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

In the final Pro Bowl game to be played in Hawaii, the NFC beat the AFC, 30-21, ending a 30-year run. Starting next season, the Pro Bowl will be played before the Super Bowl, the first time ever that the Pro Bowl is held before the championship game.

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

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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.
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More Information

Black AIDS Institute

Center for Disease Control

Monday, February 2, 2009

Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF)

Media Advisory - 2009 PAFF Opening Night Gala

Jasmyne Cannick, (323) 295-1706,


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

More Information:

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

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.).

2009 Honorees

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

Steelers - Super Bowl Champions

In a thriller, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals, 27-23, to become the first team to win a record-setting sixth Super Bowl titles.

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.

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Santonio Holmes.

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