Bruce Smail Named Deputy Director

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LOS ANGELES—The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) has named Bruce Smail as its Deputy Director effective as of April 1. “I have been positive since February 10, 2003.  Immediately after diagnosis, I wanted to incorporate HIV/AIDS in my advocacy,” says Smail.  “I am very excited to join the Black AIDS Institute family.” He added, “I know …

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Introducing the Black Women’s Ambassador Program*

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“I think Black women are lit. I think we’re amazing.” – BAI Ambassador Last week, amidst the revelry of Mardi Gras, a group of Black women traveled to New Orleans from communities as far as San Juan and Milwaukee to form the inaugural cohort of the Black Women’s Ambassador program. The mission of the Ambassador …

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Kujichagulia Corner

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It’s the last day of February which signals the end of Black history month. February is one of my favorite months of the year because everyone gets to revel in the beauty of our resiliency and the promise of our future. I’ve thought deeply about the history of BAI and where we want to go …

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My Brother’s Keeper Exemplifies Black Excellence

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“We pretty much operate in a collegial environment.  We have a shared responsibility. We operate together. We love each other together,” says Dr. June Gipson, President and CEO of the Jackson, Miss. based My Brother’s Keeper, Inc. (MBK), as she reflected on this year’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) theme “Together For Love: Stop …

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One BAI Team Member’s Journey

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“I was a stigma pusher, but not anymore, obviously,” says Joshua Rodgers who joined the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) prevention and care team last November as an administrative program assistant.  Rodgers, who is living with HIV, came through the doors of BAI on September 5th of 2017 to get tested and access services.  He was …

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State of the Union Response

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In the President’s State of the Union Tuesday night, two days ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), he claimed that his budget will ask for funding to end the AIDS epidemic within the United States within 10 years. He framed this as a bipartisan, unifying effort, but, if he and his administration are …

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Let’s Stop HIV Together

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My favorite month of the year is February because it is an opportunity to celebrate and rejoice in the beauty and resiliency of Blackness. Fittingly, we annually commemorate February 7th with National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD).  This year’s NBHAAD theme is “Let’s Stop HIV Together” and in my new role as President & CEO …

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The Trump Administration has launched its latest attack against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) – Fight Back

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The Trump Administration has launched its latest attack against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) — and we need your help to fight back. The Trump Administration has proposed a rule to change “protected class status” under Medicare,  which allows PLHIV to have direct access to the best treatments as prescribed by their clinician. Over the …

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Kujichagulia Corner: From the President & CEO’s Desk

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Welcome to our first Black AIDS Update of the year! I proudly ushered in the New Year as the new President and Chief Executive Officer the Black AIDS Institute.  As we enter 2019, I am eager to build on the 20+ years of impactful work the Black AIDS Institute has done as a thought leader, …

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#ForOurOwnProtection aims to protect the lives of Black gay men

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*By Larry R. Hygh, Jr., Ed.D. The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) in partnership with the AMAAD Institute (Arming Minorities Against Addiction and Disease), Minority AIDS Project, and God’s Property recently hosted a community forum called #ForOurOwnProtection at BAI’s MacArthur Park office.  The forum’s goal was to create a community action plan to protect the lives …

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