2. Will Michelle Obama’s hip-hop album, Songs For A Healthier America help childhood obesity rates go down?
3. Are you going to see “The Butler?”
Bobby V is hosting a fundraiser this Thursday to raise money for the Bobby V Foundation and The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm.
2. Why did Rolling Stone publish such a misinformed article about the Afro-Punk festival? How could “The Other Black Experience” slogan be dated if magazines like Rolling Stone have never given coverage to Afro-Punk artists? And when did Pharrell Williams become the “undeniable forefather of the Afro-Punk ethos?”
3. Will the suicide deaths of Chris Lighty and Shakir Stewart inspire industry folk and fans to look at mental illness more seriously? Perhaps they could start raising awareness with the National Suicide Prevention Week.
North Hollywood, CA – As a busy television executive, Lea Walker knows the demands of a grueling career. A current Director of Production for Original Programming at BET, Walker can boast not only having worked on a roster of hit shows including “Sunday Best,” “Tiny & Toya,” and “American Gangster,” but also having interacted with a slew of fabulous talent like John Salley, Damien Wayans, Ryan Seacrest, Snoop Dogg, and Janet Jackson. But all that glitters is not gold, and even with a her dream job, some part of Walker knew something was missing.
When the demands of her busy lifestyle took a toll on her health, the busy career maven found herself in the emergency room. Back and reproductive issues were revealed and the ensuing surgeries left her bedridden for weeks. Walker discovered that the surgery not only stripped her of her physical strength but also her sense of body confidence and power.
Washington, DC – As a response to the growing needs of same-gender-loving (SGL) and bi-sexual black men, Black Men’s Xchange (BMX) National remains in the forefront as an organization aggressively advancing an agenda that addresses issues pertinent to the overall health and well-beingness of the Black community at large. In addition to the establishment of a new BMX chapter on the historic campus of Howard University, Black Men’s Xchange (BMX) National designed, coordinated and conceived the “Innovations in Black MSM Policy and Advocacy Summit” recently held in New York.
Washington, DC – As a first-hand eyewitness to the rising of America’s Black HIV/AIDS industry, starting in the mid 1980s, this topic is very poignant to me. Almost 30 years ago, based on Black AIDS programs observed, I literally predicted that HIV would likely be in our communities for an unparalleled amount of time. I vividly remember, while in my early 20′s, Black Brothers dying in droves. Legions of once vital, now terrified young males were filling hospital beds, hospices, and cemeteries. It was a virtual hell-o-cost. Many Black communities were already stressed by the challenges of the day (e.g. police brutality, high unemployment, problematic media images, a crack epidemic, being stigmatized for being Black and other social problems.) African Americans, an identity we were just beginning to grapple with, had never in history directly dealt with issues related to same-gender-loving (SGL) or bisexual Black men.
Los Angeles – If anyone can testify to the merits of holistic, herbal healing it is Doctah B. Sirius. The Grammy nominated music producer at one time almost succumbed to the effects of life in the fast lane. With a diagnosis that his system was shutting down per an over indulgence of fast food, alcohol and drugs, Doctah B knew he had to act fast if he wanted to continue living.