Sickle Cell Month

Living with Sickle Cell What is Sickle Cell? Sickle cell disease is an inherited life-threatening blood disorder that affects the red blood cells. These sickled cells carry less oxygen to parts of the body and when these misshaped cells are clumped together causes pain crisis. It affects African  Americans, Hispanics, and many more ethnic groups. Sickle cell disease is quietly devastating. Its symptoms can occur in any part … Continue reading Sickle Cell Month

STREETS OF LIFE

My mind is collapsing into the wells of danger as the graves of my words challenge me for tomorrow. The ammunition of the day collides with the flesh of the night and the tears of a mother are heard beyond eternity. Hostile voices of ghetto life are being cultivated into the outline arenas of bloodstain fables. Hearing the concrete jungle play the sound of death … Continue reading STREETS OF LIFE

Meet Maurice Moore Lights. Camera. Action.

I was introduced to Maurice “Mo” Moore by our mutual friend Melinda Taylor. I was excited to speak with him because I love movies and television. So we sat down and spoke about his career as an actor, writer/producer and teacher. UM: Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with me. Let’s get started by you telling me  who is Maurice? … Continue reading Meet Maurice Moore Lights. Camera. Action.

Do You Have Glaucoma?

Did you know it is the leading cause of Blindness for Black people? January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is a complicated disease in which damage to the optic nerve leads to progressive, irreversible vision loss. After cataracts, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in African Americans. Half of those with glaucoma don’t know they have it. Have you received an eye exam recently? … Continue reading Do You Have Glaucoma?

Check. Change. Control.

Sports is known as a way for men to bond and get together. Darrell Barnett has taken that idea a step further. He is using basketball to reach Black men and improve their health. Barnett is with the Public Health Department Health Equity Unit. I heard about and had to share information about this great program he’s doing to assist men, especially Black men, to … Continue reading Check. Change. Control.