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…The study, which was published in The Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, was based on data collected from the Swedish Birth Register that dates back to 1973. The database contains information collected about Swedish women at the time of their first prenatal doctor’s visit—including their height, weight lifestyle factors and family histories… Researchers believe that the conditions of a woman’s uterus changes after she gives birth to her first child. According to Cutfield, during the first pregnancy, blood vessels to the placenta tend to be more narrow. “And this information has led to the hypothesis that firstborns were exposed to in utero compromise, which reprograms metabolism and the regulation of fat,” he explains.
[MadameNoire]

Nina Simone Biopic Slated For December Release

… According to Variety, BET Founder Robert L. Johnson’s RLJ Entertainment announced Thursday that they have acquired the North American rights to Nina… As previously reported, the film was written and directed by Cynthia Mort… Nina has been in the making for years, and the project has been at the center of controversy since it was announced that Saldana would be playing the singer. Many felt that casting directors made a huge mistake when giving the mother of two the role primarily because she looks nothing like Simone, and expressed that it was offensive for them to cast Saldana instead of simply seeking out a darker skinned actress… The firm is planning for a December 2015 release.
[MadameNoire]

Black Retired Tennis Player James Blake Gets NYPD Apology

James Blake was the victim of some good, old-fashioned NYPD roughing up on Sept. 9 as the former top-five ranked tennis player was waiting to attend a U.S. Open event. Blake, who insisted along with the police that the attack didn’t appear racially motivated, got an apology just the same of the highly-criticized police department. According to a Fox News report, NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton was “anxious” to apologize to Blake for what he called an officer’s “fast approach” takedown that left the former athlete slightly bruised. Bratton and New York mayor Bill de Blasio both say they reached out to Blake and his camp to offer their apologies and the commissioner once more stated that probable cause, not race, was the reason the cops ran up gangbusters style.
[HipHopWired]


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