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Controlling other health issues reduces kidney disease risk

kidney 600Keeping your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol in check reduces the risk of developing kidney disease or kidney failure.

Some loss of kidney function occurs naturally over time, usually after age 60. For African Americans, the leading cause of kidney disease or kidney failure is not old age; it is having high blood pressure or diabetes.

Any of the three problems can exist initially (when it is easier to treat) without any outward symptoms. In addition, all three of them can kill you.

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Can Beyoncé’s celebrity reshape feminism?

Beyonce 600In a recent PSA to ban the word bossy, Beyoncé said, "I'm not bossy, I'm the boss," and little girls everywhere rejoiced.

Well, maybe that's not entirely what happened, but I'm sure it did.

Contrary to Bill O'Reilly's latest conspiracy theory, Beyoncé is not the cause of the downfall of society's children—quite the opposite. Mrs. Carter is just the woman we need to lead the discussion on leadership and feminism in the 21st century.

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All-white high school basketball team hails ‘white power’ after winning game

howell 600A Michigan high school has shocked residents with racist tweets sent last Thursday celebrating the Howell High School's boys basketball team's win over Grand Blanc, MLive.com reports.

According to the news site, several students are now facing disciplinary action for hailing their "white" team's victory following the 54-49 win in the Class A regional final that took place at Linden High School.

Some of the tweets, as reported by the site, included:

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Freedom Fund keynoter on a health-based mission

DrSampson 600When you release a book hoping that it will "start a movement," each time you speak in a public setting is an opportunity to extend a call to action. That's the position Dr. Sampson Davis will be in when speaks in Memphis on Thursday night.

The recipient of the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award (2000) and author of "Living & Dying in Brick City – An E.R. Doctor Returns Home" will deliver the keynote address during this year's 38th annual Freedom Fund Gala benefiting the Memphis Branch NAACP.

The venue will be the Grand Ball Room of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, with the gala to begin at 7 p.m.

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The GOP’s ‘culture of poverty” gambit

daniels 600The 2014 mid-term elections are just eight months away – and the Republicans are worried about black voters again.

They have good reason to be – that is, to worry about a repeat of 2012. Then, despite the best efforts of GOP-dominated state legislatures to block blacks' access to the polls, black voters' turnout rate surpassed that of whites for the first time ever. That achievement, along with the substantial turnout of both Hispanic-American and Asian-American voters, helped underwrite President Obama's decisive re-election victory.

Equally important, Obama's name on the ballot was only partially responsible for blacks' march to the polls, because the black vote had been rising markedly since 1996.

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