I Developed AIDS At The Age of 22 From Someone In The Music Industry

At the time, I was a sophomore at Sam Houston State, planning to pledge Alpha Kappa Alpha and ride out my college experience. But, I was also at that point in life where I longed to have Prince Charming sweep me off my feet so we could live happily ever after. Admittedly, I felt that without this element of my life, I was incomplete. I was a broken, lost, and scattered soul – not at all prepared for what I was about to endure.

I met him in a nightclub parking lot in Houston, Texas. I was 19 years old.

Our life was filled with power, sex, drugs, and strip clubs.

I got anything I wanted – designer clothes and shoes and entry into the hottest parties. I was rubbing elbows with the biggest names in music and the lifestyle pulled me in. So, when the cheating, lies, disrespect, emotional and mental abuse started, I had no exit plan because I constantly pacified the severity of our unhealthy relationship. Our relationship came to an abrupt end when I found out through a mutual acquaintance that he had impregnated another woman. That was the last straw and I finally left him.

A few months later, I passed out in the shower.

When I woke up, the paramedics were doing their best to keep me conscious. After being released from the hospital that day, I went back home still not feeling like myself. I had chills so bad, I was shaking like a leaf. I had a fever of 105 and I felt as if my body was starting to leave earth, and I was powerless to stop it. I tried over-the-counter medicines to bring my fever down, but nothing worked.

Eventually, I was rushed back to the hospital where I fell into a partial coma.

Immediately, my priority became advocacy. I never wanted another woman to feel how I felt the day I was given my diagnosis, but I didn’t know where to begin. Who was to blame? Was he to blame for being careless and abusive? Was I to blame because I chose not to ask his status? Either way, everything in my life was changing. I vowed to share my story with the world and inspire others about the importance of self love.

As my advocacy journey took off, I veered further away from my life in the music industry. A friend convinced me to confront my ex-boyfriend and share my truth. When I did, he was hardly receptive. Even as I walked away, he disrespectfully called out to me and said I should give him another chance because my ass got fatter. I was disgusted, but proud of myself for standing up to him, telling him what he’d done and showing him that he hadn’t broken me.

Now, I travel the country speaking to people of all ages about what it means to live with AIDS. I’m still baffled by the level of unawareness associated with the stigma of AIDS and HIV. Often, I get asked questions that remind me how far we have to go as a society to learn about this virus, which is the first step in eradication. I’ve been living with AIDS for 11 years and my virus is currently undetectable, which means that is is absolutely untransmittable.

People I encounter are often shocked that I’m still alive.

It’s still a little known fact that medicine has come a long way, and that staying on top of your medication and taking good care of your health can help people living with AIDS and HIV live long and happy lives without the threat of spreading the virus to their loved ones.

Not only do I dedicate my life to educating people on the facts behind the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but I also facilitate self love workshops. This is what it took for me to find this incredible understanding of my own power and of my unstoppable ability to push through.

To learn more about Kecia Johnson and her HIV/AIDS advocacy work, visit her on facebook 

Originally posted on XONecole

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Exclusive Interview : BET Actress Nicolette Ellis on Makeup x Breakup , Favorite Role , and Upcoming Projects

The state of Maryland is more than two hundred miles from New York, home of Jada Pinkett Smith and emerging actress/writer Nicolette Ellis. Nicolette Ellis is the star of BET New Digital Series Brooklyn. Blue. Sky and my personal favorite Makeup x Breakup recently chatted exclusively with eccentricglow.com to discuss her recent projects , favorite role and more

What can we expect from your character Brooke in Season 2 of Makeup and  Breakup?

Brooke in Season 2 is something I don’t think the audience will see coming, you begin to really understand WHY Brooke is the way she is and what made her into thinking the way she think is actually okay. I definitely appreciate that from the writer Eric Dickens for expanding not only Brooke’s mindset but everybody else’s. So you all in for a totally treat for the story as a whole in Season 2 of Makeup and Breakup!

You are a great actress in Makeup and Breakup , Mistakes and Situationships. What has been your favorite role so far? 

Wow, my favorite role is probably Brooke. Even though I created Mistake, the character Maddie, I can still discover things about that character I never knew before. With Situationships, Robyn is a firecracker so she was super fun to portray. But Brooke in Makeup and Breakup has actually taught me not only things about myself but romantic relationships and friendships as a whole. So Brooke is definitely fun to dig into! 

What role would you love to play that you haven’t yet? 

Wow, I would love to play the young attorney on her grind to get to the top one day. Definitely! 

What is something embarrassing or unexpected that happened to you on set?

Wow, I actually have more than you think, because you know its all trial and error! I think one time I was doing a reunion show and was totally late, running everywhere to get to the destination on time, was so frazzled, and I didn’t have anytime to get myself together so totally went with the flow and was more honest on things than I expected! So, with that being said that totally caught me off guard, unexpectedly!

Tell us about your future projects?

Well I’m starring in the new BET Digital Series Brooklyn. Blue. Sky. as Charisse set to premiere on 11/21 so PLEASE look out for that, I’m heading to Pittsburgh to be in the play The Girls of Summer as Laura James and writing some shorts and season 2 of Mistake, thats about it!

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Barbie Just Launched Its First Hijab-Wearing Doll

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad is making history again!

Mattel says that Muhammad, like Misty Copeland and Ava DuVernay before her, is a “shero.” Her doll is part of Barbie’s “Sheroes” collection, the company’s effort to create dolls after real-life role models. 

“Barbie is celebrating Ibtihaj not only for her accolades as an Olympian, but for embracing what makes her stand out,” said Sejal Shah Miller, Barbie’s vice president of global marketing. “Ibtihaj is an inspiration to countless girls who never saw themselves represented, and by honoring her story, we hope this doll reminds them that they can be and do anything.”

As for Muhammad, she is more than excited at the honor. Having had to sew hijabs onto her dolls when she was a child, she is happy to see this landmark moment. 

“When I was growing up, I didn’t have many options of dolls that looked like me,” she told the audience  at the Glamour Women of the Year Summit. “But today, we’re changing that.”

Muhammad is also the first Muslim-American woman to win an Olympic medal, taking a bronze in team saber at the 2016 Olympic games.

The Muhammad doll will be available starting in 2018.
 

 

New VH1 Series ‘Teyana & Iman’ is All About ‘Black Love’

Teyana Taylor, husband Iman Shumpert, and their adorable daughter Junie are coming to reality TV.

“Not just Black love — it’s to inspire love period. There’s nothing more special than showing young folk that you can be in love and be married…

Artist Tamara Natalie Madden

Tamara Natalie Madden is a Jamaican-born painter and mixed-media artist working and living in the United States. Madden’s paintings are allegories whose subjects are the people of the African diaspora.

Bio

Madden was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She moved to America from Jamaica permanently when she was an adolescent. She attended the Frankfield Primary School in Manchester, Jamaica, and Rufus King International High School in Milwaukee, WI. She studied at several universities including University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Madden became ill with a rare disease for women and African-Americans called IgA nephropathy in 1997 and suffered immensely during that time. While living on the dialysis machine, Madden found art again. Art helped her to heal emotionally, so she decided that it was important to pursue it further. She received a kidney transplant from her brother in 2001, and participated in her first art exhibition that same year. Her first solo exhibition was in 2004, and it garnered her an interview with the late James Auer of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Madden’s recent solo exhibition with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust garnered positive feedback from local art critics and observers. Her exhibition entitled, “Out of Many, One” (the Jamaican motto) sought to expand the visual repertoire of viewers and their perceptions of Jamaica and its people. “Ms. Madden’s recasting of the poor and neglected may remind an observer of Kehinde Wiley’s regal portraits of inner-city black men, currently on exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. What distinguishes Ms. Madden’s work, however, is the specific focus on Jamaica.”[10] Madden’s work was featured at Art Basel Miami with Mocada Museum and International Visions Gallery. In an interview with Okay Africa, Madden, and several other artists talk about the inspirations for their works. 

Madden’s influences are varied, and include Gustav Klimt, Milwaukee Artist Ras Ammar Nsoroma, West & East African Royalty, Egypt, Asia, and the clothing worn by native African and Indian women. She chooses to paint imagery that represent the people of the African diaspora.

Several of her pieces are in the collection of different departments at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee. She is also in the permanent collection of Alverno College in Milwaukee and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Her exhibition at Syracuse University in New York yielded a positive review from the Syracuse newspaper, The Post Standard. Madden’s paintings have been featured in the New York Times, The Morning News,Upscale Magazine published by Bronner Bros., the Gleaner Company,The Huffington Post , and On-Verge | Alternative Art Criticism. In 2014, Madden was named as one of 40 black artists to watch by MSNBC’s The Grio.

On November 4 , 2017 Tamara passed away , she
resided and worked in the Atlanta area and was a fine art professor at Spelman College. All of Tamara paintings are extremely amazing.

May this Queen Rest in Paradise

Mos Def And Talib Kweli Join Together Again As BLACK STAR For 3 Shows

Hip-hop fans rejoice!

Not only does it seem like bae Yasiin Bey (the artist formerly known as Mos Def) has completely abandoned the idea of retiring from the industry, but now the legendary lyricist is reuniting with fellow Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli for a 3 nights of Kweli’s 10-show tour this Halloween weekend in California.

The duo, who perform together as Black Star, are following up another reunion of sorts from over the summer, when they were both guests on Dave Chappelle’s Radio City Music Hall run. The Black Star performances come ahead of Kweli’s forthcoming album, Radio Silence, due November 17th.

10/29/2017 Black Star – Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli Sants Ana CA

10/30/2017 Black Star – Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli Los Angeles CA

10/31/2017Black Star – Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli San Diego CA 

Chrisette Michele Announces She’s Been Dropped From Her Label , Suffered A Miscarriage and Was Suicidal

Things have been super mute for Chrisette Michele ever since she performed at Donald Trump’s inaugural festivities.

Well, according to Chrisette herself, she’s been dropped from Capitol Records

She wrote on Instagram,

I complete an entire album and my label decides to walk away from me. Capitol records. I was quiet for a few days… I go into the studio and literally poured out my heart and soul and the label decides to walk away from me? 

In what seems to be an social media vent session she also revealed she had a miscarriage

I dont wish a miscarriage on anyone. Thats sad and a hard pill to swallow.

Butttt Maybe Chrisette and Tina Campbell can work on a project together…since they both have all this newfound free time.