Birds Fly High

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Positive Poetry A Newark, N.J.-native, 26-year-old baron. is a rising poetic talent. His debut album, Troubled Man, blends hip hop and spoken word in pieces that tell the story of a young, Black and unapologetically gay life. In a year in which public health watchers have groped for answers about why HIV infection rates are …

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Remembering LeRoy Whitfield

Posted in: News 2005-Older

LeRoy Whitfield, a pioneering young AIDS journalist who lived with the virus for 15 years, died from AIDS-related illnesses on Sunday, Oct. 9. He was 36 years old. Whitfield had for years been among the most recognized journalistic faces of the epidemic. He wrote for publications ranging from Vibe magazine to the Institute’s suite of …

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The Forgotten Epidemic

Posted in: News 2005-Older

BlackAIDS.org Reports By Kai Wright SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Maria has seen worse days, to be sure. Three years ago, she was all but certain to become one of the estimated 35,000 Caribbeans killed by AIDS each year. Her now 175-pound frame had wasted down to a flimsy 90 pounds. “She’s one that, without the …

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What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: Dispatches from Black America By Phill Wilson Post-Katrina, everyone’s obsessed with whether George Bush cares about Black people. Kanye West thinks he doesn’t; Laura Bush insists he does. After all, the first lady said, “I live with him. I know what he believes.” Maybe Laura is right. Maybe W loves him some Black folk. But …

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Learning to Let It Go

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: In Times Like These… By ‘Rolake Odetoyinbo It saddens me to see how HIV can break not just bodies, but spirits, hearts and souls. We all carry around some form of pain, but for those of us living with HIV, there’s so much pent up anger, pain and regrets. We can’t forgive ourselves for getting …

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Having a Damn to Give

Posted in: News 2005-Older

By Craig Washington It has been almost three months since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported the alarming findings of a study in which 46% of Black homosexually active men surveyed in five major cities tested HIV positive. Phill Wilson, executive director of the Black AIDS Institute, expressed outrage at the lack of …

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Gail Wyatt Takes on HIV’s Best-Kept Secret

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Newsmaker Interview Here’s one of the least-discussed but more startling facts about HIV among women in America: As many as half of women living with the virus report a history of sexual abuse in their childhood, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So Dr. Gail Wyatt, working with her colleagues at …

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How I Learned to Love Myself

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Positive Poetry By Precious Jackson Hi, my name is Precious. I want to tell you a little about myself so you can get to know me a little better. I was raised by my grandmother and step-grandfather in South Los Angeles. Due to my parents’ drug addictions at that time, they felt it was best that …

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AIDS and Katrina’s Survivors

Posted in: News 2005-Older

The Black AIDS Institute family continues to pray for all of our brothers and sisters struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. We also share the widespread concerns voiced by our community leaders that the federal response to yet another public health disaster for poor Black Americans has once again been too slow and too …

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My Plan to End AIDS

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Special Report: Policy & Advocacy By Judith Dillard Let me tell you the story of a nice African-American girl from Texas who didn’t think she could get HIV — but did. It’s also the story of how she tried to kill herself over it. And it’s the story of how she found something to live for …

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