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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Here’s What You Should Know Now

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

MATHEW KNOWLES WAS ON THE SHOW FRIDAY TO DISCUSS HIS BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS.WHAT ARE THE SIGNS/SYMPTOMS OF BREAST CANCER FOR BOTH MEN AND WOMEN?

For men and women, possible symptoms of breast cancer may include the following:

  • Changes to skin overlying the breast. These changes can include dimpling, redness or scaling.
  • Changes to the nipple which might include the nipple turning inward, redness or other skin changes
  • Discharge from the nipple
  • A lump or thickened breast tissue

REGARDLESS OF GENDER, WHAT CAUSES BREAST CANCER?
Breast cancer occurs mainly in women, but men can get it too because they have breast tissue as well. Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells can then form a tumor.

WHAT FACTORS MAY AFFECT A PERSON’S RISK OF GETTING BREAST CANCER?

These are factors that may increase the risk of developing breast cancer in WOMEN:

  • Being overweight or obese after menopause
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Not being physically active
  • Women who have never had children or who had their first child after age 30 have a slightly higher breast cancer risk
  • Some type of birth control and some types of hormone therapy
  • Having a family history or personal history of breast cancer
  • Certain genes
  • Having certain breast conditions

There are other risk factors, but these are some.

These are some of the factors that may increase the risk of developing breast cancer in MEN:

  • Older age
  • Family history of breast cancer
  • Liver disease
  • Klinefelter’s Syndrome
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Testicular conditions
  • Obesity

ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BREAST CANCER?
Yes, there are many different types of breast cancer.

SHOULD MEN DO CHEST SELF EXAMS OR ASK THEIR DOCTORS TO CHECK THEM FOR BREAST CANCER DURING ANNUAL EXAMS?

According to the American Cancer Society, “Careful breast exams might be useful for screening men with a strong family history of breast cancer and/or with BRCA mutations found by genetic testing. Screening men for breast cancer has not been studied to know if it is helpful, and mammography (x-rays of the breast) and ultrasound is usually only done if a lump is found. Men who are at high risk for breast cancer should discuss how to manage their risk with their doctor.” https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer-in-men/detection-diagnosis-staging/detection.html

AT WHAT AGE SHOULD WOMEN BE GETTING MAMMOGRAMS AND HOW OFTEN?

In general, the recommendation for when a woman of AVERAGE risk for breast cancer gets mammograms varies among different medical organizations often between the ages of 40, 45 or 50. Given the differing recommendations, it is important  ALL women discuss this with their doctor to find out when is right for them to get screened and at what intervals.

It is also important to remember that if a woman is at higher risk for breast cancer due to a family history or other risk factors, she likely needs to be screened sooner and she should talk with her doctor about this.

The most important thing is to talk with your doctor about this early.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT A FRIEND OF FAMILY MEMBER WHO HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER?

Simply be there for them. Ask them what they need and how you can help. Lend a listening ear, travel to appointments with them, help them with the emotional aspects of this condition. Be supportive and be responsive to their needs.

WHAT ARE TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE?
There are many different treatment options available. Which treatment is chosen depends on the type of breast cancer, the stage of the breast cancer and other factors. Therapies can include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy and other therapies as well.

WHERE CAN PEOPLE FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION?

American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org

CDC, www.cdc.gov. It is also important to talk with your doctor.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT DR. CAUDLE AT WWW.DRJENCAUDLE.COM, FACEBOOK AT WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/DRJENCAUDLE AND TWITTER/INSTAGRAM AT @DRJENCAUDLE.

 Dr. Jen is a board-certified family physician and associate professor at Rowan University. She frequently appears as a health expert on The Dr. Oz show, Fox news, CNN, HLN and others. Dr. Caudle graduated with honors from Princeton university and earned her medical degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry School of New Jersey.


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This month, we’re exploring and facing our fears head-on


This month, we’re exploring and facing our fears head-on

It seems pretty apt that because it’s October, and because Halloween is just around the corner (cue everyone’s mad-dash attempt at putting together a last-minute Halloween costume), we talk about facing fear. But at HelloGiggles, our morning office chatter quickly shifted from rumors of the Hocus Pocus reboot and plans for our next Netflix binge to more serious topics—like how we’d be calling an Uber home from this year’s parties, rather than braving the subway alone in the wee hours of the morning. Or how we were sick and tired of being afraid of catcallers, of dating who (and what gender) we want, and on and on. Our list of fears was longer than I think any of us realized upon starting what I felt like a pretty fluffy conversation. 

But it’s true. There’s a lot to be afraid of in today’s climate, when life and law and network television are all starting to look like one and the same. Where the news is scary, but what is left out is also a cause for fear. Where we post and click and share everything that happens to us—except for many of the big, momentous, life-changing things we keep quiet about. So how, we often find ourselves asking, do we get up and leave our apartments and live our lives in the face of it all? 

Sometimes we don’t; and that’s okay, as our writer Mackenzie Dunn learned when she decided to take control of her FOMO this month and just stay in. “[FOMO] is driven by a fear that our own life experiences aren’t good enough, which sparks a cycle of both anxiety and negativity,” she writes, before tapping an expert to show her how to break the cycle.

Others choose to look fear in the eye head-on, like writer Alex Morales did when she decided to get the BRCA gene test after keeping it on the mental back-burner. “The thought of getting cancer constantly took up space in my mind,” leaving me on edge,” she writes. “It wasn’t a daily software that I ran, but it would creep up on me suddenly when I thought about my mom or saw a movie where a character had cancer.”

Because that’s the thing about fear. It’s the big, gaping, panic-inducing moments and the smaller, nagging thread at the corner of our minds we’re convinced is going to unspool at any moment. And both types of fear are valid. This month at HelloGiggles, we’re facing our fears by embracing what our guts tell us—whether it’s to turn back or to cast doubt aside. In our month-long editorial series, For Fear’s Sake, we’ll be exploring everything from the best in female horror to personal stories about facing our biggest demons. Keep checking here for updates throughout the month. And whatever you’re afraid of, we hope you take comfort in knowing you’re not alone.

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September Is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month: Here’s What You Should Know

 September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. What is prostate cancer and how many people does it affect?

  • Prostate cancer is a cancer that occurs in the prostate – a small gland located under the bladder that starts as a walnut-sized gland early in life and grows over time. The gland produces components of the seminal fluid that nourishes and transports sperm.
  • Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide. The American Cancer Society estimates 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer and 31,620 deaths from prostate cancer in United States in 2019.
  • 1 in 9 non-Hispanic Caucasian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. However, if you’re African-American, the odds are higher, at one in seven.

What are the risk factors?

  • Age is a risk factor. That’s because prostate cancer develops predominately in older men, with average age of diagnosis of about 66 years.
  • Family history matters. Studies show that the risk of prostate cancer increases by a factor of two if one first-degree relative (parent or sibling) is affected. In other words, having a father or brother with prostate cancer can more than double a man’s risk of prostate cancer.
  • Race also comes into play. Prostate cancer strikes African-American men disproportionately, and is more common, aggressive and deadly compared to other racial groups such as Caucasian men.
  • Currently, African-American men are more than one and a half times more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and are more than two times more likely to die from the disease than Caucasian men. Additionally, the disease is more likely to be diagnosed later in African-American men than in Caucasian men of the same age.
  • Diet, obesity, sexually transmitted disease, and occupational exposures can also be risk factors.

What are the signs and symptoms to watch out for?

  • In its early stages, prostate cancer may cause no signs and symptoms. When symptoms do appear, they may include:
    • Problems with urination – flow, frequency, pain and burning sensations
    • Blood in urine or semen
    • Trouble getting an erection
    • Pain in the bone, lower back, hips, or upper thighs (a sign that the cancer has spread beyond the prostate gland)
  • It’s important to keep in mind that some of these symptoms are usually caused by other problems such as infection or enlarged prostate due to aging, so speak to your doctor as soon as possible if you experience these symptoms.
  • Most of the time, early prostate cancer grows very slowly so it’s important for older men and those who have a higher likelihood of being diagnosed with the disease – such as African-Americans – to be proactive in monitoring their prostate health by seeing their doctor and having physical exams.
  • Men, regardless of race, who are diagnosed with earlier stages of the disease – such as before the cancer has spread outside of the prostate – fare better with nearly 100% of men surviving five years and beyond.

Where can listeners learn more?

 

As Chief Medical Officer, Freda Lewis-Hall leads Pfizer Medical, the division of Pfizer responsible for the safe, effective and appropriate use of the company’s medicines and vaccines. Before coming to Pfizer in 2009, Dr. Lewis-Hall held senior leadership positions with Vertex, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pharmacia and Lilly.

Trained as a psychiatrist, Dr. Lewis-Hall began her medical career in frontline patient care and became well known for her work on the effects of mental illness on families and communities and on issues of health care disparities. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Lewis-Hall was named one of Black Enterprise’s “Top 50 Women in Corporate America” in 2015 and was the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association’s 2011 “Woman of the Year.” She earned her undergraduate degree at The Johns Hopkins University and her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine.  

  

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Yesterday, we shared the latest trailer from season 3 of OWN’s series, “Black Love.” We mentioned that singer and actress LeToya Luckett would be featured in the series with her husband Tommicus Walker. In an advanced clip from this Saturday’s show, LeToya spoke about hiding her identity from Tommicus during the month the two spent talking on the phone.

After 30 days, Luckett realized it was time to come clean about her identity. The moment was a cute one in their relationship.

See what they had to say about it in the video below.

Tommicus: Well on the phone she always told me Toya. She never said LeToya or of course her last name. She always just said Toya. So another Black girl named Toya…

LeToya: Why I gotta be another Black girl named Toya?

Tommicus: Because most Black girls are named Toya.

LeToya: No they not!

Tommicus: I didn’t say all of ‘em.

LeToya: [She told him] So, here’s the thing, my name isn’t just Toya.  He said, ‘Well, what’s your name?’ He said but before you say anything, I want you to know it doesn’t change anything about us. It doesn’t change the person that I’ve been talking to for the past month. My feelings are still the same for you. He gave me this whole thing and I was like, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t tell him anything, just keeping going with Toya.’ Basically, I said my name isn’t Toya. My name is LeToya Luckett. And he like took a beat.

Tommicus: You know how your timeline start going back. 96. Destiny’s Child.

LeToya: That’s exactly what he said, LeToya from Destiny’s Child? Man, I had a crush on you in high school, dawg.

Was it smart to keep her identity a secret for this long? Obviously it worked out in the long run. “Black Love” season 3 airs Saturday, August 10 at 9pm ET/PT

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A decision on whether Meek Mill will be retried in a drug and gun case has been delayed until later this month.

The 32-year-old rapper has been on probation most of his adult life over the teenage arrest.

His case was overturned last month because of credibility concerns about the arresting officer.

Meek Mill has become an activist for criminal justice reform after he returned to prison in 2017 for violations he blamed on his erratic travel schedule.

His lawyer, Brian McMonagle, asked the judge for more time to resolve the case. It was rescheduled to Aug. 27.

The judge allowed him to remain out on bail.

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How to Dress Like a 2020 Democratic Hopeful (Key Accessory: Elizabeth Warren’s Pride Month Rainbow Boa)

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There are 23 Democratic candidates running for the 2020 presidency, and all of them get dressed every morning. What they decide to wear is by no means the most pressing issue in this monumental election. Then again, neither is their preferred comfort food—and we already know what those are, courtesy of The New York Times.

What to wear for a job interview is a near-universal stressor, and everyone who takes the debate stage Wednesday and Thursday has willingly subjected themselves to a 16-month hiring process.

Sure, you could say the bar for a presidential wardrobe is low, considering the Donald Trump regularly tapes his ties together. But when nearly every candidate promises to restore “dignity,” “honor,” or another synonym plucked from Thesaurus.com to the White House, a small part of that promise includes dressing well.

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Earlier this year, we reported that former NBA player, Kevin Garnett wanted to avoid paying spousal and child support to his estranged wife of 14 years, Brandi Padilla.

Garnett earned $ 300 million during his tenure as a basketball player. Still, he felt that he shouldn’t have to dish anything out. He also petitioned the court for joint custody of the two children the former couple have together. The two are still in litigation, trying to determine what will happen. But in the meantime, Garnett will have to cut the check.

According to The Blast, Garnett was ordered to pay Padilla $ 100,000 a month in child and spousal support. This number is temporary until they can reach a permanent deal.

Padilla was requesting $ 46,000 a month in child support. She argued that she would have the children in her custody 95 percent of the time. She also wanted $ 146,000 in spousal support. She was also seeking $ 300,000 in legal fees.

The legal fee request was granted. Thus far, Garnett has put $ 75,00 toward Padilla’s legal bills. This is a good sign for Brandi.

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Post-Pride Month Reflections: ‘I Check All Boxes… Including the LGBTQ One’

I check all the boxes. I’m African American, I’m a woman, I’m left-handed, I’m divorced, and I’m bi-sexual. For many reasons, there has always been one area of my diverse self that I haven’t been comfortable discussing outside of close friends and family: My sexuality. I never felt it was anyone’s business. I worried about how I would be perceived. I wondered if it would affect my business. Now, as I’m traveling back from New Jersey after a speaking engagement where I spoke about unconscious bias in the LGBTQ community, it feels like it’s time.

I didn’t fit in with …

I have never felt as if I “belong” or “fit in” with the LGBTQ community. As an African American, with so many serious inequities and issues in my own community, LGBTQ issues have never felt like my fight.

Regarding transgender people, I was fascinated and perplexed with trying to understand what would drive someone to go through the psychological and mental challenges as well as the painful surgeries to be someone else. I also tried to avoid transgender people because I didn’t want to offend them as I tried to figure out the correct pronoun to use.

I have heard so many horror stories from friends who were kicked out of their homes, even as kids. When you take the time to research LGBTQ issues, you will learn of countless stories that will make you question humanity—a gay couple kicked out of an Uber car on a dangerous street in the early morning hours; a transgender woman who was not allowed access into 12 different hotels and had to sleep under a lifeguard station—people assaulted, followed, constantly harassed; and even killed simply for living their lives.

Stop hating, show love

I have worked in diversity and inclusion for over 20 years. It doesn’t matter what field you work in, we are all guilty of bias, but we can all fix it “if” we want to.

I confronted my bias and uneasiness around the transgender community by inviting a trans woman to lunch. We had some of the same concerns and thoughts. We laughed together. Most importantly, she became a person to me and no longer a label. I learned that the challenges and surgeries endured were so they could be themselves instead of someone else. I no longer avoid people in the transgender community. If I don’t know which pronoun to use, I simply ask, “how would you like to be addressed?”

June marked Pride Month for the LGBTQ community and Juneteenth for the African American community. As a 44-year-old African American black woman who is divorced, left-handed, and in a relationship with a woman for the past 11 years—I no longer care. I am living my authentic life on my terms. I have pride in myself, in my life, and in all groups that I represent. There are still things I don’t understand about people but that’s OK. I now recognize that my fight is anywhere people are treated inhumanely.

Stop hating on people because you don’t understand them. Stop making quick judgments based on what you don’t know. Be intentional about confronting the biases you have. Show unconditional love—I mean the total acceptance of humanity kind of love. You never know when you will need it in return.


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Boy Meets World‘s Danielle Fishel gave birth to her son one month early


<em>Boy Meets World</em>‘s Danielle Fishel gave birth to her son one month early

Danielle Fishel—best known for her role in the ’90s sitcom Boy Meets World and its sequel spin-off Girl Meets World—and her husband Jensen Karp welcomed their first child, a baby boy, on Monday, June 24th. They announced the news on Instagram Monday.

The newborn arrived a month before his due date, they shared, telling PEOPLE exclusively that Adler’s middle name, Lawrence, was chosen in honor of Karp’s father, who died 11 years ago. (Incidentally, it is also the maiden name of Fishel’s Boy Meets World character, Topanga Lawrence Matthews.)

“One week ago today, on 6/24 at 4:52am, Adler Lawrence Karp made his entrance into the world, 4 weeks early,” Fishel, 38-years-old, began the caption on her post. “My water broke on 6/20, one day before my work week directing at Raven’s Home ended and my maternity leave began. I was hospitalized that night and put on magnesium sulfate because Adler was only 35 weeks old.”

“Unfortunately, after doing an ultrasound, our amazing OB discovered fluid in his lungs that was not there during our last appointment only 10 days earlier—and thus we entered a nightmare we’ll never forget,” she recalled.

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One week ago today, on 6/24 at 4:52am, Adler Lawrence Karp made his entrance into the world, 4 weeks early. My water broke on 6/20, one day before my work week directing at Raven's Home ended and my maternity leave began. I was hospitalized that night and put on magnesium sulfate because Adler was only 35 weeks old. Unfortunately, after doing an ultrasound, our amazing OB discovered fluid in his lungs that was not there during our last appointment only 10 days earlier – and thus we entered a nightmare we'll never forget. We still don't have Adler home with us because the deeply good doctors and nurses in the NICU are working diligently to find out why the fluid is there and determine the best way to get it out. This has been the most trying week and a half of mine and @jensenkarp's lives but we have gotten through it with the support of our incredible family and friends who have shown up for us in unexpected ways. Jensen and I have also become closer than we ever thought possible and the love between us has grown exponentially as we have leaned on each other during both our highest highs and our lowest lows. We feel helpess and powerless and useless and we wanted so badly to follow our "birth plan," unsurprisingly none of which involved leaving our beautiful baby boy at the hospital for the first weeks of his life. We have also struggled with making this announcement – we are THRILLED Adler is here and we want to shout it from the rooftops but we know posting about his birth and it's complications opens us up to prying eyes – aka paparazzi staked outside our house, following our every move they way they did several times during my pregnancy. We are much too fragile for that right now and I pray wholeheartedly that we can have some space as we navigate these next few weeks. I can't wait to share more details about him with you (he hates having a poopy diaper for even 1 minute, he loves bath time, he has the cutest sneezes I've ever heard) and sing the praises of his NICU care team but I prefer to do that when Adler is in this crib in his nursery at home on a still unknown future date. P.S. the fox will be removed from his crib before he's ever in it. 👶❤

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I remember being a kid and first hearing about Noah’s Ark in school. Our teacher explained the “two of each animal” thing and called it “a miracle.” And immediately, I had to ask – “What happened to the other animals?” The teacher was confused. I said I knew that there were thousands of other animals alive – so, what happened to the other animals during the flood? The teacher looked at me weird, never answered and moved on, but it was hard to ignore that I figured out that even miracles can’t always be 100% perfect. And so here is Adler Lawrence Karp. Our miracle. He was born a month early on June 24th at 4:52 AM, days after he surprised us with not only an early birth, but with a shocking ultrasound that has since taken over lives. Despite months of clean bills of health, at the last minute, he developed unexplained fluid in both of his lung cavities. Our ensuing rollercoaster ride of emotion, terror, vulnerability and unadulterated sadness has been one we did not expect. Adler is currently in the care of incredible, thoughtful and outlandishly skilled nurses and doctors, yet we’re still in so much pain not being able to bring him home. But, @daniellefishel is a partner in every sense of the word, picking me up when I’m down, asking the right questions, giving the perfect amount of love during our numerous visits each day – and she’s already the parent I can only hope to be half as good as at some point. She’s been my savior, alongside our family and supportive friends, each willing to help, always asking for an update. Adler is already the center of my universe. He’s adorable. He has so much hair. It’s ridiculous. He looks like if Nosferatu was a newscaster. Or a Goth Marv Albert. And he’s fighting so hard every single day. I KNOW he’ll be out soon, kissing me back, ruining our lives, ready to board our ark. I’ve remembered that miracles still can’t always be perfect, but as soon as he’s feeling better, it’s going to be difficult to convince me that this little guy is anything but. I’ve included a second picture – one of the rare belly laugh moments, and public outings, from the past week when Danielle ordered a “seasonal fruit plate” at a nearby deli.

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“We still don’t have Adler home with us because the deeply good doctors and nurses in the NICU are working diligently to find out why the fluid is there and determine the best way to get it out,” Fishel continued. “This has been the most trying week and a half of mine and @jensenkarp‘s lives but we have gotten through it with the support of our incredible family and friends who have shown up for us in unexpected ways.”

“Jensen and I have also become closer than we ever thought possible and the love between us has grown exponentially as we have leaned on each other during both our highest highs and our lowest lows,” she wrote. “We feel helpless and powerless and useless and we wanted so badly to follow our ‘birth plan,’ unsurprisingly none of which involved leaving our beautiful baby boy at the hospital for the first weeks of his life.”

The actress also revealed she and her husband “struggled with making this announcement” because although they are “THRILLED Adler is here” and want to shout it from the rooftops, they’ve been dealing with “prying eyes—aka paparazzi staked outside our house, following our every move they way they did several times during my pregnancy. We are much too fragile for that right now and I pray wholeheartedly that we can have some space as we navigate these next few weeks.”

“I can’t wait to share more details about him with you (he hates having a poopy diaper for even 1 minute, he loves bath time, he has the cutest sneezes I’ve ever heard) and sing the praises of his NICU care team but I prefer to do that when Adler is in this crib in his nursery at home on a still unknown future date,” Fishel continued, concluding, “P.S. the fox will be removed from his crib before he’s ever in it.”

The actress announced her pregnancy in an emotional social-media post in January.

“I’m eating for two. I’m napping with wild abandon. Baby shoes. Baby clothes. (I’m shopping). I’m nesting. I’m reading books. I’m madly in love with my husband,” Fishel captioned a snapshot of three pairs of sneakers: one for herself, one for Karp (an executive producer of Drop the Mic) and one tiny pair for their little guy on the way.

“I cry at commercials. I’m a walking cliché. I’ve got baby apps. I’m confident. I feel inadequate,” she continued. “I’m showing one day and the next I’m not. I’m nervous. I’m excited. He’s due in July. We can’t wait. #BabyKarp2019

Fishel and Karp, 39-years-old, tied the knot in November 2018, which she confirmed in a sweet post. “Mr. & Mrs. Karp. Established 11/04/2018,” Fishel wrote on Instagram alongside a wedding photo that showed off the delicate lace short sleeves of her wedding gown.

Sharing another photo from the nuptials — taken by B.O.B. Photography — Karp wrote, “Today I married my soulmate. We were surrounded by family and friends and it was the best day of my life.” He jokingly added, “I also ate 3 donuts after dinner. Unrelated. @daniellefishel, I love you so much and thank you for giving me this smile.

Fishel reunited with her former Boy Meets World and Girl Meets World costars Ben Savage, Rider Strong and Will Friedle in early May, when the foursome posed together for a hilarious photo op. In the adorable picture, Fishel wore a black dress and a denim jacket and cradled her growing baby bump. Surrounding her in coordinating outfits, the three guys all placed their hands on their own bellies.

Fishel shared the image, which was taken during the cast’s appearance at Fan Expo Dallas, to her Instagram account, quipping in the caption, “Sure this was funny—but only one of us is taking 25 bathroom breaks a day.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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You know when a story takes over your entire day, when you just cannot think and do anything but stay gripped to those words and all other obligations seems so minuscule and nothing matters but reaching the endgame. Then you my friend have found the perfect book.

Summer is finally here – and we are so ready to lay out in the sun, faces engrossed in a ‘can’t put it down, mind altering, whisk me away to another world’, kind of read. This month has seen an endless supply of new releases and some old-new books. So, take a couple of minutes, grab a drink because here are the ones we’ve got our eyes on right now:

Next Girl To Die book

Next Girl to Die by Dea Poirier

This is the thriller that made me fall in love with the genre all over again. Claire Calderwood has never fully recovered from her sister, Rachel’s murder 15 years ago, so much so that she has now become a successful homicide detective. But the past has a way of always catching up- no matter how hard you try to escape it. From collisions of the past and present to a small-town history and unexplained occurrences, this murder mystery will keep you guessing every step of the way.

The Flat Share book

The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary

Tiffy and Leon are flatmates with a twist. They share a bed! But Leon is in the flat only during the day as he works night shifts. Whereas Tiffy is in the flat at nights and on the weekends. Their lives are so separate that they haven’t even met. The book deals with some real-life issues regarding destructive relationships, moving on and finding new love. A unique concept, cleverly written with warm and kind characters, that pull you in instantly.

I Owe You One book

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series, Sophie Kinsella’s latest stand-alone novel is all about finding love and compassion in the most unlikely of places. Fixie Farr is all about “Family first”, but since her dad passed away, Fixie spends all her time worrying about her siblings instead of striking out on her own. Then a handsome stranger scribbles an IOU on a coffee sleeve after Fixie saves his laptop and before they know it they are both neck deep in favours and IOU’s. The novel is cleverly written with witty characters, one-liners and a charming plot line- what more could you ask for.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine book

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant has trouble in social environments which stems from her unfiltered approach to everything in life. With her obsessive compulsive cleanliness and being a stickler for routine, she is the perfect Type A personality. The one thing she hadn’t planned for was the unhygienic IT guy that crosses her path. After an event bonds the two they become the unlikely allies that rescue one another from their lives of loneliness. Extremely late to the bandwagon but on it none the less, this is a must for any chick lit romance lover.

Twisted book

Twisted by Steve Cavanagh

After you’ve read this book, you’ll know: the truth is far more twisted. Twisted is a novel that certainly lives up to its name, this is a story of a troubled couple, a rising body count, unreliable memories and of characters that are nothing as they appear. The element of mystery is heightened because the less you know the more you’ll enjoy it. This psychological thriller will have you turning the pages rapidly to see what happens next.

The Mister book

The Mister by E.L. James

E L James, author of the phenomenal #1 bestselling Fifty Shades Trilogy, brings you your next guilty pleasure. Maxim Trevelyan, a boy living his aristocratic carefree playboy life, has his world turned upside down when tragedy strikes and he finds himself as the heir to his noble family’s estate. A role he finds that he is not prepared for and one that he struggles to face, when Alessia Demachi- a girl battling her own demons- comes along at the exact right moment. This is a Cinderella-eques love story with some very heartbreakingly sombre, humorous, loveable and erotic moments!

The House Across the Street book

The House Across the Street by Lesley Pearse

23-year-old Katy Speed lives with her family in 1960s Britain, she finds herself entranced by the house across the street. The house is occupied by a glamorous and friendly woman named Gloria who often has strange young victors. Then one night, the house burns down and the police arrest Katy’s father for the deaths of Gloria and her daughter. The novel shows Katy’s determination to uncover the truth behind the house across the street, despite the danger and the obstacles she faces.

The Plus One book

The Plus One by Sophia Money-Coutts

Polly Spencer, the eternal single journalist, spends her time writing stories about the royal aristocracy at celebrity gossip magazine ‘Posh’. With the new year looming she has decided to get her life together, which may or may not include finding love. Then her best friend is suddenly getting married and she needs someone by her side, like… yesterday. Polly’s not looking for ‘the one’, just the plus one. If you’re looking for the next Bridget Jones personality you’ve found it in Polly. This book has it all-Love, romance, sadness and sex- a rare find that is funny at times and moving at others.

The Sun Is Also a Star book

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

In 24 hours, Natasha- a girl who believes in science and facts- will be deported from New York City to Jamaica. However, there comes a little kink in this story, as she manages to fall in love with Daniel, a guy who believes that fate has something much more extraordinary in store for everyone. They have one day to live out a fully-fledged romance, this is a book full of heartbreak and heartbreakingly beautiful moments that I can’t even explain right now. Don’t question the logic- just feel the moments.

There you have it, Happy reading!

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Scouted: I’ve Been Sleeping on Brooklyn Bedding’s Hybrid Mattress for a Month. It’s the Best Sleep I’ve Ever Had.

Yes, it’s time to sleep on a real mattress, one designed and engineered to support your body and back for years. And while it’s an investment, it’s one worth making: You’ll be spending more time on this thing than you will in your car, on vacation, or on your couch. Budget for it accordingly.

Choosing your mattress is a big deal and requires careful deliberation — it’s also important to choose high quality and comfort in a surface on which you’ll be spending about a third of your life. Like sleep personality Nancy Rothstein told me back in March: “Before heading off to buy a new mattress, the first thing people need to do is look at the value of sleep.” That’s been on my mind since I’ve been sleeping on Brooklyn Bedding’s new Bloom Hybrid mattress — hybrid meaning it combines the versatility of foam with the steadfastness of coils.

It’s by far the most comfortable thing I’ve ever slept on, and my partner and I normally spend our first few minutes in it writhing in bed-comfort bliss — it’s probably adorable. But seriously, I enjoy this bed in three distinct ways. First is the entrance, the moment I lie in it and all my weight leans into its enveloping and comforting support. Second is the sleep. The common fatigue of restless nights is a thing of the past for me now. And third: Waking up is reinvigorating. I bounce up and out of bed and have been relying less and less on snoozes (this morning was only two!). As long as I can help it, I’ll never be going back to a mattress that’s anything less than this level of perfection.

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Celebrate National Kidney Month By Keeping Yours Healthy

It’s National Kidney Month – here’s what you should know about how to keep your kidneys healthy.

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CAUSES OF KIDNEY DISEASE, AND WHY SHOULD AFRICAN AMERICANS BE CONCERNED ABOUT IT?

Diabetes and high blood pressure are the main causes of kidney disease, and your chances of having diabetes and high blood pressure depend on a combination of factors, including your genes and lifestyle. Rates of diabetes, high blood pressure tend to be higher in the African-American community. For this reason, African-Americans have a greater chance of developing kidney disease.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY DISEASE?

Early-stage kidney disease usually has no symptoms. Many people don’t know they have kidney disease until just before their kidneys fail. If your kidneys fail, you’ll have to either go on dialysis or get a kidney transplant.

As kidney disease gets worse, you may have a range of problems including leg swelling, itchy or dry skin, anemia, bone disease, and heart disease. Other symptoms can be found on NIDDK’s kidney disease health information pages.

HOW ARE DIABETES AND KIDNEY DISEASE RELATED?

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney disease. Nearly 1 in 3 people with diabetes has kidney disease. High blood glucose, also called blood sugar, from diabetes can damage the blood vessels in your kidneys. The longer you have diabetes, the more likely you will have kidney disease, which is why it’s important to take steps to manage your diabetes.

HOW IS KIDNEY DISEASE TREATED?

You can’t reverse progressive kidney damage, but you may be able to avoid or delay dialysis or a kidney transplant with medications and lifestyle changes, such as controlling your blood pressure and meeting your blood glucose goal if you have diabetes. It’s also important to take all medications prescribed for you.

Other ways to manage your kidney disease can be found on NIDDK’s kidney disease health information pages.

WHO’S MOST AT RISK FOR GETTING KIDNEY DISEASE?

If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or a family history of kidney failure, you have a greater chance of developing kidney disease and should talk to your health care provider about getting tested.

African-Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians have a greater risk of developing kidney disease, mostly due to higher rates of diabetes and high blood pressure in these communities.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GET YOUR KIDNEYS CHECKED?

Many people don’t find out they have kidney disease until their kidneys are permanently damaged. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, or a family history of kidney failure, you should talk to your health care provider about getting tested.

Your health care provider will help decide how often you should be tested. If you have diabetes, for example, you should get tested every year.

IS KIDNEY DISEASE HEREDITARY?

The main causes of kidney disease, diabetes and high blood pressure, include a combination of factors, including your genes and lifestyle. A family history of kidney failure, as well as heart disease, also increases your chances of developing kidney disease.

WHAT CAN PEOPLE LISTENING DO TO KEEP THEIR KIDNEYS HEALTHY?

You can help protect yourself from kidney disease and its causes—diabetes and high blood pressure—by adopting a healthy lifestyle for your entire family. Try taking steps such as managing your blood pressure, making physical activity part of your routine, aiming for a healthy weight, and getting enough sleep – 7 to 8 hours each night.

This year, we’re encouraging people at risk to start the conversation with their health care provider by asking these three questions:

  1. Have I been tested for kidney disease and how healthy are my kidneys?
  2. How often should I get my kidneys checked?
  3. What should I do to keep my kidneys healthy?

Again, kidney disease usually has no symptoms, which is why it’s important for people who are at risk to get tested. Taking action now can help protect your kidneys.

HOW CAN WE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT KIDNEY DISEASE AMONG COMMUNITIES MOST AT RISK?

For those who are part of a church community, NIDDK’s Kidney Sundays toolkit provides tips and tools to spread the word about kidney disease in your faith communities. The toolkit includes materials that can be used by anyone who wants to conduct a Kidney Sundays event or activity in their community. And Kidney Sundays don’t have to happen only during the month of March. Any Sunday can be a Kidney Sunday.

The NIDDK also developed the Family Reunion Health Guide to help African-American families talk about kidney health. As families plan their reunions – which often happen during the summer months – we hope they will consider incorporating these materials to educate their family members about kidney health. And NIDDK encourages people to use this health guide to educate not just family – but friends, too – about kidney disease throughout the year.

WHY IS IT THAT SO MANY PEOPLE WITH KIDNEY DISEASE DON’T KNOW THEY HAVE A PROBLEM?

It can be scary to talk about kidney disease, which is why we have developed some questions which can be used to help start a  conversation with a health care provider.

Here are three questions to help you start a discussion:

  1. Have I been tested for kidney disease, and what do my test results say about the health of my kidneys?
  2. How often should I get my kidneys checked?
  3. What should I do to keep my kidneys healthy or manage my kidney health\

GRIFFIN P. RODGERS was named Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)—one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—on April 1, 2007. He had served as NIDDK’s Acting Director since March 2006 and had been the Institute’s Deputy Director since January 2001. As the Director of NIDDK, Dr. Rodgers provides scientific leadership and manages a staff of over 600 employees and a budget of $ 2.0 billion.

Dr. Rodgers received his undergraduate, graduate, and medical degrees from Brown University in Providence, R.I. He performed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His fellowship training in hematology was in a joint program of the NIH with George Washington University and the Washington Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition to his medical and research training, he earned an MBA, with a focus on the business of medicine/science, from Johns Hopkins University in 2005.


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‘I quit drinking for a month – this is what happened to my liver’

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One writer put a booze ban – and the Fibroscan – to the test

How much do you drink on an average night out? Two glasses of Prosecco? Three? A bottle – or two?

No judgement here. Personally, I fall onto the latter end of the scale, and add a couple of Tequilas for good measure. I’ll readily admit it – I’m a binge drinker. I’d never buy a bottle of wine to drink on a school night, but as soon as the weekend hits it’s a different story. I’ll spend Saturday evening knocking back the bubbles and Sunday afternoon glued to the couch eating toasted sandwiches and gulping down mugs of gravy (it’s a cure, don’t @ me).

And I’m definitely not alone. The UK has a bit of a bad rep when it comes to alcohol; according to a study by Drink Aware, 27% of Brits were identified as binge drinkers because they consumed more than six to eight units (between two large glasses of wine to four low-strength pints) in a single session. The Office for National Statistics found that 7.8 million people in the UK binge drink.

It’s hardly surprising, then, that there are so many campaigns to get people cutting out alcohol for a month. Whether it’s to offset the effects of an indulgent Christmas period, or simply to ‘detox’ and improve our health, 4.2 million of us vowed to quit drinking (for thirty days, at least) this January.

Giving up your favourite tipple for just over four weeks of the year can reportedly aid weight loss, decrease blood pressure, and reduce the risk of diabetes. On top of that, it’ll supposedly give you a healthy glow, shiny eyes and a new lease of life.

Waking up one morning with no memory of getting home and an empty bank account, I decided I wanted to try going dry. I was desperate to see if a month without shots and bubbles would really make a difference to my health.

My life might be wildly different. I could smugly run 10ks on a Sunday morning, and I’d never avoid reading my Whatsapp sent messages again.

But first, I needed to know what was going on inside. I had to find out what state my liver was in.

I booked an appointment with Consultant Hepatologist Dr. William Alazawi at London Bridge Hospital, part of HCA UK, about whether a month off the sauce can really make a difference to your liver health.

‘Let’s say it’s Friday night, how much would you drink?’ he starts.

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I cringe and consider offering a conservative estimation instead. We work out that my weekendly two-and-a-half bottles of Prosecco plus a couple of tequilas gave me a grand total of 26 units. Add to that what I’d drink if I had mid-week dinner plans and my average weekly total, rather worryingly, became 30 units.

For context, the recommended weekly is fourteen. FOURTEEN. I start to panic a little about what I’d been doing to my poor liver for the last 10+ years. How much does an individual have to drink before it starts having a negative impact?

Unfortunately, he tells me that there is no one-size-fits-all answer.

‘What we know is that continued harmful drinking at a very high level in excess of those recommended limits increases your risk of developing liver problems. But that’s not to say that everybody who drinks more than that is going to end up with cirrhosis,’ he explains.

So can thirty booze-free days really make a difference if you’ve spent as many years as I have torturing the poor organ?

‘If you stop drinking for a month, I can’t guarantee you that every last wisp of scar tissue will go away, I can’t guarantee you that the fat will go away, so I can’t guarantee you that your Fibroscan score will get better,’ Dr Alazawi admits.

‘But by stopping drinking, it can give a bit of breathing space. If someone is otherwise healthy, eats well, has no underlying genetic abnormalities that may predispose you to liver disease, then stopping drinking can help.’

It was time to bite the bullet and see what was going on.

So what is a Fibroscan?

A Fibroscan is essentially an ultrasound of the liver to test its condition and get a good idea of how fatty and stiff it is. It’s non-invasive, instead checking for inflammation using high frequency sound waves. The quicker the sound bounces back, the more supple the liver, and the more supple the liver, the healthier it is.

‘The most common thing we find when we do a scan is a bit of fat in the liver,’ Dr Alazawi explains.

‘Fat in the liver may represent being overweight, it might be associated with diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol – or it might be related to alcohol.

‘Over time, what can happen is that the liver can become very fatty. While that in itself doesn’t harm the liver, in some people the fat and alcohol can injure the liver cells themselves. So they’re no longer just sitting there with fat inside them but they’re actually now being damaged.

‘There’s inflammation because that’s our body’s response when there’s any damage, and if the injury doesn’t go away then you get scar tissue, and that scar tissue is called fibrosis and the extreme end of this is called cirrhosis. The scar tissue is harder than normal soft, supple liver tissue and that’s where the Fibroscan comes in.’

Dr. Alazawi began the examination by lightly knocking at my right side, attempting to find a good hollow point. Thanks to some rather inconveniently placed ribs, it took a little longer than expected to find the sweet spot. But once we got there, it was over in just a few minutes.

Using a pen-like device, he gently prodded the spot where my liver could most easily be examined through my awkwardly positioned bones and the readings began appearing on the screen. With every light pulse, new numbers and images appeared that I couldn’t decipher, but they were rating my liver for fattiness and scarring/inflammation.

After ten light pops, it was done. Easy. So what did it tell me?

As expected, the Fibroscan detected that my liver was a little on the tough side. Slightly stiffer than it should be, but nothing to be too concerned about, apparently. Phew. Maybe I could reverse the damage after all. But could I do it in a month?

The results of not drinking for a month

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I decided to conduct this experiment during a month when I knew there would be plenty of opportunities to drink – December. As my family and friends knocked back flute after flute, I was sipping on soda waters with fresh lime.

But I did it. A month without drinking – I felt like a new woman. I was sleeping better, I was more sociable on the weekends and my skin definitely looked brighter. Not to mention the money I saved. I was happy to bow out early at parties, meaning no costly 3am Ubers, and I was free of ‘The Fear’.

Satisfactorily smug, I skipped back to the London Digestive Centre to see Dr. Alazawi and find out if my booze-free month had made a difference to my slighter-tougher-than-it-should-be liver.

And the results were surprising. The Fibroscan read that my liver had indeed softened up dramatically after just thirty days – but the test also revealed that it was fattier. Huh?

The reason for this, Dr Alazawi explains, could be that the tests are not usually repeated so close together and the amount of fat in the liver does vary a lot from day to day. Also, when it comes to excessive fat it’s usually down to a combination of things: a healthy diet and lifestyle also come into play. So while cutting out alcohol over an extended period of time can help a fatty liver, it’s important to remember that it’s not the only cause. While the Fibroscan is used as an indication of liver health, it’s not an exact science.

‘The other issue is it’s not just your liver,’ Dr Alazawi explains.

‘[Alcohol] can affect the heart, the skin, the reproductive system, the brain, your kidneys. There are a lot of ways that alcohol can affect your body.’

But if thirty days booze-free doesn’t make that much difference to your liver, should you bother with these ‘detoxes’ or are they all just a fad?

‘If by stepping away from the booze for a month you also think about your diet, more exercise, if it makes you sleep better, gives you a better sense of wellbeing, makes you more positive, whatever it may be…. then it’s probably a good thing,’ he continues.

‘People might think about how they feel when they drink less, and that may well have a resetting beneficial impact throughout the year.’

Who should have a Fibroscan?

According to Dr Alazawi, NICE recommends that if a woman drinks more than 35 units a week, and a man 50, and they’re worried about their alcohol consumption, they should have a Fibroscan.

However, it can also give a good indication of what else is going on with your body – as I found out.

A week after my consultation, I got a phone call from Dr. Alazawi. Something had caught his attention after our meeting. Following the Fibroscan, I had several blood tests under his instruction just to make sure that everything was okay, and they detected that I potentially have an underactive thyroid which would need to be monitored regularly and could result in me taking lifelong medication. It’s something that affects my mum and sister, but without having the test done, I would have been none the wiser.

So whether you’re a binge or heavy drinker, or just want a peek at what’s going on with your liver, the Fibroscan can be used as a tool to see inside and get a good glimpse of your health.

For information, prices and to book a Fibroscan, visit www.hcahealthcare.co.uk

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6 Great Books to Read During Black History Month

During Black History Month, we encourage you to reflect on the contributions of our past leaders as well as current ones. We encourage you to seek knowledge from a mix of platforms. February is a powerful month, because Black folks worldwide collectively celebrate our achievements, so why not feed your soul with content. This month, we recommend 6 books that’ll pull at your heart strings or at least inform you of our accomplishments. Check out our booklist: 6 Books You Should Read During Black History Month!

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Bold. Beautiful. Poetic. Meet Xiomara Batista, a beautiful Afro-Latina from New York City who is deeply invested in poetry. Once she starts to grow into her bodily figure, her fierceness emerges. It is then that a Harlem star is born. Armed with a leather notebook, Xiomara jots her passions and frustrations down unapologetically. Struggling with feelings she has for a boy in her bio class as well as family issues with Mami, Xiomara puts it all on the line when she joins a slam poetry club.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Inspired by a short story she wrote in college about the police shooting of Oscar Grant, author Angie Thomas turned a brief narrative into a debut novel, The Hate U Give. The book, which follows Starr Carter, a 16-year-old girl who joins the activism set after she witnesses the police shooting of friend. Painful, yet inspiring, The Hate U Give shows how adversity can lead to action. In 2018, The Hate U Give was adapted and it premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Marley Dias Gets It Done And So Can You by Marley Dias
Reign on Ms. Dias! Marley’s debut book is inspirational. We get to see a young and determined influencer in rare form. In Marley Dias Gets It Done And So Can You, readers get an up close look at the young phenomenon who is committed to activism, equity and inclusion, social justice and knowledge. The New Jersey native, who is the brainchild behind the dynamic campaign #1000BlackGirlBooks uses this book to promote literacy, diversity, and the importance of community support.

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They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima
The story of Christopher Columbus is a classic one and his journey is a staple in the classroom. However, many have questioned his story. What is truth? Did Columbus get here first? In They Came Before Columbus readers discover (from the authors point of view) that Africans were already present in ancient America long before Columbus. Supported by journals and oral accounts, author Ivan Van Sertima makes a powerful claim backed with real sources that Africans made a mark in the New World and shaped our current civilization.

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Inspirational and empowering, get to meet 40 powerful Black women who made a difference throughout U.S history. Short and sweet, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History provides quick biographical notes about phenomenal leaders who include filmmaker Julie Dash, Gwen Ifill, and more. If you are among little researchers, we advise this book for their collection.

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women And The Space Race
Based on the Academy Award-nominated movie Hidden Figures which starred stellar actresses Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae, we get the bold narrative which explores four African-American NASA mathematicians. During their tenure, they shattered glass ceilings by providing calculations that were necessary to support space missions. A great read for STEM-focused students, Hidden Figures shows that Black Magic is found everywhere.

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Black History Month is underway, and black people are getting all the feels that come with historical blackness. The month of February signifies a celebration of all things black. Together, we collectively acknowledge the African American experience—dating back to 1619 when the first enslaved African pressed his feet onto American soil. It is only right to pay homage to our ancestors’ malleability, black excellence, and those who have impacted our history as well as the culture. It is also a good time to soak up all the unknown stories and marvels of our heritage. Plenty is surfacing online via social media. However, black books are the ultimate source to immerse ourselves in the resilience and wonderment of blackness past and present.

18 Best Black Books for Black History Month 

 

1. Incidents in the Life Of A Slave Girl

This slave narrative by Harriet Ann Jacobs was originally published in 1861 just as the American Civil War began. Jacobs fictionalized her own story on the horrors of slave life as a young girl, specifically one having to deal with the sexual harassment projected by her slaveholder and the physical violence of his jealous wife.

Best Black Books

 Incidents in the Life Of A Slave Girl, Thayer & Eldridge

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2. The Marrow of Tradition

Charles W. Chesnutt was a prolific black writer who could very well pass for white but refused to. This historical text, published at the turn of the century, depicts the Wilmington Race Riots in 1898. It focuses on racial politics, violence, and blackface during Reconstruction, and sadly, echoes events happening today.

Best Black Books

The Marrow of Tradition, Haughton, Mifflin, and Company

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3.The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man

James Weldon Johnson, the creator of the black national anthem, “Lift Every Voice And Sing,” shares the story of being raised by a black mother, but also believing that he was as white as his school-age peers due to his biracial heritage. His loss of innocence comes as he is discriminated against by his teacher. Throughout the text, Johnson gives firsthand accounts and observations of occupying two racial spaces, fitting into neither, yet being forced to choose one.

Best Black Books

The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man, Sherman, French & Co.

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4. Mules and Men

Zora Neale Hurston flexes her anthropology chops in this book that published in 1935. She gathers and documents cultural information from her native Florida, and New Orleans, and brings forth the beauty of common folk; their voice, their diction, their living, their way.

Best Black Books

Mules and Men, Harper Collins

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5. Invisible Man

This existential text told the story of a lone, nameless black man navigating a white world and, eventually, we find him so isolated from society to align and protect himself from the powers that be. It is an allegory for the entire black race, which is mistreated, objectified, commodified, and cast aside in such a way that it may as well be invisible.

Best Black Books

The Invisible Man, Random House

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6. Go Tell It On The Mountain

Christianity has close ties to the black American experience, and in many instances it is inextricable. Baldwin puts the beauty and the problematic on the page by way of a young man attempting to negotiate being black, religious, unloved, and possibly gay. Go Tell It On The Mountain is an exploration of identity and migration.

Best Black Books

Go Tell It On The Mountain, Knopf

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7. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

We are blessed to have this book in the world. Alex Haley documented X’s life-changing story for two years prior to his assassination. The book posthumously was published in 1965.

Best Black Books

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Ballantine Books

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8. Dopefiend

Long before the crack era of the 1980s, heroine wreaked havoc on black communities. Donald Goines, a brilliant writer of street literature captures the pain of addiction perfectly.

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Dopefiend, Holloway House

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9. Roots

Alex Haley’s family tree is the context for Roots. It tells the story of his matriarchal forefather’s journey from Africa, through the middle passage, and through chattel slavery and is carried on by his descendants. The text was integral to African Americans wanting to know their family roots, and sparking interest in genealogy.

 

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Roots, Doubleday

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10. For colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Ntozake Shange took the Black Arts movement by storm when her collection of choreopoems hit theaters. These monologues are rooted in black feminism and speak specifically to the intersectionality of race and sexism black women experience.

Best Black Books

For colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, Bantam Books

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11. Song of Solomon

This Nobel Prize-winning book traces the history of a black family and shows the nuance and complexity of black community rarely highlighted in mainstream literature—through Morrison’s remarkable storytelling and beautiful words.

Best Black Books

Song of Solomon, Alfred Knopf

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12. The Color Purple

If there has ever been a story told about black trauma, toxic masculinity, and survival, The Color Purple by Alice Walker will likely come up. The Pulitzer Prize-winning book made it to the big screen three years after its 1982 publishing date.

Best Black Books

The Color Purple, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

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13. How to Succeed in Business Without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America 

This list would be remiss without this text from BLACK ENTERPRISE founder and publisher Earl G. Graves Sr. His shoot-from-the-hip commentary on what it takes to be a great, black entrepreneur in a white world is just the prescription the black business world needs.

Best Black Books

How to Succeed in Business Without Being White: Straight Talk on Making It in America, Harper Collins

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14. The Coldest Winter Ever

The cold, harsh reality of drug culture bleeds off these pages. It effectively captures the allure of the game while serving its consequences as well.

Best Black Books

The Coldest Winter Ever, Simon & Schuster

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15. The New Jim Crow

Mass incarceration has long plagued the black community. While representing just 13% of the nation’s population, black people make up 40% of the prison population. Michelle Alexander links this disparity to the war on drugs created to militarize police and fracture black communities, but also exposes its lasting effect as well as its ongoing nature.

Best Black Books

The New Jim Crow, The New Press

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16. The Underground Railroad

If you ever thought the Underground Railroad was an actual railroad when growing up, don’t feel ashamed. Colson Whitehead puts that perspective in play in this Pulitzer Prize-winning, historical text. It is a refreshing fictional look at slavery.

 

 

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The Underground Railroad, Doubleday

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17. The World According To Fannie Davis

Numbers playing is a part of the black culture that is common, yet elusive. The life of a black woman numbers runner is written alongside the historical events and the backdrop of black Detroit.

Best Black Books

The World According To Fannie Davis, St. Martin’s Press

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18. Heavy: An American Memoir

This memoir is a reckoning of the internal and external conflict within blackness. Kiese Laymon lays out parts of his life in intricate detail, taking the reader through observations of violence against black folk and violence committed by them as well. This is the story of a life filled with contradictions, tragedy, and resilience.

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Heavy: An American Memoir, Simon & Schuster

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AT&T ‘Dream In Black’ Black Future Month Celebrates Black Creators

The AT&T “Dream In Black” Black Future Month launches by celebrating people who are making history now while shaping the new future. Black Future Month highlights inspiring black creators including Queen Latifah, Keke Palmer, Reginae Carter, Terrence J, Phoebe Robinson, DeVon Franklin, Zendaya, Van Jones, Vic Mensa, Lena Waithe, Omari Hardwick, Jamil Smith, Angela Yee, Baron Davis, and a slew of others.

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Black History Month, a time when we reflect on the leaders of the past who helped pave the way for black excellence today. It’s thanks to these great people throughout history that this generation has more potential to accomplish their dreams than ever before,” Queen Latifah said in a statement to Black Enterprise. “The black community is facing a new generation of infinite possibilities, if you can dream it, you can do it.”



Week-over-week, they will roll out their futurists and the display will culminate on the 28th with the last futurist being selected by you in a competition-style. The organization invites everyone to connect with AT&T this month by posting a photo/video sharing history in the making by using #DreamInBlack for a chance to be honored as the Dream in Black 28 Future Maker.

“At AT&T, we come to work every day to make a difference in people’s lives. That’s why we’re so proud to join in the celebration of Black History Month. It recognizes an extraordinary legacy of helping others. Our Black Future Makers campaign honors the great trailblazers who inspired the next generation of leaders called ‘The Dream in Black 28,” stated John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications.

In addition to selecting key figures, other initiatives have been added to the celebration. The organization has also taken the liberty to highlight movie and television shows that African Americans should pay attention to as they are currently changing the scope of how we view ourselves on television. Shows include True Detective, black-ish, Empire, God Friended Me, American Soul, The Chi, Power, This is Us, 2 Dope Queens, and Greenleaf, to name a few.

Additionally, to help celebrate, AT&T has created the Exclusive Dream in Black gif pack and keyboard emojis that represent nothing less than black excellence. The gifs have already been released but, the emojis will be ready to hit our keyboards shortly.

“We also work hard to align our business practices with our values,” continued Donovan. “A good example is our Supplier Diversity program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Through this effort, we’ve spent more than $ 158 billion with minority, woman, service-disabled veteran and LGBT businesses.

And we’re proud to see our employees stepping up to lead AT&T Believes campaigns in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, and elsewhere. These initiatives show our company’s spirit of service and commitment to a better future for everyone.”

AT&T continues to support organizations like Black Girls Code by supplying them with financial resources that allow young black girls to continue to create and innovate. Their latest check was a capital infusion of $ 350,000, which was used to increase access to technology and entrepreneurship skill-building opportunities for underserved and underrepresented youths.

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Chamillionaire Set To Donate $10,000 In A Black Founder’s Company For Black History Month

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Chamillionaire has opted for tech ventures over slabs but the Houston every man is still finding ways to give back. Cham announced on Twitter Friday night that he’s set to donate $ 10,000 to the founder of a black company for Black History Month.

“I was with my circle of peers, a lot of conversations about better ways to support black founders and entrepreneurs,” Cham says in the video. “More ways we can invest more money back into our communities. And since it’s Black History Month, I want to kick it off by donating $ 10,000 in a black founder’s company. Of all the money being raised out there, companies with black founders make up %1 and companies with black women founders make up .2% so we gotta do better.”

Cham says he’ll reveal more details soon but this is an amazing look, especially for a black start-up looking to make waves.

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15 Top Civil Rights Songs That Promote Freedom and Justice for Black History Month

During Black History Month it is important to reflect and think about how much change is still needed since the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s. To get inspired to continue to make a difference, take a look at these top civil rights songs you should have on your playlist rotation.

15 Top Civil Rights Songs 

1.Glory – Common ft. John Legend

‘Glory’ is a collaborative track by John Legend along with rapper Common from the soundtrack of the 2014 film Selma.The song contains powerful and meaningful lyrics, such as, “Freedom is like religion to us, justice is juxtaposition in us.”

 

2. Freedom – Various Artists

This 90s classic, featuring top music stars across several genres, including TLC, SWV, En Vogue, Queen Latifah, Patra, Michelle Ndegeocello, Aaliyah, and Vanessa Williams, was a major girl-power moment during the time. It is included on the soundtrack for “Panther” a 1995 Mario Van Peebles film about the controversial political group.

 

3. Harder Than You Think – Public Enemy

‘Harder Than You Think’ is the first single off of Public Enemy’s 20th anniversary album, which was released in 2007. The song was also selected by NBC to debut on their Super Bowl XLIX commercial. Public Enemy’s ‘Say It Like It Is’ is the backdrop for the Selma trailer. This song is definitely empowering.

 

4. One Love – Elle Varner

“I know it’s crazy to think of this daily; imagine no one needing guns, only once impossible maybe…” These lyrics are the opening words to this song, which revolves around the idea that one day we can change and have a peaceful world.

 

5. Black Rage – Lauryn Hill

This song was dedicated by the artist to Ferguson, to help promote peace and support those fighting for racial equality in Mississippi. There are sounds of children in the background of the song, and shares the factors she believes that inspires “black rage.”

 

6. Don’t Shoot – The Game ft. Various Artists

This song is also a tribute to Michael Brown. Purchases on iTunes go directly to the Michael Brown Charity. The heartfelt song brings together all your favorite rappers for an unforgettable hit.



 

 

7. We Gotta Pray – Alicia Keys

This song is inspiring for anybody, where the superstar sings, “Sirens everywhere, singing that street song. Violence everywhere, barely holding on…” The song was produced immediately after the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer involved in the death of Eric Garner. The three-minute long song begs for strength and peaceful protests. At the end of the video, Eric Garner’s face is shown.

 

 

8. We Shall Overcome

This song was made as a protest song, and became a staple song during the Civil Rights Movement. The song derived from a previous gospel song by Charles Albert Tindley. ‘We Will Overcome’ was published in 1948. Joan Baez performed the song live at the White House for President Obama.

 

 

9. Lift Every Voice and Sing- James Weldon Johnson

Also known as the “Black American National Anthem”, the song was first performed as part of a poem in 1900 in a segregated school in Jacksonville, Fla. Principal of the Stanton School, James Johnson, wrote the poem to honor guest speaker Booker T. Washington. The song has been redone by various artists including Ray Charles (his rendition below), Bebe Winans, Maya Angelou and Melba Moore. When Rene Marie was asked to perform the national anthem in 2008 at a civic event in Colorado, she caused massive controversy by swapping the words for the lyrics of Lift Every Voice and Sing. The Rev. Joseph Lowery also used lyrics from the song at President Obama’s inauguration ceremony in 2009.


10. Pride (In the Name of Love) – U2

A major hit for international sensations U2, this song become an anthem for peace, freedom and human rights. It was inspired by the civil rights movement and celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

 

11. Say it Loud, I’m Black and Proud – James Brown

The lyrics of this song focus on prejudice blacks in America have faced. It was released in two separate singles but both held the No. 1 spot on the R&B singles chart for six weeks. It also peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song quickly became a black power anthem.

 

 

12. I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers

‘I’ll Take You There’ was on the Hot 100 for 15 straight weeks, and eventually reached the number one spot. The song is also looked at as a “call-and-response” type of song. While it was released in 1972, it still remains one of the most recognized and successful songs of the century.



 

13. When the Revolution Comes- The Last Poets

Released in 1970, right in the heart of the civil rights movement, after the death of Martin Luther King Jr. The song was extremely fitting, and definitely caused a frenzy.

 

14. Get Up, Stand Up- Bob Marley and Peter Tosh

Marley created this song during his Haitian tour, after seeing the poverty stricken country. The song is symbolic for standing against oppression, and is a international Bob Marley legendary hit.



 

15. The Times They Are A’ Changin – Bob Dylan

In 1964, Bob Dylan produced the album: The Times They Are A’ Changin, and the first song had the same title. The album consists of songs that address racism, poverty, and plead for social reform and positive change. One of his most famous songs is this one, and Dylan says it was a song with purpose.

 

Don’t see one of your favorite empowering songs on this list? Let us know a few more in the comment box below or give a shout out to and follow @BlackEnterprise on Twitter or Instagram.)

 

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NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Keys usually attends the Grammys, but this year she’ll be there as a host.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that the R&B star will host the Feb. 10 show for the first time. The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Keys has won 15 Grammys.

She says in a statement, “I’m so excited to be the master of ceremonies on the biggest night in music and celebrate the creativity, power and magic.”

She adds that she is “especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!”

Kendrick Lamar and Drake are the top Grammy contenders, earning eight and seven nominations apiece, respectively. Brandi Carlile is up for six awards, while Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Maren Morris and H.E.R. earned five nods each.

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Emmerdale’s Kim Tate to return next month as she takes revenge on the Dingles for trying to kill her

KIM Tate’s return date to Emmerdale has been revealed.

The original soap superbitch – who is played by actress Claire King in the ITV soap – will make her village comeback at the end of next month.

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Kim will return to the village at the end of February or beginning of March

The actress tweeted fans to tell them she would be back filming this month and back on-screen from the end of February and the beginning of March.

It will be six months since Kim was sent back to prison for driving without insurance on a public highway.

She was left injured after being attacked by Faith Dingle and pushed through a balcony and onto a table full of champagne.

She is bound to take revenge on the family when she discovers who it was who brutally attacked her.

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Viewers watched in horror as Kim ordered the murder of her step-grandson Joe Tate after he fell in love with Debbie Dingle so killing them wouldn’t be

The Dingles aren’t the only ones who should fear Kim’s return.

Graham Foster has recently embarked on a relationship with Megan Macey which will put her in the firing line of the villainous multi-millionaire.

And while Graham has been secretly drinking he has failed to notice Nicola King and Robert Sugden’s scheme to take control of Kim’s business empire and millions.


And it has been revealed Kim won’t be the only Tate at Home Farm for long.

Before she was sent back to prison Kim told Graham to find her estranged son James Tate and bring him to her.


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January is National Mentoring Month. While the notable goal of this monthlong campaign is to recruit mentors for young people, let’s face it—we can all use a mentor through various aspects of our lives, particularly with our careers.

For that reason, we have collected our top articles with excellent advice about mentorship. Whether you are seeking a mentor or want to be a better one to someone, these articles can help you reach your mentorship goals.

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Dr. Christina T. Rosenthal is a dentist, social entrepreneur, and recently named Atlantic Fellow for Health Equity, one of nearly 300 people working worldwide to build fairer, healthier, and more inclusive societies. Just one year out of dental school, she opened her first private practice, and then later launched Determined to be a Doctor Someday (DDS), an initiative to develop the next generation of healthcare professionals who will be representative of the communities they serve.

5 MENTORSHIP MISCONCEPTIONS THAT MAY BE HOLDING YOU BACK

At several points throughout your career, you’ll need the advice of a trusted adviser or mentor, someone who can help you navigate career paths and transitions as well as the stages of business cycles and professional relationships. But take note, there are a lot of misconceptions about what mentorship is and who it is for—we’re here to clear a few things up.

HOW TO CONVINCE HIGH PROFILE PEOPLE TO MENTOR YOU

Paul Brunson is an entrepreneur who has been co-signed by Oprah, mentored Ed Neff, and the list goes on. He has some key advice on how to land high-profile individuals as mentors.

5 TIPS FOR FINDING THE PERFECT PROFESSIONAL MENTOR

If your desire is to procure an in-person mentoring relationship with a senior professional and/or executive, here are five key things you should understand before pursuing mentorship.

‘I NEED A MENTOR’: 5 SMART STRATEGIES TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ONE

Murray Newlands: “When choosing a mentor, I sometimes just knew if she or he was the right person for the job, while other situations led me to put a lot of consideration into it, before starting a relationship. In doing so, I’ve discovered there are some criteria that you can use to determine if someone will make a good mentor for you.”

 

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Aretha Franklin To Be Honored With Tribute Show Next Month

NEW YORK (AP) — The Queen of Soul will get a royal tribute from Alicia Keys, Patti LaBelle, Kelly Clarkson and more next month.

The Recording Academy and music mogul Clive Davis will put on the special concert — “Aretha! A GRAMMY Celebration For The Queen Of Soul” — on Jan. 13 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The event will broadcast later in 2019 on CBS.

Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar, Celine Dion, John Legend, SZA and Janelle Monae will also perform some of Franklin’s biggest hits at the concert. Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry will host the event.

Tickets go on sale Friday. Other performers include Common, BeBe Winans, Brandi Carlile, Chloe x Halle, H.E.R. and Alessia Cara.

Franklin died of pancreatic cancer in August in her Detroit apartment. She was 76.

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Off-White™ x Nike Air Max 90 “Black” Rumored to Drop Next Month

After receiving a few teasers and on-foot looks at the pending Off-White™ x Nike Air Max 90 in “Black,” it has now been revealed the highly-anticipated collaborative pair will release in January 2019.

Continuing with their collaborative efforts, Virgil Abloh and his Off-White™ brainchild have utilized Nike‘s coveted Air Max 90 model for the latest instalment. Dressed in a mostly black colorway, contrasting white comes in on the Swoosh branding, while suede and mesh paneling are strewn together, adding to the shoe’s deconstructed aesthetic. Finally visible stitching, bright yellow and orange accents, and an Off-White™ signature hangtag finishes off the entire look of this AM90 silhouette.

The Off-White™ x Nike Air Max 90 “Black” is rumored to be releasing at select Nike retailers, nike.com and the SNKRS app on January 17, 2019 for $ 160 USD.

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Little Known Black History Month: Dr. Olivia J. Hooker

Dr. Olivia J. Hooker turned 103 years of age this past February and in that same month in 1945, she made military history. Dr. Hooker, who passed away last week, became the first African-American woman to join the United States Coast Guard after being rejected by the United States Navy.

Hooker was born February 12, 1915 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. At the age of six, Hooker witnessed the Ku Klux Klan ransack her home during the violent Tulsa Massacre of Black Wall Street and was one of the few, if not the only, survivors of that moment in history.

The family relocated to Columbus, Ohio, and Hooker graduated from Ohio State University in 1937. The Delta woman attempted to enter the Navy and was denied due to her race.

She was eventually was allowed to join the Navy after contesting the denial, but Hooker elected to join the Coast Guard instead in February of 1945. Hooker was part of the SPAR (Semper Paratus Always Ready) division, a section of the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve.

This unit was eventually disbanded in 1946. The following year, Hooker obtained her master’s degree in psychology from Columbia University and worked with women in an upstate New York prison.

In 1961, Hooker earned her Ph.D from the University of Rochester and in 1963, she joined the faculty of Fordham University, teaching until 1985. She retired two years later, and at the age of 95, she joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the civilian reserve of the branch.

Hooker passed of natural causes on November 21 at her White Plains, New York home.


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Michelle Obama, Kelly Rowland And Ciara Celebrate National College Application Month [Video]

November is National College Application Month and to celebrate the occasion, Reach Higher has launched its “laundry” campaign in an effort to encourage high school seniors to apply to college.

Celebrities such as Keke PalmerKelly RowlandCiaraNick Cannon, and Michelle Obama have joined the social media outreach to students across the nation asking them to take the pledge and apply to college.

In exchange for making this commitment, celebs are (sorta) pledging to do students laundry for an entire semester.

“As a 19-year-old, I’m facing the same questions and fears that other people my age are facing. Reach Higher answers those questions while encouraging you to dream bigger, be better and take that next step towards your education. After all, I truly believe that with an educated mind ANYTHING is possible. College is the first step towards the life you want for yourself, and I believe every person – no matter what age – deserves that first step. It’s never too late to reach higher, ” said Bailee Madison, star of Hallmark’s “Good Witch” and “The Strangers: Prey at Night”.

Reach Higher is an initiative started by former First Lady Michelle Obama during her time at the White House.

“It’s National College Application Month and we want to see high school seniors all over the country make the commitment to apply to college. And we know that once they get to college, students will discover so much about themselves, their passions, and the world. They’ll take eye-opening classes and engage in campus activities.  And many students, if they are anything like me at that age, will learn to do to their laundry. We hope seniors will take the pledge and apply to college this fall,” said Eric Waldo, Reach Higher’s executive director.

Check out a clip from the campaign above.

Sign the pledge by clicking here and be sure to follow Reach Higher’s Laundry campaign on social media:

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Diabetes Awareness Month: What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

During Diabetes Awareness Month, we look at the differences in the disease.
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Les Moonves’ replacement Richard Parsons steps down as CBS interim chairman after a month, citing health reasons

Richard Parsons stepped down late Sunday as interim chairman of CBS barely a month after taking the job following Les Moonves’ departure.

“The reason for my departure relates to the state of my health,” Parsons said in a statement.

“As some of you know, when I agreed to join the board and serve…

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Viva Viajes: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Fort Lauderdale

Autumn is a time of independence across Latin America. Sept. 15, 1821, is recognized as Independence Day in Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica. Sept. 16 and 18 are the Independence Days of Mexico and Chile, and El Dia de la Raza, or Columbus Day, falls within the 30-day…

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ICYMI: Moschino x H&M, Fall Bridal Trends & the Best Bags of Fashion Month

Sure, we’re all glued to our phones/tablets/laptops/watches that barely tell time, but even the best of us miss out on some important #content from time to time. That’s why, in case you missed it, we’ve rounded up our most popular stories of the week to help you stay in the loop. No need to thank …

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From jazz to pop to salsa, it’s a hot month for live Latin music

When it comes to music, New York’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month runs through the end of October:

Bernie Williams, Oct. 12 at Schimmel Center

Former Yankees centerfielder Bernie Williams traded his glove for a guitar and played his way into a pretty good life after baseball — he’s now…

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Germany Exports Unexpectedly Decline For Second Month

German exports declined for a second straight month in August, defying expectations for an increase, preliminary data from the statsitical office Destatis showed on Tuesday. Merchandise exports fell a calendar and seasonally-adjusted 0.1 percent from July, when they decreased 0.8 percent. Economists had expected a 0.4 percent increase.
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