Black Women Unite for Healthy Sex as Essence Celebrates 25th

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Black women from four organizations recently joined forces at Essence Festival in New Orleans for “Black Women United for Healhty Sex” a coalition comprised of: Black AIDS Institute (BAI), the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC), Sister Love, Inc., and Iris House.  The group was sponsored at Essence by Gilead Sciences. “We are a coalition that …

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Q&A with Black Women’s Ambassador Derinthia Williams

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Black AIDS Update recently spoke with Black Women’s Ambassador Derinthia Williams.  Williams works for Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) in Atlanta.   HOPWA is a federally funded HUD program that offers a variety of housing solutions and support services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS. Black AIDS Update (BAU): Tell me about your work? …

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Leading Black America to the End of the Epidemic

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“From community advocacy that led to the first HIV Community Planning guidance of 1993 to Black leaders mobilizing and fighting for the creation of the 1998 Minority AIDS Initiative, Black leadership and communities have been present in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” says Raniyah Copeland, President and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute (BAI).  “Now achieving …

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Coleman Returns to BAI

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The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) has a new Behavioral Intervention Coordinator, David Coleman.  However, David is no stranger to BAI. He is returning after a nine month hiatus and has previously served as one of BAI’s Health Education Specialist. “I am drawn to fight the HIV epidemic in Black communities because when I got in …

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Kujichagulia Corner 7-2-19

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This week I’ll once again journey to New Orleans for the Essence Festival.  This year marks the 25th Anniversary of this gathering celebrating Black women with one of this year’s headliners being our Forever First Lady, Michelle Obama. Essence Festival is the largest gathering of Black women in the country and I’m ready to celebrate …

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Black AIDS Institute Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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LOS ANGELES—The Black AIDS Institute (BAI) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. BAI was incorporated on May 10, 1999 by Phill Wilson, after a life-threatening struggle with HIV, with inspiration from his best friend, the late Reggie Williams. Founded as a non-profit think tank focused on HIV/AIDS in the Black community, the organization initially launched as …

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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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