September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month. People who inherit one sickle cell gene and one normal gene have sickle cell trait (SCT). People with SCT usually do not have any of the symptoms of sickle cell disease (SCD), but they can pass the trait on to their children.
If both parents have SCT, there is a 50% chance that any child of theirs also will have SCT, if the child inherits the sickle cell gene from one of the parents. Such children will not have symptoms of SCD, but they can pass SCT on to their children.
And if both parents have SCT, there is a 25% (or 1 in 4) chance that any child of theirs will have SCD. There is the same 25% chance that the child will not have SCD or SCT.
A woman with SCD is more likely to have problems during pregnancy that can affect her health and the health of the unborn baby than a woman without SCD.
During pregnancy the disease can become more severe, and pain episodes can occur more often. A pregnant woman with SCD is at a higher risk of preterm labor, having a low birth weight baby or other complications.
However, with early prenatal care and careful monitoring throughout pregnancy, a woman with SCD can have a healthy pregnancy.
SCD is recessive, which means that both parents must pass on the sickle cell gene for a child to be born with SCD. During pregnancy there is a test to find out if the baby will have SCD or SCT. The test usually is done after the second month of pregnancy.
Women who have SCT also can have a healthy pregnancy. Women with SCD or SCT might want to see a genetic counselor for information about the disease and the chances that SCD or SCT will be passed to their baby.
For more information, call Las Vegas All Women’s Care at (702) 522-9640. Or visit us at 700 Shadow Lane #165 in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Black Image Magazine is proud to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the 3rd Annual Las Vegas Caravan for Mammogram on October 3, 2020. The socially-distanced event will again focus on the health of Black women — who are more likely than their white counterparts to die of breast cancer, and can save their lives with strong preventative measures.
This free event will bring local and national awareness to the benefits of good breast health practices, with ladies gathering in the parking lot of Dr. Annette Mayes’ Las Vegas All Women’s Care office at 700 Shadow Lane. Each participant will receive a free pink bag filled with decorations for their individual cars. Once the decorations are complete, the women will raise awareness with a parade-formation caravan down the Las Vegas Strip.
According to founder and coordinator Kimberly Bailey Tureaud, “Las Vegas Black Image Magazine is very excited to have ladies join us for Las Vegas Caravan for Mammogram in its third year. This is a wonderful opportunity for encouraging women of color to take care of their breast health through healthy preventative action.”
For additional information on participating in this free event, call (702) 810-5631.
Mental health awareness is on the rise. One out of five Americans — an estimated 46.6 million people — have some sort of mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Some choose to ignore their condition and others lack access to services.
I recently helped a young woman who wanted to be my roommate. She moved from another state and we met through a mutual friend. After a week’s stay with me, to see if it was a good fit, I realized that she had mental health issues that were not disclosed to me. Her old roommate called to inform me that she was in denial about having schizophrenia and depression.
She was suffering from an episode of psychosis — which leaves a person unable to think clearly, detached from reality, and suffering from severe emotional distress. She ended up having a panic attack, on the ground and unable to speak when the ambulance found her one block from my house. When I arrived to identify her, she was not able to comprehend what was going on.
I was incredibly sad at that moment because I had never experienced anything like this before. I did not know how to help her and I was very confused about everything that took place. This is an extreme case of mental illness that can consume an individual if they are not taking care of themselves and receiving the help or care they need.
Some other mild cases could be as simple as suffering from anxiety or stress. We need to be aware of what great mental health looks like and how to achieve this in our daily life. Here are some steps I take on a daily basis.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows Black Americans have been infected and hospitalized with COVID-19 at higher rates than other racial or ethnic groups. Black Americans make up nearly 28% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and account for more than 18% of COVID-19 deaths, although they compose only 13% of the U.S. population.
There are several reasons for the disproportionate number of cases. Black Americans have a higher rate of underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure that make COVID-19 more dangerous. They also are more likely to work in frontline jobs, live in crowded housing and use public transportation, increasing their exposure to the virus.
While everyone is aware that washing hands, wearing a mask and keeping your distance are important factors, there are nuances in our community that have to be addressed.
Many Black Americans are hesitant to wear a mask in public because, in the minds of many, masks are associated with criminal behavior or lead to racial profiling. Additionally, there has been generational distrust of healthcare providers, which can cause some people to dismiss the importance of directives from public health and government officials related to COVID-19.
Nathan Adelson Hospice has been working with the community for over 20 years to help address health equality and the barriers to it, through outreach and events like our Multicultural Luncheon. During this unprecedented time, we know all of us have a role to play in the safety of our families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Knowledge is the power to keep our community safe and healthy.
We hope everyone stays safe and well during this crisis.
As we approach the November elections, let’s use our remaining time to prepare ourselves for battle.
BY DR. ELLEN BROWN
Most people who speak to me about politics agree that 2020 is an inflection point for our nation. Without exception, myself included, consequences attached to the promises offer significant — often life-threatening — outcomes for each American who chooses (or not) to cast a ballot. Anyone considering staying home still has time to evaluate the consequences. But do you know what is on the table? How about your life, your children’s and family’s lives for the next four years and beyond? It is generational. It is that serious!
Anthony R. DiMaggio’s “Political Power in America: Class Conflict and the Subversion of Democracy” is a thick, textbook-style publication released in 2019. In its pages, he reveals facts from the 2016 election that are again rearing their heads.
Credible, independent fact-checkers have documented that during the 2016 presidential election, 53% of Hillary Clinton’s campaign statements were true, compared to just 9% of Donald Trump’s. Worse, “we” the public actually tolerate this manipulation with a wave of the hand and a shake of the head, followed by this all-too-familiar statement: “They’re gonna do what they want.” Within that statement, what we fail to consider is what’s on the table. Dr. DiMaggio goes on to describe how this public blow-off gives way to a blank check that increases the divide between the haves and have-nots in America, with the upper-class haves dominating public life through politics and self-serving business interests. This “power elite” is “comprised of business officials, political leaders, and military officials, all working in service of the corporate rich.”(C. Wright Mills).
If you align with the superpowers in corporate and political arenas, then you embrace the haves — whose fiercest focus is grabbing it all, after which this faction determines how the have-nots will live on the leftovers. If something is not in the best interest of the haves, they possess powerful resources to manipulate or just squash the whole threat.
Wrapping up this discussion, I’m reminded of the cliché: “minimize your losses.” Clearly, both political sides have demonstrated how they intend to use power to take more power. Whichever side you align with, just consider their offer to you and what it adds to your own power. Use it or lose it. That is what is on the table — and yes, you have the power!
Dr. Ellen Brown is an affiliate faculty member at Regis University. Contact Dr. Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS | KEN RUSK
Author Ken Rusk (“Blue-Collar Cash: Love Your Work, Secure Your Future, and Find Happiness for Life”) was a recent guest on Kimberly Bailey Tureaud’s Enterprising People radio show, which airs weekly on KCEP 88.1 FM.
In the book, the Ohio-based millionaire entrepreneur declares that making a good living in a blue-collar trade takes getting on the right path. Bypassing college and starting out digging ditches, Rusk worked his way up to buy the business and achieve the American Dream. He succeeded with an approach that’s been taught to hundreds of young people and now shared in this book: “visualize a future beyond the paycheck. And get there by setting goals, budgeting with discipline, and carefully planning finances.”
What inspired you to write the book “Blue-Collar Cash”?
Well, I think what happened back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, back in high school, friends decided to take shop class and replace it with computers — that was fine because we all needed computers because it was the up-and-coming thing. But I don’t think it was a binary choice where you do one or the other. It kind of eliminated a whole generation of young people from discovering carpentry, plumbing, welding, home economic, and electrician trades. This started to create a real imbalance in our current workforce. So I wanted to write a book that could celebrate career opportunities that are out there — lucrative ones — in the blue collar fields.
The belief by many is that if you didn’t go to college and create relationships with the “bigwigs in high places,” you really can’t reach the status of millionaire. What are your thoughts on this?
Nothing could be further from the truth. The best kept secret is that if everyone moves in one direction — let’s say the college path — that leaves huge gaps in the trade occupations. And what that does is create a huge imbalance as far as supply and demand goes. Many realize that when supply is low and demand is high that creates a very lucrative opportunity. So, typically that is where money is made.
Yes, but we have to address our present environment right now. Especially here in Las Vegas where so many people are out of work because of COVID-19 — and people are trying to look for ways to make money. The unemployment checks are not coming as they normally should come. How should people stay above water given the present circumstances?
So, I think now is a good time to try to rediscover ourselves. And say, “You know what — since there is a demand in certain trades, maybe I should try my hand in doing something I really like to do.” It might be something really rewarding to work with my hands, and at the same time a trade career could be really be lucrative now and meet that demand. It is time to reconsider what your future is going to be and what it will look like. Maybe people should sit down and write what the next three to five years will look like for your life. And see if you can make a blue collar career match.
You are a successful millionaire and so many people have dreams of becoming a millionaire. Where are they doing wrong?
The first thing people need to do is rework their priorities and how they are currently spending their money. There is a very simple process where if you have a job paying you $40,000 a year — you should say to yourself you make $37,000 a year. You really need to forget about the first $3,000 that comes into your financial life. And if someone takes $60 a week of that money and puts it into a 401K program — and does this between the ages of 25 years old and 35 years old — in ten years of saving you can literally stop saving and when you retire you will have a million dollars.
What do you say to people who desire to start a business?
If you get into business that not a lot of people are doing and you can command a good salary — I can tell you from personal experience there has never been a better time to start your own company, and then replicate your efforts. You might have yourself and the demand for your goods or services grow. So you might need to have several people to help you grow. And pretty soon you will have your own company and you will be creating wealth like you never imagined.
Do you think everyone must have a business on the side?
To get back to your earlier point: if you are in the business of managing people this statement needs to come out of your mouth as often as possible and it is what I say to my 200 employees, “I can’t get what I want, nor can this company get what it wants until all of you get what you want first.” If I’m going to build a company that is going to grow, I am going to need a lot of people on my team that maybe can build the career and life they want. This might eliminate the need for employees to go out on their own if they can do it with and for your company.
Is our happiness tied to financial success?
There are three concepts in my book that are very important. When I was writing this book I kept saying to myself, “What’s the end game? And what’s the message?” Everyone needs to define what brings them comfort, peace, and freedom. These are three words that inter-depend on each other. That’s the roadmap to true happiness in my mind. If I can clearly define what I want my life to look like by asking questions such as: “Am I a house person, a condo person, or an apartment person? Am I a car person, electric scooter person or transit person? Am I a dog or a cat person?” They clearly define who you are, and what makes your life whole, and write those things on a piece of paper because you will really see a clear picture of what you want your life to look like — that is true happiness. Then you can go out and work hard enough to gain those individual things you enjoy. Remember: I know a lot of people who are millionaires who are miserable because they didn’t define what their happiness was. So everyone has their own level of happiness.
How do we get your book?
Amazon books or you can go to bluecollarcash.com. Apple Books and Barnes & Noble and anywhere books are sold.
BY LOUIE OVERSTREET
When Joe Biden selected Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, it guaranteed that the presidential campaign would devolve into a mud-wrestling grievance match.
The outcome will depend on how Americans answer two questions.
• Will citizens vote to restore the slow, but measurable pursuits needed to form a more perfect union, out of a sense of patriotism — by reestablishing the fact we are a nation of laws, not “men”?
• Will the male leaders of the tribe that has been in power since the founding of the United States appeal to baseless grievances in order to carry the day?
You will need a scorecard to judge this grievance match of Biden/Harris versus Trump/Pence for the heart and soul of America. The events that have taken place over the last three years and eight months have created a climate in which most citizens sense that the decision will also be a referendum on race and gender in America.
Further, fair-minded conservatives will need to determine whether the Republican Party, dating back to Eisenhower up through Bush, is worth salvaging — or will they allow it to become the party of white men whose vision of America does not abide by the one person, one vote fairness idea that is the foundational bedrock of our democracy?
Prior to filling in your scorecard, here is one thing you can make a lot of money by betting on. Republicans will be running on Fox News a non-stop, 24 hour loop of industrial strength advertisement implying the N-word more often than is explicitly stated in a Quentin Tarantino movie.
Since this is a family magazine, I can’t be too graphic — so just let me say one thing about the upcoming vice-presidential debate: Pence better have strong bladder control, because Lord knows Harris has the chops and can “sho nuff” bring it!
There is no better time than now to JUST DO IT! We all have dreams of the life we wish to live — and each day you have to ask yourself, “Am I working toward my dreams or not?”
Everyone’s dream is different, and it can be a physical or spiritual dream that embodies the happiness and peace you seek. The homework is to clearly define our dreams — and write down the steps on a piece of paper to be clear on what needs to happen to make your dreams a reality.
Life is to be lived — not taken for granted. The actions you take each day show the respect you give to the Creator who will make the life you want happen. Your surroundings allow you to embrace a journey that will either contribute or remove the energy needed to see your rainbow come to fruition. The noise needs to be silenced so your soul can find its way.
No need to be protective of the life you currently live. Be transparent so that your authentic journey can serve as a blueprint for others to find peace within.
We are all in a moment of “do it.” Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason to the events in our lives — but if nothing else, strength is being built and your character is in a formation process. Breathe and allow your purpose to be revealed.
Every day, you can take a large or small action toward your goals. IT can be done — but never without YOU.
Make a plan and stick to it. This is your promise for the life that you have been given.
Peace is there — ready to rain its blessings on you for all your efforts.
Michelle Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention has already become legendary. Will America heed her call?
Michelle Obama wowed her party — and the entire nation — with an electrifying speech on the first night of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Her moral clarity, eloquence, and common sense approach offered optimism and hope to millions of people around the world who are looking for America to reclaim the mantle of compassionate, thoughtful leadership.
Las Vegas Black Image is proud to present those remarks in their entirety, as a testament to the power of her words and reminder of what is truly at stake in the November election.
Good evening, everyone. It’s a hard time, and everyone’s feeling it in different ways. And I know a lot of folks are reluctant to tune into a political convention right now or to politics in general. Believe me, I get that. But I am here tonight because I love this country with all my heart, and it pains me to see so many people hurting.
I’ve met so many of you. I’ve heard your stories. And through you, I have seen this country’s promise. And thanks to so many who came before me, thanks to their toil and sweat and blood, I’ve been able to live that promise myself.
That’s the story of America. All those folks who sacrificed and overcame so much in their own times because they wanted something more, something better for their kids.
There’s a lot of beauty in that story. There’s a lot of pain in it, too, a lot of struggle and injustice and work left to do. And who we choose as our President in this election will determine whether or not we honor that struggle and chip away at that injustice and keep alive the very possibility of finishing that work.
I am one of a handful of people living today who have seen firsthand the immense weight and awesome power of the Presidency. And let me once again tell you this: the job is hard. It requires clear-headed judgement, a mastery of complex and competing issues, a devotion to facts and history, a moral compass, and an ability to listen — and an abiding belief that each of the 330 million lives in this country has meaning and worth.
A President’s words have the power to move markets. They can start wars or broker peace. They can summon our better angels or awaken our worst instincts. You simply cannot fake your way through this job.
As I’ve said before, being President doesn’t change who you are; it reveals who you are. Well, a presidential election can reveal who we are, too. And four years ago, too many people chose to believe that their votes didn’t matter. Maybe they were fed up. Maybe they thought the outcome wouldn’t be close. Maybe the barriers felt too steep. Whatever the reason, in the end, those choices sent someone to the Oval Office who lost the national popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
In one of the states that determined the outcome, the winning margin averaged out to just two votes per precinct—two votes. And we’ve all been living with the consequences.
When my husband left office with Joe Biden at his side, we had a record-breaking stretch of job creation. We’d secured the right to health care for 20 million people. We were respected around the world, rallying our allies to confront climate change. And our leaders had worked hand-in-hand with scientists to help prevent an Ebola outbreak from becoming a global pandemic.
Four years later, the state of this nation is very different. More than 150,000 people have died, and our economy is in shambles because of a virus that this President downplayed for too long. It has left millions of people jobless.
Too many have lost their health care; too many are struggling to take care of basic necessities like food and rent; too many communities have been left in the lurch to grapple with whether and how to open our schools safely. Internationally, we’ve turned our back, not just on agreements forged by my husband, but on alliances championed by Presidents like Reagan and Eisenhower.
And here at home, as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and a never-ending list of innocent people of color continue to be murdered, stating the simple fact that Black Life Matters is still met with derision from the nation’s highest office.
Because whenever we look to this White House for some leadership or consolation or any semblance of steadiness, what we get instead is chaos, division, and a total and utter lack of empathy.
Empathy: that’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. The ability to walk in someone else’s shoes; the recognition that someone else’s experience has value, too. Most of us practice this without a second thought.
If we see someone suffering or struggling, we don’t stand in judgment. We reach out because, “There, but for the grace of God, go I.” It is not a hard concept to grasp. It’s what we teach our children.
And like so many of you, Barack and I have tried our best to instill in our girls a strong moral foundation to carry forward the values that our parents and grandparents poured into us. But right now, kids in this country are seeing what happens when we stop requiring empathy of one another. They’re looking around wondering if we’ve been lying to them this whole time about who we are and what we truly value.
They see people shouting in grocery stores, unwilling to wear a mask to keep us all safe. They see people calling the police on folks minding their own business just because of the color or their skin. They see an entitlement that says only certain people belong here, that greed is good, and winning is everything because as long as you come out on top, it doesn’t matter what happens to everyone else. And they see what happens when that lack of empathy is ginned up into outright disdain.
They see our leaders labeling fellow citizens enemies of the state while emboldening torch-bearing white supremacists. They watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages, and pepper spray and rubber bullets are used on peaceful protestors for a photo-op.
Sadly, this is the America that is on display for the next generation. A nation that’s underperforming not simply on matters of policy but on matters of character. And that’s not just disappointing; it’s downright infuriating, because I know goodness and the grace that is out there in households and neighborhoods all across the nation.
And I know that regardless of our race, age, religion, or politics, when we close out the noise and the fear and truly open our hearts, we know that what’s going on in this country is just not right. This is not who we want to be.
So what do we do now? What’s our strategy? Over the past four years, a lot of people have asked me, “When others are going so low, does going high still really work?” My answer: going high is the only thing that works, because when we go low, when we use those same tactics of degrading and dehumanizing others, we just become part of the ugly noise that’s drowning out everything else. We degrade ourselves. We degrade the very causes for which we fight.
But let’s be clear: going high does not mean putting on a smile and saying nice things when confronted by viciousness and cruelty. Going high means taking the harder path. It means scraping and clawing our way to that mountain top. Going high means standing fierce against hatred while remembering that we are one nation under God, and if we want to survive, we’ve got to find a way to live together and work together across our differences.
And going high means unlocking the shackles of lies and mistrust with the only thing that can truly set us free: the cold hard truth.
So let me be honest and clear as I possibly can. Donald Trump is the wrong President for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job, but he is clearly in over his head. He cannot meet this moment. He simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. It is what it is.
Now, I understand that my message won’t be heard by some people. We live in a nation that is deeply divided, and I am a Black woman speaking at the Democratic Convention. But enough of you know me by now. You know that I tell you exactly what I’m feeling. You know I hate politics. But you also know that I care about this nation. You know how much I care about all of our children.
So if you take one thing from my words tonight, it is this: if you think things cannot possibly get worse. Trust me, they can; and they will if we don’t make a change in this election. If we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it.
I know Joe. He is a profoundly decent man, guided by faith. He was a terrific vice president. He knows what it takes to rescue an economy, beat back a pandemic, and lead our country. And he listens. He will tell the truth and trust science. He will make smart plans and manage a good team. And he will govern as someone who’s lived a life that the rest of us can recognize.
When he was a kid, Joe’s father lost his job. When he was a young senator, Joe lost his wife and his baby daughter. And when he was vice president, he lost his beloved son. So Joe knows the anguish of sitting at a table with an empty chair, which is why he gives his time so freely to grieving parents. Joe knows what it’s like to struggle, which is why he gives his personal phone number to kids overcoming a stutter of their own.
His life is a testament to getting back up, and he is going to channel that same grit and passion to pick us all up, to help us heal and guide us forward.
Now, Joe is not perfect. And he’d be the first to tell you that. But there is no perfect candidate, no perfect president. And his ability to learn and grow — we find in that the kind of humility and maturity that so many of us yearn for right now. Because Joe Biden has served this nation his entire life without ever losing sight of who he is; but more than that, he has never lost sight of who we are, all of us.
Joe Biden wants all of our kids to go to a good school, see a doctor when they’re sick, live on a healthy planet. And he’s got plans to make all of that happen. Joe Biden wants all of our kids, no matter what they look like, to be able to walk out the door without worrying about being harassed or arrested or killed. He wants all of our kids to be able to go to a movie or a math class without being afraid of getting shot. He wants all our kids to grow up with leaders who won’t just serve themselves and their wealthy peers but will provide a safety net for people facing hard times.
And if we want a chance to pursue any of these goals, any of these most basic requirements for a functioning society, we have to vote for Joe Biden in numbers that cannot be ignored. Because right now, folks who know they cannot win fair and square at the ballot box are doing everything they can to stop us from voting. They’re closing down polling places in minority neighborhoods. They’re purging voter rolls. They’re sending people out to intimidate voters, and they’re lying about the security of our ballots. These tactics are not new.
But this is not the time to withhold our votes in protest or play games with candidates who have no chance of winning. We have got to vote like we did in 2008 and 2012. We’ve got to show up with the same level of passion and hope for Joe Biden. We’ve got to vote early, in person if we can. We’ve got to request our mail-in ballots right now, tonight, and send them back immediately and follow-up to make sure they’re received. And then, make sure our friends and families do the same.
We have got to grab our comfortable shoes, put on our masks, pack a brown bag dinner and maybe breakfast too, because we’ve got to be willing to stand in line all night if we have to.
Look, we have already sacrificed so much this year. So many of you are already going that extra mile. Even when you’re exhausted, you’re mustering up unimaginable courage to put on those scrubs and give our loved ones a fighting chance. Even when you’re anxious, you’re delivering those packages, stocking those shelves, and doing all that essential work so that all of us can keep moving forward.
Even when it all feels so overwhelming, working parents are somehow piecing it all together without child care. Teachers are getting creative so that our kids can still learn and grow. Our young people are desperately fighting to pursue their dreams.
And when the horrors of systemic racism shook our country and our consciences, millions of Americans of every age, every background rose up to march for each other, crying out for justice and progress.
This is who we still are: compassionate, resilient, decent people whose fortunes are bound up with one another. And it is well past time for our leaders to once again reflect our truth.
So, it is up to us to add our voices and our votes to the course of history, echoing heroes like John Lewis who said, “When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something.” That is the truest form of empathy: not just feeling, but doing; not just for ourselves or our kids, but for everyone, for all our kids.
And if we want to keep the possibility of progress alive in our time, if we want to be able to look our children in the eye after this election, we have got to reassert our place in American history. And we have got to do everything we can to elect my friend, Joe Biden, as the next President of the United States.
Thank you all. God bless.