Tony R. Wafford

Fat Shaming, or Just Ashamed of Being Fat?

I enjoy playing golf on Fridays and hanging out with my buddies as well as using that time to get in some exercise.  I can hear some of you saying now, “Golf and exercise, is that like jumbo shrimp?”  We have a standing 7:15 a.m. tee time at Los Amigos Golf Course in Downey, CA. Last week, after we finished playing, I was feeling nostalgic so I decided that I would skip driving the freeway and just take the surface streets home.  What made this drive nostalgic for me was that many years ago when I first moved to Los

The Real Test on National HIV Testing Day

Monday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day.  Each year, HIV/AIDS organizations all over this country, take this opportunity to get people to test for HIV and to also educate people about HIV/AIDS.  National HIV Testing Day is a prime opportunity to have conversations about sex and sexuality; which I think is the greatest test, the test of our courage as persons and as a people.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and all of their partners and contractors will be aggressively promoting all of the many different HIV campaigns launched by the CDC. Campaigns such as, Doing It, We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time, Let’s Stop HIV Together, Start Talking. Stop HIV, Reasons, Take Charge.

The Best Tool in Your Tool Box

I Choose Life Health and Wellness Center has been working with the young people at John Hope Continuation High School in South Central Los Angeles promoting…

Be Seen As We Are

Last week, I was catching up on all of my TV shows that I had DVR’d; most of the time, if the show does not look very interesting, I just fast forward and keep it pushing. Well, for some reason, as I was watching the Tavis Smiley Show, Tavis announced his guest, the winner of American Idol, Mr. Jorden Smith. Having not watched American Idol in years, I just wanted to see who this guy was. When I saw this young man, with this very high-pitched voice; I knew I had to see what was up with this and how in the hell did he win!

Let’s Do Something Different This World AIDS Day

It’s been 35 years since the reporting of the first case of HIV in America and it saddens me to say it, but this nation was late at best, in answering the call to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. What is even more egregious is the deafening silence when it came to supporting HIV education, prevention and care in all communities but even more so in the Black community.