4 Golden Rules for Breast Cancer Awareness

Written by Samantha Skinner 

Breast cancer is a scary thing and if you are wondering if you are at risk or not, or if you are showing symptoms but are unsure of what to do next, then it might be a good time to speak with someone.

Regardless, having any information about breast cancer, symptoms and when to get checked can put every woman’s mind at ease.

Know Your Risk Factors

It is important to know the risk factors that might be against you. Does it run in your family? Do you do anything that might make the risk higher? Knowing whether or not you are higher risk than others is always ideal.

Know Your Own Breasts

Every woman should know her own breasts. Not only will you detect if something is off right away, but you will have a better chance at detecting something earlier on. Sometimes, even partners find issues before the woman does.

Breast Cancer isn’t Always a Lump

Know that breast cancer can show up in a number of ways. It can be a lump, it can be a change in skin texture or color. There are many ways that breast cancer can sneak up on women but know that a lump is not always the sure-fire sign to having breast cancer.

Know When to Get Screened

It is important that women over the age of 45 get screened regularly for breast cancer, though women can go earlier than that if they wish. Skipping these scans is never a good thing. Going once a year is enough to detect something amiss before it goes too far.

Remember, just because you don’t have a history of breast cancer in your family doesn’t mean that you cannot develop it. It is everywhere and it effects everyone, even men. This is why it is a good thing to keep up on those exams and watch for something that might be different.

My Take on Canada’s Decision to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Written by Dominique Bancey

My source of information for this article can be located here: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/17/health/canada-legalizes-recreational-marijuana/index.html

Firstly, let’s note that this is all simply my opinion on this entire matter, and it should not be taken as gospel.

Based on the article, it is evident that many Canadians are ecstatic about the fact that they are able to legally purchase and smoke marijuana, strictly for recreation. But why? Well I think that for most persons, without a legitimate reason, it would be difficult for them to actually be prescribed a medicinal dosage of cannabis. However, with the legalization of recreational pot, they are free to purchase and smoke without worrying about being charged and possibly locked away.

Personally, I believe that marijuana can be beneficial to many individuals, not just as a specific medicine to treat certain illnesses. I know many friends of mine who turn to smoking this cannabis as a way of relieving themselves from anxiety or even just stress. I haven’t heard of any serious cases of persons using cannabis where it has caused them much harm, however, something that has been legal for years (alcohol) has been proven to cause damage to many individuals across the world.

Of course, it’s understandable why there’s a legal age for persons who may purchase and use marijuana, you wouldn’t want children having access to it as it is still a form of drug. So in Canada, the legal age in Quebec and Alberta (provinces) is 18, while in the other provinces throughout, it is 19.

Another positive about this legalization, is the boost that it will offer for the economy, and not just the one in Canada. Companies all over the world who specialize in growing cannabis or producing cannabis-based products, will now have more of a market to provide for, which will enhance sales and demands. The states in the USA that have cannabis legalized will also have companies there who are willing to import and export with companies located in Canada. This will increase trade amongst countries and bring in more revenue.  

The one thing that makes me wonder about this legalization.

What will happen to those who have been charged and locked away for possession of this now legal herb?

Apparently authorities are looking into what can be done in order to deal with that, but who knows just how long that will actually take?

Until next time.

Let’s Talk About You and Me

Written by Dominique Bancey

As a follow up to “Ex-periences”, I have decided to share one of my lessons, my most recent one actually, with all of you. I didn’t want to seem biased in this article though so I decided to ask my ex a few questions so you could get their perspective as well.

We were together for 5 (almost 6) months in a long distance relationship. I flew out and visited them for 6 weeks. About a month later, we broke up.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from the relationship?

A: “My favorite memory is when we had just got done spending a long day together and I was dozing off before I took my makeup off or put my bonnet on or anything and you got me ready for bed while I was half asleep, and cleaned my face and tattoo for me.”

Q: Did you think the relationship would’ve lasted longer? Why?

A: “I thought our relationship would’ve lasted longer but the more times I spent in the relationship was the more I felt like we probably wouldn’t have gotten married, and I think this because as much as we loved each other, our personalities just don’t mesh together where it was most important in a relationship.”

Q: In your opinion, what would you say were some cons of the relationship?

A: “I would say the cons were your lack of patience and my lack of acceptance of the fact that not everything can go as I plan and people cannot always react or act the way I want them to.”

Q: What do you think ultimately caused the relationship to fail and what could’ve been done to prevent or fix this issue?

A: “I think our relationship failed because of lack of communication and working together in our final moments of being together which really drove us to breaking up, and I think if we just took the time to both be understanding enough of the other side and really care together with a plan of how to make things better and thoroughly communicate about it, then it could’ve lasted.”

Lessons were learnt by the both of us, and as you can tell by the responses, communication is key.

Until next time.

Chicago Break Out Artist Aina Brei’Yon Speaks on New Music and Using Her Platform to Raise Awareness

Known for her excuse-free, self-rewarding work ethic, the founder, and CEO of 3K9 Productions is mastering the art of maintaining a successful career as an independent artist. As a native of the Southside (Roseland area) of Chicago, Aina Brei’Yon personifies strength. Since her conception, she has made it very clear that boundaries do not apply to her. Early on in her career, she understood the importance of being true to who she is and embracing idealism. Her reality is defined by her beliefs; a message that transcends through her music. As the second to youngest of 10 children, self-expression and showing any type of emotion was simply non-existent in their family. She says, “I found an outlet with music at the young age of nine.Writing was the only way I knew how to express myself.”

Listen to our full interview with Aina Brei’Yon below

 

5 Business Lessons We Can Learn From Sistahs In Business Expo Founder Aisha Taylor Issah

Sistahs in Business Expo, is the country’s only multi-city small business expo, that was created to celebrate the accomplishments of entrepreneurial women of color, the nations fastest growing demographic of entrepreneurs. We spoke to the founder of the expo, Aisha Taylor Issah to find out her 5 business lessons that we can learn from her expo, and in general.

Finance- Financial management is key to the success of your business.  If you can’t manage your personal finances, then you won’t do well at managing your business finances.  Your personal spending habits and credit history will have a significant impact on your ability to secure funding and credit for your business.  

Leadership- An effective leader must have passion for the people they’ve been called or appointed to lead.  Skills and experience are important, but they aren’t everything.  If you don’t care about the success and welfare of the people you lead, then something will always manifest itself that threatens your commitment and humility.  Never commit to leading something that you don’t genuinely care about.  People don’t just want to know that you can lead, they want to see that you care.

Team Work- None of us were created to function in isolation. We inherently need one another.  This is true for both personal and professional endeavors.  A great team makes work easier, more enjoyable, and definitely more effective.  Having toxic or unproductive team members can be detrimental to the ultimate goal.  It’s always best to cultivate a team that is diverse in skillset.  You want people on your team who are strong in the areas where you are weak.  

Having Faith- My faith is the foundation for who I am and everything I do.  There is no question that God has been at the forefront and behind the scenes throughout this entire SIBEXPO journey.  There are times when I’ve wanted to quit or felt like things weren’t going to work out.  But God ALWAYS worked things out and gave me enough hope to keep moving forward.  Faith is critical when you are taking on a task that is greater than you are. There will undoubtedly be disappointment, rejection, delays, and problems that make entrepreneurship challenging.  

Staying True To Your Dreams- There will be many people and experiences that make your dreams seem unattainable.  I’ve encountered all types of obstacles while building SIBEXPO.  There have also been many people who tried to alter my dream to fit the mold of what they found acceptable or attainable.  But I knew what God told me to do.  When God gives you a dream or a vision, you can’t allow anything or anyone to deter you.  God will provide everything you need and put you on the right path.  I’m a living witness!  

Meet Entrepreneur Steven Swing, Owner of Encore Hookah Bar and Bistro

The life of an entrepreneur is full of challenges, that many people don’t understand. It takes a strong willed individual to start a sometimes intangible project, and see it through to the end. Here at VEU Magazine, we appreciate those who set out on this journey to make the world a better place. Checkout out our latest interview with entrepreneur Steven Swing, who is the owner of the Encore Hookah Bar and Bistro located in Atlanta, Ga.  Interviewed by Alex Jordan

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW

Ex-Periences: What We Can Learn From Our Ex

Written by Dominique Bancey

Earlier I was having a conversation with a friend which then got me to thinking about how I actually think about certain topic. This particular article, is somewhat of a ‘preview’ to the next one. As the title “Ex-periences” suggests, I’ll be discussing exes, and how we can use these experiences with them, to actually help us in our lives rather than make us bitter and upset.

Maturity is something that doesn’t seem to be as common as it should be, unfortunately, especially when it comes on to relationships. In today’s society, many individuals tend to want to find some way to hurt their exes or damage them or cause some form of revenge, just because of the end of their relationship. This doesn’t just showcase immaturity, but it also portrays how childish and petty the other party is. Speaking of pettiness, it’s so funny to me how nowadays it seems like people are ‘praised’ based on how petty they are, which I think is absolutely stupid as a lot of the petty behaviour that people display, tend to be linked to their immaturity.

For me, just because someone and I aren’t romantically or even platonically involved anymore, doesn’t mean that I’m going to hate them and try to hurt them. The ending of any form of relationship can teach us all a lesson. And I’d rather find this lesson and use it to better myself in my life, than use it for revenge.

Often times, the way how we look at past experiences, determines how we live for future ones, and that could explain why so many persons are reluctant about forming new serious relationships with others. As instead of using their past experience as a lesson and deciding to learn from it, they made a decision to use it for bad, as a form of revenge.

Be on the lookout for the next article, as I will be using a personal past ex-perience, to share my lesson.

Until next time.

Why You Should Know About Princess Eugenie and Beatrice’s Fashion Sense

As Eugenie gets ready to become married, this sibling couple is one that doesn’t get a lot of the light shed on them often. This is starting to become apparent, but one thing is for certain, they have a strong fashion sense that should not go unnoticed. As fashion designers in the world of high end fashions and elaborate pieces, they have to find ways to design royal or noble pieces worthy of wearing outside the palace.

They’re Always Marching

One of the biggest things that can be noticed or mentioned is that when they design something and then show it off while leaving their palace, it is always something that coordinates with the other. You will never see them together out of sync. It is unheard of.

They compliment one another and so many are hoping to see many of their fashions come the wedding since they seem to have a good eye for choosing fashions that stand out, that are brave, but also that fit in with the times and with each other. Finding out if they can do the same for the wedding party is also going to be something worth mentioning.

With the fashion that any fashionista would want and an eye for detail, this pair has been sure to be spotted in many places rocking their own choice of fashion around. As fashion icons, especially in England, they continue to inspire and dazzle the crowds with their choices of color and their flair for choosing something well worth the look.

The wedding is going to be one that is going to do the same. With the changes being shown about, their fashion sense is one that continues to be shared globally, with many wonderingwhere they can grab some of these one-of-a-kind fashions.

Study Shows Moderate Alcohol Consumption Leads To Healthier Heart

Written by Aysha Chaudhry 

A new study in the International Journal of Cardiology finds that people who consumed alcohol 3-5 times a week had a healthier heart than those who didn’t drink alcohol at all.

According to the study, alcohol has a direct effect on “good” cholesterol, and it doesn’t matter what type. Wine, beer, and liquor all had the same positive effect. A few drinks every week, spaced out in consumption, will helps ward off heart attacks. This is because wine, beer, and liquor, in their pure forms and when not mixed with sugary substances or mixers, contain extremely low levels of “bad” cholesterol, and can increase levels of “good” cholesterol.

Of course, everything should be taken in moderation. There are many downsides to heavy alcohol consumption, and those downsides can outweigh the positive cholesterol benefits. However, fully abstaining from alcohol may not give you the heart-healthy benefits a couple drinks a week can provide.

Raheem Devaughn Talks on His New Album, Evolution As An Artist, and Mental Health

In the midst of his now decade-long steady climb to international R&B notoriety and prominence, he’s been the singers’ singer a consummate ladies’ man, the fellas’ fella an the “go to” modern-day  R&B /soul crooner  with sensibilities simultaneously grounded in the past and the present.
RAHEEM DEVAUGHN has been many things to contemporary music culture and his ever-expanding core audience, for which he’s amassed a combination of prestigious award honors/nominations and multiple chart-topping releases.  “There’s a lot of talk about ‘King of R&B’ and ‘King of Soul,” but I’ve got enough music for the next ten years,” says the three-time Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter.  “I literally have enough music for the decade to release. If I stopped recording now and said I wouldn’t record for five years, I’ve got enough music for ten. So I can’t wait, because I’m just warming up.”  Hence, on this soul-steeped occasion of his sixth highly-anticipated full-length release, we’ll officially proclaim it as the Decade of a Love King.
We got the opportunity to the speak to with the music artist and talk about his new album, his evolution as an artist, and mental health. Listen below. Interviewed by Tianna Maxon.