Fun Fact: I ruined my eyes by reading in the dark when I was six. I have worn glasses ever since. I've always been an avid reader. Looking back at my younger self, I have to chuckle because no book is worth needing vision insurance for life. But here we are and Warby Parker exists … Continue reading Nia’s Nighttime Reading List
Choose life and speak life - these are phrases I grew up hearing while growing up in the black church. Usually, they are used as euphemisms. However, there is a literal meaning we could glean from the specific phrase "choose life" in the context of our nation's healthcare crisis. The new healthcare bill is back … Continue reading In the Interim, Choose Life.
(Dedicated to the newest Choir of the World: the Oakwood University Aeolians. I am so proud of my HBCU Choir and what you all have accomplished!) During this past week, I got the fabulous news that my alma mater's premier choir, the Oakwood University Aeolians, won both the title of Choir of the World and … Continue reading A Balm in Gilead: What Music can do for African American Health.
Welcome to our last installment in our organ donation series. If you've missed the previous posts, you can find them here (part 1) and here (part 2). This time we will compare and contrast of the pros and cons of using social media to recruit organ donors. According to the digital marketing website, Smart Insights, … Continue reading Can We Talk: Organ Donation (Social Media Ethics)
I just wanna give a shout out this multimedia experience we have going on today! I mean come on - look at this slideshow. I'm done gushing over my handiwork now. Welcome back to our Can We Talk series on Organ Donation! Last week we did a basic 101 of organ donation - how … Continue reading Can We Talk: Organ Donation (Rumors and Truth)
Hey everyone - We are back with another Can We Talk series! *cues Tevin Campbell* This time the topic is organ donation. Organ donation can have a bit of a bad wrap - especially among people of color. And that means there is no better timing for some candid conversation about the topic. This will … Continue reading Can We Talk: Organ Donation (The Basics)
The other week, I was scrolling on Twitter and this video of a black baby gave me so much joy. There was this little dark-skinned, baby girl, just old enough to speak comprehensively, and she was looking in the mirror posing and saying, "I'm GOOOORRRR-geous, I'm GOOORRR-geous." Duh - anyone's baby calling themselves gorgeous on camera is … Continue reading Designer Babies and Blackness.
(A special thank you to Autumn Fiester - the professor who made sure we knew that healing physical ailments is just the first step. Compassion and empathy changes everything.) Get comfortable cause we are having story time. I was running to my Uber, trying to avoid an additional charge and my driver leaving me, when … Continue reading Compassionate Care: The Icing, Swagger, and Finesse.
True confession: I hate going to the dentist. I don't like the sounds of the tools, the toothpaste they use tastes gross, and God forbid if my sensitive teeth need a filling *insert scrunched up face emoji*. Mind you, I am totally grateful that I actually have dental insurance. But hey - some people don't like their vegetables. … Continue reading Why You Need a Health Accountability Partner.
So heres the thing - we don't sanitize slavery here. Not on this blog, not in my house, and not in my universe. Now a few weeks ago, I was doing some light reading on the slave gynecological experiments. I came across a scholarly article that was defending the reputation of of J. Marion Sims … Continue reading Slaves Can’t Give Informed Consent.