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The Official Magazine of Focused Radio

Sep/OCT 2016

Your Blood Has the

Power to Heal #ExclusiveIndie Charts inside

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focus points 11. Your Blood Has the Power to Heal Cover Story 15. Breaking down the 4 d's of Suc“ cess 17. I'm Up Now: Freedon to Cooperate 28. Lifestyle: Stress Relief is in the Bag 30. unique Dreams: Are you still excited 38. Exclusive indie

Editor in chief: TommyP content supervisor: marcus wise lead visual artist: naadir love Each month “The Focus” spotlights small businesses, entre“ preneurs, community events, political topics fashion and the arts, we are poised to stay relevant and to influence what people are talking about and doing.

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It’s that time of year again. For those who may not know, The Focus Magazine is committed to being a source of information for Sickle Cell Awareness. September is Sickle Cell Awareness month so it is only fitting we talk about it and other topics surrounding the community it affects. I lost my oldest son, JonAnthony Page to this disease over 6 years ago and it changed my life forever. Having two other sons living with this disease only makes my drive to do as much possible that more neccessary. Along with not having adequate resources to treat those living with Sickle Cell, things such as stress, not being driven to take care of oneself properly, and not getting blood donations from the community that is most affected has been challenges in the past. Hence that is what we will discuss this month. As always continue to check out our website, www.thefocusmag. com, for current stories and information as well as tune in daily to Focused Radio from our Android or Iphone apps as well as www. to make sure you are getting the hottest music out and the greatest personalities on the net. #StayFocusedMyFriends TommyP

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This year we continued our initiative to increase blood donations from the black community. It has been proven that getting units from the population who is affected most by disease has proven to yield great results. On September 17, 2016 while we were hosting our blood drive, my son was in the hospital in pain crisis ultimately needing three blood transfusions. This is why we do what we do!

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At some point in their life, Sickle Cell patients will need a blood transfusion. In many cases blood transfusions are routine treatments. Because of this fact, the primary focus in getting the word out is through hosting blood drives throughout the state of Virginia. It doesn’t just stop here. Faith 4 A Cure is on a mission 12 The Focus

to create awareness and education not just in Virginia but globally through the use of social media, web presence, radio and television, speaking engagements, educational forums, and much more. In the past 5 months, Faith 4 A Cure and Virginia Blood Services hosted 10 blood drives from as far north as Wash-

IMG_5759.jpeg ington D.C. to as far South as Blacksburg, VA and everything in between. What are the results? • Out of 242 presenting donors, 118 of these are Sickle Cell Negative and will be used to support patients needing blood transfusions! Faith 4 A Cure has been marching toward Septem13 The Focus

ber’s Sickle Cell Awareness month and we have a challenge for YOU! There is a way that you can make a difference in the lives of persons living with Sickle Cell Anemia. DONATE BLOOD! In order to help GET THE WORD OUT and DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT we CHALLENGE YOU to roll up your sleeves, donate blood, and wrap it up! It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. Since one pint of blood supports up to 3 lives, we ask that you do the following: 1. Record and upload a video on social media of you donating blood 2. Challenge at least 3 other friends 3. Get informed and help us GET THE WORD OUT In September alone, we have a goal to collect over 1000 pints of blood through targeted Sickle Cell Awareness blood drives. To find a blood drive near you, log onto or Remember: Record. Upload. Support. It’s that simple! Support life this September and help patients living with Sickle Cell Anemia live longer, healthier lives.

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Breaking Down the 4 D’s Of Success Discipline, Diligence, Decisiveness, and Determined are what we’ve built our foundation on for success. We will take the next couple of issues to break those down so you can add thiese principles to your life. Discipline: According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, discipline means:

1. Control that is gained by requiring that rules or orders be obeyed and punishing bad behavior 2. A way of behaving that shows a willingness to obey rules or orders 3. Behavior that is judged by how well it follows a set of rules or orders Other connotations of the word discipline would be punishment, instruction, training, obedience, and self-control. Key words: Punishment, Obedience, and Self-Control A disciplined person understands the rules and follows them. These rules can be established through a variety or means but just in case you were wondering, it’s equally as important to follow the rules you establish for yourself as much as the rules that are established by someone else! Just an interesting rabbit trail: An old adage that I hear so often is 15 The Focus

that “rules are made to be broken!” When I looked up the originator of this phrase, I got some interesting results. Just to point out a couple as cited from 1. General Douglas MacArthur, but that was only half the quote. The entire thing goes “Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind.” Surprising how we sort of shortened it to adjust the real meaning. 2. “RULES ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN” - is a proverb - The existence of rules makes it likely that people will break them, sometimes for the better. • The proverb has been traced back to 1953 and is found in ‘Expedition to Earth’ by Arthur C. Clarke. First cited in the United States in 1960. It is listed in the 1989 collection of ‘Modern Proverbs and Proverbial Sayings’ by Barlett Jere Whitling and in the 1992 ‘Dictionary of American Proverbs’ by Wolfgang Mieder et al.” From “Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings” by Gregory Y. Titelman So, back to the subject at hand, if you break discipline down into the three major parts, punishment, obedience, and self-control you must first identify what each part means. The following are defined by Merriam Webster’s Dictionary: • Punishment: suffering, pain, or

loss that serves as retribution. So an example that comes to mind that embraces all three is during my childhood. Was it called rearing to be nice or should it really just be called retribution for disobeying the rules?? Who knows, all I know is that I got a lot of it! It is a result… • Obedience: the act or instance of obeying. Okay, so that means you are in compliance with the commands or guidance given. It is an action… • Self-Control: restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, and desires. While this seems a bit disconnected with the other two, it is anything but. Self-control is accomplished by both an understanding that punishment is the result of the opposite of obedience and obedience is an action that is purposeful and mindful. It is an outcome…

In summary, persons that are disciplined are held in high-esteem. For example, our military personnel are seen as highly disciplined. Their basic training builds self-control, confidence, and character and a result of their training, they earn the respect of their family, friends, and even those they never met. In order to be disciplined it is important to understand, follow, and obey fundamental rules. We must not see punishment as a bad thing but something that rears us not to be rouge as it will build improved self-control of our mind, body, and soul.

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Freedom to Cooperate After a summer that seemed to highlight the subcultures that divide American citizens; cultural and racial divides continue to make headlines in August and September, leading us into the fall. Preseason football, usually highlighted by rookie debuts, bold predictions, and redemption stories, has been spotlighted for its pregame rituals more than anything else in 2016. During the national anthem, played before most sporting events in the United States, the audience eyes are usually fixated on the American flag or the performing singer. At times the national anthem has been spotlighted, sometimes great performances such as Whitney Houston before Super Bowl XXV(25) in 1991, or for lyric blunders and missed notes like when Kat Deluna gave her rendition at the Cowboys home opener in 2008. But that has changed this season, now many fans search the sidelines for players sitting down in protest to social injustices and bias discrimination toward minority populations. Kicked off on August 26th when Colin Kapernick, back up quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers was spotted sitting down on the bench as the remainder of his teammates on the sideline stood in attention. Although Colin’s action made national attention during the team’s third preseason game, he had sat down during the previous two as well. The picture spread like wild fire on social media as the public opinion surfaced and criticized the quarterback for “disrespecting the men and women who fight for American freedoms”. Colin made it very clear, as he faced the anxious media for a post game interview following the game, that his decision to protest the national anthem was in regard to the social injustice in America. Kapernick faced more questions and criticism from media figures, fellow Nfl players, and retired athletes. The 28 year stood unshaken in his 6’4 frame, topped with a picked afro reminiscent of freedom fighters in the 60’s, reinforcing the focus on the wrongful treatment of minorities by law enforcement officers and the judicial system that continues to vindicate officers involved. The court of public opinion seemed to oppose Colin’s protest, however he did receive some notable support. In the weeks following, military veterans expressed their support for the stance against America’s bias treat17 The Focus

ment as they wrote open letters about their experience in America post duty. Supporting media figures compared the movement to Muhammad Ali’s stance against the draft and the 1968 Olympians who raised their fist proudly on the medal stand. The protest has become an event in every game this season, from recreational to professional, players in football, and other fall sports such as volleyball, increasingly choose to boycott the national anthem. Brandon Marshall, a linebacker for the Super Bowl winning Denver Broncos, even lost two corporate endorsements after he choose to take a knee before the first game of the season. Both companies, CenturyLink and the Air Academy Federal Credit Union, commented on an overall respect for Marshall’s choice but identified the companies lack of identification with such a stance as the reasoning for terminating their partnerships. Opposition to the silent protest continue to denounce the manner in which players are protesting. Many of which have also refuted the actions of movements such as Black Lives Matter. The common ground continuing to be overlooked is the reason why protest are taking place across different platforms, like many of the problems rooted in African American communities in this nation. The biggest support for Kaepernick and the protest he has started is Terence Crutcher, the black man gunned down on September 19th outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The details having not yet been revealed, one thing can be determined from the video. Mr. Crutcher, much like Mr. Eric Garner, just as Philando Castile, did not deserve to die. They want us to respect the symbols of freedom, while they continue to disrespect our existence and human rights.


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Thanks to all who came out and donated blood!

Blood Donor Honor Roll

Faith 4 A Cure - “Tribute to a Prynce” Supporting Sickle Cell Awareness! September 17, 2016


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Stress Relief is in the bag

The grocery bag, that is! A nutritious diet — along with regular exercise and enough sleep — can help you beat stress and keep your immune system strong. This can lower your risk of everything from colds and flu to high blood pressure and heart disease.

Leafy greens like spinach are high in magnesium, which can help prevent headache and fatigue that are sometimes associated with stress.

Several kinds of foods contain nutrients that may be particularly useful in reducing the negative effects of stress or helping you recover quickly from a stressful situation. We show seven of them here.

Oranges contain vitamin C, which can help reduce levels of stress hormones and keep your immune system strong.

Whole grain bread and other complex carbohydrates help boost serotonin, the “feel-good chemical.”

Calcium in milk may help ease anxiety.

Bananas provide potassium to reduce blood pressure.

The information contained herein is the property of UPMC Health Plan and/or its affiliates and is intended solely for use by UPMC Health Plan employer groups. STRESS C20120105-20-A (MCG) 1/5/12 28JAN12The Focus

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Tuna and salmon contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can prevent surges in stress hormones and boost your mood.

Raw veggies help you crunch your stress away.

Source: WebMD

If you’re a UPMC Health Plan member, call Coach on Call™ at 1-800-807-0751 for helpful tips from a health coach about good nutrition and stress management. Visit to learn about healthy lifestyle programs available to members and to access a wide variety of useful information provided in partnership with WebMD.


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We all have heard the famous saying, “You reap what you sow,” but what does that really mean? The first thing that usually comes to mind is someone paying the consequence for something they did wrong, or a poor decision they made, but what if I told you the law of harvest is not always negative. In the book of Galatians 6:7 it states “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. So if you sow positivity you will reap positivity, if you sow a good deed, you shall reap a good deed. So today is a good day to ask yourself, “What are you sowing?” And that should answer, what are you reaping in this season? As you embark on your journey through life, and as you come up against difficult choices, you must always know that the decision you make today will have an impact on your life and those connected whether you see it immediately or later on in life. As we drawn near to the end of September enter into October and transitions into a new season titled “fall” understand that God has not forgotten you, know that it is the season to reap. When you are in your season no man can stop God from pouring the abundance due to you in your life. I encourage you even as you are reading this article, begin to get excited for what God is about to do for you in your life, smile, throw your head back, lift your hands, shout to the Lord, and give him an advance praise for what is about to enter into your life, and then stand in expectation knowing that God will deliver what he said he would. This is the time to stand in excitement; this is the time to walk as though it already is. This is the time to ask yourself; how big do you want your harvest to be? That’s how big you need to sow! Declare and Decree and know It is already done! 30 The Focus

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Nurse Trina Woods never really expected to make the reality-show cut for Rich Man, Lucky Lady. She’s used to losing in love and past believing in fairy tales. So she’s sure the handsome plain-talking man she encounters on her lunch break is just a shy eccentric ... until he turns out to be reclusive award-winning musician “Art E.” Soon his unique sensitivity and gentle ways are inspiring her to stand up for herself, take risks, and try one last time for her happy ending ... Tony Santangelo’s special way of seeing the world helps him make connections others don’t--and turn them into mega-hit songs. But he never realized how lonely he was until he got a glimpse of Trina’s honesty and caring nature--and went way out of his comfort zone to find her. Suddenly they’re the media’s hottest new Cinderella story. And coping with his overprotective brother and overwhelming celebrity means he and Trina must face trouble head on, insist on their dreams, and write their own one-of-a-kind forever-after song ... because it takes someone special to hear what’s in your heart.

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The Focus Magazine September/ October 2016  

Your Blood Has the Power to Heal. Talking about about Sickle Cell Awareness and collecting blood donations from the community that is effect...

The Focus Magazine September/ October 2016  

Your Blood Has the Power to Heal. Talking about about Sickle Cell Awareness and collecting blood donations from the community that is effect...