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Only 1 in 5 sexually experienced U.S. students ever tested for HIV

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Only 22 percent of sexually experienced U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV, even though young people account for a disproportionate share of new infections, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will report at the 2014 International AIDS Conference.
 
Female and African-American students were more likely to be tested than male students and other racial/ethnic groups, but HIV testing among all groups of adolescents remains low, the CDC analysis found.

#901Choice2014 – in a word, innovative!

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INNOVATIVE is the word to describe the social media-infused event sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender (TSD) and Social Change with a Twist (SCWT) at Visible Music College last Thursday (July 10th).
 
The downtown college’s swanky and modern infrastructure was all abuzz with political candidates of myriad ages, races and political backgrounds. An open-air atrium functioned as a social center for the event. Guests were able to eat, drink, listen to music and meet with various office holders and seekers.

What if we looked past the election?

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We are now at the beginning of early voting. By Tuesday, polls will be open all over Shelby County, and until August 2 you will have an opportunity to exercise your franchise through early voting. This is a privilege that many of us take for granted, which is unavailable in many parts of the country. Yet, if recent trends hold true, approximately four to nine percent of registered voters will visit the polls during this voting cycle.
 
Looking at this reality, we must add the toxic cynicism that now is a part of the community’s disillusion with the political process. Many see no reason to vote or hope. With this in mind, I offer this thought:
 
Look past the election.

Memphis playwright puts twist on the ‘Prodigal Son’ story

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In the parable of the Prodigal Son, a man seeks his inheritance, wastes it, returns home, and is welcomed back with open arms. A Memphis playwright added a twist to this story and turned it into a gospel stage play, which debuted July 12th at the West Memphis Civic Auditorium.
 
T.L. Gathen, a business applications advisor at FedEx and president of Majestic Kingdom Melodies (MKM) Productions, wrote “From a Mess to a Miracle.” It follows A.J. Clarkesdale (Jarvis Taylor), who returns home after hitting rock bottom, hoping to be welcomed back into his father’s house and TV station.  However, his stepmother, Gertrude Clarkesdale (Jennifer Gomez), is not happy about him interrupting the life she and her son, Reggie (Malik Walker), have with A.J.’ s father, Andrew (Rodney Burns), and A.J. has to move in with his church-going Aunt Maxine (Joann Bell).  

A serving of comedy, with D. L. Hughley as the main course

 
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In full spectator mode, I showed up at the new Chuckles Comedy House in Cordova hungry for comedy and braced for long lines and lagged show times from a new business. My downside expectations were completely wrong.
 
The entire staff was on point. There was an ample wait crew, efficient cashiers and prompt show times. Serve up the comedy!