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flava works sues sizzle miami

Flava Works, Inc, the controversial black/Latino gay pornography company, is suing Sizzle Miami’s parent company. Dated March 9 2011 the court papers show ” Flava Works seeks to “recover damages arising from infringement of Plaintiff’s copyrights and trademarks in its creative works by the Defendants.” In other words, using “multiple images of its models for its website and email blasts, as well as a print publication, to promote Sizzle Miami last year.” Sizzle Miami is a black gay circuit party in Miami during Memorial Day Weekend which attracts thousands.

FlavaMen Blatino Awards ceremony, Atlanta, Geo...

Phillip Bleicher with Tocarra Jones and Warren Bullock at FlavaMen Blatino Awards

Last year it was advertised that Flava Works would host a Hot Body Contest and Pool Party. However Flava Works moved to D.C. Black Pride according to a statement by Flava Works. Both Sizzle Miami and D.C. Black Pride fall during Memorial Day Weekend.

“The Flava Works models DeAngelo Jackson, Flamez, Baby Star and Ace Rockwood, who were slated to be part of Miami Sizzle, will all be attending DC Black Pride instead and will be available for autograph signings,” the statement read. “FlavaMen’s Hot Body Contest and Pool Party have also been made to fit the DC Black Pride lineup.”

“We apologize to all the fans who booked their tickets to come to Miami for this and other FlavaMen events during Miami Sizzle, but due to scheduling conflicts, we had to change venues at the last minute,” Flava Works Operations Manager Warren Bullock said. “We hope all our fans will be able to join us for a fun time in D.C.”

Flava Works relocated to Miami in 2006 after a very public report by the Chicago Department of Public Health was released concerning “a high level of sexually transmitted diseases” among the models of Flava Works most popular website Cocodorm.com. Other sites owned by Flava Works include PapiCock.com, ThugBoy.com, CocoBoyz.com and FlavaMen.com.

In 2007, Flava Works and Derrick L. Briggs partnered with Sizzle Miami for an open-forum discussion on “Online Hook-ups and Sex” which Atlanta blogger Darian Aaron attended and enjoyed.

“Sizzle Miami has a history of violating others’ copyrights and saying sorry later,” CEO Phillip Bleicher told JRL CHARTS, a gay film industry website. The company “used copyrighted photos of their performers Baby Star, DeAngelo Jackson, Matrix and Xavier Vega in order to increase its profits.”

“Dwight Powell and Sizzle, Inc. had no right to use our intellectual property to promote their products and services. By doing so it diluted our valuable trademarks and is causing confusion among consumers that believe Flava Works endorses his products. We filed this lawsuit as part of the overall process to vigorously defend and protect our copyrights and trademarks,” Bleicher said.

Sizzle Miami’s partner company Platinum Planning Group is owned by Dwight Powell and Luis Medrano.

In 2008, Flava Works won a copyright suit against DGSource, Gairoo, ISTackPorn, and internet forums for $350,000.

It is uncertain how the Flava Works/Sizzle Miami suit will turn out.

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Erase Doubt + Know

April is STD Awareness Month. The purpose of the month is to get people talking about STDs and STD prevention.

“Since 2009, MTV, the Kaiser Family Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other partners have been supporting National STD Awareness Month with the GYT: Get Yourself Tested campaign to inform young people about STDs, encourage and normalize testing for STDs, and connect young people to testing centers,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2009 there were 1,244,180 cases of Chlamydia, and 301,174 cases of Gonorrhea. There were also 42,959 new diagnoses of HIV infection in the 40 states and five dependent areas. People with an STD are up to 5 times more likely to contract HIV.

Knowing your status is key to your health.

YSK 2010 CAMPAIGN

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“Just over half of all new sexually transmitted HIV infections are spread by people who have it and don’t know it,” according to EraseDoubt. EraseDoubt is dedicated to increasing HIV testing in Los Angeles County, driving awareness of HIV prevention, and providing updated information about HIV/AIDS treatment and care. Through advocacy and education, Erase Doubt promotes a greater understanding and respect for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and those at higher risk of contracting HIV.

African-Americans make up 9.8% of Los Angeles County’s population, but account for 22% of living HIV/AIDS cases.

Get tested. Know your status. If you’re in LA County go to the Erase Doubt website to find locations where you can get tested.

If you’re not in LA County go to HIV Test to find a location near you.

And remember it takes a second to protect yourself.

The video below is a good how-to video on using a condom.

Tip 1: Don’t put a condom in your wallet. Prolonged exposure to heat attacks the structural integrity of the condom.

Tip 2: Do not flush a condom in the toilet. Condoms aren’t biodegradable.

I’m a Brand Ambassador for Erase Doubt. We had a photo shoot in January and the billboard is finally out. If you’re in West Hollywood you should see the billboard soon (if you do see it take a picture and send it to me so I can print it and add it to my personal shrine).

Erase Doubt Campaign with Victor Yates

Victor Yates in Erase Doubt's Campaign

For more information on STDS, HIV/AIDS treatment, and testing visit Erase Doubt or you can contact them at Erase Doubt 600 South Commonwealth Avenue,  10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90005.  P: 800-367-AIDS (2437) E: info@erasedoubt.org

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