World AIDS Day - Brother to Brother
- This is WORLD AIDS DAY. As in many countries, television anchors
will wear red ribbons. We've sent out a number of articles from
the Cuban and international media about Cuba's successful effort
to keep AIDS at a minimum here in the country, most recently the
amazingly favorable report from Reuters by Anthony Boadle, whose
"Cuba fights AIDS with free drugs, not quarantine" provides on
of the international media's most detailed and objective reports
we've seen in a very long time. If you missed it, read it here:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CubaNews/message/44461 Later on
in the day we'll see young people riding around on bicycles
giving out condoms to individuals and couples. a quick peek
through the Cuban media's English coverage on AIDS can be seen:
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 3:36 AM
Subject: World AIDS Day - Brother to Brother
Today, Thursday, December 1, 2005 is World AIDS Day - a day to
remember the millions around the world who have been lost to the
disease - and the millions more that will join them before its over.
For our observance of this somber occasion Blacklight has an
exclusive for our subscribers only, an excerpt from "Brother to
Brother: Words from the heart."
The words are by Joseph Beam from his essay in the first Black Gay
anthology, "In The Life" (1986 Alyson Publications). This treatment
of Beam's work was conceived by Essex Hemphill and Larry Duckette
over a decade ago and performed here by Hemphill, Christopher Prince
and Gideon Ferebee. Of the five men who make up this work only one,
Christopher Prince, survives.
In its entirety, "Brother to Brother" runs 21 minutes - but we are
featuring only a fraction of that - and only for World AIDS Day.
http://www.blacklightonline.com/brother.html Note: This audio file is
in the Quicktime format. Also, if you have a slow connection to the
Internet, (dial-up) give it a few extra seconds to load.
Meanwhile, on our home page: http://www.blacklightonline.com we've
put up two of our more popular articles: "Waiting to Exhale" and some
words for Black Lesbians, "Climbing the Corporate Ladder." Also
photographer Rick Gerharter's beautiful "Portraits of Black Cuba."
Last, we send "congratulations" out to Steven G. Fullwood who was
recently recognized by "The New York Times" as one of the 27 top
librarians in the country for his work at the Schomburg Center in New
York. The honor came with a plaque - and twenty-five hundred dollars!
Learn more about Steven and his project, the Black Gay and Lesbian
Archive, in our article "Keeping History."