June 8, 1998 |
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.
May 2, 2016 |
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.
October 2, 2014 |
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.
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.
October 1, 2010 |
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.
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.
March 6, 2000 |
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.
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.
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.
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.