Bronx Mueseum Coquito Art Night!

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As mentioned last Friday, The Bronx Museum of Art had a Coquito Night with LIVE ART!
20131203-124850.jpgI must say it was truly a great event with music, wine, beer and a friendly vibe from everyone who attended.

There were four artists who painted in front of a live audience. At the end of the event, the audience decided who had the winning art piece based on the amount of claps the artist received. Each piece had a unique story. The winning painting belonged to Ariel. The painting consisted of a woman with a tree growing out of her hair. The painting had multiple symbolism. The woman in the painting had the city of New York on her left arm, which included the Empire State building and the Twin Towers. In the center of the tree there is a heart symbolizing life.

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Coquito de Puerto Rico!

Have you ever had a delicious coquito?

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If you answered no, you are probably wondering what am I talking about?

Coquito is a Puerto Rican version of eggnog with liquor. The term “coquito” comes from rum with coconut.

Coco is Spanish for coconut. Coquito’s are very popular for the holiday as is eggnog in all American Homes.

The drink is sweet and delicious with a kick to it. 

Another drink similar to coquitos is SKY JUICE. Sky Juice is a Bahamian drink which also consists of alcohol (gin) and coconut.

We would love for you all to experience this delicious drink with us.

Join us today at: The Bronx Museum to indulge in some coquito.

 The event is FREE and open to all. No tickets or reservations required.

A live panting competition will be happening at the event. Come happy with your painting and drinking hand ready! -CV

Location: Bronx Museum of Arts 
                    1040 Grand Concourse
                    Bronx, NY 1046

Telephone #: 718-681-6000    

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

How many more innocent children have to die???

A Closer Walk

The documentary that changed my life.

A Closer Walk is the first oral history created of the AIDS epidemic.

HIV can only affect humans. It is a Human Immunodeficiency Virus, unlike other viruses like the “flu” the body can not clear itself from the virus with time.

AIDS stands for Acquired ImmunoDeficiency Syndrome. It is the final stage of HIV and without medical intervention and treatment it may lead to the person’s death.

HIV/AIDS has been around since the 1980s. The first time AIDS came to light in the United States was on June 5, 1981. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published cases of a rare lung infection, Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia, in five previously healthy, young gay men, from Los Angeles. All of the men had other unusual infections linked to the “infection.” There is still no cure for the virus and prevention methods have not been as effective as expected.

A recent study done by the HIV Prevention Trials Network showed the number of black women getting infected is nearly the same as some women in African countries. Specifically, in low-income communities in parts of the U.S. such as Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Newark, Harlem and the Bronx in New York City. This has been a very shocking finding. The findings were presented at the 19th Conference of Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

“We have known that black women in the U.S. are disproportionately impacted by HIV, however, the magnitude of this disparity in areas hardest hit by the HIV epidemic underscores the gravity of the problem,” Study Chair Dr. Sally Hodder of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School said in a statement.

Three of Detriot’s zip codes have a HIV prevalence rate of six percent, nearly the Ugandan rate in 2009 of 6.5 percent.

The New York Times, published on Thursday, a setback on a AIDS medication given to healthy uninfected African women to protect themselves from getting the virus. Many of the women given the medication were not taking the pill and were still getting infected.

Aids.gov reports there are 33.4 million people currently living with HIV/AIDS. More than 25 million people have died from the disease.

AIDS/HIV does not discriminate and may affect anyone regardless of age, race, gender, religion, etc. It affects different people from all over the world everyday. Innocent children from all ages are dying from this disease. Many of them live in low-income communities or countries.

According to AVERT, over 1,000 children are newly infected with HIV every day. More than half will die because of a lack of HIV treatment. A child is infected from a HIV positive mother during pregnancy, labor, delivery or breastfeeding. The transmission could be avoided with proper treatment options, but many of the low-income countries such as sub-Saharan Africa; lack funding, clinics, medicine and/or preventive measures/education to help the mother or child from contacting the disease in the first place.

Knowledge is a powerful thing!

This disease has been around for 29 years and yet there is no cure and not enough help throughout the world to contain the disease from spreading.

After seeing A Closer Walk, two years ago, I decided I was going to pay closer attention to this horrible disease killing innocent children and mothers who had no say in what was about to happen to their body. I suggest everyone takes some time to watch the documentary. It is very well done and I can almost guarantee that after viewing it your life will also be impacted. Watch it for yourself and for mankind! Get involved, educate others, protect yourself and get tested. -CV

Resources: Original Study, NewsFeed Researcher, Acloserwalk.org, The New York Times article