Politics After Dark and the Young Professionals Host Committee Kicks Off Mayor Kasim Reed’s Municipal Option Sales Tax Campaign at M Bar

(SL) –  Hundreds came out to support the Municipal Option Sales Tax Campaign known as campaign M.O.S.T which kicked off at this week’s #PoliticsAfterDark series held weekly at M Bar on historic Auburn Avenue.

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The #PoliticsAfterDark Series Draws A Crowd of Conscious Supporters Every Week

With the 2016 Presidential Election looming, Atlanta culture progressives, Xavier Peoples (Co-Owner of M Bar) and Jason “J. Carter” Carter (Founder of ONE Musicfest) created #PoliticsAfterDark to engage Atlanta’s community of influencers, curators and millennials with civic leaders charged with being change agents for social good.

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City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms Discussing The Importance Of The Municipal Options Sales Tax Campaign 

The Municipal Option Sales Tax is a 1-cent tax that applies to most goods purchased in the City of Atlanta. These funds allow visitors and business people who use the City’s water and sewer infrastructure but do not pay City water/sewer bills to help pay for upgrading and maintenance of the infrastructure.

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City Councilman Kwanza Hall and Xavier Peoples

This is NOT a new tax; it is the reauthorization of an existing tax. The Municipal Option Sales Tax vote will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Photo Credit: Prince Williams / ATLPics.net

Charlotte Guard Kemba Walker Talks Poor Shooting After 87-76 Loss To The Hawks

(SL) – The Hornets just couldn’t get it going against the Atlanta Hawks Sunday. Marvin Williams led all scorers with 16 followed by Jeremy Lin who chipped in 15 but Charlotte was 27 of 81 from the field, shooting just 33.3% and 7-32 from the 3pt line. Can’t shoot like that and expect a victory. Kemba Walker talked about it in the locker room.

Australian Model Ajak Deng Quits Modeling

(SL) – Her manager Stephen Bucknall said he struggles to book jobs for Deng in Australia, despite having starred overseas for Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino. She will also feature in 2016 campaigns for Givenchy and Marc Jacobs.

Deng, whose family fled South Sudan in 2005, was raised in Melbourne.
She made her runway debut for Chloé and walked for countless international designers in 2010.
Deng has also appeared in campaigns for the likes of Barneys New York, Gap, Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, and Kate Spade.
She previously discussed racism in the fashion industry. She tweeted in 2014 that she was “kicked out of Balmain for being black,” adding, “I know a lot of black models would rather kiss someone’s ass than being honest but guessed what? I do not gaged [sic] a damn f*ck” before deleting her Twitter account.
Her shock announcement comes just one week after a successful New York Fashion Week schedule, featuring in some of the hottest shows of the season, from Zac Posen to Marc Jacobs.
Oddly enough, she’s going back to the same Continent that wouldn’t book her. I guess, however, it is home.

Do Republicans Detest Immigrants That Much? Cruz Lining Up His Position With Trump After Rejecting Deportation

(SL) – Any logical thinking human being knows that if Donald Trump is elected President, the safety of the United States will quickly be compromised.  He’s made no secret of his plans for Muslims. Trump reiterated his desires Friday night by saying in the Philippines more than a century ago, Gen. John Pershing “took 50 bullets, and he dipped them in pigs’ blood,” and shot 49 Muslim rebels. “The 50th person, he said, ‘You go back to your people, and you tell them what happened.’ And for 25 years, there wasn’t a problem.”

Donald Trump on Friday, February 19th, 2016 in a rally in North Charleston, S.C.

Trump’s recollection of history is inaccurate, but the point is he has no qualms about what he would do with Muslims which subsequently would incite violence and really put a big target on the United States. He’s vowed to ban travel for Muslims to the US and don’t even get this man started about his plans for ISIS, who he would like to flat out bomb!

Trump is a rogue and a percentage of American seems to agree with his bully tactics and ghetto politics. Declaring wishes to punch people in the face, calling other candidates ‘pu*****’ among other attacks on candidates defines the true character of Donald Trump, the man who was also once accused of not allowing blacks to live in his buildings. But now, to no surprise  Texas Senator Ted Cruz is switching out and vowing to kick out immigrants who have overstayed their visas to align himself if Trump and gain some momentum.

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Cruz told Bill O’Reilly that he would undoubtedly look for 12 million undocumented people living in America and deport them. It seems that now Cruz has a big beautiful wall on his mind as well. Even though he says, they would all be welcomed back…legally of course.

Zika Virus Possibly Transmitted Sexually In 14 New Cases In The US

(SL) – Health officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating 14 possible new cases of sexually transmitted Zika virus – including several cases in pregnant women.

Two of the reported cases have been confirmed in women whose only known risk factor was sexual contact with an ill male partner.

The World Health Organization declared the Zika outbreak in the Americas an international public health emergency, on February 1.

It came amid mounting concerns over a link between the virus and the severe birth defect, microcephaly – where babies are born with smaller than usual heads, and often brain damage.

A vaccine for ZIKA won’t be available for another few years.

Meet Australian Supermodel Ajak Deng

(SL) – With her long, lean looks and her infectious personality, Ajak has become a favourite on the catwalk for international designers such as Lanvin. She has featured in campaigns for international fashion brands such as Louis Vuitton and Valentino.

The beauty most recently strutted her stuff for Zac Posen’s Fall/Winter collection show in New York on February 15.

Deng fled Sudan and came to Australia when she was 12 years old after her mother died of malaria in a refugee camp.

The model is now based in New York and counts Shanina Shaik, Grace Bol and Jeneil Williams as her closest friends in the industry.

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After being featured in local campaigns for River Island and Mimco, Deng is now set to star in 2016 campaigns for Givenchy and Marc Jacobs.

 

According To The CDC, Half Of Gay Black Men Will Be Diagnosed With HIV

(SL) -According to the CDC, One in two gay and bisexual black men in the US will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.

In contrast, one in four gay and bisexual Hispanic men will be diagnosed – and one in 11 gay and bisexual white men.

Comparatively, the overall odds of an average American developing HIV is just one in 99.

 The Centers Of Disease Control And Prevention reports a number of factors may contribute to the higher risk of HIV associated with gay and bisexual black men.

People living in the District of Columbia have the highest risk of infection - one in 13 - followed by Maryland (one in 49), Georgia (one in 51) and Florida (one in 54). In contrast, North Dakota residents face the lowest risk

WHY BLACK GAY MEN ARE AT RISK

In addition to risk factors affecting all gay and bisexual men, several factors are specific to black gay and bisexual men:

Socioeconomic factors

Blacks are more likely than men of some other races/ethnicities to experience socioeconomic factors that place them at higher risk for HIV infection.

Those factors include limited access to and use of quality health care, lower income and educational levels, and higher rates of unemployment and incarceration.

That factors may help explain why blacks have not made greater gains on the HIV continuum of care.

Smaller and exclusive sexual networks

Black gay and bisexual men are a small subset of all gay and bisexual men, and their partners tend to be of the same race.Overall, men who have sex with men face the highest risk of infection (one in six), followed by people who inject drugs. Heterosexual women face a higher risk of HIV - one in 241 - than heterosexual men - one in 473

Because of the small population size and the higher prevalence of HIV in that population relative to other races/ethnicities, black gay and bisexual men are at greater risk of being exposed to HIV within their sexual networks.

Sexual relationships with older men

Having sexual relationships with older men, who are more likely to have HIV, may increase risk for exposure amongsome young black gay and bisexual men.

Lack of awareness of HIV status

Though black gay and bisexual men report higher HIV testing in the past year than Hispanic/Latino or white gay and bisexual men, they are also more likely to be HIV-positive and not know it because of the higher prevalence of HIV in the population.

People who do not know they have HIV cannot take advantage of HIV care and treatment and may unknowingly pass HIV to others.

Source: CDC 

By race, the CDC found that black men face the highest risk - at one in 20. Black women and Hispanic men have the same risk of HIV infection, however, at one in 48

 

 

 

 

 

Real Estate: Homes Of The Rich And Famous

(SL) – In this edition of Lifestyles of The Rich And Famous 🙂 we take a look at some of the most jaw-dropping celebrity homes! From Brad and Angelina to Dr. Dre and John Travolta, let’s see where some of Hollywood’s most elite lay their heads.