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  • Comments Off on Hot Off The Press: Take Charge, Take The (HIV) Test Today

today, June 27th, is National HIV Testing Day.  the theme this year is

take charge, take the test.

i get asked all the time, ‘is HIV still an issue?’ and the answer is YES;

especially for young women of color.  

you can’t just sit around thinking you’re okay if you don’t know for sure what your status is.

if you took an HIV test a year ago but you have had unprotected sex, you don’t know for sure what has happened since you last took the test.

hiv testing 6-13

to find out where to get tested plug in a zip code here

dark girls 6-13i’m very excited that Oprah will be airing the documentary Dark Girls on OWN this Sunday 10pm EST.  i haven’t seen it yet but i’m sure it will be powerful.

i feel that it’s more than time that diverse topics about girls are brought to light in the media.  it’s been time for us to start talking, so we can do something about it.

which is why i’m also really happy to see a new film in the making about another experience that is often not talked about; being an ‘only’.

Black Girl In Surburbia is going to be a film about black girls who live in the suburbs. i know what that feels like.

combe hill photowhen i was really young (elementary school age), i was the only black girl in my school and it was hard.   being different is a tough thing for most youth and being singled out because of your race is no different.  

kudos to the Dark Girls documentary and salute to new film maker, Melissa Lowery…

check out the trailer for Black Girl In Suburbia:


Black Girl In Suburbia is a feature documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities. Release date 2014

http://www.blackgirlinsuburbia.com

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  • Comments Off on Hot off The Press: DEADLINE extended BET and APA youth advisory board- Applications Now Due June 21st

Consider applying to be  a part of the BET and APA youth advisory board (see below for information)

BETRap It up 10-17-11

BET Rap It Up Campaign  and American Psychological Association are working together to create a new HIV prevention campaign for youth.  We are looking for committed high school youth across the country to apply to be selected for the APA BET youth advisory board.

Applications for the APA BET youth advisory board are online at:
http://tinyurl.com/cahk7ja

The deadline has been extended to Friday June 21st.

For more information contact

Cherie D. Mitchell, MHS

Manager

Office on AIDS

Public Interest Directorate

American Psychological Association

750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242

cmitchell@apa.org<mailto:cmitchell@apa.org>

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i’m out of school for the summer.  so i’m just as glad as many of you are to have plenty of time to relax and enjoy.  

watch my latest video to see what i plan to do with my free time this summer.  

let me know, what are you going to be doing this vacation?

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  • Comments Off on Hot Off The Press: New Report- What does being a Black girl have to do with your health?

i’ve always been a girl and i’ve always been black. so at times it’s hard for me to realize that either one of the those things are not the same for others.   i started to learn pretty early on that people treated me differently because of my skin color but it took until i was in college to see that i might have a different life for being female.

fast forward a few years and we have girls empowerment programs around the world and all this talk about women leaning in and out.

heinz report 6-13but what i realized is that there is little out there about what this might mean for a black girl, like me.  so i worked with a really cool organization called truechild and we started writing a report.

the report focuses on how gender and race impact the health of black girls.  it was supported by Heinz Endowments.  check it out at the below link:

  http://www.truechild.org/Images/Interior/findtools/heinz%20report.pdf

i wanna hear from you. does being a girl impact your health?  does what we wrote ring a bell?

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  • Comments Off on Sage’s Rage: Words for Class of 2013

celebrate pix 22-43-26i’m so proud of 2013 graduates.  i had many family members and students who i work with finish high school and college this spring.

it’s a great time in your life.  you deserve to have fun. but while you are living it up, think about what you want the next phase of your life to be.

here are some really great words of wisdom from one of my favorite youth motivational speakers, josh shipp.  

words just for you class of 2013!!!


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