Friday, June 23, 2017

Terrance Afer-Anderson

The National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, defines a cerebral aneurysm as, “A weak or thin spot on a blood vessel in the brain that balloons out and fills with blood.” A brain aneurysm is a very serious thing indeed. Having two, a “double aneurysm,” is an exceptionally tragic event. Yet, that’s what […]

When Terrance Afer-Anderson was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010, he could have retreated from the world or crawled into a shell; instead he decided to build a bridge. But Afer-Anderson is one of many in Hampton Roads who has helped to build bridges that connect underserved minority communities to quality healthcare. The point is […]

When L. Frank Baum published his classic novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in 1900, he likely had no idea that the subsequent 1902 Broadway musical adaptation, “The Wizard of Oz,” would one day receive frequent productions featuring exclusively African-American casts. The latest local rendition, jointly staged by Norfolk State University and the Virginia Stage […]

By Terrance Afer-Anderson Arts & Culture Columnist Imagine being raised on a farm and finding an exquisite connection between nature and music. That’s what it was like for engaging folk guitarist-vocalist Lawrence Lambert. You wouldn’t expect to find a towering, brawny African-American male to be romanced by the distinctive tenor of folk music, but from […]

By Terrance Afer-Anderson A staggering number of Virginia children are living without a health safety net. They are uninsured. According to a recent Urban Institute report, 5.8 percent of all Virginia children, under age 19, did not have health insurance in 2014. That’s an alarming 115,000 children. But what is it like to be a […]

By Terrance Afer-Anderson Here’s an alarming statistic that should get your attention. Imagine 3 jumbo jet airliners, each carrying 438 passengers, crashing every day for a year, with no survivors. That’s how many people die from smoking-related illnesses each year, in the U.S. alone. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, […]

BY TERRANCE AFER-ANDERSON Cultural Affairs Columnist One of the challenges in amassing a string of hits and unprecedented awards and accolades is the expectation that you will ever deliver same.  During the first few moments of NSU’s opening night performance of their take on Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity,” I found myself in anxious anticipation, pondering […]

By Terrance Afer-Anderson Health Educator Norfolk Health District The Norfolk Department of Public Health will be establishing a HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) clinic and collaborating with local health and community based organizations to tackle the region’s HIV epidemic. PrEP – a pill taken once a day, every day at the same time – is the […]

By Terrance Afer-Anderson Arts & Culture Columnist New Journal and Guide Like many millions of people around the U.S., you, no doubt, were greatly endeared to the beautiful teen daughter “Thelma” on the old hit sitcom “Good Times.” Each week, before cable and satellite television became ubiquitous, Americans across every demographic would tune in to […]

By Terrance Afer-Anderson Cultural Arts Columnist New Journal and Guide “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own!” 1 Corinthians 6:19. You can likely tell from the headline here, as well as the scriptural reference, […]