0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I write this to the slurred black icky thump of D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie” (I know I/was born to die/searching to find/peace of mind), pausing
occasionally in my writing cockpit to look up at the grainy,
overdeveloped black and white Polaroid of my parents on the Hamilton
porch of my girlhood home. There is no phantasmagorical narrative. Their body language tells a sweet story.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Don’t talk about my car. You know how guests on “talk shows” like Maury or Jerry Springer
will literally break a chair over someone’s head if they mention the
former’s mother? That’s how I feel (internally, thus far) when others
try to bring up my ride.
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A few seconds of True Blood’s
opening credits (set to Jace Everett’s “Bad Things”) are all it takes
to set the mood and excite audiences of the intoxicating vampire drama,
which returns for a fifth season Sunday (9 p.m., HBO). With flashes of
alternating sexual and religious, gritty, Southern-fried, swampy images,
this intro perfectly encapsulates what fans love about the show without
even mentioning vampires.
1 Comment · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
A couple of years ago, I went through
depressive funk that led me to withdraw from most social settings. I
hermited away not only physically, but also cyberly. I’ve always
suffered from some level of social anxiety; now, I was experiencing a
kind of social-network anxiety that caused me to ultimately break up
with my Facebook page.
6 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Your black-ass president is a fag hag. A fag hag is usually a woman who co-stars
and co-signs in the lives of flamboyantly gay men. Fag hags are pesky cheerleaders buzzing
about meaninglessly to little affect; they are quick to appear down with
gay (and lesbian … dykes have fag hags, too) causes, but it’s all too
much, too little, too late.
1 Comment · Wednesday, June 6, 2012
June 12 happens to be my stepdaughter’s
birthday, but this year it takes on even greater significance to our
family and thousands of other couples in the United States because it
marks the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision making it legal
in all 50 states for couples of different races to marry and live their
lives without fear of harassment from law enforcement.
by Jac Kern
at 11:52 AM | Permalink
Cincinnati’s annual seasonal art celebration, Summerfair, returns for the 45th year at Coney Island
this weekend. The festival includes 300 crafters and fine artists from around
town, the country and Canada as well as performers and food vendors. Peruse photography, glass and wood works,
ceramics, fiber arts and more as you explore one of the longest running arts
and crafts fairs in the nation. Admission is $10 (parking included). Summerfair
runs, rain or shine, 2-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5
p.m. Sunday. Tonight at Coney’s Moonlite gardens, Cincy Chic presents the
Little Black Dress party and fashion show. Summerfair’s artworks get a fierce
makeover at this event, which also features drinks and dancing from 7-11 p.m.
Tickets are $15.
Freestyle rap battle-meets-Draw Something: that’s how Ghost
Empire Collective describes its Art of War show tonight. In the largest GEC
event yet, seven artists from the collective will compete in a live art tournament.
An MC will randomly select a card with a word on it for each artist, who will
have 10 minutes to draw their subject (none of the artists have any idea what
mystery subjects appear on the cards). Once their time is up, the audience will
vote via applause for their favorites. The fun will continue until one artist
remains. The Art of War goes down at The Avenue Lounge in Covington. Admission
is free; the show begins at 10 p.m.
Bike month is over, y’all and there are some new
two-wheelers in town. The inaugural Queen City Mods & Rockers Rally celebrates
scooters (mods) and motorcyclists (rockers) with a group ride and celebration
Saturday. The ride kicks off at noon at Fuel Coffee in the East End, where scooters and bikes
will split up for two different scenic routes and eventually meet in Rabbit
Hash, then back north to Hoffner Park in Northside around 3 p.m. The rally at
the park (2-8 p.m.) will feature grub, live music, art, and lots of car-less
fun. Heat things up with a retro fashion show and pinup girl contest, hosted by
the Cincinnati Rollergirls. Afterwards, the group will migrate to The Comet
from 9-11 p.m. Find registration, a full route and schedule here.
You don’t have to brave the city’s core to have fun this
weekend, though. St. James Orthodox Christian Church in Loveland presents its
annual Mediterranean Food Festival through Sunday. Enjoy Middle Eastern music,
belly dancers, rides and games for kids and more authentic food you than can
throw a falafel at! Have your fill of kibbeh, grape leaves, shawarma, gyros and
more, 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 1-10 p.m. Sunday.
Always clever with a theme, Dance_MF embraces June’s National
Safety Month status for its monthly event Saturday. Strap on your neon safety
suit and boogie down to Northside Tavern from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. You can dance if
you want to…This weekend is a great chance to check out some Fringe Festival performances. Go here for show reviews, schedules, ticket information and more.
5 Comments · Thursday, May 31, 2012
You were a shit show this weekend and I
straight up don’t appreciate it — in fact, I still get so irritated when
I think about this weekend that my butt and calf muscles tense up into
tiny little balls. I was too hot, too hungry and too dressed up to deal
with whatever you were going through trying to figure out how to cram a
thousand events into a single weekend.
by Hannah McCartney
Posted In: News
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Health professionals organizing city-wide effort to reduce rates
Cincinnati babies don't get the same chance at seeing their first birthday as do infants in other states across the country, and area health professionals believe it's time to become more proactive about it. On Wednesday, Noble Maseru, Cincinnati health commissioner, and Dr. Elizabeth Kelly, a maternal-infant health specialist at University Hospital, presented statistics to City Council in support of expanding city-wide efforts to reduce infant mortality rates (IMRs) and reconsider infant care and public health strategies. Infant mortality rates are typically measured by the number of deaths of babies under
one year of age per 1,000 live births. Statistics show that the overall
IMR rate in counties across Cincinnati from 2006-2010 was 13.3. In 2010, the U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.8 — just a little more than half of Cincinnati's alarming statistic. According to the City of Cincinnati Health Department, infant mortality rates are currently the highest in the 45202 zip code; the rate between 2007-2009 was 24.2. Other Hamilton County zip codes with high IMRs include 45203 (20.1), 45229 (17.5), 45214 (19.2) and others. Zip codes with the lowest rates included 45218 (0), 45226 (0), 45248 (3.7) and others. Click here to access a complete map with data for all Cincinnati zip codes. Pinpointing causes for discrepancies in IMRs is difficult, but the following are common causes of death in infants under one year old, according to the Ohio Department of Health: • Prematurity/low birth weight (prematurity is the No. 1 cause of infant death) • Congenital anomalies• Sudden infant death syndromeThese abnormalities are distributed differently across demographics, especially varying across race brackets. According to Maseru, the key to reducing rates locally is uniting area hospitals in an effort to provide a comprehensive continuum of care, beginning with monitoring prenatal development and spanning across the delivery experience into post-partum care. That continuum should encompass post-partum home visits, psycho-social counseling and education on nutritional support, domestic violence, etc., especially focusing on families in "high-risk" zip codes. For the past several years, the Cincinnati Health Department has teamed up with University Hospital for the Maternal/Infant Health Improvement Project, a partnership uses that continuum of care to meld public health strategies and medical expertise to reduce IMR rates in University Hospital, and according to the data presented to the Rules and Governance Committee on Wednesday, the system is working. Maseru says that over the five-year span from 2006-2010, the Health Department/University Hospital partnership yielded a 10.6 IMR rate, which marks about a 20 percent difference from Cincinnati's overall rate. The next effort, Maseru says, will be expanding that partnership into a network that applies the strategies the Improvement Project has been using to other local area hospitals, such as Good Samaritan and Christ Hospital, who account for 85 percent of Cincinnati deliveries annually. "It's all about achieving health equity," says Maseru. He hopes a successful parternship could bring IMR rates across every Cincinnati zip code down to single digits by 2014.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2012
During a baseball season, 40 games isn’t
enough to tell the whole story, but it should be enough to get an idea
where it’s going. Except when it isn’t — like with this season’s
installment of the Cincinnati Reds.