The Broadway Joe Talk Show – March 16, 2017

March 16, 2017

-Former Senator Irma Hunter Brown, Sammie Holmes, and Johnny Haasan, board members and members of the Friends of Haven of Rest Cemetery, Inc. announce their Annual Fundraising Banquet “Precious Memories.”  This gala event will celebrate the progression of action and also provide an update on future plans.  The festivities will take place, Friday, March 24th at 6pm at Second Baptist Church, 1709 John Barrow Road in Little Rock. Attendees can enjoy great food and live entertainment. All proceeds will go to the preservation and restoration of Haven of Rest Cemetery, an integral part of the African American history Little Rock and the state of Arkansas.  For tickets or donations, call 501-613-5439. For more information, visit or email [email protected].

-Jamesetta Smith, President of the Lupus Foundation of Arkansas, Inc, for a Statewide Talent Show Fundraiser.  The Lupus Foundation of Arkansas, Inc. presents a Statewide Talent Show Fundraiser open to all ages with various talents, except animal acts. The grand prize is $1,000 plus assistance in producing an Electronic Press Kit (EPK). Auditions will be held, Friday, March 17th at on the campus of UALR in the Stella Boyle Concert Hall, 2801 South University Avenue. Contestants must bring their music and costume attire.  Words, clothing, and movements must be family-friendly. The top 15 contestants will be chosen to perform at the Talent Show, held Saturday, March 18th at the Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market in the downtown Little Rock across from the Central Arkansas Library.  Doors will open at 6:30pm and Showtime will be at 7pm.  Master of Ceremonies will be Rodney Block and a special guest performance will feature Genine Perez.  For ticket information, visit or call 501-766-2691.

Upcoming Events for the Lupus Foundation of Arkansas, Inc.

Education Can Make A Healthier You Health Fair, Tuesday, March 7th from 10am-2pm at National Park Medical Center in the Fordyce Room, 1910 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs

Praise & Raise Lupus Gospel Concert, Saturday, April 22nd at 6pm at First Lutheran Church Life Center, 105 Village Road, Hot Springs.  The Gospel Sons of Amory, MS will be featured.

22nd Annual Norma Lampert Memorial Lupus Springers 5K Race & Walk to End Lupus, Saturday, May 20th at 8am in the Mid-America Park, Hot Springs. Register online.

An Evening with Grady Nichols Smooth Jazz Concert, Saturday, August 12th at 7:15pm at Hotel Hot Springs, 305 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs

20th Annual Terry Paul Thode Lupus Memorial Golf Tournament, Saturday, September 9th at Diamondhead Country Club, 245 Independence Drive, Hot Springs.  Register online.

For information on the Lupus Foundation of Arkansas, Inc. and any of their events, visit or call 501-766-2691.

– Cornelius Mabin, Co-Chair of Arkansas HIV Planning Group and Facilitator of AR RAPPS (Reaching, Affirming, Positive, Progressive, Systems) Program came to talk about the Awareness Days announced in reducing new HIV infections.  According to Arkansas Department of Health statistics, there are 5,579 individuals living with HIV in the state.  Fifty percent of the new 2015 HIV cases in Arkansas were among Black gay Men 13-24 who represent approximately 1% if the states population.  Each of these awareness days listed below seek to offer targeted messaging and culturally responsive programming to address HIV infections, access to testing and counseling and linkage to holistic care services across the state.

March 5-12: National Week of Prayer of the Healing of HIV

March 10: National Women & Girls HIV Awareness

March 20: National Native: HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 27-31: LGBT Health Week

March 31: International Transgender Day of Visibility

*Arkansas HIV Planning Group is an Arkansas Dept. of Health facilitated group whose primary purpose is to act in an advisory capacity to its Infectious Disease Branch.  The group comprises of individuals, professionals and people living with HIV who have diverse expertise and experience, and a direct connection to HIV prevention and care services in Arkansas.

For more information or speaking engagements, visit or call 501-349-7777.