NPR’s ‘Tavis Smiley Show’ Interviews POZ Magazine Editor About Special Issue on HIV/AIDS in Black Community
NPR's "Tavis Smiley Show" yesterday included an interview with Akiba Solomon, consulting editor for a special edition of the monthly HIV/AIDS magazine POZ that focuses on HIV/AIDS in the black community (Smiley, "Tavis Smiley Show," NPR, 8/5). The issue features a cover story with R&B singer and AIDS advocate Mary J. Blige and interviews with former NBA star Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Democratic presidential candidate Rev. Al Sharpton and hip-hop star Keith Murray. The issue also includes stories on the role of black churches in the fight against HIV/AIDS and on men who have sex with both women and men without informing their partners. More than 200,000 copies of the magazine will be made available to community groups, AIDS services organizations and churches serving the black community and at special events across the country (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 7/9). According to Solomon, the supplement reaches the black community in ways that standard issues of the magazine, which covers HIV/AIDS in ways that "aren't culturally specific," may not. Solomon discussed the issue's contents and also commented on a feature in Sunday's New York Times Magazine on African-American men on the "down low," an expression that describes some black men who have sex with men but who do not tell their female sex partners, friends or family members ("Tavis Smiley Show," NPR, 8/5).
The full segment is available online in RealPlayer.