Nia Long: "As Black Women, We Must Get Your Priorities Straight"
Actress Nia Long has graced many movie screens in some black America’s most iconic movies. Now, the star, 45, is a mother of two and has turned her priorities to not only her family, but the community.
As a matter of fact, the actress shared some empowering words to other Black women across the nation:
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On Making Breast Health A Priority
“More than 200,000 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Also, black women diagnosed with breast cancer are more likely to die from the disease than white women.”
“Unfortunately, the health challenges we face don’t stop there: Black women have higher rates of many preventable diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and HIV/AIDS.”
“I am very concerned about what I see happening in our community — women and girls who don’t have access to the affordable, quality healthcare services that they need. As a result, my community — our community — is literally dying.”
On Making Women A Priority
“What our mothers and grandmothers fought so hard for could be taken away too easily, and I know how hard it has been to make these gains for women. For example, my mother was a public school teacher. She made so many sacrifices for me to have the life that I have today. But when she retired, the cost of the health care options presented to her was astronomically high, and we had to investigate other options to ensure that she was covered.”
On Being A Black Woman In Hollywood
“It’s tough, because it’s Hollywood. It’s tough, because we’re women. It’s tough, because we’re not in our 20s,” she admitted. “It’s tough no matter how you look at it. I’m not one of these people who walks around…