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Red Flamboyant

Posted on April 16, 2015 by in Music, Dance & Theater, The Arts

An Unlikely Hero Don Nguyen and Laura Savia discuss the making of Red Flamboyant, a play about the first Vietnamese AIDS support group by Alina Oswald When life gives you lemons, don’t just make lemonade—get people to talk about it, too. When Pham Thi Hue, a young Vietnamese woman, contracted HIV from her husband, she [...]

Stephen Mead

Posted on April 15, 2015 by in Music, Dance & Theater, The Arts

Learning from the Past Multimedia artist Stephen Mead talks about his new CD, Threnody for a Forgotten Plague by Alina Oswald Some paint with light. Others use words. Stephen Mead does both. A multimedia artist and author known for his color collages and poems, Mead recently added music and sound to give new life to [...]

NINA

Posted on February 10, 2015 by in Features, Music, Dance & Theater, The Arts

Musical Influence Singing since age six, Euro sensation NINA is all grown up, bringing fans to their feet and talking about HIV by Sean Black Photos courtesy Aztec Records Opening for a beloved musical act with a long-established fan base runs its share of risk. In the case of NINA, who opened seven dates for [...]

Un Mémoire

Posted on February 3, 2015 by in Music, Dance & Theater, Noteworthy, The Arts

Un Mémoire Award-winning playwright and AIDS advocate Imani Harrington, aka IMH or Imani Maryahm, delves into the intersectional forces that shape our lives in a new work set for a three-day run as part of the Venus/Adonis Theater Festival 2015 in New York City. Described as an “installation play” that extends Harrington’s series of work, [...]

Jonathan Blake

Posted on January 12, 2015 by in Features, Movies & TV, The Arts

Proud Burst Long-Term Survivor Jonathan Blake Takes Us Behind the Scenes of the New Film Pride to Talk About Real-Life Activism by Dann Dulin “AND THE OSCAR GOES TO…” Yep, it’s that time of year again when the film community honors their peers for their ace performances. If I had that wee gold buff man [...]

Dance Speaks

Posted on January 2, 2015 by in Features, Music, Dance & Theater, The Arts

Dance Teachers A Baton Rouge theater company uses dance to educate about HIV/AIDS by Larry Buhl When audiences at the Manship Theatre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, sat in anticipation of the first performance of the 2014 season, they received something they hadn’t expected: a message about the shockingly high rate of HIV/AIDS in their community. [...]

It’s Not Over

Posted on December 24, 2014 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

A Millennial Wake-Up Call In the Wake of a Shocking Survey, a M•A•C AIDS Fund Film Reminds Youth that It’s Not Over by Stevie St. John Photos by Andrew Jenks Entertainment More than three decades into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, major medical advances could soon usher in an AIDS-free generation. There are more effective tools and [...]

Patrik-Ian Polk

Posted on October 14, 2014 by in Cover Story, Movies & TV, The Arts

Knockout Trailblazing Filmmaker Patrik-Ian Polk Takes Jabs at the Barriers to Sexual Health by Sean Black Photos by Duane Cramer Patrik-Ian Polk can take a great deal of the credit for fast-forwarding queer black cinema into present-day; in fact, some even tout him as the “Father of Black Gay Cinema.” After bursting onto the scene [...]

AIDS: Living in the Shadows

Posted on October 3, 2014 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

[FILM] AIDS: Living in the Shadows Senior Executive Producer: Beth Mendelson; Host: Musician Elton John Voice of America (VOA) Reviewed by Sally Hessney It is hard to avoid hyperbole when talking about the tremendous strides made in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. It is equally difficult to tamp down the upsurge of hope one [...]

The Normal Heart

Posted on August 23, 2014 by in Movies & TV, The Arts

[DVD] The Normal Heart Directed by Ryan Murphy HBO Home Entertainment Reviewed by Robert Kingett Sometimes it takes a raindrop to ignite a tidal wave when fighting for equality. It all starts on the beach one day in 1981. The sun is shining, ships are docking, and people are laughing and having a grand old [...]