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Anti-Choice Crowd Perverts 'Black Lives Matter' on Twitter #ABLC
The Black Lives Matter movement has provided the perfect opportunity for anti-choice activists to demonstrate how truly grotesque they are and how little they care about or respect Black women.

The Black Lives Matter movement has provided the perfect opportunity for anti-choice activists to demonstrate how truly grotesque they are and how little they care about or respect Black women.

For years, anti-choice radicals have erected billboards in Black communities or circulated Internet memes on social media that read “Abortion is Black genocide” or “The most dangerous place for a Black child is in the womb.” But more recently, anti-choice radicals havemisappropriated #BlackLivesMatter, and have added #HandsUpDontCrush, #UnbornLivesMatter, and “#BlackLivesDontMatter” to the quiver of anti-choice arrows that they fire off to shame Black women for exercising their fundamental right to make their own reproductive choices.

According to the anti-choice brain trust that concocted these hashtags, if Black lives mattered, Black women wouldn’t be getting so many abortions, right? Right?

This sort of misappropriation is not only offensive, it’s ultimately hollow: When it comes to advocating for policies that would actually support Black women and help them raise healthy children, far too many anti-choice activists are silent. But when it comes to using Black women as a cudgel to make a point about the evils of abortion and Planned Parenthood, it’s damn near impossible to shut these activists up.

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Black mothers carry these concerns with them starting from the moment their children are born. To these Black mothers, “#BlackLivesDontMatter” is a slap in the face.But anti-choice radicals don’t care. Rather than engage any of the life-and-death concerns that Black women have when it comes to raising children in this country, these fanatics would rather spend their time attacking Black women for making their own reproductive choices. Rather than demonstrate that their professed concern about Black babies is more than disingenuous sloganeering, they are desperately attempting to defund an organization that provides necessary health-care services to millions of Black women by apparently colluding with anti-choice politicians in spreading preposterous lies about Planned Parenthood.

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If they did—if anti-choicers cared so much about Black children—they should be in the streets marching with Black Lives Matter protesters to end the indiscriminate brutality against Black children. They should be advocating for universal pre- and post-natal care, for safety-net programs for low-income people, for Headstart, and SNAP, and equal pay, and contraception access. Where are the “pro-life” hashtags, and slogans, and blog posts about these critical issues?

And what message do these hashtags—#HandsUpDontCrush, #UnbornLivesMatter, and #BlackLivesDontMatter—send? That until abortion is eradicated, which it never will be because pregnant people will always find a way to not be pregnant if they don’t want to be—that police violence against Black children doesn’t matter? That Black women don’t have a right to demand that police stop gunning down our children as long as they exercise their right to choose?

It’s perverse.

Look, I get it: Anti-choicers and pro-choicers are never going to see eye-to-eye on abortion rights. But at a minimum, anti-choicers can be decent human beings and stop co-opting a movement that is about the life or death of the very Black children they claim to care so deeply about.

Imani Gandy is totally right on regarding the anti-choicers’ perverting the term “#BlackLivesMatter” for their own insidious usage to shame women and abortion in general. 

h/t: Imani Gandy at RH Reality Check

A recent study on black women in America delivered a mixed, even contradictory message. The report from the Black Women’s Roundtable found that while black women in the United States are making strides in education and business and affecting political trends with stellar voter turnout numbers, they remain more vulnerable to health problems and violence than any other group. Their strength at the polls is not reflected in elected positions. So, the situation is — at the same time — hopeful and frustrating, many steps forward with persistent, historical hurdles still blocking the way.
What is at first glance confusing makes perfect sense, though. Despite the reality show image of sassy, in control and intimidating black women taking charge and needing no help from anyone, the American story is consistent with the study. It is a tale of black women as invisible, misjudged and resilient through it all –integral and nurturing, yet set apart. They have survived, thrived and led, in spite of obstacles that have often kept them vulnerable, a term seldom used to describe black women.
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Powerful yet vulnerable black women: A contradiction rooted in history

To raise awareness about the 80% of black women who suffer from fibroids, we’d love for you to upload selfies and other photos of yourself in a white dress in the comments section. And wear a white dress TOMORROW, Thursday, July 10, in commemoration of Fibroids Awareness Month — first in Georgia and eventually nationwide. In our 3-part series on fibroids, check out organizations fighting fibroids and read why Tanika Gray Valbrun founded The White Dress Project: We CAN Wear White: #FightFibroids #WeCanWearWhite #FierceHealth

It’s Women’s History Month, and today we’re honoring Byllye Avery, who has dedicated her life to improving the health of African-American women. She founded the Black Women’s Health Imperative — an organization dedicated to promoting physical, mental, and spiritual health for African-American women.

Learn more about her work >>

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this documentary is screening saturday 10/18 for free + i definitely need to go!! i’m sort of amazed there’s nothing tagged about this on tumblr already

“Through the use of first person narrative and rare archival images, this documentary provides a moving glimpse of the women who have skillfully brought scores of children across the threshold of existence. Narrated by Phylicia Rashad, this evocative and passionate film celebrates women who have committed themselves to holistic answers amidst powerful misconceptions about the practice of midwifery and virulent opposition from practitioners of Western medicine.” (x)

African American women find wellness in “Prime Time Sister Circles” at AAMP

FREE, 13-week, interactive wellness seminars will take place in four venues across the city. The workshops are designed to reverse negative health trends in African American women and their families

The nationally recognized Prime Time Sister Circles have launched again, beginning Wednesday September 4, at 6 PM, at the African American Museum located at 7th and Arch Streets. More than 100 women from around the Philadelphia region are expected to be on hand signing up to participate in the Prime Time Sister Circles, an evidence-based, socially innovative intervention program designed to improve the lifestyle of African American women aged 40-70. The women will sign up to participate in the free, two hour seminars that will meet weekly, in four different locations from September until December. 

The interactive lessons will focus on stress management techniques, increased physical activity, and improved nutrition. The classes are led by specially trained women from the Philadelphia community who are paid a stipend.  Last year’s inaugural Prime Time Sister Circles are being hailed a huge success having encouraged more than 100 graduates to adopt a healthier lifestyle that includes healthier food choices, and portion control. 

Of the more than 100 participants, 68 percent lost weight and all of the women saw significant decreases in stress and hypertension levels. That is why organizers for the Prime Time Sister Circles are returning to replicate and expand the program in Philadelphia so other women can benefit.

In addition to recruiting new participants to the Prime Time Sister Circles, tonight’s event will also include free health screenings. Every woman who signs up will have their weight, height, blood pressure, waist circumference, and body mass index (BMI) measurements taken. These numbers will be used as a baseline reading for the 13-week Prime Time Sister Circles program and will be re-measured every two weeks to show successes. The African American Museum is one of four locations where the Prime Time Sister Circles will meet and the museum is also a sponsor of the event along with Philadelphia’s Black Women’s Health Alliance (http://www.pbwha.org). The Prime Time Sister Circles are free and open to any African American woman aged 40-70 who is interested in improving her own health  and  at the same time, reversing the negative health trends that are plaguing the African-American Community. 

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“For emotional eating, my advice is to find out what are you craving — and substitute it with something else that has a similar taste. For example if you want sugar, get an apple or an orange; or make your own juice with ice and fresh fruit in a blender,” said Ledisi in an interview with Fierce For Black Women. Here’s more about how the eight-time Grammy nominee revamped her lifestyle to drop four dress sizes: http://bit.ly/OsSVG6. #FierceNutrition

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Reproductive Awakening: Narratives of Agency in Black America: An Exhibition

Designed around an exhibition featuring women artists, the project explores the historical, social and political significance of Black women’s struggle in the U.S. for reproductive autonomy and the impact of Black midwives in their communities. It focuses on birthing traditions and abortion rights through the 20th century to the present and celebrates an evolving advocacy that sustains the network of midwives serving African-American women.

Highlights include the keynote address by feminist activist, author and attorney Carol Downer on Saturday, October 4th. She’ll address ways in which European “witch” burning beginning in the 12th century, correlate with the demonizing of women healers and the economic and political monopoly that is modern U. S. healthcare. There will be screenings of Bringin’in Da Spirit, We Always Resist: Trust Black WomenA Period Piece and other films. Panels and workshops include those on midwifery, menses, menopause, “Placenta Medicine” “Choices, Rights, Autonomy,” and more.

Other exhibition-related programming includes The Red-Tent experience, (with one for preteens and teens as well), workshops on female sexual anatomy and holistic healing and wellness. Some events are free of charge, while others carry an admission fee. See reproductiveawakening.com for the full October schedule and a forecasting of November’s events.

A team of women and one man were brought together by Kinyofu Mlimwengu to develop and produce “Reproductive Awakening” for the community.

“This project was conceived as I developed my own awareness of the illusions surrounding women’s choices in reproductive health,” said Mlimwengu.  “It appears most women lack basic knowledge about their bodies. We become subject to medical and political opinion and judgment, none of which is affirming to women. It’s time to relearn what we lost through patriarchy, capitalism, and racism and effect change from within.”

The compact Museum of Women’s Resistance is located at 279 Empire Blvd between Nostrand and Rogers Avenues in Brooklyn. It’s housed at the headquarters of Black Women’s Blueprint, a civil and human rights organization that is co-sponsoring the “Reproductive Awakening” project.

When is enough enough?

Above is Jennifer Hudson on June 14, 2011 at the second annual amfAR Inspiration Gala at MoMA here in NYC. 

When she first revealed her new body to the world, Jennifer Hudson looked healthy and cheery with a new lease on life. Key word, healthy.

(Hudson when she first revealed her svelte body)

As with any curvacious celeb that drops a few pounds, it seems Hudson has inevitably fallen into the temper trap that is body distortion. The public is shocked at the transformation and develops a slight obsession with it - rewarding the celebrity with endorsements, placing them on the Beautiful People list, and taking them seriously as an entertainer. 

Speaking of, she just landed a deal with Penguin Books to pen a weight loss memoir

What say you? Do you think JHud has lost too much?

eurekalert.org
Experiences of racism linked to adult-onset asthma in African-American women

According to a new study from the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University, African-American women who reported more frequent experiences of racism had a greater likelihood of adult-onset asthma compared to women who reported less frequent experiences.

Confession

I feel like i became everything i told myself i wasn’t going to be. I said i was never going to be so insecure or lonely and here i am. The only friends i feel like i have are at college and i cant see them. Back here at home i hang out with maybe two people and thats if they have time. And it sucks going through fb or snapchat and seeing everyone having fun while I’m at home siting around doing nothing. I feel like the ultimate loser sometimes. I feel like my depression holds me back from going out,trying to meet new people, and maintain friendships. I feel like i can be really awkward until people get to know but half the time its like i don’t want to give anyone a chance. i can never find anyone of color to identify with when it comes to subjects like this. I know i can snap out of this and make my life better. I just want to be able to make through this summer.

"It's unbelievable that 60 million women have fibroids and nearly 300,000 a year have hysterectomies..."

It’s unbelievable that 60 million women have fibroids and nearly 300,000 a year have hysterectomies because of severe symptoms from this condition! I’m wearing the closest I have to an all-white dress today to advocate for more research to address this epidemic.“ - Fierce Social Media Director Joyce E. Davis. Are you wearing your white dress today? #FibroidsAwarenessMonth The White Dress Project: We CAN Wear White

fierceforblackwomen.com
Fighting Fibroids and Winning: Raise Your Voice

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Battling uterine fibroids is one of the most significant health problems for black women of child-bearing age. This article is the first installment in a Fierce three-part series…

One of the most debilitating symptoms of fibroids is excessive bleeding — menstrual cycles so heavy that living a normal life becomes nearly impossible.

“My doctor told me that I had been so anemic for so long that I was risking a stroke with my next period,” Ashley says.

What It’s Like To Have HPV: How The Vaccine Failed To Protect Me As a Black Woman

It’s upsetting to me that Gardasil leaves many black women without adequate protection against HPV and cervical cancer. Conflating the healthcare needs of white women with those of black women keeps us from accessing adequate treatment in multiple areas, and this especially troubling when it comes to HPV. Had there been funding for a vaccine specifically designed for my black, female body, a shot that protects my body as well as it does white women, I might very well be HPV-free today. 

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Black Women & Obsesity 

C I’ve been feeling so sad, anxious and scared recently. What happened to me? I used to be the girl who would achieve what she wanted no matter what it took. The girl who would look at a problem and find a way solve it, who wouldn’t pay any mind to the doubters, the haters, the nay-sayers. Now I can’t look at myself without thinking what a failure I am. I can’t do things without constantly questioning myself or my skill. Can’t get through the day without crying once. What happened to me?