Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
"Universal Access and Human Rights" is this year's theme. World AIDS Day is a reminder that AIDS has not gone away. To achieve the goal everyone must do his/her part in the fight. Governments must get involved and keep the promises they made. Community leaders must encourage its members to take leadership roles in sharing information. Individuals must get tested, know their rights to prevention and treatment, and take action against stigma and discrimination, because HIV/AIDS does not discriminate.
According to AIDS.gov, the estimated number of people living with HIV worldwide is over 33 million, over one million Americans are living with HIV. There are 2.1 million children with the disease. During 2008, 2.7 million people became infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS. Around half of all people who become infected do so before the age of 25 and die from AIDS before they are 35.
It is important to get tested. Early detection save lives. Effective HIV care - including antiretroviral therapies and regular access to primary health care-can help people manage their HIV disease and live longer. So if you don't know your status, get tested.
Since 1988, the face and response to HIV/AIDS has greatly changed. Throughout the year, I will post information about these changes and how they have impacted communities.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Testing Resources
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
World AIDS Day
World Health Organization
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
The true cost of war is not measured in money spent, but the loss of a soldier’s life. President Obama saw firsthand the cost of the war.
In the early hours of the morning, President Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base to witness the arrival and transfer of 18 American killed in Afghanistan earlier this week.
"Obviously it was a sobering reminder of the extraordinary sacrifices that our young men and women in uniform are engaging in every single day. Not only our troops, but their families as well," he said.
"Michelle and I are constantly mindful of those sacrifices. And obviously, the burden that both our troops and their families bear in any wartime situation is gonna bear on how I see these conflicts," he continued. "And it is something that I think abut each and every day."
President Obama’s decision whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan weighs heavy on his heart, it a decision that shouldn’t be rushed.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
In this morning's speech to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama covered a range of topics—all under the umbrella of his desire for leaders to recognize the "common future" of a world in which "the interests of peoples and nations are shared."
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
February 22, 1932 - August 25, 2009
The dash between birth and death represents the life a person lives. Ted Kennedy's dash represents a long life filled with trials, tribulations, and triumphs.
Senator Ted Kennedy died Wednesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77.
Born in Boston on February 22, 1932, Ted Kennedy was the youngest of nine children of Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. But as the youngest member of the Kennedy family, Ted bore many of the tragedies of the family. At an early age he became the patriarch of the family. He is the Kennedy we saw grow old.
Ted Kennedy devoted his life to serving the country for over forty years. His legacy is forever cemented in history.
Kennedy is survived by his second wife, Victoria Ann Reggie Kennedy, whom he married in 1992; his first wife, Joan Bennett; and five children -- Patrick, Kara and Edward Jr. from his first marriage, and Curran and Caroline Raclin from his second.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
August 11 - 18, 2009
Beginning at 5:30AM daily
3900 W Manchester Blvd., Inglewood, CA
Faithful Central Church will host and facilitate Reach Across America (RAM) at the Forum to provide free medical, dental and vision care for one week to ANYONE in need (uninsured, underinsured, unemployed, under-employed persons). Depending on specific health conditions, most attendees will be able to have their dental, vision & medical needs met right on the spot. RAM has the tools and expertise needed to issue prescription glasses, and repair dental issues within the week! So be sure to arrive early if you need to be seen. There is a need for more volunteers and licensed medical professionals. Please be a blessing to someone in need.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
FREE Dental, Vision & Medical Services to Adults & Children Clinic Opens promptly at 5:30 a.m. every morningThere are now appointments – First come, first servedThe doors must close once we reach the day’s capacity.You must arrive early to be seen, so please be prepared to wait. Bring a snack. Chairs will be provided.No eligibility requirements. No proof of income. No questions asked.
FREE SERVICES AVAILABLE
DENTAL: Cleanings, Fillings, Extractions and Root Canals. Everyone receives a free dental exam. Pediatric dentistry is available.
VISION: Vision Exam and Free Prescription Glasses made onsite(NOTE: We may not be able to make glasses for everyone)Cataract Surgery
MEDICAL: Women’s Health: Mammograms and Pap Smears, Pediatric Exams, Adult Physicals & Medical Consults, Diabetes, Hypertension, Chiropractors, Acupuncture, Blood Lab Work, Chest X-Rays, Medication Assistance, and many other medical specialties available.
RAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS
Medical Doctors (all specialties) and Nurses, Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, Ophthalmic Techs, Paramometry Techs, General Dentists, Oral Surgery, Pediatric Dentistry, Registered Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants.
CALIFORNIA LICENSED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS ONLY
CONTACT: Jean Jolly, Volunteer Coordinator, Remote Area Medical, email@example.com 865.579.1530
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in Saturday as the 111th justice, the third woman, and the first Hispanic to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.
As her mother, Celina Sotomayor, held the Bible, Sotomayor swore an oath to administer justice fairly in a first ever televised ceremony. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the 62-word oath required of all federal judges.
On Thursday, the Sentate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor to the high court by a vote of 68-31. Though her confirmation was never in doubt, there was opposition from Republicans for her "wise Latina" comment.
Sotomayor is replacing retiring liberal Justice David Souter and is not expected to alter the balance of the court. She joins the only other woman on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Newly Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor will be a fine judge. She brings over 17 years of experience as a federeal judge, the most of any current Supreme Court justice.
Congratulations, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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A Lady's Perspective
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Michael Jackson dedicated this song to a friend, Ryan White, who died of AIDS in 1990. Now the song is dedicated to Michael Jackson who died Thursday of cardiac arrest. He was 50.
Michael Jackson, known as the King of Pop, sacrificed a normal childhood and adult life to entertain us. He is a one-of-a-kind artist. Jackson truly deserves the respect and tribute of a King.
God bless your soul and rest in peace Mr. Michael Jackson.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another, is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another, is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All or none of them could be true. For whatever the reason, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.
Click here to learn more about Juneteenth.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
President Obama seeks to counter the attacks from the conservatives, mainly from former Vice President Dick Cheney, about how to keep the country safe. Cheney has been a vocal critic of Obama’s policies, saying they leave the country vulnerable to terror attacks.
Immediately following President Obama’s speech, Cheney will deliver an address “Keeping America Safe: An Address by Dick Cheney” at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Cheney will take questions in an open-press appearance.
I'll be watching both speeches.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Tisdale learned he had cancer below his right knee after breaking his leg in a fall at his home in Los Angeles in 2007. Tisdale remained upbeat despite having his leg amputated last August.
Wayman Tisdale enjoyed success as a college and professional basketball player and a musician. He played with the Oklahoma Sooners. While at Oklahoma, Tisdale averaged 25.6 points and 10.1 rebounds during his three seasons. He still holds Oklahoma's career scoring record with 2,661 points and a career rebounding record with 1048. Last month, he was chosen for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
After three years at Oklahoma, Tisdale played 12 years in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacremento Kings, and the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 15.3 points and 6 rebounds for his career. He was on the U.S. team that won a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.
Wayman was a gifted, and one of the most popular, jazz musician. My favorite Tisdale song is "Don't Take Your Love Away." I was looking forward to seeing him at the Playbaoy Jazz Festival next month. He will truly be missed.
Wayman Tisdale is survived by his wife, Regina, and four children. God bless the family.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I went down to the river,
I set down on the bank.
I tried to think but couldn't,
So I jumped in and sank.
I came up once and hollered!
I came up twice and cried!
If that water hadn't a-been so cold
I might've sunk and died.
But it was Cold in that water! It was cold!
I took the elevator
Sixteen floors above the ground.
I thought about my baby
And thought I would jump down.
I stood there and I hollered!
I stood there and I cried!
If it hadn't a-been so high
I might've jumped and died.
But it was High up there! It was high!
So since I'm still here livin',
I guess I will live on.
I could've died for love--
But for livin' I was born
Though you may hear me holler,
And you may see me cry--
I'll be dogged, sweet baby,
If you gonna see me die.
Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The inspiration for the tea parties came after CNBC host Rick Santelli, who complained about President Obama’s bailout, called for a new Tea Party.
The grassroots movement, publicly pushed by conservative media and officially endorsed by the Republican Party, was organized by COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS. How ironic, since it was the Republicans who dismissed the work of COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS during their presidential convention.
I guess Republicans feel it is okay to associate with COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS when they are criticizing the Obama Administration, but as a COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, I wouldn’t want to be associated with the Republican Party.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
"I want to be out there on the firing line, helping, directing or doing something to try to make this a better world, a better place to live." - John Hope Franklin
Dr. John Hope Franklin, noted scholar and historian of African American history, died yesterday at the age of 94. He dedicated his life to educating the world about the black experience and helping to reshape and define civil rights.
Franklin died of congestive heart failure at Duke Hospital. He is survived by his son, John Whittington Franklin, daughter-in-law Karen Roberts Franklin, sister-in-law Bertha W. Gibbs, cousin Grant Franklin Sr., a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, other family members, many generations of students and friends.
For an extensive biography click here. Visit the memorial web site at Duke University.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I almost pulled out my hair yesterday watching the
Bruins play VCU. In a close game, the Bruins kept their tournament hopes alive beating VCU 65-64.
The Bruins play Villanova on Saturday. Villanova, a higher seed, will be a tougher opponent. The Bruins can't afford to make mistakes.
The NCAA Tournament is called "March Madness" for a reason. The games are exciting and will drive you mad. Gotta love college basketball.
GO UCLA BRUINS!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
In 2005, women represented 26 percent of new AIDS diagnoses, compared to only 11 percent of new AIDS cases reported in 1990. Most women are infected with HIV through heterosexual contact and injection drug use.
Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25 to 34.
There are many ways you can take action in response to HIV/AIDS:
Get tested for HIV
Practice safer methods to prevent HIV
Decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
Talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
Provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
Monday, March 2, 2009
I'm a firm believer that there are lessons in every aspect of life. Each person has a responsibility to figure out life's lessons, it's a way to grow as a human being. Sometimes it is hard and sometimes it is easy.
The one lesson I've learned is that life happens and there is nothing you can do about it, hopefully, you enjoy it. I can honestly say I enjoy life.
A Lady's Perspective
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Congratulations to the NFC and Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerald who was named MVP.
I'm sad, football is over until next season.
Friday, February 6, 2009
February 7th, 2009 marks the ninth annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). This is a national community mobilization effort designed to encourage African Americans across the United States and Territorial areas to Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Treated, and Get Involved with HIV/AIDS. This year's theme is "Black Life is Worth Saving."
Of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, HIV and AIDS have hit African Americans the hardest. In 2008, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its long-awaited study re-examining the size and depth of the U.S. epidemic. Using new technology that allows researchers to learn more detail about individual HIV infections, the CDC discovered, among other things:
• The U.S. epidemic is at least 40 percent larger than previously believed and growing by between 55,000 and 58,000 infections a year;
• The U.S. has never logged fewer than 50,000 new infections a year, contrary to prior belief that we leveled out at 40,000 new infections a year in the mid-1990s;
• Black Americans represented 45 percent of people newly infected in 2006, despite being just 13 percent of the population;
• Men who have sex with men accounted for 53 percent of all new infections in 2006, and young Black men were particularly hard hit.
• In 2006, Black gay and bisexual men between the ages of 13 and 29 accounted for more new HIV infections among gay and bisexual men than any other race or age group. And more than half, or 52 percent, of all Black gay and bi men infected that year were under 30 years old.
Deaths. The racial disparity in AIDS deaths continued in data released last year:
• In 2006, the latest year for which data is available, 7,426 Black Americans died from AIDS. That number represents a meaningful improvement over the previous year—a decline of 1,253 deaths.
• But Blacks continue to represent a far outsized proportion of deaths each year. In 2006, Blacks accounted for just over half of all AIDS deaths.
The 2009 State of AIDS in Black America report includes a chart pack—“The Black Epidemic: By the Numbers,” which details key data about the black epidemic.
Resources. The federal commitment to all areas of AIDS work—prevention, treatment and research—has all but disappeared.
• The CDC’s annual HIV-prevention budget has never topped $800 million—a fraction of what the U.S. spends on the Iraq war in a week;
• The prevention budget has been cut by 20 percent in the past five years, in real dollar terms;
• The CDC spent just under $369 million on Black-specific prevention and research in fiscal year 2008, or 49 percent of the overall budget.
• Between 2004 and 2008, the discretionary domestic AIDS budget remained virtually flat, while global spending increased by more than 20 percent annually.
Monday, February 2, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
Jasmyne Cannick, (323) 295-1706, firstname.lastname@example.org
17th ANNUAL PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH SCREENING OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SOUTH AFRICAN DRAMA ‘JERUSALEMA’
Star-Studded, Red Carpet, Opening Night Gala Thu. Feb. 5
2009 Honorees Include Marla Gibbs, Omar Benson Miller, and CA Assembly Speaker Karen Bass
17th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival Opening Night Gala
Thursday, February 5, 2009Red Carpet – 6 p.m.Program – 7 p.m.
Directors Guild of America7920 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES, CA - The 17th Annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), America’s largest and most prestigious flagship black film and arts festival, will take place February 5-16, 2009. With record attendance now topping a quarter of a million attendees over its twelve-day run, the festival has announced a change of venue to accommodate its ever-growing audience for its film festival to the Culver Plaza Theatres (9919 Washington Boulevard).
The PAFF Art Market, a highly anticipated and celebrated major exhibit of black fine art and quality crafts featuring the work of over 100 different artists and artisans, will remain at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza (3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.). Known for showcasing new films first and recognized as America’s premiere black film festival, past festival features have included box office and award-winning hits: Ray , Lackawanna Blues , Redemption , Crazy As Hell , Kingdom Come , The Brothers, Gridlock’d , Days of Glory , and the 2006 Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Film, Tsotsi . For more information and access to PAFF’s online box office, please visit www.paff.org.
Opening Night Gala
Opening this year’s festival is the acclaimed South African drama “Jerusalema” directed by Ralph Zinman. Part Robin Hood, part. Horatio Alger, after cutting his teeth on local carjackings, young Lucky Kunene dreams of bigger scores than his best friend Zakes. Moving to the rough-and-tumble Hillbrow section of Johannesburg, Kunene, whose heroes are Karl Marx, Al Capone and Dale Carnegie, transforms himself into a real-estate crime boss even as he tries to elude determined white cop Blakkie Swart, vengeful renegade Nazareth Mbolelo and Nigerian drug lord Tony Ngu. “Jerusalema” will be featured during PAFF’s star-studded red carpet opening night gala Thursday, February 5 at the Director’s Guild of America (7 p.m., 7920 Sunset Blvd.).
The 17th PAFF will present actress Marla Gibbs with its coveted Lifetime Achievement Award. Actor Omar Benson Miller (“Miracle at St. Anna”) has been selected for the PAFF Canada Lee Award, and California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass will be recognized for her commitment of supporting the exhibition of film, art and creative expression with the PAFF Community Service Award. The awards will be handed out as a part of PAFF’s opening night festivities at the Director’s Guild of America on Thursday, February 5.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
After the Cardinals scored with 2:37 left in the game, Ben Roethlisberger took the Steelers 78-yards to throw the winning pass. Santonio Holmes made a spectacular catch 6-yards in the end zone to regain the lead and the game. Santonio Holmes won the MVP.
A Lady's Perspective
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
YOU WILL NEVER GET AWAY FROM THE POLICE, ESPECIALLY, DRIVING A U-HAUL IN RUSH HOUR TRAFFIC.
DON'T RUN FROM THE POLICE!
A woman driving a stolen U-haul truck led law enforcement officers on a chase Wednesday that began in Antelope Valley, wound through downtown Los Angeles to Malibu, ended after a short foot chase in Oxnard about two hours later.
I hope she enjoyed the California coastline, she won't see it anytime soon.
A Lady's Perspective
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
Exhibit Programs and Special Events
Saturday, January 17, 2009, 1pm
Collaging Your Vision: A Personal Journal
Make your own journal. Collage your unique vision using paper, paint, magazines and gold and silver foils. Wanda Clarke leads participants in the creation of a colorful abstraction inspired by Crumpler's Paris Sketchbooks. RSVP required: 213-744-2024.
Sunday, January 18, 2009, 11am - 5pm
Target Sundays at CAAM
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION! A DREAM REALIZED
Click here for more information.
Monday, January 19, 2009, 11am - 5pm
View the Kingdom Day Parade, Visit Cake for King at CAAM
Every MLK Holiday, CAAM opens at 11 am, but begins the day by participating in the annual Kingdon Day Parade around 9:00 am. Come view the parade which begins at Western Avenue, travels west up Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to Crenshaw Blvd. south, ending at Vernon Avenue in Leimert Park. CAAM's parade car will feature special guests hosted by CAAM's Deputy Director Woodburn T. Schofield, Jr. Following the Parade, join us back at CAAM for a piece of our birthday Cake for King. These festivities are becoming a family tradition at CAAM with free cake, MLK speech screenings and open exhibitions. On display will be our specially-created exhibition, A Dream Realized, featuring historic images of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President-elect Barack Obama. The live program includes storyteller Ina Buckner-Barnett reading excerpts from King speeches at 12:30pm, the cake cutting happens at 1pm and jMichael Walker will be on hand selling his poster artwork and his book "All the Saints of the City of the Angels." Mr. Walker will also be reading excerpts from his book in the Research Library at 2pm and will be available to sign his book. For more information call 213-744-7432. For parade information, call 310-537-4240.
"A Dream Realized" and its related programming is courtesy of Target, The Tom & Ethel Bradley Family Foundation, Southern California Edison and Friends, The Foundation of the California African American Museum.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009, 7am
CAAM Inauguration Watch
When then-Senator Barack Obama came to CAAM for a partnered Urban Issues Breakfast Forum book signing in 2006 he urged everyone to support this 'cultural institution.' More than 800 people came to hear him speak, It is fitting that on the historic occasion of his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States, CAAM will host a special Members Only Inauguration Watch Event. What better time to join the Museum? Become a Member Now!! RSVPs Mandatory. For more information call 213-744-7432.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Martin Luther King, Jr. established himself as the greatest orator in United States history. King’s “I Have a Dream’ speech still send chills down my spine. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will always have a special place in my heart. I will make sure that my children will know about Dr. King and his contributions to the world, how he paved the way for us. God willing, I will be in Washington, D.C. on the day Martin Luther King, Jr.’s National Memorial is unveiled.
Thank you Dr. King for making Barack Obama's Presidency possible.
A Lady's Perspective
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning(Psalm 30:5).
The first day of a new year is always exciting. It represents a new beginning a chance to make a change. As I look forward to the new year, I can only hope that whatever happens I will be mentally, spiritually, physically, and financially ready to handle life's changes.
Predicting the future is impossible but preparing for life is not. There are some changes I will make this year, God willing. I plan on making the most of each day.
I hope 2009 brings you a year full of life's joy. January 1st is the start of a new year, but every morning is the start of a new day. Live for each day and not for every new year. Enjoy life!
Happy New Year!
A Lady's Perspective