Journalist/Author Tina A. Brown is getting ready for a terrific book singing

The event will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Beulah Resource Community Center. It is being organized by the Richmond County Health Department.
Special kudos to Sandra Wimberly for going beyond the call.

2009 Resumefor Tina A Brown

Learning to be happy in the moment/Recession 101

Learning to Be Happy  in the Moment

NOBODY GAVE US A Recession 101 Course. Folks with jobs tend to tell us that we are not alone. Of course, they haven’t missed a paycheck and they still have health insurance. They aren’t on a deadline to find a gig that will pay all the bills.

I’m not jealous. But I wonder if I’d say the same things if I still had a full-time job. This period in my life kind of reminds me of what people say when you’ve lost a cherished loved one and they catch you wiping the tears away.

“They’re in a better place, baby.”

I’ve always felt that sort of empathy is nice but rarely satisfying. Other times, I notice when family and friends don’t understand why after living on your own for decades you aren’t begging for handouts or a permanent spot on the couch. They don’t get your need for reflection and significant time  for healing.

I tell them most days that `I’m learning to be happy in the moment.’

`I’m looking up and forward.’ And, my absolute favorite mantra is `times are tough by not impossible.’

Maybe, just maybe, God gave millions of us this time to rest after doggedly working our American butts off  for decades. Maybe it’s time for us to explore new things, places and ideas. Maybe it’s time for us to set a new agenda for the 21st Century combining history, experience and technology.

A terrific friend made me think about how I view this season in our lives. Yes, I’m filling my days in beautiful Savannah with as many writing assignments as I can. When I’m not writing and reporting, I’m up networking, promoting my book, volunteering, singing or walking off any negative thoughts that might creep inside my head on the beach.  I’ve even planted a garden so I won’t starve. I’m always thinking of what’s next?  And, please God, let those checks come on time so I can pay my rent.

My friend – an outstanding citizen of the world – plans to spend a couple of months driving through Europe.  I admit that I was surprised that he is planning another great escape at this time in his life. Folks looked at me like I was crazy when I packed my car and headed to Savannah.

Suddenly, I thought what should my next great adventure be? It’s more than creating a dynamic space for writers. That will just be the start.  I also want to study  film; acting; and motivational speaking. I’ve always wanted to be Zora Neale and Maya too.  Why not? Whose says I can’t dream bigger dreams? I’m already sure that if it’s God’s plan I’m headed to the next level.

Tonight, I felt like getting lost in my computer. I’m thinking of who will illustrate my next book. I’m teaching myself to quilt so that I can launch a community dialogue around the Patching of Healing Community AIDS project. I’m studying math and literature. I also want to help other writers realize their greatest potential. I’ve always had six or eight projects going at once, so why stop now.

For now at this very moment, I have a song and a prayer in my heart. I’m happy living in the moment.

Get off the fence: Black women are dying

I wrote “Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan” because Black women in the U.S. are dying. Now, I’m looking for good men and women to ask their friends, bookclubs, schools, librarians, church leaders, youth groups, bookstores and community groups who work with this nation’s most vulnerable populations to buy it and share it. Get on the bandwagon. This is not an issue that we can ignore. Linda Jordan had a simple message: Together we can stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, all of us, whether we are rich or poor, negative or positive. It’s time to get off the fence and to take a stand for those who can’t or won’t speak up for themselves for as long as it takes. Linda and I started on this journey more than 12 years ago. She passed away. I need your help to continue the legacy of one of the first black women in the U.S. to put her family’s faces on HIV/AIDS prevention posters. Stand in the gap with me. Order this book at local and online bookstores. If you can’t afford it, go to your local libraries and ask them to order it. Then, all I ask is that you share Linda Jordan’s story with someone else. Talk about it in your circles. Together, we can stop the spread of HIV/AIDS here and abroad. For information about inviting the author to speak to your group: write or send me a tweet at A1TinaABrown.  Remember to pass the word on Facebook, Twitter and your favorite social media sites.

Let’s Talk About AIDS on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2008.

AS another World AIDS  Day approaches don’t be left out of the conversation.

Talk to a friend about changing this trend.

We can’t afford to lose any more of our people. Check out free excerpts of “Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan” at Buy copies for your family and friends at Discount Code: XBS7shB.

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1.

HIV/AIDS Education: Connecting to a New Generation

Teenage Girls Respond to HIV/AIDS Prevention book signing

Some suburban middle school teachers and librarians urged me to do it. I hadn’t thought of reaching out to the middle school population. But they said I would be missing a “grand opportunity” if I wasn’t reading excerpts of “Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan” to middle school students.

“Middle school is about the time that girls began to experiment,” one teacher said.

I guess a lot has changed since I went to middle school. We didn’t talk much about sexual health back then. HIV-AIDS hadn’t yet made it a necessary topic.

My test group of eighth graders at Belizzi Middle School in Hartford nearly made me cry.

They were extraordinary listeners. That’s not to say that my other girls from the YWCA’s girls leadership program at Weaver and Windsor high schools, and the numerous adult book clubs weren’t equally as engaging.

The youngsters made me feel like I was connecting with a new generation.

Their curiosity gave me hope.

HIV-AIDS education is not dead.

I can’t wait for my next two workshops at Bulkeley High.

Can’t wait!!!

Read FREE Excerpts of “Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan” on Feb. 7th National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day.

It’s time to get aware.It’s time to stand up and speak out about HIV/AIDS is spreading in America.

I had my head in the sand until I realized that it could be me or somebody I knew. This disease won’t go away until we take action. “Crooked Road Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan” is based upon 10 years of research. Check out the free samples at www.crookedroadstraight.comon Feb. 7th. Let’s get the word out about being safe. PASS the Blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Thanks for giving me a voice.