Posts tagged ‘Black Teenagers’

It’s World AIDS Day

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of days, you’d know that today is World AIDS Day. I decided to try something this time and do a short series of posts talking about my experiences with protecting myself, getting tested, and losing people I care about to the disease.

The next two posts will be dedicated to Damon Eskridge, a family friend of mine who shared his story about living with HIV to me and other young people years ago at my church back home in Los Angeles. Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I talked about how Damon influenced me and informed what I know about HIV and AIDS along with other STD’s. Damon passed away in December 2000 after a long battle with AIDS.

I am remembering Damon today as I write these next few posts. Thank you, Damon for sharing your story and your light. You are loved and missed.

For those of you in DC and wanting to get tested for HIV today call 202.442.9152 to find the nearest testing location.

Those of you tweeting on twitter about World Aids Day, the official hashtag for world AIDS day is #WAD09.

Shout out to the Red Pump Project, who raise awareness about HIV and AIDS 365 days a year.

BET actually does it right and remembers Black celebrities we’ve lost to AIDS.

Lastly, did you know that trans women are most impacted by AIDS? Get familiar. Many times we forget that more than Black cisgendered women* are trans women who are the most impacted by the disease and yet served the least…because trans women are often rendered invisible by the status quo. Some food for thought.


Teenage Takeover

I’m going to preface this post with saying that I am NOT one of those snobby DC bloggers who write about their DC neighborhood and think they know everything about this city when they’ve only been here for a couple years, or because they were the first white man to buy a house on their street in Petworth or wherever. They annoy me, and it is not my intent to sound like them.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…I’ve decided I can’t hang out at Gallery Place anymore.

It’s nothing personal. I was just there to see Miracle at St. Anna with a friend. I love the Clyde’s over there, and it used to be where my now-ex and I would go on the fly if we wanted to catch a quick movie or maybe dinner. It was a cool ass place to hang out until the crazy DC teenagers started running rampant.

I can’t handle it anymore. I probably should have stopped when I saw two teens almost get into a knife fight right upstairs from the metro. But, I was faithful. I thought, maybe it would get better but no, it’s gotten worse.

I thought about mixing it up and instead of going to Clyde’s for dinner after the movie, we took the trek to the new Busboys and Poets on 5th and L, Northwest. I considered asking my homegirl if she wanted to hang out somewhere on 7th Street afterwards and grab another drink, but when I saw this one 14 year old girl dressed up like fricking Sailor Moon, I decided it was time to go home instead.

I’m just…over it. the loud cartoon character-lookin ass outfits, the loud cussin and laughin and riggamaroo, the running up and down the streets and acting all rude in Urban Outfitters (NOT THAT I SHOP THERE)….I just can’t.

So with this, I say goodbye to the 7th Street theater, the Clyde’s and everywhere in between. I wish I could have stayed but alas, I have been run out of that area by the crazy DC Teens.