Hispanic Black Gay Coalition to Raise Awareness About
HIV/AIDS through Arts and Activism Event: March 26
BOSTON, March 15, 2011— Nationally recognized activists
will participate in an artist exhibit and panel
discussion examining the impact HIV/AIDS has had on
communities of color and the role the arts can play in
preventing the spread of an epidemic identified by the
Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a State of
The March 26 event entitled ‘It Takes a Village: AIDS
Arts & Activism’, will feature an inspiring presentation
of poetry, dancing, hip hop and art all with messages of
HIV awareness and prevention. The presentations will be
followed by a panel discussion and community forum
exploring how everyday people can use their talents to
become activists in their everyday lives.
"Not only is there still this stigma around HIV/ AIDS,
but we have this notion that activism means being
radical, and that you’ve got to be affluent or have
clout to advocate for something important. This event
will eliminate those stigmas, and hopefully empower
everyday citizens to raise awareness, and educate
themselves and others." said Uriah Bell, board member of
the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition and committee head for
the organization’s HIV/STI prevention initiatives.
Maurice Jamal, filmmaker and founder of GloTV, the first
urban LGBT network, will deliver the keynote address.
Panelists include Kali Lindsey, director of Federal
Policy on HIV/AIDS at Harlem United, Cesar Baez,
Dominican born artist and HIV advocate, Kevin "KAOZ"
Moore hip-hop artist and HIV activist, DeAngela Shannon,
entertainer and AIDS activist, and Joel Marshall, poet
and AIDS activist.
The event will take place Saturday, March 26th from
5p.m. to 8 p.m. at Zumix Firehouse in East Boston, 264
Sumner Street. A $5 donation is requested. The event
will be hosted by the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition and
sponsored by the Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Brown
Rudnick LLC, and Fenway Health.
About the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition
The Hispanic Black Gay Coalition works to inspire and
empower Black and Hispanic/Latino LGBTQ individuals to
improve their livelihood through activism, education,
outreach, and counseling. Learn more at
Source: Corey Yarbrough, Executive Director,
Hispanic Black Gay Coalition (HBGC)
P.O. Box 120789
Boston, MA 02112