The summer months bring heat, humidity, and plenty of skin concerns. Many men do not put enough time and attention into maintaining their skin, and that's a big problem. Men, like women, can see significant improvement in the way their skin looks (and potentially reduce some common skin problems) by simply putting a few extra minutes into caring for their skin each day. With the summer months upon us, there are a few key things you need to start doing now so that you can have beautiful, but most importantly, healthy looking skin all season long.
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The blaring music, cheap glitzy neon lights of Bourbon Street can really become annoying, and if the masses of tourist don’t get on your nerves then the smell of beer and urine just might.
So you might want to try something different, I would suggest Frenchmen Street. Located in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, and only comprising of two blocks; it’s known for an amazing variety of live music on just about any night of the week. The clubs on Frenchmen play everything from jazz, Latin, blues and reggae.
Most visitors never think to explore outside of the French Quarter, but what makes Frenchmen Street so unique is that the drinks are cheaper and at some venues the admission is much less than Bourbon, or even free. You can also find a varied selection of places to eat, from home style southern food, to traditional creole, either way you bound to find something to eat. Frenchmen Street has it an authentic art market; here you can experience local arts and crafts that have a distinctively New Orleans style.
Getting to Frenchmen Street is really easy, if you’re up for walking its right across from the French Quarter (Esplanade Ave.) However, you might find it easier to use a taxi or my suggestion is take an Uber. For me Frenchmen Street is a unique part of New Orleans, a place that few tourist explore, but if you want to try something different I suggest a day trip to this historic area.
I remember hearing the term GRID (Gay-Related Immune Deficiency) like many people I didn’t know what it meant. Only that it was taking the lives of many gay men throughout the United States. When I ventured to my first gay bar (Bourbon Pub & Parade) like many there was little medical information and no federal funding; it was a death sentence. Therefore, I understood the importance of protecting myself and to believe that most men might or could have this disease. I don’t recall when I first heard the term HIV/AIDS, but I remember that it replaced the term GRID. My Uncle Peter (family friend) also told me “protect yourself at all time, nobody else will”; I have just always remember that quote from him.
NO/AIDS Task Force for as long as I can remember has always been around, the first in New Orleans to establish a telephone hotline/ community outreach (1983), distribution of condoms/ HIV testing and counseling (1985), case management, support groups, substance abuse/ mental health counseling (1990); just to name a few of the many services that they provide. This agency has been in the forefront of HIV/AIDS testing, prevention and services. It is their belief that it is important to reach as many people in the New Orleans community as possible. Considering the New Orleans metro area and Baton Rouge has the highest HIV/AIDS rates per capita in the United States according to the CDC (HIV Surveillance Report, Volume 27), New Orleans Metro Area ranked 2nd, and Baton Rouge Ranked 3rd.
When you think about the high levels of HIV/AIDS just in the New Orleans area you can see why agencies like NO/AIDS spends an enormous about of time and resources helping those in the community. However, there are several roadblocks that prevent them from reaching more within the community; lack of education, social stigmas, cultural differences, and inadequate/unstable funding sources. NO/AIDS relies on the generous support of the community, and corporate donations, and hold several events throughout the year to not only raise money, but awareness. Now for many it was assumed that NO/AIDS was either taken over or merged with CrescentCare of New Orleans, but in fact it has always been a part of the NO/AIDS Task Force; NO/AIDS simply changed their name to CrescentCare.
CrescentCare provides medical assistance to anyone regardless of their ability to pay. Their services are vast; from primary medical services, dental care and even behavioral health.
Because of CrescentCare they now have access to more federal grants and funding. Which is a huge help in the fight against HIV/AIDS and STI’s. According to their website they also provide HIV and STI testing, PrEp, case management and support services (food pantry, home delivered meals, housing, legal services and much more). Currently they serve more than 5,000 people each year and 30,000 with HIV and STI prevention education.
It’s hard to believe that the NO/AIDS Task Force has been providing needed services for more than 33 years, it is the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical services in Louisiana and the South. Their commitment to the community is unwavering, and as the health care of the community changes so does their mission. As we wait and watch to see what happens with the ACA (Affordable Care Act), many people are concerned with how they will receive medical services or medications; CrescentCare is dedicated to be there for the community regardless of what happens to the ACA, and is aware of the high anxiety in the community about the possible repeal of the ACA. Augustin Correro of CrescentCare said it best “it’s been a long road, and we still have much work to do within and for the community”.
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It's always interesting to find someone that comes to New Orleans and find's their home here. I mean since I grew up here there's nothing special about the city. I first met Eros at the Mr. Pride competition last year, and I have to say I was amazed that someone with dance talent entered the competition. While I have to admit that I knew nothing about who he was or where he came from, it was evident that he has an amazing dance talent. I remember when he won, there seemed to be a collective gasp of amazement. To be honest I didn't give it much though since who am I to judge someone's ability. I thought it was a well-earned win!
It wasn't until I was invited to see his show Bayou Boylesque at GrandPre's that I wondered about what is he like as a person; I mean who is he? I always try to go to an event with no expectations about what it will be like; however, I have to admit that I had to drag myself to see the show. I mean would it just be another "strip" show, and therefore I would have to endure an hour of total boredom? But I have to say that it was much different than what I expected. While the venue is small, they managed to make the most of the space they had, and the costumes of Poseidon (one of the performers) was quite cool (a circus master).
Now I can't really put into words what the performance was like, I mean it wasn't your typical burlesque show. For me it was a mixture of modern dance infused with burlesques, and that made it more interesting. I have to admire anyone who can dance and seduce at the same time, there just seemed to be an element of mystery about it. To be completely honest it as Poseidon's portion that I found fascinating; his ability to mix elements of camp and BDSM in a classy way had my attention. It can't be easy; that's all I have to say. Eros who was the MC for the evening surprised me as well. I never would have guessed that he had such a wicked since of humor. The few time's that we have met he seemed standoffish, which he admits most people seem to do. He stated "most people would not know that I am very shy, and that can come across as standoffish" The time I spent interviewing him, he came across as very humble and proud of who he is, and what he has accomplished within the community.
What really surprised me was his involvement in the community, producing an international dance festival which enables the community to experience the world of dance free of charge, and that he has established a non-profit to help raise funds for several organizations in the community as well. I get the impression that he does this because he really loves to give back as a whole, and wants to inspire others to enjoy the art of dance.
It is evident that Eros knows about dance, I mean he has been doing this for most of his life. Now he has taken that knowledge and infused it with burlesques, and I', quite impressed. You can see Bayou Boylesque at GrandPre's. For more information visit: Scorpio Boys Entertainment
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