Sunday, December 12, 2010

Take Off Those Chains


Listen  to and share this program
The Conscious Plat Hour

A RBG RAW Sis-STAR to pay attention to is Conscious Plat.   A singer, writer, poet  and Warrior Princess; Conscious Plat is sharing her very personal but powerful reclaiming a bit of her African heritage by presenting her Naming Ceremony on her blog talk radio hour. Join us and share this powerful program while she speaks on the topic of breaking the shackles of the mind that still emulates the colonized repertoire of acts designed to destroy a people bit by bit.. by and by...She goes on to state that the naming ceremony is a package deal. In short she is asking people to begin to walk their talk and the reclaiming or renaming of one self is just the beginning of your journey.
Check her website out at

http://www.consciousplat.com/

Monday, March 22, 2010

Revolutionary Afkrikan Women - RAW!

Phenomenal Woman You Should Know!

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai is the founder of the Green Belt Movement, an environmentalist, a civil society and women's rights activist, and a parliamentarian. You can read about her life and her organization through her two books, Unbowed: A Memoir and The Green Belt Movement. You can also scan condensed versions of her life and achievements, including being awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize.

Since winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai has become a spokesperson for a number of important initiatives.

Both before and since she won the Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai has spoken about, and been interviewed on, a range of subjects.


About Wangari Maathai


Books

Wangari Maathai is the author of two books, Unbowed: A Memoir and The Green Belt Movement.

Wangari Maathai On ...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My Mother Breeds My Life


Like the sands of time your strength is the foundation of my world
Your spirit is warm and does the flirtatious dance of rhythm like the waves of the Atlantic Ocean
Calling me, come ...soothing me... oou
My Mother
Like the nucleus of an atom you are the fire that makes this family glow
Your voice is the authority of care and concern keeping everyone afloat
Your presence in my heart give me the strength to swim in the roughest waters

You never get the credit you are due My Dearest Mother
You breed my life...
When your soul becomes weary the coral reef of the family starts to falter
Your love... it must prevail
I Love the woman you are true ...Mother
You breed my life...
And I will always need you
Like the time I was in your womb
With the waters of your body you protected me
Through and through
And when I was borne you built that wall of protective water
To expand as I grew
Covering me and my new wave of a family
You breed my life
And I love you
Your sweet love and protection covers me like the armor of God covers those of us who proudly wear it
You face the unknown then you smile and bear it
You breed my life... and I know
I am blessed, but I am not alone
Everyone who has a chance encounter with you in their life
Feels that same blessing of water and love Mother you set the tone
No while we all got some pieces of you within
We could never flow like the waters of your love
Mother...You breed my life             
And I love you
© 2005









                                          St Croix US Virgin Islands

Thursday, February 11, 2010

SARCOIDOSIS: WHAT IS IT?

What Is Sarcoidosis?

Sarcoidosis (sar-koy-DO-sis) is a disease of unknown cause that leads to inflammation. It can affect various organs in the body.

Normally, your immune system defends your body against foreign or harmful substances. For example, it sends special cells to
protect organs that are in danger.
These cells release chemicals that recruit other cells to isolate and destroy the harmful substance. Inflammation occurs during
this process. Once the harmful substance is destroyed, the cells and the
inflammation go away.
In people who have sarcoidosis, the inflammation doesn't go away. Instead, some of the immune system cells cluster to form lumps
called granulomas (gran-yu-LO-mas) in various organs in your body.

Overview

Sarcoidosis can affect any organ in your body. However, it's more likely to occur in some organs than in others. The disease
usually starts in the lungs, skin, and/or lymph nodes (especially the lymph
nodes in your chest).
The disease also often affects the eyes and the liver. Although less common, sarcoidosis can affect the heart and brain,
leading to serious complications.
If many granulomas form in an organ, they can affect how the organ works. This can cause signs and symptoms. Signs and symptoms vary
depending on which organs are affected. Many people who have sarcoidosis have
no symptoms or mild symptoms.
Lofgren's syndrome is a classic set of signs and symptoms that is typical in some people who have sarcoidosis. Lofgren's
syndrome may cause fever, enlarged lymph nodes, arthritis (usually in the
ankles), and/or erythema nodosum (er-i-THE-ma no-DO-sum).
Erythema nodosum is a rash of red or reddish-purple bumps on your ankles and shins. The rash may be warm and tender to the
touch.
Treatment for sarcoidosis also varies depending on which organs are affected. Your doctor may prescribe topical treatments and/or
medicines to treat the disease. Not everyone who has sarcoidosis needs
treatment.

Outlook

The outcome of sarcoidosis varies. Many people recover from the disease with few or no long-term problems.
More than half of the people who have sarcoidosis have remission within 3 years of diagnosis. "Remission" means the disease isn't
active, but it can return.
Two-thirds of people who have the disease have remission within 10 years of diagnosis. People who have Lofgren's syndrome
usually have remission. Relapse (return of the disease) 1 or more years after
remission occurs in less than 5 percent of patients.
Sarcoidosis leads to organ damage in about one-third of the people diagnosed with the disease. Damage may occur over many years and
involve more than one organ. Rarely, sarcoidosis can be fatal. Death usually is
the result of complications with the lungs, heart, or brain.
Poor outcomes are more likely in people who have advanced disease and show little improvement from treatment.
Certain people are at higher risk for poor outcomes from chronic (long-term) sarcoidosis. This includes people who have lung
scarring, heart or brain complications, or lupus pernio (LU-pus PAR-ne-o).
Lupus pernio is a serious skin condition that sarcoidosis may cause.
Research is ongoing for new and better treatments for sarcoidosis.



What Causes Sarcoidosis?

The cause of sarcoidosis isn't known. More than one factor may play a role in causing the disease.
Some researchers think that sarcoidosis develops when your immune system responds to a trigger, such as bacteria, viruses, dust,
or chemicals.
Normally, your immune system defends your body against foreign or harmful substances. For example, it sends special cells to
protect organs that are in danger.
These cells release chemicals that recruit other cells to isolate and destroy the harmful substance. Inflammation occurs during
this process. Once the harmful substance is destroyed, the cells and the
inflammation go away.
In people who have sarcoidosis, the inflammation doesn't go away. Instead, some of the immune system cells cluster to form lumps
called granulomas in various organs in your body.
Genetics also may play a role in sarcoidosis. Researchers believe that sarcoidosis occurs if:
  • You have a certain gene (or certain genes) that raise your risk for the disease
  • —And—
  • You're exposed to something that triggers your immune system
Triggers may vary depending on your genetic makeup. Certain genes may influence which organs are affected and how severe your
symptoms are.
Researchers continue to try to pinpoint the genes that are linked to sarcoidosis.



Sites to Follow Up On
http://www.sarcoidosisonlinesites.com/index.html
http://sarcoidosis.ning.com/group/specialistdoctorsintheukforsarcoidosis/forum/topics/worldwide-directory-of
http://www.stopsarcoidosis.org/

Monday, January 18, 2010

RBG REVOLUTIONARY AFRIKAN WOMEN


 
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Its private and a safe space to talk about issues that are unique to women.
It is simply a training,sharing and caring center whose time has come.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Why Are You Eating Foods The Rats Won't Eat?

“SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION”




MONSTER FOODS


This blog is about genetically altered foods, and the damage it is causing human beings. This is an introduction to the dangerous, life threatening residual health effects it has on people. Keep in mind this is just an introduction about this issue. I urge you to do your own research and then share this information with as many people in your networks around the world that you can touch...or talk to. (Start at home in your own communities) But please do not take anyone’s say so about this or any issue as the word. I cannot stress the importance of doing your own research to see for yourself how these issues affect your everyday lives. How do start this research you may ask? Start with this post, I have listed many of the agencies and organizations you may want to start with follow up on the information given in the videos most of them are YouTube so you can research on there as well, go to your agricultural agency in your community and ask questions but do not stop there. You can also go the library and bookstores and inquire about this topic. Look for blogs on the topics too.
If you have anything to add to this post please do share your information, ideas, and thoughts.

1. WHAT ARE GENETICALLY MODIFIED (GM)/GENETICALLY ENGINEERED (GE) FOODS?
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are one of the most dangerous and radical changes to our food supply. These largely unregulated ingredients found in 60-70% of the foods in the US, are well worth the effort to avoid them.



2. HOW GM OR GE FOODS HURT US



In 1999 According to Dr. Arpad Pusztai, the world’s top GMO safety researcher at the prestigious Rowett Institute in Scotland, when fed supposedly harmless Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) to rats, they developed potentially pre-cancerous cell growth, smaller brains, livers and testicles, partially atrophied livers, and showed signs of a damaged immune system. Moreover, the results clearly indicated that the cause of the problem was due to the unpredictable side effects arising from the process of genetic engineering itself. In other words, his study suggested that the GM foods already on the market, which were created from the same process, might also create such effects




3. WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS GM/GE FOOD MARKET?
The Merchants, Big Corporations like Monsanto and other like Corporations, Organizations, Government…….



4. WHO ARE THE FOOD AND DRUG/HEALTH REGULATING AGENCIES?



5. WHAT ROLE DO THESE AGENCIES PLAY IN SUPPORTING THESE GE/GM FOODS?
If you will do the research on these agencies and MONSANTO (the corporation) you will see a revolving door amongst the officials of these agencies. You will then begin to overstand why, the reports and research that has supposedly been done on the foods to keep us healthy and safe from harm; are designed to be deceptive to the public. The reports are also done in favor of the MONSANTO so that this corporation and all its players get richer, while the rest of the world dies quicker.

6. WHY YOU NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER?
You and family’s lives are in danger. The food that you eat everyday without regard to where it came from and whether or not it is safe…..is literally killing you, your families and your communities. There are people out there making life and death decisions for you around you and about you without your input. You are responsible for your own safety. Get the idea out of your heads that the government is supposed to regulate and protect you. Remember Katrina, Remember 9/11. There’s No Such Thing as a Superman…. And Disneyland/Disney World is just a theme park. Not reality. WAKE UP FAMILY.

7. WHAT ACTION STEPS CAN YOU TAKE?
These are some action steps you can take but action is not limited to these and if you can think of any more please list.
• You can first of all do the research on this issue.
• Join Agricultural Groups that do not want GM or GE foods
• Avoid using GM or GE foods and products
• Avoid buying and eating GM or GE products
• Ask your local grocery store to provide a section of foods that are not GM or GE foods.
• Be a watchdog on the above listed agencies and MAKE YOUR VOICES HEARD AS A COLLECTIVE AND AS AN INDIVIDUAL.
• Write to letters showing you don’t want GM or GE foods
• Refuse to buy GE or GM foods
• Start a seed bank and share with other like minded individuals
• Educate someone else who is not as computer literate as you are
• Take this to your community meetings
• Save your seeds from foods that you know are not GM or GE foods
• Plant a garden or learn how to
• Grow something organically
• Teach others how to grow food
• Be diligent about protecting your family. Do not look for others to do this for you.

8. Who Are the Forces You Need To Collaborate With?
Agencies and groups that are already fighting these issues.

9. Does Collaborating Mean You Need To Be A Hot Sauce Integrationist?
Okay what does this mean? It means just because we have to join forces for the moment with people who in most cases have been our rivals, does not mean we have to compromise who we are or our culture. It does not call for can’t we all get along, we are all one people or selling out this is serious work and we have to overstand who we are and what we are fighting for. Make no mistake about this people, WE ARE AT WAR……..So right now this is a numbers game. There is strength in numbers. Let’s work it for what it is worth.

Everything You HAVE TO KNOW About Dangerous Genetically Modified Foods


Thursday, November 26, 2009

CANDI's Team: Community Engagement; Intern Training Project

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:
Integrating Services, Maximizing Resources













 

Dr Lopez and FAMU students look on as fellow interns present


Cultural Arts Natural Design International (CANDI) collaborates with the Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council (GFRC), Great Recoveries (GR), Communities in Leon,Gadsden counties, and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) maximize community resources while providing here and now work experiences for the Masters of Public Health Interns. These collaborations allow the theory the interns learn in school to be applied to the practice they get in the field.

CANDI is a progressive arts organization, that provides opportunities to increase protective factors and reduce risk factors for marginalized youth and their families by showing alternate positive lifestyle choices. CANDI provides education and awareness to the community on domestic/intimate partner violence prevention, substance abuse, HIV, and Hepatitis C prevention, via the arts.

The Community Engagement: Integrating Services, Maximizing Resources project originated with the Greater Frenchtown Revitalization Council. Under the guidance of Miaisha Mitchell
Executive Director of GFRC an organization that provides numerous services to the Tallahassee area known as Frenchtown and other surrounding counties.  Qasimah Boston Interim Executive Director of Great Recoveries and doctorate student of Public Health at FAMU is another key partner in the collaborative. Interns are matched with community collaborative partners in the Community Engagement Project.

The students participate as Interns for their community engagement course. Dr. Lopez's insight and collaborative spirit has enabled a win win situation for the community. Interns spend their volunteer hours using these opportunities to participate in learning the grant writing process, attend national meetings, trainings and other relevant networking opportunities, with such agencies as Center for Disease Control (CDC) National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) Minority Alliance for Advocating Community Awareness and Action (MAACA), Florida Department of Health, and other  local, national and international organizations.

On the slide show below the interns on team CANDI, present the
integrative technological skills they have gained during their internship with CANDI under the Executive Director Joyce Brown. The interns are presenting the valuable time-saving websites online that millions of people use everyday to help take collaborations, marketing, professional development and social networking to a new level. Interns working with Ms. Brown on the CANDI Team are Jhetari Carney, Sejal Smith, Crystal Henderson (Team Lead) and Kristal Hall.