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Many Turn to Research Studies in Economic Downturn

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Everyday there seems to be another headline about the economy in decline. These stories tell of the doom and gloom that many share in your community, but do not focus on ways to earn extra income in a depressed economy. There are many ways in which you could help yourself during this economic downturn including participating in a research study.

Research studies are a great way to help your community by advancing medical techniques and therapies while providing supplemental income for you and your family.

The knowledge that is gained by researchers in these studies is valuable in developing new medications that could possibly help neighbors, friends, and family members. If you are interested in participating in one of these studies you can call 1-877-777-9228 or visit our website at www.wcctrials.com.

Millennium Man - Not Just Another Barbershop

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By BVN Staff --

In life, art can be seen in all facets of everyday living.

Whether it be in a museum, printed, the beauty of nature, or someone’s hairstyle. That’s
where Millennium Man – Hair Spa for Men comes into the picture.

Founded in September of 2008, Duane Johnson, 32, plans to change the concept of art.
“I am creative in barbering. I like to admire the finished cut,” states Johnson.

Specializing in men’s care, Millennium Man is a one-stop relaxation spot for men. “We offer a spa for men not just a barbershop,” continued Johnson.

Johnson has been cutting hair since the age of 14 but professionally cutting hair for 17 years. A graduate of Rosston School of Barbering, Johnson has participated in competitions and likes to keep up with the latest in hairstyles.

Johnson states that his biggest daily challenge is, “to make my clients satisfied with my work,”
by providing “quality cuts and attention to detail. I have worked in other barbershops and found
out that owning my own shop is better for me, it has given me more of a challenge.”

Millennium Man – Hair Spa for Men is located at 10569-1/2 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside,
CA 92505.

The hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 8 to 6 p.m. and closed Monday
and Sunday. For more information on Millinnium Man contact them at (951) 369-3022.

Tournament of Roses Royal Court Announced

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The seven members of the 2009 Tournament of Roses Royal Court were announced at Tournament House from a group of 34 finalists. As ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Royal Court members will attend more than 150 community and media functions leading up to the 120th Rose Parade and 95th Rose Bowl Game on Thursday, January 1, 2009.

The seven Rose Princesses are: Mary Gaule (#41), 17, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Jasmine Jenkins (#799), 17, La Salle High School; Courtney Lee (#929), 17, Arcadia High School; Bridget McDonald (#714), 18, Pasadena City College; Molly Novell (#224), 18, La Salle High School; Lauren Valenzuela (#385), 17, Arcadia High School; Quinn Young (#337), 16, La Canada High School with Courtney Lee being named Queen.

The announcement follows a three-week-long process in which more than 1,100 Pasadena-area young women participated. Selections were based on a range of qualities including public speaking ability, poise, academic achievement, community involvement and personality.

"Selecting the Royal Court from our 34 finalists was a very difficult task as they are all extremely talented and personable young women. We are very pleased with our final choice and officially welcome the Royal Court members who will be representing the Pasadena Tournament of Roses this year. They are truly remarkable and will be wonderful ambassadors for our Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game," said Thomas Willis, Chair of the Queen and Court Committee.

The 2009 Tournament of Roses Royal Court from left to right: Mary Gaule, Courtney Lee, Molly Novell, Jasmine Jenkins, Quinn Young, Bridget McDonald, and Lauren Valenzuela.

The 120th Rose Parade themed "Hats Off to Entertainment" will take place Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 at 8 a.m. (PST) featuring majestic floral floats, high-stepping equestrian units and spirited marching bands showcasing the best in entertainment. Following the Rose Parade, at 2 p.m.(PST), the 95th Rose Bowl Game will feature an exciting match-up between two championship teams, once again showcasing the best of collegiate football.

For additional information on Tournament of Roses please visit the official website at http://www.tournamentofroses.com.

The 18th Annual Diva’s Simply Singing

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I have been writing about Sheryl Lee Ralph's "Divas Simply Singing" special evening of entertainment to raise funds in the fight against HIV/AIDS for more than a decade.  Over the years, each year, has been powerful, emotional and inspiring with Divas from all walks of life lending their awesome voices to challenge the Southern California area to stand up and be counted in the fight against this life-taking epidemic.   This year, I am writing about this very special event early, to make everyone aware that it is coming, so that everyone might 

Attend this very special fundraiser. 

The HIV/AIDS numbers are up in the African American community across America especially among women.   Our estimated number of new HIV infections leaves every other ethnicity in America in the dust by a long shot.   According to the Federal Government's "Center of Disease Control and Prevention" in the United States, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is a health crisis for African Americans.  At all stages of HIV/AIDS-from infection with HIV to death with AIDS-Blacks (African Americans) are disproportionately affected compared with members of other races and ethnicities.   Here is what the Center's 2005 HIV/AIDS statistics report:

  • According to the 2000 census, Blacks make up approximately 13% of the US population. However, in 2005, Blacks accounted for 18,121 (49%) of the estimated 37,331 new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the United States in the 33 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting.
  • Of all Black men living with HIV/AIDS, the primary transmission category was sexual contact with other men, followed by injection drug use and high-risk heterosexual contact.
  • Of all Black women living with HIV/AIDS, the primary transmission category was high-risk heterosexual contact, followed by injection drug use.
  • Of the estimated 141 infants perinatally infected with HIV, 91 (65%) were Black (CDC, HIV/AIDS Reporting System, unpublished data, December 2006).
  • Of the estimated 18,849 people under the age of 25 whose diagnosis of HIV/AIDS was made during 2001-2004 in the 33 states with HIV reporting, 11,554 (61%) were Black.

That was in 2005.  In 2008, three years later, the estimated numbers are reaching pandemic levels.  "What will it take?" says Ms. Ralph.  "Well, we are going to keep right on singing-raising our voices, keep right on praying and standup to this disease."

Patti Labelle
This year, Divas Simply Singing,  has a line-up of women so powerful in voice that I cannot shut up about it-because, I well know after attending this special event for 10 years, when these Diva's up close and personal come together, heaven and earth moves, collectively from their voices.  They truly show out.  The magic that is created in one evening of song and entertainment, committed to HIV/AID awareness and prevention is like no other show on this planet.   It is simply just beautiful, and elegant.  Just to name a few Diva's committed to perform this year is Patti Austin, Siedah Garrett, Miki Howard, and Ms. Patti Labelle.  Jenifer Lewis and Loretta Devine are regular Divas that perform every year receiving standing ovations. There are many more performers scheduled to perform, and of course, the original Diva from Dream Girls, Sheryl Lee Ralph performs.  Ralph is calling this year's Divas "the battle between the Patties" meaning Patti Austin and Patti Labelle.

Patti Austin
Usually, Divas is held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.  This year there is a new location at the Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills, located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills.  Proceeds will benefit the Women Alive Coalition (WAC).  WAC is a national treatment focus  nonprofit organization, located in Los Angeles  by and for women living with HIV/AIDS. The organization's principal initiative is to reduce the number of HIV acquisitions among women of color, provide culturally relevant HIV care and treatment and prevention services, advocacy, and to influence public policy specific to women living with HIV and/or affected by HIV.

The date for this special evening of song is October 11, 2008.  You can purchase your tickets on line.  Go to www.divasimplysinging.com.    If you are a Patti Labelle or a Patti Austin fan, do not miss them on this up close and personal evening of song.  This invitation is extended to everyone to step up and step out in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Dance Brings Cultures Together

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San-Ching Chang
Clifford Breland's Dance  Studio sits on the site of what once was known as the  "Chinese Quarter",  before the Chinese were, again forced to move further out from the 'Down town'  area.  In a UCR Sweeney Art Gallery collaboration/program  titled, "A Sense of Place: Remembering Riverside's Chinatowns", Bre's  student  Imani Bias, performed a stirring solo expressing  yearning for connection, and the 'company' performed a "hip-hop" dance version entitled "Asylum" wearing heavy boots and straight-jacket costumes.

Imani Bias
Karen Wilson, renowned historian and performer spoke of the pain of loss  and separation people feel when forced from their homes, people, and  culture into an environment both foreign and hostile. They naturally carry with themselves, in their hearts and minds, what cultural elements they need for 'protection' as well as for 'nourishment'.

San-Ching Chang, artistically and academically trained in China and a PhD candidate at UCR spoke about features and meanings expressed in Chinese dance, and then performed several dances that demonstrated these traditions.

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