“Whenever I sit down long enough to think,
Within a blink or bat of eye,
A thousand deaths inside,
Because Doctors say these pills
But keep me alive.
Am stuck somewhere
Still so far away
And not much closer
To who I used to be
I wrote Anti-Retroviral as I sat waiting to hear “next steps” from a testing
Every year since December 1, 1988, World AIDS Day has been a day where we are able to commemorate the lives of those who
The way in which I choose to advocate for those infected & affected by HIV is to create new and innovative ways to disseminate information. I choose to create inclusive and affirming spaces where both HIV-positive and HIV-negative people are able to commune with each other in an effort to speak openly and honestly about HIV. With the help of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, my
Held at Busboys & Poets-Brookland on December 1st, we were able to host an Artist Showcase entitled #POZArt: A World AIDS Day Unification event to provide an affirming and healing space for both HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative artists. In staying aligned with our theme this year, we chose to screen my dear friend Thomas Davis’ dance and multimedia project, The Catharsis Project. The Catharsis Project addresses some of the most pertinent issues that impacted communities in the early days of the epidemic. Through Dance and stock footage from the early 80’s and 90’s, he was able to tell a comprehensive story of how HIV/AIDS ravished communities--and how some communities (Black Gay men & Black Women) were still being left out of the narrative when reports were being conducted.
There were 7 HIV-Positive artists on the bill. We raffled off my book, Pos+tively Beautiful, #HIVLIVESMATTER hoodies by Linton Walker, homemade
#POZArt was hugely successful because it was different. Because we provided a space for HIV-Positive people to feel safe when sharing their innermost feelings. We were able to support each other outside of a clinical setting. Our artists weren’t there because they needed a transportation voucher or a Visa gift card. No, there were to be felt. To be