Last night, I heard that Guru (Gifted Universal Rhymes Unlimited) MC for Seminal Hip-Hop Group Gangstarr had suffered a heart attack, lapsed into a coma and was in surgery. Later, I heard he had died. Thankfully, his death was only a rumor, so keep praying for the Brother's recovery. Well, after reading, that he was only 43 years old, it got me to thinking about my own health and mortality.
We never talk about health for real! I think, that we've been conditioned, to accept premature Death! When Pac and Biggie were murdered it shocked us but it didn't surprise us. When Mac Dre was murdered it didn't surprise us. When Cowboy (Furious Five) and Big L were murdered, again, no surprise.
Jay Dee or JDilla from the Soulquarians
But, it seems to me, that when "Buffy The Human Beat Box" (Fat Boys) died of a heart attack we just moved on. Buff was a really heavy guy, but we didn't change anything about our own diets or lifestyle. When "Big Punisher" died of a heart attack. His weight was cited ,and we moved on. Could it be that we ignored our own health risks cause Big Pun was SOOOO Big? He was Big but if he ate the same things we are eating such as Fried foods, high in salt and calories shouldn't we be concerned?
We moved on.
How many young Black Men and Women have died young, or are currently, suffering from hypertension and Diabetes? How often do we see a doctor? Have you ever wondered why we don't see any Black Folks in Gym commercials? I've never seen a Bally's ad that targeted the Black Community have you?
Stress should be a major concern for Black Folks but have you seen any ads promoting meditation? Any ads promoting Tai Chi or Yoga to Black Folks?
How bout Mental Illness? How about chemical imbalances? Oh...Black Folks don't talk about that but we do suffer. Baatin from Slum Village suffered from Bi-Polar depression. Jay Dee or JDilla died from complications from Lupus. Do you see any ads highlighting Lupus or similar disorders in the Black community? Any highlighting treatment? What about Sickle Cell Anemia? TBOZ from TLC suffers from it. It primarily affects Black Folks but we see no commercials, hear of no treatments, hear of no new tests, or how it affects our community now.
Am I mistaken?
Has anyone ever done a study comparing how many rappers are dying from hypertension, diabetes, kidney failure, stroke or other diseases?
I lost two close friends to High Blood Pressure and Diabetes. MC LAW (The Lyrical Ace of Wisdom) from Long Beach's Droppin the Funk died from complications of Juvenile Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. He had Type 1 Diabetes from childhood and was insulin dependent. He loss his eyesight, suffered nerve damage and his kidneys failed. He was talented and so full of Life. He was 28 years old.
Mr. Snappz from Coolio's backup band (Gangstas and Thugs) suffered a stroke, and succumbed two months later, from complications. He had untreated high blood pressure. He exercised regularly, lifting weights and doing callisthenics's. He played basketball. He wasn't overweight. He smoked weed regularly and he drank alcohol. His diet was a young Man's diet consisting of alot of fast food, although, he could cook and did when he was able. He was 34 years old!
Both LAW and Mr. Snappz were too young to have died from these health problems.
Ok, so we lose more Black Men to Gun Play at the hands of one another in the short run but we've lost far more by not aggressively tackling our health and communities health. I know one thing...We should just accept losing so many folks because of bad health.
Just for the sake of argument Lenda Murray is the most successful Female body builder winning the Ms. Olympia, a record eight times, but has this been promoted to the Black Community, even minimally? Lee Haney surpassed Arnold as the most successful Mr. Olympia, winning the contest eight times, and now Ronnie Coleman is set to surpass even that!
So! The point is that she lifts weights, and that she's the most successful in her sport yet she's the least promoted. We have seen plenty of Sistas who have gotten in the gym that are not buffed out but has it translated to the masses?
Just something to think about?
Long Life without good health is a curse!
BE Prayerful! BE Mindful! BE Careful!