Category Archives: Health & Safety


African American Organ Donation


By Sam P.K. Collins In North Carolina, African Americans account for more than half of the more than 3,000 patients on an organ transplant waiting list, a reality that has prompted healthcare providers’ and advocates’ calls to encourage organ donation among black residents. Outreach efforts in recent years have targeted black churches, local DMVs, health centers, and other […]

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HeLa Cells


Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951) was a black tobacco farmer from Southern Virginia who got cervical cancer and died when she was 31. Before her death, a doctor treating her at Johns Hopkins, took a piece of her tumor without telling her because he realized that her cells, unlike everyone else’s, never died. These cells named HeLa after Henrietta Lacks, have been replicated millions of times to create an endless supply of “immortal cells.”

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Special Announcement About Alcoholic Beverages


Read entire post so that you will know, I forgot to mention, we do not have alcohol at any of our events. We always have an excellent time at the reunion and food to no end… More

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Collins And Jennings Family


19-Jan-2016:  Hi Collins And Jennings Family!!! I created a Facebook Group, Collins and Jennings, because I've been trying to make an attempt for years to get the Rafe and Willie Clan together for my generation, as well as Deborah and Nihcole who is the daughter and granddaughter of Rafe. But it's been really hard for all […]

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ACA and African Americans


The Affordable Care Act is working in terms of affordability, access, and quality for African American families, seniors, businesses, and taxpayers. This includes African Americans who were previously uninsured and African Americans who had insurance that didn't provide them with adequate coverage and financial security. African American families have more security, and many of those […]

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Deep Vein Thrombosis


African Americans Face Higher DVT Risk: In 2009, the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services warned that African Americans were at a much higher risk for DVT and pulmonary embolism than people of other ethnic backgrounds…

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Racial Difference in Blood Clotting


The formation of blood clots follows a different molecular route in African Americans versus European Americans, providing a new understanding of the effects of race on heart disease…

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Aunt Deborah’s Crawfish Etouffee


Ingredients 1 1/2 Tbsp. Lawry’s Seasoned Salt or to taste. Creole Seasoning is okay, but be careful of not over salting. Black Pepper to taste 1 or 2 Pinches of Cayenne Pepper, or pepper flakes 4 Tbsp. Butter 2 Tbsp. Butter (last 5 minutes of cooking) 1 1/2 Cups Onion, Finely Chopped 1/2 Cup Celery, Finely […]

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#BlackLivesMatter: Is Our Health Care System Fundamentally Racist?


Exhibit A:  A young white woman visits a medical clinic with acute pain in her lower abdomen. She’s preliminarily diagnosed with appendicitis. A young black women visits the same clinic with identical symptoms. She’s given a diagnosis of pelvic inflammatory disease, which usually is the result of an untreated sexually transmitted disease. Exhibit B: Among […]

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Walking Can Add Minutes to Your Life


I just had to re post this Facebook post from Cut’n Ruth Spillers. She is so funny. Walking can add minutes to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month.

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