Saturday, November 19, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Greetings and salutations! My name is Reggie Smith and I am the editor-in-chief of “RISE” – THE MULTIMEDIA MAGAZINE.
We believe that now is the time for us to raise our consciousness about our responsibility for our own wellness. There is very little, if anything, preventing us from heightening our awareness about how we can recover from the multitude of maladies that are plaguing minority communities.
One thing we can do to better participate in our own survival is to create an atmosphere that is more conducive to healing. That is why we have created “RISE” – The Multimedia Magazine, so we can focus on spiritual, mental and physical wellness, self and community awareness, and recovery from the addictive behaviors that are at the core of many of our health issues.
“RISE” multimedia magazine will be delivered in an interactive format, which includes audio, and video interviews, featured articles, and reported information concerning local individuals and organizations in the wellness arena.
There will be a calendar of events and resources available for those interested in spiritual, mental and physical wellness.
The content is being written and produced by various contributors and edited primarily by accredited, experienced persons with the direct support of healthcare providers from the National Minority Clinical Research Association (NMCRA).
The news and education in the magazine WILL be produced on a monthly basis, and distributed in various multimedia formats (delivered by email, video on phone, Twitter, Facebook, video on web, video in waiting room)
As an added attraction for our growing database of opt-in magazine recipients, we will include music, discounts and FREE giveaways provided by our advertisers and underwriters.
So thank you for your time and trust! We know we will all benefit by your decision to check out – and possibly contribute – to “RISE” THE MULTIMEDIA MAGAZINE!
Friday, November 4, 2011
I am pleased...beyond words, that my friend Denise Stokes is blessing us with this look into her inspiring journey - in an attempt to inspire hope to those who would receive it. May God continue to bless you!! I hope to be among the first to interview you on "RISE" - The Multimedia Magazine!!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
When we were navigating the myriad of emotions we felt about living with HIV back in the 1980's, I never envisioned something like what I had the great blessing to observe and enjoy recently at Georgia State University.
My friend, Dr. Larry Bryant, a professor at Georgia State University, has created an accredited course on HIV Awareness (HIV 101) that is very well thought out and it is having a wonderful effect on the 60+ students enrolled this semester. Imagine, an actual accredited course on HIV, with a text book and everything!!
I was blessed to have the opportunity to share my experiences as a person living with AIDS for the past 25 years. The bredth of the knowledge exhibited by the students was refreshing! Thanks to Dr. Larry Bryant for inviting me to speak and listen. Thanks go to him for having the vision and perserverance needed to make it haopen. I pray that every college and university follow his lead and institute a cousre just like it. Among these students is the person who will discover the cure for HIV.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The fact that people with HIV are living longer than ever before, we seem to have developed a complacency about the emotional effect that our relationships have suffered as a result of how we have to negotiate with each other as a result of HIV. Friends and family are experiencing a post traumatic emotional disorder that is predicated on the memory of those lost, and the fear of personal exposure to the virus as a result of unchanged behavior.
Love, unconditional love, can be a strong part of the healing process. Lets not forget those who have gone too soon, but let's not allow our trauma to dictate our future.