2014 March/April

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The Penitent Son


“They took my manhood.” Getting raped in prison wasn’t what Marcus dreamed about when he started dealing drugs. In his mind he was chasing the…

Former U.S. Surgeon General Satcher Answers Health Questions


Dr. David Satcher knows a thing or two about Black health. He was president of historically Black, Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee, before President Bill Clinton appointed him U.S. surgeon general, a job that Satcher held from 1998 to 2002. Satcher now directs the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Atlanta’s Morehouse School of Medicine. Some of Satcher’s missions there are to develop a more diverse generation of public health leaders and to eliminate health-care disparities in the population.

The Guerrilla Gardner


Gardening is the new gangsta,” said Ron Finley.

In an urban setting such as south central Los Angeles, fresh food and produce is hard to come by. “Food deserts” are areas typically marked by a lack of access or a lack of easy access to healthy foods. The supply is too far away, or people there lack the resources to get to it, or buy it once they get there. They rely on local mom-and-pop shops, the ones that sell processed foods, sundries, and liquor, and fast-food restaurants.