Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Are You 1 In A Million?

Hello Bluetiful Ones! It's Kenya signing in. Here at Virtuous Blue, we believe that beauty encompasses many areas; one of which includes good health. We cannot truly be at our best unless we not only care for ourselves externally, but internally as well. One prominent health concern that has affected millions across the globe is the ever growing epidemic of HIV and AIDS.

In recognition of National HIV Testing Day on Friday, June 27th the Black AIDS Institute, The Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper, 102.3 FM KJLH, the NAACP, and many other organizations combined forces for the 2nd Annual "Test 1 Million" HIV/AIDS awareness campaign. This event included free HIV screenings and a press conference featuring celebrities themselves being tested for HIV right in front of the cameras. The goal of these efforts are to urge at least 1 million African Americans to get tested by December 2009. However, I'd like to go one step further by not only encouraging African Americans to get tested, but every single living person around the world as well.

As a marketing intern at 102.3 KJLH, I had the opportunity to assist at this event, and it was truly an inspiration. Here are a few pics that I snapped while in attendance (sorry for the poor quality. My cam was misbehaving) *click the pics to enlarge*

Men Are One In A Million
Actor/Comedian Flex & Singer Ralph Tresvant from New Edition
Lil Eazy-E, son of the late rapper Eazy-E who passed away of AIDS, gives his take on awareness.
Women Are One In A Million
Actress/Singer Tatiana Ali receiving her test instructions (swab method)
Actress Tamala Jones proclaiming to be One In A Million
Actress Tasha Smith getting suited up in her One In A Million t-shirt by fellow intern Ray
Couples Are One In A Million
Actress Kimberly Elise & boo conduct their tests together
Families Are One In A Million
Basketball Star Doug Christie and wife & daughter talk about the importance of getting tested.
Children Are One In a Million
Even a 5th Grader is smart enough to know the importance of getting tested. "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" star Alana Ethridge proclaiming to be 1 In A Million.

Are YOU one in a million? If not, I urge you to PLEASE get tested as soon as you can. Regardless of race, and whether man, woman, or child, we are all in this fight together. Knowing is power. Knowing is healthy. Knowing is BEAUTIFUL and SO BLUE.

1 comment:

SuzieC said...

Great post! Getting tested is part of my yearly checkup.