Please Take Care of Yourselves, My Brothers

After news of a few different celebrities' health challenges this past week, there’s more focus and attention on black men’s health right now... especially when it comes to hypertension and related conditions.

John Singleton died of a stroke at the age of 51 earlier this week. According to TMZ, there will be a private funeral service on Monday for his family with a public memorial still being planned for later in May. (And there may still be a fight over his estate looming.)

Better news for Peabo Bryson, who suffered a mild heart attack last week. While he has decided to cancel a few concert appearances – including one at the Venue next week – to recuperate, he’s expected to make a full recovery.

Singleton’s family released a statement in tribute to him after his passing, with reminders for black men to pay attention to the signs of hypertension, take care of themselves and seek treatment. Like many African American men, Singleton had quietly suffered with high blood pressure for years before dying at the age of 51. They're also encouraging you to visit the American Heart Association's site at

Please take care of yourselves and heal well, my brothers. And we’re here to help you do that if you want and need it.

Jeanne Sparrow


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