“I like rap and hip-hop” is one of those things that always ends up on those “things people would be surprised to know about me” lists. Not the misogynistic or profane which, admittedly, rules out many selections. But the beat, the musicality, the dynamic of the music. This was a great mix which left me with a serious earworm of Choices by E-40.
Choices contains plenty of misogyny and profanity but even so – it is catchy and immediately captured my imagination and made that few minutes of my run go by fast. The song goes back and forth between “nopes” and “yups” such as:
You still sell dope? (nope)
Now you cleaner than a bar of Dove soap? (yup)
Anyway, that’s the one relatively clean example I could give on my family-friendly blog! Watch the video if you want to get the full effect.
NOW … what I really want to talk about in this post is Tuesday, which is A Day With HIV. I had an opportunity to do some social media shares via a blogger campaign, but this cause is so personally important to me that I want to use my blog space to highlight the day beyond what the campaign required.
A Day With HIV is an anti-stigma photo campaign from Positively Aware. This year’s event will be on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. Here’s what Positively Aware says:
On 9/22/2015 people across the world, whether HIV-positive or negative, will visually capture and share a moment of their day – A Day with HIV – to focus attention on what it means to live in a world with HIV.
My involvement with this issue started back in the late 80s, when I was a counselor/supervisor on the first Florida AIDS Hotline. At the time, I answered the hotline and supervised the counselors because it was my job. Now, almost three decades of life experience later, my allegiance with this cause is a part of who I am, not just something I do (or did …) as a job.
In order to participate in Mama Kat’s writing prompt linkup this week, I decided to try to do a few E-40 style lines related to Tuesday’s Day With HIV. (One of the prompts is “write a blog post in exactly eight lines“.)
Don’t worry — I am not going to try to sing my eight lines!!. They may make you scratch your head, they may make you laugh … I don’t know. My goal is, though, that you’ll say “yup” to posting a selfie on Tuesday!
For More Information:
Visit this website: www.adaywithhiv.com
Visit the Facebook Page here.
Visit the Twitter Page here.
Visit the Instagram Page here.
Note the project hashtags: #ADayWithHIV and #StopHIVTogether
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.