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HealthPlus: Black Health and Wellness Publication Launches

THE BURTON WIRE — Arranging its content and information in a practical, easily accessible fashion, HealthPlus brings exciting content about today’s most critical health concerns to digital consumers. “Health Bites,” one of HealthPlus’s key features, will serve quick blurbs on the latest health-related news. Rotating banners will highlight the new content available on the site. Additional topics will focus on all parts of Black health including exercise, medications, media, pop culture, homeopathic remedies, and various organizations and individuals on the ground working everyday to motivate Black people to take their health more seriously.
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Legacy media outlet The Atlanta Voice unveils its first-ever health and wellness digital-first magazine

HealthPlus, The Atlanta Voice’s new monthly, digital-first magazine covering topics related to African American health and wellness has officially launched. 

At a time when Covid-19 has created an unprecedented global pandemic that has deeply impacted the lives of African Americans, including the politicization of vaccines, and toxic work environments that have spiraled into a record-breaking, actively trending #GreatResignation, HealthPlus is focusing on closing the gaps in awareness, prevention, diagnosis, research, trials, treatment and care that contribute to lingering health disparities affecting people of African descent in the United States.

HealthPlus offers fresh content through engaging, interactive storytelling from a talented ensemble of veteran editors, journalists, photographers and designers. Their collaborative efforts have curated an informative, visually stunning media source that will empower and fully equip African Americans with the tools and resources they need to navigate the challenges of healthcare, self-care, and a complicated healthcare system.

HealthPlus will feature everything from news and updates, feature stories, historical essays, best practices, commentaries and interviews. HealthPlus will engage with a diverse group of stakeholders committed to helping Black and brown communities improve their health and the quality of their lives. HealthPplus will engage doctors, psychologists, celebrities, authors, clinicians, chefs, dieticians, nutritionists, humanitarians, counselors, athletes, personal trainers, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, academicians, and survivors of various illnesses to create content and  dialogue about improving Black health. 

Arranging its content and information in a practical, easily accessible fashion, HealthPlus brings exciting content about today’s most critical health concerns to digital consumers. “Health Bites,” one of HealthPlus’s key features, will serve quick blurbs on the latest health-related news. Rotating banners will highlight the new content available on the site. Additional topics will focus on all parts of Black health including exercise, medications, media, pop culture, homeopathic remedies, and various organizations and individuals on the ground working everyday to motivate Black people to take their health more seriously.

Twelve years in the making, HealthPlus is the vision of Janis Ware, publisher of The Atlanta Voice and HealthPlus. HealthPlus is a serious effort to inspire the Black community to take control of their physical, mental, spiritual, and financial health in order to improve the quality of life for the community-at-large. 

“I am thrilled that the a vision of providing a platform that allows and affords individuals access to information that could influence changes in behavior has finally arrived. Change that could ultimately alter the quality of their lives. HealthPlus is truly a platform whose time has come,“ says Ware.

The Atlanta Voice, launched with the motto,”A People Without a Voice Cannot Be Heard,” elevating the lives, stories and events of Black Atlantans since 1966. HealthPplus is now elevating the voices of Black Atlantans as it relates to health and wellness. 

“Building on the tremendous legacy of The Atlanta Voice for elevating Black voices and stories, HealthPlus will unearth the information and stories Black communities need to see and hear in order to have improved health, access, and overall experiences with the healthcare system. Our team is sensitive to the historic challenges that African Americans face due to discrimination, including a lack of access to accurate information, resources, research trials, and  abuse and exploitation due to blatant discrimination. Located in a city that houses world leaders in healthcare, research, science and innovation, HealthPlus was created to right those historic wrongs, while providing a road map for better health and wellness for Black Atlantans,” says HealthPlus editor-in-chief Nsenga K. Burton. 

Working well over a year on launching the vertical and its ancillary products (e-newsletter and e-magazine), the HealthPlus team features a veteran editorial and business team. The HealthPlus team includes editor-in-chief Nsenga Burton, senior consulting editor Valerie Boyd, editorial director James Washington, creative director Michael Grant, and social media director director Alexis Grace. Unfortunately, Boyd, a former arts editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, University of Georgia professor of journalism, and author of “Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston,”  lost her battle to pancreatic cancer on February 12, 2022. The inaugural launch of HealthPlus is dedicated to Valerie’s memory.

HealthPlus is the first of the brand’s digital and multimedia properties. Along with the website, e-magazine and e-newsletter, HealthPlus will offer podcasts, livestreams and robust video content in the near future. For more information, visit healthplusmagazine.org.

This post was written by Nsenga K. Burton and Christopher A. Daniel. Follow Nsenga on Twitter @Ntellectual or @Journalistorian

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IN MEMORIAM International Soccer Icon Pelé Dies at 82

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Sometimes called “Pérola Negra” (“Black Pearl”), Pelé became a Brazilian national hero. According to Britannica, he combined kicking power and accuracy with a remarkable ability to anticipate other players’ moves. 

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Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Corações, Brazil, on Oct. 23, 1940, Pelé became soccer’s first superstar.
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Corações, Brazil, on Oct. 23, 1940, Pelé became soccer’s first superstar.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

Pelé, the international star who was instrumental in three World Cup championships with Brazil across three decades and who energized U.S. soccer with the New York Cosmos in the 1970s, has died.

The 82-year-old legend had been hospitalized since November, and his doctors reported that Pelé’s cancer had advanced, requiring care related to renal and cardiac dysfunction.

He has been receiving regular treatment since doctors removed a tumor from his colon in 2021.

“Father. My strength is yours,” the international star’s son, Edinho, posted on social media.

Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Corações, Brazil, on Oct. 23, 1940, Pelé became soccer’s first superstar.

He led the Brazilian national teams to World Cup glory in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

In 1956, he joined the Santos Football Club, where he played inside left forward, winning nine São Paulo league championships and, in 1962 and 1963, the Libertadores Cup and the Intercontinental Club Cup.

Sometimes called “Pérola Negra” (“Black Pearl”), Pelé became a Brazilian national hero. According to Britannica, he combined kicking power and accuracy with a remarkable ability to anticipate other players’ moves.

“After the 1958 World Cup, Pelé was declared a national treasure by the Brazilian government to ward off large offers from European clubs and ensure that he would remain in Brazil,” Britannica researchers wrote.

On Nov. 19, 1969, in his 909th first-class match, he scored his 1,000th goal.

Pelé made his international debut in 1957 at age 16 and played his first game in the World Cup finals in Sweden the following year.

The Brazilian manager was initially hesitant to play his young star. But, according to Britannica, when Pelé finally reached the field, he had an immediate impact, rattling the post with one shot and collecting an assist.

He had a hat trick in the semifinal against France and two goals in the championship game, where Brazil defeated Sweden 5–2. At the 1962 World Cup finals, Pelé tore a thigh muscle in the second match and had to sit out the remainder of the tournament.

Nonetheless, Brazil went on to claim its second World Cup title.

Researchers said rough play and injuries turned the 1966 World Cup into a disaster for Brazil and Pelé, as the team went out in the first round, and he contemplated retiring from World Cup play.

Returning in 1970 for one more World Cup tournament, he teamed with young stars Jairzinho and Rivelino to claim Brazil’s third title and permanent ownership of the Jules Rimet Trophy. Pelé finished his World Cup career, scoring 12 goals in 14 games.

Pelé’s electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals made him a worldwide star.

His team Santos toured internationally to take full advantage of his popularity. For example, in 1967, he and his team traveled to Nigeria, where a 48-hour cease-fire in that nation’s civil war was called to allow all to watch the great player.

Pelé announced his retirement in 1974 but, in 1975, agreed to a three-year $7 million contract with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League and to promote the game in the United States. He retired after leading the Cosmos to the league championship in 1977.

Pelé was the recipient of the International Peace Award in 1978. In 1980 he was named Athlete of the Century by the French sports publication L’Equipe, and he received the same honor in 1999 from the International Olympic Committee. In 2014 the Pelé Museum opened in Santos, Brazil.

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COMMENTARY: Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin: Avoid Burnout with These Simple Tips

THE AFRO — Although it cannot be medically diagnosed, burnout can lead people to lose their sense of self and feel as if they are not accomplishing enough. Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Psychological Association found that the risk of burnout has increased for workers due to extra stress, increased household demands and longer working hours. 
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We’ve all heard the age-old saying that “hard work pays off.”  But, sometimes, working too hard can do more harm than good.

“Burnout” is a form of work-related stress in which an individual experiences physical, emotional or mental exhaustion caused by their job’s demands. It can also make workers feel distanced from their jobs and engender negative feelings about them, according to the World Health Organization.

Although it cannot be medically diagnosed, burnout can lead people to lose their sense of self and feel as if they are not accomplishing enough. Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Psychological Association found that the risk of burnout has increased for workers due to extra stress, increased household demands and longer working hours.

This makes it even more important for people to know the signs of burnout and the strategies to combat it.

Natasha Charles is the founder and CEO of Intuitive Coaching with Natasha Charles, a comprehensive life coaching and consulting firm. She created the business after gaining 20 years in senior administration roles.

Charles was motivated to open the firm in 2018 out of a desire to create a business focused on inspiring continuous improvement. There, she works with individuals and executives to create lives that they love and offers them personalized solutions to address critical work and business challenges.

“It’s really about thinking about you, the person, and all that you are,” Charles said. “People tend to be very focused on one aspect of their life, and a lot of times, it’s about their career, so it’s really about making space for all of your goals and all of your dreams.”

When someone experiences burnout, Charles said they could be actively doing their job while simultaneously worrying about their other responsibilities and priorities, whether personal or work-related. She also stressed that burnout can be experienced no matter what profession you are in and what you are being paid.

Aside from the physical and mental impacts of stress, burnout can impact finances if it causes an employee to take extended periods of time off or miss work, according to Charles. It can also reduce their productivity.

In the beginning of 2022, the term “quiet quitting” emerged, and for some, it’s being used as a method to avoid burnout. It involves individuals meeting the minimum requirements of their job descriptions, investing no extra time or effort than what is mandatory.

For Charles, quiet quitting is a signal that a person is not fulfilled by their job and may need to think about changing workplaces or careers.

“I get that people are not always able to up and quit, and it can take time to find what that next role is,” Charles said. “I would come from a space of encouraging the person to start thinking about what that is. What is it that you ultimately desire to be doing in your life and seeing your work?”

One of the most important steps in reducing and preventing burnout is educating yourself about the syndrome, so you can be aware of the warning signs, according to Charles. She also said it was crucial for employers to talk to their employees about it.

Awareness can help prevent the shame and guilt that comes with burnout and allow people to give themselves grace.

After a person has weighed whether they are experiencing burnout or not, they should think about how they want to confront it. This could include engaging in self-care, asking for extra support at work or home, and creating stronger boundaries between their personal and professional lives.

When burnout is impacting your performance, it’s time to consider making a career change, Charles said.

To ensure your work life does not invade your personal life, Charles said people need to assess the goals they have for all areas of their life. Once you’ve set goals, it’s easier to devise a plan and set the necessary boundaries to achieve them.

Charles also said it’s important to carve out time for yourself where you’re not constantly checking your phone or email for work reasons.

“There is life beyond your work. There is an entire world out there to be discovered,” Charles said. “There’s a world within us to be discovered as well, and I encourage everyone to invest in discovering those pieces.”

This article originally appeared in The Afro.

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Tory Lanez Found Guilty in Meg Thee Stallion Shooting 

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The case fired up social media and highlighted the misogyny that still reigns in hip hop. Many on Twitter routinely attacked Megan, accusing her of lying among other vicious vitriolic comments.
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By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
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Canadian rapper Tory Lanez faces more than 20 years in prison and deportation after a jury in Los Angeles found him guilty in the 2020 shooting of hip hop star Megan Thee Stallion.

Lane, 30, was found guilty of three felony counts, including assault with an unregistered semiautomatic weapon, carrying a loaded gun, and discharging a firearm in a vehicle with gross negligence.

The case fired up social media and highlighted the misogyny that still reigns in hip hop. Many on Twitter routinely attacked Megan, accusing her of lying among other vicious vitriolic comments.

The 27-year-old Megan, whose real name is Megan Pete, testified that Lanez offered her hush money and didn’t care about her injuries and pain suffered because he shot her.

Lanez, who declined to testify, claimed there was another shooter, Pete’s friend who was also arguing with the hit maker as they drove home from a party.

“[Lanez] told me to dance,” Pete told the jury, adding that he also cursed at her following the shooting.

Sentencing for Lanez is scheduled for Jan. 27.

“You showed incredible courage and vulnerability with your testimony despite repeated and grotesque attacks that you did not deserve,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said, referring to Pete.

“You faced unjust and despicable scrutiny that no woman should ever face, and you have been an inspiration to others across LA County and the nation.”

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