Monday, January 31, 2011

Why is my eye twitching?


There are so many superstitions that I was raised on and the one that stands out in my mind now would have to be why and the hell my eye is twitching. My grandmother always told me that when your eye twitches someone is going to upset you and trust me when mine twitches everyone should clear their path.

Not all superstitions or myths are negative; some actually bring luck or money. It is said that if your right hand itches that you will receive money or if your left hand itches you can expect a letter. I don’t believe in all superstitions; however I do feel that many of them hold value and truth. Let’s just say my eye didn’t twitch today for fun, I am a little pissed… LOL. Don’t you just love old wise tales… LOL
Here are a list of some of the superstitions I was raised on:
-If your foot is swept by a broom? Going to Jail
-If you split a pole? Bad Luck
-If someone steps on the back of your foot? Bad Luck
-If your foot itches? You will be visiting strange land
-If your ears ring? Someone is talking about you
Share some of the ones you may have heard

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Your 101 Class on What's Really Going On in Uganda

Here are the Cliffs Notes on a past year of Gay, Human & Civil Rights that are being threatened in Uganda. We hope this helps you get up to speed.


October 14, 2009

Anti-homosexual bill in Uganda introduced by David Bahati



February 5, 2010

US condemns Uganda anti-gay law



The Obama Administration called Uganda to task as the African nation considers a law that would criminalise homosexuality. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she had expressed U.S. concerns about the bill to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.


February 17, 2010

Anti-gay bill finds support in conservative Uganda



March 25, 2010

International Uproar over Uganda Anti-Gay Bill, Study Finds American Evangelicals Encouraging Homophobia




http://www.democracynow.org/2010/3/25/international_uproar_over_uganda_anti_gay

Proposed anti-gay legislation in Uganda has sparked international uproar. Homosexuality is already illegal in Uganda, but the new bill would impose much harsher punishments including life imprisonment and even the death penalty for some homosexual acts. We speak with a leading Ugandan gay rights organizer and a Zambian priest who has documented the role of American evangelicals in fostering homophobia in Uganda.


October 2, 2010

Ugandan media, politicians campaign against homosexuality



Gays and lesbians in Uganda say they are living in fear, targets of a media and political campaign to wipe homosexuality from the face of the East African country. Tabloid newspaper Rolling Stone is spreading anti-gay hatred and identifying gays in Uganda. In its Oct. 2 edition, the newspaper launched a campaign to identify 100 "top homos" in Uganda, adding on the front page, "Hang Them."



Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/11/22/f-uganda-anti-gay.html#ixzz1CTU2d7oc


December 8, 2010

Rachel Maddow - David Bahati "Kill The Gays" Bill Uganda Sponsor

- Part 1



December 14, 2010

African Americans protest Bahati’s US tour to promote “kill the gays” in Uganda



LGBT People of African Descent and our allies, family and friends are responding to the immediate attack on our fellow brother and sisters in the country of Uganda. The conservative Christian right organization known as The Family and so-called “ex-gay” activist Scott lively exported hatred to Africa with a direct threat to the LGBT community in Uganda by funding and sponsoring the “Anti-Homosexuality” bill which would introduce the death penalty for gay people and require extradition of gay Ugandans around the world.

LGBT communities of color in the USA and across the globe are at greater risk for hate crimes and persecutions. Killing LGBT people in Uganda or anywhere else around the world is wrong.


PLEASE SUPPORT OUR BROTHERS AND SISTER IN UGANDA

Learn more about Frank Mugisha and the POWERFUL work he is doing.

Frank on NPR: (December 20, 2010)

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/20/132147169/anti-gay-atmosphere-permeates-uganda



Activist Calls for US Black and Gay Media to Report on Injustice in Uganda

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As confirmation of the death of Ugandan gay activist and Sexual Minorities Uganda officer David Kato hit stateside on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, it has left many in the black and LGBT community’s with lingering questions. As the details of the case unfold, what is clear is that the hatred and homophobia that is rampant in Uganda must be met with swift resistance before it spreads any further.


SMUG Chairperson Frank Mugisha, who has been on an east coast tour of the U.S. to garner support against anti-gay legislation and discriminatory behavior in his homeland, will hold a press conference exclusively to members of the black and gay media, urging them to “tell the story” of violence, and injustice that is threatening black and gay people in Uganda.

On Friday, January 28th at Noon

BLACK FAITH ALLIANCE FOR GLOBAL LGBT JUSTICE

The Global Justice Institute, GLAAD, GLO TV Network, BGM Network, GBMNews, GayByGod.net, The Fellowship, MCC New York, Rehoboth Temple

Called an Emergency Call To Action to challenge black and gay media to tell the story of Uganda's current plight against murder, discrimination and bigotry. This is what was discussed with Frank Mugisha and Pastor Joseph Tolton.


Ugandan lesbian asylum seeker wins last minute reprieve from deportation from UK

by Jessica Geen
28 January 2011

www.pinknews.co.uk


photo courtesy of Brett Lock, Outrage!

Gay rights campaigners are hoping that a lesbian Ugandan woman will be spared deportation from the UK this evening.

Brenda Namigadde is to be placed on a plane at 9.20pm after the UK Border Agency decided that she had no right to remain in the UK, as there was not enough evidence to show she is gay.

Supporters of the 29-year-old say that they would not be championing her case if she was not a lesbian and argue that there is plenty of evidence to show she will face persecution if returned to Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal.

Today, a 30,000-signature petition was delivered to Home Secretary Theresa May urging her to stop the deportation and allow Ms Namigadde to make a fresh asylum campaign.

The Ugandan’s case has been reviewed twice by a judge and her supporters say two of her witnesses were unable to attend a recent hearing.

She says that she was forced to leave the country after the home she shared with her Canadian girlfriend was burned down.

This week, the Ugandan MP responsible for the country’s notorious gay execution bill, David Bahati, said that she would be welcome in Uganda if she “repents”.

Ms Namigadde is now in the unfortunate situation of her actual sexuality being irrelevant, as she is to be deported from the UK to a country where she is now believed to be gay.

She told PinkNews.co.uk yesterday that she expected to be killed upon her return.

Paul Canning, of campaign website LGBT Asylum News, said of Ms Namigadde’s asylum application: “Lesbians have been found to be disproportionately placed into the ‘fast track’ system, which means after that one hearing Brenda’s chances of avoiding being removed are dramatically reduced.

The government has been asked to recognise that sexuality-based asylum cases are almost always complex, should be allowed more time and therefore not place them in ‘fast-track’ but they have refused."

LGBT Asylum News has three separate and independent pieces of evidence that say that Brenda is a lesbian. We would not have embarked on this campaign if we believed she was not.”

Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has also called for Ms Namigadde to avoid deportation.

He said: “The Home Secretary, Theresa May, last year promised that the coalition government would not deport lesbian and gay refugees to countries like Uganda where they would be at risk of persecution."

“She should honour her pledge by halting the removal of Brenda Namigadde and allowing her to make a fresh asylum appeal."

“If she is forced back to Uganda, Brenda is likely to be arrested at the airport and probably jailed and tortured – or murdered by a homophobic mob.”

Ms Namigadde’s solicitor put in a fresh asylum claim this week, which the UK Border Agency is expected to respond to today.

The decision may well come at the last moment, although Ms Namigadde’s supporters are still urging Ms May to use her power to halt the deportation order.

Story continues:

Ugandan Lesbian Asylum Seeker Wins Last Minute Reprieve from Deportation from UK

Uganda: Anti-Gay Pastor Blasts David Kato's Funeral, Villagers Refuse to Bury Body

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By Rod 2.0:Beta

David Kato

An unfortunate and absolutely vile update to the horrible murder of David Kato, the leading Ugandan gay rights activist who was brutally killed in his own home on Wednesday. As hundreds gathered at today's burial for the slain pastor, fights erupted after a local pastor grabbed the microphone and blasted homosexuality.

To add more disrespect: Villagers then refused to bury Kato's body. Kato's gay friends had no choice but to carry the body themselves to the burial site, reports Reuters.

"The world has gone crazy," the pastor told the congregation through a microphone. "People are turning away from the scriptures. They should turn back, they should abandon what they are doing. You cannot start admiring a fellow man."

Gay activists, wearing T-shirts featuring Kato's face with sleeves coloured with the gay pride flag, then stormed the pulpit and grabbed the microphone.

"It is ungodly," the pastor shouted, before being blocked from sight. "ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE US"

An unidentified female activist then began to shout from the pulpit. "Who are you to judge others?" she shouted. "We have not come to fight. You are not the judge of us. As long as he's gone to God his creator, who are we to judge Kato?"

Locals intervened on the side of the pastor and scuffles broke out before he was taken away to Kato's father's house to calm the situation. Villagers then refused to bury the body at which point a group of Kato's friends, most of whom were gay, carried his coffin to the grave and buried it themselves.

And yet another heartbreaking chapter in Uganda's state-sponsored anti-gay terror campaign, where gays cannot even be buried in peace ...

Meanwhile: Police report no leads on Kato's murder. Investigators refuse to link Kato's murder to his activism or the vicious anti-gay tabloid outing where his name and photo made the front page with the headline "Hang Them".

Thursday, January 27, 2011

MusicLife Interview w/ Music Producer Focus...

“Sound without focus, is just noise”

By J9 of J9's MusicLife

A New York native based in Atlanta, Focus... is the namesake of Bernard Edwards Sr., co-founder of the 70s/R&B group Chic (known for their famous disco song Le Freak).  He's father was the one who introduced him to the production side of music at a young age.  Most recently, he was the former producer on Dre. Dre’s label, Aftermath.

If you don't know Focus… by name, you might be more familiar with the songs he's produced for Busta Rhymes (Respect My Conglomerate), The Game (Where I’m From), Beyonce (Yes), and Christina Aguilera (Sex for Breakfast) to name a few.  If that doesn't jog your memory, those who watch Real Housewives of Atlanta may have caught his cameo in an episode where Kim worked with him, Kandi, and other producers for her single The Ring Didn't Mean a Thing.  With all this under his belt, Focus... continues to find ways to take his production to the next level, refusing to let people put him in a box.

I had the opportunity to pick his brain about music and it was like I had stepped into a music 101 class.  Focus... had no problem keeping it 100 with me.  He provided some great musical insight and perspective.  We talked about how he got into the business, his relationship with Dre, the state of music today, and of course how in the world he got involved with Housewives of Atlanta.

Listen to the interview below (may load slow):




Thank you Focus... for such a great interview and for your continued support in what I do.  Much respect to you and the music you create!


To learn more about Focus... and his entertainment company, visit his website.  You can also follow him on Twitter @aFamFocus

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Arts.Advocacy+Wellness: "Artistic Power"...NotEnoughGood.com





ARTISTIC POWER

by Thenera Bailey

President, The SISGI GROUP and Founder, NOTENOUGHGOOD.COM


“Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously. That is what I’ve always thought it meant to be a writer. Writing, knowing in part that no matter how trivial your words may seem, someday, somewhere, someone may risk his or her life to read them.”

~ Edwidge Danticant – Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work


These words are so powerful. I have been a huge fan of Edwidge Danticant since randomly finding her book Breath, Eyes, Memory several years ago. When reading Danticant’s recent work, Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work, she provided me with a new perspective on the power of creative works in the mix of horror, poverty, tyranny, persecution and despair. This book provided several examples of how art and creative outlets can often serve as the only method

of escape or release during times of trial.

Using historic events and the recent earthquake in Haiti as a backdrop, she weaves the personal stories of Haitians, Haitian immigrants and artists along with her own personal account, into a reflective gaze on Haiti. Given the recent return of “Baby Doc” Duvalier to Haiti, many of the tales from his father’s leadership are timely and the work provides an overall glimpse into the many forces that shaped the current situations of this country. With the recent one-year anniversary of the massive earthquake, the book also provides another glimpse into the stories and lives impacted on that day. Highlighting in each chapter the work of immigrant Haitian artists, including Danticant, the reader is left with a stronger belief in the role of art to inform, provide a voice, and to capture life’s greatest and worst

moments.


Though titled the Immigrant Artist at Work, this book rings true to me for any artist that connects awareness building with storytelling. It is also an example of the many ways that artists use their talent as an authentic representation of their culture or personal experience. While reading her story, I thought of other artists who use their talent in this way including the work of my close friend Cornelius Jones Jr. Though not an immigrant, his writing

and plays are as she states, “ a revolt against silence.” He takes on taboo issues that are often never discussed (Homosexuality, Love, Black Gay Affection and Life with a Positive HIV Status) and brings them into the light. Creating a safe place and new perspective for people to see the issues impacting our society. For young people questioning their sexuality and their friends and family, his one-man show Flagboy, provides a conversation starter on the trials and tribulations of coming of age. It is a great platform to support the work of those looking for creative ways to address bullying and LGBT youth. Though often his own personal story, the visual connection to him during a performance allows the audience to better understand what life might be like in his shoes. This task would be nearly impossible in just a conversation, research report, or other works outside a creative form. Like he states, “Medicine is not the only way to find a cure to HIV/AIDS, just as important is finding a method to erase the stigma and save lives.” By using his artistic power, he opens the door for conversation, empathy and love.

For many, the arts might be perceived as fluff to the hard work occurring on issues around the globe. But through reading Danticant’s work one can begin to understand the importance of adding the unique perspective that art brings to some of the world’s greatest challenges. I loved this book so much that this small post does not do it justice, so stay tuned for further discussion.

I would love to hear from others who have read this book. If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to buy it. I would love to hear other perspectives in our comments section.


Thank you Thenera for providing this story on A.A+W Wednesday at TheFutureForward.net. To Read this article in its original form and to comment (We invite you to leave a comment and share your thoughts) Log on to: http://notenoughgood.com/2011/01/artistic-power/




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Isaiah Mustafa is Ready for the Telly Once Again

OLD SPICE GUY IS BACK...

Where did he go?


The one and only Old Spice guy is back, as the new spot from W+K Portland clearly states. It’s one of a few clips that will pop up beginning in February and plugs the brand’s Fresh line of deodorants, body washes, etc. Just stare into his eyes until the big payoff for fans happens several days before the ad premieres on national TV on Feb. 7 and will let them decide how and when the public will see the new campaign. Stay tuned…

I AM BEAUTIFUL DAMMIT!!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

MTV’s ‘Skins’ Parties in Reverse

By Bob Marshall

Despite recently having advertising from the likes of Subway, Schick, H&R Block, GM and Wrigley pulled over protest from the Parents Television Council, MTV’s “new” show about sexy teens having sex and doing drugs, Skins USA, is continuing on and even releasing new promo spots like the one above.

Hilariously enough, the US version of the show is reportedly less morally depraved than the British version of the show that has been airing on the BBC since January 2007. Are American parents just too sensitive about a show depicting actual teenage actors engaging in adult behavior that at times calls for nudity? Or, are accusations that the show could be considered child pornography spot on?

Regardless, the pilot’s high ratings mean MTV isn’t going to pull the plug on the series any time soon. Also, this can be seen as an opportunity for a new set of advertisers (Trojan Condoms, Four Loko, K-Y Jelly, Adderall) to embrace the show’s risque content and capitalize off of the controversy. Is the show a realistic portrayal of teenage life? Who cares. The promos from Post Millennium writer/director Evan Silver and editor Nathan Byrne make this fantastic drug-and-booze high school orgy set to Sleigh Bells’ “Kids” look like too much fun for MTV’s target demographic to ignore.

The full-length promo follows after the jump:

Oprah Winfrey reveals she has a long-lost half-sister


By Anne Lu
CNS


Oprah Winfrey has discovered she has a half-sister. The queen of talk announced on her eponymous show on Monday that she has learned just in November that she has a half-sister named Patricia, who was secretly given up for adoption in 1963.

When the media mogul was just nine years old in 1963, she had no idea her mother was pregnant. And because Vermita Lee couldn’t afford to keep Patricia, Oprah’s sister was secretly put up for adoption.

Oprah told her audience how Patricia, whose last name was not mentioned, learned of their connection and how they finally made contact. Their first meeting was recorded on home video in Milwaukee. She thanked her newly found sister for not going to the media with this news.

She said on her talk show that the news “literally shook me to my core.”

Coincidentally, Oprah also had another half-sister named Patricia, who passed away in 2003.

Doritos Ramps Up the Homoerotics for the Super Bowl


Talk about CRUNCH & MUNCH
Doritos unveils its 2011 Super Bowl spot entitled "The Sauna", which is equal parts homoerotic, funny and weird. Watch it AFTER THE JUMP ...




Brooklyn HIV/AIDS Conference Addresses Healthcare Disparities, LGBT Leadership


Prevention, Funding Cuts Highlighted

By Nathan James

This weekend, National AIDS Services and Education for Minorities (NAESM) is hosting a Leadership Conference in Brooklyn to address the issues of HIV/AIDS and disparities in healthcare for gay men of color. The conference, which began on Thursday, runs until tomorrow at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott Hotel. It comprises workshops, seminars, and plenary meetings of advocates, service providers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and the executives and staff of NAESM. NAESM founder and CEO Rudolph Carn, speaking at yesterday’s breakfast plenary, cited cuts in government funding as a major concern of NAESM and the LGBT community, particularly reductions in social-service programs for HIV/AIDS patients and HIV prevention education. Carn called for a town hall meeting to discuss “what the [federal government] has done for black gay men lately.” He decried multibillion-dollar cuts in HIV/AIDS funding as a “serious issue” for the future of NAESM, men who have sex with men (MSM), and the LGBT community as a whole. Support from the American public and its elected leadership will be “critical” to ongoing efforts to provide education, testing, and other services to gays and lesbians, according to Carn and other NAESM executives.

A prominent member of the African-American community, Rev. Al Sharpton, was scheduled to speak at a NAESM press conference on Friday, to discuss ways to “fight against prejudice and bias of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community, and more specifically, the African-American MSM community”, according to a NAESM press release. When Rev. Sharpton failed to appear, Carn stated “we do not know where Rev. Sharpton is, so we will move on with our program.” Calls to Rev. Sharpton’s National Action Network by GBM News were met with “no comment” on Sharpton’s whereabouts or why he did not appear at the press conference. Carn then introduced the next scheduled speaker, Kevin ‘Kaoz’ Moore, an out Minneapolis hip-hop artist and HIV/AIDS education program manager. Moore discussed the value of using hip-hop prose and music “as a tool for reaching black gay men”, and stressed the importance of hip-hop’s ability, as a genre, to reach across generations and “communicate social-justice issues” such as HIV/AIDS prevention, education, and treatment. Moore pointed out in a conversation with GBM News, that LGBT youth of color often have “unrealistic expectations” about LGBT life, and artists, as positive role models, were extremely important for gay youth. The “international presence” of hip-hop, says Moore, “shows it has cross-cultural appeal”, and can be used as an “icebreaker” to convey critical messages about issues facing the LGBT community. Moore’s work in the Minneapolis area and as a hip-hop artist has won him accolades, including NAESM’s 2007 Award of excellence in Youth Leadership. Moore feels the “lack of support” from “mainstream hip-hop artists” for the LGBT community is an obstacle that must be overcome in order to better combat homophobia within the music industry and in society as a whole.

Echoing the sentiment that more support for the LGBT community is needed from the general public, is Acting NAESM Executive Director Craig Cobb, who manages NAESM’s Brooklyn office. Cobb notes there are many statements of support from local officials for NAESM, but little actual funding. “Brooklyn Deputy Borough President [Yvonne] Graham came to our reception last night,” says Cobb, “and made a commitment without a checkbook.” Without new funding, Cobb stated, “The Brooklyn office of NAESM will close its doors on April 1.” In spite of this bleak prospect, Cobb noted that NAESM’s Brooklyn office now has a new medical director, and “for every social crisis, there is a solution.” He pointed to the recent closure of major HIV/AIDS healthcare providers St. Vincent’s and North General Hospitals, and cited the work the remaining hospitals in NYC have done to serve gay men of color. Hospitals such as “Brooklyn and SUNY Downstate have developed programs targeting black MSM”, Cobb says, “and these are examples of community solutions to the problems we face.”

Cobb conceded this was an uphill battle, recalling efforts by the Bush Administration to suppress HIV/AIDS education and today’s conflict between HIV/AIDS education and big pharmaceutical corporations. “Big business—pharmaceutical companies—are interested in keeping people sick and making money off of illness,” Cobb said, and deplored the attempts by these corporations to stymie public HIV-prevention education. These same companies, in conjunction with the religious right, have also hindered the legalization of stem-cell research in the US, an area of science that could offer a cure for HIV, as was done recently in Berlin, Cobb notes. Stem-cell research, in which stem cells are cultured from people with natural immunities and introduced into HIV-positive patients, was outlawed in 22 states during the George W. Bush administration, and President Obama is currently working to get these laws repealed.


Support from legislators for organizations like NAESM is also critical. Although City Councilmember Letitia James (WFP-Fort Greene) has stated her support for NAESM, she, like Sharpton, was a no-show at the Conference. “It’s a shame,” Cobb reflects, “Sharpton could have been a bridge between the black church and the black gay community.” NAESM staff interviewed by GBM News all agreed that public support, through legislation, anti-homophobia campaigns, and education are critical for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts today, along with funding. The conference, seeking to develop new ways to gain such support and keep the work of NAESM going, continues today with an appearance by legendary vocalist Melba Moore, and workshops for interested attendees. You can visit their website at www.naesm.org .

Monday, January 24, 2011

A New Me

Recently I took my very first trip to Santo Domingo and I had such an amazing time, I decided that with all the stress that life has offered many of us in 2010 that I wanted to do something for me in 2011. I wanted to go somewhere where I was not known and I could just relax and it was the most relaxing experience that I have had in a very long time. While I was there my companion had lots of drama to happen to him that I will not go into extreme details on; however his negativity became weight on the entire trip. People if you are going through something you have to remember to look on the bright side and if someone is telling you to keep positive, look on the bright side, or that everything will turn out okay; then you need to do just that and stop complaining to the world. One motto I have is that if you cannot change it, don’t worry about it. This is so important because we get so upset over things that we CANNOT change.

Readers I also want to stress the value of friendships, many times we react to the world as if the world owes us something. My father use to say this to me and I was very upset because I didn’t know I viewed life like that; however I did. I thought the world was suppose to be kind to me and that is true; however try to be kind to the world and it will be kind back. In the midst of every situation we can always find positivity and learn from the experience.

Here recently I have been tired of playing the good guy in business, relationships, and friendships. Many times people look at you and they just think that they can run you over and you will not do anything to stand up for yourself and I am really tired of it. It is not your responsibility to stand there and let others misuse you or take advantage of you. I challenge you to stand up for yourself and do what is best for you sometimes.

From this trip I learned that it is a new dawn, a new day, and a new Dwight! For now own watch your step, because you will get the pure truth and honesty from me, I am not going to be the individual that simples smiles and grins. Sometimes you have to be selfish and really love and choose yourself first. Going forward when someone has drama I will just point them to this entry, because I will not waste another second in life trying to lead the world’s horses to water to drink.

Create your GREATNESS
!

Friday, January 21, 2011

HuffPost to Team Up with BET Cofounder Sheila Johnson on HuffPost GlobalBlack


By David Cohen


The Huffington Post will team up with BET cofounder Sheila Johnson to launch HuffPost GlobalBlack, an online platform that will examine news, politics, culture, opinion, and video through an African-American perspective.

HuffPost GlobalBlack will also feature a group blog with “leading thinkers, newsmakers, personalities, and provocateurs.

HuffPost co-founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington said:

We couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with Sheila Johnson, a true media visionary, on creating what we hope will become a go-to destination for both the African-American community and everyone who cares about these deeply important issues — in America and across the world. HuffPost GlobalBlack will synthesize Sheila’s insights and perspectives on culture and media, and HuffPost’s unique blend of real-time social news and engagement. This a two-way partnership, with HuffPost GlobalBlack content and vision informing all of HuffPost’s coverage, and HuffPost’s editorial and reporting team covering stories shaping the black community.

Johnson added:

The Huffington Post is at the center of social news: the idea that people want to engage in the news and opinion of the day and not just consume them. The Huffington Post is the ideal partner for us to create a thriving online black community of scale, a forum for ideas and discussion meant to inform, engage, surprise, and entertain.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Arts.Advocacy+Wellness: "Tables Will Turn on HIV/AIDS" Premiere








Tables Will Turn on HIV/AIDS

by Jerol Huggins-Jackson

by Jerol Huggins-Jackson



Jems Theater Company and Heat Wave Productions have collaborated to present a special North American tour of the hit Caribbean play “Tables Will Turn”. The tour opens in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, 22nd January, 2011 at the Brooklyn Music School Play House – 126 St. Felix Street between Hanson Place and Lafayette Avenue.

After the New York performance, tour dates will be announced for Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Washington DC, Toronto and Montreal.


Part proceeds from the staging of the play will be donated to the fight against HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean. The funds will be handed to the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Organization.


The organization provides direct services to Caribbean populations who are especially vulnerable to HIV infection or to those who are often forgotten in the access to treatment and healthcare programmes. The idea for the contribution was born out of the realization that Third World regions are at a serious disadvantage in the global fight against HIV/AIDS due to low finances. Hence the two companies thought they would position themselves to make a needed contribution, starting with the opening of their North American tour in New York dubbed “An Evening at the Theater for A Cause”.


The play “Tables Will Turn” is poignant, funny and thoroughly entertaining. It depicts the everyday struggles of a Caribbean woman who is dependent on her siblings and other family members living in the Diaspora. She critiques the world, including the people she is dependent upon when she is faced with the unthinkable that may unfold out of a relationship reeked with lies betrayal and ultimately death. The play is intriguing, mind blogging and provocatively entertaining.


The cast which consists of a lineup of celebrated Caribbean actors and actresses is under the guidance of legendary Vincentian playwright and director Jerol Huggins-Jackson. They have performed the hit play to sold out audiences in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Miami and the Caribbean receiving thunderous applauses.


For general information call 1-347-692-9428 or 1-786-246-2684. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com. More details on the event’s beneficiary can be obtained by visiting www.cvccoalition.org.

























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