Interview Subjects

Interview Subjects

Tamira Noble

We first met Tamira when she was 17 and a senior at Westinghouse High School. Tamira was one of the first students to sign‐up for this project. After she graduated from high school, we hired her to be a production associate and ultimately decided to have her narrate the film. Now 20, she is currently attends the University of Pittsburgh.

Westinghouse High School students #1-13

These students are among the 20 that participated in this project and helped us make this film. For a year‐and‐a‐half, they watched video presentations and interviewed all kinds of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS from their own community—heterosexuals, homosexuals and intravenous drug users—as well as public health experts and scientists from America and Africa.

Peabody High School students

89 students from Peabody High School, another all‐black high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, participated in our evaluation study of the film. The students were sophomores and seniors—the seniors were the control group and the sophomores were the actual evaluation group.

Phill Wilson

Phill Wilson is the founder and Executive Director of the Black AIDS Institute. The institute’s mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in black communities by engaging and mobilizing black institutions and individuals in efforts to confront HIV.

Dr. Matthew Dolan

Dr. Dolan was the senior lead author with a group of scientists at the University of Texas who published a report in Cell Host & Microbe in the summer of 2008 that found that the majority of Africans and black Americans have a genetic variation that makes them 40% more likely to contract HIV.

Dr. Jim Thomas

Dr. Thomas is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and the Director of the Program in Public Health Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His primary research is in studying the social forces that contribute to patterns of sexually transmitted diseases in communities.

Dr. Peter Mugyenyi

Dr. Peter Mugyenyi is the Founder and Director of the Joint Clinical Research Centre in Kampala, Uganda. He is also one of the world’s foremost specialists in the field of HIV/AIDS. A pediatrician by training, Dr. Mugyenyi has worked on HIV and AIDS since it first became apparent that Uganda had an epidemic in the late 1980s. He has served as a visiting professor, chairperson, and board member at a number of universities and organizations in the U.S., Europe and Africa, including the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in Washington, DC. Dr. Mugyenyi is committed to working towards the improvement of best practices in HIV/AIDS treatment and care research, advising the U.S. on access to affordable medicines for developing countries, and the development of an AIDS vaccine.

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Ms. Ralph is an accomplished actress of film, television and stage. Best known for originating the role of Deena Jones on Broadway in the landmark musical Dreamgirls, Ms. Ralph has also been a dedicated HIV/AIDS activist for almost 20 years. Ms. Ralph is a national spokesperson for the National Minority AIDS Council and has also written, directed and performed a one‐woman show called Sometimes I Cry, a play that illustrates the loves, lives and losses of women infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Africa Melane

A native of Gugulethu, South Africa, one of the many slums blacks were relegated to during the apartheid era, Mr. Melane is an openly gay presenter at 702 Talk Radio and a programming manager at 567 Cape Talk in South Africa.

Thabo Ntembu

Ms. Ntembu is the former principal of a primary school in the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa.

Clare Kalkwarf

Ms. Kalkwarf was the co‐founder of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gerard in Mandeni, Kwazulu‐Natal, South Africa. The mission of the Brotherhood of Blessed Gerard is to care and counsel persons infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and to care and counsel abused, neglected, orphaned and homeless children. Ms. Kalkwarf was murdered on April 6, 2006 during a robbery.

Clarisse Jordan

Ms. Jordan contracted HIV from her first and only boyfriend while attending Westinghouse High School 23 years ago. She has worked as a volunteer for several Pittsburgh area HIV/AIDS organizations for the last 15 years. She is the main Pittsburgh researcher and community liaison for this film.

Bruce Harris

Mr. Harris is a former employee of the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force where he was heavily involved in the speakers’ bureau and outreach to the black community.

Daphne Parker

Ms. Parker is the former Director of Prevention Services at The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force is dedicated to saving, sustaining and empowering the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and preventing the spread of infections.

Keisha and Dana Daniels

Keisha and Dana are a young married couple from Homewood. Keisha is HIV positive but she did not disclose her HIV status to Dana when they first started dating. She did not disclose her status until after they had already had unprotected sex.

Charles Lyles

Mr. Lyles is an HIV positive man who lives in Homewood. He got the virus from his long‐term partner Alfred. Alfred never disclosed his HIV status to Charles; Charles only found out  Alfred was HIV positive when he was dying.

The Khoza family

The Khozas are a family of five orphan boys, ages 4‐18, and their grandmother. They live in a tiny village in the Kwazulu Natal province of South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world. The boys’ parents had died of HIV/AIDS but they didn’t know that. It was the family secret. The secret wasn’t revealed until our interview with them.

Dr. Preston Marx

Dr. Marx is the Chief of Microbiology at Tulane University. A career virologist with over 25 years of experience, Marx has published 190 research articles, the majority of which are on HIV and AIDS. He is a Professor of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and the editor‐in‐chief of the Journal of Medical Primatology. His research is focused on AIDS, HIV, SIV and simian models of AIDS.

Dr. Robin Weiss

Dr. Weiss is one of the world’s foremost virologists and a member of the Royal Society, a scientific group in England. He is a Professor of Viral Oncology in the Department of Immunology and Molecular Pathology at University College London.

Dr. Ernest Drucker

Dr. Drucker is a public health researcher who is the former Director of the Division of Public Health and Policy Research, Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, and Professor of Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In his 32 years at Montefiore, Dr. Drucker developed and directed programs in occupational health, community oriented primary medical care education, drug addiction treatment, and HIV/AIDS services. His research has focused on social problems and their health consequences, including the social epidemiology and geography of drug use and AIDS in the Bronx.

Dr. Rodrick Wallace

Dr. Wallace is a research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, specializing in epidemiology, public and population health, and urban health. He is the co‐author of “A Plague on Your Houses: How New York Was Burned Down and National Public Health Crumbled.”

Dr. Mindy Fullilove

Dr. Mindy Fullilove is a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University, and a research psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr.Fullilove has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities, with a special interest in the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health.

Dr. Robert Fullilove

Dr. Robert Fullilove is the Associate Dean of Community and Minority Affairs and a Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. Mr. Fullilove’s research has focused on issues of minority health in urban settings such as substance abuse and addiction, and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. He has also designed, conducted and published a number of studies with his wife, Dr. Mindy Fullilove, in both San Francisco and New York City that address subjects including the relationship of drug use and the rising infection rates of HIV and other STDs.

Magic Johnson

NBA legend and entrepreneur Magic Johnson discovered during a physical before the 1991‐92 NBA season he had tested positive for HIV. Johnson publicly announced his immediate retirement.  At the time his wife, Cookie, was pregnant with their unborn child. Both his wife and child did not have HIV. Johnson initially said he did not know how he contracted the disease, but later admitted that it was through having multiple sexual partners during his playing career. After announcing his HIV status in November 1991, Johnson created the Magic Johnson Foundation to help combat HIV, although he later diversified the foundation to include other charitable goals.

Cleo Manago

Mr. Manago is the founder of the Black Men’s Xchange and founder and CEO ofthe African, American Advocacy, Support‐Services and Survival Institute (AmASSI). Mr. Manago has been working with diverse populations within the African‐American community across the United States for two decades. He is the author/principal investigator of the Critical Thinking and Cultural Affirmation, (CTCA), Prevention and Risk Reduction Strategy for African‐Americans.

Dr. Joseph Stokes

Dr. Stokes was one of the principal investigators for a study on the secret behavioral bisexuality, the so‐called “down‐low,” that was conducted by the University of Illinois in the mid‐1990s. He is a professor emeritus in the department of psychology at the University of Illinois.

Khafre Abif

Mr. Abif is a Pittsburgh area resident who has been living with HIV for 18 years. He considers himself to be bisexual. He admits that there were significant periods in his life when he was on the down‐low. He believes he contracted HIV from unprotected sex, but is not sure if he was infected by a man or a woman. He is an HIV/AIDS activist and is writing a book.

Noteisha Masakoy

Ms. Masakoy is an HIV/AIDS activist and lesbian who emigrated from Sierra Leone to Canada. She spoke at a panel titled, “Being Queer in the African/Black Diaspora” at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006.

Tokes Osubu

Mr. Osubu is the Executive Director of Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), an organization founded in 1986 whose mission is to empower black gay men. He has been living with HIV for 22 years and spoke at a panel titled, “Being Queer in the African/Black Diaspora” at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006.

Lanna James

Ms. James is an HIV/AIDS activist who spoke at a panel titled, “Being Queer in the African/Black Diaspora” at the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto in 2006. She is a Canadian resident who is originally from Trinidad and Tobago.

Reverend Sharon Higginbothan

Reverend Higginbothan is a former researcher and project coordinator for the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She is currently the Director of Education and Employment at the Light of Life Rescue Mission and Ministries in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Reverend George McCrae

Reverend McCrae has been the pastor of Mount Tabor Baptist Church in Miami, Florida since 1989. He was one of the first African‐American pastors in the country to create an HIV/AIDS ministry. Mount Tabor hands out free food and free condoms. Rev. McCrae has traveled the country urging other black church leaders to play a greater role in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Floyd Patterson

Mr. Patterson was a medical social worker. When the filmmakers met him in May 2007, he had been living with full‐blown AIDS for 17 years. Mr. Patterson grew up in a very religious family and had struggled throughout most of his life with his sexuality. He tried to deny his homosexuality for many years. He contracted HIV from a man who didn’t reveal his own HIV status. Mr. Patterson died in July 2009.

John Martin Green

Mr. Martin is a theater producer and a member of the Black Men’s Xchange.