Conscious Curls: Has Cuba Put An End To Syphilis And HIV Transmission Between Mothers And Babies?

Conscious Curls- The things we should be talking about in 250 words or less


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If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms it, the Caribbean nation will become the first in the world to have done so!

Opinions on Cuba, the Cuban government, and whether or not the US should be opening itself up to diplomatic relations with the country vary, but one thing cannot be denied: Cuba’s medical system is top of the line. This just illustrates that.

According to TeleSur, to be certified as having halted transmission, the WHO has to confirm that the transmission rate in Cuba is less than 0.5% in live births for syphilis, and less than 2% in live births for HIV.

Experts from the WHO landed on the island on March 22 to conduct their review, so hopefully we’ll be hearing some official great news soon!

-Charly

Music To My Ears: City High ft. Eve- Caramel Remix (A.K.A The Song Every Woman Should Relate To)

“Music to My Ears” is a series of recurring posts showcasing the music of artists from around the world.


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I’ve found that when most people think of City High, they think of “What Would You Do?”, which is also a song I love! But this one deserves more recognition because besides being catchy, it’s pretty darn bold.

About the Artists:

City High was active from the late 90’s through the early 2000’s. Though their reign was short, they put out a couple classics. (….and I mean “a couple” quite literally)

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Music To My Ears: Pitbull ft. Gente de Zona- Piensas (Dile La Verdad)

“Music to My Ears” is a series of recurring posts showcasing the music of artists from around the world.


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About the Artists:

Not going to go deep into this one for two main reasons:

1. Pitbull is a popular artist.

2. Gente de Zona is a group that’s lesser known outside of the Latin music community, but they’ve been around for close to 15 years. They achieved some mainstream success this past summer when the Spanglish version of Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando” (which featured them, along with Sean Paul, and Descemer Bueno) hit the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It was great to see them get some recognition, but they are so much more than a group that just happened to be featured on a hot song along with a couple well-known artists. They’re extraordinarily talented in their own right, and will be getting their own post where I’ll share more about who they are, and what it is that makes what they do important.

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Art Of Your World: Rude Boy Dhol “Remix” by Rani Taj

This video went viral years ago, but if you missed it, you’re in for a treat. And if you didn’t miss it, read this post anyway- you may learn something you didn’t know!

About The Video

According to Wikipedia, mankind’s most reliable/unreliable source for information ever, this video was taken after Taj had finished playing for a wedding, and some of the attendees suggested she improvise to some modern songs.

Not only was the request granted, but it was recorded, and posted on Youtube, where millions of people from all around the world watched it, and were amazed by the talent of the young woman- who I just realized was only about 16 years old when this video was taken!

Why It’s Here

First, if you can’t already tell, I have an immense respect and regard for music. My experiences have shown me that not only can music be a great teacher, but it can also serve as a remarkable cultural ambassador.

Before seeing this video, I knew what bhangra was, but I had no idea what a dhol was, and I’m willing to bet that many others who saw the video were in the same situation. But I remember after I watched it, I looked up the instrument, and learned about its history, and other musical styles it was used in. I searched youtube for bhangra artists, and built a pretty extensive playlist.

A year later, when I had a new roommate who actually knew Punjabi, she was surprised to hear my music (which was on shuffle) go from rap to bhangra, and we had a pretty cool dialogue on it.

In a day when people for some reason get so uncomfortable discussing ethnicity and race, music opens up a door for us to learn about each other, and videos like this one are just spurring the process along.

But I’m getting off topic, so in conclusion, YOU GO, GIRL!

Enjoy the video below, and tell me- what is your favorite style of music?

Knotty Thoughts: 5 Things I Learned During My First Month Of Blogging

Knotty Thoughts is a series of posts featuring the sometimes complex, sometimes intimidating, and other times just plain loopy ideas that come out of my head.


I created this blog in the summer, and then spent months researching things like “what makes a good blog post?”, “how does SEO work?”, and “how to run a successful blog”. When I thought I knew it all, I launched Curls OTG…. and quickly realized that I really didn’t know much of anything.

So, here are 5 things I’ve learned during my first month of blogging.

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