Here’s the Number One Reason African American Women Need to Protect Their Hearts

BY: - 4 Feb '16 | On the Web

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GO RED! It’s not just a catchy little phrase. It’s a movement that, when followed, has a great impact on the number one killer of Americans – heart disease. And, never mind if you’re a woman because, chances are, you’re at a greater risk than you may realize.

Heart disease and stroke kill 1 in 3 women, yet it’s 80% preventable. Additionally, African American women are twice as likely to develop heart disease more than any other group.

To help bring awareness to this issue, the GO RED campaign was started. On Friday, February 5th, we are encouraged to wear red to help bring awareness to this very important issue. As the number one killer, it’s strange to say “bring awareness.” But the truth is, as preventable as this disease is, women are not taking heed.

So, some women never see it coming. Some women can see it coming with a simple blood pressure or cholestorol check. Either way, one in three women are fatally hit by heart disease. If an African American woman is in the group, chances are, she’s that ONE.

Would you like to donate to the GO RED campaign? Click here!

African American women are twice as likely to develop heart disease more than any other group. However, the American Heart Association reports that “the good news is, African-Americans can improve their odds of preventing and beating these diseases by understanding the risks and taking simple steps to address them.”

So, exactly what does it mean to GO RED? Check out the video below and don’t forget to GO RED TOMORROW!

BMWK, will you GO RED?

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Joann Fisher wrote 127 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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Here’s How We Remember Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White

BY: - 5 Feb '16 | On the Web

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After a decades long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Earth Wind & Fire founding member Maurice White has quietly passed away on February 4, 2016. He was 74.

We honor his amazing contributions to the music industry and lift him up as an example of excellence in his field. It is this excellence that will leave an indelible mark in Black history.

Maurice White founded the group Earth, Wind & Fire in 1969. Considered one of the greatest funk and disco groups of all time, the group established its force recording such iconic hits as Boogie Wonderland, After the Love Has Gone, and September, seen in the video below.

White was a singer, songwriter, producer, and bandleader who received multiple awards. According to his website, he received the following awards:

  • 4 American Music Awards
  • 2 NAACP Image Awards
  • 6 Grammy Awards
  • The BET Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award
  • A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
  • A Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee
  • A Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame

 

Maurice was a father of two and will be missed. His brother Verdine White asks for privacy during this time of grieving.

My Dearest Facebook Family, Friends and Fans. My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully…

Posted by Verdine White on Thursday, February 4, 2016

BMWK, in his honor, what are some of your favorite Earth, Wind & Fire songs?

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Joann Fisher wrote 127 articles on this blog.

Joann Fisher has been a writer and editor for both print and online newpapers and magazines for the last 10 years. She now serves as a Writer/Editor at BMWK and lead Editor for The Joy Network.

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