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BET Launches Resources & Programming for World AIDS Day

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Alicia KeysToday, December 1, is World AIDS Day and BET has a special weekend line-up to commemorate the event. It all starts out tonight at 6:00 pm on 106 & Park. The 90-minute “LIVE music special will tackle the issue of HIV/AIDS and the risky behaviors associated with contracting the disease.”

Also all day today BET will be running 60-second news briefs entitled, “Red Blood, Green Dollars and Black Skin” featuring celebrities such as Alicia Keys, Richard Gere, Magic Johnson and Marvelyn Brown.

Then on Saturday, special HIV-themed episodes on Girlfriends will air at 9:00 and 9:30 pm. Following that at 10:00 pm, watch Down Low Exposed, a documentary that BET is calling it’s most controversial yet: “a probing look into the undercover world of men with wives or girlfriends who also secretly engage in sex with other men.”

On Sunday afternoon, you can catch the short-film winner of the Rap-It-Up competition. The “story of beautiful, intelligent, soulful Essence, a teacher and spoken word poet, who becomes involved with Maurice, a handsome and socially conscious teacher at a school for the deaf. As their relationship evolves, the issue of HIV testing raises a new level of discussion between them.”

Finally, BET created a lot of resources online to educate on AIDS. Watch videos including those mentioned about with Alicia Keys, read stories, and find out how to get tested. BET: World AIDS Day 2006. Also see Rap-It-Up.

Ecorazzi recommends that you celebrate World AIDS Day by getting tested.

Via – PR

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