HEALTH WISE: Dr. Anthony ‘Tony’ Vendryes knew that for his fourth book he wanted to explore a subject seldom discussed in modern medical literature: the state of Black health. “Over the years, my research has shown that the majority of illnesses affecting Black people are caused by a deficiency of Vitamin D,” he tells TALLAWAH. “The darker you are the more sunshine you need to stay healthy.” Compiling his findings for the upcoming book, Vendryes, a 2015 Musgrave Silver Medal recipient, columnist and holistic medicine expert plans to publish Black Health by mid-2016. “I think the research findings will fascinate a lot of people,” he says. “I think this will be my best book yet.”
WELL VERSED: His poetry collections, including The View from Mount Diablo and the more recent Taking Words for a Walk, have earned lavish praise from Kingston to Kenya. Now, celebrated poet and educator Dr. Ralph C. Thompson is ready to flip the script and share a more personal narrative. Thompson’s memoir, Take My Word For It, is currently a work-in-progress and is tentatively scheduled for publication in 2016. “It’s been in the world for months and months now, so I’s looking forward to finding a publisher soon,” Thompson, a 2015 Musgrave Silver Medallist confides to TALLAWAH.