Iffection (For Curtis)

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Positive Poetry By Tim’m West between infection and affection there is the utter unfairness of over-contemplating deep kisses, somebody’s rejection of not just your truth, but your essence, your positive spirit. There is the soft brown flesh around you strugglin’ against obsessions with guilt, disclosure, and the dirty you are sometimes made to feel for loving …

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AIDS is a conspiracy, and blacks are in on it

Posted in: News 2005-Older

OP-ED: The Chicago Sun-Times AIDS is a conspiracy, and blacks are in on it By Phill Wilson I’ve been in denial. I’ve finally come to the conclusion that AIDS really is a conspiracy to kill black people. I finally realized the truth in June, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that …

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Bush Offers Vision for U.S. AIDS Care

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Breakin’ it Down: The President’s AIDS Plan By Kai Wright There it was, wedged into an otherwise unsurprising litany of Bush administration priorities in this year’s State of the Union: the President’s wholly unexpected acknowledgement of the epidemic raging among African Americans. “Because HIV/AIDS brings suffering and fear into so many lives,” President Bush told Congress, …

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President Clinton Urges Black Media Makers to Report the Epidemic

Posted in: News 2005-Older

STATEMENT: 30th Anniversary Convention of the National Association of Black Journalists President Clinton Urges Black Media Makers to Report the Epidemic Former President Bill Clinton addressed the 30th anniversary meeting of the National Association of Black Journalists yesterday, urging thousands of African American media professionals to report on the healthcare challenges we face here and …

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Why I Love My Period

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Column: In Times Like These… By ‘Rolake Odetoyinbo Editor’s note: It is our great pleasure to introduce you to ‘Rolake Odetoyinbo — a gifted, dedicated and fierce Nigerian woman. As part of her wide-ranging activism in her home country, Odetoyinbo writes a regular column for the popular Nigerian newspaper The Punch, where she boldly talks about …

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The Condom Wars

Posted in: News 2005-Older

By Kai Wright How does a device as simple as a rubber dredge up such complicated debates? Condoms are, after all, among healthcare’s most basic tools: a simple latex sheath to unfurl over an erect penis before inserting it into someone else’s orifice. With that uncomplicated act, countless sexually transmitted diseases are slowed, if not stopped. …

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Beware Black Folks! The Lesbians are Coming!

Posted in: News 2005-Older

By Kenyon Farrow Wake up Black people! Lock your windows and doors! Lesbians are coming — and they’re taking over the Black community! You haven’t heard? Apparently you missed Rev. Willie Wilson’s recent sermon at Union Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. I wish this were a joke. In fact, I wish it were even funny. But …

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Who You Callin’ Disabled?

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Breakin’ it Down: How the Supreme Court Matters to AIDS By Kai Wright Few of Washington’s rituals get the nation’s blood up like a Supreme Court nomination. And in times like these – with the left vs. right ideological divide as deep and raw as ever – a battle over the highest court in the land …

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‘The worst things one could be called was a nigger or a sissy’

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Newsmaker Interview Since same-sex marriage catapulted sexuality back into the forefront of America’s culture wars last year, African American clergy have often served as the public face for the religious right’s anti-gay movement. Millions More Movement march organizer Rev. Willie Wilson’s homophobic sermon last week was just the most recent – and now high-profile – …

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Coming Down Off Needles

Posted in: News 2005-Older

Add needle exchanges to the list of HIV and AIDS programs that have fallen on hard times in the 21st Century. According to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study published last week, both the total number of syringe exchange programs nationally and public funding for them has dropped for the first time …

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