Category Archives: Health

L’Oréal Faces Class Action Lawsuit by Black Women, Perm Product ‘Made Us Bald!’

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*Uh oh. It’s stories like this that makes me celebrate the fact that I went au natural nearly a decade ago. For the life of me though, with several proven Black hair care companies and products by them out there, I don’t even know why folks would trust a company like L’Oréal when trying to perm Black hair.

But oh well. I guess it’s a personal thing, and so is the lesson learned.

Softsheen-Carson Optimum Amla Legend No-Mix, No-Lye Relaxer is what the highly recognized French cosmetics company touted — and apparently used a wealth of celebrities (even insinuating Michelle Obama was one of ’em) to encourage folks to use the product. At least according to what TMZ claims was the motivation behind a new, class action lawsuit by some angry consumers.

Those same consumers are say they are now BALD after using the product!

And guess who they got to represent them? Famed attorney Mark Geragos, who made a name for himself representing celebrities like Michael Jackson. Continue reading

Study Says People Who Commit Crimes Have At Least One Thing ‘In Common’

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*It’s an undeniable fact that Black and poor people  vs. white and rich make up a disproportionate population in the prison system. But you don’t have to take my word for it, I believe they give prison tours, don’t they? But seriously, have you ever wondered why some people take the criminal route, while others don’t? You can certainly throw in bad circumstances such as poverty, lack of opportunity, racism, and other very justifiable reasons. But if you are being completely realistic you see that two people living in the same circumstances are not necessarily taking the same route.

In other words, person #1 lives right next door to person #2, in a shitty neighborhood, horrible family situation, no money, no positive role models, no hope. Person #1 decides to go into a career of criminal behavior; while person #2, his or her neighbor, makes a decision to attend community college.

Why is that exactly?

Religious connotations aside, let's call this one Good vs. Evil
Religious connotations aside, let’s call this one Good vs. Evil

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Kentucky Juvenile Employee ‘Just Watched’ as Teen Took Last Breath

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*It’s hard to believe the stupidity of some people. Especially those given such important positions; where their responsibilities can literally make a difference between life or death. Because a youth worker in a juvenile center in Kentucky just stood and watched a new inmate as she gagged and gasped to breathe while in her cell, a death has occurred.

Now a lawsuit has been filed by the estate of 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen. The teen had only been admitted to the center hours earlier, and according to the lawsuit, employee Reginald Windham’s comments to investigators are very different from what was observed on the surveillance cameras.

According to Windham’s statement: he walked over to McMillen’s door at 11:39 p.m. on Jan. 11, after he heard coughing. Investigators wrote that he wanted “to check on her to make sure she had not thrown up or was choking or something like that.”

Surveillance video, according to the lawsuit, shows the guard staring through a window for 18 seconds, witnessing “her last gasps and dying breaths and final uncontrollable movements and seizure.” Attorneys for the family say he then turned around and walked away. Continue reading

Chicago Nurse Hopes 3D Printed Kidneys Will Save Her

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*I know what you’re thinking and I agree: She doesn’t even look sick. 

But she is.

Darvece Monson admits she has tried everything to secure a new kidney with no luck. And with the traditional options looking so bleak, she is willing to look at alternatives.

For the past year, three days a week, six-hours per day, Monson has been on hemodialysis; a treatment endured by 35 percent of Black Americans in the U. S. But the mother of an 8-year-old says that it was actually the treatments that made her hopeful about potentially getting a 3D printed kidney, which would reduce the waiting time on lists that currently hold approximately 25,000 out of 70,000 people (of all races) to weeks rather than years. This, in addition to the possibility that her body may actually reject the organ, which is a major concern in organ transplants.

“It is a blessing that I am in Chicago, African-American and female; that also is my curse,” Monson chuckles. Continue reading

First Human Head Transplant Volunteer Steps Up! (Watch)

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*Excuse me one sec, while I attempt to wrap my own securely attached head to this lastest rather scientific occurrence. A neuroscientist in Italy had promised one day he would perform the first head transplant surgery. Everyone within earshot most likely replied “Ha!” and went about their business. The neuroscientist most likely just shrugged off the haters and kept it moving. No doubt secretly looking for volunteers.

Well the joke is on the haters now, because a volunteer has sho’ nuff stepped up.

I can just imagine Dr. Sergio Canavero sticking his tongue out singing, “Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah!”

He had promised that his procedure would take place in December 2017, and it looks like everything is on schedule. His volunteer is 30-year-old Valery Spiridonov, a Russian man who hopes that the historic operation will help him to live a normal life. Continue reading

TV Station Suspends Female Anchors, Orders Them To Lose Weight

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*They say the camera adds 10 pounds, and that everyone looks a little…healthier on TV.  Egypt’s state broadcaster thinks it’s more than the camera for eight of its female anchors, and has suspended them and ordered them to lose weight!  

The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has given the women just one month to take off the pounds before allowing them to appear again on air with what they say will be “appropriate appearance.”

Interestingly, the ERTU has a female director, Safaa Hegazy, who used a be TV anchor!  

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Lest you ask, yes, Hegazy is what many in the US would call a “skinny beeeatch.”   I think she looks like Sally Field, but anyway… Continue reading

Model With Vitiligo Redefining “Beauty”

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*Just when you think you might be able to define the term “beauty,” I invite you to take a look at model Chantelle Winnie’s stunning cover shot!

Winnie was born Chantelle Brown-Young in 1994 in Toronto, to parents of Jamaican heritage.  At the age of four, she contracted vitiligo, a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes a loss of pigment on the skin in patches around the body, particularly the face and hands.

While the condition is not contagious, it affects two percent of the population and has no known cure.  Vitiligo affects all ethnicities, but is more visible among people of African and Hispanic heritage.

By the time she entered school, Winnie has being teased — and even beat up — by her classmates.  Some likened her to a cow and “mooed” at her, while others simply avoided her in the mistaken fear that they might  “catch” the condition.

“I remember sitting by my window, wishing upon the stars that my skin condition would go away,” she remembered.  “I wondered, ‘Why me?'” Continue reading

4-Year-Old Amputee’s Leg Stolen from Beach, But Then…

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*My faith in humanity was both challenged and restored in the space of a couple of days, with this story.

4-year-old Liam Brenes battles a genetic condition called Facto Syndrome.  As a result of it, he had to have one of his legs amputated below the knee when he was just 1 year old.

One of my best friends growing up had a prosthetic leg, so this story really touched me.

Liam manages today with his second prosthetic leg, the first of which he outgrew.  Last weekend, he and his family took his first-ever trip to the beach.  Liam’s father, Frank, said Liam’s afraid of the water, and that it had been the first time they’d been to the ocean.

The family brought Liam’s older, shorter prosthetic leg with them, so he could use it in the water without fear of damaging the new one.    After arriving at the beach, eager Liam waded into the ocean.

What happened next is almost unfathomable to me.

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