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7 Black Celebrities You May Not Know Have Sickle Cell Anemia

Larenz Tate

Actor Larenz Tate, who is best known for his role as O-Dog in the 1993 film Menace II Society, has sickle cell anemia. His other films include Dead Presidents, Love Jones, A Man Apart, Waist Deep, Biker Boyz and Ray. “It’s really important to know if you carry the disease,” Tate says. He stresses the importance of screening since many do not know if they have sickle cell anemia, a hereditary blood disorder.



Tiki Barber

Tiki Barber

Tiki Barber is a former NFL running back who played for the New York Giants for 10 seasons. Barber has launched a national health education campaign, Be Sickle Smart, to raise more awareness about the disease. The football player also gives advice on how to manage the disease.

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7 thoughts on “7 Black Celebrities You May Not Know Have Sickle Cell Anemia

  1. In regards to the 7 Black Celebrities You May Not Know Have Sickle Cell Anemia story, please do your research. Not all of the individuals that are listed have sickle cell. Larenz Tate is an advocate. He does not have the disease.

  2. What are you talking about? Many other website reported that he does have the disease. He even spoke about it on Web MD they would not ask him about it if he didn't unless he was a doctor or had someone in his immediate family struggling with it like children or spouse.

  3. Victoria Richardson says:

    Sure didn't know this, only heard T-Boz of the singing group TLC had it…

  4. Hippa is giving out medical information. Not disclosing things yourself. You can't call in to hospital and give out medical information or get a persons medical records.

  5. My son Michelo Mckenzie has sickle cell anemia and has to hospitalized often for crisis and chronic transfusions. He is only 5 years old and has been through a lot with this disease. This disease need more awareness because there are thousand of people with his illness and lives have to be changed because of this chronic disease.

  6. Jo Baldwin says:

    Hello Dima, I'm sorry but you need to do your research if you are referring to Larenz Tate. He does have sickle cell anemia and so does two of his brothers. This is why he has been an advocate for years now. But I do have to agree with Natasha about there needing to be more awareness about the disease. Depending on where you live there are still doctors in this century who do not have a lot of information on how to treat the disease other than meds and blood transfusions, therefore I having the disease myself suggest to Natasha to make sure that you teach your child to eat healthy foods daily whether they like it or not because it will be beneficial for them as they get older. There are not a lot of medications that a person can take for preventive measures so I suggest taking vitamins (folic acid, B6, B12, flaxseed, vitamin E and D) and drinking lots of fluids. Allow your child to play and to live their lives to their own expectations without over exerting themselves or being stressed. These things can bring on a crisis more speedily and try to keep them from catching anything that will cause an infection such as a cold, pneumonia or the flu. Now a days people like myself are making health drinks like smoothies. If you try these things I guarantee your child will have the chance of living a healthier life with fewer hospital visits. Growing up the doctors gave my mother a life expectancy of 35 years for me. She didn't know of anything else to do but to make sure I eat healthy meals. Medication was only to treat my symptoms, I didn't start taking folic acid until I was in my late teens. Over the years I have learned more about the disease and myself and I can now say that it has been years since I have had to go to the hospital with painful crisis. I am 53 years old and other than having to have a blood transfusion every 4-6 weeks I can proudly say that I live a pretty healthy life. Oh, lastly stay in prayer and make sure that you have a great caring doctor who listens to your concerns.

  7. Jo Baldwin "stay in prayer" is the key with this CONDITION. God made you that way, He knows!…

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