Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a book and documentatry that I am itching to read and watch. The documentary, starring Oprah Winfrey, tells the incredible story about a poor, uneducated Black woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge or consent. For 60+ years, her cancer cells have been credited with a number of breakthroughs in medicine and cures.

Henrietta

Henrietta’s cancer cells has helped saved the lives of millions of people because they were used and are still being used in research and other advancements in medicine. As amazing as all that sounds, we cannot forget that parts of Henrietta’s body, like so many other Black Americans years ago, was used to fund and advance the world of medicine without any acknowledgement, consent or monetary compensation. That is until now.

Lacks Book Cover

I cannot express to you how good it feels to know that such individuals are now being recognized for their contribution to medicine. Not only that, their living descendants have a BIG say so in how their loved one’s cells, body or tissues are being used. Adding to that, the family is rightfully being compensated.

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Click here to watch a brief video on the late Henrietta Lacks and her incredible story.

Until next time…

Ancestry 

As I await the results of my ancestry test, I find myself wondering about my Sub-Saharan African percentage. I won’t lie to you, I want it to be alot, but DNA in itself can be very tricky. To ease my mind, I started goggling ancestry DNA results and stumbled across two videos that I will share here.

Most people, like myself at one point in time, believed that the darker the person the more “African” they are. That’s not entirely true. Charles Barkley and Snoop Dogg had a DNA test to see who is “Blacker” and the results were actually pretty close! I decided to order my ancestry kit from My Heritage and I will have my results in 6-8 weeks. After doing a little research, I decided to go with My Heritage since it was more detailed than 23andme. I was asked if I would do a reaction video of my results, but I’m not too sure about that.

So, who’s “Blacker” ? Snoop Dogg or Charles Barkley? See for yourself.

Click here for Charles Barkley. Results begin at the 1:55 mark…

Click here for Snoop Dogg.

Click here for Tamera Mowry’s emotional DNA reveal.

Until next time… 

The Breakdown 

Hello and how is everything going? I hope that things are going well with you and yours. The weekend is here! Ahhh Shucky Ducky now! I am still patiently awaiting my upcoming novel’s book cover so I can share it with everyone, but it is not quite ready yet. The wait is going to be worth it, I can feel it! In the meantime, I have been busy doing other things in regards to my book. I will get into all that in the next coming days after I reveal my book title and cover. 😉

Since my last post entitled Ashamed, I was asked what I think my ancestry breakdown will be. That is kind of hard to tell or guess-ti-mate, but I will give it a shot. Genetics are amazing and if you have ever taken an advanced Genetics course, you will agree. Our genes are complex, but they are uniquely awesome!

Here is what I think my breakdown will be….

If my results show that I’m less than 70%, 60% or even 50% Subharan African, I will be shocked and a little disappointed. I may even question the results of my test KMSL! I kid, I  kid. I know one thing, I cannot wait to see where my African ancestors came from! Are you ready to discover the real you too? 

Until next time…