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Triple Negative Breast Cancer Affects Younger Women and Black Women At Higher Rates

THE CINCINNATI HERALD — This month the Erica J. Holloman Foundation started the College Students Against TNBC Campaign to educate young people in their twenties so they can inform their colleagues and parents

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The Living Beyond Breast Cancer and the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation host an annual conference in late September/early October in different cities. Scholarships are available. Above are TNBC survivors who attended last year’s conference. Photo provided.

By E. Selean Holmes

Since 1985, October has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, highlighting all types of cancer affecting millions of people. And each year there are families creating new avenues of public education to keep us informed while fighting for a cure.

In Cincinnati, the Holloman family founded The Erica J. Holloman Foundation to raise awareness about and seek the prevention of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). Anyone can get TNBC but, research has shown that it occurs more often in younger (under 40), African American and Hispanic/Latina women and those who have BRCA1 mutations. The American Cancer society reports that about 15-20 percent of all breast cancers in the U.S. are triple negative or basal-like and Black women continue to face higher dangers, risks and death rates.

Knowing that awareness is the key that opens the door to finding the cure, this month the Erica J. Holloman Foundation started the College Students Against TNBC Campaign to educate young people in their twenties so they can inform their colleagues and parents. The students are wearing T-shirts and posting on social media to create awareness about this triple threat. We hope that the information will inspire, educate and motivate everyone about the importance of triple negative breast cancer. This form of cancer can be more aggressive and difficult to treat. As with all cancers, early detection is imperative.

Erica J. Holloman, the daughter of Josie, was a student seeking a doctoral degree at the University of Louisville, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31, one that could only be treated with chemotherapy. Erica created the foundation and went through three rounds with her own cancer before her death at the young age of 35. The family keeps her legacy alive and hopes those who are at risk or currently suffering take advantage of the numerous available resources.

The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation has partnered with CancerCare to offer free, professional support services to patients, families and health providers coping with a diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer. The organizations advise:

Seek emotional support. Join a support group to connect with other people.

Accept help. It can be hard to ask for or accept help. People with cancer often worry that they will be a burden to family or friends, and overlook the fact that many family and friends often want to help.

Manage negative side effects of treatment. Triple negative breast cancer is frequently treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of the three. Learning to manage side effects often plays an important role in coping with this diagnosis.

Josie Holloman is in discussion with Tri-Health physicians regarding how to increase the number of women receiving mammograms. Join Josie and others in the fight for the cure by supporting local efforts.

For more information send an email to ejhollomanfoundation@yahoo.com

Helpful Links: www.tnbcfoundation.org|www.ericajhollomanfoundation.org | www.blackandwhitecancersurvivorsfoundation.com | www.mommyhasbreastcancer.org| www.bethesdafoundation.com| www.sisternetworkinc.org| www.psigmazeta.org | www.Nationalbreastcancer.org

This article originally appeared in the The Cincinnati Herald 

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Breast cancer is the most imperative health issue Facing African American women

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among black women, and an estimated 33,840 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2019. An estimated 6,540 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among black women in 2019.

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Black women need to demand the attention and care of health care professionals. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)
Ricki Fairley, Vice President, Sisters Network, Inc.

Ricki Fairley, Vice President, Sisters Network, Inc.

By Ricki Fairley, Vice President, Sisters Network, Inc.

Though Black women get breast cancer at a slightly lower incidence rate than white women, Black women are 42% more like to DIE of breast cancer than white women. That is an astounding number and indicative of a variety of factors, many reflecting racial disparities.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among black women, and an estimated 33,840 new cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2019. An estimated 6,540 deaths from breast cancer are expected to occur among black women in 2019.

Women do not need to DIE from breast cancer. It can’t be prevented but early stage breast cancer (meaning it has been localized within the breast) has a 99% 5 year survival rate. Note the inequity here: the overall 5-year relative survival rate for breast cancer diagnosed is 81% for black women versus 91% for white women. And, 54% of breast cancers in black women are diagnosed at a local stage, compared to 64% in white women.

To add more fuel to the fire, Black women under age 35 get breast cancer at two times the rate of white women and DIE from breast cancer three times as often as white women.

So, what’s the problem? Why are Black women dying unnecessarily?

Higher death rates among Black women reflect the following:

  1. Black women are not taking action. While 92% of black women agree breast health is important, only 25% have recently discussed breast health with their family, friends, or colleagues. And, only 17% have taken steps to understand their risk for breast cancer.
  2. Black women lack information about the severity of breast cancer, breast cancer symptoms and the need for screening.
  3. Black women take care of others at the expense of their own health.
  4. Black Women are often at a more advanced stage upon detection.
  5. Black women may not have access to health care or health insurance so may have lower frequency of and longer intervals between mammograms.
  6. Because they may not have health insurance, Black women may not follow up on abnormal mammogram results because they can’t afford the diagnostic testing.
  7. Black women often don’t have access to the same prompt high quality treatment that white women have. They express that they are often feel disrespected by physicians and staff
  8. Black women face logistical barriers to accessing care (such as transportation issues or not being able to miss work or arrange for child care).
  9. Black women fear a cancer diagnosis.
  • Black women have the highest odds (2 times more likely) of getting Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a kind of breast cancer that often is aggressive and comes back after treatment. It has the highest mortality rate and is the only breast cancer sub-type that does not have a therapy to prevent recurrence. Note that younger women and women diagnosed at later stages are more likely to get Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

We MUST STOP THE SILENCE!

Early detection saves lives. Black women of all ages need to check their breasts monthly. We need to know what our “normal” feels like so if there is some abnormality, immediate action can be taken.

Black women need to understand the severity of this health crisis. We need to be talking about our health, our family histories, and educating all of the women in our lives.

The ongoing conversations in this country around access to affordable health insurance must include acknowledgement and action regarding the inequities for Black women.

Black women need to demand the attention and care of health care professionals.

We at Sisters Network, Inc., a sisterhood of survivors and thrivers, will continue to fight like girls and be the voice of Black women. We are committed to increasing local and national attention to the devasting impact that breast cancer has in the African American community. We are working diligently to reduce the mortality rate of breast cancer among Black women by generating awareness, garnering attention, providing access to information and resources, and supporting research efforts in the ecosystem.

ABOUT SISTERS NETWORK® INC.

Sisters Network®Inc. founded in 1994 by Karen Eubanks Jackson, 25-year and three-time Breast Cancer Survivor. SNI is the only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States and a leading voice in the fight against breast cancer in the African American community. Sisters Network is governed by an elected Board of Directors. Membership includes over 20 survivor- run affiliate chapters nationwide. To learn more about Sisters Network Inc., please visit www.sistersnetworkinc.orgor call 1-866-781-1808.

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Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo

CINCINNATI HERALD — It’s one of the largest outdoor recreation and nature education events for kids in the country, and it’s right here in Cincinnati! Great Parks presents the Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo on Friday, July 12 from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at Winton Woods Harbor.

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By The Cincinnati Herald

It’s one of the largest outdoor recreation and nature education events for kids in the country, and it’s right here in Cincinnati! Great Parks presents the Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo on Friday, July 12 from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. at Winton Woods Harbor.

The 14th annual event is expected to have 4,000–5,000 attendees, including groups from the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, Cincinnati Recreation Commission and Whole Again (a faith-based organization that serves low-income children), as well as the public.

There will be a variety of free hands-on activities offered all day, including paddling rafts on Winton Lake, a climbing wall, live animals and fishing. Exhibitors include Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Museum Center, Ohio EPA, REI and WAVE Foundation, among others. FC Cincinnati’s mascot “Gary” the lion will be making a special visit too!

The Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo is rain or shine. Winton Woods Harbor is located across from 10245 Winton Road. Learn more at https://www.greatparks.org/calendar/special-events/kids-outdoor-adventure-expo.

This article originally appeared in the Cincinnati Herald

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NNPA Publishers Honor Marjorie Parham, a Living Legend of the Black Press

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Parham, who turned 101 in February, spent more than three decades as publisher of the Cincinnati Herald, which was established in 1955 and counts as the longest running African American newspaper in the city.

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Active in the Urban League, the American Red Cross and various scouting groups, Parham also was known for her work as a member of NNPA where she served on the organization’s board as treasurer.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) honored Majorie B. Parham with the organization’s Legacy Award during its annual convention in Cincinnati on Friday, June 29.

The NNPA is a trade association that represents African American-owned newspapers and media companies in the United States.

Parham, who turned 101 in February, spent more than three decades as publisher of the Cincinnati Herald, which was established in 1955 and counts as the longest running African American newspaper in the city.

“She was a real radical,” said Dorothy Leavell, the publisher of the Chicago and Gary Crusader newspapers. “Marjorie Parham was something else and she was straight forward with her words and you didn’t have to guess what she meant … she made it very clear. She is a wonderful human being and she was a great asset to the Black Press of America,” Leavell said.

Parham was unable to attend the ceremony but was represented by the husband of her granddaughter Rhonda Spillers, and Parham was feted with proclamations and commendations from Ohio State Sen. Cecil Thomas, State Reps. Sedrick Denson and Catherine Ingram; Cincinnati City Councilman Wendell Young; and Hamilton County Commissioner Stephanie Dumas.

Former Ohio State Sen. Eric Kearney served as master of ceremonies and co-chair of the convention.

Kearney’s wife, Cincinnati Herald Publisher Jan Michele Lemon Kearney, served as the host for the annual convention which this year celebrates 192 years of the Black Press of America.

The convention’s partner and sponsors included Macy’s; AARP; Procter & Gamble; Ford; General Motors; Chevrolet; RAI American Services Company; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; American Petroleum Institute (API); Volkswagen; MillerCoors; Fifth Third Bank; Ascension; AmeriHealth Carita; Wells Fargo; and Pfizer Rare Disease.

Born in 1918 in Clement County, Ohio, Parham graduated from Batavia High School and attended Wilberforce University, a Historically Black College, according to her bio.

Later, she took classes at the University of Cincinnati before working as a clerk for the U.S. Veterans Administration.

In 1954, Parham married Gerald Porter and one year later he founded the Cincinnati Herald.

Within six years, Parham would retire from the Veterans Administration and take over as publisher of the Dayton Tribune, which her son ran until he was drafted in the military, her bio said.

In 1963, Parham also became publisher of the Cincinnati Herald, where she became a legend and often noted for her work at the newspaper and in the community through her involvement in numerous civic organizations.

In 1982, Parham became the second African American to serve as a trustee for the University of Cincinnati, and she also chaired the board of the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Active in the Urban League, the American Red Cross and various scouting groups, Parham also was known for her work as a member of NNPA where she served on the organization’s board as treasurer.

“I know [NNPA leadership] will continue their high standards of excellence,” Denson said.

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Karen Carter Richards, Publisher of the Houston Forward Times, Elected as New NNPA National Chair

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Karen Carter Richards, the publisher of the Houston Forward Times, has been elected to serve as the chair of the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade organization that represents African American-owned newspapers and media companies throughout the country.

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Newly-elected NNPA Chair Karen Carter Richards (pictured right) is joined by NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. (Photo: Mark Mahoney / Dream in Color Photography / NNPA)

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

Karen Carter Richards, the publisher of the Houston Forward Times, has been elected to serve as the chair of the National Newspapers Publishers Association (NNPA), the trade organization that represents African American-owned newspapers and media companies throughout the country.

Richards, who in 2018 won the NNPA’s Publisher of the Year Award, succeeds Dorothy Leavell, publisher of the Chicago and Gary Crusader Newspapers.

“We did it!” Richards exclaimed during an NNPA Legacy Awards presentation at the Cincinnati Westin Hotel on Friday, June 28.

The organization also selected a new first- and second- vice chair, secretary, treasurer and at-large board members.

The NNPA, which is celebrating its 79th year and 192 years of the Black Press in America, held its annual convention in the Queen City with Cincinnati Herald and Dayton Defender Publisher Jan Michele Kearney and Walter L. White, Vice President of Sesh Communications hosting the weeklong event.

“I just want to thank my family for all of their support,” said Richards, a second-generation publisher who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in journalism.

Her father, Julius P. Carter, founded the Houston Forward Times in 1960 after recognizing a need for a newspaper that was committed to covering issues and personalities routinely ignored by mainstream media.

After Julius Carter’s death, the legendary Lenora “Doll” Carter assumed responsibility for the Forward Times with Karen Carter Richards working alongside her.

Richards said she understands that being the chair comes with a lot of responsibilities and work.

After a fierce campaign, Richards said she will work to move the storied association forward, help to continue to provide Black America with critical news and information, and bridge any divides that might exist between members.

“I will win your trust,” Richards said.

“This is a new vision and I’m excited about serving. We are the Black Press, the Original Black Press and I’m so happy to serve and be the new chair of the NNPA.”

The Houston native said the importance of the Black Press should never be lost on anyone.

“We are the voice, the true voice of our people. We have recorded our history for 192 years like no other media could ever do,” she said.

“We have recorded many stories…our celebrations, our injustices and those hidden, treasured stories that came from our communities that we have always found value in. Let’s do this.”

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Cincinnati Shakespeare Company Presents the 13th Annual FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour Starts Next Week!

CINCINNATI HERALD — Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2019 FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour opens next week on Friday June 21! This year’s tour has over 40 performance stops (and growing). The popular Shakespeare titles, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth will be presented. These performances are FREE and open to the public. The cast features six actors from CSC Professional Intern Company.

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The tour of over 40 locations runs from June 21- August 31, 2019

By The Cincinnati Herald

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s 2019 FREE Shakespeare in the Park Tour opens next week on Friday June 21! This year’s tour has over 40 performance stops (and growing). The popular Shakespeare titles, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth will be presented. These performances are FREE and open to the public. The cast features six actors from CSC Professional Intern Company.

This year’s productions include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ROMEO AND JULIET and MACBETH. Performances will be held in Walnut Hills, Madisonville, Mt. Healthy, Downtown, Price Hill, Woodlawn, Clifton and a host of other communities. For a complete list, including show titles and info on the venues, visit this page: http://cincyshakes.com/shakespeare-in-the-park/.

Admission to Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in the Park Tour is free and there is no ticket or RSVP required. All performances are open to all and are general admission, open seating. Arriving early is typically recommended for best seating and lawn chairs and blankets are recommended. For questions regarding inclement weather or for details and rules regarding outside food and drink (including or excluding alcohol), please contact the individual parks and venues.

All press materials available www.cincyshakes.com/PRESS. Additional images and interviews available upon request.

This article originally appeared in the Cincinnati Herald

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Dayton area Morehouse graduate says billionaire’s student loan payoff a blessing

CINCINNATI HERALD — Dayton area resident Steven Geraud Anderson II, who is one of the 400 Morehouse College students who graduated Sunday in Atlanta, said he was incredulous when he heard the surprise announcement by commencement speaker and billionaire Robert F. Smith, that Smith and his family would be paying off their student debt.

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Morehouse College graduate Steven Geraud Anderson II, at far left with hand raised, of Huber Heights, Ohio, celebrates with classmates after learning that his and his classmates’ student loan debts are being eliminated by billionaire Robert F. Smith. AJC.com photo

By Dan Yount

Dayton area resident Steven Geraud Anderson II, who is one of the 400 Morehouse College students who graduated Sunday in Atlanta, said he was incredulous when he heard the surprise announcement by commencement speaker and billionaire Robert F. Smith, that Smith and his family would be paying off their student debt.

I had to look around me to see the reactions of the other graduates to confirm it was true,’’ said Anderson, a graduate of Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio. “Did he really say that? It was an amazing feeling.’’

Morehouse College graduate Steven Anderson II poses for this photo at his graduation ceremony. Provided

Morehouse College graduate Steven Anderson II poses for this photo at his graduation ceremony. Provided

Anderson received college scholarship money from organizations around Dayton to help him with his college expenses, but says he “racked up” almost $180,000 in student loans before graduating cum laude as an English major Sunday. He added when he went on stage to receive his diploma, he looked Smith in the eye and thanked him as he shook his hand.

“I am most excited with the blessing from Mr. Smith,’’ he said. “This gift opened so many more doors for me in that I can now concentrate on considering my purpose, rather than worrying about how I am going to pay off my student loans. I am passionate about public service, public policy and public leadership, and I hope to have a career in those areas. All of the graduates are so grateful to God and to their families and friends who have kept them in their prayers. This was the answer to all of our prayers.’’

Anderson’s family, including father Steven Anderson of Dayton, mother Regina Anderson of Dayton and other members attended the ceremony. “They could not believe it, either, and all started jumping up and down. This affected so many people,’’ he said.

Smith, who received an honorary doctorate at the same graduation exercises, told the graduates that the only way “for us to repay him was to pay it forward,’’ Anderson said.

In his commencement address, Smith said being on the bus toward success isn’t enough. “You want to own it, you want to drive it, and you want to pick up as many people as you can along the way.”

He charged the Class of 2019 with doing its part to improve the lives of Black America. “I’m putting some fuel into your bus, “ he said. “I’m counting on you to load up that bus.’’

A statement from Morehouse College officials released Tuesday said, “We, at Morehouse College, would like to thank Vista Equity Partners founder, chairman and CEO Robert F. Smith, our honorary alumnus, for the surprise gift that he offered to the graduating class at Morehouse’s 135th Commencement ceremony. To be free from the financial burden of paying off student loans will be life-changing for the Class of 2019. Our Office of Business and Finance, as well as our Office of Enrollment Management have been working diligently to calculate the student loan debt and other details of this gift. As soon as we have a final figure, we will share it with our new graduates so that they can continue on the path to careers and top-tier graduate schools student loan debt free.”

The gift has been estimated to be worth up to $40 million.

The announcement came as a surprise to Smith’s staff and to the staff at Morehouse.

According to “Forbes’’ magazine, Robert Smith is one of the world’s 13 Black billionaires. He is chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a software and technology investment firm.

Also receiving an honorary degree Sunday was Oscar-nominated actress and activist Angela Bassett, who referenced Morehouse graduate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.  and suggested that the Class of 2019 might emulate him, but take their own path.

This article originally appeared in the Cincinnati Herald.

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