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Workshops for Educators, Indie Films, and More at Upcoming ‘Long Beach Indie’ Festival

Long Beach, CA — Named one of FilmFreeway’s Top 100 best reviewed film festivals, Long Beach Indie International Film, Media & Music Festival returns to Long Beach Wed., Aug. 30 – Sun., Sept. 3, delivering five days of screenings, plus workshops for educators, students, entertainment industry professionals, and more.

 Founded by Dr. Daniel Walker in 2014, the festival celebrates diverse content and creators.

“I created Long Beach Indie because I wanted to bring true diversity to every facet of the media and entertainment ecosystem. “It’s about more than just names on the closing credits and recognition during awards season. It’s about economic empowerment, self definition, and using the power of media and entertainment to shape the perceptions that individuals and systems have of women and people of color. “Dr. Daniel Walker, Founder, Long Beach Indie

 The event produced and hosted by Perfect Works and BLU Educational Foundation fosters international dialogue between scholars and the entertainment industry, and bridges the gap between urban communities and careers in arts, entertainment, fashion and digital media via distinct conference and expo clusters. Continue reading

ER Rooms Report Marijuana-Related Illness is Spiking Visits (Especially in Legalized States)

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*I knew it was only a matter of time for SOME ILLNESS to come about as a result of heavy pot smoking — exacerbated by the fact that its now legal in several states. Of course it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that heavy pot users have been shown to have memory issues (and some have even become downright delusional, but that’s another story). Honestly, I don’t know if I stand 100 with the new ruling in California, whose pass came about last November. Blame it on the fact that I see way too much marijuana smoke being blown out of passing car windows; or even the fact that the guy who backed up off the freeway ramp, into my brand new car, reeked of it.

Medical marijuana is legitimate. It continues to be of great significance in alleviating debilitating pain; and even offers undeniable results where some children’s illnesses are concerned.

But just allowing any damn body to smoke weed. Out loud. Not so much.

Anyway, according to emergency room doctors, a lot of folks are flooding the ER rooms with illnesses related to severe pot smoking. Continue reading

What…Mortality Rate for Black Babies Outweighs All Others?

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*I recall one of my greatest fears during pregnancy was something happening to my baby. While I was a generally happy pregnant woman, all the talk about children dying in their sleep — Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) — or children born with low birth weight not making it to their first year scared the crap out of me. This was especially harsh since I was a low birth-weight child, born to an alcoholic mother.

I remember once I gave birth, for months thereafter, waking up every 30-minutes to turn my baby from her back to her stomach and vice-versa; or placing my finger under her little nose to make sure she was still breathing.

It was maddening, and not unlike many new mothers, I got very little sleep for the first 6-months of her life!

So when I read a report in the Sacramento Bee that claims children in impoverished areas of the county are dying — and Black children more than any other race or ethnicity even more so, it was very disconcerting. Especially in this day and age when so many medical strides have been made.

Why is this STILL happening?

First, a bit of background.

The Sacramento Bee reports that between 2010 and 2015, nearly one quarter of the 873 children 18 and under who died in Sacramento County were Black. And at that time Black children only made up 11 percent of the population represented in that age category. Continue reading

A Cure for Cancer: Physicist Hadiyah-Nicole Green May Be on to Something

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Hadijah Nicole Green, Physicist

*As far as this writer is concerned, this news should be sung from the highest mountain tops. I can confidently say that we all have lost too many friends, known and unknown, to cancer. Now, “WE MAY BE ON THE VERGE OF A POSSIBLE CURE FOR CANCER!” And further, it gives me great pleasure to know that the breakthrough comes via a beautiful black female physicist named Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green.

Green is currently working to advance a cancer treatment involving lasers and nano-particles that will target cancer cells. Thanks to being awarded a grant valued at $1.1 million dollars through the Veterans Affairs Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Scientist Training Program, she is now free to continue her work on this groundbreaking procedure.

Green, 35, is only one of less than 100 black women physicists in the United States. She is the first in her family to attend college and in 2012, she became the second African American woman to receive a PhD in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Continue reading

Mother Drank While Pregnant, Check Out Her Daughter, Now 43 (Watch)

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Kathy Mitchell (R) with her daughter, Karli Schrider (L)

 

*If you are a woman who continues to disregard the warnings about the risks involved in indulging in alcohol and drugs while pregnant, perhaps seeing the results of that behavior on a 43-year-old woman will change your mind.

Kathy Mitchell will be the first to tell you that she is not proud of the choices she made while she was pregnant with her daughter, Karli. But she is taking a brave and selfless stand today, as she brings us inside her sorrow and reveals how her now adult daughter turned out.

Karli Schrider at 43-years-old has the mental capacity of a first-grader. She lives at home with her mother and stepfather, and spends most of her days playing with the dolls, purses, and Hello Kitty accessories she has collected.

Karli has “Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder,” but her mother says because she was born seemingly “normal,” and wasn’t diagnosed with the disorder until she was about 16, she continued to drink alcohol during future pregnancies.

And consequently, two of those children died. Continue reading

With ‘Faith’ in Her Name, the World’s Smallest Preemie was Destined to Survive! (Watch)

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*Wow. And to think that I once thought I was the smallest preemie on the planet.

Compared to this precious little girl, my 2-lb. birth-weight was overweight.

Little E’Layah Faith Pegues came into this world three and a half months early – weighing only 10 ounces. And according to neonatologist, Dr. Andrew Herman; who says the baby’s entire body – from head to toe – fit into the palm of his hand, she was not expected to survive.

“To be honest, we were unsure if E’Layah was going to make it,” Herman said, “but the doctor who delivered her could see she had a fighting chance, and her parents never lost faith it was possible she’d survive.”

The Centers for Disease Control states:

In 2014, black infants were about 50% more likely to be born preterm than white, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander infants. Reasons for this difference are an area of intense research. Continue reading

Health: You Could Possibly Have A Hidden Illness If Any of These Symptoms Show Up

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*I don’t know about you, but whether I choose to listen or not, my body always tells me when something is wrong. Why one would not choose to listen may seem to be the dumbest thing of all. But we don’t always use good sense. You notice say “common” sense.

Keeping it real though: When my body talks, I always listen. And you should too because its the only body we have. And you never, ever, commit to a defeatist mindset that makes you not care about your body.

With this in mind, here are 7 warning signs that your body screams out, to show you that something might be wrong.

1. Yuk! Recognize this?

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Your nails look like a pen cushion.

If your nails have little white nicks and gouges—almost like an icy surface that’s been scraped up—those “pits” may be a sign of the skin disease psoriasis. While you probably think of skin rashes and irritation when you think of psoriasis, pitted nails affect between 80% and 90% of patients with the condition, concludes a study from Dermatology Research and Practice. In fact, some people experience nail issues before there’s any sign of a skin problem, the study authors say.

2. The constant hiccups

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…And they won’t go away.

Even holding your breath won’t make those hiccups disappear. If those hiccups persist for 48 hours or longer, a study from Taiwan reveals it could be a sign of lung or esophageal cancers, or stroke! Your central nervous system controls hiccupping, and brain issues and some types of cancer affect that system.

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Wanna Sleep Good Tonight…Then Drop These 5 Before-Bedtime-Habits

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*And I wonder why I have so much trouble sleeping. Not that you care, but the picture above might give you a clue. If you’re anything like me, you go to bed when you can no longer keep your eyes open. Seriously, you can hardly finish watching the movie because you are practically nodding. I know I’ve missed significant parts of some movies or TV shows I’ve recorded because during the last 15 minutes I managed to fall asleep on and off during commercials. So what do you do? Repeat after me: I finally decide to “stop and save.” Cut off the TV. And go to bed. But two hours later, I’m wide awake. WTF?

Now you’re going to find out exactly why that is.

You’ve gotten into some pretty bad habits doing certain things too close to bedtime. And it is those things that is redirecting your brain from its time to go nite-nite to major activity mode.

Michael Grandner, PhD, a psychiatry instructor and member of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at the University of Pennsylvania says, “When people suffer from insomnia or other sleep issues, it’s often because of something they’re doing, probably unintentionally, when they should be preparing for rest.”

So rest is something we have to PREPARE for?

Yes it is.

So if you want to get some decent shuteye at night, here is 5 MAJOR things you might want to avoid.

That last glass of wine for one.

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“Alcohol tricks you into thinking you will sleep better, because it often makes you drowsy and makes it easier to fall asleep,” according to Dr. Rosenberg. “But as your body begins to metabolize the alcohol, REM sleep, the period where our sleep is most restorative, is reduced.” Impaired REM sleep often leads to waking up tired and unable to concentrate, he adds. And a University of Missouri study done in 2014 points out that alcohol is a diuretic and may make you have to go to the bathroom throughout the night. The good doctor advises: For most people, it’s okay to have a drink or two with dinner, —but skip the nightcap or the glass of wine on the couch right before bed.