It’s not only what you say but how you say it. That seems to be the mantra of Dr. Rani Whitfield, national spokesman for the American Stroke Association and founder of the Hip-Hop Healthy Coalition. Whitfield has found a way of combining two of his passions—music and medicine—to help address health disparities among African-Americans, according to When he’s not seeing patients, “The Hip-Hop Doc,” as he’s commonly called, is in the studio creating rap songs about medical conditions like obesity, heart disease and stroke in an attempt to educate the Black community. By speaking in a language young people can relate to, he believes he’s getting them to pay attention. —BB