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Heritage Health Care in Harlem
Outdoor Extravaganza Brings HIV/AIDS Awareness to Harlem Community includes the showing of "Confessions of a Black Woman".


May 17, 2006

Outdoor Extravaganza Brings HIV/AIDS Awareness to Harlem Community

On Friday, May 19, Heritage Health Care in Harlem help kick off the annual New York AIDS walk with an open air screening of empowering film shorts that promote awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and safe sex practices. In addition to the evening’s outdoor entertainment, which will take place from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, in the plaza area of Heritage Health Center, 1727 Amsterdam Avenue, Heritage will provide free, confidential HIV testing with on-the-spot results. Rain date for this event is Friday, June 2, 2006.

Hosted by comedic actress, Hazelle Goodman, the family friendly affair will include live entertainment from the Emme Kemp Trio and a special performance and award presentation to Harlem’s own Impact Theatre Group. Heritage will also honor leading HIV/AIDS physician Dr. Tanya D. Zangaglia and Impact Repertory Theatre with awards for their outstanding efforts in the area of HIV/AIDS education. Earlier that afternoon, Dr. Zangaglia will present a seminar on women’s health and sexually transmitted diseases.

Feature films will include Confessions of a Black Woman, by filmmaker Tamiko Joye Ball (Red Bone Moving Images, LLC). In the film Tamiko hits the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan to seek public opinion on HIV/AIDS. This short documentary in the making reveals the filmmaker’s ordeal as she journeys on her quest to be tested. By using her own experience as a backdrop, Tamiko sets out to examine the reality behind the surge in HIV infection among African American women by looking at the virus’ impact on individual women, as well as presenting concrete ways to stem this destructive tide through awareness and self-empowerment.

On the 25th anniverrsay of the first diagnosed case of AIDS, FRONTLINE presents “The Age of AIDS”. After a quarter of a century of political denial, social stigma, scientific breakthroughs, bitter policy battles and inadequate prevention campaigns, HIV/AIDS continues to spread rapidly throughout much of the world. Through interviews with AIDS researchers, world leaders, activists, and patients, the film investigates the science, politics, and human cost of this fateful disease and asks: What are the lessons of the past, and what can be done to stop AIDS?

In the teen love story "A Spoonful of Sugar” director Andrea Williams chronicles the experience of Patrice, a Brooklyn teen born with HIV, who is desperately trying to reconcile her raging hormones with her declining T-cell count. The film follows what happens when the budding teen decides she wants to lose her virginity and sets out on a quest to find a partner.

The goal of the event is to present a festive affair that brings a unique testing service directly to the community, instead of requiring people to travel or visit a clinic or office. Heritage Health, the hosting community-based organization, believes that the increased accessibility and ease of this initiative will help them to reach individuals who may not feel comfortable going to a clinic, while at the same time informing the community of the many health related services that they provide.

Date: Friday, May 19, 2006
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Where: Plaza Area of Heritage Health Center
1727 Amsterdam Avenue at 145th Street

Ticket Info: FREE!

For Additional information please call (212) 862-0966 or (212) 866-2600




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