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All Pink Everything: It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

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It’s that time of year again. While we break out our best pink ribbons and accessories to celebrate the survivors of breast cancer, it is also the time to refresh our knowledge on the disease and how to prevent it. African American women are at a higher risk for the deadliest forms of breast cancer. We are also more likely to die from breast cancer, so it’s necessary that we are well informed about this disease.

Who can get breast cancer?
Everyone. To be specific, 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime. It does not discriminate, as men can get breast cancer too.

What are the risk factors for breast cancer?
Genetics play an important role in all forms of cancer, especially breast cancer. A family history of breast cancer does increase your overall risk. Carrying the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes put women at risk for breast or ovarian cancer, or both.


Body weight has been linked to breast cancer. Women who are overweight or obese after menopause are at an increased risk for breast cancer. High sugar intake may also be a factor.
Alcohol consumption. That’s right, you can blame it on the alcohol. Studies have shown that women who consume more than three alcoholic drinks a day are at 1.5 times higher risk.
Cosmetic Implants. Women with breast implants are at a 25 percent increased risk for late-stage breast cancer and a higher risk of dying from the illness. Why? While more research is needed, the implants may mask cancer during screenings and possibly change the breast tissue. Just another reason to love your body as it is.
Undergoing radiation treatment for other forms of cancer can increase your risk as well.

Hormone replacement therapy and oral contraceptives have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
Age contributes to breast cancer risk as well. While young women can also get breast cancer, women over 55 are at a higher risk.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?
Your physician can perform an annual breast exam. This is a painless process, where your doctor manually examines your breast for lumps or abnormalities. This can be performed during your annual physical.
A mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI can be used to detect breast cancer. Mammograms tend to be the go-to method and are a form of X-ray (painless as well).

How can I prevent breast cancer?
While certain risk factors like genetics and aging can’t be prevented, there are other ways to reduce your risk.

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The Diversity JUMPED out: Savage x Fenty Fashion Show Gave us all the Inclusion we Needed

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Last night Savage x Fenty by Rihanna ended New York Fashion Week with a bang! The lingerie brand had an array of women from different skin tones to body types. Rih wanted to show the world that ANYONE can wear Savage x Fenty and feel sexy. There were even pregnant models featured in the show. Yes, pregnant. Get into the models and event down below:

 

Rihanna is taking the fashion industry by storm. Let’s hope other fashion brands can follow suit.

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Lawrence Makes His Way Back to Insecure and Leaves Us SHOOK

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Lawrence must’ve had a seasonal positional at Best Buy because he is back but will he be in a full-time employee in Issa’s life?

Insecure delivered one of the most sickening episodes with “High-Like” episode 4, and not because they brought back breaking couch potato, Lawrence. It was the conversation about friendships and how things change. Dealing with real situations and how friends can all have something going on but also come to support one another. But for some of us seeing Lawrence made us wet and how us wondering why since we didn’t want to see him anymore.

The last 2 minutes as Issa walks in 7-Eleven after trying to assure Tiffany that things will be the same after she has her baby. Tiffany seems to be reluctant that it will be. Issa walks into the store to get some water and runs into Chad the Bluetooth wearing real estate agent. As she looked over to her left (in my Tweet voice) their goes Lawrence looking so good without a mustache OH MY! Issa’s looks as if she is excited and Chad’s mood is all of us!

Take a look at some of the reactions from Twitter as some said: “To hell with Lawrence!”

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Black People Stay Winning! Tiffany Haddish & Katt Williams Win Emmys!

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Tiffany Haddish made history last year for the being the first black female comedienne to host “Saturday Night Live.” Her performance garnered her a Creative Emmy for “best guest actress in a comedy.” During her SNL episode, Haddish addressed the hot button issue of sexual assault in Hollywood. It’s great that Haddish was able to bridge the gap between comedy and current events and get an Emmy for it! Haddish beat out Maya Rudolph, Jane Lynch, Tina Fey, and Wanda Sykes.

Another Emmy award winner we’re excited about is Katt Williams. The comedian won “best guest actor in a comedy” for his appearance on FX’s “Atlanta.” Katt Williams played Earn’s Uncle Willy and stole the show. This is great news because Williams career has gone through its ups and downs along with his personal life. With the Netflix special and this Emmy hopefully, this indicates that the “It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin'” comedian’s career is on an incline and we get to see him in more TV and film projects. Williams beat out Bryan Cranston, Donald Glover, Sterling K. Brown, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Bill Hader for the award.

It’s great to see black talent that would be classified as “ghetto” or “ratchet” win Emmy awards. This goes to show that that respectability politics isn’t ruling anything over here. Black people are being their authentic selves and getting awards for it.

Are y’all here for the Emmy’s now that we’re getting awards or are they still late like always? Let us know in the comments.

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