September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month

 
sicklecellmonthSickle Cell Awareness Month is a national initiative kicking off this month that helps raise awareness about a condition affecting more than 100,000 individuals living in the United States and millions more worldwide. September is the targeted month designated to bringing  more awareness to the issue in the hope of not only informing individuals but encouraging them to help raise funds to eventually find a cure. 
 
 

Sickle Cell Disease Occurs in 1 out of every 500 American  African births and 1 out of every 35,000  Hispanic American births. Sickle Cell trait occurs in approximately 1 in 12 American Africans.

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What is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. The main purpose of red blood cells is to transfer oxygen to the body.  Hemoglobin is a protein found in red blood cells that carries the oxygen. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin S, an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Sometimes these red blood cells become sickle-shaped (crescent shaped) and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels. Sickle shaped blood cells are stiff, sticky and rigid cells that impede the flow of blood through the bodies blood vessels causing individuals to have moments of excruciating pain, which many refer to as “being in crisis.” When this blockage occurs blood cannot reach the different parts of the body and in turn damages tissue. As a result,  this damaged tissue is what leads to many complications for individuals living with this condition.

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We can’t stress enough the importance of sharing the information on Sickle Cell and how much of an impact just knowing more about the condition can have on not only a family but communities as well. Awareness and education make all the difference that is why we want to take this chance and stand in solidarity with individuals living with this condition by sharing the knowledge with everyone. Therefore please share the Street Intell and get more people involved. Visit sicklecelldisease.org for more ways to help.

For some informative and inspiring stories check out Sickled Sisters, a blog shared by two women personally affected by sickle cell and pulmonary hypertension. Both dedicated to the advocacy, awareness and support of individuals with chronic illness. Join their journey by clicking the image below

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Source: sicklecelldisease.org

Dave Chappelle’s Newly Added Radio City Tour Slots to Include Musical Guest Appearances

DaveCurrently on tour, Dave Chappelle has added 3 additional slots to his exclusive tour next month in New York.

All five original shows previously scheduled sold out as soon as they became available.

Now it appears Chappelle may be gearing up to throw a mini block party at Radio City Music Hall.

He’s added 3 more shows all of which will feature performances from legendary acts such as The Roots (June 24th) , Janelle Monae, Busta Rhymes, DJ Premier (June 25th) and Erykah Badu (June 26th).

Many of the artists set to perform were apart of Chappelle’s originial 2006 Documentary, Block Party.

Yeah we already know what you’re thinking, ‘Where has this bamma been?’

LOL well ask no questions just be sure to get in on this once in a lifetime opportunity to see Chappelle again on stage.

Keep an eye out for tickets Here. General admission pre-sale tickets go on sale June 2nd.

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05.10.14- 07.06.14 | Kara Walker Exhibits at the Dominio Sugar Factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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BROOKLYN—Internationally renowned artist, Kara Walker has unveiled a new exhibit at Brooklyn’s legendary Domino Sugar Factory.

The exhibit entitled “Subtlety” or the Marvelous Sugar Baby is designed to pay “homage to the unpaid and overworked artisans who have refined our sweet tastes from the cane fields to the kitchens of the new world…”

The exhibition features a collection of sculptured sugar figures with the main instillation being that of the ‘Marvelous Sugar Baby’ fashioned in the shape of the Egyptian Sphinx.

Kara Walker has always used her art to open up the dialogue on a range of subject matters but more specifically the subconscious repression of the American-Africans’ contribution to society.

She is best known for her bold silhouettes and tableaus displaying images projecting additional themes centered around sexuality, race and power.

The glorious sugar sculpture stands about 35 feet high and is about 75 feet long.

This exhibit serves as a public arts project that is free and open for the public to explore.

Not only does this instillation provide Walker with another way to express her creativity but it provides an added cultural benefit, attracting more individuals to the Williamsburg community.

This exhibit is apart of the Domino Sugar Factory project, which includes plans to redevelop the area into new residential, commercial and creative spaces.

A proposal was passed earlier this month giving the green light on the demolition and redevelopment of the factory site.

The ‘Marvelous Sugar Baby’ exhibition was unveiled on May 10th and is open to the public on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sundays from 12 to 6 p.m.

Be sure to stop in and check out this wonderful exhibit before it closes on July 6th.

And as always share the Street Intell.

 

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Governors Ball (@GovBallNYC) 2014

Governors Ball

The Governors Ball Music Festival  is a multi-day music festival held on Randall’s Island in New York City. The festival features an array of genres and styles of music, including rock, electronic, hip-hop, indie, americana, pop, folk, and more. It is produced by Founders Entertainment, an independent festival promotion company based in New York City. Aside from the wide variety of music, the festival features a multitude of popular NYC restaurants and food trucks, as well as a slew of activities.

Get your tickets now while they are available.

World Autism Awareness Day

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Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. In honor of this historic day, many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are among the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities that take part to Light It Up Blue.

All around the world in cities like New York, Dubai and Sydney, Australia; major national landmarks and businesses have been lite up as a sign of celebration for World Autism Awareness Day. Today is also a chance for everyone to share the knowledge of Autism (ASD) and the need for a better understanding and appreciation for individuals with these conditions.

What is Autism or ASD?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors… ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art. Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.

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We can’t stress enough the importance of sharing the information on Autism and how much of an impact it can have on a family or community.

Remembering Avonte:

It was just this past October, 2013 that a 14-year old, New York city resident, Avonte Oquendo ran off from a group of classmates and disappeared. On a cold October day the autistic teen left his school building undetected and was reported missing for hours as police, school officials and community members searched for him. Nearly 4 months later (in mid-January), Avonte’s remains were found washed up on the shoreline.

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It unfortunately takes stories like Avonte Oquendo’s for us to realize the importance of sharing information. Awareness and education make all the difference. Therefore please share the Street Intell and get more people involved. Visit AutismSpeaks.org for more ways to help empower more people by simply making them aware.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: AutismSpeaks.org

Movie Trailer: Annie

 In this contemporary adaptation of the original musical, we get to experience the “Hard Knock Life” of a young orphan from Harlem. Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout Quvenzhané Wallis stars as the orphaned Annie who gets rescued from Miss Hannigan’s (played by Cameron Diaz) care to be used as political bait for Jamie Foxx’ character, wealthy Benjamin Stacks. The upcoming film was produced by Will Smith and Jay Z and will hit theaters on December 19th.