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World AIDS Day

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We are still battling an epidemic, here and across the globe. HIV and AIDS still has no cure and continues to leave motherless children, childless mothers and shattered families. Here, the CDC just released new research and although some numbers are flattening, our youth are in crisis. So what are you going to do this Saturday? I have a few ideas.

1) Blog, tweet, share about HIV and AIDS. Connect to testing resources, talk about safe sex or pose a question and request comments.

2) Get tested. If you don’t know your status, you’re part of the problem.

3) Get educated. Thete is still too much misinformation out there. If you’re ignorant about the facts, you’re part of the problem.

4) Talk about it. At school, at church, at home. I get it- it’s hard and uncomfortable. Guess what’s harder? Losing a loved one or having an altered quality of life.

5) Avoid risky behavior. Know your syatus, have safe sex, no sharing needles, be careful at the tattoo parlor!!! [Although you get a new disposable needle, blood can be present in the gun and ink; the virus can survive if not exposed to air and at room temp.]

6) Protect yourself and loved ones. If you do all of the above, this one is automatic.

Resources:
www.aids.gov
www.youthaids.org
www.hivaidsresource.org
CDC.gov

 

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Rise of the Guardians

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Self taught director Peter Ramsey loved comic books growing up. Now, this filmmaker from South Central, LA has made history as the first African American to direct a CG animated film.

In theaters now, Rise of the Guardians grossed $32 million on its opening weekend. That’s damn good, especially for a kid from Crenshaw with no formal training in film. Kinda reminds me of that funny-looking kid from Moorehouse College…what’s his name? Spike something… 😉

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Family, History, Movies, Race, Youth

 

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Work From Home No-nos

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For the entreprenuer and telecommuter.

Flexibility is great. While it’s not for everyone, virtual working can be awesome. Workplaces that get it focus on work getting done. Increasingly, the workspace is becoming fluid. Take advantage of this great benefit.

For some, it takes getting used to, especially extroverts. 🙂 Some tips to keep you productive.

 

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Young and Dumb

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As we approach World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), disturbing news. Today, CDC released new stats regarding HIV and young people.

Youth ages 13-24 account for 26 percent of new infections AND there is higher incidence among Black and gay young men.

This tells me two things: 1) We as parents, guardians, mentors and health professionals are failing; 2) Young people are hard-headed as hell! What are we going to do about it?!? A generation will get decimated at this rate! People, we need to talk about sex, not just have it. Adults: it’s time to talk to the young people in your life- the stakes are too high. Silence is not working.

I challenge all of you following or reading my blog to repost, share or have/start a discussion…please.

When my daughter gets home tonight, it’s time for another sex and STD talk (we haven’t had one in a while, too long).

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Education, Family, Girls, Health, Motherhood, Race, women, Youth

 

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Zero Dark Thirty

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From Oscar-winning director, Kathryn Bigelow, comes a new film that continues the genre of The Hurt Locker.

When Bigelow realized a young female CIA agent was at the center of the search for Bin Laden, she became intrigued. The film, written by Mark Boal, chronicles the Seal mission which ended in the killing of Osama Bin Laden. This project began six years ago with a very different ending planned. Then, in May 2011, the world learned about the stealth assault conducted in Pakistan.

There was a major stink and investigation into whether Boal received classified information as he conducted research for the film’s “new” ending. He maintains that he did not. Lucky for us movies allow for dramatization and artistic license to fill in the blanks. However, Bigelow worked tediously to make the scenes as accurate as possible referencing video footage and interviews from Boal.

Opens nationwide January 11.

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2012 in Civil Rights, History, Movies, Politics, women

 

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The Green Rush

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Seven year-old Mykayla Comstock is the youngest person to be prescribed medical marijuana. Suffering from leukemia, the administered pills help her eat and sleep and combat some effects of chemotherapy.

Her father is concerned with the drug’s impact on her brain development. Although I understand his concern because she is so young, would this plant have risks greater than any pharmacutical remedy?

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Family, Girls, Health, Politics

 

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One of This Year’s Hot Toys?

Just when I think I’ve seen it all…

This is NOT okay. Let’s encourage motherhood earlier, shall we.

As if I wasn’t disturbed enough about a breastfeeding dollbaby, I went to the website. There is a section, Why Little Girls Need to Learn to Breastfeed, that reads like a lactation brochure given to new mothers. The copy goes on to give HHS statistics about the health benefits of breastfeeding and the agency’s goals around the issue.

And who is giving them awards?!

I have always been a proponent of nursing. For mothers who are able to do so, it has proven benefits for your baby. But I would never by this for any child.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in Family, Girls, Health, Motherhood, Youth

 

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Post-tryptophan Thanks

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It’s been a long week.

I needed an extra day to reflect and quite frankly, feel a little better.

Things to be thankful for:
1. Family: There’s a warm feeling in a house filled with relatives, food and football. Also, they were concerned and my aunt took us in so that I could recuperate.
2. Health: It was a humbling experience to feel poorly for several consecutive days and know that to be normal for some. I was glad that I was healthy enough to give someone a better chance at life. I am also thankful that my children are healthy.
3. Home: I know there are too many without a place to call home. Some are new to homelessness due to Sandy while others, including families, know it too well.
4. Food: We still have so many people who are hungry in this country. It should not be so difficult for us to resolve.

Short and sweet.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Family, Fun, Health, Reflection, Relationships, Sports

 

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Final Injection and Donation Day

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It was successful. I am on my way home and my stem cells are on the way to the recipient; I was there when the courier picked up the cooler. She has had chemo for the past six days in preparation and will undergo this procedure tonight or tomorrow.

My nurse and coordinator, The Sarahs, remarked about how great I was and didn’t complain. Honestly, it was uncomfortable and I was still feeling the effects of the filagrastim. But, I powered through because I knew it was only a fraction of what life must be like for a 12 year-old girl who was somewhere waiting for my stem cells. We all got a little teary before I left.

That’s all for today, I’m drained. Stay tuned…

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Family, Health, Reflection, Youth

 

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Day Four: Filgrastim

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It’s a good thing that I can post from my phone because pulling out the laptop seems overwhelming. I also used it to do some last-minute prep for another interview. I used the quiet time to review my portfolio and think of questions to ask.

Last night my mom brought over a roast chicken from Costco which I paired with rice and leftover cabbage for the kids. The Icyhot proved helpful again for the night. Diallo was not home until bathtime (thanks again Claire), so he was out like a light soon after.

I curled up to watch the American Music Awards with my teenage daughter- the only time I watch because it’s so fixed. Pink proved worth the wait, but my headache sent me to bed.

The headache did not subside and as I told the nurse today, I expected it to crack open during the interview. I’m glad to report, it did not (it went pretty well (all things considered). I came home to rest and receive another injection. But, this time I caved and she came with prescription pain meds. Ahhhhhhh! (That was the hallelujah chorus.) Not one for drugs, it did the trick. I just ate so that I can take another dose.

Tomorrow morning a car will pick me up to take me to the procedure. We’re in the home stretch kids…

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Family, Health, Reflection, Single Parenting

 

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