Can Maca Root Enhance Body Shape

Research suggests that maca can improve physical shape by increasing energy.

Among other health benefits, research suggests that maca can improve physical shape by increasing energy.

By MCNS Staff

Maca is a root that is currently being used to address impotency in men and infertility in women. In addition, maca is used to boost libido, mood, and energy levels.

Additionally, many people claim that maca root can help “improve” body composition. Yet at this time, evidence of this has been stated as being somewhat limited.

However, preliminary research has shown that maca can improve physical performance which would aid in doing exercises that result in body sculpting. Particularly, evidence suggests that maca can improve stamina, endurance, and overall energy.

Maca is a Peruvian grown root that is closely related to broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. Maca is usually consumed in powder form. It can be placed in drinks, smoothies, or taken as its own liquid and in capsules.

Yet there are some health concerns. Individuals who have thyroid problems or mothers who are pregnant or breastfeeding should exercise cation and contact their doctor before using maca. For more on maca and its health benefits, click here.

Jay-Z Officially Enters the Weed Business

Jay-Z will be the brand manager for the Caliva marijuana company.

Jay-Z will be the chief brand strategist for the Caliva marijuana company and will focus on criminal justice reform.

By Free Radical

Hip hop mogul Sean “Jay-Z” Carter announced Tuesday that he would partner with San Jose, California based marijuana company Caliva. Jay-Z has been deeply involved in a number of alcohol companies such as Armadale vodka, Dusse cognac, and Ace of Spades champagne. However this is first foray into the legal marijuana industry.

The Brooklyn based emcee will serve as Caliva’s chief brand strategist. In a statement, Jay-Z noted that “With all the potential in the cannabis industry, Caliva’s expertise and ethos make them the best partners for this endeavor. We want to create something amazing, have fun in the process, do good, and bring people along the way.”

The rapper was particularly attracted by Caliva’s social justice ethos. According to, Caliva has roughly 600 employees, many of whom are marijuana delivery drivers. Their pay ranges from $14-16 an hour. Unlike drivers for ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, Caliva employees have full time shifts and are offered health insurance and vacation days. They are also paid for their car mileage and cell phone usage.

Caliva has worked with ice cream manufacturer Ben and Jerry’s to support the expungement of non-violent marijuana related criminal offenses.

According to Caliva’s CEO, Dennis O’Malley, Jay-Z will concentrate on criminal justice reform within the company. “Mr. Carter will focus on and work to increase the economic participation of citizens returning from incarceration — many of who are not seeing the monetary benefits of legalization — through advocacy, job training and overall employee and workforce development.”

Jay-Z brings a hefty record of criminal justice reform experience and passion to this new position. In 2017, Carter executive produced a documentary on Kalief Browder who spent multiple years in New York prisons without being convicted of a crime. Browder eventually took his own life. Jay-Z has also partnered with fellow rapper Meek Mill to create Reform Alliance which also supports victims of criminal justice abuse.

Carter’s TEAM ROC has offered legal assistance to rapper 21 Savage who faced deportation from federal authorities. The imprint also came to the defense of a Phoenix couple that was severely accosted by police, a Memphis man who was arrested for wearing a hoodie in a mall, and an 11 year old Florida boy who conducted an anthem protest.

California Can Make Police Killings Harder to Justify

By Free Radical

Protests after Stephon Clark's helped lead to.

Protests sparked after the killing of Stephon Clark helped lead to California Assembly Bill 392.

California is poised to pass one of the nation’s toughest laws for police to justify deadly force. On Monday, the California Senate passed Assembly Bill 392 which would change the standard for police to use their weapons from “reasonable” to “necessary.” Cops would have to use deescalation tactics such as talking to suspects to determine if suspects are truly a threat or not.

To become law, California Governor Gavin Newsom will have to sign the legislation. He is expected to do just that as he has said that it could “help restore community trust in our criminal justice system.”

The bill is a compromise as law enforcement lobbyists successfully removed a provision that would make police criminally liable if their conduct did not meet the law’s standard of “necessary.”

The legislation comes amid a report that California has had fewer officer related killings in 2018. In this year there were 146 such deaths according to the California state attorney general’s office. In 2017 there were 172 and in 2016 there were 157.

Nonetheless, the state has still had highly publicized police killings. On March 18, 2018 police killed Stephon Clark in the Sacramento backyard of his grandmother. He was shot seven times, with three entry wounds in the back. The officers who killed Clark claim that they believe that he had a gun though no weapon was found on the scene. They were not indicted for Clark’s murder.

California also consistently has some of the highest numbers of police killings across the country.

First Black African To Travel into Space Dies In Accident

Mandlo Maseko was killed in a car accident before he had the opportunity to travel into outer space.

Mandlo Maseko died in a motorcycle accident before traveling into outer space.

By Shujaa Kwanzaa

The South African man who won a chance to be the first Black African in space died in a motorbike crash before turning his dream into reality, his family announced on July 7.

Mandla Maseko, a part-time DJ and candidate officer with the South African Air Force, was nicknamed Afronaut after landing a coveted seat to fly 103-kilometres into space in 2013 in a competition organized by a US-based space academy.

The 30-year-old had beaten a million other entrants from 75 countries to be selected as one of 23 people who would travel on an hour-long sub-orbital trip on the Lynx Mark II spaceship.

Born to a school cleaner and auto tool maker in Soshanguve township near Pretoria, his win was a source of national pride and had neighbors high-fiving him for putting South Africa’s townships on the “galactic map.”

He spent a week at the Kennedy Space Academy in Florida where he skydived and undertook air combat and G-force training.

While there he met and posed for pictures with US astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was the second man ever to set foot on the moon after Neil Armstrong as part of the 1969 Apollo 11 space mission.

Maseko had been originally scheduled to fly in 2015 but no firm plans for his trip had been made public at the time of his death.