Monday, January 12, 2015

Advoacy Monday

Awareness in Terror Continues
It's happened again. The intersections of terrorism and extremist have swirled together to raise its head to assault our senses on all levels. Last weeks attack in Paris in which journalist of Charlie Hebdo were savagely massacred again demonstrated the level of incitement or agitation that is the end result of those whom can't embrace all elements of free speech.

Although the term "satire" is being used, we can not deny that often times when "voices carry," within the context of freedom of the press it can caused great disruption and these days perhaps certain death.  COP 24/7 joins those 3.7 million of mourners in their "Je Suis" mantra as we have also felt solidarity with the mantra's of "I can't Breathe," "Black Lives Matter," and applaud those both nationally and locally who have expressed their concerns with citizen and police interaction. For us at COP 24/7 we've always taken the position that "all lives matter," and our platform has made a conscious effort to be inclusive while not excluding the facts of any and all post that we share since our inception some ten years ago. We've taken the position as those at Charlie Hebdo, that we can be a equal opportunity stimulator hopefully without harm.

Just as we deal with that ordeal, it is now reported that Boko Harum has committed it's version of genocide with over 2000 civilians killed in North Nigeria and now this despot of marauders have used a young girl as human bomb in its killing spree and still keeps over 200 hundred school girls kidnapped. We had short term outrage about the young women that suddenly left the radar screen as the next horror filled our information screens with the latest act on any manifesto of hate.

As a supporter of our civil liberty of speaking out loud, COP 24/7 felt compelled to acknowledge that many of the "voiceless," continue to remain in the margins without representation, no marches to illuminate their causes, powerless without celebrities who wave phones or ceremoniously wear buttons or ribbons.

We can't ignore these "justice, no peace," outcries amidst the many heinous incidents especially those unemotional ISIS beheadings that capture our full attention, while often times everyday lack of economic parity or equity influence to policy makers are seen as business as usual. More closer to the home front, it is imperative that we not forget that there's still much to discuss within the LGBTQ community ranging from community cohesion to further understanding issues around race. COP 24/7 vows to continue to be a provocative and progressive in addressing many of the "ism's" impacting our world and local community. Stay tuned...

BGRG Announces Summit

The Black Gay Research Group (BGRG) announced that the 2015 BGRG Summit will be held January 15-18, 2015.
together with the UCLA Health, Hope, and Healing (H3) Conference on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in Atlanta at the Renaissance Airport Hotel. The summit will coincide with the 2015 National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities on

BGRG will celebrate the achievements of scholars and activists in the field who exemplify a commitment to the health and well-being of Black gay men with its BGRG Awards. Awards will be presented at an evening reception on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. The awards and recipients include: 


BGRG Lifetime Achievement Award 

for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions & Leadership

Christopher H. Bates

BGRG Founders’ Spirit & Soul Award

for Outstanding Contributions in Scholarship and Service to the Black Gay


Frank Leon Roberts

BGRG Next Generation Emerging Scholar and Leadership Award

Ja’Nina J. Walker, PhD

The Summit will also feature two keynote speakers: Dr. Gail Wyatt, Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Mr. Francis Boakye, Executive Director of Priorities on Rights and Sexual Health (PORSH) in Ghana.            

The Summit’s daytime program is organized into nine innovative interdisciplinary tracks including:   

  • Black MSM Research Strategy                              
  • Hope, Health and Healing in the Lives of Black Same Gender Loving Men                 
  • International Contexts,
  • African Diasporic Inquiry, and Human Rights
  • Advance in HIV Prevention Research
  • Education & Agency                         
  • Religion & Spirituality House/Ball and Pageant
  • Community – Partnership,                             
  • New Writings by
  • Black Gay Men                   
  • Advances in HIV Prevention
  • Research II
  • Research and Capacity Building

Save the Date, February 13, 2015 in the Arkansas Department of Health Auditorium, 10 am - 1 pm
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