STAT-tistics

 

A night out with a bit of too much to drink could lead to some bad decisions. A partner not being truthful with their past history is a taboo in itself. Wanting to be 100% safe and healthy for your own peace of mind. No question about it, these are all reasons to go and get tested.

As young adults, we may indulge in activities that may lead to more consequences than benefits. Statistics show about 36.7 million people in the world are infected with HIV, 1.2 million people in the U.S. alone live with HIV, and 1 in 8 people don’t even know it. The only accurate way of knowing is to GET TESTED, as the symptoms are often absent, leaving a person feeling “normal” while their immune system deteriorates. For those that do experience symptoms, it closely resembles the flu, such as fever, chills, rash, night sweats, aches, and fatigue, to name. In some cases, those who did have the virus didn’t show symptoms for up to 10 years!

To be clear, HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus, which is a virus that can cause an infection and can lead to the development of AIDS, standing for acquired immune deficiency syndrome, causing a severe loss of the body’s cellular immunity.

So many of us are still stuck in the mindset that only gay, white males contract this disease, but the facts are that anyone is susceptible. Going to any run of the mill tattoo artist that doesn’t take priority in safety and health by cleaning their ink needles after EACH customer could definitely leave anyone vulnerable to the disease if there are traces of infected blood left on the tool. Engaging in unsafe sex with a partner not only leaves you wide open to the many STDs but also HIV. The chances of pregnancy are also there, as well as passing the virus to the fetus, without proper medication.

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According to AIDS.gov, African Americans are STILL the leading group infected by HIV/AIDS each year. Some reasons that blacks are measured with HIV/AIDS at such an alarming rate includes lack of information and accessibility to health care, the fact that STDs occurred most within the African American community which makes susceptibility higher, and the distrust within the government resources. It’s time to get serious and time to take responsibility. There are plenty of clinics and medical service units that offer free or discounted testing year round! As always, results are confidential. Though, there are many people who live in the world today with HIV and AIDS and thanks to technology and medical innovations, many are able to still lead a normal life, but there are preventative measures we can all take.

  • Get tested every 3 to 6 months or every time you’re intimate with a new partner; reduce risky sex.
  • Use condoms… EVERYTIME.
  • Talk to your partner about your status; get tested together.
  • Don’t inject drugs; steer clear of them.
  • Take advantage of community programs and organizations.
  • Utilize the many hotlines available.

National Aids Day is December 1!  Make it your goal to know your status by then, if not sooner. Don’t strengthen the stigma, be the standout, go get tested and know where you stand.

There is an abundance of information on this subject- scholarly articles, blogs, books, etc.; get educated, talk to your doctor, a friend, your partner.

For more information visit

https://www.aids.gov/

https://www.blackaids.org/index.php

Do you know your status? Are you vocal about getting tested?

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Validation Comes From Within: Meet Detroit Hip Hop Artist Valid

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By: Bre Nicole J Instagram: @bre_nicolej

What’s in a name? For the past  five years, Serbian Hip Hop artist, Valid,  has been working very hard on his artistry, gaining recognition in  Toronto, St. Louis,  Chicago,  Serbia, Africa and his hometown, Detroit.

The upcoming star has just released a new album called ” Reach High”, that introduces who the rapper  is with a song called “Validation”.  The song, produced by Fresh Kills and cut by Dj Los,  paints a picture of how any rapper can “touch mics, bust flows, but the real reward is that you touch souls”. He makes it clear that rap is bigger  than  the paper game and fame. What he wants listeners and fans to understand is how hip hop was and still is a movement that unites all people and paints a story illustrating a revolution, artistry, power, and creativity.  With lyrics  such as ” to me authenticity is a stamp of approval”, he needs no validation because Big Valid is his name.

While signed to Titan Records, Valid has gained the respect and notoriety of Dj Butter,  Producer Topp, DJ J Mac from Beyond Physics. Receiving radio air play at FM 98 WJLB, Detroit’s home for hip-hop and R&B, Valid has also been featured in an ad inside  XXL Magazine and on Vladtv.com for the song Competitor, that was a collaboration between him and SupaEmcee. The artist has worked with 7 The General, Mr. Cliffnote, Pierre Anthony, Keith Murray, and Ellie Sandiego.

Valid , who received the name Mr. E aka “Mr. Everywhere”, was even requested to do a feature on one of Topp’s, albums called, “View from the Top”, which featured Royce Da 5’9″, Joe Budden, Kuniva and Bizarre of D12.

In 2012, Topp produced a track and used Valid as an artist along with Fat Ray, Stretch Money, Moe Dirdee, and Marv Won , called All in All, that hit No. 1 on 89.3 FM Top Twenty Hot List.

Recently Valid stopped by to holla at Dj Sic Musiq  at WIDR 89.1 in Kalamazoo, Michigan,  to drop the new album. The two sat down and talked on Valid’s musical influences,  such as Common, Mos Def, Nas, Talib Kweli, Slum Village and Andre 3000 just to name a few— as well as the new project , some special remixes coming up with familiar voices from Detroit, where the artist is heading in the hip hop game and who the artist wants to work with in the near future.   Some of the artists named drop include Freddie Gibbs, Dwele, and Big Sean.

Valid lives by the code of being authentic, allowing his listeners to savour every word he says in his verses. Valid’s music is poised with conventional substance of his struggles in the hip hop world trying to pursue his dreams while having many doubt him. Currently his new single “New Nasty” , produced by Nick Speed (producer of G-Unit and produced for Musiq Soulchild, Talib Kweli, Phat Kat, and  many other artists), is expected to ring bells, as Valid promotes the new definition of a classy “ride or die” lady in the streets and freak in the sheets.

Valid and a Serbian Hip-Hop, OLR, just dropped a new single “Underground” that is now international. And wait there’s more, Valid along with legends Nolan the Ninja, Semi the Six, and Foul Mouth, dropped the song “Alpha”, that’s laced with cuts from DJ Munja, who has built a highly respectable legacy throughout the years in the European Hip-Hop scene.
His new summer smash radio hit New Nasty ( Murda Mitten Mix), is filled with features from Dusty McFly and Neisha Ne’Shae! It’s one favorite that you won’t get tired of!
As the eye can see Valid has surrounded himself with some prominent names in the hip-hop community and is embarking on more.  There’s much to come from this hip hop artist!
Check out some of his work below!
New Nasty (Murda Mitten Mix) Ft Dusty McFly and Neisha Ne’Shae
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Bre Nicole is a multimedia personality working in front and behind the scenes. She founded a blog site called insidethegirlsroom.com, the fall of 2014, while studying Family Life Education and Communications at Western Michigan University. During her senior year at WMU, she received a full ride scholarship at Specs Howard School of Media Arts for Broadcast Media. Bre Nicole has also interned with Oh So Radio as a blogger, hosted on a TV show called 7 Mile 2 Belle Isle Reloaded and was a production intern for the Blaine Fowler Morning Show at 96.3 WDVD (Cumulus Media Detroit). She is currently an on air radio personality for Power96.5 in Lansing,Michigan. Media is just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to Bre Nicole,this young,ambitious 24 year old has also interned as a suicide prevention specialist and has a nonprofit agency called Saving Our Sisters that focuses on breaking abusive family cycles and prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities, while providing workshops on emotional well being and healthy relationships.

Paris-Films Leading In Detroit Filmmaking

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[Credit: Paris-Films]
By Sydney B.

Filmmaking, like any other art, is one of the most persuasive means of communication. Whether a film succeeds or fails, a filmmaker’s goal is to have their film be seen so that it is able to communicate itself with its audience.

Paris Films, a Michigan based independent film and commercial production company, is devoted to bringing audiences unique and meaningful projects. Their main focus is to not only deliver the story, but to share meaningful pieces highlighting the obstacles of everyday life that we may face.

“There is an audience out there dying to see films about real characters, real issues, how people relate, and overcome issues,” writer Will Hare of Broken.

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[Credit: Paris-Films]
Paris Films was founded by Producer and Actor Paris Jones. Although Paris is not a Michigan native he has taken a liking to his home here in Detroit. He envisions the company growing to become one of the largest and most influential filming companies in the Midwest. Some of the company’s projects include AIAC, a short film, The Inner Circle, a TV pilot filmed in the city, and Foggy Relations, winner of 3 Michigan film awards.

Foggy Relations is a romantic drama about a cynical veteran prostitute who gets a surprise visit from an old friend, who happens to be a married and the only person capable of touching her true emotions.

Like any hard-working company, their job is never complete as they constantly build their resume with projects. In development the company is currently working on two feature films and a short film. Broken, featured films, is about a man whose fragile existence is shattered when he’s forced to care for his older brother who sexually abused him as a child. Before visually coming to life Broken came in as a Top 10 finalist, out of 3,000 candidates, at the Creative World Awards. Other in progress films include Family Ties, feature film, and Elevated Remedies, short film.

As the film industry in Detroit continues to flourish, Paris Films will continue to inspire through its finished works and future endeavors. If you would like to learn more about this filming company click here.

 

Are You COOL Enough?

[Credit: Cool Club Clothing]
[Credit: Cool Club Clothing]
It’s easy for a person to ask, “What is fashion?,” but how many of us really know exactly what fashion is?

Fashion is an art form. It’s fun. It’s unique. It’s a peek into a personality. Who’s personality? Well, yours of course! Fashion presents an individual statement of expression for you and I.

Cool Club Clothing was developed to create a cult amongst the youth to better promote the musical sounds of its founder, Cyrus B. What Cyrus, a student at the University of Michigan, didn’t know was that those few shirts, with their “cool” and colorful design, would become a hit within his hometown in Detroit, MI.

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[Credit: Cool Club Clothing]
“I did not realize that I was entering the fashion industry until a few months after I started making clothes,” said Cyrus. “I looked up one day and said ‘man, I think I’m a clothing designer.”

In August of 2012, Cool Club Clothing was established as a limited liability company in Michigan. As the brand developed so did their inspirational slogan, “Be You. Be Cool. Join the Club.” Judging by their fan following on social media and demand in product many people have already joined the club.

“The true purpose for creating C.C.C was to advocate the idea that with an open mind, one can reach limitless heights,” Cyrus says.

[Credit: Cool Club Clothing]
[Credit: Cool Club Clothing]
The brand’s most  successful product, by far, has been its collection of first generation beanie hats. These eye catching knitted hats feature the Cool Club signature logo with each letter a significantly different color.

Cool Club customers have also developed a high interest in the brand’s upcylced vintage wear. Each garment is given a unique and refined look as it mixes new school designs with old school fashions.

So what’s next for the brand?

Supporters can expect to see a new and improved collection of hats featuring revamped designs of the original first generation beanies and new snowball beanies! Along with the release of the new hats will be the release of two new sweatshirts.

In January, be sure to look out for more information about the EnspiRED Annual Fashion Show featured at the University of Michigan. As a way to kick off the new year, the brand plans to debut many special designs as well.

For more information about the Cool Club Clothing brand click here, and remember to Be You. Be Cool. and Join the Club!

[Credit: Cool Club Clothing]
[Credit: Cool Club Clothing]

Austin The Icon

Austin
[Credit: Austin The Icon]
Failure is another steppingstone to greatness, and where words fail, music speaks.

Austin Echols is Austin The Icon. A new up and coming rap artist on his way to living what he calls an “iconic lifestyle” as he becomes apart of something elite. Hints the name, Austin The Icon!

He’s a student at Western Michigan University from Southfield, Michigan. Austin began rapping at the age of six, when he started off making bubble gum rap at the lunch table in elementary school.

It wasn’t until high school when the young rapper developed a serious passion for music. Early in his career he joined two rap groups, with close friends and family.

“My brother, my best friend Henry, and I used to get instrumentals off of YouTube and play them while we recorded us rapping on my phone,” says Austin.

Sadly, neither of the groups were as successful as they had hoped it would be. Although neither groups were successful, Austin never lost his passion for making music so he soon became a solo artist.

“I really don’t have a message I’m trying to give to the people,” says Austin. “I just want to give them good rap music because we are losing that in today’s society.”

Currently he is working on his new project “Lessons Learned”, which is set to release in 2015. For more information, visit Austin’s instagram page @AustinTheIcon or his twitter @MrGrammys

Check out Austin The Icon’s latest single “Hour Glass”