As a journalist I specialize in health and wellness, diet and nutrition, fitness, parenting, women's health, African American health, sexual health, and HIV/AIDS. Here is a cross-section of stories I've written.
What I Learned from Mo'Ne Davis about Girls, Sports and Success. The Little League superstar is also a standout basketball and soccer player--and a determined, confident honor roll student off the field.
If You’re a Black Woman Considering Fibroid Surgery, You Must Read This. Minimally invasive fibroid surgery can pose big risks.
- Fighting Fibroids. Uterine fibroids may affect 80 percent of us by age 50. To help sift through all the available treatments, we've broken down the options, from conventional to cutting-edge.
- Saving our Daughters. There has long been a national conversation about the challenging plight of our sons, but their sisters are suffering, too. Protecting Black children isn't an either/or proposition; it's time to think about both boys and girls.
Black Men are More Likely to Deal with Erectile Dysfunction--Here's What to Do About it. Erectile dysfunction can be an issue for men and their partners. But it can be addressed with improved communication, better overall health and proper medical treatment.
- It Takes a Village to Protect a Child with ASD. What we all need to know about autism spectrum disorders to prevent another Avonte Oquendo tragedy.
- Black Folks Are Key to Obamacare's Success. The first lady is aggressively touting the Affordable Care Act with black voters—here’s why.
- Who's Afraid of Black History? Written with my co-authors, Joe Brewster and Michele Stevenson.
- 6 Ways Obamacare Can Help End America's HIV/AIDS Epidemic. On World AIDS Day, a reminder that the Affordable Care Act will have an impact on the nation's HIV/AIDS epidemic.
Surviving the Health Insurance Crisis. An estimated 46 million Americans don't have health insurance, including 9 million African Americans.
Sexual Healing. He doesn't want to talk about it; you don't know how to deal with it. But if your man is struggling with sexual dysfunction, you can be key to his recovery.
- You Are Invaluable. 5 Steps to Your Emotional Wellbeing.
- Moving to Win the Fight against Fat. Click here and here to see pages 2 and 3 or view entire article below.
- The Risk Factor. Click here to see page 2. Or view entire article below.
- The New Medicine Chest. Do complementary and alternative treatments offer a different path to health than traditional and prescription medicine—or just profits for “quacks”? A Real Health roundtable, moderated by Hilary Beard.
- Healthy of Heart. Evelyn Cunningham swapped pricey blood pressure meds for a few smart lifestyle changes
- More Than Just a Nip and Tuck.
- Father's Day. Father absence is an American crisis. But many black families are having a rebirth. Fatherhood programs—and lots of loving men—are showing us how.
- Ask the Sexperts: Answers to questions you won't ask your mama.
- A Touch of Sugar. When diabetes hits, it's hardly sweet—so don't wait. Hilary Beard reports on a dangerous disease that you can start fighting now.
- Getting Real: Black Women Taking Charge in the Fight Against HIV and AIDS. In 2005 the Black AIDS Institute hired me to write this groundbreaking monograph on African-American women and HIV/AIDS that helped Black sororities, social, civic and professional organizations, including the AKA's and Deltas, the Links, and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, launch AIDS awareness and prevention efforts for their members. Click here to download that report.
- Their Patients, Their People. More than half of all new HIVers are African American, but only a handful of top HIV docs are black. Now these MDs are uniting to stand up for their patients-and themselves
- Standing in the Shadows of Love. At 17, Dominique is falling hard-and forgoing the condoms-for an older man with an unknown past. Tonya was that same age when she did just that-losing the man but getting HIV. Will the same happen to Dominique-and countless other black girls coming of age in the crosshairs of an urban epidemic?