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Food for thought.


Happy New month guys.

Be Inspired: Meet Winnie Harlow


Winnie Harlow(real name Chantelle Brown-Young) is a Canadian model with Vitiligo.

She has been making waves of recent not only for her looks but her confidence and personality. She walked the runway for Spanish fashion label Desigual at New York Fashion Week, and is the face of the label’s “Say Something Nice campaign”.

Vitiligo,is the same skin condition Michael Jackson had. Winnie was diagnosed with it when she was 4 years old.

Vitiligo is a long-term condition which causes patches of skin to lose their normal pigment, or melanin, and they turn white.

While she was once bullied and cruelly called
‘zebra’ and ‘cow’, the fashion industry is now
celebrating her distinct look and her positive
attitude. Her message to the world is self love.

She is also starring in Diesel’s spring/summer
2015 ads, which aims to promote ‘tolerance,
equality and unconditional love’.

She rocks and most definitely inspires me .

Food for thought


Fight against Breast Cancer


Dear readers,early detection is the best defense against Breast Cancer.

Breast cancer ranks second among
cancer deaths in women. When breast
cancer is detected early, the five-year
survival rate is greater than 95
percent.

Anything that increases your chance
of getting cancer is a risk factor.
Anything that decreases your chance
of developing cancer is cancer
prevention.

Some of the Risk Factors are:

• Being female is the greatest risk factor

• Women older than 40

• Women older than 35 whose mother
or sister has had breast or ovarian
cancer or father had prostate cancer

• Women who have never been
pregnant or who first become
pregnant after age 30

• Women who have had cancer in one
breast or atypical ductal hyperplasia
(pre-cancer)

• Women who started menstruation
before age 12 or menopause at age 55
or older

• Women who are obese with excessive
caloric and fat intake

If you want to self-assess
yourself,check for:

•A change in the feel or look of the
breast

• A change in the size or shape of the
breast

• A lump or thickening in or near the
breast or in the underarm area.

• A warm sensation in the breast
A change in the feel or look of the
nipple

• A retraction of the nipple

• A discharge from the nipple(i.e Blood or fluid other than breast milk secreted from the nipple)

• A rash on the nipple or areola

• Nipple tenderness, increased
sensitivity or pain

• A change in the feel or look of the skin
of the breast, areola or nipple

• Dimpling of the skin on the breast
(like the skin of an orange)

• The appearance of irritated, red, scaly or swollen skin on the breast, nipple or areola

• Breast pain. (though breast pain is usually associated with benign breast disease rather than breast cancer, it can be a symptom of either condition.

Breast Self-Exam

Monthly breast self-exams along with
mammography at recommended
intervals are essential for early
detection of breast cancer. Not sure
about how to do a breast exam? Refer
to the following examination guidelines.

– Step One … in the shower
Stand in the shower and with fingers
flat (use the pad of your fingers)
move your hand gently over every part
of each breast. Check for a lump, knot
or thickening. Use right hand for left
breast, left hand for right breast.

-Step Two … in front of a mirror
With your hands at your sides, visually
check for lumps and depressions.
Then, placing your palms on your hips,
press down firmly, flex your chest
muscles and check again. Don’t worry
if your breasts don’t match.

-Step Three … in front of a mirror
Now raise your arms overhead. Look
for changes in the contour of each
breast as well as swelling or dimpling
of the skin and changes in the nipple.

-Step Four … lying down
To examine your right breast, place a
pillow or folded towel under your right
shoulder and, with elbow bent, lay your
right hand on your forehead. Do the
same procedure for the other side.

-Step Five … lying down
With fingers flat, use your left hand
to press an imaginary clock face on
your right breast. Check for lumps or
depressions. A ridge of firm tissue in
the lower ridge is normal. Move in an
inch toward the nipple and make the
same circling motion again and again
until you reach the center. Repeat with
right hand, left breast.

-Step Six … lying down
Gently squeeze the nipple of each
breast. Check for any unusual
discharge, clear or bloody. Report any
lumps, thickening or discharge you
discover during this examination to
your doctor immediately.

Take part and show support in the
against cancer Today!

Adapted from the National Cancer
Institute, American Cancer Society,
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention and Susan G. Komen for the
Cure.

Food for thought.


Recommended Books to read


The first book is titled A Long Way Gone.

Written by Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone is the true story of Ishmael Beah, who becomes an unwilling boy soldier during a civil war in Sierra Leone.

Its a well written gripping story of a child’s journey through life and a story of redemption and hope.

My next book is really old but is a classic. Not matter how old a book is,if its well written it transcends time.

To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee,is a story of childhood, innocence,human behavior, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred,with a bit of humor.

Its a bestseller. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, and was later made into a movie that won an Oscar.

Movie Poster

Food for thought


Food for thought.


A group of students have launched a campaign to break down stereotypes about Africa.


Here is a report I saw on CNN’s Website. As an African I believe this is a great initiative by the students because a lot of people say silly things about Africa and they just need to stop being Ignorant.

Check here –
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/07/world/africa/africa-is-not-a-country-campaign/index.html

They say there are no stupid questions — or are there?

How about, “Do you speak African?” Or, “What is Africa’s flag?”

Yes, these are quite ludicrous. Tired of regularly having to answer questions like these, a group of U.S.-based African students has launched a photo campaign in a bid to dispel misconceptions about their continent.

Called “The Real Africa: Fight the Stereotype,” the social media initiative aims to educate and raise awareness about the common stereotypes surrounding Africa and its people —
misunderstandings like Africa being a
homogenous entity rather than a diverse
continent of more than 50 countries.

The campaign features striking images of the members of the African Students
Association of New York’s Ithaca College
wrapped in different African flags or
holding them proudly.

“What we wanted to do was embrace the individual flags of the countries of Africa,”says Rita Bunatal, head of PR for the organization. “We wanted to show the beauty and the power of the flag. We also wanted to break one of the biggest misconceptions about the continent, which is that Africa is a country,” she adds.

For each photograph, the posing students, aged 18 to 21, were also asked to come up with simple but powerful quotes that would disprove the ignorant and offensive remarks they would often hear.
As a result, the images boast statements like
“Africans do not all look alike,” “Africans don’t need to be saved,” “Africa is not a country” and Africa is not a land filled with diseases.” In addition, the campaign is saturated with educational facts that are designed to strengthen the students’ quotes —

“I don’t speak ‘African’ because ‘African’ is not a language” says one student, his declaration accompanied by the fact that “there are an estimated 2,000 languages spoken in Africa.”

“We wanted to give facts, to correct, to
give knowledge,” says Bunatal, “trying to educate and stop people from saying
these other things.”

The African Students Association of
Ithaca College first posted their photo
campaign on CNN’s iReport platform on
January 20. Since then, some 5,000
people have viewed the photos and more
than 2,000 have shared them on Facebook.
“The simplest actions can create awareness and we are hoping to do this not only campus-wide,but also world-wide,” says Bunatal.

Food for thought


Food for thought.


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