When Vanessa Johnson was diagnosed with HIV in 1990, she did not come across a lot of stories of African Americans like herself living with the virus. “I knew there were other women out there, but they just wouldn’t come out,” she says. So Johnson worked to change that. Living in Albany, New York, at the time, she became an activist dedicated to helping women disclose their positive status and tell their stories.
As she worked in the field, Johnson observed that when women finally did come out to talk about their history, they didn’t talk about HIV specifically. Instead, she recalls, “when women told their stories, they talked about their childhood. And just like me, they suffered a lot of trauma in the form of abuse. I thought about it intuitively and was like, ‘This is a common thread.’”
Thus, in 2007 she launched Common Threads, what is now a five-day, small-group training session that she offers around the country. It’s designed to help HIV-positive women connect the dots between their life experiences and their positive status and then to increase their willingness to tell their stories and disclose their status to their families, friends and communities. It’s storytelling as a means for disclosure, self-empowerment, HIV prevention and activism.
When an HIV-positive woman is faced with the stigma, shame, fear and misunderstanding of her diagnosis, one of the most difficult, yet most empowering things she can find is her own voice, says Johnson, who now lives in Washington, DC, and whose main job is consulting for AIDS services organizations including governmental agencies and faith-based groups through the Ribbon Consulting Group, which she founded. Read more…
Monday, March 10, 2014, is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a nationwide observance that sheds light on how the disease affects women and girls. On March 10 — and throughout the month of March — thousands of individuals, organizations, and public health officials will host events and share facts about HIV/AIDS.
Mondays, March 10, 17, 24 & 31 at 7 p.m.
March is Women’s History Month and at the Schomburg we mark this occasion with our Women’s Jazz Festival. Now in its 21st year, Women’s Jazz is our signature performance series. Singer, composer, producer, and activist Toshi Reagon returns to curate three of the four concerts. This year’s lineup includes:
- The Blues Project
- Spelman Jazz Ensemble
- Meshell Ndegeocello and Mem Nahadr
- Carolyn Malachi and THESatisfaction
How often in the DC region are ladies allowed to wear their pajamas in public? With the Tigerlily Foundation, you get to do it at least once a year! Tigerlily Foundation is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Tigerlily Foundation Pajama Glam Party, to celebrate health & wellness with women and girls, on Saturday, March 8th from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites DC Convention Center.
Guests will enjoy a glamorous line up of activities including music, a pamper stations, glam stations, sweet treat stations, wellness activities, celebrity appearances and much more. The event was created in 2013 by Tigerlily Founder, Maimah Karmo’s, then 10-year old daughter Noelle Karmo, who wanted to design an event to entertain girls while raising awareness for their breast and body health. The event will be hosted by Miss District of Columbia 2013 Bindhu Pamarthi and Guy Lambert (Radio Host WPGC).
The Tigerlily Foundation is a non-profit organization that educates, advocates for and supports young women 15-40 years old -before, during and after breast cancer. Tigerlily Foundation’s programs include education, chemotherapy buddy programs, buddy bag programs, financial assistance, meals, life management support and empowerment services. Tickets for the event can be purchased online. Tickets are $20 for individuals under 18 years old and $30 for adult tickets. Opportunities to sponsor and donate to Tigerlily Foundation are available on the website. Guest will also enjoy raffle prizes, beverages, food, and pictures on the pink carpet.
Dress in your favorite red, pink or purple pajamas and come out for the time of your life—all for a great cause. Bling and sparkle are highly encouraged. The event is produced by Maggy Francois.
What: 2nd Annual Pajama Glam Party to benefit the Tigerlily Foundation created by 11-year old Noelle Karmo
Who: Tigerlily Foundation, President/Founder Maimah Karmo; Pajama Glam Creator Noelle Karmo; Mistress of Ceremonies Miss District of Columbia 2013 Bindhu Pamarthi; Special Guests appearances will by Beth Chryst, Champion Racecar Driver, Vocalist, Sydni Alexander (recently at the Grammy Awards & on Itunes), Lesli Foster (News Anchor WUSA9) and Guy Lambert & Tati (WPGC), We’ll also have beauty queens Sarah Hillware, Chelsea Boone, Mary David, Bilikisu Adeyemi, Mia Simms and more!
Music by: DeeJay Neekola; Fashion Show by Elizabeth St. John; Vendors include: Doterra Oils, Sugar and Ice, Blue Sky Chiaropractic, Stara Glam, Michael Helene Salon, Stella and Dot, Erika Schrieber, Girls Health Ed, WDCW 50, PhilNAILthrophy, Sprinkles Cupcakes and more!
The event is sponsored by Backflow Technology, LLC, Gannett Foundation and Maid Brigade.
When: March 8, 20144:00PM – 8:00PM
Where: Embassy Suites DC Convention Center, 900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC
Attire: Red, Pink or Purple Pajamas. Bling and Sparkle Highly Encouraged.
Website/Ticket Purchasing: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=b24146
2013 Event Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd9Ot8XxdR4
About the Tigerlily Foundation and Founder Maimah Karmo (www.TigerLilyFoundation.org)
Film Life, Inc. announced the launch of the second annual Comedy Wings Competition, a national search to identify the next outstanding comedian. Submissions are now open, with full details at http://www.abff.com. The pool of entries will be narrowed down to up ten semi-finalists, from which four finalists will be selected to receive a trip to 2014 ABFF, in NYC, June 19-22, where they will perform live before the festival audience, for the chance to win an audition with HBO.
The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is now accepting applications for the 2014/2015 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship.
The fellowship is designed for a woman journalist from anywhere in the world whose work in print, broadcast, or digital media has focused on human rights and social justice reporting. This seven month-long program will take her to Boston and New York to study at MIT’s Center for International Studies and work for U.S. media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times.
What is the fellowship?
The 10th Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship runs from September 2014 to March 2015. The fellow will be based at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a research associate during the research component of the fellowship, allowing the fellow to pursue academic research while improving her ability to cover human rights and social justice for The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and other media outlets during the journalism portion of the fellowship. For more information, please click here.
Who are we looking for?
The IWMF is accepting applications from women journalists worldwide whose work focuses on human rights and who have a minimum of three years of experience in journalism. Female journalists working in the print, broadcast and online media, including freelancers, are eligible to apply. Competitive candidates must have excellent English skills.
Why should you apply?
“The fellowship helped me grow as a journalist because it gave me time to slow down and experiment with different areas within journalism, enabling me to really hone in on what it is that I most liked to do in journalism and where I had the most to offer.” – Catherine Elton, first Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow (2005/06)
How do you apply?
Download, fill out and return all application forms.
Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 11, 2014. Late submissions will not be considered. Please direct all application inquiries to IWMF Program Coordinator Ann Marie Valentine (+1 202-567-2609, email@example.com).