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A Measure of Truth 31 w/ Ayo Handy Kendi

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Ayo Handy Kendi is the founder/director of the African American Holiday Association (AAHA) and the CEO of PositivEnergyWorks. She puts on both hats near every holiday season, appearing often on radio, t.v. and in print, offering coping skills as a Cultural Holiday Authority and Breathologist/Certified Stress Manager (CSM), renown as The PositivEnergy Breath Coach Ayo Handy-Kendi, columnist, Cultural Holiday Authority and Certified Stress Manager/Breathologist. Her studies have concluded that holiday stress increases a number of public health issues by 50%, i.e. depression, suicide, substance abuse, domestic violence, crime and violence, workplace under-productivity, accidents. In 2009, the potential for Holiday Syndrome is critical, because of the economy and state of the world. Ayo Handy-Kendi, offers viable solutions during this very vulnerable time of the year, and could possible save some lives. The recent story of 5 year old Shaniya Davis who's mother allegedly sold her into prostitution and was later found dead leaves us to ask some very disturbing questions. "So how and why does human trafficking happen without bounds? First you want to ask, as we all do, “How can a mother sell her child…sell her for sex?”, and while the desperation of addiction and poverty have a role to play, the other question we fail to ask is “who could buy a 5 year-old…who could buy another person?” The heartening reality is that it is the second largest black-market industry in the world, just behind arms and capping that of the drug market, and it is fueled by demand. The market for sex young children exists, in fact it thrives, even in rural American towns." -Cassandra Clifford, Foreign Policy Blogs Network