L.A. DIGEST: New video raises awareness on HIV drug


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Wave Staff Report

EXPOSITION PARK — Health professionals, dignitaries, and special guests gathered at the California African American Museum Oct. 24 for the launch of the “Sister Friends” video series for HIV awareness, informing women about a pill that can help stop the spread of the virus.

Spearheaded by Dr. Leo Moore, a clinical scholar and acting medical director of the Division of HIV and STD Programs at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the campaign is titled “Sister Friends: Get PrEP’d.”

The campaign hopes to increase the awareness and use of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (or PrEP) pill among women who are at-risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In Los Angeles County, women living with HIV are predominantly African American or Latina/Hispanic.

Like a birth control pill, PrEP is a daily medicine that can prevent HIV infection for HIV-negative individuals who are at risk of being exposed to the virus. Although it is not a vaccine or a cure for HIV, PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV transmission by as much as 99 percent if taken daily as prescribed.

Downtown hotel

hosts women’s summit

DOWNTOWN –– Actress Zoe Saldana and law professor Anita Hill are among the women scheduled to attend the

Power Women Summit Nov. 1 and 2 at the InterContinental Hotel, 900 Wilshire Blvd.

The summit will bring together 1,000 influential women in tech, media, sports, entertainment and entrepreneurship to network, speak and more.

Musicians and sister-trio Haim, former Sen. Barbara Boxer, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, and activist and community organizer Dolores Huerta are among others expected to attend.

Tickets and information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/power-women-summit-los-angeles-tickets-43644974293.

YWCA to honor

women at gala

HOLLYWOOD –– Actress Rita Moreno and civil rights activist Constance L. “Connie” Rice will be among this year’s awardees during the 125th anniversary gala of the YWCA beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Others honorees will include civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, journalist Jamie Myers, actress Barbara Eden and businesswoman Deborah Flint.

Dinner and live entertainment will be included.

Information: https://ywcagla.org/get-involved/events-2/.

Convention center

hosts hair expo

DOWNTOWN –– The Afrolicious Natural Hair Expo will feature panels, a beauty pageant, a fashion show and more from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St.

Attendees will learn about natural hair care, techniques and hairstyles. Local business vendors will be selling beauty products, fashion accessories and more.

Tickets are between $5 and $50.

Information and tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afrolicious-hair-expo-los-angeles-2018-tickets-48015657123.

Film screening set

at UCLA museum

WESTWOOD –– A panel discussion will follow a film screening of “Sorry to Bother You” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, 308 Charles E. Young Drive North.

Presented by the UCLA Department of Anthropology, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African-American Studies and others, the free event will feature a question and answer session with the film’s director Boots Riley and others.

Information: https://bunchecenter.ucla.edu/2018/10/23/film-screening-and-qa-with-director-boots-riley-of-sorry-to-bother-you/, (310) 825-7403.

Library offers help

with downloading

HYDE PARK –– A free class on how to download material from the library’s emedia resources will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 6 at Hyde Park Branch Library, 2205 W. Florence Ave.

Attendees will learn how to download books, magazines, music and more and are encouraged to bring a laptop, tablet or phone where they want the resource downloaded.

Information: https://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/learn-how-use-librarys-e-media/.

Griffith Park plans

Harvest Festival

GRIFFITH PARK — The second annual Griffith Park Harvest Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Nov.4. below the merry-go-round at the park, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive.

The festival will include live music, craft beers, food, and activities for kids. All proceeds benefit L.A. city parks.

Admission is free.

Information: http://www.laparksfoundation.org/laparks_events/2018-harvest-fest/

Conservation Corps

holds College Fair

CYPRESS PARK — The Los Angeles Conservation Corps will open its College and Career Fair to members of the public from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 2 at the Goodwill Center of Southern California, 3150 N San Fernando Road.

Corps members and alumni of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps are invited to attend VIP LA Corps sessions from 9 to 10 a.m.

Free lunch will be provided to attendees at noon.

Information: https://www.lacorps.org/myfuture/

Pulitzer Prize

winner on panel

PASADENA — Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Than Nguyen will be a panelist at a seminar about cultural appreciation entitled, “Conversations@PAM: Cultural Appreciation or Appropriation?” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the USC Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave.

Than’s novel “The Sympathizer” is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Other panelists include Josh Kun, Melissa Chan, and Aditi Mayer.

Information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversationpam-cultural-appreciation-or-appropriation-tickets-48604101175?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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