Thursday, March 26, 2009

Dr. John Hope Franklin

"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

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Office on Women's Health is the lead for this day. The 2009 theme is "HIV is Right Here at Home".

The Facts
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.

Take Action
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

Websites is the gateway to all Federal domestic information on HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, research, policies and resources. is the Federal government source for women's health information. is the information from the CDC about women and HIV/AIDS.

Listen to and share this message from OWH Director Dr. Wanda Jones about HIV/AIDS among women and girls.Listen to this CDC podcast on the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls and the importance of getting tested for HIV.

Mobile Resources
To find an HIV Testing location near you, send a text message with your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) or visit

Monday, March 2, 2009


The past two weeks have been emotional. Between celebrating birthdays of friends, mourning the loss of a friend who died unexpectedly, and trying to write a letter of inteterest for an internship program has left me exhausted. I am currently sick.

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