Time to take charge of your health

Staying active during this pandemic is very important even if it is just within the home, walk around the house, move from room to room. Walk in place. Start to do some exercises. 400,000 Americans have perished due to the COVID-19 virus. It is not a secret that the virus has laid bare the fact that many people of color are not as healthy as they perhaps should be. There are institutional changes in health care that must take place to correct inequities, but there are things that can be done right now to help make your health better. There are things now that can help you save yourself and your family. With COVID-19 wreaking havoc, many people are afraid to leave their homes. As Americans try to navigate and survive this pandemic, many have decreased their physical activity. Staying active is very important even if it is just …

Movie Review: Locked Down

Turning desperate, the couple plans a theft from Harrods — arguably Europe’s most famous department store, It may be 2021’s first viable COVID-themed movie. Hopefully it’s not the best audiences can expect. Anyone who has been locked down, pent up, frustrated and emotionally frayed will relate. Life with the virus has been hard and the light at the end of the tunnel is tiny. And so, British screenwriter Steven Knight (Oscar nominated Dirty Pretty Things) pumps out this ode to imprisonment with little flair, not much depth, lots of dialogue, no grasp of one specific genre and unlovable characters. For good measure, in the middle of what is a tiresome couple’s personal drama, he tosses in a caper. Tonal issues and plausibility be damned. Bringing Knight’s vision to life is the well-respected director Doug Liman, whose reputation started with the hip-to-be-cool Swingers in 1996, includes the thriller The …

Biden Urges Unity

The U.S. Capitol Building, pre-inauguration. Two weeks ago, domestic terrorists failed in an attempt to seize the Capitol and harm government officials who were carrying out the duties of ceremonially counting Electoral College votes. Five people died, including a Capitol Police Officer, due to injuries sustained during the attempted seditious insurrection. Getty Images. Two-thirds of the country gave a huge sigh of relief Wednesday morning as Joe Biden was sworn-in as the 46th President of the United States ending the four-year term of possibly the worst president of the United States – Donald J. Trump. January 20, 2021 was a cold and overcast Inauguration Day in Washington D.C., until the sun popped out just before Biden’s swearing-in. The crowd in a city that has been locked down because of the dual threats of the coronavirus pandemic and the potential for domestic terrorism was smaller than usual and socially distanced. …

Take a Virtual Trip to Kenya

Nairobi is not only the capital city of Kenya, but it’s also known as the African continent’s safari capital. With the pandemic badly hamstringing travel plans for so many people, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) would like to take Black America on a trip to Kenya – at least digitally. Destination: The World. Until medical science gets a real stranglehold on the coronavirus, we invite you to explore from the safety of your home the many places around the globe that might make your bucket list. We begin in beautiful Nairobi. Nairobi is known for exciting activities like Rugby, the iconic Coke Studio Africa music show, and the Storymoja Festival. Once a year, book lovers gather at the Storymoja festival to enjoy the literary arts. Coke Studio Africa is the biggest show in all of Africa. It began more than seven years ago and features different music …

Get your COVID vaccine. Be proactive. Protect yourself and your family

Cone Health Center has set-up drive through vaccinations. To learn how to get a vaccine visit: healthyguilford.com and click on the “COVID-19 Vaccine Info” rectangle or call (336) 641-7944. Photo by Ivan Saul Cutler/Carolina Peacemaker. As I start to write this article, the number of Americans that have died from COVID-19 now tops 370,000, a number that I cannot wrap my brain around and truly causes me intense pain. We are losing 3,000 people a day. We are hearing across the country that hospital capacity is at its limit. We do not have the beds for all these ill people but they keep coming and coming and coming. The activities of the holidays have come back to haunt us. Was it really worth getting together with family and friends and then going through this? There lies a question for the soul. There is indeed light at the end of …

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams: ‘It was frightening’

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams (D-N.C.) recalls getting emotional and upset during the attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. She said she did her best to remain stoic as not to upset her young staff.Photo courtesy of the office of U.S. Rep. Alma Adams. “We could have all been blown up. This could have been much, much worse.” To Congresswoman Alma Adams (NC-12), what could have been on the afternoon of January 6, 2021 is chilling enough. But what did happen when a predominately White pro-Trump mob of thousands attacked the U.S. Capitol, seeking to either delay or stop the congressional joint session certification of 2020 presidential electoral votes, still has the third-term N.C. Democrat emotionally shaken to the point where she has serious concerns about the safety and security of the January 20th inauguration of Pres.-elect Joe Biden and Vice Pres.-elect Kamala Harris. “Yes, I do,” Rep. Adams said, …

Aggie guards return to help defeat SCSU

Tyler Maye led the Aggies in his return.ORANGEBURG, S.C. – The North Carolina A&T men’s basketball team is getting healthy just in time to start the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) schedule. Three of their guards returned to the lineup for the Aggies’ 97-86 win over S.C. State Saturday afternoon at the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center. Senior guard Tyler Maye, named third-team preseason All-MEAC, highlighted the returns after missing the Aggies’ previous six games. Division I transfer Blake Harris and sophomore Fred Cleveland Jr., also came back on Saturday. The Aggies went 2-4 during the stretch without Maye but reaped the benefits of his comeback. “It felt really good to return on the floor tonight after the injury I had,” said Maye. “I saw that the paint was open a lot during the game, so I tried to make plays and get in the paint and score and make plays …

COVID-19 Vaccine available to Guilford County adults 75 years and older

The Guilford County Division of Public Health (GCDPH) announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to Phase 1B adults who are 75 years or older regardless of health status or living situation. Those in this group can make a vaccination appointment by calling (336) 641-7944 and selecting Option 2 beginning Friday, January 8 at 8 a.m. Appointments are required. In addition, those who qualify for Phase 1A can still be vaccinated and should check in with their employers on how to receive a vaccination. Vaccinations for Group 2 and Group 3 have not started yet. Information on when these groups can be vaccinated will be released by late January or when permission is granted by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Phase 1B also includes the groups below: Phase 1B, Group 2: Health care workers and frontline essential workers 50 years or …

GCS welcomes another round of students back to school

In Guilford County Schools, all elementary school students returned January 5. Due to the pandemic, remote instruction will continue for sixth grade and Middle School students. After schools are COVID-compliant, some sixth grader students will return January 21 at their respective schools, and all Middle School students will return to in-person instruction on January. Photos by Ivan Saul Cutler/Carolina Peacemaker Through face masks and cheers, Guilford County Schools (GCS) welcomed back grades 3-5 on January 5. Students who hadn’t been back to school since COVID-19 shut them down in March 2020 boarded the buses to continue their second semester of the 2020-2021 school year. According to district surveys, more than 60 percent prefer in-person learning, said Dr. Nora Carr, GCS Chief of Staff. She noted that although there were some concerns about students returning to in-person learning, students were adapting well to the new rules, such as wearing …

Top Stories in Greensboro of 2020

The country faced a national pandemic in 2020, which forced schools and businesses to shut down, and impacted everyday life throughout the year. Virtual life took center stage with everything from community meetings to parades to graduations taking place online. Here is a wrap up of some of the events that happened in Guilford County. COVID-19 Schools and businesses were ordered to shut down in March 2020. Mass collection of PPE (personal protection equipment) like masks, hand sanitizer and gloves started. Cone Health set up the Greensboro Women’s Hospital to care for COVID-19 positive patients. N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper released a three-phased reopening plan for the state. Before businesses, schools and government buildings were allowed to reopen, social distancing guidelines were put in place that included limits on facility capacity, maintain six feet between people, wear masks in any public space and wash hands frequently. The N.C. Department of …