Monday, November 19, 2007

Doing a Cornelius 360..Angle 2

Here we go again... me, up at the crack of dawn pulling out all the stops, keeping this forum in fresh, cutting edge form as a community service. Yes, I make it look easy and most think that it all it comes together without much effort. Wrong O!! Believe it or not, this daily labor of love requires determination, committment, skill and most of all time. The laptop does'nt spout out a word unless the brain and fingers are in some kind of sync. Ususally this happens after the various research sesssion prior to final edit and upload. Why do we do it?...because it's a service that I deem necessary for the area and hopefully I'm making a difference through our mission statement which embraces the pillars of empowering, enlightning and inspiring. It's Thanksgiving week and we are grateful to still be around offering our special brand of what's really going on!! I've already got the turkey out of the freezer, so I could do a Cornelius 360, just for you... Let's take a look!

Rainbow Saggin: It's been in the news as cities such as Houston and Dallas,Texas, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Mansfield, Lousiana as well as, others have been considering laws or ordinaces addressing the hip hop fashion known as "saggin." The efforts have been uneven at most and often are defeated because most lawmakers don't believe it's enforceable. Even though I'm a Fashionista Deluxe, I've been somewhat perplexed at this trend, especially since I've seen some SGL folks down with it both male and female. I was in a local bar the other evening when the fashion was in my face and I heard both negative and positive responses from some onlookers which ranged from digusted or others who see as a "sexyback." I've heard so many explanations about this style which include the alleged prison angle which was code of a sexual nature and the "thug/gangbanger" aspect based in machismo to the hilt. The male White young bar patron didn't seem to feel that his attire was out of place, nor was he bothered by the apparent stares of those with disaproving faces. Furthermore, it's come to my attention that the B/D Complex has some type of policy regulating "folks" wearing such attire juxtaposed to those entertainers who wear thigh high boots, revealing costumes, or those "Go-Go Boys" in nothing but towels. Is there a double standard on the table for these indivudals who spend their "80 cent on the dollar" for such outfits? On the other hand, I expressed that many fashions have come and gone over the years, with many of them circulating through bar culture. The GLBTQ community has had it share of ertswhile "drag" that were both "bows" and "moons" to society, that may have been unsettling to many. Do you remember painted on jeans with your hanky code? How about that "criss cross" trend with clothes worn backwards? What happened to all those fellas wearing their mama's vintage broaches on their lapels or sweaters? We still have Logo Designer Kings and Queens don't we? Let's not forget all those Leather mavens wrapped in buckles and harnesses. Personally for me, I try to keep it classic and appropriate, but I like to be daring every now and then, just not where my pants are so low that I waddle instead of walking with pants up, head up and walking with pride. Think about it....
New HIV Funding Data: If you ever wondered just how much HIV funding Arkansas is entitled too, then you should take a moment to veiw this new online data source from a Kaiser Foundation website. has posted new data on federal funding streams for HIV/AIDS. Collected in partnership with the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), these data for Federal Fiscal Year 2006 are available by state and for the nation, and represent the latest available state-level data on all major federal funding streams for HIV/AIDS in the U.S.
Updated data include HIV/AIDS funding by state from the Ryan White Program, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, and the Office of Minority Health (OMH).
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