Monday, November 05, 2007

Doing a Cornelius 360...Updates

It's finally here, November and the world is still going round and round and we're still reporting what's going on with each new daybreak. This labor of love has ebbed and flowed for the last four years despite various setbacks and sidetracks, but we've perservered through it all somehow! It's a new day, new set of circumstances and hopefully more of what we are becoming known for! Keeping it real and of course...staying on point!!! Are you ready, then let's get busy...

OH Eureka!: As promised, I dived right into the Fall Diversity mash up in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, 11/1-11/4/2007. Since this was my first time, I had much prowling to do in order to truly understand this Ozark phenom that happens several times a year. Therefore, I'm still processing my thoughts and they will be posted on our Myspace entertainment platform in the next 48 hours. So, if you want to know the skinny on what I saw and who I didnt' see, then you don't want to miss out. Trust me on this one. I want to give a special shout out to the Center for Artistic Revolution for hosting me for the weekend. I certainly appreicated it much! We've got a Myspace hook up in our links section, so check it in 48.

Dinos do Alltel: Yessireee, I'm excited about the Walking with Dinosaurs show 11/7/07 at the Alltel Arena, because I'll be there waiting on these prehistoric behemonths to give me the "Wow" factor that I love in live performances. ( Do you wonder if I ever sleep?) After seeing the Discovery Channel program and hearing about the creation of this show, I so hoped that it would come stateside. Viola! It's here and I've got a good seat to boot. In case you didn't get a ticket, they are still available. Look for an upcoming review.

Singing for Donations: Center for Artistic Revolution benefit, Sing it Loud, Say it Loud, is scheduled for Vino's, 11/11/07 at 6p.m. There will be a host of performances from locals who will be donating their talents for social change. There will be sliding scale from $6.00- $13.00 Organizers have announced that car value memberships will be available. Details at the door. If you need more info, hit them up at: Center for Artistic Revolution
P.O. Box 2300 N. Little Rock, AR 72114
(501) 244-9690

New Voices on the Block: I'm always glad to see more voices in cyberspace, espcially those from Arkansas. Enter, Alicia Blanks new blog, OUTPOST. This new venture is an outgrowth of her creativity in both digital and podcasting. She cites it's a "perpetual work in progress as mu insane schedule permits." I know all about that, Ms. Blanks. Hopefully, at some point we will be able to do some cross promotion and we will feature some of her musing here. You can get a taste at Welcome to the neighborhood, Sister B.!

CorneliusTV: That damn Cornelius is at it again! Trying to put more stuff on his blogsite for all the world to see! How dare he. Well, yes we are in the process of updating, yet again. What's a fella to do when technology just keeps getting better. Google and YouTube will be offering a platform that will allow us more interesting as well as automated embedded content custom tailored to our site. How's that for some assistance! Look for it in the coming weeks as a new feature. This new element could be an excellent callaborative point for all you creative Arkansans out there reading in front of those screens. Let's hear from you!!!

What U KNOW?

I got this press release from the Kaiser Foundation and felt that it certainly needed to make the cut in this forum. I 've rerprinted here as circulated. As we approach World AIDS Day December 1, 2007, I hope that you will take a moment to either watch it live or TIVO it for later consumption. If you do, then send me your comments about it.

BET Networks today announced that their award-winning national HIV/AIDS public information campaign with the Kaiser Family Foundation, Rap-It-Up teamed up with BET News on the provocative new HIV/AIDS special, “WHAT U KNOW BOUT THAT? BET SEX QUIZ” slated to premiere on Monday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. with an encore presentation on Friday, November 9 at 10:00 p.m. The one-hour news special is part of a longstanding effort to raise awareness about the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS in the Black community and to tackle a host of HIV/AIDS-related issues faced by BET’s audience, including stigma and homophobia, HIV testing, substance abuse, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on personal relationships and family life.
BET News visits the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami to get up-close and personal with young adults and to test them on how much they really know about safe sexual health, behavior and practices. BET News personality Jina Johnson hosts the informative discussion, and fellow BET personalities Lamorne Morris, Sharon Carpenter, and Samson Styles, along with BET News producer Antonio Neves hit the streets to quiz young adults and to talk about their own personal experiences. Today’s hottest hip-hop stars like Ciara, Alicia Keys, Common, Mos Def and Lyfe Jennings make special guest appearances to ask various questions; and sexual health expert, Dr. Rani Whitfield (also known as the “Hip-Hop Doc”) is on hand to provide pertinent health information and facts to assist young adults who may be dealing with these issues.
The WHAT U KNOW BOUT THAT? BET SEX QUIZ program special will also include an extensive online component which offers a unique interactive platform for viewers following the broadcast. The network website will post a variety of related activities, including the show’s sex quiz; a podcast featuring a special interview with Dr. Rani Whitfield; a special message board and forum where Dr. Whitfield can answer questions posted by viewers; and exclusive polls that track viewers’ personal sexual experiences and attitudes.
Black Americans have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the epidemic’s beginning, and that disparity has deepened over time. Blacks account for more HIV and AIDS cases, people estimated to be living with AIDS, and HIV-related deaths than any other racial/ethnic group in the U.S. The epidemic has also had a disproportionate impact on Black women, youth, and men who have sex with men, and its impact varies across the country.
BET Networks remains committed to providing fresh, culturally-unique and issues-targeted public affairs programming. Whether it’s a poignant short film about HIV/AIDS or a new public service announcement featuring today’s hottest celebrities supporting healthy lifestyles, the cable network through the Rap-It-Up campaign consistently exhibits innovative ways to educate its viewers on the important health and social issues impacting young adults today.

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