Love and Hip Hop – What does it say about black women

August 28 in BWW blog by Nourbese No Comments

Yesterday Monda Scott Young, producer of Love and Hip Hop, asked the question to the cast, did this show portray black women in a negative light. Mimi, responded, “what was going on was what was going on in our life.” Continuing “It had nothing to do with you or VH1 or a script. So for them to say ‘you were portraying African American women in a negative light’…not so much.” This was followed by an hour of continued insults hurled…

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Giving Birth to a Rapist Child

August 23 in BWW blog by Nourbese 2 Comments

Finally, these raped women may be forced to do any number of things associated with joint custody, including sharing decision making about school- ing, healthcare, and religious upbringing, and may even be required to give their children the surnames of the rapist fathers.61 Thus, raped women and their children face substantial and terrible consequences as a result of these women’s decisions to give birth to and raise their children. Yet, despite these severe consequences, only sixteen states have determined that custody and visitation laws ought to be different for men who father through rape.62

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Senate Votes to Improve Access to Birth Control

August 22 in News, Press Release by Nourbese No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Today the California State Senate voted to improve access to birth control for thousands of women in California by passing AB 2348 on a vote of 23-15. Authored by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), AB 2348, the Access to Birth Control Bill, allows registered nurses to dispense hormonal contraceptives such as the pill, patches and rings.

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How Safe Are Your Cosmetics?

July 31 in Black Hair, BWW blog by Nourbese No Comments

Most of us probably don’t give much thought to our morning rituals, to the extent that we’re even awake during them. But the parade of personal care products Americans use each day—from toothpaste and shampoo to lipstick and aftershave—can affect us more than we realize. At issue are the chemical ingredients they contain and the extent to which they pose any risk to consumers. Just as Americans have developed an appetite for pesticide-free foods and all things organic, so too have they turned their attention to the make up of makeup.

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Salon Workers Expose Ugly Side of Beauty Industry to Lawmakers

July 23 in Black Hair, BWW blog by Nourbese No Comments

In 2011 the FDA issued a warning to letter to Brazilian Blowout citing the company for labeling and safety violations. However, the agency has not moved to issue a voluntary recall of the product. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Panel (CIR), established by the cosmetic industry to review the safety of cosmetic ingredients, determined in 2011 that the use of formaldehyde in hair straighteners is unsafe. However, the CIR is not a regulatory body and the panel’s recommendations are only voluntary.

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FDA Bans Baby Bottles – Good Move, but not enough

July 17 in BWW blog, Press Release by Nourbese No Comments

After more than five years of pressing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to restrict the toxic chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, in food packaging, the Breast Cancer Fund is heartened that the agency announced today a ban on the chemical in baby bottles and sippy cups. But given that Canada, the European Union, China, and at least five other countries as well as 11 U.S. states have prohibited the use of BPA in children’s products, that every major baby bottle manufacturer has already stopped using the chemical, and that BPA is also found in canned food linings, some infant formula containers and other food packaging, this action is too little, too late.

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RJ Boot Camp 2012

July 10 in BWW blog by Nourbese No Comments

There has been an onslaught of attacks on women’s health and our reproductive justice over the last couple of years… from anti-choice policy legislation across the country to cut backs in social services, now more that ever we need a well-informed, take action group of advocates.

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Ethnic cosmetics market is doing well despite recession, says market researcher

June 26 in Black Hair by Nourbese No Comments

The market is noted as posting growth of nearly 13 percent in 2010 and has continued to advance at a healthy pace to approach $3 billion in 2011. According to the market reseacher, with rapid expansion of racial and ethnic population in the US over the next 10 years, ethnic cosmetics products is a fast-growing target market for the industry.

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Press Conference AB2348

May 24 in BWW blog by Nourbese No Comments

Proper family planning services are imperative in the efforts to reduce if not eradicate this disparity and AB 2348 seeks to do just that. By increasing the availability and timeliness of contraception, a woman is encouraged and empowered to make her own decisions regarding her pregnancy. Increased availability of birth control and family planning services reduces the chances of an unintended pregnancy which fosters the decrease of a stressful pregnancy and maternal and infant mortality. We encourage the overall health and well being of our women by securing her mental, physical and even financial health -which access to safe and effective birth control is an essential part of. AB 2348 advances reproductive health by offering a woman greater control over her body and thus her life. Black Women for Wellness is asking our elected officials to stand with the community – to stand up for women – and support AB 2348.

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Movie Review – Think Like a Man

April 23 in BWW blog by Nourbese 2 Comments

As we were walking home from the movie, my daughter wondered out loud about the matching of the ages, mentioning Terrence J was matched with an older woman being a trend for him. And thinking on it, if that was the intention of the story line, it did not make it apparent. Romany and Regina seemed to be more aged suited, while Terrence and Meagan are closer in age to each other however Black women can be ageless for quite a long time and the make up was impeccable. No cougar intentions were felt, and the older man with a younger woman is played out much too much in our communities and as Kevin Hart pointed out in case one was not looking, Romany looked damn good. The pajamas with no shirt scene was yummy.

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Mother’s Day Tea Fundraiser, Saturday, May 5, 2012 2-5 pm FREE

April 21 in Events, Press Release by admin No Comments

This year’s event is FREE! Bring your wallets and pocketbooks though, as the day promises to be a fun event!! We ask that you RSVP (by emailing fundraising[at]bwwla.com or calling 323.290.5955) so that we may have an accurate headcount for our healthy food offerings prepared by our Kitchen Divas!

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Autism Awareness Month

April 20 in BWW blog by Nourbese 1 Comment

April is autism awareness month. What is autism? Autism is a neurodevelopment disorder characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors often appearing in early childhood — usually before age 3. Some children diagnosed with autism are highly intelligent; others are mentally challenged. Did you know that 1 in every 88 children in America is affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)1 ; and the ratio of boys to girls with ASD is about 5-to-12.

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It doesn’t stop at Pink Slime

April 13 in BWW blog by Nourbese No Comments

Just in time for earth day…. below is a great panel on Frankenstein foods and the chemicals that we used to create them… If you thought Pink Slime was it, think again…Over 90% of the soy and corn plants in the US are genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and they are not labeled. GMO’s are defined as ~ Organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. -World Health Organization

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Black Women for Wellness is deeply relieved that the Florida state attorney general brought charges on Trayon Martins Killer

April 12 in BWW blog by Nourbese No Comments

Black Women for Wellness is deeply relieved that the Florida state attorney general has arrested and will press 2nd degree murder charges against George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin. It is one step forward toward achieving some type of social justice in this country for African American peoples, yet it is also a illustrative example of how far we need to go toward achieving equity and equality.

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News Release from Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and National Healthy Nail and Beauty Salon Alliance

April 11 in BWW blog by Nourbese No Comments

For the report, DTSC sampled 25 nail care products bought from six San Francisco Bay Area locations. Of the 12 products that claimed to be free of at least one of what’s known as the “toxic-trio”—toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde, 10 contained toluene, and 4 contained dibutyl phthalate. Toluene is a neurological and a developmental toxicant that can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, loss of short-term memory, and is proven to be toxic to a developing fetus. Both of these chemicals can impact the health of nail salon workers as well as consumers. Dibutyl phthalate can cause adverse effects on the male and female reproductive systems, as well as developmental problems in infants and children.

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What our Mothers Teach us about Health

February 25 in National Diabetes Prevention Program by admin No Comments

Much of what we know about health—reproductive or otherwise—we learn from our mothers, grandmothers, and aunties. Some messages have been helpful, and others have harmed more than they helped. Many Black girls are simply told by their mothers “not to get pregnant” as teenagers and young girls. While this advice is given with good intentions, it is often harmful because it doesn’t promote education about sexual health and safe sex. Instead, it paints a picture as sex only resulting in pregnancy and not potentially resulting in STI’s.

Another thing that we often learn in our households is unhealthy eating habits. We often are not raised in families that eat healthy or exercise regularly, and this is reflected in such health issues as diabetes and high cholesterol. Healthy habits and lifestyles start in the home, and we have to teach out children that healthy eating and exercise is the key to a long life and preventing life-threatening diseases.

Our mothers and grandmothers are who shape our views about reproductive health and healthy lifestyles, and it is no surprise that many parents who are obese also have obese children. The home is where we learn messages about health, sexuality, and reproductive choice. We need to start giving children all the information they need about protecting themselves and staying healthy in order to reverse the rates of obesity, disease, and teen pregnancy.

What lessons did you learn from the women in your family about health?

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Thoughts on Venus Noir

February 25 in National Diabetes Prevention Program by admin No Comments

I and several members and friends of Black Women for Wellness spent three of the longest hours in my short life watching Venus Noir at the Pan African Film Festival on Friday evening. It was a mini fund raiser for the organization, and in that sense it was successful. We had a debrief, unpack and let it go discussion immediately following the movie right there in the movie theater and that was absolutely necessary. As the was really movie long, perhaps with the intent to drain one of energy, spirit and personal/community power. Perhaps the length of the movie was to drive home the point of her reality, which ever we were all devastated by these 3 hours, yet Ms Baartman’s life was this misery and even with her death the exploitation and humiliation continued.

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BWW at the movies – Venus Noir

February 25 in BWW blog by Nourbese No Comments

In 2012 Black women are still exploited, swindled, robbed of humanity and spirit for the entertainment of society. However Venus Noir is not about the images of Black women, it is about the inhumanity of white men, it is about the debauchery of the British and French, it is a glimpse into European society and culture that devalues women in general and Black women in specific. It almost portrays Ms Baartman as a willing participant in her own enslavement and humiliation, almost. She is shown smoking to tune out, drinking to numb the pain and holding on through tears, as best she can to maintain her personhood.

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We were mentioned on Tom Joyner Radio Show!

February 16 in Black Hair, BWW blog by Nourbese No Comments

Check out Stephanie Robinson commentary on Black Hair products during the Tom Joyner Radio Show. Feb 16, 2012

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Skin Deep in more ways than one

February 2 in Black Hair, National Diabetes Prevention Program by Nourbese No Comments

“We asked the owners and the stylists what were the products that they were using? And from those products what we did was create a list of the top 10 chemicals … and then looked at the impact of those chemicals – because they’re toxins – on our health and well-being. Anytime you look at any statistics for Black women, you’ll find that we are at the top,” said Robinson-Flint.

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Reproductive Justice and Black Women: Real Issues

February 2 in BWW blog by admin No Comments

Reproductive Justice is more than having an abortion or not. It’s about a woman’s holistic well-being and her ability to make choices for her health and her life overall. For Black women, the fight for access to healthcare and birth control continues. Prenatal and perinatal care are also issues that are paramount to full reproductive justice because it deals with what happens after a woman decides to have a child and gives her the opportunity to do what’s best for her health and the health of her baby. In addition, Black women should have access to midwives if they do not want to have a child in a hospital—or who don’t have access to health insurance that will pay for a hospital stay.

There are also reproductive health issues that affect Black women more than any other group, such as fibroids and HIV/AIDS. Up to 80% of Black women have fibroids, many of whom go through hysterectomies to remove the fibroids, a procedure that severely limits a woman’s reproductive choices. STI’s such as HIV/AIDS also limits reproductive choices, but are preventable through access to condoms and education. In reproductive justice, sex education is key to protecting ourselves from HIV and other STI’s.

In a world where Black women are still dehumanized and black women’s bodies have been used to perfect contraceptives, reproductive justice becomes an issue of fighting for humanity and protecting our wombs. Reproductive justice is about challenging images and ideas that portray black women as unfit mothers. Who can forget the billboards proclaiming that the most dangerous place for a Black child is in the womb? As a whole reproductive justice isn’t about giving women the choice to become mothers, it is also about giving mothers the tools they need to care for their children.

What are some of the things that come to mind when you think about Black women and reproductive justice? What does reproductive justice mean to you?


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Reproductive Justice and Black Women

February 2 in National Diabetes Prevention Program by Nourbese No Comments

In a world where Black women are still dehumanized and black women’s bodies have been used to perfect contraceptives, reproductive justice becomes an issue of fighting for humanity and protecting our wombs. Reproductive justice is about challenging images and ideas that portray black women as unfit mothers. Who can forget the billboards proclaiming that the most dangerous place for a Black child is in the womb? As a whole reproductive justice isn’t about giving women the choice to become mothers, it is also about giving mothers the tools they need to care for their children.

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This is my Black history not yours

February 1 in National Diabetes Prevention Program by Nourbese No Comments

Black history month is proof of America’s obsession with pacifist behavior. A sweet cyclic muse that we court each February, exploiting the notion that Black history is a subgenre of American history and therefore can be relegated to a month filled with partial truths — one short, concentrated heritage month spent divulging stories that have been diluted due to an overwhelming feeling of White guilt. This guilt urges historians to hide the truth and tell only those heroic tales of Blackness suitable for their grandchildren’s ears. This is not my Black history.

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Pollution tied to disease risk in L.A. black women

January 24 in National Diabetes Prevention Program by Nourbese No Comments

Many times when we think of tackling diabetes and obesity in the Black community, we automatically look at diet and exercise. However there has been research linking exposure to environmental toxins that lead to an increase risk of diabetes. Below is a report released on Reuters about pollutions effect on Los Angeles Black women.

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BWW’s Executive Director – Liberty Hill’s 2012 Leader to watch

January 21 in National Diabetes Prevention Program by Nourbese No Comments

Black Women for Wellness is honored and delighted that our Executive Director Jan Robinson Flint was chosen as a leader to watch. Check out the video with Jan and the one below with the other leaders esteem and inspirational leaders.

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