*(Via The Conversation) – Increased funding, targeted prevention efforts and better treatment have helped to slow down the HIV epidemic in the United States. The number of new HIV-positive cases has decreased significantly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with the number of new HIV diagnoses declining by 19 percent from 2005 to 2014.
This is not the case in many parts of the country, however. As AIDS and public health researchers, we are among those who are alarmed by areas in the southern United States where the numbers of cases have not declined and even more by the areas in which increases have occurred.
If you don’t already know about her, meet Howard University senior, Latroya Pina. She’s getting ready to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games on the first-ever Cape Verde National Swim Team in Tokyo, Japan.
However, Latroya is not the only Pina competing in the Olympics. Her siblings, Troy and Jayla, will also join her on the inaugural swim team and make history as a family.
*Dang, it’s the holiday season when folks look forward to getting their grub on when they visit friends and family. That means the last thing anyone wants to worry about is getting sick or even dying from food poisoning.
Unfortunately that’s the risk and reality we’re faced with as we’ve learned that food items such as salads, taquitos, tikka masala and more ready-to-eat food in your frig or freezer from McCain Foods could be part of a massive food recall.
If you can pull out some old British newspapers, then you’ll find that an article from 1893 proclaimed Sarah Farro as the 1st Negro Novelist for her publication called ‘True Love.’ Well, they didn’t have their facts right about her being the first, but they did well in recognizing the phenomenal kick-starter for African American literature.
Farro was born in Illinois in 1859 and her parents had moved from the South to settle in Chicago. In the census of 1880, her two sisters and her family were given the ‘Black’ status. One reason why her one and only publication had disappeared from records was that she wrote about white people.
Her novel had been published by a well-known publishing house at the time and it was exhibited at the World’s Columbian Exhibition. Her work was among the work of 58 others which constituted of women only. She had even been recognized as an outstanding pioneer for her race in Chicago!
*After a photo of a father having to change his baby son’s diaper while squatting went viral, it prompted a call for men’s public restrooms to require changing tables, just like the women’s restrooms.
“This is a serious post!!! What’s the deal with not having changing tables in men’s bathroom as if we don’t exist!!” Donte Palmer, a high school teacher in Jacksonville, Fla., captioned an Instagram photo of him changing his son’s diaper in a restaurant bathroom. “Clearly, we do this often because look how comfortable my son is. It’s routine to him!!!! Let’s fix this problem!” Palmer also called on activist and football quarterback Colin Kaepernick to “drop a knee to this issue!”
After The Shade Room published the photo, it got more than 400,000 likes.
Palmer, 31, told Yahoo Lifestyle that the September 15th image reflects his daily routine with his three boys, ages 12, 7, and 1.
*Ryan Cherwinski thought he could just walk by Emelia Holden, grab her butt, and keep it movin’ like it never even happened. Unfortunately he didn’t realize that Emily don’t play that and she instantly made him realize he just effed up.
As you can see in thepic above (and video below), Holden, 21, didn’t hesitate to take matters into her own hands when Cherwinski groped her during her shift at Vinnie Van Go-Go’s in Savannah, Georgia on June 30. Holden immediately turns around and grabs him by his collar and slams him into a counter.
“I looked at him and I said, ‘You don’t touch me, motherf—–!’ ” Holden tells PEOPLE. “I didn’t even think, I just reacted. I don’t know how I reacted the way I did. I’ve never done that before.”