Covid-19 & Several Variants: NBA Plans All-Star Game During Players “short” off Season, Lebron James Reacts

The NBA decided to resume it’s sport during a global pandemic. The 2020 season ended covid-19 free but the players brief break may soon be over due to an All-Star game being announced. Professionals who powered through a non traditional, health threatening season seem non to pleased with the leagues decision and have began to speak out.

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“I have zero energy and zero excitement about an All-Star Game this year,” Lebron James said to the press. “I don’t even understand why we’re having an All-Star Game. He continued to detail the dramatically different circumstances players yielded to during a global health crisis adding “Short offseason for myself and my teammates. It was 71 days. And then coming into this season, we were told that we were not having an All-Star Game, so we’d have a nice little break.”

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The 4x NBA champion appeared blindsided by their move sharing “Five days (in March) from the fifth through the 10th, an opportunity for me to kind of recalibrate for the second half of the season–my teammates as well, some of the guys in the league. And then they throw an All-Star Game on us like this and just breaks that all the way up. So um, pretty much kind of a slap in the face.”

“The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street” film producer went on to express how the seemingly last minute decision is affecting his morale and potential health. “Were also still dealing with a pandemic, still dealing with everything that’s been going on. And we’re going to bring the whole league to one city that’s open, so obviously the pandemic has absolutely nothing to do with it at this point when it comes to that weekend. Obviously you guys can see I’m not very happy about it but it’s out of my hands. And I’ll be there if I’m selected. But I’ll be there physically, but not mentally.”

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Giannis Antetokounmpo also spoke out regarding the NBA’s alleged back track saying “I think every player was looking forward to those five days, seven days, whatever the days are. While staying united with James sentiments “We’ve got to all follow the big dog. The big dog says he has zero excitement and zero energy for the All-Star Game and I’m the same way. I really right now don’t care about the All-Star Game. We cannot see our families.” But did affirm his commitment to play despite the international circumstance. “I’m always gonna do my job, I’m always showing up, showing the right example. But at the end of the day inside, deep down, I don’t want to do it. I want to get a break.”

Milwaukee Buck’s player, Giannis Antekokounmpo seen surprising 15 youth from the area Boys & Girls club with autographed jerseys after ranking top ten on Dicks Sporting Goods Jersey Report in 2018. Source: C.T. Kruger/ Now News Group


South African Covid-19 Variant Surfaces in South Carolina & Maryland

The Covid-19 mutation first identified in South African has now surfaced in South Carolina & Maryland. Maryland announced it’s first case on Saturday and has ensured citizens that thorough contact tracing is underway. While South Carolina acknowledged the variants presence on Thursday. Health officials in both states are concerned due to the variation being more contagious and easier to transmit than the original virus.

The CDC released a statement on the South African variant saying the “CDC is aware that the first US documented cases of the B .351 variant of SARS-CoV2, which was first detected in South Africa, have been identified in South Carolina.

“CDC is early in it’s efforts to understand this variant and will continue to provide updates as we learn more. At this time we have no evidence that infections by this variant cause more severe disease. Like the UK and Brazilian variants, preliminary data suggests this variant may spread more easily and quickly than other variants.”

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Clinical trial results have shown that the mutations are reducing the vaccines potency and fear it will undermine efforts to vastly vaccinate. Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke on the Covid-19 variants stating “Clearly, the mutants have a diminishing effect on the efficacy of the vaccines. We can see that we are going to be challenged.”

A researcher for Harvard’s medical school namely “Dr. Dan Barouch said “it’s a different pandemic now.” Pfizer’s Chief Executive said the variants have a “high possibility” of causing the currently crafted doses to be ineffective but did remain optimistic saying “science will prevail” according to the Business Insider.


Subway is Being Sued For Fake Tuna

Something is fishy about Subway according to two California residents but it isn’t the tuna. Plaintiffs Karen Dhanowa & Nilima Amin used their attorney to slam Subway’s tuna sandwich as “anything but tuna.Claiming to have made the discovery while doing an independent lab test that studied “multiple samples” from Subway’s California locations. They went on asserting that the “tuna” is “a mixture of of various concoctions that do not constitute tuna, yet have been blended together by defendants to imitate the appearance of tuna.” They have not divulged what they believe the true recipe is but did express disgust in their filings saying we “were tricked into buying food items that wholly lacked the ingredients they reasonably thought they were purchasing.”

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They also accused Subway of “saving substantial sums of money in manufacturing the products because the fabricated ingredient they use in the place of tuna cost less money.” The duo is hoping to get their complaint approved as a class action in order to welcome other Subway consumers in the state according to The Washington Post.

Their franchises website describes the sandwich as “flaked tuna in brine” a company spokesperson told The Post that the depiction is current.


California Has 2M Covid-19 Cases Los Angeles Has Confirmed 1M

California has surpassed New York as the deadliest state due to covid-19 after a month long increase in cases. It’s health department reported 669 coronavirus deaths on Saturday bringing the states total fatalities to 32, 960. Los Angeles’s spiraling covid-19 infections rates pushed California over the top claiming half of the states totals. LA has one million people who are covid-19 positive. Those numbers make them the first U.S. city to attain the landmark. Scientist are rationalizing how the grim milestone was reached.

Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo is a epidemiologist at the University of California San Francisco and stated “L.A. is a pretty large, complex county with factors like overcrowding, poverty and a large essential workforce. Those things came together at a time in the pandemic where we also see a lot of fatigue and the lessening of adherence to the basic things one has to do to stay safe, like wearing a mask.”

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Public Health officials have credited the ease of restrictions in November as the reason for the rise which included celebrations that ensued when the Dodgers won the World Series @ NBC.

Source: California’s state dashboard- Covid19.CA.Gov

As of Sunday morning California had confirmed 2.97 million covid-19 cases and 33,393 deaths. Los Angeles slightly upticked with 13,996 new cases and 252 additional deaths.


UK Covid-19 Variant Surfaces In Illinois Could Intensify Pandemic according to CDC

On Friday Gov. J.B. Pritzker lifted some pandemic restrictions in Illinois but that action may be short lived due to the highly contagious virus that’s in town. The “Land of Lincoln” has documented its first case of the UK’s variant of Covid-19 according to Chicago public health officials. The SARS-CoV2 strain B.1.1.7 was first discovered in the United Kingdom during a study of Covid-19 samples by Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. This Covid-19 mutation spreads easier but is not currently presumed to be deadlier or more severe. The “B.1.1.7″ strain has the potential to dominate in the United States according to the “CDC” which reported that it had already been found in 12 states and throughout more than 30 countries.

“Modeling data indicate that B.1.1.7 has the potential to increase the U.S. pandemic trajectory in the coming months” according to the CDC’s report.

They went on to say “The modeled trajectory of this variant in the U.S. exhibits rapid growth in early 2021, becoming the predominant variant in March.” The CDC is also keeping a close watch on a different variant seen in South Africa (B.1.1.28) acknowledging that these divergents host a “constellation of genetic mutations” @CNN.


Covid-19 Mutation Forces U.K Citizens Back In the House

A new strain of covid-19 will have Britons pulling out the monopoly boards and updating their laptops starting Monday as recent lockdown restrictions reinstate. England’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson released a statement regarding the highly contagious covid-19 variant saying “As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than at any time since the start of the pandemic” according to the AP. Despite Britain’s efforts to speed up it’s vaccination program the virus has still managed to pummel London’s healthcare system with 26,626 people currently hospitalized marking a 30% increase from last week. Many people were already under binding restrictions due to the current strain being easier to transmit. The head medical officer warned that without swift action “there is a material risk of the National Health Service in several areas being overwhelmed over the next 21 days.” The U.K.’s covid-19 spinoff has also been detected in Saratoga Springs, New York marking the first case in the state.


Vice President Elect Kamala Harris Receives Moderna Covid-19 Vaccine

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris receiving Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.

The ceiling shattering Vice President-elect Kamala Harris received her first antidote of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday morning. Harris decided to receive the dose in an effort to boost public support of the vaccine. She reacted after the process was complete saying “That was easy! Thank you. I just barely felt it. I barely felt it,” she continued saying “I look forward to getting the second vaccine. Literally this is about saving lives. I trust the scientist and it is the scientist who created and approved the vaccine.” While also encouraging “everyone” when it’s “their turn to get vaccinated.”


Covid-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials Starting In Children

Frontline workers began receiving the Pfizer covid-19 vaccine last week now clinical studies have began regarding it’s safety for children. Moderna announced that adolescent participants were administered initial doses earlier this month. In a study that includes kids from ages 12 to 17. Moderna’s CEO, Stephane Bancel stated ” We are pleased to begin this Phase 2/3 study of mRNA-1273 in healthy adolescents in the U.S.. Our goal is to generate data in the spring of 2021 that will support the use of mRNA-1273 in adolescents in advance of the 2021 school year. The pharmaceutical company plans to enroll 3000 children for analysis. The vaccines are being tested in children as two doses with the second being treated as a booster shot.


Hospital Pauses Covid-19 Shots After 4 Staff Members Become Ill

Advocate Condell Medical Center in the Chicagoland area has halted Covid-19 vaccinations after a quartet of it’s staff members experienced adverse reactions to the shots. Four employees reported experiencing tingling and irregular heart rates not long after receiving the vaccine according to the hospital. An Advocate spokesperson released the following statement “These four team members represent fewer than 0.15% of the approximately 3,000 who have received vaccinations across Advocate Aurora Health. At this time, we can share three team members are home and doing well, and one is receiving additional treatment.” The medical center has reportedly paused administering the doses while they further research the cause @ABC.


Pandemic Pounds: Study Suggest over 51% of Americans Gained Wait During Quarantine

A recent study suggest that approximately 51% of Americans packed on quarantine pounds during the coronavirus pandemic. It also revealed that weight loss wasn’t a chief concern of those participants and weighed equally with missing family for the holidays. The survey was lead online by a “biotechnology firm” (Gelesis) between Oct. 26 and Nov 3 and showed that 71% of the examined said their self esteem was affected by the extra weight but they were delaying shedding it until the new year. According to the study “17%” would temporarily trade their social media accounts for a smaller frame. Gelesis “chief scientific officer,” Elaine Chiquette said “While our survey has found Americans have been motivated to develop healthier habits amidst the pandemic, it has brought to light how many Americans who want to lose weight continue to struggle.” Chiquette went on to say “In a year when we’ve already given up so much, our data shows that people would give up even more if it meant being able to lose weight by the end of the year and they remain hopeful about losing weight and feeling healthy in 2021” as reported by Fox.


Jeremih Testifies About Surviving Covid-19

Jeremih is the latest testament that prayer changes things. Just a few weeks ago the musician was hospitalized in critical condition with a “grim” prognosis but the singer ended up doing a 360 degree upward turnaround and has been released home. Jeremih has lived to tell his story and isn’t hesitating to do so after enduring a recovery that spanned more than a monthlong. On Tuesday the R&B singer-songwriter appeared on “Sway In The Morning” saying “What I can say is, it definitely is real,” in regards to the respiratory virus. “I didn’t take it for granted. And truth be told…I’m a living, walking testimony. I was really down bad for the last month and a half while I was in there. You know, I don’t even remember the day I went in. That’s how messed up I was. Jeremih further detailed his hospital stay to the best of his remembrance stating “I had the tube down my throat for about a week and a half. I was really like, in a dream. And I ain’t gonna lie, I woke up about two times and all I remember is just seeing a white light.” The Chicago born singer also revealed that he was diagnosed with a multisystem inflammatory syndrome which was a result of covid-19 but is rare which caused “all” of his organs to become “inflamed.” He recalled the near death experience sharing how his “heart went out, stopped beating and started beating irregularly. My kidneys went out. My liver started…to go bad. Mind you, I didn’t know what was going on at the time I was out.” The “Planez” artist spoke about his recovery and how he relearned to “walk again, eat, all that stuff.” Jeremih’s loved ones reported his discharge from Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital in early
December. The iHeartRadio award winner sent praises up saying “THANK GOD I’M STILL HERE.” Are you happy he’s on the mend but selfishly hoping for a Valentines Day single?

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7 Morning Habits of Super Successful People

The morning is the first fruits of your day, some argue that it sets the tone for the latter. Your likeliness of success can fluctuate depending upon your choices during those pivotal hours. Many of the worlds most lucrative CEO’s have divulged that waking pre dawn is their way to one up their competition. Writing a vision and making it plain has proven historically efficient in cranking out high end results but depends upon the authors abilities to stick to them. People are said to be “creatures of habit” and according to “Northwestern Medicine” individuals who don’t have any form of a routine have higher stress levels, lackluster health, poorer sleeping/eating habits and a higher probability of misappropriating time. Here are 7 morning habits of super successful people.

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  1. SLEEP IS KEY: Amazon’s CEO (Jeff Bezos) has credited waking up naturally after 8 hours of sleep as an ingredient to his success saying it’s “the needed amount to feel energized and excited according to Thrive Global.
  2. EXERCISE IS OPTIMAL: Microsoft’s co-founder Bill Gates told The New York Times that he likes to multi task in the a.m. with treadmill workouts while watching “great courses.
  3. THEY TAKE QUIET TIME TO REFLECT: Oprah Winfrey & Mark Cuban have both detailed that meditation is one of their morning staples. Research suggest that regular meditation is associated with decreased anxiety and better self reflection.
  4. AFFIRMATIONS ARE EFFECTIVE: The late Muhammad Ali said that “it’s the affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction things begin to happen. In other words, speak it into existence then work hard for it.
  5. JOURNAL: One of the greatest methods to set goals is to first write them down. Scripting your goals takes a thought and transforms it into something tangible and gives you a tool to default back to for motivation. It creates intention and is a way to hold yourself accountable later. Benjamin Franklin was quoted saying “what good shall I do today?” Steve Jobs said he asked himself every morning “If today was the last day of my life would I be happy with what I’m about to do today?”
  6. YOUR VILLAGE IS CHIEF: Many top entertainers and business leaders have revealed that morning time with family is a way to ground themselves before embarking on their day.
  7. NIX THE COFFEE: Sleeping causes dehydration due to not having enough (if any) water throughout the night. So beginning your day with water is a perfect way to kick start ones metabolism. Kat Cole the president of FOCUS Brands which owns “Auntie Anne’s, Carvel & Cinnabon says she wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning to drink 24 ounces of water. Many people have coffee as their first drink choice because it contains antioxidant properties but it also dehydrates. If a mocha latte is your morning must have demote it to second.

Which one are you implementing first?


10 Tips For Navigating Holiday Grief

Their is no rulebook for grieving. In fact grief is a completely normal & natural reaction to losing a loved one. The pain caused by the loss of someone you held dear can trigger a range of emotions that may include shock, sadness, anger or disbelief. These feelings are all custom to the individual and perfectly organic. Grieving is a marathon not a sprint so allow yourself the time to heal gradually however be vigilant and recognize the difference between grief and depression. If you notice yourself slipping into the latter be sure to contact a healthcare professional. If this sounds familiar to you this holiday season here are a few tips to help you cope.

1. Create a new tradition in memory of your loved one.

2. Buy a gift you would’ve given to your loved one and donate it to charity.

3. Say yes to help and accept the support of people who are trying to help you through the loss.

4. Make time for yourself to be quiet, pray, journal, meditate or listen to music as a way to recharge.

5. Volunteer in the bereaves memory.

6. Be honest about your feelings to those who are close around you. If you don’t want to spend the holidays in the way they envisioned let them know. Everyone doesn’t grieve the same allow yourself that fluidity.

7. Acknowledge that things will be different and perhaps tough and make extra time for pampering or self care. It’s always a great way to destress, you deserve it.

8. Talk to your family about whether a gift exchange is appropriate for you this year. Material things truly show their devalue after losing someone you love if your not feeling it, be empowered to excuse yourself.

9. Remember crying is perfectly normal. We’ve all had our moments so allow yourself that.

10. If the holiday blues is giving you thoughts of harming yourself or others seek help fast. Mental health is just as important as physical health and certainly nothing to be ashamed of promptly contact a medical professional.

The national suicide hotline is 1-800-273-8255


New Covid-19 Alert Can Inform You If An Infected Person Is Near

Covid-19 hasn’t voluntarily slowed down but the way we approach it has become more technologically savvy.

In the fight against the highly contagious virus health officials have deferred to cell phones to pump the brakes on spiraling infection rates. Google and Apple have agreed to allow “pop up notifications” in localities (where permitted) that immediately let you know if you’re in a close proximity to someone who’s tested positive for Covid-19. The alerts come from “state health department apps” and use Bluetooth technology to allow your phone to detect when you’re in the vicinity of an infected individual. The preventative feature can only be accessed by turning your phones Bluetooth setting on and is currently available in Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wyoming and Washington, DC as reported by CNN.


CDC Cautions Against Thanksgiving Traveling & Meetups

On Thursday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Americans against traveling for Thanksgiving. One million new covid-19 cases were recorded in the U.S. last week shattering prior records within that same time frame. Many new restrictions are subsequently taking effect and the CDC is informing Americans that the “the safest place to celebrate” is with “the people in your household.” They also suggest that people who plan to travel despite the pandemic continue to implement all social distancing guidelines which include but aren’t limited to wearing a mask “with two or more layers”, staying six feet apart from others especially the medically vulnerable and frequently washing your hands.


DaBaby Pays Tribute To Late Brother Sheds Light on Depression

During a snippet that lasted one minute long DaBaby pays homage to his late brother Glenn Johnson who died by suicide this month and spoke about his childhood upbringing and relationship with his sibling.

The short and sweet preview touched on the importance of not letting depression go unchecked and his unconditional love for his brother. The track is entitled “MY BROTHER’S KEEPER” and is scheduled to be released on Friday. The entertainer has currently received four “American Music Award” nominations. Are you keeping DaBaby in your prayers?


Tesla Owner Suggest Covid-19 Test Are “Bogus”

Earlier this week Tesla owner and creator Elon Musk decided to share his latest experience testing for Covid-19 eluding to the antigen test being flaky.

Musk alleged that while testing four times in one sitting “two test came back negative, two came back positive.” In addition on Tuesday morning Tesla stock rose dramatically after news broke of it’s intended S&P 500 inclusion shooting Musk’s wealth upwards by $15 billion. He is now in the running to for the “third richest” person in the world and can definitely afford elite testing. What do you think about his results?


Black Women Suffer With Hypertension According to Research

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health due to race and gender Black women are more likely to have high blood pressure than non Hispanic white women. In addition Black women usually out number Black men when it comes to high blood pressure which means they have the most cases in the country. The serious consequences of untreated hypertension are heart and renal disease and many times strokes as stated by PhD, MPH Allana T, Forde an investigator at the National Institutes of Health.

Forde’s specialty examines “racial disparities in health outcomes”. Which has concluded that almost have (42%) of “Black adults in the U.S. have elevated blood pressure.” Being vigilant” as a defense or “coping” strategy for racism was linked to higher odds of having the disease as reported by the American Journal of Hypertension and Health. Are you about to hit your doctors line for a checkup?


St. Louis is Asking Citizens to Self Contact Trace as Virus Soars

Covid-19 has ramped back up throughout the country and around the world and St. Louis has not been an exemption. Local residents are now being asked by officials to “self contact trace” due to the city “no longer” having the “capacity” to do so.

“The St. Louis County Executive” Sam Page said the city is now to overwhelmed to “contact everyone who test positive” for covid-19 or has been in “close contact” with someone who did. He also informed citizens that the city is only “weeks away from running out of hospital beds” if cases don’t decline in the midst of “reimposed” social distancing bans according to Forbes.


Pfizers CEO liquidates 5.6 Million of it’s STOCK

According to CNBC after announcing the Covid-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective the CEO of Pfizer (Albert Bourla) got rid of 132,508 worth of shares in the company that represented $5.6 million stocks in total. The transaction was allegedly apart of a “pre-scheduled” “trading plan”. This sale came after it’s shares rose 15% on the companies vaccine news. It is now being reported that the antidote has some pretty unpleasant “side effects” which mimic “a hangover.” If a company anticipates success then doesn’t it’s stock continue to rise? If the vaccine is indeed safe for the public shouldn’t profits/gains continue to increase? Is this business as usual or funny business?


Pfizer Says Studies Show Covid-19 Vaccine 90% Effective

Several drug companies are claiming to have the best antidote to treat Covid-19 on Monday according to CNBC namely Pfizer and BioNTech hailing it as a “great day for humanity”.

Both announced that their vaccine was 90% plus effective in “preventing Covid-19” in regards to individuals that had not contracted it earlier. Pfizer’s chairman and CEO Dr. Albert Bourla stated that this is perhaps the “most significant medical advance in 100 years”. U.S. stocks soared on the news with the Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 1,646 points. While ways to transport hundreds of millions of any vaccine worldwide still brings concern due to it’s need to remain in “supercooled temperatures” prior to distribution. According Bourla a “critical milestone” has been reached in the Covid-19 vaccine development.


7 Signs Your Relationship is Toxic

While every relationship has it’s challenges are you seeking a second opinion on whether yours is healthy or not? See if you notice any of these signs consistently that below:

1. Resentment- Not forgiving or holding on to grudges which builds over time if left unchecked.

2. Lying- If you or your partner are currently feeling the need to be dishonest it may be a sign that you can not be your true self and your relationship is built on false pretenses.

3. Repeated Disrespect- Forgetting landmarks in the relationship, crossing boundaries or having them crossed where lines have already been drawn, habitually late to important events, general lack of care.

4. Irresponsible with Money- Is your partner buying costly items without your input are they constantly looking for you to pick up the slack for their cash mismanagement.

5. Nonstop Stress- Finding yourself constantly tense in a relationship is a direct red flag that something is abnormal between a couple and can effect your physical, emotional or mental health.

6. Ignoring your needs- A great relationship is built upon both individuals being fulfilled or happy. It is a balance of power not a slave and master scenario. Both people should feel heard and loved. Someone who ignores your wishes or comfort levels yet requires you to go along with their plans is a definite sign of abuse of power and if not corrected would certainly lead to a toxic relationship.

7. Lack of Self Care- Are you withdrawing from things you like such as hobbies you once loved or neglecting your health or self care because you can’t find free time? Well you may need to do a double take at your relationship. Healthy partnerships ensure that no one is left behind. A loving partner is only going to be silent while you neglect yourself so long then they would care to give you that time or support to do so because they should want the best for you. If this is happening it may be time for you to reevaluate your priorities and have a serious talk between both parties.

Is the relationship salvageable?

If both parties are willing to invest and both show an attitude of openness/forgiveness and care accepting their own responsibilities or are on board with seeking outside mentorship or help then transforming a toxic relationship to a healthy one is possible just like changing a bad diet to a wholesome one however both individuals have to be willing to do the work separately and collectively.


NFL Punished Raiders & Steelers For Breaking Covid-19 Rules

While many people are currently out of a job due to the pandemic, NFL players are back to work with new protocols in an effort to keep Covid-19 at bay.

Rules that come with hefty price tags that as of recent the Las Vegas Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers can attest to. The Raiders team was fined a half million dollars and their head coach Jon Gruden $150,000 in addition to losing a first round draft pick. Some of the agreement breaches were not wearing a mask and throwing huge gatherings as reported by Yahoo. Do you think they know some mask cost under five dollars?


5yr Old Texas Toddler Dies of Covid-19

A child within the Amarillo Independent School District in Texas that was in the kindergarten has perished from Covid-19 according to KAMR an NBC affiliate. The parents reported that their child who “loved learning” died shortly after the diagnosis. They also stated that the toddler “became very sleepy” and started to “vomit” when they brought her to the hospital but showed no other usual signs of the virus such as a “fever or cough”. Lastassija White the mother said doctors told her the child would be “fine”. But the young girl passed within 24 hours of the positive test.


Al Roker Reveals Cancer Diagnosis

Al Roker, his wife Doreen and their three children.

On Friday morning seasoned meteorologist and morning tv anchor Al Roker, announced he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer during the NBC’s “Today” show. The longtime co-host stated that it’s a “good news, bad news sort of thing” revealing that the cancer was “caught” early but is “aggressive”. He also informed viewers that he’ll be taking “time off” to “care” for himself following this discovery.


No Mask No Problem at California Polls

California’s Secretary of State, Alex Padilla signed an executive order at the beginning of the year that prohibits voters from being denied at the polls for not wearing a mask. Voters who show up mask less will be instructed to maintain social distance practices by workers who have been equipped with ample PPE according to state guidelines. Do you think Covid19 will surge in California after the election? Does the risk for some already disenfranchised black voters outweigh the reward?



Artificial Sugar Vs Regular Sugar, Are Diet Beverages Superior?

Sugary drinks have skyrocketed and so has their consumption globally. According to recent studies conducted by the “Nutritional Epidemiology Research team” results have concluded that there is no cardiovascular difference between artificial sweeteners and regular sugar. Despite the use of sucralose, aspartame, or stevia the risk of suffering a stroke, heart attack, or poor circulation remained the same as regular sugar use. The beverage industry has pushed back saying past studies contradict new findings. Who’s looking for a bottle of water?


Black Breastfeeding MATTERS!

Did you know that while the benefits of breastfeeding are endless, black mothers are least likely to do so and for shorter durations. According to the American Civil Liberties black women have the lowest breastfeeding ratios at 69.4% of all groups. Are you aware that racial disparities exist in regards to such.

While economic status should not affect a woman’s right to provide her baby with the most optimum nutrition a 2019 study done by the CDC suggest great systematic gaps are evident. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from or during childbirth, more likely to be required to return to work before the typical 12 week maternity leave and are stigmatized for breastfeeding due to historical degradation and oversexualization.

While true economic, social, and racial barriers persist the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the latter for both mother and child & include but aren’t limited to:

-Gives 100% perfect nutrition for the infants/childs first six months of life.

-Contains life saving antibodies that gravely lower the risk of pneumonia, leukemia, intestinal diseases, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Asthma, allergies, ear infections, colds, diabetes etc.

-Provides natural birth control for first six months by preventing menstruation.

-Lowers mothers risk for breast cancer and heart disease.

-Flattens mothers abdomen by naturally contracting uterus during feedings.

-Burns up to 500 calories a day causing some mothers to drop weight effortlessly.

-Is BPA free.

And the list goes on. Who’s ready to throw out/ the formula and get a pump?