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Condom Sales Declining, Rawdogging On The Rise

Even in the age of HIV/AIDS, studies show that several people still aren’t using protection. According to research by Ian Daly, a Details magazine writer who penned "The Death of Safe Sex", condom sales in the United States are getting lower, syphilis is making a comeback, shooting up by 43% between 1994 and 2004, chlamydia cases have doubled in that same time span and since 2001 new cases of HIV have been spiking.

Daly interviewed several professional men (mainly physicians and lawyers), some of whom were married, for the article and his findings were astonishing:

“The only disease I ever got was crabs,” says Mike, 35, scanning the banquettes of women in too-short-for-Casual-Friday dresses, “and that was worth it!” This delights his friends, Evan, 37, and Alan, 43. Handily one-upping his pal, Alan recalls a wild night in a Miami swimming pool. “She ended up giving me Chlamydia,” he says. “And the sick thing is, two or three weeks later I saw her at a party and told her what happened—but she looked even better! So, dude, I took her home, and I got it again!” They all burst out laughing. 

These men are a microcosm of what seems to be changing attitudes toward safe sex among the masses. According to doctors interviewed for the article, more people are starting to view STD’s as nuisances that can mostly be cured and in the cases of HIV, herpes and HPV, they’re seen more as chronic conditions like diabetes, which can be managed. People are also still believing that STDs, especially HIV are more of a homosexual male problem and that because they don’t know anyone infected with the more serious diseases, that they will be fine.

“It keeps us in business. It’s across the board, heterosexual and homosexual. I’m talking about a tremendous rise in Human Papilloma Virus [the cause of genital warts] and Chlamydia in the heterosexual population,” says Dr. Steven Berman, a Manhattan urologist who’s been in practice for 20 years. “People don’t want to be bothered. There’s a tremendous number of people with multiple partners now who might use a condom on the first contact but then frequently drop using condoms quickly afterwards. Even populations who are at risk—patients I’ve treated before for STDs—some men are resistant to using condoms. It’s not sinking in—the message is just not clear.”

Another contributing factor for people’s ignorance discussed in the Details article is that abstinence education has way a substantial amount of resources from sexual education programs that have been proven to work better. The federal government spends twice as much on abstinence programs as it does on the Division of STD Prevention at the CDC—the department that managed to quell outbreaks of gonorrhea and syphilis among soldiers after the Second World War. According to doctors, by displacing those funds you put people more at risk.

The bottom line is, fellas: It’s not just women like Kat Stacks you need to look out.  Ladies: Although the Details piece focuses on men, it’s also a woman’s responsibility to make sure her partner wraps it up because unplanned pregnancy isn’t cute either.

Do you agree that people are taking STD’s less seriously these days? Why aren’t people wrapping it up? —Starrene Rhett (@GangStarrGirl)

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Through a montage of dark city views paired with silver monochronistic architecture, Rico Love is making sure the main lady in his life blossoms above all possible adversity from her past in the newly released visuals for his latest single, “Shine.”

The video features a beautiful, chocolate-hued woman clad in a pinkish fur coat, who serves as Rico’s main source of love and affection. With his captivating lyrics and a soulful voice filled of conviction, the Grammy award winning songwriter is steadily making his sonic stance on the R&B world.

Love credits his stellar musicianship to his discipline when it comes to studying music. In an interview with The Fader, he details part of his learning process taking it back to his rapper days.

"It’s just like a guy who’s 6’10". He can teach himself how to dunk if he does it every day. I take everything serious that I do. I go 100%," he said. "I study. It wasn’t like I was just this rapper who didn’t listen to Queen, who didn’t understand Rufus Wainwright, that didn't listen to the Beatles. I don’t want to sound like a pompous jerk, but I have amazing taste in music. When you start loving great songs, when it’s time to write one your own ear can understand what’s a great song and what’s not."

Watch the video for "Shine" below.

 

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Breakdancing Proposed As Potential Sport For 2024 Olympics

According to CNN, a proposal has been made to add breakdancing as a sport during the 2024 Olympics in Paris. Breakdancing is one of four events suggested for inclusion, along with surfing, climbing and skateboarding.

"We are pleased to see that Paris 2024's proposal for new sports to the Olympic programme is very much in line with the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, which is striving to make the Olympic programme gender-balanced, more youth-focused and more urban," read a statement from the International Olympic Committee. Other mediums such as Squash, snooker and chess put their proposals in, but were not selected.

Breakdancing, which is one of the four elements of hip-hop, was introduced as a sport during the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires. Thanks to organizations such as Red Bull's BC One, the legacy of breakdancing lives on through workshops and competitions throughout the world. Last year's Red Bull BC One Breakdancing World Championship was held in Switzerland.

“Obviously, if people know the history of the hip-hop culture, then they'll know that we are the original hip-hop," “B-Boy Ronnie” Abaldonado told VIBE of breakdancing's influence during Red Bull BC One Camp in Houston. "...We're here not to just teach people how to dance, but also to educate them on hip-hop and breaking.”

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Blueface Uses Transphobic Language To Call Out Fan Who Entered His DM's

Rapper Blueface reportedly exposed DM's allegedly sent by one of his transgender female fans, and in doing so, he called the young woman "it."

According to the "Thotiana" rapper's Instagram Story, a young woman attempted to spend the night with him and slid into his DM's. However, he details he was not interested, and used transphobic language in his photo evidence.

"'It' tryed [sic] to get me wit all these d**c succing [sic] videos," the 22-year-old wrote. "Not happening that's out...If you think I linked up wit this t***ny you smoking d**c." He posted a few of the messages sent by the young woman, which appeared to be unanswered. However, many pointed out that his responses to her inquiries were deleted for his own Story.

Blueface is currently facing prison time stemming from his arrest for possession of an unregistered handgun. The charge is a felony, and reportedly carries a maximum of three years behind bars. In November 2018, the California native was allegedly involved in a robbery and a vehicle-to-vehicle gunfight.

As expected, his personal life and views don't appear to be affecting his professional life. His song "Thotiana" is sitting at No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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