African, Caribbean and Black

Martin Luther King Day (Selma, Ferguson, Staten Island and other destinations)

published: January, 19, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless talks about Selma, the movie about Martin Luther King Jr., and what it means to him

Martin Luther King Day (Selma, Ferguson, Staten Island and other destinations)

It took me a couple of days to ponder what I was going to write in this blog. Being a gay black man married to a gay white Canadian man watching the film, Selma in a Toronto theatre on one of the coldest days of 2015 (so far), I cried a little for all the people who fought and died for me to have the right to be who I am today.  To say that Selma is required viewing is an understatement. It's phenomenal that in major cities across the United States business people came together to ensure 7th

Success in 2014

published: January, 12, 2015 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi was diagnosed with HIV while homeless. From Skid Row to successful activism projects, Kengi takes a look back at the path he has travelled

Success in 2014

As I sit down to write this article so much is on my mind. There’s so much that I would love to share, but there just isn’t enough space to share it all with you. Just know that I’ve really missed being present here on PositiveLite.com. In all the places I’m able to write (outside of Project KengiKat) PositiveLite.com has always felt right and has always been very rewarding for me. With that said let me share a bit with you. 2014 was a great year for me. I set some high goals for myse

All hell broke loose

published: December, 03, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

The events of last week in Ferguson Missouri have stirred our writers’ emotions. Here’s what DJ Relentless had to say following the verdict and subsequent unrest

All hell broke loose

All hell has broken out over the United States tonight! And social media is driving a lot of anger as well. We went through this with the Trayvon Martin verdict. And the sad thing is that we will be having this argument again in a few months as the numbers of deaths of people of color come in from future protests and racial profiling shootings. And it's not just black folks who are the victims. There are many cops who are being charged with racial profiling and murder.  https://www.youtube.c

Relentlessly speaking about music – November 2014 edition

published: November, 11, 2014 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not.

Relentlessly speaking about music – November 2014 edition

It's that wonderful time of year when we bust out the sweaters and jackets from the fall collection while the music industry tries to wow us with their big hitters. A classic diva trots up the charts while a young country pop tart switches genres and pisses off The Big Apple. And three big booty hoes fights to be the Queen of the Ass Generation! My prediction about The Return Of House Music comes true while another pop diva takes an unexpected turn.  It's November and I've got a lot to talk

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

published: October, 23, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Events, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on the difficulty in getting people living with HIV to events designed for them and his recent efforts to challenge stigma and make people living with HIV more comfortable about being visible.

HIV/AIDS is everyone's business

It's been an interesting year of fundraising for the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation. This December will be our 2nd Anniversary of the POZ-TO events. My husband and I have worked really hard to keep this event going. The simple idea of an event where HIV-positivepeople can come and socialize with their friends (poz or not) in a safe space without judgement or prejudice seems like it would be a no-brainer. But the stigma of being HIV-positive and the fear of what others will think keeps ma

Bob Leahy reviews The Book of Mormon

published: October, 07, 2014 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, International , Theatre, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

It’s an outrageously profane spoof of the Mormon religion that even makes fun of AIDS, says editor Bob Leahy, but it gets away without offending with a sweetly funny disposition that has the audience in the palm of its hand

Bob Leahy reviews The Book of Mormon

Apologies. I’m late in the game in reviewing this show which first ran in Toronto in 2013 and is now back for a limited run at the Princess of Wales Theatre in downtown Toronto. I shouldn’t have waited, because this is five-star entertainment all the way.  Let’s get this out of the way first. I have never, ever been to a show before where a purported cure for AIDS is on sale in the theatre gift shop that as always is busy selling show-merchandise.  It comes in the form of a stuffed pl

And now what?

published: August, 26, 2014 Categories // DJ Relentless, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless says its been a rough two weeks and he’s having difficulty keeping a positive attitude

And now what?

This has been a rough past couple of weeks. Between news of losing Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall and a friend then hearing all the news of the police brutality and murders in the states, I am finding it hard to keep a positive attitude. With the troubles in the Middle East and the recent beheading of an American Journalist (James Foley), I worry that Obama will make the mistake of going to war and the Republicans will use that to win the next presidential election in 2016. After all, they hav

Gay = Death? An update on the anti-homosexuality bill in Uganda

published: August, 15, 2014 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, International , Legal, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Amy C. Willis reports that the LGBT community of Uganda finally received some good news recently and applauds the activists who made it happen.

Things took a drastic turn for the worse for the LGBT community in Uganda when President Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill (AHB) into law in February 2014. Museveni publically denounced the LGBT community, both within Uganda and aboard, making statements such as “… there is something really wrong with you” if you are gay, has described gay people as “disgusting” and “unnatural”, and has stated “Society can do something about it [being gay] to discourage the trend.”

This is my story

published: July, 19, 2014 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

An inspiring tale. Guest writer Ntimbwe M. Mpamba was born with HIV 32 years ago. He lives in Johannesburg, South Afrcia and has had more than his share of troubles, but he has risen above them and become an advocate for people living with HIV.

This is my story

My name is Ntimbwe. M.Mpamba. I’m 32 years old and I have been HIV positive for 30 years. This simply means I was born with HIV and I have been living with HIV for 32 years.. I was born on the 12th December 1982 and was raised by both parents. My mother was a nutritionist by profession and my father was a purchasing and supply manager for the Zambia mines. Being the last born in a family of five kids had its ups and downs. I guess the downs got the best of my life.  I was an energetic lit

Pressure to be macho puts black gay men at risk for HIV transmission

published: June, 28, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Aidsmap reports social and cultural pressures to adopt masculine norms cause young, black gay men extreme psychological distress and isolation, which can cause them to engage in "high-risk" behavior that can lead to HIV infection

 Pressure to be macho puts black gay men at risk for HIV transmission

This article by Mathew Rodriguez first appeared in TheBody.com here. Social and cultural pressures to adopt masculine norms -- to act, to walk, to talk and to be as masculine as possible -- cause young, black gay men extreme psychological distress and isolation, which can cause them to engage in "high-risk" behavior that can result in HIV transmission, according to research led by the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and newly published in the American Journal of Public Health. Often, these

HIV and heterosexual black men

published: May, 26, 2014 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Features and Interviews, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , John McCullagh

John McCullagh talks with Winston Husbands of the AIDS Committee of Toronto about the HIV-related needs, challenges and priorities of heterosexual African, Caribbean and Black men in Ontario.

HIV and heterosexual black men

What are the HIV-related needs, challenges and priorities of heterosexual African, Caribbean and Black men in Ontario? To answer this question, I recently sat down with Winston Husbands, the director of research at the AIDS Committee of Toronto. We discussed the results of a recent study that was designed to assist researchers, service providers and policy makers in understanding some of the issues relevant to HIV prevention for straight Black men as well as issues related to the care and supp

Evolution

published: May, 20, 2014 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi says he's "burnt out on HIV. Sick of hearing about it and sick of writing about, but still want to be involved with educating and speaking about it."

Evolution

It seems like I haven’t written an article in a long time, but this is only partially true. I’ve been very busy writing, just not here on PositiveLite.com. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything I want to and even if there were more, I’m sure I would fill them with LIVING my life. To be honest the only time I think about being HIV positive is when I need to go to the doctor or when I write about it here. I was talking with friends that have been living with HIV fo

Can we stop racism or is it here to stay?

published: May, 08, 2014 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless says that from as far back as he can remember there has been stigma directed towards darker skinned people (even amongst people of colour).

Can we stop racism or is it here to stay?

There's a trend that seems to be spreading like a wildfire. No…..it's not a style of dancing or a fashion trend. It's a behavior that has grown over the past couple of decades. I'm speaking about race relations and the effect it has on our culture. Many would like to believe that this is a United States thing, but it is actually happening all over the world.  From as far back as I can remember there has been stigma towards darker skin (even amongst the people of colour). I have written abo

An open letter to a young gay relative

published: April, 23, 2014 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Gay Men, Youth, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

An open letter to a young gay relative

I just reconnected with my family last year and in some ways I think it was the best timing. Being one of the most outspoken openly gay figures in my family I was surprised when I discovered that I had a couple of gay relatives that have come out during my 24 year absence. Unfortunately, I was a little sad to find out that they are also HIV+.   I have mainly stayed in contact with them through facebook. I've spoken to them both on the phone and offered to give any advice and answer any qu

The Frankie Knuckles experience

published: April, 10, 2014 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Music, Living with HIV, Population Specific

DJ Relentless says “By now you have already heard that the world has lost the man they called "The Godfather of House”, Mr. Frankie Knuckles.”

The Frankie Knuckles experience

I wish that I had a story of how I got to share the booth with him, how he gave me advice and encouraged me to continue as a DJ, but I don't. The closes I ever came to him was showing up early at Soundfactory Bar on West 21st Street one Friday back in 1993. I was still new to The Big Apple and did not know that the club people didn't go out until after midnight. So, there were probably five orsix6 people who arrived early like me. I was in heaven because I was about to experience one of the m

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