For Immediate Release
Florence Edwards, Ph. 310-746-7149
Angel Mason, Global Author. Ph.: 323.819-5385
Terry Angel Mason Named Guest Speaker for Black Women’s Network Organization’s HIV/AIDS Event
Mason will be discussing why there is an increase in HIV cases among Black women and what can be done about the rising epidemic
Los Angeles, CA- June 9, 2012- Since HIV/AIDS came on the scene 30 years ago, the deadly disease has had a devastating impact on African Americans. Once thought of as a gay, white male disease, the new face of AIDS is black. Black women have become the leading group of HIV/AIDS cases; surpassing Caucasian women, Asian women and Latina women. According to www.WomensHealth.gov, women account for about 1 in 4 new HIV/AIDS cases in the United States. Of these newly infected women, about 2 in 3 are African-American. Most of these women got HIV from having unprotected sex with a man.
According to Amfar.org:
• African Americans and Hispanics represent 26 percent of all women in the U.S. but they account for 82% of AIDS cases among women.
• African-American women have an HIV prevalence rate nearly 15 times that of white women.
The Black Women’s Network Organization, located in Inglewood, CA, is determined to educate women about HIV/AIDS prevention. They invited international speaker, HIV/AIDS activist, and author Angel Mason, to speak at their event, which takes place on June 9, 2012, from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at the Rogers Park Auditorium, located at 400 West Beach Ave, Inglewood, CA 90302. At the event, Mason will be addressing what black women can do now to protect themselves against the virus. He will also discuss his own experience and triumph over the disease and how to live an empowered, healthy life with the virus.
According to Mason, “HIV/AIDS is having a devastating impact on Black women in Los Angeles and around the world. Many women don’t know the status of their partners, and simply aren’t protecting themselves consistently. Education and getting tested is vital to stopping the spread of this disease. My goal is to inspire, motivate, and encourage black women to get tested and to know the status of all of their partners.”
A survivor of full blown AIDS, Mason has been a guest speaker at many events, including San Diego Neighborhood House & San Diego Urban League’s National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, Harold Washington College’s “A Matter of Global Survival.”
A renowned author, Mason recently penned and published an inspiring and empowering article called Miracle on Grape Street, which recounts how he overcame full-blown AIDS and cancer, and rose to fame as a beloved activist, speaker, and author. View the article here: http://www.care2.com/news/member/221549481/3338021
Selected by Real Health Magazine as the advocate of the month and selected as the Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day national spokesperson for 2012, Mason is the Pulitzer nominated author of Love Won’t Let Me Be Silent. His sophomore literary release, They Say That I Am Broken, is regarded as one of the most highly anticipated books of 2012, and is expected to be nominated for similar literary awards.
They Say That I Am Broken, is a powerful book aimed at spreading truth about the dangers and consequences of homophobia, hate, and inequality. Mason’s books have touched millions of lives and have been submitted for a Pulitzer Prize and numerous awards, including the Lambda Literary Award and the Stonewall Book Awards. They Say That I Am Broken will be available for purchase at the event, or can be pre-ordered by visiting www.TerryAngelMason.com. Electronic review copies of They Say That I Am Broken are now available for the media upon request by contacting Florence Edwards at Florence@Publicity911.com. Copies of Love Won’t Let Me Be Silent will also be available for purchase at the event.
For all media interview considerations, or to request Angel Mason to appear or speak at your event, contact Florence Edwards at 310-746-7149. Because of Mason’s busy schedule, please note that we cannot accommodate all requests; therefore it is essential to contact us as soon as possible to ensure his presence or participation at your event.
Terry Angel Mason has been featured in the following publications and/or news venues: (Lee Bailey’s) eurweb.com, The East County Magazine, Five (5) Magazine, Whosoever Magazine, SGL Weekly Magazine, Outword Magazine, The NBJC Newsletter, The Advocate, Frontier Magazine, Broadway World, The Windy City Times Newspaper, New Pittsburgh Courier, New England Informer, Our Weekly Magazine, Out Impact, The San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, The San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times, The San Diego Union Tribune, ME Magazine, POZ Magazine, The New Civil Rights Online Magazine, A&U Magazine, Religious Tolerance, Marriage Equality International, Homorazzi, BN&S News Commentary, Real Health Magazine, Q Magazine, MSNBC News Vine, ILGA, Out Military Online Magazine, Proud Parenting Web Magazine, Fuse Magazine, Echelon Magazine, The Bay Area Reporter, Connextions Magazine, and in many other publications. To purchase Mason’s books, read breaking news stories, feature articles, interviews, or obtain more information about the author, visit his website at www.TerryAngelMason.com.
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