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From WTOP.com:

Actor Blair Underwood cut the ribbon Thursday on an HIV/AIDS clinic bearing his name.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation opened the AHF Blair Underwood Clinic on K Street in Northwest D.C.

“It’s not about having your name on a building — it’s very flattering and I am truly honored — but it is about the work that needs to be done,” Underwood says.

He says it’s important because D.C. “has the highest rate of HIV in the nation.”

The actor, who has had great success in movies and on television, is the face of American Healthcare Foundation’s “Man Up” campaign, which encourages everyone to know their HIV status.

Underwood says he wants to go to college campuses and discuss AIDS with men “who are out there dating women and think this doesn’t concern them.”

“It concerns them — we are dying,” he says.

Underwood, a longtime AIDS advocate, has previously been featured in AHF media campaigns.

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I can’t bemoan negative media images, stereotypes and buffoonery without highlighting the positive. “Brick City,” executive produced by Forest Whitaker, is a five-night documentary set in Newark as the city’s mayor, Cory Booker, and residents strive to make the community a safer place. It airs all this week at 10 p.m. on the Sundance Channel. And for those of you without cable and whatnot — I’ll have to catch it online as well — you can watch parts of the series here on the Sundance Channel’s Web site. Here’s a preview of the documentary:

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Here’s a new music video for “Summertime” by dead prez. Was I the only one who didn’t know dead prez had new music out? Anyways, watch and enjoy.

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melaniefionamixtape

I really have been all about the music lately.

I was soo excited earlier this spring about Melanie Fiona’s debut album, which was supposed to release this summer. But, alas, it was pushed back to the early fall. She’s released a live mixtape as a teaser to “The Bridge” album. It’s a live jam session with Melanie Fiona featuring ?uestlove from The Roots. I loved listening to the soulful sounds on this mixtape and I wanted to share for those who haven’t heard of her yet.

You can download the mixtape here. Give Ms. Fiona a listen.

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I always give the artists I enjoy listening to a lot of love on WLLC. And if you’ve read the blog for a minute, it’s no secret that I love K’Jon’s “On the Ocean.” I love that the song actually has a message: struggling to fulfill your dreams.  And K’Jon’s personal story is inspiring. I’m really excited to see what’s in store for K’Jon when his debut album drops in August. Here’s the official video for the song, which was released this week:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Sometimes
It feels like
Everything
Is passin’ me by
Every now and then
It feels like (feels like)
My ship has gone and sailed away
But I
I gonna be strong (gotta be strong)
Gotta hold on
It won’t be too long

I would travel to the seven seas
(I would even go)
I would even go wherever the wind blows me
(I’ll do anything)
I’ll do anything to find my destiny
It’s like fightin’ with gravity
And it’s bringin’ me down
If this world was really round then tell me how
It’s just a moment for you to come around

I’ve been loving K’Jon’s “On The Ocean” for a minute. (Link here to listen if you haven’t heard it before). But it wasn’t until recently that I thought more about the lyrics, and could relate them to my own life. I rarely write about my personal life on WLLC because that wasn’t my goal when I started it up. But I felt like it today.

Right about now, I can see the ocean, but I’m not sure where the ship is or if it’s coming at all. And sometimes I wonder if I already missed it.

Before I graduated college last spring, I usually always knew what was coming next. The ship didn’t look that far into the distance. But then the economy hit crisis mode a few months after I graduated and all of a sudden I was back on the shore looking into the distance for a ship that I wasn’t all that sure would ever come. If only I had graduated earlier, I thought. Or if I had gone to grad school just to be in school. (more…)

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 Traditional prints vamped up with stiletto heels and shoulder pads define the inaugural pan-African fashion week where designers from 20 countries are eyeing growth despite the global slowdown.

The recession has dulled demand for haute couture from Paris to Tokyo, but African economies are faring better than many in the West and designers hope the energy of a young fashion industry and this week’s new platform will help lure buyers.

While South Africa already hosts several events for local designers, this is the first pan-African fashion week, and is aimed at highlighting the continent’s creative energy by bringing 50 designers from across Africa under one roof. Reuters

Because there’s more going on in the continent of Africa than AIDS, hungry kids with flies and clay huts, here are some pics from Africa’s first Fashion Week hosted in South Africa. The inaugural event wrapped this weekend. Enjoy.

Slide show from BBC World News:

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