’ inspirational song, or the help of “liquid courage” (alcohol), those spur-of-the-moment, conquer-the-world leaps of faith sometimes fall flat. Goals without a plan don’t work. Health and fitness are some of the top-10 New Year’s goals. And good ones to have! Continue Reading →

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Getting to ‘The Root’ of hair loss

The impact of disease on hair

Conclusion of a two-part story

By Anika Robbins

Contributing Writer

 

Disease and illness, and in some cases the treatment of those illnesses, are also implicit in hair loss. Auto-immune diseases like lupus cause hair loss in up to 50 percent of those diagnosed. Diabetes, alopecia areata, and other such conditions also factor significantly. Those with type 2 diabetes are particularly prone to infection. Bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections of the scalp are common and can result in hair loss as well. 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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Community center honors 45 years of S. Mpls Black history ‘We Are Sabathani’ cultural preservation project underway

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Minneapolis’ Southside Black community has a legacy worth noting. Civic leaders, business owners, musicians, doctors: all part of a rich legacy of Minneapolis’ Southside Black community not often talked about. Sabathani Community Center, a building that takes up most of the block between 3rd and 4th Avenues South on 38th Street that once housed a junior high school, served as the launching pad for numerous individuals — from artists to athletes, to politicians to preachers, and countless others — since it opened as a center in 1966 to provide structured activities for area youth. Last week the center announced a new cultural preservation project to introduce to some and reacquaint others to its rich heritage not only to the city’s South Side, but also to the Twin Cities at-large. “We Are Sabathani” is collaboration between the Council on Black Minnesotans and the Minnesota Humanities Center, and funded by money from the state Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Continue Reading →

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Sabathani’s history the focus of community art exhibit

 

 

Sabathani Community Center is putting together a storytelling art exhibit about the history of Sabathani and the people who were key in creating the organization. Sabathani was formed in 1966 by South Minneapolis residents and members of Sabathani Baptist Church to provide structured activities for African American youth. The exhibit will also feature people with roots in Sabathani’s South Minneapolis community who made significant achievements in politics, entertainment, medicine, athletics, education and business.  The purpose of the exhibit is to document and preserve the history of a grassroots effort initially focused around neighborhood kids that has advanced into a major institution known throughout the Twin Cities and today serves nearly 30,000 people a year with a broad range of needs. The work of the exhibit will be done by Judge LaJune Lange (ret.), president of the LaJune Thomas Lange International Leadership Institute, and Anika Robbins of Anika and Friends. Lange and Robbins will inventory present artwork throughout Sabathani, conduct interviews for an oral history, and collect news articles and historical writings. Continue Reading →

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MN Black Chamber of Commerce honors the best in Black business

 

The Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) hosted its Fourth Annual UMOJA Awards & Benefit Saturday, December 3, at the Metropolitan Club in Target Field. Despite a persistent snowstorm, hundreds came out to celebrate the accomplishments of the year, acknowledge outstanding entrepreneurs, and encourage college students to continue on their path to graduation. MBCC launched its new College Scholars Program to encourage mentorship of college students and ensure they not only enter college but have the support necessary to complete. Keynote speaker Ryan Mack, CNN financial expert, gave a rousing speech on the importance of remaining humble while giving back and empowering others. Led by Phillip Miner who served as master of ceremonies for the evening, the affair was spotlighted by a live and silent auction, music by C-Sharp, and a traditional African welcome featuring live drumming. Continue Reading →

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