I had the wonderful opportunity to contribute an article to TheBody.com. Since 1996, TheBody.com has been the largest, most comprehensive HIV/AIDS resource on the Internet. If you’re looking to understand what it means to take a “holistic approach” to HIV/AIDS awareness, this site is it! There, you’ll find articles by contributors who work hard to break the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. And now, I’m proud to say that I’m a contributor too!
My contribution to The Body results from a workshop I attended last month, which The Counter Narrative Project hosted. The workshop focused on the Black Gay DJ’s pervasiveness during the AIDS crisis. Informative and entertaining, I left the workshop feeling inspired. Days after the event, I linked with the Managing Editor of The Body to cover the event. I could not pass up that sort of honor, and I’m glad I didn’t!
Although I felt the pressure to deliver great content, my excitement took care of the anxiety. I felt proud of how I’ve grown as a writer. Not only that, but I appreciate the recognition and recommendation of my work.
At any rate, the article is my opinion of the event, along with everything I learned. Artistic resilience is a beautiful thing. Art is resistance. Art is activism. Most times when you think of activism, we only see it one way – protesting. However, with artistic resilience, the ability to express your feelings through movement, music, and more is inspiring. During the AIDS crisis, the Black Gay DJ served as a minister for a necessary and sacred ministry.
In short, I hope you enjoy the article as much as I enjoyed writing it! Special thanks to TheBody.com and The Counter Narrative. NOW, click the link below to check out the article!
Artistic Resilience: The Black Gay DJ in the AIDS Crisis
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