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Literary Event to Focus on Men’s Health Issues in the African American Community

Literary Event to Focus on Men’s Health Issues in the African American Community

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) will host a Literary Cultural Event featuring medical/diet expert Dr. Ian Smith, from VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club.”

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) September 14, 2006

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) will host a Literary Cultural Event featuring medical/diet expert Dr. Ian Smith, from VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on men’s health issues in the African American community. Dr. Smith will also receive AKA’s Maxine W. Smith Literary Award.

The AKA Literary Cultural Event will be held on Sept. 24, from 3 to 5 p. m., at the Enterprise Center, located at 4548 Market Street in West Philadelphia. The program, hosted by Action News/6ABC Anchor Rick Williams, begins at 3p. m. and the book signing begins at 4 p. m.

In addition to his role on “Celebrity Fit Club,” Dr. Ian Smith is a medical contributor to ABC’s “The View,” and a medical correspondent for Men’s Health magazine. Dr. Smith is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio show Healthwise on American Urban Radio Networks. His current book is titled, The Fat Smash Diet. Past Maxine W. Smith Literary Award recipients include Vanesse J. Lloyd-Sgambati, founder of The Literary and creator of The Literary Café (2000); Omar Tyree, author (2001); Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, playwright (2002); and Dianne McKinney-Whetstone, author (2004).

Founded in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the oldest and largest of its kind and hailed as “America’s premiere Greek-lettered organization for Black women.” The Omega Omega Chapter was chartered in Philadelphia in 1926, and has provided programs, services, grants, and scholarships to women, men, children, and families in the Philadelphia region for nearly 80 years.

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