Protection is the New BlackDecember 6, 2010 | Tags: HIV, AIDS, panel, human intonation, verneda white, fashion, world aids day, slim jackson, hydeia broadbent, okema moore, professor david hughes, chris "kazi" rolle
Protection is the New Black is more than a witty tagline for Human Intonation designer Verneda White. Like (RED) and Edun she realizes the impact fashion can have on social issues and advocacy. A portion of the proceeds from her t-shirt sales benefit organizations including Advocates for Youth.
Lifebeat’s Tour Outreach manager, Kizzy-Kay Graham spoke on the panel for Human Intonation’s Protection is the New Black: Sex, Love and Lies in the Age of HIV post-World AIDS Day event on December 2, 2010. The co-ed event was the culmination of a years worth of roundtables for women to discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS on the female population in communities of color. Panelists included HIV/AIDS activist and motivational speaker Hydeia Broadbent, blogger Slim Jackson and Professor David Hughes.
The panel and audience discussed several hot topics including testing, disclosure, stigma and perceptions about sex and HIV/AIDS. Both the panelists and audience members were candid in their responses to questions posed by moderators, Verneda White and Chris “Kazi” Rolle.