Dr. Bradley encourages you to know your status

Posted by ncarter | 12/1/2009 06:55 AM

Ethical and spiritual values, as well as social responsibility, compel me to call attention to an epidemic that is wreaking havoc in communities across this country and around the world. Although the HIV/AIDS epidemic affects everyone, it is having a particularly devastating impact on communities of color and for individuals living in poverty.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that nearly half (46 percent) of the new cases of HIV/AIDS are African-Americans. Of the new cases reported, more than 70 percent are caused by individuals who do not know their HIV status.

A recent report titled "Passing the Test: The Challenges and Opportunities of HIV Testing in Black America" identifies four factors that hinder progress in controlling the disease. Those factors include: the stigma of being harmed if test results are positive; testing as a part of medical exams is not routine; the continued requirement of written consent in many states; and the failure of effective marketing efforts to promote testing.

Starting today -- World AIDS Day -- and ending Sunday, Dec. 6, every person in Augusta will have multiple opportunities to become educated regarding this issue; to show support for individuals who have HIV or AIDS; and to be an advocate for addressing this public health concern. I encourage everyone to participate in activities that have been planned by a diverse group of organizations to promote HIV prevention in Augusta.

As academics, advocates and good neighbors, I hope that we will all do our parts personally and professionally to eradicate this horrific disease in our community. A call to action includes educating oneself, protecting yourself and praying for all who have been touched by HIV/AIDS.

I join with all leaders who understand how important it is to raise awareness about this disease and to support prevention efforts.

Knowing your HIV status is a right and responsibility. Knowing your partner's HIV status can save your life. I have been tested. Have you?

Dr. George C. Bradley


(This was featured in the Augusta Chronicle)


Paine College celebrates World AIDS Day with annual candlelight walk

Posted by ncarter | 11/30/2009 15:25 PM

(AUGUSTA, GA)– Paine College will host a World AIDS Day program and candlelight walk on Tuesday, December 1 2009, at 6 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. The program will be hosted by Selina Soul of 96.3 KISS FM. The program will also feature performances by Angelic Dance Team from Jenkins White Charter Elementary School.  Following the program, a candlelight vigil and walk will take place on the Paine College campus.

The Paine College and CSRA Community will engage in events throughout the week to bring awareness about the AIDS epidemic. Miss and Mr. Paine College will present “The Power of No” play at 8 p.m. and an encore presentation will be given on December 2, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle Baptist Church Family Life Center.  Events for the week will be held at various locations. Please see schedule of events for more details.

Schedule of Events

December 1
Richmond County Health Dept.
St.Paul Episcopal Church
605 Reynolds Street
12:00 pm

Augusta World AIDS Day Committee
Paine College
1235 15thStreet
6:00 pm

Augusta World AIDS Day Committee
Miss and Mr. Paine College
Paine College
1235 15thSt.
8:00 pm

MCG Ryan White Outreach Team
Aiken Center
1105 Gregg Hwy Aiken, SC
Call 803/649-1900 ext. 0 for appt.
2:00-7:00 pm

December 2
Eisenhower Army Medical Center (Fort Gordon)
Fort Gordon
300 Hospital Road

“Light the Night in Red”
Augusta World AIDS Day Committee
Macedonia Baptist Church
1828 Wrightsboro Rd.
6:30 pm

Encore Presentation of
Augusta World AIDS Day Committee
Miss and Mr. Paine College
Tabernacle Baptist Church
Family Life Center
1223 Laney Walker Blvd
6:30 pm

December 4
Augusta World AIDS Day Committee
Augusta Commons
836 Reynolds St.
4:00 pm

MCG Ryan White Outreach Team
Pyramid Music
824 Broad Street
4:00-8:00 pm

St. Stephens Ministries
Marion Hatcher Center
519 Greene Street
7:00 pm

December 5
MCG Ryan White Outreach Team
Pyramid Music
1647 Gordon Hwy
1:00-2:30 pm

HIV/AIDS Awareness Basketball Game
Augusta World AIDS Day Committee
Lucy C. Laney Gymnasium
1339 Laney Walker Blvd
3:00 pm

December 6
Richmond County Health Dept.
St. Marks United Methodist Church
1296 Marks Church Rd.
11:00 am
For more information
706-993-5206 or arfreeman@mcg.edu

For more information contact Natasha Carter, Director of Public Relations at (706) 396-7591.

Paine student seldom goes unnoticed

Posted by ncarter | 11/19/2009 07:29 AM

Story by Nakisha Dicks, '07 and courtesy of the Augusta Chronicle

Courtney Gray began the school year at Paine College under the radar.

His low profile didn't last long, however, because those who recognized him quickly spread the word that an actor was in their midst, he said.

"I'm known as the boy on Meet the Browns," the 19-year-old said with a laugh. "They'll ask me, 'You're the boy on Meet the Browns?' and I just nod and say 'Yeah, that's me.' Then they'll go tell others, 'Hey, that's the boy on Meet the Browns!' "

Mr. Gray has appeared in two episodes of the TBS sitcom this season. The freshman mass communications major from Atlanta plays Jamal, a character who loves his best friend, Brianna, but tends to keep his emotions to himself. A little more than a month ago, he taped a third episode that will air later in the season.

It has always been his goal to be in a Tyler Perry production, he said of the playwright, screenwriter, producer, director, actor and author.

"I like that he always has a message in his works," he said. "In every single TV episode, every single play, every single movie, he has a message for the people -- something to make you think, something to make you a better person."

He found that he had the role while he was bowling with friends in Stockbridge, Ga.

"The first thing I did when they called me was drop down to my knees and thank God, because I'd been waiting for something like this to happen for forever," he said. "The first thing that popped in my head was, 'Thank you, Jesus, for blessing me with this part.' "

There were struggles before he got his dream job, but his faith kept him determined, he said.

"A couple of times I almost gave up on acting because I had auditions here and there, but nothing was happening," he said. "I was like 'OK, I've auditioned here, auditioned here and auditioned here, but when am I going to get a part?'

''But every time I've almost given up on it, God has redirected me and smacked something right in my face. Whenever I wanted to walk away, I would walk right back into acting. It's definitely been a journey."

He goes to tapings only when he's called, so he hasn't had to make any major adjustments as a student.

"When I'm called, I'll just go home for a few days, do what I have to do and come back," he said.

What's next?

"It's whatever God wants me to do. I can say I want to do this or that, but it's whatever God has planned for me," he said. "All I can do is stay prepared and continue to work on the gift God has given me."

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or nikasha.dicks@augustachronicle.com.

Paine College to crown new queen and king

Posted by ncarter | 10/13/2009 08:16 AM

(AUGUSTA, GA) - The coronation of Miss and Mr. Paine College 2009-2010 will be held on Friday, October 23 at 7 p.m. in Gilbert- Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Mr. Dennis Lamar Handy and Miss DeAndreia Youngblood will take their places as student ambassadors for the academic school year.
Handy is a senior business administration major from Athens, Georgia. He is the son of Dennis Handy and Brenda Lackey.
Some of Handy’s organizational memberships at Paine include Student Government Association, Cub Leaders Freshman Orientation Team, Lions Activity Board and the Epsilon Psi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.
With his title as a student ambassador, Handy is implementing a “Brother to Brother” program. The program will help male students understand the power of their physical appearance and how to project an appearance that is positive and confident for endeavors such as internship, job and graduate school interviews.
“I am a huge advocate of helping young black males achieve their goals. This program will serve as a catalyst to help young men set a goal and attain it,” Handy said.
His professional aspiration is to obtain a Masters of Business Administration and later own and operate a mortuary and insurance company.

Youngblood is a junior mathematics major from Glennville, Georgia. She is the daughter of Donna Youngblood and the late Shawn Tippins. She is the granddaughter of Doris Scott.
Some of Youngblood’s organizational memberships at Paine include the Student Government Association, Cub Leaders Freshman Orientation Team and Lions Activity Board. In the past, she has held positions as vice president of the freshman class, Miss Kappa Alpha Psi, and Miss Sophomore. She is also involved in the Augusta community having started the “Adopt a Friend” program at Georgia War Veteran’s Nursing Home.
With her title as a student ambassador, Youngblood plans to implement a “Sharing the Spotlight” mentoring program that gives youth and college students the tools needed to achieve academic excellence. Professionally she aspires to pursue a career as a computer engineer or mathematics professor.
“I strongly believe mentoring builds leaders, character and gives an individual confidence to strive for anything. That is why this program is so important to me,” Youngblood said.
Coronation 2009 is themed A Winters Night Dream. The event will highlight all campus queens and kings for their service to various organizations. The community is cordially invited to attend the ceremony. Immediately following Miss and Mr. Paine College will host a reception in the Warren A. Candler Memorial Library and Conference Center. This event is also open to the public.
For more information, contact the Office of Public Relations at (706) 396-7591.