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Columbia plays up connections to city in bid for M’ville funding (Columbia Spectator)
The proposal that best fulfills Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vision for a 21st century applied science school will receive $100 million from the city.

125 Immigrants Take Citizenship Oath on Lady Liberty's Birthday
125 Immigrants Take Citizenship Oath on Lady Liberty’s Birthday (DNAInfo)
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)
We had just sat down for Sunday brunch at Red Rooster, on Lenox Avenue, Harlem. It was 11.10am and our waitress asked whether we would like a drink before ordering.

City of Exquisite Decadence (Counterpunch)
When she screened a film , Pauline Kael usually sat in the back row, directly under the projector.A Dramatically breaching cinema decorum, she talked during the showings, especially during porn flicks, loudly narrating the action in an arch tone to the great annoyance of the men in trench coats seated attentively in front of her, who were … (more)

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African-American – News

African-American – News October 30, 2011

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Teena Marie (KMJM-FM Saint Louis)
No white artist sang R&B more convincingly than Teena Marie, whose big, robust vocals were so black-sounding that when she was starting out, some listeners wondered if she was a light-skinned African-American. Marie grew up in west Los Angeles in a neighborhood that was nicknamed “Venice Harlem” bec… MORE

Musicians, Athletes, Businessmen and More Featured in Smithsonian's 'Black List' Exhibit
Musicians, Athletes, Businessmen and More Featured in Smithsonian’s ‘Black List’ Exhibit (The Afro American Newspaper)
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)
The epicenter of the fight over the patchwork of immigration laws in the United States is not Arizona, which shares a border with Mexico and became a common site for boycotts.

Walter’s World: Theatre, Bearden and Jazz (Harlem World)
Kymberle Joseph makes her official Off Broadway debutA with this one- woman show.A Performances are Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm and 7pm.

Revise African American History Month
Revise African American History Month (All Voices)
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)
Milwaukee Affiliate of Sister’s Network, Inc. Is one of many organizations working to raise awareness about breast cancer and to reduce cancer related disparities.


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African-American – News October 29, 2011

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Useful Information for Black women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Useful Information for Black women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Milwaukee Courier Online)
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)
Guinness World Records has declared “The Avengers” star Samuel L. Jackson as the highest-grossing movie star of all time.A In fact, Jackson has held the title since 2007, according to the well-known world records franchise .

Judge Approves Historic Settlement For Black Farmers (KFOXTV)
Tens of thousands of American farmers who suffered racial discrimination by the U.S. Agriculture Department in the 1980s and ’90s may start getting compensation from a $1.25 billion settlement, a federal judge has ruled.

Black Kidney Donors More Likely to Be Related to Recipients (IVillage)
FRIDAY, Oct. 28 — A new study on living kidney donation finds that black donors are more likely to be related to their recipients than white donors are.

African-Americans Spreading Cancer Awareness (KJCT)
Unlike some diseases that are less common among certain races for biological reasons, no race has an inherent genetic safeguard against this debilitating cancer.

“GOP is the new black” claim East Austin billboards (KVUE)
“G.O.P. Is the new black” reads one. “Martin Luther King, Jr. Was a Republican” reads another.


African-American – News

African-American – News October 28, 2011

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Judge approves settlement for black farmers (Reuters)
A federal judge on Thursday approved a $1.25 billion settlement in a decades-old discrimination case by black farmers, clearing the way for them to seek compensation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for being left out of farm aid programs.

Downtown Writer's Center to host readings by two poets tonight and...
Downtown Writer’s Center to host readings by two poets tonight and… (The Post-Standard)
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)
TheRoot.com publicizes its list , which includes AfriGeneas, Christine’s Genealogy Website, lists of free black Americans before the Civil War, the Freedman’s Bureau Online, HeritageQuest Online, and LowCountry Africana.

Peta attacked for ‘insulting’ lawsuit for ‘slave’ whales (The First Post)
CONTROVERSIAL animal rights group Peta is in deep water again. By bringing a lawsuit against marine park Seaworld San Diego for ‘enslaving’ five killer whales, Peta risks the ire of African-Americans offended that the group is using the 13th amendment – designed to prevent slavery – to justify demands for animal rights.

Smithsonian Hosts 'The Black List' Portraits
Smithsonian Hosts ‘The Black List’ Portraits (OfficialWire)
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)
There was a common thread that linked the crowd of more than 200 women who came to Parkway Medical Center’s “How to put the squeeze on breast cancer” event on Wednesday.

Tennessee Agency Charges 86-Year Old Veteran An Unconstitutional Poll Tax To Obtain Voter ID (ThinkProgress)
Pointing to a problem that doesn’t exist , Tennessee Republicans created a voter ID law this year which, they say, will ensure that only those eligible to vote can do so.


Harlem HIV Prevention Agency Targets Straight Black Men


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

Harlem – News

Harlem – News October 27, 2011

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Stanford doubles estimated cost of Roosevelt Island campus to $2.5 billion [NYT] 11.

Five Things You Need to Know Today, Oct. 27 (Patch)
Here are five things you need to know today: A 1) SNOW?!: Isn’t that just a dreary thought? The National Weather Service is forecasting a 100 percent chance of precipitation today, along with temperatures in the mid-40s. The NWS says we’ll see rain today, but snow tonight.

Harlem Arts Alliance a oeHarlem Miles Marathon Arts Weeka (Harlem World)
HARLEM Arts Alliance’s presentation of “Harlem Miles Marathon Arts Week” is a collective celebration of Harlem’s vibrant arts and cultural landscape during the week-long lead up to the NYC Marathon.A New Yorkers and visitors from around the world will be treated to cutting edge presentations by local, national and international artists during this … (more)


African-American – News

African-American – News October 27, 2011

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Fighting Breast Cancer - What You Can Do
Fighting Breast Cancer – What You Can Do (The Afro American Newspaper)
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)
Historian Janet Sheridan was recognized by Senate President Stephen Sweeney here Wednesday for her work in documenting and preserving the history of the township’s historic Marshalltown site.

The Top Twelve Reasons Why So Many Good Black Men are Still Single (Weekend)
Television, radio, and the Internet have been buzzing nonstop for years about the plight of single, black women looking for love, but what about all the single, black men? Nobody’s been bold enough to take a stand and speak out on behalf of all the good, single black men out there looking for love too.

Bloomberg editor, historian join Pulitzer board (KFVS12)
An award-winning historian and a managing editor for projects and investigations at Bloomberg News have been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board, which hands out the most well-known awards in journalism.

Louis Farrakhan says he felt ‘great sense of loss’ at Gadhafi’s killing
Louis Farrakhan says he felt ‘great sense of loss’ at Gadhafi’s killing (Free Republic)
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.



Your civil rights history, brought to you by Swedish TV, in Black...
Your civil rights history, brought to you by Swedish TV, in Black… (River Front Times)
“The revolution will not be televised.” So Gil Scott-Heron asserted in 1970, and so it was not – at least not on American TV.
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The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene this week launched the latest wave of its “Pouring on the Pounds” campaign.

GLBT Elder Care Services Group to Build NYC Center (EDGE)
Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders is slated to open a new senior center early next year after having won a contract with the city of New York.