Monday, November 10, 2014

New Monday Out Post

What can we say? It's another week of COP 24/7 as we continue our efforts to consolidate and connect our various interest and work through this platform and other associated sites. Its a big job to produce daily content but we are doing our best to engage content aggregators to assist with keeping
this blog on the cutting edge and beyond of what's really going on. As a refresher, COP 24/7 is also partnered with The READ, a terra firma publication that also has a social media presence and our latest out growth with leveraging Arkansas RAPPS, a new concept emerging from a local health department initiative entitled Community Connectors. Arkansas RAPPS is an acronym for "Reaching, Affirming, Positive, Progressive, Systems," which will serve as an vehicle to continue to address issues and challenges in the MSM ( Men who have sex with Men) community. There will be a separate posting about this concept in a Thursday posting as well as expanded coverage about the entire Community Connectors initiative in the next issue of The READ. In the meantime, COP 24/7 will continue to re-tool, update our format and scale up our abilities to act as a "hub" in our spoke and wheel movement to enhance our ability to be an information leader. Come watch us grow into our prime as Arkansas' foremost online communicator! Keep it locked and loaded....!!

Community Advisory Board Speaks

The local Community Advisory Board which comprises of stakeholders, consumers, PLWHA and advocates host a monthly teleconference to share informational updates, discuss challenges and barriers and offer mutual support to participants. The next call is November 13, using the number 1-866-217-3840, access code: 9368160#. Interested parties are encourage to participate and share their views.

TRMS On the Job
I don't know if you've seen or heard Rachel Maddow on her nightly news show yet, but I am highly suggesting that you take look.

The Rachel Maddow Show,  is spicy,  tough, thought provoking and sometimes shoots from the hip with a take no prisoner style. Plus this gal is just plain ole fun as she takes on the daily news cycle with humor and gusto.She's also a persona that can sell out a venue as she proved a couple a years ago here in Little Rock. I think its a high time for another visit.
Maddow's show has spotlighted American connections with a then proposed Uganda law to legally dispose of homosexuals by hanging those who are seen as serial offenders or HIV infected involved in same-sex acts. She's called out "bull puckey," items ranging from politico's who put their foot's in their mouths to searing reporting about Americas dive into the Iraq war theater plus penned "Drift" a New York Times best selling book that argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war. 

Most of her interviews are riveting and expose the lunacy of some foreign governments and their internal policies. Not to mention the "long arms" of American officials whom have either visited these countries in some favorable status or have other religious connections such as the nebulous entity, The Family that has been the subject of news reports swirling around it's Capitol Hill players.

As I recall, Ms Maddow often reports news items that are not subjects being approached on mainstream network newscast or above the fold in newspapers. Nevertheless, Maddow is not deterred in calling anyone out and asking for their explanation on almost any subject. One good thing about Dr. Maddow is that she's never wavered from mentioning her girlfriend on air or making it crystal clear that she's and out and proud Lesbian. Rock on Dr. Maddow.

The 2015 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and Other Health Disparities Closes November 30th!!!

The NAESM staff,  planning committee and participating sponsors to date: ViiV Healthcare, Edge Media Network, The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN), Gilead Sciences, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, amfAR and The UCLA H3/The Black Gay Research Group (BGRG) are gearing up to present the 12th installment of the National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities which is scheduled to take place during the MLK weekend January 15-18, 2015 at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel located at One Hartsfield Centre Parkway Atlanta, GA 30354.
This conference will coincide with the H3/BGRG Summit scheduled to take place January 14, 2015. For more information on the conference or to register, submit an abstract or apply for a scholarship please visit the NAESM Inc. website at

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