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Remembering National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Dr. Keith Fenton of the CDC

African Americans are more likely than any other group in the U.S. to contract the HIV virus although they represent a fraction of the nation's population, according to a recent report by the Centers Disease for Control & Prevention.

"Blacks make up just 14 percent of the U.S. population, yet account for almost half of those living and dying with HIV and AIDS in this country," according to the CDC.

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Other staggering statistics from the CDC:

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Radio show brings black gay issues to forefront

Better Days radio show

It’s a sweltering recent Sunday afternoon in Atlanta, and looking at the sweat-stained radio hosts Sir Daniel (Adrian Daniel) and Drama Dupree (Brian Taylor) as they prepare for the 51st episode of Better Days Radio, it’s apparent that everyone is feeling the heat.

The small studio they occupy is cooled by a single fan and it’s taking a while to set up the equipment and the circulation. Despite the scorching weather, Daniel and Taylor are jovial, making small talk about the day’s episode and joking with their engineer about men and sex.

As the show’s disco-inspired intro finally kicks in and the countdown to air begins they instantly transform into an explosive radio duo.

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Young black gay love on a train

Black love on a train

The photo of two young black men in a casual embrace on what appears to be a MARTA train has stirred up a blogosphere storm as some people take to hating the photo, accusing black men of being on the “down low” and a reason for higher rates of HIV in the African-American demographic.

Huh?

The photo, apparently posted in a tweet by “WatchJ” has been viewed more than 21,000 times. WatchJ is apparently no fan of the gays — he titled the twitpic, “I DON’T GIVE A FUCK HOW SLEEPY YOU ARE” with the hashtag #NoExcuse.

I first saw this photo on a friend’s Facebook page and thought it was a beautiful image of regular life in Atlanta — two young black gay men showing affection toward each other.

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Guest Editorial: Empowering black LGBT people

Barbecues, backyard parties and soul-food jams. Summer is a time for family get-togethers. A time when people all over the world take vacations so they can make memories with close friends and loved ones, but in African-American communities only some of us feel comfortable going home.

In our communities, only some of us feel safe enough to be who we are in the company of those who raised us. Only some of us can show up and be all of ourselves all of the time with the people we love most. The pain of moving through our families – closeted, and, in many instances, alienated – is devastating black families everywhere.

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GA Spotlight: Evolution Center

Evolution Center, a project of AID Atlanta, is a community center created for young black gay men ages 18-28. Located on Auburn Avenue, the center is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Evolution Center was founded in 2006. In addition to free HIV and STD testing, it offers a variety of social and support groups designed to empower young black gay men, who often face both high degrees of discrimination and high rates of HIV.