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NAJEE’S NOTES: KJLH to host women’s health expo in Long Beach

It’s that time of the year again. Thousands of women will attend the 18th annual KJLH Women’s Health Expo on April 28 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

This is a free event that I’m glad to attend and support with so many of my friends dealing with health challenges and dying at an early age.

Women from all over our community will experience a full day of activities that rejuvenate, excite and motivate them to lead a healthier lifestyle and have fun while doing it.

The Expo features a panel of health experts live on the radio at 8 a.m. hosted by Adai Lamar. The rest of the day is interwoven with informative breakout sessions on health topics that impact our community.

The Expo Hall will be filled with hundreds of vendors and exhibitors with displays, information and tons of giveaways. The selection of Adai Lamar by KLJH management to start the expo was a great choice and a perfect fit for the attendees.

For those who aren’t regular listeners of KJLH, Adai wakes up Los Angeles every weekday morning as the local voice for the Steve Harvey Morning Show on 102.3 KJLH. She has been the co-host for several morning shows including co-host for the three-year run of Stevie Wonder’s Morning Thunder Thousand Dollar Thursday Show.

Adai became the first African-American woman to lead a morning show in Los Angeles in 2006.

She also is the host of “Free Talk” on Saturday mornings. The show gives her audience a voice to discuss issues and serves as a platform for businesses, organizations and people that are dedicated to helping the community.

Adai is a Tatum, Texas native with a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She speaks to youth encouraging them to find their purpose as well as emcees various shows.

She serves on the board of the Challenger’s Boys and Girls Club and the Help Me Help You Foundation. In her spare time, Adai is developing television projects and her acting skills. She has appeared in several stage plays. Her latest appearance was in “One Woman Two Lives.

I first met Adai when she joined KJLH and she is one of the most talented, beautiful and nicest people I have ever met. My other favorite sistah KJLH air personality Tammi Mac will be cooking healthy with Tosha Mac (Wendy Raquel Robinson) on the Healthy Cooking stage sponsored by Food 4 Less – Simple Truth (10:30 a.m. Hall A) Dominique Diprima and the Front Page will present holistic health in the Wellness Village

Exercise Zone will feature workouts from zumba to kickboxing to cardio dancercize and more.

Nautica De La Cruz will present a skin care demonstration/breakout.

The natural hair discussion will be hosted by Kameron Greene and this year will also include female balding. Ladies can take advantage of health screenings and soothing massages in Hall A.

Guy Black will be live with the classic oldies show and celebrity interviews, also in Hall A.

The expo will have several health panel discussions, breakout sessions, healthy dishes stage, hundreds of exhibitors and vendors, free health screenings, live entertainment, prizes and giveaways.

For more information, visit http://www.kjlhradio.com/event/womens-health-expo-2/.

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I’m sure by now everyone in South L.A. has heard about Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, the two African-American men who were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia as they sat and waited for a business colleague to arrive. According to the 911 tapes, Holly Hylton, the white store manager, called police two minutes after the pair arrived.

This is an example of white privilege that black people talk about. Nelson and Robinson are college-educated stock brokers who were waiting on their white colleague. The manager only saw them as two black men who were sitting in Starbucks and took it upon herself to call the police for no valid reason. That’s racism 101.

The police arrived and arrested them immediately, holding them for more than nine hours before they were released. But it’s not unusual. Some whites always call the police on black people. They use the police to bully and intimidate black people like school children calling their big brother to help them in a playground fight.

As angry as I am about this blatant act of racism by Hylton, I’m just as angry at Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross, who justified his officers’ action. His officers could have simply asked the pair to leave. It was an arrest that the whole world seems to be talking about.

On April 19, Ross, to his credit, issued a public apology to the men, saying he had failed miserably. And yes, he did.

To his credit, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson has demonstrated he takes this episode seriously. He issued an apology video. He traveled to Philadelphia to meet with the arrested men, as well as the city’s mayor and police commissioner.

And most notably, the company announced that it would close more than 8,000 of its stores for part of a day next month so employees can attend racial-bias training. Now that’s showing leadership when it matters. The store closures will cost Starbucks about $16.7 million in lost sales, Bloomberg News estimates, but that’s the type of swift leadership Starbucks needed.

Many blacks were calling for a Starbucks boycott. I’m not boycotting an entire chain of stores for one person’s racist actions. I’m a longtime Starbucks customer who has never had a bad experience at the Starbucks I have patronized on Crenshaw and 39th Street.

My Starbucks experience has always been great coffee and service every time at each Starbucks I have patronized nationwide. I have had several meetings over the years with colleagues without a problem.

So, no Starbucks boycott for me. I will continue to patronize a company that hires black and brown people and is a good community corporate partner.

Starbucks issued a press release touting its “100 percent pay equity” for workers of all races and genders performing similar work in the U.S. This is a company that once urged baristas to write “race together” on coffee cups to spark conversations about racial issues. What happened at Starbucks shouldn’t have happened to anyone. But let’s use this as a teachable moment and continue to move forward as one community.

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And finally, my good friend and longtime Democratic political activist Gloria Alves has died. News of her death hit me hard. Gloria would always call me to talk about her stuff and would treat me to lunch once a year. She was a supporter of my activism and our community. I’m going to miss her tremendously. Rest in peace, Gloria. Job well done.

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