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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MAC AIDS

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MAC AIDS Established in 1994, the M·A·C AIDS Fund supports men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. Each year, the Fund helps more than 400 worldwide charitable organizations working to combat the epidemic. Grants given out by the Fund are generated from 100 percent of sales from M·A·C Cosmetics’ Viva Glam lipstick and lipgloss. …

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Gwendolyn E. Boyd

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Gwendolyn E. Boyd Just by being a black female engineer, Gwendolyn E. Boyd challenges the world’s perceptions and assumptions about black women. Just by being a black female engineer who cares about the single biggest killer of African American women, Boyd has also had a profoundly positive effect on countless lives in the health …

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Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Click the image to view full size Rashidah Abdul-Klabeer As an epidemiology nurse in a major medical center in Philadelphia in 1983, Rashidah Abdul-Khabeer saw right away how AIDS was going to affect the Black community. At the time, the national profile for persons with AIDS was white, gay and male, but the first …

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Patti LaBelle

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Patti LaBelleArtist “I still have so much more to do, so many other things to try. I have a lot of blessings, a lot to be thankful for, but I’m always excited about what else there is for me to do.” It’s hard to believe that such humble words could come from the lips …

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George E. Curry

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} George E. Curry “No one should overlook the devastating toll this deadly disease has taken on the African American community.” Words to live by. But then again, this hero has written enough words on HIV/AIDS to fill volumes. “The truth is that all of us, including the media, must do more. It should not …

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