Monday, October 31, 2011
Date: November 2, 2011
Holding the Park's northern highlands was key in the American Revolution and the War of 1812 because armies could see their enemies approach as they sailed down the East River. History buffs will love this tour of the Harlem Meer and its strategic environs. For directions, please call (212) 860-1370.
Groups of seven or more people should call (212) 360-2726 or email email@example.com to schedule a custom tour.
Accessibility level ***
Tour accessibility is rated as follows:
* Easy to negotiate; paths and few stairs - mostly accessible to people with disabilities
** Moderate inclines and stairs, paths clear and negotiable - only parts accessible to people with disabilities
*** Hilly, stairs, and a few Park-related obstacles to negotiate - not recommended for people with disabilities
Start time: 12:30 pm
End time: 1:30 pm
Contact phone: (212) 860-1370
Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)
A Road Once Traveled
Sun, 30 Oct 2011 04:00:07 GMT
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Harlem - News October 29, 2011
Columbia plays up connections to city in bid for M'ville funding (Columbia Spectator)
The Statue of Liberty celebrated her 125th birthday Friday, with a towering cake, military salutes and the joyful tears of 125 newly minted American citizens.
Globetrotting food, up Harlem way (Financial Times)
City of Exquisite Decadence (Counterpunch)
Jimmy Smith on the Hammond organ...
- Lester Perkins
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African-American - News October 30, 2011
Teena Marie (KMJM-FM Saint Louis)
Singer John Legend is one of 50 prominent African Americans to be featured in the National Portrait Gallery's "The Black List." The photographs of a group of prominent African Americans will be featured in a new exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery.
Alabama immigration fight recalls civil rights era (Deseret News)
Walter's World: Theatre, Bearden and Jazz (Harlem World)
Albeit, this is not February. However, October is the month that England celebrate this holiday.
Local Organization fights breast cancer among African American women (Milwaukee Courier Online)
Saturday, October 29, 2011
African-American - News October 29, 2011
October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Is there cause for celebration? For many reasons, the answer is a resounding "yes." Since 1990, the rate of death from breast cancer has been dropping.
In the News: 'Guinness' Names Samuel L. Jackson... (Black Enterprise)
Judge Approves Historic Settlement For Black Farmers (KFOXTV)
Black Kidney Donors More Likely to Be Related to Recipients (IVillage)
African-Americans Spreading Cancer Awareness (KJCT)
"G.O.P. Is the new black" reads one. "Martin Luther King, Jr. Was a Republican" reads another.
Friday, October 28, 2011
African-American - News October 28, 2011
Judge approves settlement for black farmers (Reuters)
The Downtown Writer's Center is hosting two poets in conjunction with the Syracuse University Humanities Center.
African-American Genealogy: The Best No-Cost Websites (Booker Rising)
Peta attacked for 'insulting' lawsuit for 'slave' whales (The First Post)
Whoopi Goldberg, John Legend, Sean Combs and Serena Williams now have a place in the National Portrait Gallery in a new show featuring leading black figures from entertainment, politics, sports and business.
Parkway program stresses self-checks for breast cancer (The Decatur Daily)
Tennessee Agency Charges 86-Year Old Veteran An Unconstitutional Poll Tax To Obtain Voter ID (ThinkProgress)
An HIV/AIDS prevention agency in Harlem has launched a new campaign concentrating on a demographic that is not normally targeted: black heterosexual men. Its campaign posters can be seen throughout Central Harlem, East Harlem and the South Bronx, where its other branches are located. The poster, illustrating a brawn, black male standing poised is currently stationed at several bus shelters in the city.
The campaign is sponsored by the Iris House, a community-based organization that meets the needs of women, families and at-risk communities infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The goal of the heterosexual male targeted campaign is to increase awareness, shared sexual responsibility, openness and honesty, according to the agency.
Though the 8-year-old agency was established to provide care for HIV-infected minority women, in October 2010, the Iris House decided to turn its focus to what Executive Director Ingrid Floyd called a “forgotten population.” Floyd said most HIV/AIDS programs target women or gay and bisexual men, but that the agency sought to “fill that gap,” by tailoring a program for black heterosexual men.
The campaign, dubbed “Keep It 100” is named after a commonly used phrase in the black community, which means to be honest.
The idea of targeting heterosexual men came about, after the agency analyzed data on their female clientele, which revealed that 90 percent of them said that they contracted HIV/AIDS from their male partners. Floyd said the Iris House decided to analyze the data after they noticed a pattern in its clientele and the national rates of women infected by men.
“We decided in 2008 when completing our strategic plan that we had to begin providing services for the men in their lives and in the community since no other places were targeting heterosexual men,” Floyd said.
“We wanted to figure out a way to engage the men in the prevention education so that we don’t just put the responsibility on the women.”
The black and Latino populations account for the highest rate of new infections per 100,000 people in the United States, according to 2009 federal data from the Centers for Disease Control. The center also cites New York as the state with the highest number of AIDS diagnoses. Among racial and gender demographics, black men accounted for the highest new infection cases, according to Centers for Disease Control data.
Central Harlem and East Harlem, where the Iris House does most of its outreach, have the second and third highest infection rate in the city, according to 2008 data from the New York City HIV/AIDS Annual Surveillance Statistics.
Patrick Wilson, a professor at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, said predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods like Central Harlem and East Harlem experience high rates of HIV/AIDS infections because of a prevalence in poverty, and socioeconomic disadvantages.
“People have less access to health care and HIV testing,” he said. Wilson said many members of the black community don’t have a desire to get tested because there is still a stigma of promiscuity that is lobbed with HIV/AIDS.
Nevertheless, Wilson cautioned that the high concentration of HIV infections among black, gay and bisexual men remains an epidemic in the community.
Among black men who have sex with men, there were more new HIV infections (52%) among young black men who have sex with men aged 13–29 years, than any other racial or ethnic age group, according to CDC data.
As a result, Wilson says, the Iris House should focus on black men in general, not just heterosexual men.
“Sexual identity is very fluid,” he said. “One can be gay today, and heterosexual tomorrow.”
Wilson said non-heterosexuality remains a stigma in the community, which may cause men not to disclose their sexual identity. For this reason, Wilson questions the effectiveness such a campaign could have, for the long run, in the community.
However, the Iris House also offers a program geared toward black men who have sex with men called d-Up!, a Centers for Disease Control approved intervention program. According to the agency’s website, d-Up! is designed to change social norms and perceptions of black MSM regarding condom use.
Men, both heterosexual and homosexual, report more negative attitudes about condom use than do women, according to data from the American Psychological Association.
Floyd said the Keep It 100 campaign and the agency’s other outreach programs stress the importance of partners engaging in healthy conversations about sex and their HIV status, “before going to the bedroom.”
“It’s the only way to make sure that you are being responsible for yourself,” Floyd said. “That’s the message we want people to get.”
Men who come to the Iris House are encouraged to participate in group workshops, where they are shown videos that encourage them to avoid unprotected sex and be honest about their sexual history with their partners. The agency also provides one-on-one counseling and free testing. Floyd said the Iris House does community outreach, and supplies free condoms to local barbershops, beauty shops, and local businesses.
The agency is also using technology as a means of marketing its Keep It 100 campaign. Around the city, the campaign posters feature small bar codes that can lead smart phone users to the campaign’s website. From there, Floyd says, they can get additional information about the program and its services.
The Iris House was established in 1993, and was named after an AIDS advocate who died of the disease in the 1980s. Until recently, the agency exclusively focused on infected women and their families. Within a year, Floyd said the Iris House hopes to have 75 to 100 men participating in the Keep It 100 one-on-one and group workshops.
The Keep It 100 campaign is funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
Harlem HIV Prevention Agency Targets Straight Black Men
Gerren Keith Gaynor
Thu, 27 Oct 2011 19:32:06 GMT
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Harlem - News October 27, 2011
Five Things You Need to Know Today, Oct. 27 (Patch)
Harlem Arts Alliance a oeHarlem Miles Marathon Arts Weeka (Harlem World)
African-American - News October 27, 2011
When it comes to breast cancer, spreading the word means spreading the cure so talk with your loved ones this month about the importance of breast cancer screenings and the risk factors associated with the disease.
Effort to document historic black community in Mannington earns... (NJ)
The Top Twelve Reasons Why So Many Good Black Men are Still Single (Weekend)
Bloomberg editor, historian join Pulitzer board (KFVS12)
Controversial Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan condemned the killing of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Tuesday, warning that America and other western powers will soon face severe consequences for their support of the uprising that led to the dictator's death.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
"The revolution will not be televised." So Gil Scott-Heron asserted in 1970, and so it was not - at least not on American TV.
GLBT Elder Care Services Group to Build NYC Center (EDGE)
African-American - News October 26, 2011
Pioneering black Marines get their badge of courage (USA Today)
Congressional Black Caucus targets state voter laws as hostile (The Island Packet)
Tenn. Black Caucus raises redistricting concerns (WAFF-TV Huntsville)
Dr. Staccato Powell, senior pastor of Grace AME Zion Church in Raleigh, will be guest speaker at Saturday night's annual Sampson County NAACP Freedom Fund banquet.
BBJ celebrates Leaders in Diversity (Business Journal)
Herman Cain said Social Security was racist in 2008 radio ad (The Raw Story)
The H.A.D.L.E.Y PLAYERS begin their 30th season of community theatre in Harlem on Oct. 25th at The Harlem School for the Arts. This is the beginning of their 2011/2012 theatre season that will pre...
Event Date & Time: 10/25/2011 07:30 PM
Location: Harlem School of the Arts Theatre, 647 St. Nicholas Ave. Off W. 142nd st., New York, 10031
The H.A.D.L.E.Y PLAYERS begin their 30th season
Tue, 25 Oct 2011 22:30:07 GMT
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Here, in all its glory, is the sample ballot posted online today by the NYC Board of Elections. The posting is already getting props from Citizens Union, which said in a statement, "During the 2010 primary election, many New Yorkers struggled to cast their votes accurately due to the small ...
Document Drop: NYC Sample Ballot (Updated)
Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:45:57 GMT
African-American - News October 25, 2011
To use recent vernacular, I can say that Rev. Al Sharpton is not a "Proper Negro." But he is a very smart Negro.
Former Dem. Congressman makes U-turn on voter ID laws, says ballot fraud common (Free Republic)
Latinos and African Anericans in community colleges topic for UCLA professor (Whittier Daily News)
Osteoarthritis Of The Knee Burden Higher In African-Americans While Hand OA Lower Than Caucasians (MediLexicon)
Wish List: African-American Community Cultural Education Programs & Training (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Monday, October 24, 2011
African-American - News October 24, 2011
WASHINGTON , October 23, 2011 - Inferior and inadequate schools, resources, and parental support are not to blame for the score gaps between white and some minority groups, rather it is their genetic inferiority to middle class whites.
Program explores slave trade, abolition in New England (Foster's Daily Democrat)
Rucker keeps it country (Cincinnati)
When a little-known black Baptist preacher named Martin Luther King took the helm of the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott in 1955, the Rev.
Declining numbers of blacks seen in math, science (KSRO-AM Santa Rosa)
Let's not return to race-based politics (Poughkeepsie Journal)