How AIDS Survivor and Activist Hydeia Broadbent Spent National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Hydeia first came on the scene in the mid-to-late 90s rocking a hoop nose ring, braids and a confident attitude about an issue that was very taboo. Well, fast forward to now and homegirl may have switched the braids for a relaxer and lost the nose ring, but her passion for fighting for HIV/AIDS survivors is as bright as the Olympic torch. So, how did this trailblazer spend National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day?

Photo Credit: Hydeia Broadbent IG

Photo Credit: Hydeia Broadbent IG

Well, for starters she spent the earlier part of the day with 200 students at Winston-Salem State University giving a honest conversation about HIV/AIDS.

While she was traveling to Jackson, Mississippi to visit Tougaloo College she dropped some numbers in our lap about how HIV/AIDS affects the Black community.  And encouraged followers to tweet about HIV/AIDS Awareness day.

Three hours later she landed in Jackson. And released a personal message about what HIV/AIDS Awareness day means and the stigmas attached to it for Madame Noire.

As for fear, I can say AIDS is not the death sentence it once was. 1.1 million people, including myself, are currently living with the disease in the US and are productive members of society. With advancements in treatment and care people are living longer; I can have children without passing HIV onto my child or partner. – To see the full article click here

Two hours ago she joined a HIV/AIDS panel at Tougaloo College alongside Rev. Al Sharpton.

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IF YOU BL==KED: Girl Code‘s Tanisha Long is breaking down the myths and facts on HIV/AIDS for MTV on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day Click here to read it

National Rockin’ Red Day for Heart Disease Prevention & HIV/AIDS Awareness

Pull out your your rouge blouse, cherry button up sweater or scarlet turtleneck dress cause’ its rockin red Friday, ladies. All you have to do to back two good causes is play ‘lady in red’ for the day. Real Housewives of Atlanta star Nene Leakes took it one step farther by kicking off New York Fashion Week with Red Dress Heart Truth show.

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The glam-mom strutted down the catwalk rocking a Dolce & Gabbana off-the-shoulder dress to benefit the Go Red for Women/The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fashion show to support awareness for the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.: heart disease. The American Association of Heart Disease sponsored the annual Go Red Movement to sound the alarm on this health issue.

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True Blood vampress Rutina Wesley dressed up in a Max Azria candy-stripper peek-a-boo halter dress as she sashayed down the runway in support of a life-saving cause.

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Broadway and TV actress Anika Noni Rose flaunted Pamela Rolland off-the-shoulder mesh cherry dress as she danced down the cakewalk. Anika lent her voice to the official Go Red for Women video “The Common Thread.”

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Actress and wife of Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres werked it on the runway wearing Marchesa sweetheart ruffled gown.

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American Heart Association Volunteer Star Jones was a speaker at the show last night (nice cherry trench, esquire). She is also a survivor of heart disease. In 2010 the attorney/talk show host learned she had heart disease and had to have open heart surgery to repair a valve. After surgery she did 360º  lifestyle change with diet and exercise.

There is another important cause we need to grab our red cloaks for. It’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Remember 11-year-old HIV/AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent? The little girl with the hoop through her nose that was lecturing us all on prevention against HIV/AIDS. Well, she’s all grown up and still speaking on the important topic of HIV/AIDS in the Black community. Hydeia is on a college tour urging survivors, activists and supporters not to forget today’s meaning.

Photo Credit: Hydeia Broadbent IG

Photo Credit: Hydeia Broadbent IG

IF YOU BL==KED: Who wants to meet Magic Johnson’s wife? Well, if you live in or around Topanga, CA you’re in luck. Cookie Johnson will be at Neiman Marcus tomorrow (1pm-5pm) to promote her new spring line CJ Truth Collection that includes T-shirts with “Faith,” “Truth,” “Grace,” “Hope” stamped on front and jeans that benefit the Magic Johnson Foundation’s HIV/AIDS initiative. Happy Shopping!!!

Please  learn more about the Go Red Movement and National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Let’s support these necessary causes and look fab doing it. Happy Friday, y’all.