Remembering Rapper JayAre and Sickle Cell Awareness

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It is always unfortunate when someone passes away at a young age. Cahron Childs, better known as JayAre from the group Cali Swag District, died this past weekend from Sickle Cell Anemia. The 25-year-old was reportedly admitted into a hospital last Thursday and went into cardiac arrest. The group is best known for their international hit song “Teach Me How to Dougie“, which was accompanied by a popular dance. Childs was the second member of the group to succumb. In 2011, fellow group member M-Bone was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles.

Group member, Smoove Da General, stated:

“Sickle cell took my brother away from me today. With that being said I’m proud to know that with that disease he made the best of his life. I just saw my bro literally fight for his life I told him ‘I love you bro’ hope’n he heard me.”

Every year, 1 in 500 African-Americans are born with Sickle Cell Anemia and about 1 and 12 African-Americans have the sickle trait. The disease causes red blood cells to become c-shaped, making them hard and sticky, which causes major blockage in small blood vessels. For more information, please visit the NIH website.

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Naomi K. Bonman is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she holds her Bachelors of Arts in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Journalism. She also holds her Masters of Public Administration. She is the Founder and CEO of Awakened Media Enterprises, Inc. which owns Purposely Awakened. She has been in the media field since 2006 covering beats that range from social justice, community, entertainment, sports, fashion/beauty, and culture news.

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