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Feburary 7th is Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and even though the day is almost over (late on the post, my bad I was in class!) you should still be mindful of what’s going on and prevention methods. Here is a fact sheet put together by JustRealeyez friend Manouchkathe Cassagnol, Pharm.D. who is the Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Pharmacy Practice in the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions at St. John’s University. For more infomation also check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP)’s Black HIV/AIDS Day site.
What you need to know about HIV/AIDS
Stats
According to the 2000 census, African Americans and Latinos make up approximately 27% of the US population. However, African Americans accounted for 49% of the estimated HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the United States in the 33 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting.1 Latinos account for 19% of all AIDS cases diagnosed since the beginning of the epidemic through 2004. These are astounding numbers and should cause great alarm in the minority community.
The best defense against acquiring this disease is by becoming more knowledgeable about this devastating disease.Here are a few definitions that we should become more familiar with 1) Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV): a virus that infects and destroy the cells of the body’s immune system causing the marked reduction in their numbers and effectiveness in fighting infection which can lead to AIDS, 2) Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS): a serious fatal disease of the immune system caused by the transmission of HIV virus through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles. (more…)

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So on October 27th the Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers held a step show and after party on their beautiful Cambridge/Boston campus. Apparently this is a big deal because students from neighboring schools such as MIT, Boston University and Boston College came to share in the festivities. So the DJ is doing his thing playing that commercial Hip Hop college kids love so much and decides to put on Crime Mob’s “Knuck if You Buck” track….then all hell breaks loose and the mini DuBois’ and Booker T’s start scrappin’. Never in a million years would I hear that Harvard students (as stush [snobby] as they are-sorry kiddies, but it’s true) would throw down like a bunch of thugs! I pray to God it was because someone stepped on another kats Uptowns/Dunks/Jordans/Bathing Apes…well this is Harvard right, so I guess it’s not Bathing Apes but Kenneth Cole loafers. *cheap shots I know, but someone’s gotta do it!*

Here’s what their campus newspaper reported:

Two men were arrested at about 1 a.m. at a party hosted by the Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers that attracted about 800 guests, Cambridge police spokesman Frank Pasquarello said. Guests at the party hurled chairs at one another and the fights spilled out onto Mt. Auburn Street, Pasquarello said. “It emerged into something of a melee,” Pasquarello said. The two men arrested for disorderly conduct were not Harvard students, Cambridge police officer Shawn Keough said. “We haven’t seen this many bodies since the Red Sox won the World Series the last time,” Keough said. Hundreds were evacuated from the dormitory and police closed off a section of Mt. Auburn Street as 19 police cars, including Harvard, Cambridge, and State police, arrived at the scene.Witnesses said they heard glass break and saw police forcibly subdue one party-goer. Raffael P. Deluca ’08 likened the scene to a “riot.””There were groups of people getting out of hand,” Deluca said. “I was standing there trying to grab somebody to dance with me and then I see a whole commotion,” said Dorchester resident Amigo Perez, 21. “I’m like, ‘Time to go.’ “

 

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“Yeah when you look at us just think about it, we don’t own nothin’..
If we get money, we got a lil’ few dollars, but our whole family tore up nigga
you gettin’ money for the people in ya family that ain’t got nothin’..
When it’s all said and done, what do you own? You don’t own nothin’, you
don’t own you… The nigga playin’ basketball, he don’t own that jersey, he can’t
even be in a commercial wit’ his name on the back, so when it’s really all
said and done, what did you do this for? What difference did you make?”

I know this is a lil old but the video aint that old. I don’t know why they took Mase’s part (quoted above) out the video but it was the best part of the whole song. I dont particularly like Rich Boy’s music but I when I heard this song I was amazed. They’re sayin exactly what so many young black people need to hear (even though it comin from a dude named Rich Boy). Rappers need to stop talkin about their money and cars, and how they spend so much money on things that depreciate in value like rims. Unless you happen to be 50, Diddy, or Jigga, ur not makin money like dat. The execs who actually put out ur music are laughin at u cuz your paper doesnt even compare to theirs. They’re makin more money off your music than you are. They’ve found a way to own your ideas through intellectual property rights so you don’t even own your music unless you’re Jay-Z and own the masters to ur shit. If you’re not doin music cuz you love it, you’re doin it for nuthin. At the end of the day, that money doesn’t mean shit. Like Jada said, “I never seen a Brink truck follow a hearse…”

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By Gregory D. Brown

Let’s face it; being a college student is rough. In between labs, exams, insane professors, parties, and relationships, it’s a little difficult to keep your sanity, let alone trying to stay healthy. Here’s a 101 to eating right and generally staying healthy during your college experience.

Step 1: Water, Water Everywhere:

Before you pick up that next soda, try a bottle of water. You can’t beat it. It’s the only thing that actually quenches your thirst. Feeling a little sluggish? Try a glass of water. Dehydration drains our energy and as a college student, it’s not like you get a lot of sleep anyway. It doesn’t help if you’re dehydrated as well. So before that class that you just stayed up all night studying for, have some water to refresh those thoughts. How much should I drink? 60-80 ounces a day will do ya. That’s 3-4 20 oz. bottles per day for all you math majors out there.

Step 2: Diet and Nutrition

Cold pizza is the corner stone of every good nutrition program. Uhhh no. Ok, it’s not like you can just go into mom’s fridge and heat up some home cooking whenever you want. Let me just give you some basic tips on keeping healthy diet. Break that overnight fast with a bowl of cereal, oatmeal, grits, etc. Stay away from high sugar cereals (of course those are our favorites, but try something new). After breakfast, your meals should include a protein source(chicken, fish, tofu, etc.), a green vegetable source, and a grain(bread, rice, pasta). Any of these key components should not over power the other. Too little or too much of any of those items, creates imbalance in the body and may create ups or downs in your energy levels throughout the day. Hungry in between meals? Use nuts, seeds, and fruit to sustain yourself.

Step 3: Exercise

Let’s face it most of you are not in college to train as world class athlete. Let’s focus on the basics to keep your body, mind, and spirit in good condition. Schedule three days out of your week that you can commit to an hour of exercise, then choose your thrill, whether it’s running, lifting weights, yoga, etc. Whatever gets your blood pumped, get out there and do it. Doing this three days out of your week will keep your body in good basic health. Remember you don’t have to train like maniac to stay in good health.

 

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