NEW YORK – Of the more than one million people in the United States who are living with HIV/AIDS, nearly half are African American. Moreover, the HIV/AIDS infection rates in Washington, D.C. have surpassed the threshold for a severe epidemic three times over and Black women account for more than 90 percent of all women infected with the virus in the nation’s capitol.
On Tuesday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. EST, World AIDS Day, BET shines a light on these alarming statistics by dedicating a full episode of the Network’s hit music countdown show, 106 & PARK, to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic. Throughout the week, BET and its Emmy Award-winning pro-social initiative Rap-It-Up will zero in on the epidemic in Washington, D.C. by partnering with The Magic Johnson Foundation, The National Medical Association, Metro Teen AIDS, radio station WPGC-FM and the D.C. campus community.
SCHEDULE FOR BET’S Rap-It-Up CAMPAIGN INITIATIVES IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
GOD ME & HIV: November 30, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
Event: movie premiere partnership with The National Medical Association
Location: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001
TEEN FORUM: December 1, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.
Event: BET Networks and The Magic Johnson Foundation Partner for open discussion with D.C. teens
Location: Duke Ellington School of The Arts, 3500 R Street NE Washington, DC 20007
WORLD AIDS DAY “YO LISTEN UP” DISCUSSION: December 1, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
Event: BET Networks and D.C. radio station WPGC-FM partner for “Wrap For Life Youth Summit”
Location: Union Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20007
REALTALK FESTIVAL: Friday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m.
Event: BET Networks partners with Metro Teen AIDS and Realtalk DC for free testing, music and education
Location: The Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H. Street, NE Washington, D.C.