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An Evening of Angels, Reflection and Looking Forward

March 30, 2012

David Ernesto Munar, president/CEO of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, speaks at the 2012 Dinner with Tony Kushner. AFC Photos-Ed Negron Below are David Ernesto Munar's remarks from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's 2012 Dinner with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner, who wrote Angels in America. The dinner was held on March 27, 2012, at the Hilton Chicago, and raised...
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Hip-Hop Cares About HIV. Yes, Really.

March 29, 2012

Donté Smith is a member of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago Americorps team. At times, hip-hop lovers who also believe in social justice can grow discouraged by the homophobia and misogyny so rampant in today’s brand of beats and rhymes. But tomorrow night, there will be a refreshing showcase of hip-hop talent performing for a most worthy cause: to enhance the...
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A Doctor Finds Calling in Forgotten Youth

March 21, 2012

Dr. Lisa Henry-Reid poses with her family. From left to right, daughter Lorelle, son Taylor, Dr. Henry-Reid and her husband Samuel.   Dr. Lisa Henry-Reid remembers when AIDS became personal for her. It was 1996. One of her first AIDS patients, a young man she had grown...
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At 85, a Mother Walks for Her Son

March 13, 2012

  Mae Smith sits with her two of her daughters in her homey Glendale Heights kitchen. A coffeepot gurgles from the counter. Her youngest granddaughter plays quietly in the adjacent living room. If you saw Mae Smith on the street, you might not immediately suspect she’s a passionate and determined HIV/AIDS advocate...
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An Advocate and his Art

March 8, 2012

Gary Metzner poses on a Puerto Vallarta vacation in February 2011.          (Photos courtesy of Scott Johnson) Like twin currents of the same river, Gary Metzner’s passion for art and his own emerging identity pulled him into the HIV/AIDS cause some 20 years ago. Fresh out of college and grad school, he found work at an...
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Confronting HIV Among Youth

March 8, 2012

It's heartening to see the professional journalists of tomorrow care about rising HIV infections among young people. In this story -- written by Veronica J. Smith of the Medill News Service -- Chicago HIV experts and advocates talk about what's being done to address the alarming rise in HIV infections among young people. The story provides...
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Praying for the End of AIDS

March 5, 2012

The pastors took their seats at the table next to HIV-positive advocates last Monday as light streamed in through the multicolored stained glass windows at the Trinity United Church of Christ. It was time to talk about God and AIDS. The panel discussion at the South Side church, facilitated by The Balm in Gilead and sponsored by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC),...
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Video: Tony Kushner on Angels

February 21, 2012

Courtesy of our friends at the Court Theatre, here's a video of Tony Kushner reflecting on his play Angels in America , with the artistic director Charlie Newell, at the first rehearsal for the spring production. Tony Kushner will be the guest of honor at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's 2012 fundraising dinner, An Angel Among Us: A...
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Angels in America: The Play That Goes Clunk

February 17, 2012

By Lauren Whalen When I was 18, I did an art project against my will. As a theatre major at Loyola University Chicago, I was required to take Introduction to Theatrical Design. Early in the semester, we had to create a conceptual project based on a favorite play. No rules. Just do it. After 13 years of Catholic school, where structure was the air we breathed,...
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A Brother Lost to AIDS Lights the Way

February 10, 2012

Tom Rubnitz in 1990 When Mary Lu Roffe’s brother died of AIDS in 1992, his death left a void in her life that likely will never be filled. In a recent interview, she fought back tears before the first question had been asked. “People say it gets better with time,”...
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