New PBS documentary examines HIV/AIDS and its impact on Blacks in America

mcneir | 7/3/2012, 11:29 a.m.

A groundbreaking new documentary will premier on PBS at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 10, that explores the truth about HIV/AIDS and why HIV is so much worse for Blacks in America. ENDGAME: AIDS In Black America, by award-winning filmmaker Renata Simone, takes viewers on an in-depth exploration of one of this countrys most urgent and preventable health crises. It also illustrates how prejudice, silence and stigma have allowed the virus to spread so thoroughly in the Black community. The documentary features personal reflections from people living with HIV/AID like NBA great Earvin Magic Johnson, as well as interviews with prominent leaders including Julian Bond, other activists and Black pastors from across the U.S. The premier comes just before the International AIDS Conference opens in Washington, D.C. scheduled for July 22 - 27. Why should Blacks care about this crisis and why watch this documentary? Because every 10 minutes, someone in the U.S. contracts the AIDS virus half are Black. The documentary will be rebroadcast several times following its premier. By D. Kevin McNeir kmcneir@miamitimesonline.com