Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Recording session for "Lady Ride"

We found a couple photos from the Houston recording sessions for "Lady Ride", circa 1973.

This photo was taken at KYOK radio in Houston.

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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