Sunday, June 19, 2011
Thursday, September 9, 2010
We've updated our website!
The look is simple and clean, and filled with lots of information about the Cut It Out! brand and our popular products! Take a look:
Here's what's new to our site:
- We've updated the overall look and feel of our website with a cleaner design, and more content.
- Our store has a new look! Products have been restocked and are ready to order! We tend to sell out of our popular items very fast, so make sure you log on and get yours while supplies last!
- We custom cut your tee! - For an additional fee of $5, we'll custom cut your tee in to one of our styles listed on our CUTS page
- We want to hear from you! So we've launched our Are you a Cut It Out! girl?! campaign. Get more details here. Your entry could get you a free CIO! tee!
- We've added a Gallery page. View photos of the CIO ladies out and about at festivals and events. There are also some pics of our customers and loyal supporters in our Made You Look section! Send in your pics and we'll make sure to add them to our gallery too! (email@example.com)
- We've updated our Press page. Check out articles, blog posts and a video of CIO shirts being worn on BET's 106th & Park!
As always, we appreciate the support!
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Sunday, September 5, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Now in it’s fourth year, the Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp (LRSC) is dedicated more than ever to making a difference for our youth. LRSC is an international youth development organization that creates programs focused on artistic self expression, experimental learning, youth leadership, holistic health, community organizing and entrepreneurialism. The LRSC is dedicated to “creating stronger communities by developing youth to be agents of social change.”
Our friends over at Born As A Raggamuffin need your help in funding the LRSC so they may continue to “inspire young people to believe in themselves, acquire the strength and resilience needed to assume the responsibilities of adulthood and the awareness to operate their lives from an authentic state of possibilities.”
Through arts workshops, team building exercises, rites of passage ceremonies, peer and adult discussion groups and a host of other activities, the camp helps youth to find their inner voice and reinforces the idea of community ownership and support. The Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp has assembled a strong team of volunteers to teach workshops and provide positive mentorship for over 100 youth ranging in age from 6 - 16. Among the volunteers is an award winning international recording artist, dance choreographer, acclaimed artist, slam poetry champions and seasoned community activist.
This year’s camp will take place in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica from August 9-14. There is still time to make a difference so please help by making a donation.
For more info visit their webiste: Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp
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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
"The ninth annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy will take place on May 5, 2010. The purpose of the National Day is to focus the attention of teens on the importance of avoiding teen pregnancy and other serious consequences of sex. On the National Day, teens nationwide are asked to go http://www.stayteen.org/ and take a short, scenario-based quiz (available in English and Spanish). The online quiz challenges young people to think carefully about what they would do in a number of risky sexual situations.
In addition to the online quiz, The National Campaign is also offering an online game with challenging puzzles testing teens’ knowledge about issues related to teen pregnancy. Teens can add the game their social networking profiles and those who complete the puzzles will be eligible to win prizes. Also, The National Campaign is launching a PSA design contest encouraging teens to submit their artwork and ideas about teen pregnancy prevention. Winning submissions will be distributed nationwide.
The extraordinary declines in teen pregnancy and childbearing over the past two decades have proven to cynics that progress can be made on tough issues. In fact, few social problems have improved quite as dramatically over the past decade as teen pregnancy. The most recent news on this front, however, has not been positive. After consistent and steady declines beginning in the early 1990s, the nation's teen pregnancy rate rose 3% in 2006, according recent data from the Guttmacher Institute.Clearly a renewed focus on preventing teen pregnancy is needed. We hope that—in some modest way—the National Day will help teens think carefully about sex and contraception, the possibility of pregnancy, and the lifelong challenges of being a parent
How Do Teens Participate?
Teens can support the National Day by simply logging onto StayTeen.org on May 5th (and throughout May) and taking the National Day Quiz. The online Quiz will be posted in both English and Spanish on May 1, 2010 and will be available throughout May. Print versions of the Quiz will also be available so that teens without internet access can still participate. The National Day Quiz is appropriate for teens ages 13 and up.
Making a Difference
Each year, we ask teens to tell us what they thought about the National Day Quiz in a post-quiz evaluation survey and many do. Among the findings from last year’s survey:
74% said the Quiz made them think about what they might do in such situations;
61% said the Quiz made the risks of sex and teen pregnancy seem more real to them;
56% said they’d learned something new from the Quiz about the consequences of sex;
62% said they’d talk to their friends about the situations described in the Quiz;
53% said the Quiz made them think about things they hadn’t thought about before;
54% said they’d encourage others to take the Quiz;
59% said some of the situations in the Quiz were things that they or their friends had faced; and
45% said they’d talk to their parents or other adults about the situations described in the Quiz.
Additionally, one-helf (50%) of the respondants reported taking the quiz as part of a school activity and 35% said they took the quiz at home. Nearly one-third of teens (31%) learned about the quiz from a parent, teacher, or another trusted adult and more than one-quarter (27%) of teens learned about the quiz from one of our National Day partners.
Teens were also given the opportunity to comment on the quiz. Here is a sampling of their responses:
“I thought it was a very good eye-opener. Most teens don’t think about how much getting pregnant could screw up their lives. I think this quiz will help people start thinking about sex and teen pregnancy and help them realize that they might not be as smart as they think.” ~ Girl, age 15
“I thought the quiz was put together in a way that made it both informational and entertaining. I know lots of people who could have benefited from this quiz and will recommend it my friends so they don’t get caught up in similar situations.” ~ Guy, age 17
“I thought the quiz was a great way to show what could happen if you don’t protect yourself. Sex is very serious, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. This quiz is a wake up call to many teens.” ~ Girl, age 15
“I thought it was a good quiz. It seems like a good way to teach teens about sex if they are too afraid to ask their parents and are afraid of what they might say or do.” ~Guy, age 15
“This quiz made me think about how this stuff really does happen in real life. Before prom, many of my friends told me that they were thinking about having sex. If I had known about this website, I definitely would have recommended it!” ~ Girl, age 16
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Location: Promenade, 215 W 28th Street, NYC
Time: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Details: JAMPACT's 2nd Annual Fashion Show presenting collections by top designers from the Caribbean and New York. Proceeds in aid of JAMPACT Adopted Basic Schools and its Haiti Relief Efforts.
Tix: $25 Pre-sold, $30 at the door... purchase tickets here:
or go to ticket locations:
16223 Hillside Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432-4023
3976 White Plains Road
Bronx, NY 10466-3002
Friday, February 19, 2010
Brooks graduated from Wilson Junior College in Chicago in 1936. Her early verses appeared in the Chicago Defender, a newspaper written primarily for that city's African American community. Her first published collection, A Street in Bronzeville (1945), reveals her talent for making the ordinary life of her neighbours extraordinary. Annie Allen (1949), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize, is a loosely connected series of poems related to an African American girl's growing up in Chicago. The same theme was used for Brooks's novel Maud Martha (1953).
The Bean Eaters (1960) contains some of her best verse. Her Selected Poems (1963) was followed in 1968 by In the Mecca, half of which is a long narrative poem about people in the Mecca, a vast, fortresslike apartment building erected on the South Side of Chicago in 1891, which had long since deteriorated into a slum. The second half of the book contains individual poems, among which the most noteworthy are “Boy Breaking Glass” and “Malcolm X.” Brooks also wrote a book for children, Bronzeville Boys and Girls (1956). The autobiographical Report from Part One(1972) was an assemblage of personal memoirs, interviews, and letters; it was followed, though much later, byReport from Part Two (1996). Her other works include Primer for Blacks (1980), Young Poet's Primer (1980), To Disembark (1981), The Near-Johannesburg Boy, and Other Poems (1986), Blacks (1987), Winnie (1988), andChildren Coming Home (1991).
In 1985–86 Brooks was Library of Congress consultant in poetry (now poet laureate consultant in poetry), and in 1989 she received a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts. She became a professor of English at Chicago State University in 1990, a position she held until her death. (Source)
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Elizabeth Catlett is an African American sculptor and painter who expressed the struggles of her people using her amazing talent. Her art pieces helped to bring a social consciousness to the world of art.
"She was born in Washington D.C. She passed a competitive exam for entry to the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1932, but was refused into its school of art due to her race. She therefore entered Howard University and studied for one year under Lois Mailou Jones to become a textile designer. She changed her major to painting when she discovered what concepts and messages could be conveyed in this form of art. The concepts which were conveyed in the Mexican Muralists were the turning point in her dedication to Socialist expressive art. Upon graduation with honors from Howard University in 1937, Elizabeth Catlett went on to the State University of Iowa. At IOWA, she studied under Grant Wood (artist of American Gothic and Daughters of Revolution). Wood encouraged her "to paint what we knew most intimately." Catlett was the first student to receive a M.F.A. degree from the State University of Iowa in 1940. Her master's thesis, MOTHER AND CHILD, won the AMERICAN NEGRO EXHIBITION in Chicago in 1940. (more)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Political Prisoner to Exiled
On May 2, 1973 I, along with Zayd Malik Shakur and Sundiata Acoli were stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike, supposedly for a "faulty tail light."Sundiata Acoli got out of the car to determine why we were stopped. Zayd and I remained in the car. State trooper Harper then came to the car, opened the door and began to question us. Because we were black, and riding in a car with Vermont license plates, he claimed he became "suspicious." He then drew his gun, pointed it at us, and told us to put our hands up in the air, in front of us, where he could see them. I complied and in a split second, there was a sound that came from outside the car, there was a sudden movement, and I was shot once with my arms held up in the air, and then once again from the back. Zayd Malik Shakur was later killed, trooper Werner Forester was killed, and even though trooper Harper admitted that he shot and killed Zayd Malik Shakur, under the New Jersey felony murder law, I was charged with killing both Zayd Malik Shakur, who was my closest friend and comrade, and charged in the death of trooper Forester. Never in my life have I felt such grief. Zayd had vowed to protect me, and to help me to get to a safe place, and it was clear that he had lost his life, trying to protect both me and Sundiata. Although he was also unarmed, and the gun that killed trooper Forester was found under Zayd’s leg, Sundiata Acoli, who was captured later, was also charged with both deaths. Neither Sundiata Acoli nor I ever received a fair trial. We were both convicted in the news media way before our trials. No news media was ever permitted to interview us, although the New Jersey police and the FBI fed stories to the press on a daily basis. In 1977, I was convicted by an all- white jury and sentenced to life plus 33 years in prison. In 1979, fearing that I would be murdered in prison, and knowing that I would never receive any justice, I was liberated from prison, aided by committed comrades who understood the depths of the injustices in my case, and who were also extremely fearful for my life." (more)
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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Cathy Hughes is a radio and television personality, business executive, and entrepreneur.
"[She] is the founder and chairperson of Radio One, Inc., the largest African American owned and operated broadcast-company in the nation. Radio One is the first African American company in radio history to dominate several major markets simultaneously and possesses the first woman-owned radio station to rank #1 in any major market. In 1995, Radio One purchased WKYS in Washington, D.C. for $40 million — the largest transaction between two Black companies in broadcasting history.
In May of 1999, Cathy Hughes and her son Alfred Liggins (President & CEO) took their company public. Hughes made history again by becoming the first African American woman with a company on the stock exchange. Radio One’s value is currently in excess of $2 billion dollars. In 2000, Black Enterprise named Radio One, “Company of the Year”, Fortune rated it one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For”, and Radio One was inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, she moved to Washington, D.C. in 1971 and became a lecturer in the newly established School of Communications at Howard University. She entered radio in 1973 as general sales manager at WHUR, Howard University Radio, increasing station revenue from $250,000 to $3 million in her first year." (more)
Thursday, February 4, 2010
- 1961 - she became Associate Dean of students at Howard University School of Law and in 1963 she was given full professorship
- 1965 - President Lyndon Johnson appointed Harris Ambassador to Luxembourg. The first black woman ambassador, she served until 1967 when she returned to Howard University as a law professor
- 1969 - she became Dean of Howard University
- 1970 - she joined a Washington D.C., law firm practicing corporate law until she was appointed U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare (later named Health and Human Services - DHHS)
- 1981 - After Jimmy Carter was lost his bid for a second presidential term, Harris resigned as secretary of DHHS.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
- September 16, 1963: A church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama kills four girls who Davis knew from her childhood. This greatly impacts Davis and she feels it is the product of a racist, violent society and not just the act of a few angry individuals.
- April, 1968: King is assassinated, which has a large effect on Davis and the organizations in which she is participating. Although King's philosophy differs from Davis', she is devastated by his death and the negative impact is felt throughout the Black community.
- 1969: Davis travels to Cuba which she feels has been completely misrepresented by American propaganda. This affirms her position that the only way to eradicate racism in the United States is to take a socialist route.
- October, 1995: Angela Davis shows her disgust with the exclusion of women in the Million Man March, as she believes it encourages chauvinism in Black activism and the Black community.
- October, 1996: Davis goes to UCLA to speak out in protest against Proposition 209, which would ban affirmative action in University of California schools.
- January 2006: Angela Davis is currently on sabbatical at UC Santa Cruz and continues to tour the world to protest oppression.
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
“I come from a poor family,” recalls Koko. “A very poor family. I was raised up on what they call a sharecropper’s farm.” Born Cora Walton (an early love of chocolate earned her the lifelong nickname Koko) in 1928 just outside of Memphis in Bartlett, Tennessee, Koko was an orphan by age 11. Along with her five brothers and sisters, Koko developed a love for music from a mixture of gospel she heard in church and blues she heard on radio stations beaming in from Memphis. Even though her father encouraged her to sing only gospel music, Koko and her siblings would sneak out back with their homemade instruments and play the blues. With one brother accompany-ing on a guitar strung wth baling wire and another brother on a fife made out of a corncob, Koko began her career as a blues woman. As a youngster, Koko listened to as many blues artists as she could. Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie were particular influences, as were Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Sonny Boy Williamson. She would listen to their songs over and over again. Although she loved to sing, she never dreamed of joining their ranks.
Monday, February 1, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
- Wyclef Jean's YELE organization: Text the word "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 to relief efforts. The $5 will be charged to your phone bill. You may text up to 6 times.
- World Food Programme (the U.N.'s food agency) is accepting donations at www.wfp.org
- Provide a helping hand with the Rescue Committee at the IRC.org or 1-877-REFUGEE
- Doctors Without Borders are accepting donations.
- Red Cross of America - text "90999" to automatically give $10 for relief aid in Haiti.
- Calling the State Department hotline: 888-407-4747
- Submit photos to CNN's iReport site
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Today is World AIDS Day. HIV/AIDS affects millions around the globe, so we are dedicating this post to all of those out there dealing with the disease. Cut It Out! strives to empower females to take control of their health, inside and out. We encourage everyone to be proactive in living healthier lives and part of that involves taking better steps to prevent contracting the HIV/AIDS virus. We support those that are living with the virus and encourage them to seek the most suitable treatments available to prevent the onset of AIDS.
"Your risk of getting HIV or passing it to someone else depends on several things. Do you know what they are? You might want to talk to someone who knows about HIV. You can also do the following:
- Abstain from sex (do not have oral, anal, or vaginal sex) until you are in a relationship with only one person, are having sex with only each other, and each of you knows the other’s HIV status.
- If both you and your partner have HIV, use condoms to prevent other STDs and possible infection with a different strain of HIV.
- If only one of you has HIV, use a latex condom and lubricant every time you have sex.
- If you have, or plan to have, more than one sex partner, consider the following:
- Get tested for HIV
- If you are a woman who is planning to get pregnant or who is pregnant, get tested as soon as possible, before you have your baby.
- Talk about HIV and other STDs with each partner before you have sex.
- Learn as much as you can about each partner’s past behavior (sex and drug use) and consider the risks to your health before you have sex.
- Ask your partners if they have recently been tested for HIV; encourage those who have not been tested to do so.
- Use a latex condom and lubricant every time you have sex.
- If you think you may have been exposed to another STD such as gonorrhea, syphilis, or Chlamydia trachomatis infection, get treatment. These diseases can increase your risk of getting HIV.
- Get tested for HIV
- Even if you think you have low risk for HIV infection, get tested whenever you have a regular medical check-up.
- Do not inject illicit drugs (drugs not prescribed by your doctor). You can get HIV through needles, syringes, and other works if they are contaminated with the blood of someone who has HIV. Drugs also cloud your mind, which may result in riskier sex.
- If you do inject drugs, do the following:
- Use only clean needles, syringes, and other works.
- Never share needles, syringes, or other works.
- Be careful not to expose yourself to another person's blood.
- Get tested for HIV test at least once a year.
- Consider getting counseling and treatment for your drug use.
- Do not have sex when you are taking drugs or drinking alcohol because being high can make you more likely to take risks.
To protect yourself, remember these ABCs:
If you are a woman, there are even more things you can do.
Use a female condom.
Get tested, especially if you’re pregnant.
If you are pregnant and have HIV, talk to your doctor about taking medicine so your baby does not get your HIV.
- Do not use spermicides that contain nonoxynol-9 (N-9). This product may help keep you from getting pregnant, but it will not protect you from HIV. In fact, using N-9 often may actually make it easier for you to get HIV.
- Do not count on most birth control methods to protect you from HIV. The following birth control methods will NOT protect you from HIV:
- The pill
Do not douche. Douching removes some of your body’s natural protection."Source: CDC
Remember, if you are sexually active, it is extremely important that you get tested and take the proper preventative measures to protect yourself.
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