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Inside the Rise of Brujeria and Witchcraft Among Afro Latinas

When Nola Darling, the main character in Spike Lee’s Netflix comedy-drama She’s Gotta Have It, is assaulted in a season one episode, her Afro-Puerto Rican lover Mars Blackmon suggests she sit with his sister for a cleansing. A santera known as Lourdes (Lulu for short) can remove Nola’s “negative ions and energies,” as Mars describes them.

Toward the end of the season, Nola finally seeks a consulta (consultation) with Lulu in her Brooklyn projects apartment. “Let’s see what Elegua has for Ms. Nola,” Lulu says as she channels the deity, or orisha, known to hold the answers to all questions. Behind Lulu is a display of spiritual tools: Lit candles, water, and cowry shells, with a backdrop symbolic of Yemaya, a Yoruba orisha, the ”goddess of the sea.”

African spiritual traditions have permeated pop culture over the last several years, from scenes like this one in She’s Gotta Have

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APO-Baclofen (baclofen) Drug / Medicine Information

Contains the active ingredient baclofen

Consumer Medicine Information

What is in this leaflet

This leaflet answers some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain
all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor
or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
this medicine against the benefits they expect it will have for you.

If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine.

You may need to read it again.

What this medicine is used for

The name of your medicine is APO- Baclofen Tablets. It contains the active ingredient
baclofen.

It is used to treat:

multiple sclerosis

spinal cord damage resulting from disease or physical injury

Baclofen belongs to a group of medicines called muscle relaxants. It is used to reduce
excess

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The Best Face Wash For Different Skin Types

Not all skin has the same characteristics so not all skin should be using the same cleanser. The best face wash for your skin type is one that balances oil, hydrates, controls excess or whatever else your skin is currently craving. Those with dry, combination, oily, sensitive or acne-prone skin need to look for a cleanser that contains the ingredients your skin needs. Not sure your skin type? Well, there’s a pretty easy way to find out.

Wash your skin and pat it dry. Don’t apply any moisturizers or serums for an hour. How does it feel? If it’s tight, it’s probably dry. Excess oil popping up? You just might be oily. Or, you could be a combination of them both. Unfortunately, if your skin is acne-prone or sensitive, you probably already know. Everything from hormonal and cystic acne to blackheads and whiteheads can benefit from an acne-fighting face wash.

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