Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Streaming Rainbows

The last Wednesday of 2011 post filled up before I knew it! There's so much to get caught up on as well as breaking news that keeps falling into my e-box. With that said, there's not a moment to waste, so let's bring it!


The Living Affected Corporation is requesting locals to mark their calendars and save the date February 7, 2012 for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV/AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage Blacks across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated around HIV/AIDS, as it continues to devastate Black communities. LA Corp will be submitting a request to Little Rock's Mayor Stodala for a city proclamation, circulating literature throughout the city, submitting media advisories and engaging the community while asking individuals to post either video or written responses to the national theme, "I Am My Brother/ Sister's Keeper," to their Facebook page. At post time no other activities have been announced from other area entities.  

In 2009, an estimated 16,741 Blacks were diagnosed with AIDS in the US, a number that has slowly decreased since 2006. By the end of 2008, an estimated 240,627 Blacks with an AIDS diagnosis had died in the US. In 2007, HIV was the ninth leading cause of death for all Blacks and the third leading cause of death for both Black men and Black women aged 35–44. Unfortunately, many of those who are infected with HIV are unaware of their status and may unknowingly transmit the virus to others. It’s time to mobilize and talk about this devastating disease so we can make a difference… and there’s no better time than February 7th! On this commemorative day, Blacks are encouraged to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated around HIV/AIDS. Special events such as press conferences, town hall meetings, health fairs, church services, community marches and rallies, candlelight vigils, and free HIV testing will be held throughout the nation.

"We have to challenge the mindset and notion that Black people are disposable based on their sexual orientation, drug addiction or behavior, we didn’t have that option on the slave ships or plantations – so why now? We can turn this epidemic around if we act now." says LaMont "Montee" Evans, of Healthy Black Communities, Inc, NBHAAD 2012 Annual Chairperson and a member of the NBHAAD Strategic Leadership Council.

While Blacks represent approximately 14% of the U.S. population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the group accounts for 44% of the nation’s new HIV infections.

In its twelfth year, NBHAAD organizers remain focused on all cities where Black communities are disproportionately impacted and the epidemic is not slowing. Some of these cities include Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Newark, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, Trenton and Washington, D.C.

Several Black celebrities and community leaders have served as the face and voice of this huge effort while encouraging thousands of Black communities to mobilize and do something that will be long-lasting in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Past spokespersons include: President Barack H. Obama (during his time as Illinois Senator), Congressman Elijah E. Cummings; Tony Dungy; Idris Elba; Kimberly Elise; Lance Gross; Hill Harper; Taraji P. Henson; Tom Joyner; Congresswoman Barbara Lee; Ludacris; Master P; Tangi Miller; Patrik-Ian Polk; General Colin Powell; Sheryl Lee Ralph; Gloria Reuben; Romeo; Rev. Edwin Sanders; Tavis Smiley; and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Currently, NBHAAD is directed, planned and organized by a group known as the Strategic Leadership Council who partners with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to mobilize communities and address specific issues in regards to local epidemics.

For more information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit ,  or    

People of Unity Presents Benefit for local Entertainer

Upstart organization, People of Unity will host a benefit at Miss Kitty's Saloon, January 8, 2012, 7 pm for local songstress Amber Edge. A $5.00 donation is suggested. She is vying for a spot on the national talent show, America's Got Talent. Edge is scheduled to travel to Austin Texas in January 2012 in another step to make the cut for the show. The benefit show will feature a mixture of her own original compositions and cover tunes in 15 minute sets during the evening. This will be the first event for People of Unity in its quest to grow its membership and develop future projects and initiatives. The groups focus is based on supporting diversity environments that addresses racism, sexism, homophobia and HIV and AIDS in the community.
Check out their Facebook page for more detail and contact information.  

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