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Singer Candi Staton Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Icon Candi Staton revealed Monday (Oct. 29) that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I‘ve been diagnosed with breast cancer,” Staton says in an emailed statement. “After all I’ve gone through in my life — the domestic abuse, the bad relationships, alcoholism, fighting with record labels for royalties and all of that stuff — it’s the last thing I ever expected to go through, but I’m going through it and I plan to beat it.”

While the 78-year-old singer’s diagnosis came on the first day of rehearsals this past summer for her upcoming Unstoppable Tour, Staton revealed the difficulty in dealing with the news. “I decided to keep it to myself and do some soul searching, I went through all of the emotions: denial, ‘poor me’ and anger. It really helped me to be on the road, doing something I love to do, and was born to do.

“She has also encouraged women of all ages to get tested as early as possible. “Cancer can happen to anyone. I found a lump through self-check, so I really encourage women — including elderly women — to get a regular mammogram,” she says. “Don’t let the fact that you are young or that you’ve lived a certain length of time without getting it fool you in to thinking you’re immune to it. Have yourself checked because it can happen at any age.”

The soul singer will begin her 12-week chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday and plans to continue working on her music.

Woman fired after video of harassing rant goes viral

A video showing a woman harassing two other women standing outside their apartment has gone viral. The initial incident happened Friday, Oct. 19, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. The two sisters, Leisa and Mary Garris, were waiting outside of their apartment for AAA to jump-start their car when the woman approached them. “We are so distraught and still very upset about what has taken place only because of the color of our skin,” the sisters said. “It is so upsetting to know that today, we still have this overt racism going on in 2018.” After the woman approached the Garris sisters, you can hear her say, “This is Myers Park, Southpark, (expletive). Why are you up in here hanging out?” The same woman is then heard saying, “Hi, how are you?” One of the Garris sisters is heard saying, “I don’t know, but you’re harassing me.” The woman responds by saying, “Do I need to bring my concealed weapons, too? This is just a few seconds of a video that has now gone viral. Two sisters recording video say the woman seen in video racially and physically attacked them while waiting for AAA to respond in their own neighborhood. @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/UGslp1oZGN — Stephanie Tinoco (@STinocoWSOC9) October 27, 2018 This is North Carolina, by the way. “The woman asks the sisters multiple times if they live at the Camden View Apartments and asks how much they pay rent. “Do you live here? Why do we feel that we need to be here like hanging out? Let’s call 911. I want to make sure there’s nothing going on here,” the woman said. The video also captured the woman citing her salary. “I make $125,000 a year, and I want to make sure that you’re all up in here. Girl, girl, girl. I’m white. I’m girl white. I’m white.” Channel 9 learned the woman worked for Charter Communications. An official from Charter sent a statement regarding the woman’s employment status following the published video: “The incident recorded in Charlotte is a blatant violation of Charter’s code of conduct and clearly disregards the company’s commitment to inclusion and respectful behavior. As such, (her) employment with the company has been terminated, effective immediately.” The Garris sisters told WSOCTV.com they are pursuing legal action for the threats that were made last Friday night. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said officers responded to the issue and gathered information from the Garris sisters. CMPD said four criminal summonses have been issued for the woman, including two counts of communicating threats and two counts of simple assault. Police said the summonses have not been served at this time.  

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