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Al Sharpton, Diggy Simmons, Calvin Pace, John Starks, Sway Calloway to participate in 2nd annual I Will Graduate Day

Entertainers 4 Education Alliance’s grassroots movement, the “I WILL GRADUATE CAMPAIGN” focuses on school dropout prevention and is a call to action for students, parents, and the entire community to increase educational achievement in our youth. The group is pleased to announce its 2nd annual “I WILL GRADUATE DAY” on October 26, 201

“Passing Reflections” helps raise awareness on World Suicide Prevention Day for those who are dealing with traumatic loss

On September 10, 2010, the world recognizes World Suicide Prevention Day. The International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO) use this day to focus public attention on the unacceptable burden and costs of suicidal behaviors. It is estimated that about one million people die by suicide every year. This is a huge global burden and one that can often be prevented.

HIV/AIDS/STD prevention demonstration projects for HBCUs and other minority serving institutions

Below is an excerpt from an article written by Naima Morales Cozier, Training Adviser: The cultural diversity of communities of color is to be celebrated. We have overcome adversity and barriers at every turn with the hope of change. With this same determination, we face the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Communities of color disproportionately account for an alarming number of HIV/AIDS cases…

Observe HIV Vaccine Awareness Day on May 18

May 18, 2010 will mark HIV Vaccine Awareness Day (HVAD), an annual observance day that recognizes the thousands of volunteers, community leaders, health professionals, and scientists that work to develop a safe and effective preventive HIV vaccine. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – the Federal sponsor for HVAD – hopes the day will encourage communities to learn more about HIV vaccine research and support those who are currently volunteering in clinical vaccination trials.

The Lipstick Portraits: Artists and celebrities take on modern day slavery

The Somaly Mam Foundation has been named the beneficiary of Michael Angelo’s The Lipstick Portraits, a series of striking and provocative portraits that stand in solidarity with women and children enslaved by the sex trade. Using red lipstick as a unifying motif, the portraits capture the strong and independent spirits of sixty inspiring women and men who have marked themselves with red lipstick as a statement of solidarity, personal freedom, and condemnation of those who destroy countless lives with the shackles and brutality of sexual slavery.

GET DOWN: New HIV/AIDS PSA and movement targets at risk youth

Lionqueen 192 Productions, Inc. and Bleu Life Media today announced the release of the GET DOWN public service announcement and accompanying HIV/AIDS awareness campaign. GET DOWN, written, produced and directed by Kim J. Ford (Lionqueen 192 Productions, Inc.), is an edgy new HIV/AIDS PSA that candidly portrays sexually active youth of various sexual identities who are experimenting with multiple sexual partners and the consequences they deal with as a result. The PSA also features celebrities Dawn Richard (of Dirty Money and formerly of Danity Kane/MTV’s Making The Band), Demarco Majors (formerly LOGO’s Shirts & Skins), and Siri Music artist Stefani Vara, who lent their time and voices to the project.

Saturday, May 8, 2010 leave a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox and help stamp out hunger

I posted information about this super easy to participate event, Stamp Out Hunger, last year (see “May 9, 2009- Leave a grocery bag of perishable food and help Stamp Out Hunger!”), and the time has returned once again! On Saturday, May 8, 2010 support the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) in the largest food drive of its kind in our nation. All you need to do to participate is the following:

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