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Tonight: A FRONTLINE Special 2-Hour Presentation, 'ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America'

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 10, 2012 9:32 AM
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As expected, it's already inspiring debate across the black blogosphere (from the topic it tackles, to whether the program/presentation should even exist), and I'm sure that will continue after it airs tonight (July 10); you're asked to check your local listings for when exactly it'll air in your are; click HERE to do so.

The details in the press release below, and underneath, you'll find the stirring trailer.

Every 10 minutes, someone in the U.S. contracts HIV. Half are black. Thirty years after the discovery of the AIDS virus among gay white men, nearly half of the 1 million people in the United States infected with HIV are black men, women and children. "If black America was a country unto itself, it would have the 16th worst epidemic in the world," says Phill Wilson, head of the Black AIDS Institute.

A FRONTLINE special presentation, ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America, is a groundbreaking two-hour exploration of one of the country's most urgent, preventable health crises. The film traces the history of the epidemic through the experiences of extraordinary individuals who tell their stories: people like Nel, a 63-year-old grandmother who married a deacon in her church and later found an HIV diagnosis tucked into his Bible; Tom and Keith, survivors who were children born with the virus in the early 1990s; and Jovanté, a high school football player who didn't realize what HIV meant until it was too late. From Magic Johnson to civil rights pioneer Julian Bond, from pastors to health workers, people on the front lines tell moving stories of the battle to contain the spread of the virus, and the opportunity to finally turn the tide of the epidemic.

The film is directed, produced and written by Renata Simone, the producer of the 2006 award-winning FRONTLINE series The Age of AIDS.

And here's the trailer:

Watch Endgame: AIDS in Black America on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

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  • JMac | July 10, 2012 12:51 PMReply

    Thanks for the reminder. I forgot it was coming on tonight. Will be watching.

  • sandra | July 10, 2012 10:17 AMReply

    I can't anymore with these types of projects...PASS!

  • HIVBABY | July 11, 2012 1:33 AM

    Sandra, why can't you take anymore of these types of projects? The situation isn't going away, why wouldn't you want something that brings more awareness? Do you have any idea how much it COSTS Frontline/the filmmakers to make a piece like this, money spent to hopefully help curb this epidemic rather than fund another vapid piece of content.

    Pass my a*@, you better tell somebody else to watch and pay it forward

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