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Celebrities come together for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

February 7, 2015 marked the 15th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and the Diaspora.  NBHAAD was founded in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities.

This year I had the honor of attending and taking part in the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s ABACT Exclusive Champagne Brunch & Media Launch Event.
ABACT (the AHF Black AIDS Crisis Taskforce) is an initiative by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation to create a coalition of African American health advocates and cultural influencers who will individually promote sexual responsibility and collectively help combat HIV/AIDS stigma in the African-American community:

Few important facts:
  • African Americans account for ALMOST HALF (44%) of ALL PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS IN THE UNITED STATES, yet only account for 12% of the population.
  • The largest percentage (38%) of new HIV infections are among black males aged 13–24 years
  •    THE RATE OF NEW HIV INFECTIONS AMONG BLACK WOMEN IS 20X HIGHER THAN WHITE WOMEN and nearly 5 times that of Hispanic women.
  •   HIV-positive African Americans are the LEAST LIKELY OF ANY RACE OR ETHNICITY TO BE RETAINED IN MEDICAL CARE or to be virally suppressed through anti-retroviral drug therapy.
  •  African Americans are TEN TIMES more likely to DIE from AIDS-related complications.
  •  Lack of awareness, access to medication, stigma, and silence equaled death to over 265,812 African-Americans in 2011
-AIDS Healthcare Foundation

Speaking on the AHF Black AIDS Taskforce panel, Yolanda Adams, Jussie Smollett and Gabriel Maldonado Executive Director / CEO, TruEvolution, Inc. 

 Robi Reed, Emmy Award-winning casting director and producer and ABACT partner, Angela Yee (panel moderator), Power 105 “The Breakfast Club” host and AHF Brand Ambassador, Naturi Naughton  Power Actress ,  Hydeia Broadbent (panelist), HIV-positive activist and AHF Brand Ambassador, Shannon Boodram (panelist), BET Rap-It-Up sex expert and author

with Ledisi, 2015 Grammy-nominated singer 

   With Angela Yee (panel moderator), Power 105 “The Breakfast Club” host and AHF Brand Ambassador

With celebrity makeup artist Kym Lee 
There are not many times I can have my loved one accompany me on trips, for this event I brought younger cousin who just happens to be a really big fan of my dear friend Jussie Smollet who plays Jamal Lyon on the Fox hit Empire. 

 Guest also included:
  B. Slade, 2015 Grammy-nominated songwriter and singer
  Faith Evans, Grammy-award winning singer 
Yolanda Adams, Grammy-award winning singer, radio host and ABACT partner
Pastor Kelvin Sauls, Holman United Methodist Church
Tichina Arnold, Actress  and Comedian.
Johnny Wright (host), BET International red carpet correspondent and hairstylist to First Lady Michelle Obama
Gabriel Maldonado, Executive Director / CEO, TruEvolution, Inc