Andrea Williams

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Andrea Williams “Very few movies have been made about living with it.”Nelson George Imagine a Hollywood pitch meeting where busy studio executives hear the following pitch for a prospective film: The true-life story of a Black mother who overcomes her addiction to crack and becomes a positive HIV-positive role model and AIDS activist in …

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Stuart Burden

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Stuart Burden People can come up with invaluable ways to help the underserved, but if they can’t find the funding, nothing happens. Still others can possess invaluable financial resources to help those in need, but if they can’t find the proper avenues, nothing happens. Think of Stuart Burden as a matchmaker. For years, he’s …

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Ronald Johnson

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Ronald Johnson The year was 1984 and like many gay men in New York City, Ronald Johnson was scared. Droves of homosexual men were disappearing rapidly, often going from being robust and healthy to becoming sick and dying within a matter of months. Rock Hudson was still in the closet as a man living …

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Donna M. Christensen

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Congresswoman Donna M. ChristensenThe Policy Maker Congresswoman Christensen’s commitment to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in communities of color began during her 29 years of service as a family physician and health administrator in the Virgin Islands. In that time, she treated many patients at the beginning of the deadly epidemic and worked with their …

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Julian Bond

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Julian Bond His name is Bond. Julian Bond. His mission: changing the course of history. The beneficiaries of his larger-than-life efforts: African Americans and history itself. From his student days to his current Chairmanship of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Bond is a longtime participant in the movements for civil …

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Barbara Lee

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Barbara Lee “AIDS in Black America needs to be seen as a global problem. The media needs to focus on the domestic crisis in America as part of the overall global crisis,” says Congresswoman Barbara Lee. The Congresswoman is on a mission to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in her own backyard as well …

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Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders Many might be tempted to remember her for a few words uttered in 1994, when, as the nation’s first black Surgeon General, she dared acknowledge the existence of masturbation and said that “perhaps” it should be taught as a way to prevent AIDS. Her remark set off a firestorm that …

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Russell Simmons

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Russell Simmons In the late 1970s, Russell Simmons was studying sociology inside the classrooms of the Harlem branch of City College of New York. Outside on streets, rap music was exploding onto the cultural scene. What some saw as a passing musical fad, Simmons recognized as a genuine form of expression from the inner …

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Robert Scott

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Dr. Robert ScottThe Policy Maker “I am committed to the practice of medicine in the Bay Area and my greatest challenge is to recruit others who share that same enthusiasm and commitment.” Humbly but adamantly stated, Dr. Robert Scott is serious about helping to heal the men, women and children of the San Francisco …

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Yvonne B. Burke

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Yvonne B. Burke How do you sum up the contributions of a woman who has more than 30 years experience in public service and has been named one of “America’s 200 Future Leaders” by Time and “Woman of the Year” by the Los Angeles Times? Simply put, heroic. Or you could just utter the …

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