From Mugshots to Millions: Desmond Bryant signs with Cleveland Browns

By Stephfon Guidry

93aiBbqIan Rapoport (@RapSheet) of NFL.com tweeted “#Raiders DT Desmond Bryant is going to sign with Cleveland. Best DT on the market.” Desmond Bryant began his hard-hitting career professionally with the Raiders back in 2009 as an undrafted free agent. Desmond Bryant recently signed with Cleveland Browns for a five-year deal of $34 Million and a guaranteed $15 Million. While in February he played a bit too hard in Miami and became the butt of many a joke from his Mugshot. Now that’s a face only a Mother could love. Bryant was charged with a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, due to his drunken raucous at a neighbor’s residence in Miami. Bryant’s sheer talent out-shined his misbehavior, finishing last season with 36 tackles and four sacks in 16 games. The NFL is now all abuzz about the new deal for Desmond Bryant; Cleveland fans await their new Defensive addition as well as Paul Kruger from the Baltimore Ravens (with his own $40 Million deal).  Who says money can’t buy you talent?

Medical Miracle in Mississippi

By Stephfon Guidry

hivMedical Breakthrough! Dynamic drug results! These are some of the many headlines being spouted by many a media as doctors worldwide scramble to explain, understand and replicate the findings of the “Miracle in Mississippi”. The medical miracle being the 2 ½ year old girl that Dr. Hannah Gay, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of MI, and Dr. Deborah Persaud, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins Children Center are deeming “functionally cured” of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)—making her the 2nd global case ever.  In 2010, the young mother and premature baby were found to be HIV positive. After a battery of tests, including multiple blood draws, DNA testing, the child’s viral load results were among 20,000; which was relatively low for an infant born with the virus. She underwent an aggressive treatment of the HIV/AIDS cocktail AZT and within 29 days her blood work shown that a status of “Undetectable”. For further information on the specific treatment received for the young Mississippi girl check out this interview from CNN.com

The medical world is using the term “functionally cured” rather than a “cure for HIV” for two reasons. Reason one, doctors are attempting to test the validity of the findings of this treatment to be used in new cases and want to replicate these findings. Reason two, for people living with HIV and are “undetectable” there are still hidden viral reservoirs which need treatment therefore usual patients maintain lifelong treatment. As reported by the Center for Disease Control the most recent number of HIV+ cases is approximately 1.4 million in North America while 23.5 million in the Sub-Sahara, therefore the fight against HIV/AIDS is still at the forefront of all our minds. Get Tested, Get Treated, and end the stigma!

It’s in to be OUT!

By Stephfon Guidry

Pride month may have only passed just a few days ago but it seems many celebrities are feeling that it is time to show their true colors. Recently CNN correspondent and host Anderson 360, Anderson Cooper had an e-mail exchange with Daily Beast columnist Andrew Sullivan saying, “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” (NYDailyNews.com). He later explained his reasoning for waiting to come out, “As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.” (People.com)  Kathy Griffin, Comedienne of Bravo’s My Life on the D-List and Her new show Kathy, a longtime advocate of gay rights and close friend of Anderson Cooper weighed in on his situation. Griffin congratulates and cautions Cooper about this big move, “”The reality is that despite the very real, the very necessary, and the very life-changing process we have made in this country in treating people across the sexual orientation spectrum with dignity and respect, America – the world – is not fully represented by Chelsea in New York City.” (NYDailyNews.com) While Anderson Cooper continues to rank among the top foremost journalists in the world other young artist felt the need to come out of the closet.

Singer and songwriter, Frank Ocean, well-known for his work with artist like Beyoncé, John Legend, Justin Bieber and Kanye West. Recently, on July 4, 2012 Frank Ocean wrote an open post on his tumblr stating that he was once in love with another young man who sad to say was already in a relationship. Ocean thanked the young man for his influence and love then goes on in his blog saying, “I don’t know what happens now, and that’s alrite. I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore… Thanks to my first love, I’m grateful for you. Grateful that even though it wasn’t what I hoped for and even though it was never enough, it was… I feel like a free man. If I listen closely… I can hear the sky falling too.” (HuffingtonPost.com) Many have tweeted their support the biggest surprise being Tyler the Creator and Russell Simmons writing on his Global Grind website, “I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore.”

Healthcare Reform and Revolution

By Stephfon Guidry

Liberty, justice and healthcare for all! Since his historic election in 2008, President Barrack Obama has been spearheading a campaign to revolutionize American healthcare. Democrats feel they are champions of the people giving insurance to many citizens in need of healthcare while Republicans continuously shout this new law is a tax and that it is a dangerous strong-arming of the government. President Obama had this to say after the law was passed with a 5-4 vote, “Today’s decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives are more secure because of this law.” (CNN.com)  It is interesting to note that Republican candidate Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, proposed a similar healthcare plan now is opposing “Obamacare” and agreeing with other conservatives calling the new mandate a tax.

The new healthcare reform will mandate that most Americans get healthcare insurance by 2014 or face a penalty, or tax. However it also expanded the Medicaid healthcare insurance program for the poor. The law also puts into effect that insurers cannot deny coverage for pre-existing medical conditions and parents may keep their children on their insurance until the age of 26. Romney continues his criticism saying: “What the court did today was said that Obamacare does not violate the Constitution,” Romney said. “What they did not do is say that Obamacare is good law, or good policy.” (Reuters.com) Democrats celebrated this victory of the people with toasts and salutations, Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic leader, paid homage to the dearly departed Ted Kennedy (2009) saying, “Now, Teddy can rest.” (Reuters.com)  To a select few this new healthcare reform seems a tax when it is only saying that those who can afford it should and others who can’t will be provided some semblance of government aid to ensure a better quality of life for all Americans.

Justice for Tamon Robinson

By Stephfon Guidry

In the wake, of the Trayvon Martin case and its strong following of social media comes another tragedy that the press is failing to bring to the light. In the early morning of April 12 at around 5:30 a.m. a call reported a suspicious character stealing paved stones from around the landscaping in the neighborhood. Police officers saw Tamon Robinson heading toward his apartment and pursued as he ran to his door he was hit by a police car before he reached the front door.

Tamon was taken to Brookdale University Hospital, with shoulder and head injuries. The following Wednesday he was pronounced dead in a coma.  His mother, Laverne Dobbinson, was awaked to police officers at her door questioning whether she saw anything. She was not told about the incident with her son until later in the evening on that day.

This tragic case of hit and run justice did not end there, his mother reported that he had a small business selling scrap stones and bricks to scrap dealers and he had the permission of the building owner to take the stones. His mother also reported that he was scheduled for work at the Connecticut Muffin in Fort Greene for 6 a.m. the reason why he was out of the house that early in the morning.  Tamon Robinson’s family hired, Sanford A. Rubenstein, as their lawyer and the Internal Affairs Bureau have begun an investigation as to how this tragic mishap occurred. Rubenstein told the NY Times, “The question becomes how that accident occurred?” Ms. Dobbinson reported that her son had no prior record and was innocent.

Share your Support for the Tamon Robinson Case on Facebook. The Tamon Robinson case is still in the early stages, hopefully witnesses do step forward on what they saw on the night of this accident. Visit Change.Org to sign the Petition for Justice for Tamon and his Family.

The REAL Modern Family – (FLO)

By Stephfon Guidry

There are around 107,000 boys and girls wishing and hoping to get adopted in the U.S. while a tedious system keeps potential parents from building a family.  Having a parent in America is key to the socio-emotional growth of a child and essential for sustainable success. David Wing-Korvak and his partner, Conrad, were ready to adopt.

They endured many hardships through different state legislative issues such as, the fact that in some states only one of the couple could legally adopt a child but not both because they are a same-sex couple. In other states the laws either prohibit same-sex couple adoption or it is unclear as to the legality of the situation. Wing-Korvak saw this murky legal situation as a calling to help other families looking to give a great home to children. David Wing-Korvak told CNN, “It makes your head spin with the questions that are asked of you, with the forms that you have to fill out,” he said. “And then you have on top of that the fact that your family might not be that mom-and-dad home. You’re that gay or lesbian family … and the questions begin to change.”

The couple started their own agency called Families Like Ours to help other gay, lesbian, straight, all families that were ready to navigate the tedious process of adoption. Currently their non-profit organization has a 75% rate of foster care or adoption for families that go through their training. The organization trains over 250 families a year since 2002. The Wing-Korvak’s have had their two sons Chris and Shawn since 2002 and feel that their families are no different than a regular mom and dad household. “It’s not my job to go in and guarantee what the life of that child’s going to be. It’s simply my job to make sure that child has some sort of hope. … We’re going to make this match, and we’re going to move forward. And that kid’s going to have as productive a life as we can help that kid have.”

Justice for Trayvon Martin

By Stephfon Guidry

On February 26, a 911 call recalls an incident of a suspicious looking young man in a neighborhood, shouts, and later a man decided to take action. George Zimmerman saw a ‘suspicious’ young man had an altercation shots were fired in ‘self-defense’ and now Trayvon Martin guilty of wearing a hoodie, caring skittles, is dead. This event shook the nation to the point of President Obama solemnly, commenting, “If I had a son he would look something like Trayvon”. A grand jury convened on April 10, charging Zimmerman with second degree murder after surmountable evidence and the loss of his legal counsel.

The hot topic of the Trayvon Martin investigation was the “911” call. Zimmerman claimed that Trayvon attacked him and that he is the person crying for help in the call. CNN correspondent, Roland Martin weighed in on the controversy of the case, “It was about holding a legal system accountable that clearly gave more credence to a 28-year-old gunman than the 17-year-old, unarmed man who was gunned down.”  The prosecution affidavit released more evidence to the court and public of the truth behind Zimmerman’s idea of ‘self-defense’. The affidavit stated that while on the 911 call, Zimmerman profiled Martin as a criminal; he

referenced recent break-ins in the community saying the “these a**holes, they always get away” and “F***ing Punks” (Cnn.com). It was revealed that Trayvon Martin was on the phone with a friend and when he noticed he was being followed he began running home. Zimmerman pursued against the advice of the dispatcher and later the altercation which ultimately lead to the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

The grand jury’s charge of “2nd Degree Murder” has the potential to carry a life sentence in prison. However, Attorney Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s new counsel, plans to have the case retried outside of the Seminole County and Zimmerman will plead ‘Not Guilty’. This case brings strong feelings on all sides but now with more information and the American people watching to see that justice is served.

Designer Melvin Browne Launches Premiere Men’s Swimwear Collection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Melvin Browne
404.449.1164
Info@HCSwimwear.com
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DESIGNER MELVIN BROWNE LAUNCHES PREMIERE MEN’S SWIMWEAR COLLECTION

HCSwimwear by Melvin Browne

(Atlanta, GA – April 6th, 2012) – HCSwimwear by Melvin Browne is an EXCLUSIVE Collection of the most popular swimsuit styles designed for the modern man. Our Men’s debut Collection combines the garment districts finest fabrics with this summer’s hottest colors.

Hand made in the U.S.A, HCS is completed with Five (5) male swim suit styles, Eight (8) solid colors, and Two (2) fashion prints that create a mixture of over Fifty (50) designs to choose from. Our Styles include: Body Trunks, Trunks, Bikinis, Briefs, and Thongs. HCSwimwear is designed to showcase the body, personality and fashion sense of the person wearing them.

“Cotton underwear is not made to be worn outside and in the water. My inspiration behind creating this collection was to provide men not only with comfortable and supportive swimwear, but to support a lifestyle with a variety of swimsuit selections that are fashionable, unique, daring and sexy.” – Melvin Browne

HCSwimwear is constructed from the Premium blend of Nylon & Spandex and lined with Ultra-Smooth Nylon. Our styles are designed to not only fit and support the forces of a man, but crafted to accentuate and chisel the natural shape of the male body.

Our Sexy and Stylish Men’s swimsuits can be worn in and out of the water to accommodate your eventful vacations. HCSwimwear takes you from the beach to the boardwalks, from the pool parties to the yacht, and to some of the nation’s most popular summer destinations. HCS was created for confident men with a desire to have fun and be innovative.

Shop Our Spring/Summer 2012 and HCS Basics Collections Today!  Our 15% off Pre-Order Sale Ends April 14th, 2012 at Midnight. www.HCSwimwear.com

For media inquiries/interview requests or vendor/sales opportunities please contact Melvin Browne – Info@HCSwimwear.com

BET Rips Yet Another Runway

By Stephfon Guidry

Don’t call it a comeback! Lil Kim beasted her BET performance on #RiptheRunway! Kim made the models sway don the catwalk and twitter a buzz, battling over her NON lip-synching talent that stood on its own without gimmick OrgoodFashionSense.  Lil Kim slashed the runway, dressing in a sheer catsuit, blazing new ground singing and rapping her hot Valentine’s Day single, “If You Love Me” & going in on some of her classic bars on the mic. Kim made it feel like she never left and proved she still has the raw edge to her lyrics.

BET ‘s Rip the Runway show featured many up and coming urban fashion designers, Hip Hop elite, and models of both sexes and all sizes. Selita Ebanks—former Victoria Secret Model—captured a primal and powerful presence in the show with her new swimwear line; SASS (Selita Accessories Shoes & Swimwear). SASS served up much skin, plunging necklines, and warrior princess-esque vibe came from the models. Selita told EXTRA in Los Angelos, “For SASS, I just really wanted to encompass a certain attitude. It’s not just about the skinny ladies okay, it’s about the curves, the booty and it’s about insinuating all the womanly curves that you do have.” (Necolebitchie.com)

The Fashion Event featured the talents of B.o.B., Meek Mill, Wale, AraabMusic and more. Rip the Runway made torn out new ground with designers like Brian Lichtenberg, Monif C., Qristyl Frazier, A.K.O.O., Black Apple NYC, and Sammy B. to name a few that caught my eye. #RiptheRunway 2012 brought in fresh talent and hip hop grooves to the fashion capitol of NYC once more, next year should take it to another level!

How high is TOO high? Gas Prices are Up!

By Stephfon Guidry

Have you looked at gas prices lately? The average gas prices in America are rising at an alarming rate of about 17% this year alone, as documented by motorist group AAA. Gas prices rose for the 9th straight day today and political officials are worried. Nationwide the gas average was around $3.52 a month ago and is now around $3.76, while in seven states gas averages over $4!

The cost climb in gas prices puts a strain on everyday travel and is due to tensions in Iran with political negotiations over oil. A Global conflict is arising; Iran raised its oil prices by 5% in turn raising its stock market value and through this butterfly effect it may lead to all out economic war over oil reserves. An answer came in the suggestion that both the U.S. and Britain begin releasing some of their strategic oil reserve to cut gas prices and boost sales. However this is a Band-Aid on a gash with the need for a more sturdy long term economic issue.

While President Obama’s new economic plan brings more jobs into the job market, gas prices are a secondary issue. This oversight prompted Republican G.O.P.s to pounce on a chance to criticize the president’s decision making. Newt Gingrich pledged that he would drop gas prices down to $2.50 a gallon, a hefty promise! Santorum scapegoated the high gas prices as the reason for the 2008 housing crisis and economic woes. CNN.com documents Romney openly saying,”‘[Obama] should be hanging his head’ over his energy policies and also accused the president of slowing domestic production.”

Gas prices will steadily rise until a more lasting political solution is found so watch your wallet!

Study Shows Sex Ed helps Teens

By Stephfon Guidry

While politics, finance, and gas prices rise in popularity it is still important to take a step back a look at personal wellness and health. A study done on teens, showed that teens who received sex education in school are more likely to wait on sex and more likely to use contraception when engaging in the act. The study did not differentiate between abstinence-only and sex education programs but researchers have concluded that sex education does not promote sexual activity or risky behaviors.

The study included data from the 2006-2008 National Survey of Family Growth, which included results from teens knowledge of “how to say no to sex”, “how to use birth control” and their first experience with vaginal sex. The sex education programs included information on ways to delay sex and the proper use of birth control. While the abstinence-only programs did also include some instruction on the use of birth control.

The results show that about 66% of females and 55% of males received some sort of instruction on abstinence and birth control. 20 percent of the students received instruction on how to delay sex, 16 percent of young females and 24 percent of young males, got NO instruction on sex education at all.

The smallest cohort reported information showing they were the most likely to engage in sexual risky behaviors. Of the teens 77% of young girls and 78% of young men reported that they had sex before they turned 20. And for young adults with no sexual education both numbers jumped by a 10 percent increase.

“It appears that talking with adolescents about sex — before they first have sex — seems to be what is important, regardless of the specific subject matter,” said a researcher of the study. (Huffingtonpost.com) Communication and health awareness for young people is key, if parents and families are to change these risky behaviors and enhance the quality of the lives of young people.

#StopKONY 2012

By Stephfon Guidry

Many young people take for granted every day that they can wake up in their own homes and beds. Many young people over the world do not know who Joesph KONY is?  Who are the Invisible Children? The Invisible Children Inc. movement is a global effort to stop the Ugandan conflict and prevent the abduction of African children.

The Ugandan conflict is Africa’s longest running war and in this war children are weapons and victims. Joseph Kony, an African terrorist, who has committed heinous acts of terrorism against the people of Africa. He is the Leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), the LRA stands on no political side, does not intend on peace and is the tool of Joseph Kony to maintain control. Kony has kidnapped over 30,000 young people, turning the young men into child soldiers and the girls into sex slaves. Kony has ordered his army to mutilate thousands and each of his soldiers must murder their parents. These unspeakable acts are the norm of the LRA and the reason for this powerful movement of the Invisible Children.

The Invisible Children movement takes a documentary film that follows the life and friendship of two men worlds apart and brings them together through change. Many Celebrities have caught wind of the Invisible Children movement, including Oprah, Kim Kardashian, Justin Beiber, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and more. There are talks of a celeb PSA soon to be in the works and Rihanna is on board. She recently tweeted, “PLEASE go to InvisibleChildren.com Even if it’s for 10 minutes…Trust me you NEED to know about this! #1LOVE” Chris Brown followed suit tweeting, “#KONY2012” Even Kylie Jenner “Everyone needs to watch this. RT this please!”

Social Media may change the face of the world as the Invisible Children are finally seen across the world as all across the nation people are coming together to save the young people of Africa.

Nick Cannon diagnosed with Lupus

By Stephfon Guidry

Actor, rapper, and entertainer 31-year old, Nick Cannon was recently diagnosed with lupus nephritis after suffering kidney failure due to a blood clot in his lungs, in January. Nick Cannon (aka Diva Mariah Carey’s husband) seems on the road to recovery and slowing down with hosting America’s got Talent as well as his other efforts. The illness is statistically rare (1 in 10) for men to women but it is more prevalent in blacks than whites. Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in various organs; specifically Lupus Nephritis is centered on the kidneys.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Cannon describes his health scare, “Everyone should be aware of their body and taking care of themselves. I was kind of overloading my body.” He spoke about treatments, “I’ve never been one to like take medicines and I am finding all of holistic ways like meditation. And the diet is the worst! No happy meals I’m sad.” Nick Cannon continued to share his story with “Access Hollywood” and talked a little bit about ‘Dr. Carey’ and the twins, Monroe and Morrocan. Cannon candidly speaks about wife Mariah Carey, “She’s singing right now in the studio. She’s in great shape. You think I’m busy? She’s busy. She’s Super Mom.” (HuffingtonPost.com)

Nick Cannon joins a surprising group of celebrities that have been diagnosed with lupus, Seal, Leslie Hunt (American Idol), Mercedes Yvette, Toni Braxton, Kelly Stone (Sharon Stone’s sister) and others. Nick Cannon is recuperating and handling his busy life with entertainment, his children, his wife and his illness all in stride.