Wednesday, December 17, 2008

WREG-TV: Should Condoms Be Given to Inmates?

By Danya Bacchus, WREG-TV [Link]


- Inmate Charged With Rape And Assault of Fellow Inmate
- Case Could Renew Push For Condoms In Prison
- Activist Says Yes, County Officials Against The Idea

(Memphis 12/16/2008) Shelby County Corrections inmate Lorenzo Shelton is already behind bars. Now, he faces new charges: Rape and aggravated assault of another inmate. Novella Arnold is familiar with stories like this one but the one she tells has a different ending.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A note for TV stations

This note is for TV stations only, who may wish to broadcast Novella's HIV/AIDS PSA spot, "Is My Momma Ever Coming Back?". If you are not a broadcast engineer, click here instead to read about the PSA, see the storyboard, and watch an iPod or Quicktime version. It's also on YouTube.

Engineers: click and read on...

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Tri-State Defender: AIDS activist retools push for condoms in county jail

Inmates are having consensual sex and contracting HIV/AIDS

By Wiley Henry, Tri-State Defender [Link]
Friday, December 12, 2008

Novella Smith Arnold is determined to get condoms into the Shelby County Jail and it’s clear that she sees the pathway running through the Shelby County Board of Commissioners.

Arnold, an AIDS activist and former jail chaplain, fears that some inmates are having consensual sex and contracting HIV/AIDS. She said these inmates then may spread the virus into the community after they’ve been released.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Commercial Appeal: Activist urges AIDS tests, condoms in Shelby County Jail

Reaction mixed on warning of 'epidemic'
Memphis Commercial Appeal [Link]
By Alex Doniach, Thursday, October 2, 2008

HIV and AIDS among inmates in the Shelby County Jail is an "epidemic," activist Novella Smith Arnold told members of the County Commission on Wednesday.

Her solution? Hand out condoms to inmates and require testing.

"AIDS is still alive and well," Arnold told the commission's law enforcement committee. "It's still coming out of the jail to the black community, and our black women are suffering from this virus, and they're dying. ... I want you all to please put condoms in the jail."

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Remembering Isaac Hayes

Staxtacular 2007

February 25, 2007: Isaac, his wife Adjowa, and his 10-month-old son Kwadjo (pronounced “kwo-jo”) put in an appearance at Staxtacular 2007, an annual fundraising gala at Soulsville USA.

Adjowa, Novella, and Kwadjo.

Basketball star Pao Gasol (then with the Memphis Grizzlies) holds Kwadjo for a photo.

Stax-Studded Guitar

September 12, 2007: Isaac autographs the Stax-Studded Guitar, which will be auctioned later for the benefit of Soulsville.

Novella rewards him with a kiss.

Novella, Isaac, and Gale Jones Carson.

The guitar, with the autographs of Isaac Hayes and songwriting partner David Porter near the knobs (left). See if you can recognize the other signatures, all of them associated with Stax Records and Memphis Soul music. For example, can you find two of the Blues Brothers? (Hint: They were also key members of Booker T. and the MGs.)

Blues Ball 2007

September 29, 2007: The 2007 Blues Ball, an annual Memphis charity event, this year held on Blues Street. Novella, Isaac, and Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen.

Songwriting partner David Porter and Isaac Hayes show us the appreciation awards they receieved at the Blues Ball.

Later, Isaac takes the stage to perfrom.

Performing the Theme from Shaft. At this crowd-pleasing point near the end of the song, Isaac faces the band and flashes them finger signals of how many staccato hits he wants. Five, ten, or whatever the count, they always get it right. On the right is Isaac's original wah-wah guitarist, Charles "Skip" Pitts.

Stax 50th Anniversary Concert

June 22, 2007: Isaac at the Memphis Orpheum, rehearsing for the Stax 50th concert that night.

After rehearsing, Isaac stops downstairs for a live interview on XM Radio.

Isaac posing with Novella and XM Radio personalities. The man in the far back was an XM listener who had won a trip to the concert.

All photos by Michael Cromer.