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The Silence Is Broken campaign is a powerful tool and resource to address the needs of a growing population of HIV/AIDS affected people to eradicate infection, create awareness, educate, and raise money which will help us fight the disease and the stereotypes it falsely creates. HIV and AIDS threatens communities of color more than any other group.
The Silence Is Broken is designed to consistently and constantly broadcast its message until eradication. HIV and AIDS threatens communities of color more than any other group. We have concentrated our efforts on women of color as their infection rates are fifteen times their white counterparts. In addition, black community HIV infection rates are looking more and more like third world countries and we as guardians of the next generations are not talking about it.
The Silence Is Broken was introduced by composer and producer Patrick Gandy as a gift to his daughters. He wanted to put some?thing in the world where they could learn about this disease from him through a medium he was familiar with (music) and the message would be reinforced through cultural discourse. He wrote and produced a song (The Silence is Broken) that was originally performed by Renee Goldsberry ("Ally McBeal", "One Life to Live") at the United States AIDS Conference in Philadelphia (October 22nd, 2004) and was very well received.Through living examples, such as women affected by HIV and AIDS and their testimonials, and using media as a tool for change, we can strengthen our message and our capacity to inform. Using the creative and performing arts as our tool, we are taking a bold stance and bold chance that The Silence Is Broken Concert Series, with its artists, thinkers, and performers, is the start of what is pos?sible. And what is possible is a life that makes choices that support the best life experience, work, and the realization of individual possibility.
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