Hip, Hope, Hooray! Black Men Talking Health

Health, Hope, & Hip-Hop Foundation

Yo, not to get all heavy on you, but this Podcast was born out of my personal experience as a Black man with cancer. I’ve learned a lot... sooo peep this. Black Americans carry a disproportionate cancer burden, including the highest mortality rates from most cancers, and slowest time to diagnosis of any other race. Not only are Black Americans 41% more likely to die from cancer, but they also top the charts in heart disease, diabetes, and obesity too. So, what’s shaking and taking our lives in such disproportionate numbers? Yeah, healthcare disparities like lack of access and insurance are impacting us.... but we also suffer from limited health literacy -- and that’s something we can fix. Black men are notorious for downplaying their health; they’re tough enough not to need a doctor, and they sure as heck don’t talk about that stuff with each other. All that’s about to change… Welcome to Hip, Hope, Hooray! Black Men Talking Health. I’m your emcee Oya Gilbert, a Multiple Myeloma survivor, nonprofit Founder, and advocate for health literacy. With my unique perspective I’ve created a space for Black men to come together and share their stories, struggles, and successes – so we can all rise up. That said, Hip, Hope, Hooray! is more than just a podcast - it’s a health literacy movement that our community desperately needs. We can’t transform the lives of future generations without changing how we think today. In each episode, I’ll be choppin’ it up with inspiring guests from all walks of life, from doctors and fitness experts spittin’ facts, to everyday brothas from the block, working to make a difference in their own communities. Together, we’ll explore the unique challenges and triumphs faced by Black men on their journey to better health. So, get comfy in the driver’s seat on your commute, or grab your headphones, settle into the LoveSac, and join me and my homies as we lay out practical tips, resources, and encouragement that could save your life. These Black men are dropping knowledge, sharing struggles and laughs, and throwing up deuces for everyone on the health front. You’re not gonna wanna miss these gems! Let’s stay healthy, stay hopeful, and keep on celebrating life’s victories, one ”hooray” at a time. read less
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Episodes

The Dangers of High Blood Pressure
3d ago
The Dangers of High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, aka hypertension, can quietly mess up the body for years before symptoms appear. Not surprisingly, many of the black community's top killers are caused by high blood pressure, including heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure and even kidney disease. That's why it's so important to have your blood pressure checked; and why you need to keep it in check through diet, exercise, and even medication. My man Phillip Davis is a prime example. In September of 2020, Phillip was working as a School Administrator for Mastery Charter School. He had just wrapped up a routine workday that was marked by an excruciating headache that would not go away. It was so bad that he went to the ER and was admitted to Chestnut Hill Hospital, where he quickly learned that his blood pressure sky high; a troubling 287/92.  He was immediately transported to ICU where he spent the next few days being accessed to figure out the cause.  After several negative tests, Phillip received shocking news from a Nephrologist about his kidneys; they were in danger of failure and the problem had reached the acute stage. To stay alive, Phillip had to begin dialysis treatment immediately.  But after several weeks on dialysis, his condition worsened and Phillip was officially diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney Disease also known as Renal Failure.  The only remedy for the condition is a kidney transplant or long-term, life-sustaining dialysis.  At just 34 years of age, that was some heavy news. So I sat down with Phillip to hear how he managed to cope with his diagnosis, navigate his treatment journey, and become an advocate for kidney health in the Black and Brown communities.  Through faith, family, hip-hop music, and an unbreakable spirit, Phillip has found strength and purpose in sharing his story. Join us as we discuss Phillip's resilience, determination, and the importance of early detection and blood pressure screening in kidney health. Today he is a global ambassador for The Gift of Life, where he educates men and women about the causes, early signs of high blood pressure, and kidney failure.  His story is inspiring. Check it out. LINKS Health, Hope & Hip-Hop Foundation https://www.healthhopehiphop.org   The Gift of Life https://www.giftoflife.org/   Follow Phillip on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p.dot57/
Doubts, Disbelief, and Delayed Diagnosis
Jun 17 2024
Doubts, Disbelief, and Delayed Diagnosis
Multiple Myeloma ain't no joke, Black folks! A cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells, Myeloma is called “multiple” because there are frequently multiple patches or areas in bone marrow where it grows.   In this episode, four men (three black and one white) come together to discuss the challenges they faced with delayed diagnosis of multiple myeloma and the impact it had on their treatment. They delve into the disparities in healthcare access and quality that often impact the black community, leading to -- you guessed it -- delayed diagnoses and poorer outcomes for black patients with multiple myeloma. Our guests get personal and share their individual experiences navigating the healthcare system, including encounters with healthcare providers who dismissed their symptoms or failed to recognize the signs of multiple myeloma. They also discuss the importance of advocating for oneself and seeking second opinions when faced with a potential misdiagnosis. Through candid conversations and personal anecdotes, these men shed light on the systemic barriers that contribute to delayed diagnoses and disparities in treatment for black patients with multiple myeloma. They also provide insights and advice for others facing similar challenges, emphasizing the importance of being proactive in seeking proper medical care and advocating for one's health. Join us for this enlightening discussion on the impact of delayed diagnosis and disparities in healthcare on the black community.   GUEST LIST: Michael Ritto - Multiple Myeloma Dx: 7/2011 Thomas Goode - Multiple Myeloma Dx: 2007, 2008, 2011  Arthur Marsh - Multiple Myeloma Dx: 1/2024 With your Emcee Oya Gilbert - Multiple Myeloma Dx: 12/2017 LINKS Health, Hope & Hip-Hop Foundation https://www.healthhopehiphop.org   For more about Multiple Myeloma visit the sites below. International Myeloma Foundation Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Myeloma Link
The Silent Struggle: Why Black Men Avoid the Doctor's Office
May 27 2024
The Silent Struggle: Why Black Men Avoid the Doctor's Office
Yo, not to get all heavy on you, but this podcast was born out of my personal experience as a "Black man with cancer." I've learned a lot... sooo peep this. When it comes to most types of cancer, Black people have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any ethnic group in the United States. I got wind of this fact AFTER being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2017, a treatable but incurable blood cancer that impacts Black Americans 2:1 vs their White counterparts.  So, what's shaking and taking our lives in such disproportionate numbers? Yeah, healthcare disparities like lack of access and insurance, historical injustices, and implicit bias are hurting us.... but we also suffer from limited health literacy -- and that's something we can change through conversation... Starting now! Welcome to the premiere episode of Hip Hope Hooray – Black Men Talking About Health. In this genuine and unscripted conversation, we've brought together five Black men to share their journeys, struggles, and triumphs when it comes to their health. From personal challenges to navigating the healthcare system, these brothas hold nothing back as they open up about obstacles they’ve faced on their wellness journey. It's a straight convo that's as relatable as it is empowering. Tune in for this groundbreaking podcast series and find out about what it really means to prioritize health in the Black community. Let's get real, let's get inspired, and let's get healthy together. 🎙️💪🏾   GUEST LIST: Charles Duncan (Type II Diabetes)  Randy Haskins (Borderline Hypertension) Antonio Goicuria III (Benign Myoclonic Epileptic Disorder) Eric Mosley (Hypertension) With your Host Oya Gilbert (Multiple Myeloma) LINKS Health, Hope & Hip-Hop Foundation https://www.healthhopehiphop.org   Multiple Myeloma’s Sneak Attack on The Black Community And How To Fight Back by Carri Helman https://heragenda.com/p/multiple-myeloma-awareness-facts-affect-on-black-women/