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Julian Bond

Gwendolyn E. Boyd

Douglas M. Brooks

Hydeia Broadbent

Patricia Broadbent

Marvelyn Brown

Mayor Willie Brown, Jr.

Stuart Burden

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Hon. Donna M. Christensen

William J.”Bill” Clinton

Duane Cramer

George E. Curry

Lee L. Daniels

Hon. Ron Dellums

Dázon Dixon Diallo

Sylvia Drew-Ivie, J.D.

Willis F. E. Edwards

Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders

Sandra J. Evers-Manly

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci

Debra Fraser-Howze

Dr. Helene Gayle

Danny Glover

Whoopi Goldberg

Dr. Eric Goosby

Dr. Marjorie J Hill

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

Bishop T.D. Jakes, Sr.

Cookie Johnson

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr.

Ronald Johnson

Saundra Johnson

Sheila C. Johnson

Bill T. Jones

Dr. Wilbert Jordan

Hill Harper

Hon. Vincent J. Hughes

Coretta Scott King

Patti LaBelle

Hon. Barbara Lee

Jenifer Lewis

Rev. Rae Lewis-Thornton

Sonya Lockett

Jerry Lopes

Nelson Mandela

Sandra S. McDonald

Marc Meachem

Jesse Milan, Jr., J.D.

Hon. J. Millender-McDonald

Gregorio Millett

Vanessa Mills

Mo’Nique

Rev. Cecil L. “Chip” Murray

Patricia Nalls

Frank J. Oldham, Jr.

Patrik-Ian Polk

Dr. Beny Primm

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Dr. M. Keith Rawlings

Hon. Phil Reed

Robi Reed

Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas

Jamar Rogers

Gloria Ruben

Rev. Edwin C. Sanders II

Dr. David Satcher

Dr. Robert Scott

Pernessa Seele

Dr. Ron Simmons

Russell Simmons

Tavis Smiley

Bev Smith

Dr. Kimberly Yvette Smith

Jurnee Smollett

Jussie Smollett

Jacquie Stephens

Jewel Thaïs-Williams

Blair Underwood

Tony R. Wafford

Dionne Warwick

Hon. Maxine Waters

Hon. Diane Watson

Fredette D. West

Andrea Williams

Dr. Gail Wyatt

 

Test: Pavni Guharoy

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Bill T. Jones

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Bill T. Jones Bill T. Jones has never created a single work about AIDS. He will tell you that firmly, perhaps forcefully. But the facts that he is HIV positive and that he lost his partner in love and work to AIDS, infuse his choreography, making several of his breathtaking works metaphors for the …

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Juanita Millender-McDonald

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Juanita Millender-McDonald A Glamour magazine survey called her “one of eleven women who will change the world.” Bold initiatives have become her trademark. And not only is she a champion of her people, she’s also a fierce soldier in the battle against AIDS. Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald may represent the citizens of California’s 37th congressional …

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Sylvie Drew-Ivie

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Sylvie Drew-Ivie The Caregiver A 55 year-old grandmother of five finds out her late husband was bisexual and infected her with HIV. An Ethiopian woman is feeling suicidal and climbs to the top of an apartment building, ready to end her AIDS-ravaged life. Their stories are at once unique and all too common for …

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Tavis Smiley

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Tavis Smiley Imagine having an articulate Black man always ready to enlighten your world at the flip of a switch. Now imagine that same man opening people’s minds about potentially overwhelming topics like HIV/AIDS. That’s what Tavis Smiley does for countless viewers and listeners who invite this hero into their homes, almost on a daily …

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Cookie Johnson

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Cookie Johnson Her story is one shared by countless Black women: her man tested positive for HIV/AIDS. But unlike most women, her man is world-famous with legions of loyal fans who all know: Magic Johnson has HIV. Cookie Johnson was in their living room when her husband walked in and broke the news. At …

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Dr. M. Keith Rawlins

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Dr. M. Keith Rawlins “When my children or grandchildren ask, ‘What did you do when people were dying of AIDS?’ I want to be able to say I did my best.” For Dr. M. Keith Rawlins, the call to action in the HIV/AIDS pandemic was both professional and personal. His daughter was born in …

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Dionne Warwick

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Dionne Warwick Over an illustrious four-decade career, Dionne Warwick has established herself as an international musical legend. As a performer, she has charmed audiences on every continent. As an activist, she has been a true pioneer in the struggle, and one of the first artists to lead the music industry in the fight against …

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Zackie Achmat

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Zackie Achmat Global Hero Abdurrazack Achmat has witnessed firsthand two of the most epic struggles of modern times, both of them in his native South Africa: the battle against apartheid in the latter part of the 20th century and the war against AIDS in the first part of the 21st century. Zackie, as he …

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Jurnee Smollett

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Jurnee Smollett The power of one young girl’s dream. Hydeia Broadbent was an AIDS baby, having contracted the virus from her biological mother. By her fourth birthday, she wasn’t expected to live beyond another year. By her eighth birthday, she was sharing her story at speaking engagements such as the 1996 Republican National Convention, …

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Gloria Reuben

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Gloria Reuben “People who are HIV-positive are getting their lives back.” This honoree is certainly not missing. She played someone in the struggle in the most famous ER on television. More recently, she played a woman living with AIDS in need of Life Support, the story of fellow honoree Andrea Williams (played by Queen …

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Dr. Ron Simmons

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Dr. Ron Simmons A woman finds blood in her husband’s underwear but can’t find it within herself to bring it up to her husband. To Dr. Ron Simmons, this is just plain wrong, not to mention symptomatic of a community that has gone in the wrong direction for far too long. But Simmons sees …

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Rev. Rae C. Lewis-Thornton

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Rev. Rae C. Lewis-Thornton The Faithful Many people who come across Rae Lewis-Thornton might describe her as, educated, attractive, assertive and ambitious. Not the kind of person with HIV running through her veins. But in 1986, at the tender age of 23, Rae organized a blood drive as a way of educating people to …

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Beny Primm

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Beny Primm By the time the AIDS epidemic exploded into American life, Dr. Beny Primm had already spent decades combating the health problems that plague urban communities. He’d been working with drug abusers at New York City’s Harlem Hospital since the early 1960s, watching as addiction corroded his patients’ bodies and lives. “We had …

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A. Cornelius Baker

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} A. Cornelius Baker Imagine discovering something different about your body—a sore throat, a small lump, even something as simple as ashy skin—and believing it could be a sign of imminent death. That was the reality of those infected with AIDS in the early days of the epidemic. It was also the world in which …

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Kimberly Smith

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Kimberly Smith In an uncertain world, dark forces lurk in the shadows, ready to prey on unsuspecting people struggling with AIDS. Sometimes those dark forces lie in wait in places never imagined by an ordinary person. That’s why the world needs people like Dr. Kimberly Smith. “In the late 80s,” says the native of …

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Rev. Dr. Cecil L. Chip Murray

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Rev. Dr. Cecil Chip Murray What does the pastor of the oldest Black congregation in Los Angeles have to say to those African-Americans who still don’t believe that AIDS is a major threat to the community? “Denial is a river in Egypt. It could happen to any of us.” Under the leadership of Rev. …

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Sandra McDonald

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Sandra McDonald Like all too many Black AIDS activists, Sandra Singleton McDonald started off with almost no resources beyond the passion born from watching loved ones fall ill. Early in the epidemic, the Atlanta, Georgia native was moved by the carnage unfolding from this new virus, and began researching how she could help. She …

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Carl Bean

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Carl Bean Archbishop Rev. Carl Bean doesn’t mince his words, and about the following point, he is absolutely clear. “Love,” he explains, “saved my life.” Growing up in 1950s Baltimore, Maryland, Rev. Bean saw no reason to conceal the fact that he was gay. That decision sent him down a tough road, and at …

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Charles E. Blake

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Charles E. Blake Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. is a man of character, integrity and wisdom. And determination. Given his commitment to the struggle, it’s easy to image him as Charles Atlas, trying to lift up Africa on his shoulders. Blake is senior pastor of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in …

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Sandra Evers-Manly

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Sandra Evers-Manly “I came from the Civil Rights Evers family in Mississippi. We were raised by the letter L. Love. Lift. Lead. Learn. Laugh. Listen with your heart,” says Sandra Evers-Manly. Loss is another word familiar to her. She’s a cousin of slain Civil Rights activist Medgar Evans and has had to say goodbye …

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Danny Glover

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Danny Glover What does the pastor of the oldest Black congregation in Los Angeles have to say to those African-Americans who still don’t believe that AIDS is a major threat to the community? “Denial is a river in Egypt. It could happen to any of us.” Under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Cecil L. …

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Sheryl Lee Ralph

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Sheryl Lee Ralph It seems fitting, somehow, that Sheryl Lee Ralph’s vision for joining the fight against HIV/AIDS came to her in a dream. Her hit musical Dreamgirls opened in 1981, the same year that doctors identified the first cases of disease. And it was during her run as a “dreamgirl” when one of …

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Debra Fraser-Howze

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Debra Fraser-Howze In the mid-1980s, then-U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop warned the country, and Black leaders in particular, about the alarmingly high rates of HIV infections among African Americans. At the time, HIV/AIDS was thought to be a malady that only afflicted gay white men. As Black leaders across the country attempted …

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Patricia Broadbent

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Patricia Broadbent “Don’t look at what you can die from. Look at how you can live.” Patricia Broadbent has spent a lifetime instilling this kind of positive attitude in herself and her family. Good thing. She’s living with cancer and three of her children are living with AIDS. She’s experienced a teacher spraying her …

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Hydeia Broadbent

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Hydeia Broadbent Hydeia Broadbent, as tiny as a finger snap, could barely see over the podium. But the little girl had a big message. “How many of you know someone with AIDS?” she asked the audience at one of her early speeches.  “Guess what, you do know someone with AIDS. And you can be …

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David Satcher

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} David Satcher Anybody else would have headed for the door. The most contentious presidential election in modern times had just turned the White House over to a new group of social conservatives, and the Surgeon General’s position has always been a hotspot in America’s culture wars. For Dr. David Satcher, who had been appointed …

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Wilbert C. Jordan

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Wilbert C. Jordon Leaving his office one evening, Dr. Wilbert C. Jordan was approached by a drug user who needed money. A conversation that began about a quarter evolved into a discussion about HIV and AIDS. Across the street was a mobile health unit. The addict told Dr. Jordan that the health unit’s workers …

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Eric Goosby

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Eric Goosby In 1981, as an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Eric Goosby watched with alarm as the AIDS epidemic was born. Two years later, while working as Medical Director at the Southeast Health Center at San Francisco General Hospital, he began his …

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Essence

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Essence Essence, the preeminent magazine for African American women, has made a strong commitment to dealing with HIV/AIDS, a disease disproportionately affecting its very reader-base. AIDS is the #1 killer of Black women in the United States, aged 24-45. Among females, 72% of all new HIV cases are Black women. In response to the pandemic, …

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Jesse L. Jackson

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Jesse L. Jackson As founder and president of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. developed the PUSH for Life HIV/AIDS program in March of 2000. The purpose of the program is to develop a political platform to assist the HIV/AIDS community in its efforts to garner broader support both nationally and …

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Diane Watson

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Diane Watson “Let us shift our priorities. Let us train an army of doctors to fight the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Let us declare war on this dreaded disease.” Think of Diane Watson as a one-woman army, fighting valiantly against the epidemic on the political front, first in California State Senate and now in the …

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Willie Brown

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Willie Brown The world was just two years into the mysterious new disease still thought of as a “gay plague” when Willie Brown got an urgent request for help from a San Francisco activist. If doctors were going to find out what was causing this deadly illness, the activist pleaded, they needed money, real …

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Fredette West

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Fredette West Watching the news and reading the papers, you’d get the impression that members of Congress are lone actors, toiling away on their own, with an expert grasp on every public policy issue that comes before them. And, to be sure, they’re a hard working and well-informed bunch. But anybody who’s spent time …

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Vincent Hughes

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Vincent Hughes State Senator Vincent Hughes represents a Philadelphia rarely seen in Hollywood, a Philadelphia ravaged by the realities of HIV and AIDS. The youth of the city of brotherly love are especially affected, but their voice to the rest of the world has a message of hope: “We can have victory over this …

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Magic Johnson

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Magic Johnson There have been many great athletes in this century. But only one has a smile as famous as the Mona Lisa. It’s a big, wide smile that we can’t ever imagine being false.  It transmits his warmth. It enables us to see into his heart. But on November 7, 1991, that smile …

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Jacquie Stephens

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Jacquie Stephens “Let us shift our priorities. Let us train an army of doctors to fight the global HIV/AIDS crisis. Let us declare war on this dreaded disease.” Think of Diane Watson as a one-woman army, fighting valiantly against the epidemic on the political front, first in California State Senate and now in the …

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George Bellinger

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} George Bellinger The year was 1982 and, like most other Black gay men in Washington, D.C., George Bellinger, Jr. wasn’t too worried about the mysterious cases of “gay cancer” popping up in New York City and California. It was in the white gay community, not his own , so why worry? “I fell into …

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Mo’Nique

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Mo’Nique In 1985, she was sitting in a college classroom with her best girlfriend when the professor announced that there was this new disease, one you can only get by coming in contact with a gay man or IV drug users. In 2002, she saw that same best girlfriend die of AIDS. Mo’Nique knows …

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Paris Barclay

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Paris Barclay A film, television, and Broadway director who boasts two Emmys (and four more nominations) atop his lengthy list of industry awards has a lot of accomplishments. But Paris Barclay, whose latest work is with the team that brings us the acclaimed NBC drama series The West Wing, says his greatest achievement has …

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Jewel Thaïs-Williams

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Jewel Thaïs-Williams In a city notorious for its fickle tastes, where many are looking for “the next big thing,” one Los Angeles nightclub has been a steady force to be reckoned with for 30 long years. Jewel’s Catch One, owned by Jewel Thaïs-Williams, is a landmark establishment for people “in the life,” a club …

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Helene Gayle

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Helene Gayle Dr. Helene Gayle has seen it all. From the Reagan/Bush era of the 1980s, through the Clinton administration, and on to another Bush presidency, Gayle has plugged away at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 1995 to 2001, she directed the agency’s National Center for HIV, STD and …

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Dr. Gail Elizabeth Wyatt

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Dr. Gail Elizabeth Wyatt Mention the phrases “Black woman” and “a lucrative career involving sex and sexuality” and one might be tempted to think of actresses and entertainers. Try Ph.D., wife of 40 years, mother of three, author of several books, and blazing pioneer in the AIDS pandemic. “I’ve been a sex researcher at …

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Pernessa Seele

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Pernessa Seele Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician here? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered? —Jeremiah 8:22 This is the Bible verse upon which Pernessa Seele founded her organization 12 years ago. While working in Harlem Hospital during the 1980s, Seele was shocked …

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Maxine Waters

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Maxine Waters “This is a national crisis. Our community can wait no longer.” These were the dramatic words voiced by California Congresswoman Maxine Waters in 1998, as she sounded the AIDS alarm. As chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, the fiery Democrat and her colleagues joined with other community leaders and took the dramatic …

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The Bakewells

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} The Bakewells Like father like son. And his son. And his son. And their sons and daughters, and their children, and their children and so on and so forth. Life grows with the seeds we plant. How the seeds grow and flourish depends greatly on how we nurture and cultivate them. Call the Bakewell …

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Andrea Williams

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Andrea Williams “Very few movies have been made about living with it.”Nelson George Imagine a Hollywood pitch meeting where busy studio executives hear the following pitch for a prospective film: The true-life story of a Black mother who overcomes her addiction to crack and becomes a positive HIV-positive role model and AIDS activist in …

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Stuart Burden

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Stuart Burden People can come up with invaluable ways to help the underserved, but if they can’t find the funding, nothing happens. Still others can possess invaluable financial resources to help those in need, but if they can’t find the proper avenues, nothing happens. Think of Stuart Burden as a matchmaker. For years, he’s …

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Ronald Johnson

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Ronald Johnson The year was 1984 and like many gay men in New York City, Ronald Johnson was scared. Droves of homosexual men were disappearing rapidly, often going from being robust and healthy to becoming sick and dying within a matter of months. Rock Hudson was still in the closet as a man living …

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Donna M. Christensen

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{artsexylightbox}{/artsexylightbox} Congresswoman Donna M. ChristensenThe Policy Maker Congresswoman Christensen’s commitment to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in communities of color began during her 29 years of service as a family physician and health administrator in the Virgin Islands. In that time, she treated many patients at the beginning of the deadly epidemic and worked with their …

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