The CDC also reports that being unaware of an HIV diagnosis also puts patients at risk – something that Lisa Raye Mc Coy and Break the Silence are actively trying to fight.
Mc Coy is working specifically with this campaign to remove the stigma of openly discussing sexuality and the possibility of disease in the African American community.
Through her Lady Raye foundation, she has put on the Miss Raye Diant Jewels Teen Pagent.
Unlike typical pageants, Mc Coy’s program is built around reinforcing the self-esteem of young girls.
Beyond incorporating her political position in her acting life, she also saw her stature as a means to do charity work.As per her website, the pageant serves as “an opportunity to expand their skilled and creative minds, overcome challenges like peer pressure and low self – esteem, have confidence and social skills,” and prepare them for the future.Thus far, Miss Raye Diant Jewels Teen Pageants have been held in Atlanta, Charlotte and Chicago, continuing Mc Coy’s mission from her years in Turks and Caicos, working with young girls in underserved communities.Al Sharpton and his Wife Kathy Jordan Source: Daily Mail Al Sharpton and Kathy Jordan called it quits after 24 years of married life.They separated amicably in 2004, but neither Sharpton nor Jordan has filed for divorce till date.
The Break the Silence campaign feels that the focus has slipped away from AIDS awareness, and it appears this is particularly true in the African American community.