Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Weight Loss Book Specifically for Black Women

Black women are constantly fighting obesity in the United States. With so many different fad diets and pills out there, it is frustrating to come up with no results.

Weight Loss book "The Black Diet Doctor's Solution for Black Women", written by the late Dr. Robert Beale and his daughter Lisa Beale, brings an alternative to weight loss for black women.

Instead of listening to all of those diet ads and pills, the book explores eating and exercising strategies directed specifically towards Black women.

Lisa Beale said in the August 2004 issue of Ebony Magazine, "Our book offers all Black women who suffer with obesity and who struggle to reach a healthy weight a realistic solution for permanent weight-loss success."

"Weight is like hair - you are born with a certain type," says coauthor Lisa Beale. "However the type of hair you have determines the salon that you go in. Many Black women have been going in the wrong 'salon' and listening to the wrong 'stylist' for their weight."

You can check out the book and it's authors here, as well as get information on purchasing it.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Black Health: Black Actress Gabrielle Union Talks about being Raped and Beaten



Actress Gabrielle Union Talks About Being BRUTALLY BEATEN And SEXUALLY ASSAULTED While Working At A Shoe Store -™ 2008

As a 19-year-old college student, she was raped at gunpoint and beaten beyond recognition during a night shift working at a Payless ShoeSource. “I blanked out and had an out-of-body experience, like I was hovering above seeing this horrible thing happen to someone else—not me,” says Gabrielle, who got through the trauma partly because of an episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show she had seen days before on victims of violent crimes.

After her ordeal, she immediately turned to UCLA’s Rape Treatment Center. “It gave me my life back,” she says. “My dignity and self-esteem were gone and they helped me find them again.

That’s why I now lobby for state legislatures across the country to help raise funds and awareness for rape crisis centers, and I speak to college girls about what happened to me. My goal is to never hear the words ‘me too’ from someone after I say ‘I was raped.’ ”


Friday, July 4, 2008

Black Health: Female Rape Victims in the Military

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

I had a very close friend who described a situation in which she was "scheduled" to be raped during a field exercise by some of the men in her military unit that were not happy with her. Fortunately, there was a man in her unit who cared enough to tell her what was going to happen. I can only wonder what happens to other women put in that unfortunate situation. This is not to say that rape or sexual abuse occurs regularly in the military. But it is to say that when it does appear to have occurred, we should let them know that it is not acceptable.

The case of Lavena Johnson is one that not only brings tears to your eyes, it boils your heart. This young woman, only 19 years old, was found shot in the head, with a broken nose and acid on her genitals (a way to cover up DNA evidence in rape cases), with her death being ruled a highly questionable suicide. No one in the military is willing to thoroughly investigate the case, and they only say that the case is closed. I have done some research on Lavena, and my questions have certainly not been answered. A news story about her horrible experience is in the video below, and I encourage anyone who cares to pass this message onto others.