Mary J. Blige on barriers Black women face in breast cancer awareness

Nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige is using her powerful voice to bring attention to the barriers Black women face when it comes to breast cancer screenings — according to the CDC, breast cancer has a 40% higher mortality rate among Black women than White women.. 

Teaming up with the Black Women’s Health Imperative, Blige took part in a PSA where she recounted her own personal experience with breast cancer in an effort to try and inspire Black women to be proactive when it comes to their health.

“I lost my aunt to breast cancer. And that has crossed my mind a bit when I’ve gone in for my annual appointments,” she says in the video. “However, I haven’t let that stop me from being sure about my health and I don’t think anyone else should either. Black women are often very private. We don’t want people knowing our business.

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Mary Steenburgen shares ‘loving’ selfie with ‘dreamboat’ Ted Danson for 25th anniversary wedding anniversary

For Mary Steenburgen, life is smooth sailing with her “dreamboat.”

On Thursday, the actress took to Instagram and posted a comical selfie with her husband, Ted Danson, that commemorated their 25th wedding anniversary.

“Happy 25th Anniversary!” the 67-year-old captioned the snap. “This was SUPPOSED to be a sweet loving anniversary photo but you have a big piece of salad in your teeth. So there it is.”

“Thank you for making me laugh today and every single one of the last 9,125 days,” Steenburgen continued. “You are the goofiest, wisest, kindest dreamboat in the world. True, that is a big a— piece of salad but even that doesn’t mar your legendary beauty.”


“I can’t believe how lucky I am,” she shared. “Happy Anniversary, Ted. Love, Mary.”

Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen are celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen are celebrating

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Opinion | Gina M. Raimondo, Mary Kay Henry: Women are bearing the brunt of the economic crisis. They have to lead our recovery plans.

Even before the pandemic exposed deep disparities in our economy and society, the gender wage gap persisted at every level of income and education. In 2019, two-thirds of minimum-wage workers were women. Women carry two-thirds of all student debt in the United States. Black women graduate with significantly more debt than White men and take longer to pay it off, as they earn just 62 cents for every dollar earned by White men. In 2019, nearly a quarter of female-headed households lived in poverty; for households headed by Black or Latina women, the rates were closer to 30 percent.

Only if our recovery is inclusive can we emerge from this crisis stronger.

Inclusivity requires state leadership as well as a comprehensive national strategy to ensure women’s economic security, health and safety. Front-line workers in the pandemic have struggled to keep patients safe amid inadequate staffing and insufficient protective gear such

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