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by vivrant thang on the aids crisis


Mother, mother
There’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother
There’s far too many of you dying
You know we’ve got to find a way
To bring some lovin’ here today

This is my third post for the Black blogger call-to-action, Black Blogging to End AIDS. You can find all the posts here.

Sistahgirl: Black Women & HIV/AIDS is a documentary project in development that delves into the lives of black women living with HIV against the backdrop of the global pandemic that is ravaging our community.


From the official website:

SistahGirl: Black Women and HIV/AIDS is a documentary project featuring the lives of HIV positive Black women from the US, with some traveling on an unprecedented journey to meet HIV positive African women activists to exchange ideas about prevention, treatment, physical, and spiritual healing. The lives of Rae Lewis Thornton, Kamaria Gammon, Michelle Lopez, Raven Lopez, Joyce McDonald, and Shadonna Mon’ques Upshaw will be featured in SistahGirl, which intends to commence filming in the late summer/early fall. SistahGirl will also examine the complexities and challenges in prevention efforts in Black women and provide a platform for discussion about some broader issues surrounding Black women and sexuality. We are currently in pre-production and raising funds to begin filming by late summer early fall. Once completed in 2008, SistahGirl will be used for educational outreach programs for schools, churches, prisons, women’s organizations, poor and disadvantaged urban and rural communities.

In addition to the film, there will be a companion CD and a book.


I’m planning to donate to this important project. You can too and it’s tax-deductible.

Here is a first look at the documentary and the story of Shadonna Mon’ques Upshaw, the toddler pictured above.

Sistagirl: Black Women & HIV/AIDS official page
Sistagirl: Black Women & HIV/AIDS Myspace