Being Seen Podcast Announces Season 3, New Host

This fall, ViiV Healthcare and creative entertainments studio Harley & Co. announced the third season of the award-winning podcast series Being Seen. 

Reflecting ViiV Healthcare’s longstanding commitment to women—as a company led by women and committed to fueling research and community-led HIV resources for women—the third season of the podcast [A&U, August 2020; July 2021] emphasizes the stories of Black women and femmes, in order to prioritize mainstream media and entertainment narratives that actively seek to reduce stigma and bias. The series premiered on Tuesday, October 26 on all podcast platforms, and via www.beingseenpodcast.com, and will be hosted by Tony Award-winning actress and singer Anika Noni Rose.

“Black women and femmes in America have the experience of living under the oppression of both sexism and racism. This has impacted us in so many ways including our health, our safety, our access to power, our relationship to desire and more. We see this play out in Black maternal health disparities, violence against Black trans women and the unacceptable ways in which Black women bear the burden of HIV. As an actress I know first-hand the power of using mainstream media and entertainment to drive change—the people who create the stories, the way they are constructed and who gets to tell them can make a life-or-death difference. That is what we are talking about on this season of Being Seen and that’s what we need to change,” host Anika Noni Rose said in a prepared statement.

The third season showcases leading Black female voices within the community, featuring guests including Taraji P. Henson, Ledisi, Dominique Jackson, Roxane Gay and more. The new season’s range of important themes and discussions include Power, Desire, Responsibility, Laughter, and Health. At its core, Being Seen will show how self-definition and representation are crucial to reducing stigma and erasing dangerous stereotypes, especially with regards to HIV.

“Black women… have defined, imagined and built many of the best parts of America. We have an obligation to honor their stories, to archive them, and to put them at the center of the conversation. We are so excited to be able to do some of that work in Being Seen Season 3,” said Sarah Hall, Harley & Co. Founder and Partner.


For more information about Being Seen, go to https://www.beingseenpodcast.com/.