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Ask Dr. Renee: Do You Know How To Prevent Cancer?

June 18th, 2015 - By Dr. Renee Matthews
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These days we here about people younger and younger being diagnosed with different types of cancer. Unfortunately, we also have been hearing about lots of deaths from cancer as well. I recently watched the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary and several of the African-American female cast members that were in the memorial died of different cancers. It’s important for us to remember that some of these diseases can be prevented. Science is evolving daily on what exactly causes and prevents cancer.  So here are some tips that will hopefully keep you, your friends and your family cancer-free.


Quit smoking

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for you and can cause lung cancer. According to the American Lung Association, secondhand smoke causes approximately 3,400 deaths from lung cancer.  You have to be mindful of the activity of others around you. If you are a smoker, the sooner you can stop the better. That way the lungs can repair themselves and once again function properly. This hits home for me because someone very close to me who is not a smoker was diagnosed with lung cancer a couple years ago.

Exercise regularly

It is very important to exercise to not only manage your weight, but to prevent cancer as well. Studies have found that there are substantial health benefits to regular exercise. Strive to get at least 150 minutes a week in of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. As a general goal, include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine. If you can do more, even better. I am a huge fan of HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) because many of us are busy with our careers and family and this type of training allows you to burn a ton of calories in a short amount of time. You do not have to go to a gym for this. You can do these exercises at home.

Use sunscreen

This tip may surprise many, but there are plenty of Black people that have been diagnosed with skin cancer and, unfortunately, have died as a result. To avoid skin cancer, the American Cancer Society suggests avoiding the sun in the middle of the day, staying in the shade whenever possible, covering exposed areas of your skin, using generous amounts of sunscreen and avoiding tanning beds and sunlamps.

Keep your immunizations up to date

This is a hot topic in the news right now, although the conversation is centered around kids. It is important to get immunized to prevent certain types of cancer, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is imperative that you have your Hepatitis B vaccination because it is often linked to liver cancer.  The Human Papilloma Virus vaccine is available for both men and women age 26 or younger who did not receive the vaccine as an adolescent. HPV is known to cause cervical cancer, but can also increase the risk of cancer of the anus, penis, throat, vulva and vagina.

Related article: Ask Dr. Renee: Should Virgins Get Pap Smears?

Do not share needles because there is a high incidence of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, which can increase the risk of liver cancer.  If you have a drug problem, seek help to stop. Practice safe sex by limiting the number of sexual partners. The more sexual partners in a lifetime increases your chances of contracting a sexually transmitted infection such as HIV or HPV. These infections can lead to higher risk of cancer of the anus, liver and lung cancer.

Doctor visits

Regular doctor visits will allow you to receive screenings for various types of cancer. If you do self-exams and get your health screenings, then you increase your chances of finding cancer early leading to a favorable outcome.

Eat Healthy

Eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans will help you reduce your cancer risk. Fiber is especially important when preventing colon cancer.  Try not to eat too many high-fat foods because they are higher in calories and might lead to obesity, which can be linked to an increased risk of cancer. Cancer cells like to feed off of fat tissue. Alcohol consumption is fine in moderation.  But large amounts of alcohol consumption increase the risk of breast, colon, lung, kidney and liver cancer.


Hopefully, you are already doing these things to live your best life now. If not, try and make some small changes so that you can live long enough to make all your dreams come true. If you would like to learn more about health, wellness and how to live your best life, please visit me at

“I Lost Myself” Columbus Short Admits To Using Cocaine

December 10th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Columbus Short Admits To Using Cocaine

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You would have had to completely avoid any and all news not to have noticed that Columbus Short had been behaving erratically for the past year or so. From the public fights, domestic abuse charges and other weird interactions, it was clear something was going on. And recently, in an interview with “Access Hollywood,” the former “Scandal” actor confirmed that he was actually struggling with a drug addiction. See what he had to say about it in these excerpts and then watch the video below.

“Let me just be– I’ll be candid. I was struggling with drugs. I had a lot on my plate and was using unhealthy ways to kind of self medicate to deal with a lot of heavy stuff in my life.”

What kind of drugs?

The real drugs. I did cocaine. I was doing cocaine and drinking a lot and trying to balance a 16-hour work schedule a day and a family. I lost myself back there.

Did Shonda know? 

She did and if we’re going to be fully transparent they protected me and they held me down. And that was one of the real reasons. They just wanted me to get my stuff together. And sometimes the bottom has to get dropped out for you to really get it. So I moved to Atlanta and I’ve been living there for the last five and a half months and it’s been life changing.

Why drugs?

It was numbing stuff. I was going through a lot. Going through a lot in my marriage. I had a lot of tragic loss. Last year, one of my best friends died, he killed himself. Lee Thompson Young. And that kind of started a spiral. I found out while I was on set. It really just took my legs out from under me.

How he’s getting better

First of all I think when anybody is dealing with drugs or alcohol, you have to change your environment period. So I had to move. And my therapy really was working on my album. Music changes things, period.

The impact

You got to think at the end it didn’t just affect me or my home. It’s affected Shonda, Kerry, my kids, my grandmother, my family, my church family. People care when people are going through things. And people forget that we’re human.

A judge demanded the Columbus stay in California because of all the legal trouble. Will he be able to live and work in L.A. without succumbing to his old problems?

I used to come back in to L.A. for these court dates and I would drive through the city and I’d see these triggers, real triggers. Just memories, places. It had to take a good five months, a good five or six months for me to get strong enough so I could come back to L.A. and really do what I have to do.

Admission can be cathartic. It also helps others to hold you accountable, so props to Columbus for being honest enough and brave enough to admit this. We’re hoping and praying that he’s gotten the help he needs to stay on the right track. You can watch the whole interview, including the part where he runs off stage at the end in the video, in celebration, below.


Later in that same interview, Columbus talked about repairing his image in the public eye. You can watch that interview too.

Should Mona Scott-Young Make Joseline Go To Rehab?

August 25th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Joseline reportedly bit a LHHATL security guard and ripped off a piece of his flesh at the reunion show taping.

Source: IG

Months ago, we learned that the cast of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” threw down at the reunion taping. It was a full out brawl with Joseline attacking Tammy, Althea and Mimi.

A source close to the show, who wanted to remain anonymous, told our sister site Bossip that the reason Joseline was so hell bent on attacking her cast members was because she was under the influence at the time.

This certainly isn’t the first time we’ve heard claims or seen evidence suggesting that Joseline is using. Her “husband” Stevie J, even tested positive for cocaine when he was arrested for back child support.

But at this point people are starting to worry about Joseline’s safety as well as the safety of those around her.

The source told Bossip bluntly, “They need to send her a$$ to rehab! Having her film anything else says to Tammy, Althea and Mimi that it’s okay for her to put hands on them. She doesn’t get to act up just because she’s been tootin'”

The source said she’s watched Joseline get high on several occasions but doesn’t know whether or not she’s done so on the set of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if she called her connect to get high right before shooting scenes, but that set is closed once the cameras start rolling and no one can come on set.”

The source said that Joseline is not only a threat to herself but to Stevie as well.

“I’m definitely concerned she might take it too far and kill him. Not necessarily on purpose, but Joseline is uncontrollable when she’s high. Who knows what might trigger her to pick up a weapon and use it.”

The source partially blames “Love and Hip Hop” creator Mona Scott Young, who reportedly knows about Joseline’s habit.

In fact, the source claims that Mona has created a monster.

“She needs help and if Mona wanted to do the decent thing she would require her to go to rehab before doing any more filming. Mona created that monster.”

This isn’t an unusual suggestion. Tammy suggested that she wouldn’t be taking part in this show until they started requiring drug tests.

Mona always says their show doesn’t promote violence but that certainly hasn’t been the case in the past. And if the reunion is going to be as bad as the rumors suggest it’s still not true.

But the question is, should Mona require or ask Joseline to take a drug test? Does Mona allowing her to keep working on the show pose a danger to the cast members or somehow suggest that Mona condones the crazy behavior because it increases ratings?

At this point, I can’t think of a reason why she shouldn’t.

Just Say No To Drugs: Celebrities Arrested For Possession

June 11th, 2014 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Over the years we have seen tons of our favorite celebrities arrested for some of the silliest reasons. Ranging from reckless behavior to nudity, celebrities just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. However, there’s one particular recreation stars just cant seem to leave alone, smoking trees! Check out this list of celebrities arrested for possession of the green stuff.









“I Held His Pen!s Every Night” Conrad Murray Talks Michael Jackson’s Sexuality, Kids, Plastic Nose & More

November 25th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Over the weekend, we reported that Conrad Murray claimed, once again, that he didn’t kill Michael Jackson, that Michael accidentally killed himself. Murray has been saying this for years now. But this particular interview with The Mail,  Murray had faaaaaar more than that to say. In the lengthy interview, Murray attempts to “clear” his name by describing the friendship he and Michael shared. And because the two were so close for the icon’s final years and Michael trusted him, he was privy to some of the most intimate details of Jackson’s life. And I do mean in-tim-ate. This interview answers many of the questions we’ve had about Michael Jackson for decades now, including why he was so adamant about bleaching his skin, the biology of his children, his sexuality and the abuse Jackson had suffered at the hands of his family and others he had once trusted. You can check out some of the highlights below.

Michael’s drug use 

Murray says that when he initially went to work for Michael in 2006, he was already using propofol. When he came to his home to help him prepare for his comeback tour, he realized that Michael had a personal stash of the drug which Murray did not supply.

He told me there were doctors in Germany that gave it to him. I didn’t agree with this at all, but Michael wasn’t the kind of man you can say no to. He would always find a way.

So I acquired propofol and gave it to him over a two-and-a-half month period as I weaned him off it, which I finally achieved three days before he died.

I would never have recommended propofol to Michael. 

But when I  got there he was on it – he called it “milk” – and he needed to get off it. I wanted to help my friend.

How he and Michael were able to develop such a close friendship. 

He liked me because I wasn’t starstruck. The children loved me. We shared similar backgrounds.

He had a very unhappy childhood and was beaten and abused by his father. I came from poverty and didn’t meet my father until I was 25. We were both forgotten little boys.

 Michael had a lot of lingering pain. He would sing the song The Little Boy Who Santa Claus Forgot to me and say, ‘That’s our song.’

 I protected him. I am only  speaking now because I have been unfairly vilified.

He told me he believed he had been sexually assaulted by one  doctor while he had been under sedation. You name it, he had experienced it.

The prediction Michael made that came true in a very tragic way.

You know, for the rest of your life and my life our names will become inseparable.

I asked him, “Michael, what do you mean?” and he smiled and said, I am clairvoyant.

Skin bleaching 

Murray said Michael craved porcelain skin and he helped apply the cream he used. He rubbed it on Jackson’s back.

He transformed himself because he wanted to obscure where he came from. He wanted to look different from his family. He wanted porcelain, flawless skin. Those were his words.

More quotes about Michael’s children, his sexuality and the plastic nose on the following pages.

Conrad Murray Stands His Ground: “I Didn’t Kill Michael Jackson. MJ Killed MJ”

November 24th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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There is really something to be said for knowing when to humble yourself and be quiet. It is clear, however, that Conrad Murray has not learned that lesson.

In his first interview since being released from prison, Conrad Murray opens up to The Daily Mail about life with Michael Jackson. He says things got very crazy towards the end, but he was not responsible:

“He was in crisis at the end of his life, filled with panic and misery … By the end, Michael Jackson was a broken man. I tried to protect him but instead I was brought down with him.”

Murray says MJ was so paranoid that he wouldn’t allow housekeepers to clean his underwear because he thought they would sell them. Yes, well, drugs will make you think a lot of things that would rarely cross your mind if you were sober.

Murray says that he was only trying to protect Michael but was taken down with him. In fact, he says they were very close friends. How close, ask?

I held his private part every night to fit a catheter because he was incontinent at night.”

Yeah. Moving on.

In the end, Conrad Murray says he didn’t kill Michael Jackson but rather, Michael accidentally killed himself.

You know, the only real truth is that no one will ever know what really happened. It’s no secret that Michael had bouts of paranoia. But we also know that Conrad Murray isn’t the most trustworthy person.

No matter the “truth,” it is about time for everyone to stop doing interviews about this and keep whatever they know to themselves.

Naomi Campbell Opens Up About Anger Management, Addiction…And Love!

October 27th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Naomi Campbell is usually only in the media for two things: (1) She’s gotten really upset and reacted in the same vain or (2) she’s giving us catwalk fever.

The supermodel appeared on Britain’s The Jonathan Ross Show in a long flowing gown and in a seemingly great mood, she asked, “So should I sit or should I lay?”

As she discussed her role as mentor on The Face and how personal she takes it when one of her mentees is eliminated, Ross led her directly into a conversation about her anger issues. Campbell said:

“I think I made the name anger management famous.  Anger is an emotion. There’s things I had to deal with it like us all.  How we deal with it…”

As we know, Naomi is just as famous for throwing phones and punches at assistants and anyone else who makes her extremely angry.

She also discussed her drug addiction and how she’s been able to overcome it:

“I’ve enjoyed my life. I’m happy where I am today. I live in the day. I stay in my day and I’m happy.  I don’t want to go back.  I think everyone comes to their conclusion no matter what it is that you’re addicted to. You can be addicted to work. All it is in an escapism. For me, I came to my realization at 29 that I didn’t like the way I was. And that was it. “

Campbell says everyday is a work in progress and she fights her urge to smoke daily (she wears a patch).

Later in the interview, Campbell, who was hilarious during the interview, went on to talk about “finding the one” and settling down:

“I kind of did settle down, just not the right person. This is my life and I’m happy.  I’m not settling for nothing that’s not worth me.”

Naomi Campbell added that she doesn’t approach men – ever – and when it comes to sex, it takes  a”looooong” time before that happens.

I actually loved the interview. Naomi Campbell seems to be in such a great place right now and it looks like her anger management classes have done a world of good.

Check out Naomi Campbell’s interview on The Jonathan Ross Show on the next page!

Clean & Clear: Lamar Odom Allegedly Tests Negative For Drugs

October 10th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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TMZ, the media outlet who has been the forerunner in reporting all the recent dirt associated with Lamar Odom and his alleged drug use, have reported that on Tuesday, Lamar Odom tested negative for drugs.

According to TMZ, and only TMZ at this point, Lamar was set to fly to New York today to meet with leaders of several basketball teams with proof that he’s clean and sober. TMZ sources have confirmed that on Tuesday Lamar underwent blood and urine tests to prove he hasn’t been using. Other sources say that this lines up with Lamar’s behavior when he and Khloe reunited as they went to visit the Kardashian household on Tuesday as well. Lamar was said to have been lucid, showing no signs of being under the influence.

Lamar was supposed to meet with several teams to discuss the possibility of him playing for them, with the proof that he was sober. He was also there to visit with his family and get away from the negative energy.  But in a weird twist of events became “uneasy” when he learned that TMZ had leaked the news of his visit. He has yet to reschedule.

This whole thing is hella weird ya’ll. For weeks Lamar has been on drugs, been in rehab, on the verge of divorce with his wife and more. Now, all of a sudden he’s clean? He and Khloe are riding around together and he’s supposed to be meeting with basketball teams?

What the hell is going on?!

And then to top it all off, Lamar who’s been without a team for too long now, decides to cancel his meetings because TMZ reported the story? This is all types of backwards. I have to tell you, I don’t believe any of it. I would say that I’ll listen when Lamar finally gives a definitive answer. But right now, I don’t know what’s up.

What do you think is going on in this situation? Who do you believe?

For Better Or Worse: Khloe Kardashian Allegedly Trying To Save Hubby Lamar From Addiction

August 24th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Let it be known that although Kim Kardashian gets the most shine, Khloe Kardashian is more of a “fan favorite.” Yes, I include myself in that so this is unfortunate news, if true.

TMZ is reporting that Khloe has gone into the “for better or worse, in sickness and in health” part of the vows in an attempt to save her husband from himself. Allegedly, Lamar Odom has been dealing with a serious drug habit for the better part of two years and Khloe is taking drastic measures to help him go into recovery.

Initially, Khloe allegedly convinced Lamar to go admit himself into a drug rehab center last year but he wasn’t into the idea at all. She had private investigators and security guards stick around the facility to make sure he didn’t leave. He stayed for three weeks and upon release, was able to stay healthy enough to play during the NBA season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Unfortunately, according to TMZ sources, that wasn’t enough and once the season was over, he went back to recreational drugs.

More recently, there’s apparently been an intervention involving Lamar and the entire family asking him to go get help, but he declined.  TMZ states that after he declined to go to rehab after the intervention, Khloe asked Lamar to leave the home.

Sad indeed. Lamar Odom did not grow up with his father in his life because his dad was a heroin addict for many years. During the season Khloe and Lamar’s show aired, Lamar was shown trying to repair his relationship with his father. Hopefully, he isn’t going down the same path.

Odom has been married for four years to Khloe and has two children from a previous relationship. If these reports are true, we hope he gets better to save himself and also to be around for his family.

Juiced: Athletes Caught Using Banned Substances

July 26th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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In the world of professional sports, having a competitive edge over an opponent could be the difference between winning, losing and millions of dollars in endorsement deals. These athletes risked it all and put their careers on the line when they were caught taking banned substances.

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Tyson Gay

One of the fastest sprinters in the world, Tyson Gay went into the 2012 Olympics in London and ran away with his first medal. However, a year later his reputation was tarnished after he tested positive for a banned substance. Gay, the American 100-meter record holder, lost his endorsement deal with Adidas as a result. “I don’t have a sabotage story. I don’t have any lies. I don’t have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA’s hands, someone playing games,” said Gay as he fought back sobs during his explanation. “I don’t have any of those stories. I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down.”