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11.30.05 04:31 PM

United Nations To Commemorate World AIDS Day - Roberta Flack To Perform


2000 People Expected to Attend Star-Filled Event at the
Cathedral of St.John the Divine to “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise”

WHAT: "New York City's largest World AIDS Day commemoration will take place again this year in one of the city's most spectacular settings, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on December 1. This unique community event is an evening of music and reflection. Speakers include New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. It is expected to be the largest event to take place in the United States. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and African Services Committee (Harlem).

WHO: Keynote address by Jan Eliasson, President of the Sixtieth Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Mayor’s proclamation by Marjorie B. Tivens, Commissioner, New York City Commission for the United Nations Consular Corps and Protocol

Statement by Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Co-hosted by Julia Ormond, Mpule Kwelagobe (Miss Universe 1999) and Rosie Perez

Performances by
Roberta Flack, Singer/Songwriter
Bill T. Jones of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company
Jessica Care Moore, Poet/Activist
Salman Ahmad of Junoon, Pakistani Musician/Activist
Anthony Rapp, Singer/Actor from the Broadway musical “Rent”
Billy Porter, Singer/Songwriter from the musical “Ghetto Superstar”

WHEN: Thursday, 1 December 2005, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue

*** Media Pre-Registration ***
Media are welcome. Pre-register to attend. Please contact:
Catharine Bufalino, African Services Committee: 212-222-3882 ext. 146

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11.25.05 11:35 PM

michael jackson don't like jewish people

The Anti-Defamation League has demanded an apology from Michael Jackson over anti-Semitic comments he is said to have made two years ago, which were broadcast on ABC's "Good Morning America" this week, according to news reports. (source: NYTimes; read more)

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11.25.05 11:32 PM

video vixen to tell all on tyra banks show nov. 28

Don’t miss the interview that made headlines! Author of best-selling tell-all, Confessions of A Video Vixen, and former music video dancer Karrine Steffans tells Tyra about her outrageous escapades and famous lovers. (source: Tyra Banks Show; read more)

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11.25.05 11:30 PM

john legend to perform mtv base in south africa

Cape Town - US soul sensation John Legend is coming to South Africa for the first time to headline at MTV base LIVE! - an exclusive three-city concert tour.(source: news24; SA read more)

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11.10.05 01:25 PM

what are the odds...

that you would get on a plane to LA with nicole ari parker and boris kodjoe with their baby - and then sitting two rows ahead of you is rick fox and one of his kids - and it seems like you're the only one on the plane who has made that eye contact with them that says "I know who you are."

What are the odds, that these folks, kind of big in the African-American community go unnoticed on a flight from NYC to LA?

Well, as transracial as we may think things are — Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, Halle Berry, Denzel Washington — at the end of the day, the most transracial of us, Oprah Winfrey, has already shown us that black folks still look just like all other black folks to the waning majority.

11.11.05 update: I just realized from the comments that I should post this addition. The airline I was flying was Song and it's a little like Jet Blue - there really is no first class. Which says something else about this scenario, but I won't get into it.

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11.09.05 12:20 PM

Marvel Taps Eric Jerome Dickey To Pen Limited-Edition Storm Series

New Series Reveals the Epic Romance of X-Men Favorite Storm and Black Panther

Series to Launch in February 2006, Coinciding With Black History Month

NEW YORK – Eric Jerome Dickey, critically acclaimed author of New York Times bestsellers Thieves’ Paradise, The Other Woman, and Genevieve, has signed on to create a spectacular, six-issue limited series of Storm, spotlighting the ever-popular X-Men heroine. The first highly anticipated issue is scheduled to debut in February 2006, coinciding with Black History Month.

Dickey’s Storm story arc will present an epic romance, revealing the untold love story of the world’s two most popular African American Super Heroes, Ororo (also known as Storm of the X-Men) and T'Challa (a.k.a. The Black Panther), the world's first African American Super Hero. Marking Dickey’s first comic book writing effort, the captivating series blends romance and adventure against the backdrop of Africa’s cruel plains. Emerging star David Yardin (Black Panther, District X) will illustrate the books.

“I never would have imagined that I'd get an opportunity to step into the Marvel Universe and work on Storm,” says Dickey. “She is such a remarkable character. And being allowed to incorporate T'Challa, the future Black Panther in the same series...wake me up because I have to be dreaming.”

The six-issue series follows how the famed African Prince T'Challa crosses paths with Ororo, an orphaned street urchin who only survives by sheer wit as her mutant powers are still in their infancy. As the story and romance unfold, the duo come together to fight against a mutual foe who seeks to put them in a cage and exploit them toward wicked ends.

“This is a truly groundbreaking storyline that will draw in readers from all cultural backgrounds,” said Joe Quesada, Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics. “Eric’s unique vision for this series will thrill traditional comic fans of Storm and The Black Panther, as well as appeal to a whole new audience drawn towards Eric’s remarkable storytelling ability.”

Dickey’s novels Liar’s Game, Between Lovers, Thieves’ Paradise, The Other Woman, Naughty or Nice, Drive Me Crazy, and Genevieve have all earned him the success of a spot on The New York Times bestseller list. Liar’s Game, Thieves’ Paradise, The Other Woman, Naughty or Nice, and Drive Me Crazy have also given Dickey the added distinction of being nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Fiction in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. His 12th novel, Chasing Destiny, will be released in May 2006.

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11.08.05 09:43 PM

Paris Prosecutors Eye Blogs Urging Riots

Associated Press Writer

PARIS (AP) - Paris prosecutors opened an inquiry Tuesday into two young bloggers who urged French youths to riot and revolt against the police, a judicial official said.

The youths, a 16-year-old French teen and an 18-year-old with Ghanian nationality, were detained Monday in the Paris region, said the official. (read more)

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11.08.05 09:06 PM

Reebok Puts Cable Viewers In Demand

Brand Becomes Founding Sponsor of First Hip-Hop On Demand Cable Channel – DoD™

Canton, MA (November 8, 2005) – Reebok (NYSE: RBK) announces a partnership agreement with DoD, the new video-on-demand (VOD) subsidiary of Simmons Lathan Media Group. DoD will debut on November 11, 2005 nationwide on Comcast Cable’s ON DEMAND menu. Reebok will have its own programming within DoD, a first-ever for an athletic brand. Digital cable viewers will be able to view Rbk-branded programming free of charge, including exclusive interviews with Allen Iverson, 50 Cent, Jay-Z and other Rbk content.

Taking customization to a whole new level, cable viewers now control what they want to watch and best of all – when. Rbk will host a series of branded VOD segments that can be viewed anytime by fans of the brand and its endorsees.

“Reebok is excited to partner with an entertainment channel so in-tune with youth and hip-hop culture,” said Marc Fireman, Reebok’s director of advertising and interactive marketing. “DoD’s customizable entertainment is a great fit for Rbk’s own spirit of individuality and authenticity.“

“Rbk is at the top when it comes to developing meaningful partnerships with entertainers and athletes such as Jay-Z and Allen Iverson,” said Will Griffin, DoD’s chief executive officer. “This quality makes them an ideal partner for a branded-entertainment based venture such as DoD.”

According to a recent report, there has been a 28% increase in VOD-enabled cable subscribers in 2005 versus 2004 . While DoD is a new venture, this is not Reebok’s first foray into VOD entertainment. In April of 2005, Reebok ran a four-month, personalized television experience on Comcast Cable in the Philadelphia market. Behind-the-scenes footage of Allen Iverson’s “I Am What I Am” ad was the most viewed content ON DEMAND during the four months it was available.

“Comcast ON DEMAND will feature one-of-a-kind content,” said Kevin Paolillo, Reebok’s director of video production. “Exclusive programs debuting on November 11th include: behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Allen Iverson on the sets of their Rbk ad shoots and a ‘Flip the Script’ interview between 50 Cent and Tony Yayo of G Unit.”

Reebok enrolled the expertise of on-demand and interactive television ad firm BrightLine Partners to oversee the brand’s seamless integration into DoD. BrightLine’s hands-on, experience-driven approach in iTV helped Reebok to push the envelope of what is possible in branded entertainment, resulting in a strategically designed VOD campaign.

Launched in November, 2005, DoD™ is the first all video-on-demand channel devoted to hip-hop and urban programming. Headquartered in Los Angeles, DoD™ is a wholly owned subsidiary of Simmons Lathan Media Group (SLMG), which produces and acquires original urban/hip-hop themed media content for distribution across all media. DoD™ is a new grassroots brand and direct channel redefining the way urban media content is developed and distributed to the 45.3 million-plus ethnically diverse urban consumer audience. DoD™ Founding Sponsors are long-time supporters of the growth of Hip Hop Culture: Coca-Cola, General Motors and Reebok. The company is also backed by Syndicated Communications and Pacesetter Capital Group, the leading private equity funds in urban media. More information may be found by visiting

Reebok International Ltd. (NYSE: RBK), headquartered in Canton, MA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment under the Reebok, Rockport, CCM, Jofa, Koho and Greg Norman brands. Sales for 2004 totaled approximately $3.8 billion. Reebok can be accessed at

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11.06.05 01:08 AM

what is your blog worth?

I wasn't expecting much, seeing I hardly ever post anymore. But...

My blog is worth $50,808.60.
How much is your blog worth?

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