Danish Scientists Close to HIV Cure

Scientists in Denmark believe that they are extremely close to curing HIV, and that said cure would be affordable:

They are conducting clinical trials to test a “novel strategy” in which the HIV virus is stripped from human DNA and destroyed permanently by the immune system.


The move would represent a dramatic step forward in the attempt to find a cure for the virus, which causes Aids.

George Zimmerman Will NOT Seek “Stand Your Ground” Immunity Hearing

At a hearing earlier today, George Zimmerman officially declared that he will not seek an immunity hearing under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law.

Asked repeatedly by Judge Debrah Nelson if he understood the that he would not be receiving a Stand Your Ground hearing – which would be decided entirely by a judge – Zimmerman responded “After consultation with my counsel, yes, your honor.”

Does Jason Collins Coming Out Change Anything for the Black Queer Community?

When it comes to the black community and queerness, the common proverb-the more things change, the more they stay the same- provides much truth.

Just yesterday N.B.A. player Jason Collins released his inspiring coming-out story. In this piece, Collins outlined his voyage to self-acceptance, his loving and supportive family and friends and his thoughts on moving forward. Personally, I found his story quite inspirational and moving. Nonetheless, as more and more black public figures come out, I find it disheartening that nothing has really changed for the queer community.

Jason Collins on Coming Out: “I’m the happiest that I’ve ever been in my life”

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, NBA center Jason Collins says he’s the happiest he’s ever been since coming out yesterday.

The new that Collins is gay – delivered through a Sports Illustrated cover story – quickly made headlines across the nation. Everyone from Kobe Bryant, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Spike Lee are just a few of the prominent individuals to express their support.

Collins is now the first openly gay male player on a major U.S. sports team.

Police Investigate Racist Bullying at Philadelphia Catholic School

An eighth grader was reportedly the victim of racist bullying at Northeast Regional Catholic School in Philadelphia.

According to the young man’s mother, two white students took her son’s notebook and scrawled “a picture of a swastika, the N-word, as well as the words ‘Koolaid,’ ‘watermelon,’ and ‘fried chicken.”

The school says the boys have been suspended for two days and her forced to apologize. And after much prodding from the mother, they were removed from the victim’s class two months later.

And her son is not the only victim of racist bullying at the school.

Recognizing Link Between Emotional Trauma and Youth Violence

It is no secret that cities around the country have become war zones with death rates on some days literally comparable to war.

Cities like Chicago have even been nicknamed Chiraq because of all the violence that takes place.

It is important not only to frame this as a social issue, but to also analyze the residual impacts of youth violence, especially when it relates to the overall health of Black Youth.

Emmett Till’s Family Plan to Pressure Mountain Dew to End Endorsement Deal w/ Lil Wayne

The family of the late Emmett Till have not forgotten about an offensive Lil Wayne lyric invoking the Civil Rights martyr’s name.

And although the song – Future’s “Karate Chop” remix – has been pulled from airwaves, Wayne has yet to apologize.

So the Till family plans to pressure corporate sponsor Mountain Dew to drop their endorsement deal with the rapper.