On Wednesday, February 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037.
The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBLCA) presented a screening of 90 Days starring Teyonah Parris (Survivor’s Remorse, Mad Men & Chi-Raq), Nic Few, Pauletta Washington and executive producer by Jussie Smollett (Empire, The Skinny & The Mighty Ducks).This powerful thought-provoking short film seeks to create a dialogue about couples and HIV testing.
The panel discussion will be moderated by C. Virginia Fields, president and CEO of NBLCA. The 501c3 non-profit organization educates, mobilizes, and empowers Black leaders to meet the challenge of fighting HIV/AIDS and other health disparities in their local communities. Learn more at NBLCA.org.
Other panelists will include the 90 Days filmmakers Nathan Hale Williams and Jennia Fredrique Aponte, who plan to travel the country with the series that Nathan created called 90 Days: Advocacy, Activism & Storytelling, a series of screenings and discussions about healthy relationships.
The film was produced with the help of the ACT Against AIDS Initiative, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the HIV Stops with Me campaign.
While America has made significant strides to lower the overall HIV infection rate, Black Americans continue to bear the greatest HIV/AIDS burden in the U.S. Forty-five percent of new HIV diagnoses in the United States were among Black Americans in 2015, who represent only 12% of the population. Over 50,000 Black people in New York City are living with HIV. Furthermore, 14% of Black Americans living with HIV do not know they are infected. The only way to know if you have HIV is to be tested, and this event seeks to educate and encourage HIV testing.