Past Brown Bag Lunches (2018)

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PAST BROWN BAG LUNCHES (2018) Race, Class, and Privilege 2.0 January 16 – Gender, Sex, and Sexuality 101 View the Webinar February 13 – Trans Rights and HIV View the Webinar March 13 – Immigration Rights and HIV View the Webinar Policy and Advocacy April 10 – HIV Policy 101 View the Webinar May 8 …

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Kujichagulia Corner

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As we closed out Women’s History Month, and I completed my first 90 days as BAI’s new leader, I’ve been reflecting on the amazing support I’ve been given as a leader, and the critical juncture in which we find ourselves at as a movement. When I assumed this new role, I had a strong idea …

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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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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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Positive

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Something we are always told but never taught Positivity The presence rather than the absence of a certain substance, condition, feature Consisting in or characterized by the presence or possession of features or qualities rather than their absences Positive The way dictionary defines I live my life between those lines When faced with adversity that’s …

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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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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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