Posts Tagged ‘Loop21’

Black Website Shows Us the Right and Wrong Ways to Talk HIV

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

(, an African American news and lifestyle site, devoted lots of energy and real estate to HIV/AIDS last week. In the run-up and on World AIDS Day, the site ran a three-part series about the disease’s effect on ball culture (“Underground Gay Dance Culture Keeps ‘Voguing’ Legacy Alive”); covered Obama’s remarks at a ONE Campaign event (“President Obama Talks ‘The Beginning of the End of AIDS’”); and debunked down-low mythology in a statistics-laden piece about HIV risk among young black men who have sex with men (“Young Gay Black Men Are Most at Risk for HIV Transmission”).

But two pieces, which appeared side by side on World AIDS Day, crystallized the challenges of talking about sex, responsibility and HIV, 30 years and millions of words into the epidemic.

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New York Fashion Week’s Runways Were More Diverse This Season

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

(New York Magazine) There was a slight uptick in models of color at this past New York Fashion Week, according to's Keli Goff, who tabulates runway diversity every season. Of the 200 New York designers who showed, over 90 percent had at least one black model, and 80 percent featured at least one Asian model. (Last fall's comparative figures were 83 percent and 87 percent, respectively.) This season's average got an additional nudge in the right direction with an increase in "ethnically ambiguous non-white models," according to Goff. []

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