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June 8, 1998 | By Ambre S. Brown, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Johnetta B. Cole had a take-home exercise in mind for the women attending the African American Women on Tour conference over the weekend. "The first assignment is to study yourself," said Cole, the former president of Spelman College in Atlanta. "And you cannot know yourself unless you know folks like you. And ultimately, you don't know yourself unless you know folks not like you. " Cole was one of three keynote speakers when the AAWOT swung through Philadelphia over the weekend attempting to empower African American women with tips on financial planning, health and beauty, communication skills, and stress management.
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May 2, 2016 | By Marie McCullough, Staff Writer
As sleety rain kept falling, the activists anguished about whether to go ahead with plans to lie on the ground on a recent Saturday evening. Their "die-in" was intended to symbolize the fact that, despite all the progress in taming breast cancer, it still takes about 40,000 lives a year in the United States. Imagine wiping out the population of Wilkes-Barre or Atlantic City. Every year. For three decades. Still, the demonstrators had to be pragmatic. Most members of their new group, MET-UP, had metastatic breast cancer and had to be careful to protect their fragile health.
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October 2, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Something about the models walking the DKNY catwalk last month in coifs that Lucky magazine called "slicked-down tendrils" - known in my hood as baby hair - tweaked my Queens-reared soul. I felt a similar pull in April when Marie Claire called Kendall Jenner's cornrows "epic. " Hmmph - no one ever declared mine anything but necessary for swimming in the summertime. That tug was followed by a twinge last week when Los Angeles Times reporter Ingrid Schmidt wrote a story about braids, referring to Bo Derek as their matriarch.
NEWS
October 3, 2011
Kathleen Coyne, director of Philadelphia's Cancer Support Community (formerly the Wellness Center), directed us to the most helpful groups, beginning with her own organization ( www.cancersupport-phila.org ) . Open to Options, a service of CSC, is a crucial tool for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. The one-time, one-hour counseling session can be done in person or by phone to prepare a woman for the talks she'll have with her doctor to plan her treatment. The session "really lessens the distress and anxiety" of those first meetings with the doctor, said Coyne.
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October 1, 2010 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
Janet P. Cash, a breast cancer survivor who became an advocate for African American women with the disease and presented a workshop on the matter at an international women's conference in Beijing, has died. Ms. Cash, 66, of Philadelphia's Wynnefield section, died of pneumonia at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Sept. 25. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy at age 35, said her cousin Jeanne Gee. A few years later, Ms. Cash became a "staunch breast cancer advocate," Gee said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2011
"WHY ARE African-American women less physically attractive than other women?" It's hard to believe, but that offensive headline appeared earlier this week on the Psychology Today website with an article about how black women are less attractive not only because of our heavier body mass index, but also because our testosterone levels supposedly make us look manly. Seriously? So not only are all black women fat, but we're also sporting mustaches? And we're all less intelligent, too. And we don't know it. Our egos are supposedly too inflated to realize that we're unattractive.
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March 6, 2000 | By Denene Millner, New York Daily News
You hear it so many times, but don't pay it any mind. Grandmama eats it, and Mama does, too, and they're just fine. Macaroni and cheese, greens and ham hocks, roast beef, sweet potato pie? Yum-m-m-m-m-y. Might add a little meat to the bones, but soul food won't hurt a sistah. Well, that's precisely what too many African-American women think. The truth is that the high-fat, super-rich foods African-Americans have been piling on their plates for decades are hurting black women in ways they never imagined.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2014
SANDRA LONG WEAVER spent roughly 30 years climbing to the top of the newspaper industry, only to be abruptly fired in 2011. Overnight, Weaver went from being one of the highest ranking people at Philadelphia Media Network, the former parent company of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com, to not knowing if she would ever work again. That's enough to rattle anyone, especially someone as highly thought of as Weaver who'd been a golden girl for her entire journalistic career.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2009
WITH NEW YEAR'S Eve - one of the biggest date nights of the year - looming, the last thing black women need is another reminder of how so many successful and attractive African-American women remain single. It's a touchy subject. Women in this situation are all too familiar with it. And there are countless reminders of the travails of being black, female and single: the novel "Waiting to Exhale," the now-cancelled TV show "Girlfriends" and Lifetime's "Sherri," to name a few. But the fact that African-American women are the least likely group to marry is back in the headlines.
NEWS
October 19, 2004
"When I heard my doctor's voice on the phone, I knew it was bad news. He said I had cancer. I felt like I had been given a death sentence. I said, "Tell me how long I have. " He said, 'Wait a minute. You don't have to die . . .' " THE WORDS are from Lucia, a survivor whose story is one of many included in a book for Latinas facing breast cancer. In both Spanish and English, "Celebramos el Manana/We Celebrate Tomorrow," the book covers the breadth of issues that accompany a diagnosis: denial, fear, family and money worries, and the fear that "People will stop talking to me . . . They will think cancer is contagious.
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May 2, 2016 | By Marie McCullough, Staff Writer
As sleety rain kept falling, the activists anguished about whether to go ahead with plans to lie on the ground on a recent Saturday evening. Their "die-in" was intended to symbolize the fact that, despite all the progress in taming breast cancer, it still takes about 40,000 lives a year in the United States. Imagine wiping out the population of Wilkes-Barre or Atlantic City. Every year. For three decades. Still, the demonstrators had to be pragmatic. Most members of their new group, MET-UP, had metastatic breast cancer and had to be careful to protect their fragile health.
NEWS
February 18, 2016
New Jersey's women are paid an average of 80 cents for every dollar men earn. The gap is worse for women of color: African American women make 58 cents to that dollar; Latinas, 43 cents. It's not equal, and it's not fair. When women are paid less than men for the same work, it's demeaning and illegal. It also deepens child poverty and reduces the Social Security checks of retired mothers and grandmothers. But it still happens even after a century of advocacy for women's rights. New Jersey Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D., Bergen)
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Craig R. McCoy, Staff Writer
For the first time, two African American women will serve as the top judges in the Philadelphia court system, the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday. The high court appointed Judge Jacqueline F. Allen as administrative judge of the trial division of Common Pleas Court, which includes the system's busiest and most prestigious criminal and civil courtrooms. The court named Judge Sheila A. Woods-Skipper, already the president judge of Common Pleas Court, to chair the system's administrative governing board.
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October 25, 2015 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
In its 30-year history, the Brooklyn dance company Urban Bush Women have performed their black, female, Africanist, and Americanist take-no-guff style on all the continents. Founded by Jawole Will Jo Zollar and nurtured by multiple other mothers and sisters over the years, its repertoire mourns for and celebrates the dancing bodies of African American women in their struggles and triumphs. The company opened Annenberg Center Live's dance series Thursday night. They began with Mash Up , a pastiche of some of the iconic Zollar moves UBW audiences have come to expect and love.
NEWS
September 6, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
African American women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than white women, yet are more likely to die of the disease. To some degree, this disturbing disparity reflects differences in patterns of care, which may involve socioeconomic factors. Studies show that black women tend to be diagnosed at a later stage and often have trouble accessing treatment. But that doesn't fully explain the racial survival imbalance, so increasingly, researchers are looking for biological differences.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
We've seen a lot of off-the-court photos of Serena Williams' enviable, feminine physique of late. The night Williams clinched her sixth Wimbledon and 21st Grand Slam, she wore a stunning ivory, jewel-encrusted gown to the Champions Ball, where she was photographed twirling with men's winner Novak Djokovic. In a series of Instagram beach selfies last week, Williams chilled on the sand in a cleavage-baring navy-blue polka-dot bikini. On Sunday, she went all Kardashian on us and posted a picture of her shapely backside in a monokini.
NEWS
July 14, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin and Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writers
Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby strode to the podium in the Loews Hotel's Commonwealth Room in Center City Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. It was reminiscent of when she announced in May the indictment of six Baltimore police officers in connection with the controversial death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. This time, Mosby was set to deliver the keynote speech at the Women in NAACP (WIN) Summit, a brunch that was part of this week's NAACP annual convention. Her vigor was the same Sunday, as she demanded that African American women "get off of the sidelines and into the game of progress.
NEWS
May 25, 2015 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
What's special about Timbuctoo can't be readily seen. The value of this nearly 200-year-old historic village of former slaves and free African Americans in Westampton Township, Burlington County, lies below the surface. Artifacts of the lives of the people who lived there are buried under decades of dirt. In a cemetery, the bones of soldiers from the Civil War-era Sixth Regiment U.S. Colored Troops also lay in the ground, undisturbed by progress and nearby suburban sprawl. On Saturday, about 100 people flocked to this stretch of trees and meadow, fully aware that what lay beneath their feet made the soil sacred and the day special.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2014
SANDRA LONG WEAVER spent roughly 30 years climbing to the top of the newspaper industry, only to be abruptly fired in 2011. Overnight, Weaver went from being one of the highest ranking people at Philadelphia Media Network, the former parent company of the Daily News , Inquirer and Philly.com, to not knowing if she would ever work again. That's enough to rattle anyone, especially someone as highly thought of as Weaver who'd been a golden girl for her entire journalistic career.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Something about the models walking the DKNY catwalk last month in coifs that Lucky magazine called "slicked-down tendrils" - known in my hood as baby hair - tweaked my Queens-reared soul. I felt a similar pull in April when Marie Claire called Kendall Jenner's cornrows "epic. " Hmmph - no one ever declared mine anything but necessary for swimming in the summertime. That tug was followed by a twinge last week when Los Angeles Times reporter Ingrid Schmidt wrote a story about braids, referring to Bo Derek as their matriarch.
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