Sonya Lockett

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Sonya Lockett “We’re treating a disease of the 21st century like it’s 1950,” she says. If anyone should know, it would be a woman who was raised in small-town America. Sonya Lockett grew up in Baton Rouge, La., a place she calls “fabulous,” and adds, “It’s very Southern with a big emphasis on family …

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Jerry Lopes

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Jerry Lopes Jerry Lopes is a hero in a very Herculean struggle. As a small number of corporations swallow up more and more of the world’s media outlets, the quest for coverage of the issues affecting the African Diaspora becomes an epic one. Enter the American Urban Radio Networks, the largest vehicle for reaching …

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Patrik-Ian Polk

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Patrik-Ian Polk As a Black director who is openly gay, Patrik-Ian Polk challenges stereotypes just by showing up for work. But Polk is not content just being a player in the Hollywood game. Polk is intent on being a player who makes a difference in the Black gay community. Not only does the Mississippi …

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Sandra Johnson

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Saundra Johnson Advocate Throughout her life, Saundra Johnson has never avoided the hard jobs. “I haven’t been a hotel maid yet,” she laughs. “But if it’s nasty, I’ve done it.” When the AIDS epidemic spread across America in the 1980s, her occupational direction began to take focus. “I saw the very first article on …

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Jesse Milan, Jr.

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Jesse Milan, Jr. “My whole life is focused on HIV/AIDS!” Those words are no understatement when it comes to Jesse Milan, Jr.. True, he’s been living with the virus for 25 years and counting, but HIV is more than just a part of his body. HIV is a part of his life’s work. An …

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Bev Smith

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Bev Smith “My audience is informed, educated and well-read. We’ve come a long way from, ‘If I stand next to someone with AIDS, can I get it?’” If there are people in America and the world who understand that AIDS doesn’t leap from person to person in a crowded room, in part, we can …

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Patricia Nalls

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Patricia Nails Imagine losing your husband to AIDS, then losing your three year-old child to AIDS six months later … then being the only woman on the entire planet with AIDS. That was Patricia Nalls’ reality in 1986 at the height of the hysteria-filled dark ages of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. When doctors gave the …

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Tony R. Wafford

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Tony R. Wafford He’s not gay. Or a man who has sex with men. Or an IV drug user. None of that matters to this hero when it comes to HIV/AIDS. “Why do I have to be any of those things to realize people are dying and suffering?” asks Tony R. Wafford. “You can …

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News

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Tenth Annual Heroes in the Struggle Gala Reception Benefitting the Black AIDS Institute and the Magic Johnson Foundation Partnership CoChairs: Cookie and Earvin “Magic” Johnson Help us to honor the exceptional achievements of activists, entertainers, and corporations, and caregivers in the fight against AIDS. This year’s Heroes include: Marvelyn Brown Lee L. Daniels Willis F.E. …

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Sylvie Drew-Ivie

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Sylvie Drew-Ivie The Caregiver A 55 year-old grandmother of five finds out her late husband was bisexual and infected her with HIV. An Ethiopian woman is feeling suicidal and climbs to the top of an apartment building, ready to end her AIDS-ravaged life. Their stories are at once unique and all too common for …

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