VIDEO: I Made A Quick Appearance on “Love In the City” | OWN TV

I have been waiting anxiously for the premiere of Love In The City on OWN TV. I’d be lying if it wasn’t  because I knew I made a quick appearance.  Also, there are two breast cancer survivors featured in the docu-series. I think it does a good job of showing that there is life after cancer, and that life can be a positive one. So be sure to set your DVR or to check them out on Saturday nights at 10:00PM EST. I know I will!

Check out Tiffany Jones’ video below where I make my second ;-) OWN TV appearance. The first time, I got to meet the Big “O”!

If you missed it, you can watch the first 5 minutes of the show below:

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Why Black Women Die of Cancer | NY Times By Harold P. Freeman

Melinda Beck via NY Times

SINCE the early 1970s, studies have shown that black Americans have a higher death rate from cancer than any other racial or ethnic group. This is especially true when it comes to breast cancer. A study published last week in the journal Cancer Epidemiology found that, in a survey of 41 of America’s largest cities, black women with breast cancer are on average 40 percent more likely to die than their white counterparts.

The principal reason for this disparity is the disconnect between the nation’s discovery and delivery enterprises — between what we know and what we do about sick Americans.

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I am one of 21 Breast Cancer Survivors Sharing My Insights In A New FREE Guide!

I’m very excited to announce that I am one of the subjects featured in a new guide with 20 other inspirational cancer survivors. Each of us reveal our insights  and “secrets” for what we wish we would have known when we were diagnosed, going through treatment, and about our lives after cancer. Gai Comans who put this project together is a health and wellness advocate who has a passion for helping women thrive after their treatment for  breast cancer.

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A Great Weekend For Women, Food Justice, And Inspiration (VIDEOS)

Other than The Walking Dead, I don’t really watch much television consistently. I love to see the characters overcome unthinkable challenges week after week. Michonne and her katana sword are my favorite characters in the show. Even though there may be a lot of great things to watch, I simply don’t have the time for it. That said, I did catch parts of two important events, one on television and the other on my computer. I came away really inspired by what I saw and it gave me hope that everything is not just crappy scripted “reality” TV.

This weekend TEDxManahatan took place. I gained a lot more knowledge of the food justice movement and with information on how to support local organizations that are doing tremendous work in our communities and beyond.

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Green Matcha Chai Latte for Warmth and Cancer Prevention

It has been REALLY cold recently. Snow and ice are showing up in places that are completely unprepared for it. Fortunately, I have a temporary but noteworthy solution, a good-for-you drink that will warm you up and help your body stay healthy at the same time.

Matcha tea has been used by the Japanese for centuries. This finely ground green tea is loaded with a highly-potent compound called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCg. Of all the antioxidants, EGCg is known for its anti-cancer properties. Scientists at the University of Kansas believe EGCg to be approximately 100 times greater at protecting the body’s cells from free radical damage as compared to other teas. That alone is enough reason for you to ditch your morning coffee in exchange for this powerhouse elixir. If that doesn’t entice you, matcha tea also helps us to burn calories, it supports the immune system, and helps to detoxify the body. The best part of it all is that it’s flavor is much milder than the more common varieties of green tea and requires little to no sweetener. Matcha tea does have naturally-occurring caffeine but it is about half of what’s found in coffee plus it releases the caffeine into the body gradually while helping to regulate blood sugar levels.

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Elixir Profiles: Q&A with Latham Thomas

Latham Thomas is a graduate of Columbia University & The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Latham is a maternity lifestyle maven, wellness & birth coach, yoga teacher, and author. Her book is titled, “Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to a Fabulous and Abundant Pregnancy”. Her television appearances include The Dr. Oz Show, Fox News LIVE, CBS News, NBC-LXTV, and Inside Edition. She has been featured in the New York Daily News, New York Post, Time Out New York,, Whole Living, Experience Life Magazine, and The New York Observer. She lives in Harlem, New York with her 10-year-old son Fulano, a well known deejay, model, and all-around cool kid.

I reached out to Latham for a Q&A after watching her new interview series OM on the GO. In this show, she covers a variety of wellness topics. I LOVED all the episodes but her talk with Venus Williams really resonated with me on a deep level. Venus discusses how she dealt with illness and how she learned to develop a winners mentality despite the difficult setbacks. You can view that video by clicking the image below.

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The Definition of Dominican | Manhattan Times

by Sherry Mazzocchi

Photo: Sherry Mazzocchi | The Manhattan Times

A Dominican court ruling recently revoked the citizenship of all people born of foreign-born parents since June of 1929. The ruling applies to anyone born between 1929 and 2010, and impacts somewhere between 200,000 to 225,000 people, mostly of Haitian descent. 

That begs a question: What does it mean to be a Dominican?

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The Cancer Divide: Tackling a Racial Gap in Breast Cancer Survival | NY Times


Photo: Ruth Fremson | The New York Times

MEMPHIS — After her doctor told her two months ago that she had breast cancer, Debrah Reid, a 58-year-old dance teacher, drove straight to a funeral home. She began planning a burial with the funeral director and his wife, even requesting a pink coffin.

Sensing something was amiss, the funeral director, Edmund Ford, paused. “Who is this for?” he asked. Ms. Reid replied quietly, “It’s for me.”

Aghast, Mr. Ford’s wife, Myrna, quickly put a stop to the purchase. “Get on out of here,” she said, urging Ms. Reid to return to her doctor and seek treatment. Despondent, Ms. Reid instead headed to her church to talk to her pastor.

“I was just going to sit down and die,” she says.

Like many other African-American women in Memphis and around the country, Ms. Reid learned about her breast cancer after it had already reached an advanced stage, making it difficult to treat and reducing her odds of survival. Her story reflects one of the most troubling disparities in American health care. Despite 20 years of pink ribbon awareness campaigns and numerous advances in medical treatment that have sharply improved survival rates for women with breast cancer in the United States, the vast majority of those gains have largely bypassed black women.

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Give Back On Giving Tuesday: S.O.U.L. Food T-Shirt For Sale

Today is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The second annual Giving Tuesday is today, December 3, 2013.

Our wellness program at Columbia University Medical Center will begin in January. By purchasing our new SPEACH t-shirt, you can help us continue with this program, which brings holistic nutrition information, plant-based cooking classes, physical fitness, and integrative therapies to the hospital-setting for women in the community who have been diagnosed with cancer, their caregivers and even their children.

You can get yours here: www.theSPEACH/store

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Making Magic With Leftovers: Meatless Maduros Fried Brown Rice with Cashews and Vegetables

I like it when I can make my life easier. I also like saving money by eating at home. It’s the reason why I’m sharing the recipe for a dish I’ve been doing for years. This meal was inspired by a visit to Asia de Cuba in New York City, a restaurant that has since closed. Since I first tried it twelve years ago, I’ve made it my own. Unlike the original, my version is meatless and healthier but is equally delicious.

Eating the same meal over and over can get boring but by bulk cooking staple items such as brown rice, you can add different ingredients to enjoy a variety of dishes. You can also do this with cooked beans and other grains. Simply add spices, vegetables, eggs, meat or fish and you’ve successfully set yourself up for home-cooked quick meals that don’t require a lot of work.

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