BOTWC - Weekly Roundup https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com/blogs/newsletter BOTWC Weekly Roundup Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:03:27 GMT Black Doctor Becomes First To Cure Cancer In Mice Using Nanoparticle Technology https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/black-doctor-becomes-first-to-cure-cancer-in-mice-using-nanoparticle-technology https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/black-doctor-becomes-first-to-cure-cancer-in-mice-using-nanoparticle-technology Mon, 09 Mar 2020 12:28:58 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Believe in Black women! Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green just became the first person to successfully cure cancer in mice using nanoparticle technology, Black Enterprise reports.  Green was first inspired to pursue cancer treatment efforts after watching her aunt and uncle battle with the disease. Her aunt, Ora Lee, eventually lost her battle with cancer and her uncle, General Lee Smith, struggled with the side effects of chemotherapy. Seeing their experiences firsthand... Believe in Black women! Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green just became the first person to successfully cure cancer in mice using nanoparticle technology, Black Enterprise reports.  Green was first inspired to pursue cancer treatment efforts after watching her aunt and uncle battle with the disease. Her aunt, Ora Lee, eventually lost her battle with cancer and her uncle, General Lee Smith, struggled with the side effects of chemotherapy. Seeing their experiences firsthand motivated Green to find a cure.  Her work began as an undergraduate student at Alabama A&M University where she studied physics and optics. She went on to pursue her masters in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and eventually began working at the Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology.  Her new cancer treatment uses laser-activated nanoparticles that were found to successfully cure cancer within 15 days in mice. The treatment doesn’t require chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery and is a revolutionary breakthrough in the field. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded Green with a $1.1 million grant to continue her cancer treatment research. Breakthroughs in cancer treatment are critical to ultimately curing the disease. With every new treatment, the life expectancy for cancer patients goes up. While people are living longer after a cancer diagnosis, studies still show that roughly 1600 people will die from cancer each day in 2020 in the United States.  Thankfully, because of the work that Dr. Green is doing, we are one step closer to a cure!  Thank you! Photo Courtesy of @drhadiyahgreen/Twitter Once His Nomination is Confirmed, He Will Become The United States Air Force’s First Black Chief Of Staff https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/united-states-military-makes-history-by-nominating-its-first-african-american-chief-of-the-air-force https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/botwc-firsts/united-states-military-makes-history-by-nominating-its-first-african-american-chief-of-the-air-force Thu, 05 Mar 2020 13:52:16 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Black history is celebrated all year! General Charles Q. Brown Jr. made history by being nominated to become the first African American chief of staff for the United States Air Force, Black Enterprise reports.  If General Brown is appointed, he will be the highest ranking officer in the Air Force and the first Black man to lead any military branch since Colin Powell. Brown is a highly decorated general, a... Black history is celebrated all year! General Charles Q. Brown Jr. made history by being nominated to become the first African American chief of staff for the United States Air Force, Black Enterprise reports.  If General Brown is appointed, he will be the highest ranking officer in the Air Force and the first Black man to lead any military branch since Colin Powell. Brown is a highly decorated general, a decorated fighter pilot who has served through multiple combat tours around the world, and the current commander of the U.S Pacific Air Forces. As chief of staff, he will be responsible for overseeing all units in the Air Force, supporting a new Space Force program, and working with the Joint Chief of Staff in the Department of Defense, the Homeland Security Council, National Security Council, and consulting with the president on all military affairs.  Barbara Barrett, secretary for the Air Force issued a statement about the nomination, saying, “The United States Air Force will be well served by the formidable talents of C.Q. Brown. He has unmatched strategic vision and operational expertise. His leadership will be instrumental as the service continues to focus on the capabilities and talent we need to implement the National Defense Strategy.” General Brown will be replacing Gen. David L. Goldfein, who is retiring this year.  “I am truly honored and humbled by the nomination to serve as the Air Force’s 22nd Chief of Staff. If confirmed...I look forward to building upon the legacy of Gen. Dave and Dawn Goldfein and the many airpower giants before who have served our Air Force and our nation with such dedication,” Brown said.  Congratulations General Brown! Photo Courtesy of U.S. Air Force Houston Chef Turns Restaurant Into Grocery Store To Combat Food Shortages https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/news/houston-chef-turns-restaurant-into-grocery-store-to-combat-food-shortages Mon, 06 Apr 2020 12:31:58 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com This is how you meet a need! Houston Chef Jonny Rhodes decided to turn his restaurant into a grocery store to combat food shortages that are happening as a result of the pandemic, Black Enterprise reports.  Rhodes is the owner of Indigo, a popular soul food restaurant in Houston, Texas. While most states are allowing restaurants to stay open for take-out and delivery only, Rhodes thought his spot could be... This is how you meet a need! Houston Chef Jonny Rhodes decided to turn his restaurant into a grocery store to combat food shortages that are happening as a result of the pandemic, Black Enterprise reports.  Rhodes is the owner of Indigo, a popular soul food restaurant in Houston, Texas. While most states are allowing restaurants to stay open for take-out and delivery only, Rhodes thought his spot could be of better use and made the decision to convert it into a grocery store to give low-income families better access to quality food.  Broham’s Fine Soul Food & Groceries opened this past week and Rhodes said it was always in the plans. “It is times and moments like these in which we referenced from our inception. This project wasn’t due to launch until the fall, but our people need us NOW. As many have formed opinions on our current state as a nation, nothing has changed then or now about our position regarding food apartheid and food inequality in the nation…[Broham’s Groceries is] our first combat outpost in the fight against food injustice in Black/brown communities,” Rhodes said in a social media post. The new grocery store will service the community's needs while also allowing the Texas chef to keep his employees on staff. Rhodes said not only is there a food shortage, there’s a food desert in his particular community because there are hardly any grocery stores at all, which is not uncommon in many under resourced neighborhoods across America.  “You think about this epidemic that’s going on, one of the things you see is grocery stores can’t keep things on the shelves. Over here, there are no shelves to be empty, because there are no grocery stores. Instead of there being empty shelves, there’s empty bellies. Since this has taken place, a lot of them [people] are surviving on chips, soda, candy. That’s only going to make what’s going on right now worse. Now, you don’t have the immune system to fight it off, because we’re poisoning ourselves. We just want to be able to provide [an alternative],” Rhodes said.  Rhodes isn’t sure when his restaurant will reopen, but for now he’s just focused on doing his part. Broham’s Groceries sells food that is locally sourced and is located at 517 Berry Rd. Houston, Texas. They’re open Monday through Friday from 9am to 7pm CST.  To learn more about Broham’s Fine Soul Food & Groceries, visit www.htxindigo.com. Thank you for all you’re doing Jonny! Photo Courtesy of Solomon Sixteenth/ChristopherAnderson/Houston Eater Oregon Football Coach Who Disarmed Student Will Receive Congressional Medal of Honor https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/news/oregon-football-coach-who-disarmed-student-will-receive-congressional-medal-of-honor Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:27:35 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Well deserved roses! Keanon Lowe is the Oregon high school football coach who went viral last year after a video surfaced showing him disarming a student at his school and preventing another potential mass shooting. Now Lowe will receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for his care, compassion and bravery, Tank’s Good News reports. Last May, Lowe was captured on surveillance video taking away a loaded firearm from a student at Parkrose High School... Well deserved roses! Keanon Lowe is the Oregon high school football coach who went viral last year after a video surfaced showing him disarming a student at his school and preventing another potential mass shooting. Now Lowe will receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for his care, compassion and bravery, Tank’s Good News reports. Last May, Lowe was captured on surveillance video taking away a loaded firearm from a student at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon. After passing the gun to another faculty member, Lowe embraced the student in a hug and talked to him until police arrived. “In that time, I felt compassion for him. A lot of times, especially when you’re young, you don’t realize what you’re doing until it’s over,” Lowe told reporters at the time.   Breaking News: video of Coach Keanon Lowe disarming Parkrose High School gunman Angel Granados-Diaz. More to come. pic.twitter.com/d7wK9ES6zi — Dan Tilkin (@DanTilkinKOIN6) October 19, 2019 Now, the coach is one of six being honored by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for “[exemplifying] the values embodied in the Medal of Honor: courage, sacrifice, commitment, integrity, citizenship, and patriotism.” Lowe is set to receive the Society’s Single Act of Heroism award. “[He was] selected for his courageous act when he disarmed a student with a loaded shotgun during an incident at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon… Mr. Lowe is attributed with saving the lives of the students and faculty of Parkrose High School,” the organization announced in a statement.  Thank you for all you’ve done and all you will do Keanon! The world needs more like you!  Photo Courtesy of Oregon Live LeVar Burton Is Planning To Read To Us Again, Beginning This Friday https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/the-feels/levar-burton-is-planning-to-read-to-us-again-beginning-this-friday Thu, 02 Apr 2020 11:46:44 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com The reason we all know that the answer is “in a book” is because LeVar Burton told us for over 26 years via the Reading Rainbow. Now the cultural icon is planning to help everyone quarantining by extending his podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, to a livestream via Twitter Live. Burton is blessing us with three sessions on a weekly basis. They kick off this Friday beginning with a reading for adults at... The reason we all know that the answer is “in a book” is because LeVar Burton told us for over 26 years via the Reading Rainbow. Now the cultural icon is planning to help everyone quarantining by extending his podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, to a livestream via Twitter Live. Burton is blessing us with three sessions on a weekly basis. They kick off this Friday beginning with a reading for adults at 9PM ET, followed by a session for children every Monday at 12PM ET and one for young adults every Wednesday at 6PM ET. In other words, he has everyone covered!   THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 4th, it begins right here on @twitter pic.twitter.com/pxWZ5lat5k — LeVar Burton (@levarburton) April 1, 2020   It's like our childhood all over again and it's the perfect calm and good that we need right now. Thank you, LeVar! Woman Shaves Hair and Eyebrows In Solidarity With Sister Battling Cancer https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/the-feels/woman-shaves-hair-eyebrows-in-solidarity-with-sister-battling-cancer Tue, 31 Mar 2020 17:48:05 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Yep. We’re crying too! A young woman shaved her hair in eyebrows in solidarity with her sister who is undergoing cancer treatment. The video, shared to Instagram by user “Trill Cami,” shows the two sisters side by side as Cami tells viewers that she “shaved her head today for her sister” because she felt ugly as a result of her hair falling out due to cancer. As her sister Gaby... Yep. We’re crying too! A young woman shaved her hair in eyebrows in solidarity with her sister who is undergoing cancer treatment. The video, shared to Instagram by user “Trill Cami,” shows the two sisters side by side as Cami tells viewers that she “shaved her head today for her sister” because she felt ugly as a result of her hair falling out due to cancer. As her sister Gaby continues to cry, Cami begins to shave her eyebrows.  Gaby turns in astonishment as Cami starts to affirm her while shaving the facial hair, letting her know that “these are meaningless,” reminding the sister that hair doesn’t define her beauty. The two burst into tears as the emotional moment is caught on video, embracing each other while Cami reminds Gaby that they’re in this together. Cami posted the video captioned, “Can’t say everything that’s been going on has been easy, it’s been hard, it hurts. But this isn’t for any of you or for me, this is for you Gaby. I LOVE YOU with every bone in my body. U fight…& you do it d*** well. Hair does not make you and even bald you still manage to be the prettiest sister..I love you so so so so much boot boot & every battle you go through, I promise to go through it with you [because] that’s what... sisters do.”   Big sister shave her hair and eyebrows to support little sister who’s battling cancer. Pls help like and retweet for them to go viral. 😭😢🙏🏽💕❣️ pic.twitter.com/MWMiBvxZFi— Rothschild (@timi_wakanda) March 30, 2020   The video has since been viewed nearly 2 million times, prompting reactions from several celebrities. Janet Jackson commented saying, “This made me cry. I was actually going to shave my head for the Janet Tour and was going to talk to all the kids to do the same. I love a bald head, especially on a woman. I think it’s beautiful! You and your family are in my prayers. Stay positive. Stay strong. You’re so beautiful.” Rihanna also chimed in saying, “Wow! We [love] you Gaby,” with Michael B. Jordan adding, “Keep fighting.”  This is such a beautiful display of sisterhood. We will keep you in our prayers Gaby and S/O to your sister for being in this fight with you! Photo Courtesy of @trillcami/Instagram The Bond Between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Maya Angelou https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/culture/the-bond-between-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-and-maya-angelou Sat, 04 Apr 2020 23:19:54 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com We can’t let this day end without honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Maya Angelou. April 4, 1968 marks the day that Dr. King was assassinated. It is also the day that Maya Angelou was born. At the time she was celebrating her 40th birthday.“I couldn’t believe that this great man, this great dream, this great dreamer, this person who dared to love everybody, could be killed before he... We can’t let this day end without honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Maya Angelou. April 4, 1968 marks the day that Dr. King was assassinated. It is also the day that Maya Angelou was born. At the time she was celebrating her 40th birthday.“I couldn’t believe that this great man, this great dream, this great dreamer, this person who dared to love everybody, could be killed before he could realize his dream,” she said in an interview before her passing.Angelou and King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, went on to send each other flowers on April 4th for the next 30 years. Today we remember and honor them both for their example, their dreams and the indelible mark they made on this world.  DIY Grooming Inventor Is Saving Hairlines Across The World During Quarantine https://www.becauseofthemwecan.com//blogs/culture/diy-grooming-inventor-is-saving-hairlines-across-the-world-during-quarantine Thu, 02 Apr 2020 14:32:10 GMT newsletter@becauseofthemwecan.com Help for your haircuts is on the way! Joshua Esnard, creator of The Cut Buddy, may have one of the few products on the market that we all didn’t know we needed until now. The Cut Buddy is a stenciling device that helps you cut your own hair, lining up the perfect hairline, shape up or edge and helping to trim your beard. According to Black Enterprise, Esnard created the device... Help for your haircuts is on the way! Joshua Esnard, creator of The Cut Buddy, may have one of the few products on the market that we all didn’t know we needed until now. The Cut Buddy is a stenciling device that helps you cut your own hair, lining up the perfect hairline, shape up or edge and helping to trim your beard. According to Black Enterprise, Esnard created the device when he was just 13-years-old, perfecting it over the years and eventually launching the product in 2016. He believes his DIY barbering tool is the perfect tool to help those in quarantine who are struggling with not being able to go to the barbershop as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I created this when I was a kid. I couldn’t go to the barber. Either it was too far away, or I couldn’t afford to. Now, with this pandemic, hopefully, my invention can help people feel a little bit better about their haircuts and themselves every day,” Esnard said. Esnard sold 4,000 units in just an hour when the product was first released. Going on to be featured in a number of major publications including GQ, Forbes and NBC’s The Today Show. He went on to be a featured contestant on ABC’s Shark Tank, garnering an investment from business mogul Daymond John and further catapulting his success.  Currently, Esnard is offering discounts on The Cut Buddy as a result of the current crisis. “It’s only a haircut tool, but I’ve seen how much it means to people to feel good about how they look every day. I hope this can help people’s lives feel a bit more normal,” Esnard says. Get your Cut Buddy today at www.TheCutBuddy.com and get a 15% discount at checkout at with the promo code: DIY2020. We hope this helps! Thanks for all you’re doing Joshua!  Photo Courtesy of Joshua Esnard