Cocaine is a hell of a drug. Stevie J, most known for snorting lines (allegedly) and penning a few hits for Badboy Entertainment, Dildo-smashing Eve, and swinging with Mimi Faust, oh and owing over a million in child support…OH, AND THREATENING ME ON INSTAGRAM, is now being accused of beating his fake, TV
husband… oops, I meant wife, Joseline Hernandez. Jose took to Twitter today in an attempt to reveal her “Demons” but tweeting pictures of her getting her ass beat by her Stebbie. I predict that any day now Mimi Faust will attempt to grab some of the attention by coming forward with her own stories of how Stevie J. abused her as well. I can remember reading an article in Vibe Magazine yearsssss ago, where rapper, EVE told her story of some alleged abuse from Stevie as well. I’ll see what I can dig up on that. She (EVE) also interviewed with NecoleBitchie back two years ago, where she also hinted at abuse from Stevie J.
Wanda Sykes is a mother!!! Ooops, I meant, Ciara announces her new baby as “FUTURE ZAHIR WILBURN”!!!
In an Erykah Badu-ish fashion, struggling singer Ciara, today announced her newborn baby’s name as FUTURE ZAHIR WILBURN. Born yesterday, May 19th at albs 10oz, the new bundle of joy sent Twitter and Facebook into an uproar. Fans were shocked that she could be so ratchet as to name her new baby Future, considering it’s not even her “Baby-Daddy’s” name. The
Wanda Sykes look-a-like R&B artist couldn’t wait to jump on Instagram, stitches and all to announce her new child’s birth.
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Seeing as how I’m a writer, I usually try to stay up to date on current events. In breaking news, or should I say breaking news that I’m late reading about, the government (FDA) has approved a pill that prevents HIV. That’s crazy. Insurance covers it, because if it didn’t, you’d pay $13,000 a year out of pocket. The article is quite interesting. Take a read.
Michael Lucas has been taking Truvada, the HIV prevention pill, for about a year now. And the 42-year-old adult film director and gay porn performer readily admits that the decision wasn’t all that hard to make — especially when compared with the alternative. “It just seemed healthier to run the risk of experiencing side effects than to worry about HIV,” he says, adding “I come from a generation where people were dying all the time, so I grew up living in fear.”
Lucas is part of a small but growing subset of HIV-negative gay and bisexual men who have embraced Truvada, the most widely used incarnation of an HIV preventative drug regimen called PrEP. The little blue pill, which is taken daily and costs $13,000 a year (but is covered by most insurers), helps reduce infection rates by more than 90 percent. But until recently, only a select few were aware of the drug’s existence as an HIV preventative. The US government’s announcement last week that it was urging physicians to prescribe PrEP to anyone who might be at risk for HIV infection — not just men who have sex with men who might be HIV positive — therefore came as a surprise.
“SOON EVERY GAY MAN WILL BE TAKING THIS DRUG.”
“If broadly followed,” The New York Timeswrote, “the advice could transform AIDS prevention in the United States.” Slate took a less nuanced route, referring to the pill as a “miracle drug.” But Lucas is even more adamant about the drug’s HIV-eradicating potential. “We are there now. This is the breaking point,” he says. “Soon every gay man will be taking this drug and we won’t have HIV spreading any longer — it’ll be over.”
These statements are both beautiful and revitalizing — a tone that is, unfortunately, rare in the media’s coverage of HIV prevention. But in their rush to embrace a preventative method that is indeed remarkably effective, many missed an opportunity to move the conversation surrounding Truvada forward.
BEYOND THE GUIDELINES
“We know that the medicine works, it’s proven,” says Jay Laudato, executive director of the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, which provides healthcare to New York City’s LGBTQ communities. “But what was shockingly missing from the government’s announcement was ‘how do we integrate this drug into peoples’ lives?’ and into HIV prevention plans in general.” He thinks the drug is a good fit for some people, but Laudato says it’s not right for everyone who might be part of an “at-risk” group.
WHERE WILL HOMELESS KIDS KEEP A BOTTLE OF PILLS?
People who take injection drugs, for example, might not be able to take the drug every day. “If you’re in the throes of substance use, you might not be a reliable person to receive a medication that requires daily adherence.” And Laudato wonders where the homeless kids that frequent the center, many of whom partake in sex work, might keep a bottle of Truvada. “If you’re someone who has a job, and you understand the risk of side effects, then that’s great,” he says, but the question that health care providers have to ask themselves is “how do we make the right use of this potent tool and administer it to the people who need it the most?” — meaning to those who dwell the places where HIV is most persistent.
Emma Claire, an HIV harm-reduction counselor and porn performer, voiced a similar opinion. “I think PrEP is a great option, but I don’t think it’s the solution,” she says. “I don’t think anything is a solution, short of a vaccine against HIV.” Claire thinks that education should remain a priority. People should be aware of all the ways they can protect themselves against HIV infection — including PrEP. “People want options and that’s fine,” she says, “but you aren’t going to see a decrease in transmission rates until people have a lot more knowledge about STD transmission in general.”
“PEOPLE WHO ARE TAKING TRUVADA ARE THE MOST RESPONSIBLE.”
But Lucas, who also believes in HIV education, views things differently. “I recommend that every [gay] man take it, no matter whether they think their relationship is monogamous or not,” he says. “I think people who are taking Truvada are the most responsible.”
Predictably, a statement made by the US government in favor of a drug that has been shown to prevent HIV infection, even without the use of a condom, also elicited plenty of controversy.
Notably, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation issued a statement in which CEO Michael Weinstein was quoted as saying that he feared the CDC would “come to regret” its decision because a “government-sanctioned widespread deployment of PrEP will be accompanied with a shift to condom-less sex.” These comments were perhaps meant to underscore the need for people to continue using condoms to protect themselves against other STIs, such as syphilis and the increasingly antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea. But to some, they came off as condescending and faithless instead.
WOMEN HAVE FOUGHT AGAINST THAT SAME KIND OF MORALIZING
“I’m infuriated by intimations that prevention drugs lead to people engaging in riskier behavior,” said Lorelei Lee, a porn performer, film director, and sex worker advocate, in an email to The Verge. Women, she wrote, have fought that same kind of moralizing in trying to get insurance coverage for birth control pills. It’s demoralizing to see it happen all over again to people who are taking steps to protect themselves against a disease that is still widely considered deadly. Moreover, studies have shown that PrEP drugs do not increase risk-taking, Lee said, “so to insist otherwise — especially if you are someone with a large media platform, like AHF’s Michael Weinstein — is the height of irresponsibility.”
The nature of Weinstein’s comments echo a 2012 Huffington Post article in which writer David Duran coined the term “Truvada whores.” Duran used the name when referencing the gay men that he feared might view the drug as a license to have unsafe, condom-less sex, but has since apologized and revised his position on the matter. Yet Lucas explains that men — especially those too young to remember the terrible toll that HIV took on the gay community — are already having sex without condoms, so Truvada might finally provide them with a preventative method that they are willing to use.
“The new generation didn’t see people dying,” says Lucas, who is currently in a relationship with Tyler Helms, an activist who has written about living with HIV. “They didn’t see the epidemic, so they aren’t using condoms.”
THE SHAMING IS REAL, AND IT’S DANGEROUS
Despite the media’s fixation on the term Truvada whore, Lucas says he hasn’t heard anyone in the gay community use it. Yet the shaming sentiments that lurk behind the term are real, he says — and they’re dangerous. “Weinstein can say ‘use a condom’ as much as he wants, but condoms fail and there are 50,000 new cases of HIV every year in the US,” he says. “So I think it’s criminal when gay people like him tell others not to take a drug that could save so many lives.”
Weinstein also attacked the drug’s effectiveness, stating that PrEP has a “limited preventive effect at best.” But a recent study found that men who take Truvada seven days a week are 99 percent protected against HIV (meaning that none of the study participants who took the drug every day developed the virus). The drug is also widely considered a low-side-effect medication. “About 1 in 10 people will have some discomfort like nausea and cramping for about four weeks,” says Robert Grant, an AIDS researcher at the Gladstone Institutes and a spokesperson for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The drug is also accompanied by a 1 in 200 chance of altered kidney function, so patients need to get routine blood tests, Grant says. “But the vast majority of people don’t experience side-effects at all.”
Considering the mounting evidence surrounding PrEP’s effectiveness, and evidence that condom use among teens and young adults is declining, it’s hard to argue with that PrEP represents a remarkable asset in the fight against HIV. But the path forward, one that’s been uphill since the beginning, isn’t exactly clear. HIV is still laden with stigma, Laudato says. And considering the controversy already building around PrEP, it might be time for people to consider what the government’s announcement could one day represent — and how to make the most of it. “It’s absolutely worth the money for people not to get infected with HIV,” Laudato says, but “we still need to figure out how to get the most out of this tool.”
Original article can be found at http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/19/5729694/us-backing-truvada-prevent-spread-hiv
Beyonce’s sister went berzerk on Jay Z after the rapper insisted on going to Rihanna’s Met Gala after-party, the Daily News has learned.
But the fight that led to the Standard Hotel elevator explosion was set in motion 15 minutes earlier when a group of Solange Knowles’ non-famous friends showed up uninvited at the star-studded soiree, a source told The News.
“Two of her friends, who were not dressed for the Met Ball, showed up at The Standard and caused a scene downstairs,” the source said.
“They wouldn’t leave and kept name dropping Jay Z. They were pretending they were guests of his and not hers. Management went to Julius (Beyonce’s bodyguard) and said there’s a problem.”
Our source said Jay Z soon got wind of it and snapped at Solange, saying “don’t use my name.”
The 27-year-old singer turned sullen and said she wanted to leave the party.
On the way out, Jay Z said he’d be heading to Up & Down on W. 14th Street, where Rihanna was holding her own post-Met Ball bash, a second source said.
Jay’s camp had called ahead of time to say he would be coming alone and “didn’t need extra security” because Beyonce wouldn’t be attending, the source said.
Apparently, that didn’t sit well with Solange.
“She seemed drunk and irritated,” said a second source. “She said, ‘Why can’t you go home?’ and to Beyonce ‘Why does your husband need to go to the club right now?’”
An incensed Jay Z didn’t back down. “You’re one to talk,” he replied, the source said.
Jay’s response set Solange into a rage. Once inside the elevator, she started punching and kicking her brother-in-law — an attack that was caught on surveillance video and leaked to TMZ.com on Monday.
Ultimately, the rapper decided against going to Rihanna’s party.
Reps for Beyonce, Jay Z and Solange did not return requests for comment.
Well, Sheree Whitfield has been in the blogosphere frequently as of late. Atlanta blogger Funky Dineva has reported that there’s word of Sheree possibly returning to Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta. But what you DIDN’T know was, SHE by Sheree’ NEEDS to go back because she is behind on her taxes, Uncle Sam placed a lien in the amount of $41,753 and Sheree’ immediately begged for an extension to pay the debt. Uncle Sam granted her wish. She has until 09/21/2021 to pay it off on a voluntary basis. Let’s just hope those “pay decreased” Bravo checks are enough to cover it.
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WOW!!!! In #BitchAssnessNews T.I was photographed being begged for forgiveness from #CareerCriminal Apollo NIda, of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”!!! It would have been amazing if this was video footage!!! Perhaps Killer Mike forgot that you could post videos to Instagram now!! Check the pictures!!
Well, He’s at it again. Yep, Stevie J. The man of words via social media and iMessages. I just don’t understand how a man, that’s married to Jose’-lying (Joseline Hernandez), is so concerned with what his baby mama is doing. Now. don’t get it twisted. I wouldn’t want the mother of my children to release a sex tape just to get some attention from the world, knowing we have three children together. But explain to me, how a “produced” x-rated flick LEAKS?? Clearly this wasn’t a Ray-J and Kim Kardashian situation where he pretty much held the camera the entire time, someone
(allegedly Mona Scott-Young) was actually there holding a fuzzy microphone over them and recording the “leaked” footage. Now, if this film was really recorded on Niko’s personal camera, how did he fit his large sized HD, studio quality camera in his carry-on bag??? This is all a very BADLY put together lie that Mona Scott Young used to hike up ratings this season. Why you ask?? Because really stop and look at the how the season started. K. Michelle was the source of entertainment on the show. She’s gone now. No one else have a remotely interesting story line, even though they too are scripted. So there was only one way to grab your attention. A sex tape. At any rate, take a look at the text messages Stevie J. sent Mimi!!!
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Quiet as kept, everyone in in this industry is clowning both MImi Faust and Niko of Love & HipHop Atlanta fame. Word in the street is the two had signed a deal a a very long time ago as it relates to releasing the video of Niko digging his thumb in Mimi’s @$$. The rumors go so far as to say, Mona Scott-Young allegedly recorded the video while eating Kit-Kat’s and Butterfingers while holding her HD camera. (OK, I added that part!! Well, the part about the snacks, however, I can just imagine that’s how it went. But this morning, the two attention seekers were guest on #TheRickeySmileyMorningShow.
Yooooooo, Gary with the tea, who is known for throwing major shade with his questions, not to mention his daily entertainment tea, KILLED IT with his question, “What made you two release this sex tape?” Shawty, after that I almost had to pull my truck over and laugh!!! Niko’s response was “We just wanted to show the world HOW to have sex!” Screeeeeech!!!! WHAT?!?!?! Did he really just say that?!?!?! Wouldn’t that indicate that the sex-tape WAS PLANNED??? I do think so! Gary immediately got quiet as Mimi jumped in to try and clear up his answer, “The sex tape was LEAKED, we had no idea the sex tape was coming out!” Ummmm, I’m sorry dummy, but if that was the case how did you get a check??? Now, perhaps Mimi didn’t know, but that dude Niko (Is it me or are his teeth shaped like a pair shorts?) damn sure knew, in fact, I’m sure he shopped the deal.
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