Jazmine Sullivan Voices Love for ‘Sistas’ Amid Push for Mammograms

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Following her mother’s breast cancer diagnosis, R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan is determined to close health disparities and help Black women live healthier and longer lives. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there is a renewed push for women to make sure they’re receiving mammograms, including from Grammy-nominated R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan. 

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Black women are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer compared to white women, a statistic Sullivan knows all too well considering her own mother is in remission following a battle with the disease. An advocate for health equity, the Girl Like Me singer has since partnered with Novartis to close health disparities and “help her sistas.”

“With my mom being diagnosed with breast cancer, the conversation obviously of ‘have you had your mammograms yet? Are you looking into that?’ came up,” said Sullivan. “It’s really just about finding a space where you can be as vulnerable as possible. … that’s so important, is to have support. That’s what I want to create right now, is just to let Black women know that you’re not alone, we all are experiencing these things and we need to support each other so that we can be our best.” 

Following the diagnosis, Sullivan joined her mother in adopting a vegan lifestyle in an effort to be healthier overall, a move she credits for clarity as well as a better feeling mind and body. 

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Raising awareness for breast cancer is just one goal for the Black Women’s Health Imperative (BWHI), the first non-profit created by Black women to help advance the health and wellness of Black women and girls.  

Like Sullivan, BWHI wants Black women live their best lives and hopes to see the number of healthy Black women in the United States increase from 9.5 million to 12.5 million by the end of 2021, per their website. 

Aside from highlighting health disparities in Black women, Sullivan discussed her latest album Heaux Tales and diversity in the music industry, especially following the announcement of the Super Bowl lineup.  

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The beloved R&B singer says “we have to keep having those conversations” to move forward and figure out how to make things better, because it’s about so much more than just tapping Black performers. 

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