Tony Wafford

February: Getting Back to Black

As we head into Black History Month, as Black people, let’s make February our beginning of the New Year or as a new beginning of thinking for ourselves, understanding ourselves (and America), leaning on and learning from our culture, and throughout the year, not to allow America’s fear (White fear) to be our Black reality.   

I was Melanin Before I was American

2024 is going to be too important of an election year for us (the Black community) to say things like “them” and “they” when we all know just who and what we are talking about.

Let’s Just Try and Be Better

What would happen if this January we just say to ourselves, “I’m just going to try each day moving forward throughout 2024 to be a better person.  I’m just going to try and be a better me.”

Thanks, Huntington Beach, for Reminding Me

The city of Huntington Beach’s majority Republican city council voted, that going into 2024, the beach city would not be celebrating Black History or Women’s History. I just wanted to say, “thank you Huntington Beach city council for being upfront about the way you feel about Black people.”

I Saw God, Faith, and Medicine in Action

Last week, I had an opportunity to see the power of God firsthand—had my faith tradition reinforced and saw the strength in medicine, all working together for the good! 

Cussing Ain’t Okay 

Please let me do this disclaimer before I state my case. I am a cusser in rehab, a 12-step program.   

Why Does Black Hair Frighten Them So?

Isn’t it pathetic at best, and sick at its worse that Black people have to endure white-lash, being White-balled, or straight up punished because of our hair and the many different beautiful Black hairstyles that we wear? This sounds crazy when you hear it right?  The proof in what I’m saying is the fact that right here in so-called liberal California we had to pass the CROWN Act which really should have been named the, “Is it OK for me to be Black Act?” The CROWN Act is an acronym for “Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair,” in

A Ram in the Bush and A Negro in the Cut

I know you’re wondering what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about Joseph Abiodun Ladapo.  Ladapo is the Surgeon General of Florida and Governor Ronald Dion DeSantis’ handpicked negro.  

Weed and the Black Community: What’s Really Going On?  

It was 5:30 am and I was taking my morning walk.  As I got to the corner and was waiting for the light to change so I could safely cross the street, a car making a right turn with its windows down, bumping rap music — loud as hell and the smell of weed lit up the whole corner!

The Vaccines: Will Black People be at the end of the Line?

During this Covid-19 watch, it seems that there is a tremendous amount of excitement in the news as vaccines move toward federal approval and all the different states racing and running to create plans for who should get the first doses and how the vaccines will be distributed. State and federal health officials have all agreed that front-line healthcare workers who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients should be the first vaccinated, which makes all the sense in the world. Then the conversation seems to be vaccinating seniors in nursing home facilities and those patients in long-term care facilities; and that also makes sense to me.

L.A. Chapter of I Choose Life Health and Wellness Center Celebrate and Commemorate Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10th was National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, but for I Choose Life Health and Wellness Center, we’re going to celebrate and educate women and girls the entire month of March. When you look at our society and see that there are over 280,000 young ladies 13 and older who are living with HIV in the United States, and some 7,402 women and young girls that were diagnosed with HIV in 2015; we’ve got to talk about it. Black women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV, accounting for 61% of recent diagnoses but only 13% of the female population. Though most women who acquire HIV through vaginal sex, women who inject drugs are also at risk for HIV.