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New Podcast Series Launches on Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Anna DeShawn and Duane Cramer of The Qube; executive director of Southern AIDS Coalition Dafina Ward; and National AIDS Memorial CEO John Cunningham
Anna DeShawn and Duane Cramer of The Qube (on left); executive director of Southern AIDS Coalition Dafina Ward (in green); and National AIDS Memorial CEO John Cunningham (far right)

The four-part series chronicles the history, impact, and current state of the HIV within the Black community in the American South.

In honor of Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, a new streaming platform of music and podcasts produced by people of color called The Qube is releasing a special podcast series titled “Black HIV in the South: How Did We Get Here?” The four-part podcast series is the first limited series released by the new platform.

Cohosts Anna DeShawn and Duane Cramer dive headfirst into the complicated history of HIV and the Black community, especially in the Southern United States. Told through inspiring interviews and personal stories of people living with or affected by HIV, the series aims to connect with the community with a modern, more positive approach.

Cramer, and HIV advocate, long-term survivor, and award-winning photographer, met DeShawn when she covered the 35th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt in San Francisco.

The Qube cohosts Anna DeShawn and Duane Cramer

The Qube cohosts Anna DeShawn and Duane Cramer

“HIV/AIDS awareness is such an important topic in our community, which is one reason I’m proud to bring this series to listeners everywhere,” says DeShawn, who is also the CEO and cofounder of The Qube.

“We are on a mission to uplift and share multi-dimensional experiences and voices through captivating storytelling, news, and entertainment, and spotlighting the issues that are most important to Black, brown and queer and trans people of color. ‘Black HIV in the South: How Did We Get Here?’ will do just that, and I hope that people everywhere can listen with an open heart and mind and join us in our continued fight to reduce stigma and increase education, awareness and prevention.” 

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.