Skipping Out on The Second Dose Adds to The “Pandemic of The Unvaccinated”

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The second wave of COVID-19 has been filled uncertainty and unpredictability of the virus itself. However, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to avoid preventable downfalls. The two-dose mRNA vaccines have been confirmed to be highly effective at preventing infection, illness, and hospitalization, even from the now prevalent Delta variant according to vaccine health officials pointing to emerging research.

Despite the apparent importance of being fully vaccinated, there has been in a lag in persons in the United States who are receiving the vaccine to receive their second and get the full protection both shots offer. 15 million people in the United States have missed their second shot according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In a recent town hall hosted by the Black Coalition Against Covid, guest speaker Dr. Simira L. Brown said, “The level of protection you’re able to get to is significantly different with one shot versus two, and that’s exactly the reason why you need two shots if you’re getting the Pfizer which is the vaccine that’s approved down to 12 [years old].” She added, “So if you’re going to get into that over 90 percent protection which is incredibly good, and protects against every single variant that we have seen here in the U.S., you have to get both to be able to get to that level.”

Public health and vaccine experts have long emphasized the importance of following the course of full vaccination. But a newly published study by Stanford Medicine quantifies how important a second dose of an mRNA vaccine is when it comes to fighting off COVID-19.

Experts also say that by getting a second dose of the mRNA vaccine, your immune cells will remember their previous encounter with that very same vaccine

The second shot is recommended three weeks after the first Pfizer-BioNTech shot or four weeks after the first Moderna shot. Second doses were considered missed if more than 42 days had passed since the initial shot.

“Getting you to come in and get tested is one step, getting you to get vaccinated is another.  Getting you to get your second dose has become its own barrier,” said Nic Lee with the Rafiki Coalition for Health & Wellness

More than 15 million people in the U.S. still haven’t gotten a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. A misconception persists that one dose provides ample protection from the virus. Additionally, there’s a fear of that a second dose will lead to side effects – which are reportedly more severe than after the first dose for some people. Challenges of getting an appointment and finding the time to get a second dose are among the other reasons people have given for not getting fully vaccinated to fight COVID-19.

Dr. Nerissa Price of WakeMed Health in Raleigh, NC stresses that getting two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will equip more Black Americans with good protection from the virus. “It’s really not until after that second shot that you get full protection,” Dr. Price said. And full protection we need to clarify as well does not mean 100 percent protection,” she added. “It still means that people need to be careful in certain settings where there’s a high number of unvaccinated individuals. I have the simple math. The first shot gets you half the way. The second shot gets you all the way. Even still, we need to be mindful of the new variants and the new information that gets released every day.”

Regardless of whether you’re busy or want to avoid feeling under the weather, experts say getting fully vaccinated is vital, especially with the highly transmissible Delta variant continuing to spread throughout the country. Banding together with your doctor and doing your part by becoming fully vaccinated can protect our lives, the lives of our loved ones and the lives of those in our Black communities.For more information about vaccination sites in your area, please go to https://www.vaccines.gov

COMMENTARY: The Numbers Tell the Truth About the Delta Variant – Now What?

By Roger Caldwell

On July 27th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an updated guidance to Americans, which has been updated again on August 12th, 2021. Essentially the CDC is issuing new guidance every two weeks as they gather more knowledge about this highly contagious Delta variant of Covid-19.

First there is a reversal in the downward trajectory of cases with covid-19, with this new Delta variant being 2x as contagious as previous variants. “In the days leading up to our guidance update, CDC saw a rapid and alarming rise in the Covid-19 cases and hospitalization rates around the country,” explains the CDC scientist.

Secondly, there is new data that keeps mutating leading to increased transmissibility, when compared to other variants. Basically, the CDC must throw away some of the information that they learned from the other variant, and learn as much as they can about this new strain. Unvaccinated people remain the greatest concern, and some data suggest the Delta variant might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated persons.

All around the country, hospitals are filled to capacity, and the system appears to be paralyzed. Things are getting worse, and the hospitals are in crisis. Many of the workers are saying that they have never seen the hospitals this bad, and filled to capacity in over 20 years.

Aaron Adams, president of St. Charles Bend and Redmond (Oregon), says “In the past few weeks, St. Charles has been forced to cancel many peoples’ much needed surgeries to make room for the seriously ill. Still the hospital is over capacity, inpatient beds are full, and as of Thursday, 17 people were boarding in the Emergency Department, which means they have been admitted to the hospital, but they are stuck to the ED while they wait for an inpatient bed to open up.”

This is happening all over the country, and it is time for the hospital leadership and workers to tell the truth. Most Americans don’t go to a hospital unless they are sick, or a family member is sick in the hospital. Not only are the hospitals filled to capacity, but the children hospitals, and wards are swamped with Covid-19 patients, and things are getting worse. Nearly 1,600 kids with Covid-19 were hospitalized last week, and this is a new seven-day record with a 27% increase from the week before.

“We’ve got problems pretty uniformly everywhere. Most of our children’s hospital intensive care units, if they’re not near capacity, they’re at capacity. We have kids in the emergency departments on gurneys,” says Mark Wietecha, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Association.

As the conditions continue to deteriorate across the country, many Republican governors and state officials have banned vaccine mandates, mask requirements, and other public health tools to fight the Delta variant. Since many of these policies make no sense, and the governors are sticking to their regulations, it is necessary for the federal government to force compliance to public health rules and policies.

In the next two weeks, it will probably be necessary for the country to shut down certain areas, starting with the schools, and business where there has been major outbreaks. Masks and social distancing should return, and a revival of many of the rules, policies, and guidelines from the first Covid-19. These mandates must come from the CDC and President Biden.

There is a crisis in America, with children, unvaccinated Americans, and vaccinated Americans at risk. As dire as the situation is now, hospital leaders and public health officials predict it will get worse.

Given what America knows about this Delta variant, it would be smart to shut down, and quarantine certain areas in the country to reduce transmission rates of the variant. There must be an action plan from the CDC and the president, and Americans must comply with the guidelines.

Rev. and Mrs. Jesse Jackson hospitalized with Covid

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Famed civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and his wife have been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19. Jackson, 79, and his wife, Jacqueline, 77, were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, according to a statement released by their son Jonathan Jackson.

“Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both,” read the statement as reported by Chicago’s ABC 7. “Anyone who has been around either of them for the last five or six days should follow the CDC guidelines.”

As news spread, elected officials like former Rep. John Lewis’ successor Rep. Nikema Williams used the news also to encourage followers to get vaccinated and stay masked up to slow the spread.

Like many places across the country, Chicago has experienced a resurgence in COVID-19 cases as the delta variant continues to surge. The city reinstituted a mask mandate for the windy city that began Friday.

While Jackson was vaccinated back in January, breakthrough COVID-19 cases continue to be reported. Chicago recently crossed the threshold of 400 COVID-19 cases a day earlier in the week, according to NBC 5 Chicago.

Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19, even as immunity wanes for some. NBC News reported that Professor Lawrence Young, a virologist, recently discussed waning immunity during an interview with CNBC.

Young explained that waning immunity could impact older adults and others who were vaccinated earlier on. “There will always be a proportion of individuals who will still remain susceptible to infection and illness,” he said in an interview.Activist Groups March And Rally For Voting Rights In Nation's Capital

Rep. Robin Kelly (in photo above) serving Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District, joined the chorus of thoughts and prayers. Two weeks ago, Kelly joined Jackson at a press conference calling for action on voting rights. Source: Alex Wong / Getty

The CDC recently authorized immunocompromised individuals for a third booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna, the mRNA vaccines. Booster shots are expected to be available to all people beginning in September.

In November 2017, Jackson revealed his diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. It is unclear if there are additional considerations because of the underlying condition.

Jackson’s Rainbow Push Coalition recently held its 55th annual convention a few weeks ago, focusing on COVID-19 and bridging the equity gap for communities of color. Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke at the convention stressing the importance of vaccination and the massive battle ahead with getting the pandemic under control. 

This article first appeared on BlackAmericaWeb.com.

Shan Rose: Parramore Oaks –Too Much Crime and No Leadership

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District 5 Candidate Says Incumbent Out of Touch

ON POINT MEDIA GROUP/August 23, 2021

Orlando Florida – Candidate Shaniqua “Shan” Rose for District 5, City of Orlando has sent a letter to city administrator Walter Hawkins requesting a meeting and investigation as a concerned community leader about the conditions in the Parramore Oaks neighborhood.

On Wednesday, August 18, 2021, there were five shots fired at at Riley Park. No one was injured, but tenants are afraid. Drugs are sold in the open, residents say, and the neighborhood is teetering on the brink under the weight an increasing homelessness problem.

In a news report from WFTV 9, resident Paris Johnson says, “In the stairway, we have homeless people. The gate is constantly being broken into, and I don’t feel safe. Three or four days in a row, there’s always some shooting.”

In 2019 when the complex opened, Commissioner Regina Hill released a statement saying “it will bring about community pride, because you now have safe, adequate and beautiful housing.”

“The question now we must ask ourselves,” says Candidate Shan Rose, “is where is the leadership, and where is the community pride? There has been a betrayal of public trust in Orlando District 5. How can Commissioner Hill say she is doing a good job, when tenants are scared and afraid in their homes and community.”

Hill, on the other hand, touts on her website that she has been instrumental in bringing over 1,400 new affordable single and multifamily units to District Five since 2016. She helped create the City’s Housing First Innovative that has paid 70% of the rent for more than 380 of the district’s most vulnerable residents. Incumbents are usually difficult to unseat.

Rose says she is up to the task. She is proposing a Safety Task Force to reduce crime.

“Eradicating crime, reducing drug activity, and violence would be a coordinated effort from the Safety Task Force by working in conjunction with the Orlando Police Department,” says Rose. “The Safety Task Force would act as a neighborhood spokesperson and in some situations de-escalate non-violent issues, because they are a familiar face in the neighborhood.“

Go to www.vote4shan.com for more information about Candidate Rose’s platform.

Advance Screening of CANDYMAN Tomorrow. A few free passes left.

Candyman…Candyman…CANDYMAN

A COMPLIMENTARY PASS FOR TWO to the ADVANCE SCREENING OF CANDYMAN is yours for the taking if you are one of the FIRST 20 people to respond and correctly answer this question:

In the first CANDYMAN franchise, starring Tony Todd, how did CANDYMAN die?

The screening takes place at the AMC Altamonte on Tuesday, August 24. Movie starts at 7pm; winners must arrive at 6pm. First come, first served.

Email your answer to admin@orlandoadvocate.com and claim your prize. Winners will receive a unique code and a link to download the complimentary pass that will admit the winner and a guest. A FEW PASSES STILL UNCLAIMED.

THE LEGEND OF CANDYMAN

Oscar® winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend: Candyman. Filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods upcoming Captain Marvel 2) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic.

For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his partner, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.

With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini-Green old-timer (Colman Domingo; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.

Universal Pictures presents, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions, in association with BRON Creative, Candyman. Candyman is directed by DaCosta, and is produced by Ian Cooper (Us), Rosenfeld and Peele. The screenplay is by Peele & Rosenfeld and DaCosta. The film is based on the 1992 film Candyman, written by Bernard Rose, and the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. The film’s executive producers are David Kern, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth.

GENRE: Horror

DIRECTED BY: Nia DaCosta
SCREENPLAY BY: Jordan Peele & Win Rosenfeld and Nia DaCosta
PRODUCED BY: Ian Cooper, Win Rosenfeld, Jordan Peele
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: David Kern, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth

CAST: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Doming

CDC’s Masking Recommendations Return

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Response to Slow the Recent COVID-19 Surge

By Darryl Sellers

As many Americans bask in hot temperatures that are consistently sweeping across the United States this summer, the COVID-19 front is creating its own rampant heat wave. The number of COVID-19 cases is rapidly on the rise after a promising start to summer when COVID cases and deaths were plummeting across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is thus responding with a recommendation that Americans wear masks indoors in certain situations in hopes of slowing the recent COVID-19 summer surge.

The CDC is taking this action at a time when the virus has recently trended upward over the last two weeks in the United States. Recent reports reveal some troubling trends. COVID hospitalizations are climbing in all 50 states. COVID-19 cases have sharply increased by 145 percent. The highly transmissible, contagious Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of new COVID cases.

Another major factor that’s driving up the number of new COVID cases is the low vaccination rates in states where fewer than 50 percent of residents have had at least one shot of a vaccine. Those states include Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, and more.

Keeping in mind the summer surge of the virus, Dr. Michele Benoit-Wilson of WakeMed Health in Raleigh, North Carolina, said the CDC’s masking recommendation is critically important, in her state especially where children go to school year-round.

“We know that a lot of schools have been challenged with whether or not they’re able to get verification of vaccination,” Dr. Benoit-Wilson said. “Getting that verification and putting that burden on teachers and administration can be challenging. I think the importance of the CDC reversing their recommendation, suggesting and highly recommending that schools open up and having universal masking, is critically important,” she added.

While universal masking works, Dr. Benoit Wilson said it is also important to get more of our children vaccinated to provide an extra level of protection for their health inside and outside the classroom.

“The leading way to end this epidemic is vaccination. And the reality is that many parents can’t get their children vaccinated simply because they are too young,” she said. “So if we want to prioritize the health of children, if we want to prioritize the health of families, it’s critically important for us as a community, as a nation, to embrace whatever we know has been proven scientifically to reduce the infection rate. That, number one, is vaccinating, and number two is masking. And the reality is that some people can’t get vaccinated. So it’s important for the people around them to be vaccinated and for all of us to wear our masks indoors.”

Dr. Benoit-Wilson said North Carolina has seen a significant increase in the COVID-19 infection rate as well as a surge in the predominant Delta variant that is 60 percent more transmissible. Because of the rapid rise of the Delta variant, she said it’s important for all Black Americans to keep their guard up and protect the lives of their children as well as their communities.

“If we all are in agreement that keeping our children in school is critically important both to their educational and mental health, I think it then follws that we need to keep them as safe as possible.”

There is a silver lining. Louisiana is among states where vaccination rates have risen rapidly in August. However, Florida has recently broken the U.S. record for current COVID-19 hospitalizations. Also, COVID cases continue to rise in all 50 states, so we’re not out of the woods yet. It’s important that we as Black Americans “mask up” to slow the summer surge of COVID-19. By following this simple practice, we’ll keep our Black communities safe and keep the Delta and other variants at bay.

Please take the paramount step, and get vaccinated. It will provide you with more protection from the virus and the variants. Seek information about the vaccines and vaccine access from your trusted Black messengers. The vaccines are proven to be safe and have been developed and backed by Black scientists. 

Please take a stand and get vaccinated as soon as you can. It will help you get firm control of the health in your homes and in our Black communities, stop the recent COVID-19 surge, and save more Black lives this summer. Together “We Can Do This!”

To find a place to get vaccinated in your area, go to Go to vaccines.gov or text your ZIP code to 438829

Here’s a link to everything you need to know about the Delta variant.

Alabama A&M Gifted $2 Million, Largest Individual Donation in School’s History

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by Alexa Imani Spencer

Alabama A&M University (Alabama A&M University)

A young, anonymous alum of Alabama A&M University donated over $2 million to their alma mater, granting the school its largest individual donation ever received.

To be exact, the former student donated $2,187,518.75—twice reflecting the university’s founding in 1875.

The HBCU’s president Andrew Hugine Jr. spoke about the recent historic donation, Essence reported. He said it’s “the most significant and impactful gift in the history of Alabama A&M University. When one of our very own alumni makes such a substantial investment to the institution, it serves as affirmation that the University has made significant progress and that it continues to move in the right direction.”

Civil rights activist Joseph Lowery, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, and former American Idol winner Ruben Studdard are just a few notable alumni who attended AAMU. The donor, who chose to remain anonymous, said more alumni could offer similar gifts.

“This gift is personal to me,” the donor said in a statement. “This is my university, and it has afforded me opportunities beyond what I could have ever imagined.  It has been my life’s mission to make a sizeable investment in my alma mater…As a graduate, I personally know of several other alumni who can make a similar gift, and I challenge them to do the same. In return, I do not want any recognition or anything named after me, because service is sovereignty.”

While HBCUs make up only 3% of America’s colleges and universities, they produce 20% of America’s Black graduates, according to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

Several efforts have been made among institutions and the public alike to preserve historically Black colleges and universities, including President Joe Biden’s recently proposed bill to make tuition at the schools more affordable.

Similarly, to aid students in financing their tuition, Getty Images partnered with UNCF to create an HBCU scholarship.

This article first appeared in Black Enterprise Magazine 

Booster Vaccinations: An Important Tool to Continue COVID-19 Protection

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By S. J. Giorgianni, Jr., PharmD
Sr. Science Advisor, Men’s Health Network
 
Men’s Health Network (MHN) applauds the recommendations from CDC and NIH announced on August 18, 2021 to make COVID-19 booster vaccinations available for those who are at higher risk of COVID-19 infections, including nursing home residents, health-care providers, and those over 65 years of age.  These were the majority of those to first get vaccinated in December and January.   MHN also urges the FDA to move with all due urgency to not only approve booster vaccinations but also grant full marketing approval to the three COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the US.
 
Assuming FDA approval of these booster recommendations, they are expected to be available to all eligible Americans, free of charge, beginning the week of Sept. 20th.  People should begin getting the third vaccination starting eight months after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.  Data from studies of a booster vaccination in immunocompromised patients have shown side-effects from a third jab to be the same as seen with the initial two doses.  A booster vaccination for those who received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is anticipated to be available in early Fall or Winter of this year. 
 
COVID-19 continues to pose a real and substantial danger to the health of all and continues to put strains on most every aspect of our lives, our families, our communities, our healthcare systems, and our nation.  These boosters will provide long-term and durable protection against hospitalization and death and are critical to curbing COVID-19. 
 
Men are at particular risk of dangerous outcomes if they contract COVID-19.  While this dangerous virus and its mutations infect males and females at approximately the same rate, approximately 56% of the deaths associated with COVID-19 infections in the US and worldwide occur in males.   While the reasons for this are not yet clear, it should be noted that men are more likely to suffer from medical conditions such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes, and those conditions are associated with more severe infections, hospitalizations and deaths.  The fact is that men die at higher rates from nine out of the ten leading causes of death in America and are now dying at higher rates from COVID-19.
 
Men’s Health Network urges men to talk with a physician, pharmacist, nurse, or other health care professional in their community about COVID-19.  They can provide you with advice about the virus that is specific to you, your family, and your community. 
 
Read about the Impact of COVID-19 on Male Minority and Vulnerable Populations here.

www.menshealthnetwork.org/library/behavioral-health-boys-men-covid-19-minorities-summary.pdf
 
We urge men to MAN-UP TO COVID and GET THE-JAB.  If you have completed the first two vaccinations, get the booster 8 months after your final dose. 
 
If you have not gotten fully vaccinated, get vaccinated.  We also encourage men, particularly Fathers and Grandfathers, to bring those you love and care about with you so they can also GET THE-JAB.
 
 
Men’s Health Network (MHN)
MHN is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to reach men, boys, and their families where they live, work, play, and pray with health awareness messages and tools, screening programs, educational materials, advocacy opportunities, and patient navigation.
 
MHN is the sponsor of Men’s Health Month (June) and Wear Blue Day. MHN maintains the TesticularCancerAwarenessMonth.com and ProstateCancerAwarenessMonth.com websites. 
 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Honors Legacy of Black Wall Street

Will Provide Free COVID-19 Vaccines and Mammograms This Weekend in Tulsa

CHICAGO, Aug. 20, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In light of all that is occurring in the United States and around the world, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® (AKA) will observe its fourth annual International Day of Prayer in Tulsa, OK, on Sunday, August 22, with a full slate of activities. Members nationwide and internationally will worship and participate together in community activities as a sign of solidarity and make intercessions for global peace. While chapters will hold their individual events, the sorority’s national observance will take place in Tulsa and pay homage to the City’s historic Black Wall Street.

A Pathway to Hope Commemorative Walk begins at 12:30 p.m. followed at 1:00 p.m. with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Greenwood Cultural Center located at 322 N. Greenwood Avenue in Tulsa.

“Our ceremony serves as a fitting tribute to the Black Wall Street ancestors and the estimated 300 plus individuals who were murdered and the 10,000 more left homeless,” said Alpha Kappa Alpha International President and CEO Dr. Glenda Glover. “Located in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Black Wall Street was a thriving community of Black businesses and homeowners. The attack, by any standards, is one of the most unjustified acts of violence – both horrific acts of racial violence and acts of domestic terrorism – ever committed in the USA.” 

Prior to the day of prayer, AKA will host a weekend of community health events aimed at continuing support for the Biden Administration’s efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccinations across the nation. The sorority will provide free 3-D mammograms and COVID-19 vaccines through a partnership with Walgreens on Saturday, August 21, at the historic Vernon A.M.E. Church from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. COVID-19 safety guidelines will be followed the entire weekend.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha recognizes that lack of access to healthcare for some Tulsa communities continues to be a challenge which has only been exacerbated by the unpredictability of the pandemic,” added Dr. Glenda Glover. “We are committed to ensuring these communities receive the resources and services they need by providing COVID vaccines and breast cancer screenings through our AKA 3D Mammography Mobile Unit.”

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® 
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American, college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of over 300,000 members in more than 1,000 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Liberia, Bahamas, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany, South Korea, South Africa, and in the Middle East. Led by International President and Chief Executive Officer, Glenda Glover Ph.D., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African-American women.” Visit www.aka1908.com for more information.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is included in the United States segment of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., a global leader in retail pharmacy. As America’s most loved pharmacy, health and beauty company, Walgreens purpose is to champion the health and wellbeing of every community in America. Operating more than 9,000 retail locations across America, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Walgreens is proud to be a neighborhood health destination serving approximately 8 million customers each day. Walgreens pharmacists play a critical role in the U.S. healthcare system by providing a wide range of pharmacy and healthcare services. To best meet the needs of customers and patients, Walgreens offers a true omnichannel experience, with platforms bringing together physical and digital, supported by the latest technology to deliver high-quality products and services in local communities nationwide.

SOURCE Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Free Pass For Two to Advance Screening of CANDYMAN

Candyman…Candyman…CANDYMAN

A COMPLIMENTARY PASS FOR TWO to the ADVANCE SCREENING OF CANDYMAN is yours for the taking if you are one of the FIRST 20 people to respond and correctly answer this question:

In the first CANDYMAN franchise, starring Tony Todd, how did CANDYMAN die?

Email your answer to admin@orlandoadvocate.com and claim your prize. Winners will receive a unique code and a link to download the complimentary pass that will admit the winner and a guest.

THE LEGEND OF CANDYMAN

Oscar® winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend: Candyman. Filmmaker Nia DaCosta (Little Woods upcoming Captain Marvel 2) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic.

For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his partner, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.

With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini-Green old-timer (Colman Domingo; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifying wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.

Universal Pictures presents, from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures and Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld’s Monkeypaw Productions, in association with BRON Creative, Candyman. Candyman is directed by DaCosta, and is produced by Ian Cooper (Us), Rosenfeld and Peele. The screenplay is by Peele & Rosenfeld and DaCosta. The film is based on the 1992 film Candyman, written by Bernard Rose, and the short story “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker. The film’s executive producers are David Kern, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth.

GENRE: Horror

DIRECTED BY: Nia DaCosta

SCREENPLAY BY: Jordan Peele & Win Rosenfeld and Nia DaCosta

PRODUCED BY: Ian Cooper, Win Rosenfeld, Jordan Peele

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: David Kern, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth

CAST: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Doming