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Thursday
Jan202011

5 Reasons Why University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is FLY: 

1) The campus store has a full line of Motions products. For the sistas with relaxed hair, you know that's some exclusive, dope ish!

2) They recently had a campus-wide snow fight. It was the football players versus...uh, everyone else. 


3) They had the wildest Flash Rave I've ever seen. Imagine students climbing up the library wall & moshing off the roof. 
 


4) The campus is dead in some parts, literally. There's a cemetary located on campus.


5) The mascot used to be a shoe (Mocassin). Then the college got sued by Native Americans, so they're now the UTC Mocs, which is short for mockingbird.

Thursday
Jan202011

The Red Pump Project- 3/10/11- Raising Awareness About the Impact of HIV/AIDS on Women & Girls

Every year, the United States recognizes March 10th as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). It’s a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women & girls and encourages ladies to take action. While progress has definitely been made in the areas of AIDS prevention and treatment, women still represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women accounting for 66% of that group. This year focuses on this statistic, “Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.

In observance of this day, The Red Pump Project is asking bloggers to participate in the third annual “Rock the Red Pump™” campaign: 500 in 50. They have a goal of getting 500 blogs and they have 50 days to do it. And I'm going to help them!

So I posted my poem, "Games" which touches on a situation where lust got a certain guy in a bit of trouble. Click and download it for free!


BlankiTunes get music on

 

Key Snapshot of the U.S. Epidemic Today:

  • Number of new HIV infections, 2006: 56,300
  • Number of people living with HIV/AIDS: 1.1 million, including more than 468,000 with AIDS
  • Number of AIDS deaths since beginning of epidemic: 583,298, including 14,561 in 2007
  • Percent of people infected with HIV who don’t know it: 21%
  • There are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. & almost 280,000 are women
  • In 2006, there were 15,000 new HIV infections and 9,801 AIDS cases diagnosed among women
  • There were 3,784 deaths among women with AIDS in 2006
  • Among those who are HIV positive, 35% of women were tested for HIV late in their illness (diagnosed with AIDS within one year of testing positive)
  • HIV is the 5th leading cause of death in women in the United States, ages 25-44
  • High-risk heterosexual contact is the source of 80% of these newly diagnosed infections in women
  • According to a CDC study of more than 19,500 patients with HIV in 10 US cities, women were slightly less likely than men to receive prescriptions for the most effective treatments for HIV infection
  • Women with AIDS made up an increasing part of the epidemic. In 1992, women accounted for an estimated 14% of adults and adolescents living with AIDS in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. By the end of 2005, this proportion had grown to 23%
  • From the beginning of the epidemic through 2005, almost 86,000 women have died of AIDS and AIDS-related complications
  • The largest number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses during recent years was for women aged 15–39
  • New York has the highest number of women living with AIDS – 22,532
  • Seven of the 10 states with the highest case rates among women are in the South
  • The rate of women in D.C. infected with HIV/AIDS is nearly 12 times the national average

HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects minority women in the United States. According to the 2005 census, Black and Latina women represent 24% of all US women combined, but account for 82% of the estimated total of AIDS diagnoses for women in 2005.

HIV is the:

  • Leading cause of death for Black women (including African American women) aged 25–34 years.
  • 3rd leading cause of death for Black women aged 35–44 years
  • 4th leading cause of death for Black women aged 45–54 years4th leading cause of death for Latina women aged 35–44 years
  • The only diseases causing more deaths of women are cancer and heart disease
  • The rate of AIDS diagnosis for Black women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women and 4 times the rate for Latina women
  • In 2006, teen girls represented 39% of AIDS cases reported among 13–19 year-olds. Black teens represented 69% of cases reported among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 19%.

These statistics were from The Center for Disease Control’s website and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Fact Sheets (which cited the CDC). You can get more information about the effect of the epidemic from these sites.

P.S. We’d appreciate if you could tweet and/or post messages on Facebook about the “500 in 50″ campaign and why you’re fighting AIDS. This will help us spread the message about the campaign and encourage your networks to join in too! Don’t forget to include the hashtag #500in50!

SIGN UP FOR THE CAMPAIGN HERE!

Monday
Jan172011

5 Reasons Why Coe College (Iowa) is Fly:  

1) Obama's first internet conversation regarding his candidacy as president was at Coe College. The senator from Illinois teamed up with the duo of MTV and Myspace to create the Presidential Dialogue at Coe College that took place on Monday, October 29 2007.

2) The name Coe College stands for 'co-education.' In 1851, when one of the major donors to the college decided to give money, he stipulated that women also be allowed to get an education.

3) Crazy, domesticated squirrels. They chill on campus like they pay tuition. One guy said he walked up and pet one before.

4) FLUNK DAY!!! No one knows when it's going to happens, but one morning students get awakened to RAs yelling "Flunk Day!" On this day, the administration cancels all classes (no matter what's going on that day, test or not), and they bring in carnival rides & activities for the entire school to enjoy. Being that this is a wet campus, there's a specific alcohol fund for this day. The professors plan for it. "I know you have a mid-term due tomorrow, but in case of Flunk Day..." Freakin awesome!

5) I had the most welcoming host student, Deidre Gomm. She was such a sweety, and she stayed with me the entire time, even as we drove through the blackout that shut the lights off half the town. 

Monday
Dec062010

New Song- "Clock Out" Live from Sullivan Hall

Did you miss my show on November 24th at Sullivan Hall NYC? Here's the new song I featured that night called "Clock Out." I know you'll love it, especially my women who are about their business while still on the dating scene. Let these fellas know that you'll see them when you clock out. 

Thursday
Nov182010

5 Reasons Why University of West Florida is Fly:

1) You can't call their dorms "dorms." They're "Residence Halls." The whole campus features apartment-style residence halls that would make any New Yorker jealous. Call it a dorm, and the students will flip on you.

2) The campus was built on a nature preserve. The college can't build buildings higher than a certain height, for fear that the animals will feel like they're out of their habitat.

3) There are no classes on Fridays. That is unless you're in the sciences. Then you MIGHT have lab.

4) Forgotten bikes are recycled. The college has a 'Yellow Bike System.' They take abandoned bikes, paint them yellow, and leave them around campus for students to pick up and use. (Apparently the foreign exchange students like to use them to ride to the mall). Only issue is, they're some times hard to find. People take pleasure in hiding the bikes from potential riders.

5) The animals aren't afraid of people. Maybe they know it's THEIR wildlife preserve, but the raccoons, alligators, birds, and other creatures on campus take their time getting around without fear.