In 6 days, 2,500 cyclist will travel from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the fight against the AIDS Pandemic. In route to Los Angeles, we'll be cycling past the home to Oprah Winfrey. Will the Oprah Winfrey Network cover the event?

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    May 31, 2011 9:41 PM GMT
    13 times, I have cycled 7 days, 575 miles, from San Francisco to Los Angeles in a cycling charity event called AIDSLifecycle. In route to Los Angeles, I (and 2,000 of my best friends) cycle thru Montecito, CA. ( Montecito is the home to Oprah Winfrey).

    Each Year, the locals of Montecito - Santa Barbara gather and create their own "Paradise Pit Stop" for the approx. 2,000 AIDSLifecycle Cyclist & 400 Volunteer Crew members. There you can find: chocolate bars, organic strawberries, vegan ice cream, corn dogs, Twinkies, coco cola, massages, and then some.. ... ALL YOU CAN EAT ...GRATIS!

    Years ago (as I ate my strawberries and homemade ice cream), I asked several Montecito residents: "Where is Oprah?"

    Responses:
    1. "She is not here. "
    2. "That's a funny question. . . . ."
    3. "Can I be in the Oprah Magazine ?"
    4. " Oprah can be found shopping in the local Montecito Von's."
    5. "Who's Oprah?"
    6. "Great Idea!"
    As I left the "Paradise Pit" in Montecito, I thought: "Let's ask Oprah Winfrey & the Oprah Winfrey Network to join and/or support the AIDSLifecycle Family.

    African Americans have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the epidemic’s beginning, and that disparity has deepened over time. African Americans account for more AIDS diagnoses, people estimated to be living with AIDS, and HIV-related deaths than any other racial/ethnic group in the U.S. The epidemic has also had a disproportionate impact on subgroups of African Americans including women, youth, and men who have sex with men, and its impact varies across the country. Moreover, African Americans with HIV/AIDS may face greater barriers to accessing care than their white counterparts.

    Oprah Winfrey & the Oprah Winfrey Network focus on encouraging people around the world to live their “Own Best Life” (with vision & focus)) while simultaneously making a difference in the lives of underprivileged others.

    Through Oprah's involvement with the Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, the tiny town of Williamson, West Virginia, and the “A Secret Sex World: Living on the Downlow” segment, Oprah Winfrey, has both removed stigmas & flattened ignorance associated with the AIDS Pandemic.

    On 05 June 2011, I, Tony Eason, (and 2,500 of my best friends) will cycle 575 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the fight against the AIDS Pandemic. And as we ride past Montecito, I invite Oprah Winfrey & the Oprah Winfrey Network to participate (in any way that they can).

    The presence of Oprah Winfrey at the AIDSLifecycle 2011 Closing Ceremonies would not only fuel the hearts of the 2,500 cycling philanthropists & 400 volunteer crew members - it would present a platform to continue promoting self empowerment; flattening ignorance; and providing education as a prominent African American Woman in the African American Community,

    AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and is designed to advance their shared interests to end the pandemic and human suffering caused by AIDS.

    I know:

    1. It takes a village to raise a child,
    2. You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.
    3. The best way to teach is by example.

    And as I prepare & train for my 14th Journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, I know I’m doing the right thing.

    Check out the Oprah Winfrey Network Video Invitation
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    Jun 01, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    who gives a fuck about Oprah?
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    Jun 01, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    Dallasfan824 saidwho gives a fuck about Oprah?


    That was a constructive post! icon_rolleyes.gif
  • grant33

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    Jun 01, 2011 4:34 AM GMT
    Uh, Oprah is all about Oprah. If being there benefits Oprah in some way, then maybe she'll be there. Otherwise, I wouldn't hold my breath as you ride past her place........
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 01, 2011 4:36 AM GMT
    velo said
    The presence of Oprah Winfrey at the AIDSLifecycle 2011 Closing Ceremonies would not only fuel the hearts of the 2,500 cycling philanthropists & 400 volunteer crew members - it would present a platform to continue promoting self empowerment; flattening ignorance; and providing education as a prominent African American Woman in the African American Community



    Well, the presence of any number of high profile people would fuel the hearts of the 2,500 cycling philanthropists, but maybe they can't be there for whatever reason. It's not like Oprah doesn't give millions to charity. Give the girl a break...sheeeesh! icon_rolleyes.gif