The Rickey Smiley Morning Show talked to Tina Knowles-Lawson about the new HIV awareness and prevention campaign the mega mom was a part of called “Me in You, You in Me.”
Knowles-Lawson said the program was interesting because of the anonymous conversation that the participants got to have. Participants are teamed up with an individual they do not know and can ask and answer questions.
“Like how do you love, how do you want to be loved. How do you want to be remembered? There were questions about HIV prevention, and whose responsibility is it to know about these things,” said Knowles-Lawson.
Knowles-Lawson, best known because of her famous daughter Beyonce, said the conversation was freeing because there were no preconceived notions about who the participants were. Knowles-Lawson said people tend to have their perceptions and judgments of each other that render them free speech.
“But when you [are] talking to somebody, and you don’t know who you’re talking to, you can’t see them, you can’t make any judgments,” she said.
The fashion designer said she found herself in a vulnerable place because she could talk without trying to come up with the perfect response.
“I think the person who I was talking to felt the same way. I mean we shared that information. It was really a touching thing,” said Knowles-Lawson.
Beyonce’s mom said the participants were brought together in New York. With closed eyes, they were brought to the stage. After the participants’ eyes were opened, they could see the person they spoke with.
“We were hugging like we knew each other. There was really a connection,” said Knowles-Lawson.
Knowles-Lawson said her conversation partner was Jalen Rose, and neither participant knew who they were talking to.
“It’s all about responsibility to educate ourselves in AIDS, on HIV,” she added.
HIV/AIDS education is most important in the Black community because it affects Black women more than everyone else.
“98 percent of Black women who get HIV get it from heterosexual men. That was very mind-blowing for me,” Knowles-Lawson said.
She added that it is essential to learn the facts, statistics, and how this disease affects the Black community more than any other race.
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