African, Caribbean and Black

Stigma Killed Eric Easy E: “Straight Outta Compton”

published: September, 07, 2015 Written by // Samantha Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

Our Samantha reviews Straight Outta Compton, the current release about the rap group NWA that includes an HIV angle

Stigma Killed Eric Easy E: “Straight Outta Compton”

I do not profess to be a film critic. I will focus on how HIV was represented in the film Straight Outta Compton through the lens of a woman living with HIV.  Straight Outta Compton was produced by Dr Dre and Ice Cube who grew up in Compton, a city south of Los Angeles where many rappers grew up. It had a reputation for violence, gangs, hip hop and the place where rap music originated. As the film demonstrates, and contrary to mainstream beliefs, rap music is a social commentary reflectin

Back when a drag number was a signature

published: August, 31, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Lifestyle, Living with HIV

DJ Relentless aka Jade Elektra (or before that, Ebony) on the early days of his drag career

Back when a drag number was a signature

I want to take you back to Tampa, Florida in the year 1987. It’s a hot August Monday night. The place is a popular gay bar known as Rene’s Lounge on Kennedy Boulevard. Rene’s was the home of many Miss Florida pageant winners. Some of the top female impersonators got their start at Rene’s, and Monday nights were amateur night hosted by a future Miss Florida, Lakesha Lucky. That stage was graced by the likes of such legends as Tiffany Arieagus, Tiffani Middlesex, Peter Fernandez, Mahoga

Racism and the gay scene

published: August, 13, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Dating, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Health, International , Sexual Health, Lifestyle, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

A UK view from FS Magazine: more than two-thirds of the 850 men who responded to an FS survey from the Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds had personally experienced racism on the gay scene

Racism and the gay scene

This article with words by Stuart Haggas @GetStuart and photography by Chris Jepson: © www.chrisjepson.com @chrisjepson first apperared in FS Magazine here.   IS THE GAY SCENE RACIST? “I actually feel physically sick at the sight of too much black flesh” - white gay man aged 27 from London. Over 850 Black, white, Asian, South Asian, Arab and mixed race gay men shared their thoughts on race and racism with FS. More than two-thirds of the men from the Black, Asian and other minority et

Relentlessly speaking about music (May/June 2015 edition)

published: May, 29, 2015 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, DJ Relentless, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Music, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless aka Jade Elektra with another batch of hot - and not so hot - club tracks

Relentlessly speaking about music (May/June 2015 edition)

We are getting closer and closer to (Toronto) Pride and I believe that we are in for a great summer for Dance Music. The latest trend is that 80s Dance sound; many DJ/Producers are reaching back into the crates and remixing many of the classics. Unfortunately, a lot of those DJ/Producers are arrogant enough to think that their name should be first instead of the artists who made the songs hits in the first place.  I was doing a search for Donna Summer tracks and came across "Love To Love You

[In]justice at its Worst

published: May, 20, 2015 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Our Montréal correspondent — and former lawyer — Ken Monteith rants about the latest HIV criminalization case from south of the border in which the accused man was given a 60-year jail term

[In]justice at its Worst

The internet is abuzz with the latest case of HIV criminalization from Missouri, in which a college wrestler, who is gay, was convicted of two counts of transmitting HIV and a number of other counts of exposing partners to the risk of transmission of HIV. The sentence? 60 years, although it seems like his legal team is trying to have the two 30-year sentences serviced concurrently, so he would get 30 years for not saying something. If I don’t use his name or his image, it is deliberate: I r

Better Brothers

published: April, 09, 2015 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Events, International , Living with HIV, Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA Guy Kengi reports in on Better Brothers, an organization created to provide spaces for Black gay men to network, socialize and be BETTER – at life, love and community

Better Brothers

Better Brothers Los Angeles has been around for a little more than a year and has provided an outstanding array of social events to its members and supporters, but Saturday, March 28th at the historic Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles they raised the bar with the Truth Awards, their first grand gala event. Better Brother Los Angeles was founded by Scott Hamilton, Vincent Holmes and Elton Wise. From the beginning the organization has grown and been embraced. It was created because there were “no

Everybody hurts……sometimes

published: March, 29, 2015 Categories // Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Events, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

DJ Relentless on the impact of the n-word, reaching out to those undergoing hard times, and with news of a POZ-TO event April 5 in Toronto. A new brunch event too!

Everybody hurts……sometimes

So, what would you do if your husband came to you while you were working and told you that a mutual friend that you only knew from facebook was just taken away for assaulting the black female security guard at the door of the club that you are at? And in the assault the person used the word "nigger"? Do you delete that person and move on? Or do you try to find out their side of the story.  Now, I knew this person was openly out as HIV-positive, an animal lover and a sweet guy. I had run into

Are you an immigrant living with HIV who has faced criminal charges relating to your HIV status?

published: March, 16, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Research, Legal, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Participants needed for research who identify as non-white or of colour and who've faced criminal charges relating to their HIV status, and who might or might not be in Canada – and people who work with them.( Honoraria available.)

Are you an immigrant living with HIV who has faced criminal charges relating to your HIV status?

Participants needed for research study: HIV criminalization, race, and immigration status We are seeking participants for a study that looks at the relationship between immigration status, race, and the criminalization of HIV nondisclosure in Canada. We are interested in talking with you about your experiences with such processes as pre-removal assessment, deportation, detention, casework and case management, and courtroom preparation and appearance, among other details of your experiences re

Conspiracy theories

published: February, 20, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Population Specific

It's about distrusting the government. .Aidsmap reports African American people’s AIDS conspiracy beliefs best understood in terms of social anxiety and distrust, not ignorance

Conspiracy theories

This article by Roger Pebody first appeared on aidsmap.com here.  Republished with permission.  The idea that AIDS was created as part of a government-led conspiracy to decimate the African American population remains salient to a significant minority of black people, according to qualitative research published in the January edition of the American Journal of Public Health. The researcher argues that such rumours and narratives are the product of a deep-seated feeling of distrust towards t

Relentlessly speaking about music, February 2015 edition

published: February, 19, 2015 Categories // DJ Relentless, African, Caribbean and Black, Arts and Entertainment, Gay Men, Music, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Another music review by DJ Relentless PLUS there's a bonus link

Relentlessly speaking about music, February 2015 edition

After the Grammys it seems like a good time to discuss what's happening on the dance floors (or at least my dance floor). There's plenty of singles and remixes that are working and a few that should never be heard in public…ever!  Madonna's "Living For Love" is the new bell of the ball. With mixes by DJ Paulo, Erick Morillo and Djemba how could she go wrong? Really great productions, but believe it or not…..I'm stuck on the extended version of the album mix. But if you want a great mash-

Purpose

published: February, 16, 2015 Written by // Louis "Kengi" Carr - L.A. Correspondent Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Hobbies, Events, Photography, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Louis "Kengi" Carr

Our LA guy Kengi gets the new year off to a good start with renewed purpose as he continues his work in social media, photography and with the homeless

Purpose

I guess I should start off by wishing everyone a very Happy New Year. I know we’re well into February, but as the saying goes, better later than never. I trust and hope the New Year is treating you well and that you’re in amazing health and spirits. So far the New Year is off to a great start for me. Once again I was selected by FORD Motor Company to be their official photographer for the 11th Annual NAACP Image Awards Symposium. This is the second year that they’ve reached out to me t

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

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