Celebrity heart-attack victims join Rose Bowl walk
Two local residents will help lead 5,000 others in Heart Walk
Former competitive figure skater and entrepreneur Toshawa Andrews has suffered 11 heart attacks in three years. The 37-year-old wife and mother says her heart is slowly dying as a result of the attacks.
Durward Davis, who made the final seven in the third season of the BET Gospel sing-off show “Sunday Best,” progressed from a diagnosis of pneumonia to having a heart attack, and the work-a-holic divinity student had to set aside his fears to find out what was making him sick.
Both Andrews and Davis will participate in the 21st annual Los Angeles County Heart Walk Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
The program will include a 5k walk/run, free hands-only CPR demonstrations, blood pressure screenings and post-walk performances by local talent.
Blacks are especially at high risk for heart disease and stroke. Cardiovascular disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for African American men and women, killing nearly 100,000 annually. About 44.8 percent of non-Hispanic Black men and 47.3 percent of non-Hispanic Black women age 20 and older have cardiovascular diseases, according to the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
PASADENA, Calif.—HIV testing will be administered by the Pasadena Department of Health in Parking Lot B of the Rose Bowl from noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
The testing consists of swabbing the inner cheek. Results are given about 20 minutes later.
Counselors will interpret the results and give details on how to stay HIV negative.
HIV Testing Day at the Rose Bowl will also include hot dogs provided by the Pasadena Firefighters Association and HIV and AIDS education materials and resource tables.
April 22 - 24
L.A. Zoo’s Big Bunny Spring Fling
The Los Angeles Zoo celebrates Spring with three days of pettable rabbits, funny bunny ears, crafts, and special entertainment for the whole family from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens, 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles. Cost: Free with Zoo admission, $14 Adults, $9 Children (2-12). Info: (323) 644-4200 or www.lazoo.org
Saturday April 23
Easter Festival at the Orange County Marketplace
Winston Churchill once said, “to every man there comes a time in his life when he is figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered a chance to do a great and mighty work; unique to him and fitted to his talents; what a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for the moment that could be his finest hour.”
In the middle of July, 2013 (specifically July 19-21), the Sixth Region Diaspora Caucus will hold its annual conference in Los Angeles. This will be the first time it has returned to its origins since 2006.
The SRDC is one of the leading Diaspora civil society groups (nonprofit organizations) working on establishing 21st-century Pan Africanism, including the Diasporan relationship to the African Union.
What exactly is 21st-century Pan Africanism?
Why does sports play such a prominent role in college education? Does it crowd out the attention we pay to other aspects of college life? Why are student athletes treated like slaves or gladiators, playing to pay colleges for the fruits of their labor? Other students enjoy “school spirit” when their team wins, and universities collect revenue from advertisers when they make it to the big leagues.