“Mammovan” fights breast cancer

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Posted by Alexandra Pecharich × 03/30/2015 at 8:47 am on news.FIU.edu

MammovanJust steps from fancy stores with names such as Armani, Versace and Prada, a shiny 45-foot custom pink-and-blue bus sat earlier this month beneath a highway overpass in Miami's Design District. Known affectionately as "the mammovan," the vehicle welcomed aboard women looking for free mammograms because they couldn't afford to pay.

Named for a 54-year-old who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2005, the Linda Fenner Mammography Health Facility is a state-of-the-art clinic on wheels run by FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. It offers a 3D mammogram to any woman who needs one but exists primarily to serve those who have limited options due to lack of health insurance.

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We went to a voodoo ritual in Haiti

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by AMERICA With Jorge Ramos, Fusion and Mariana Atencio

When we think of voodoo, we tend to think about creepy dolls, scary spells and sacrifices. But there’s a lot more to it.

For Haitians, this religion is a way of life. It’s been part of Haiti’s tradition since it was a slave colony, and it’s been passed down from generation to generation. Vodouisants, as they are called, believe they are connected to their ancestors and look to voodoo in times of trouble.

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Sounding the Global Jukebox: we owe Alan Lomax a debt of thanks

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If Alan Lomax were still alive, he would turn 100 Saturday. His name might not be as familiar as some other giants of folk music in the 20th century (such as Pete Seeger). But if you listen to folk or world music, use internet music streaming services, or just enjoy music from cultural traditions other than your own, you might owe Lomax a small debt of thanks.

A remarkable career

For around seven decades, from the 1930s through the 1990s, Lomax devoted his activities as a folklorist, musicologist, writer, producer and activist to promoting the understanding and appreciation of folk music.

Born in Austin, Texas, his career began as a teenager, when he worked alongside his folklorist father. When Lomax died in 2002 at age 87, the world lost one of its most tireless advocates for folk music.

Today Lomax is best known for his extensive audio and audiovisual recordings, many of them now publicly available. He is renowned for bringing fame to artists like Muddy Waters, Woody Guthrie, and Leadbelly.

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Alan Lomax: A Life of Sound

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