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LiveHopeLove

From: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Length: 53:00

Writer and Poet Kwame Dawes explores HIV/AIDS in Jamaica, produced by Outer Voices, in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Read the full description.

Aids_small HIV/AIDS is defined by people: their complex lives, their bravery, their fear, their sadness, their need, their laughter, their inconsistencies--basically, their rich humanity. LiveHopeLove looks at the universal problems faced by people with HIV/AIDS, through the specific lens of Jamaica, where almost no one is unaffected by the disease. What are the unique realities of this small island state that set its HIV/AIDS sufferers apart from those in the rest of the world? Poet and writer Kwame Dawes travels to Jamaica to explore the experience of people living with HIV/AIDS and to examine how the disease has shaped their lives. Dawes' poems, inspired by their stories, take this documentary into deep realms of the heart.

LiveHopeLove: HIV/AIDS in Jamaica is the second of two multimedia reporting initiatives undertaken by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting with support from the MAC AIDS Fund.

Visit LiveHopeLove.com to explore the interactive website with rich photography, the complete set of Kwame's poems, short video documentaries and musical interpretations of the poems.

The radio documentary is produced by Stephanie Guyer-Stevens and Jack Chance of Outer Voices, in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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HIV/AIDS is defined by people: their complex lives, their bravery, their fear, their sadness, their need, their laughter, their inconsistencies--basically, their rich humanity. LiveHopeLove looks at the universal problems faced by people with HIV/AIDS, through the specific lens of Jamaica, where almost no one is unaffected by the disease. What are the unique realities of this small island state that set its HIV/AIDS sufferers apart from those in the rest of the world? Poet and writer Kwame Dawes travels to Jamaica to explore the experience of people living with HIV/AIDS and to examine how the disease has shaped their lives. Dawes' poems, inspired by their stories, take this documentary into deep realms of the heart.

LiveHopeLove: HIV/AIDS in Jamaica is the second of two multimedia reporting initiatives undertaken by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting with support from the MAC AIDS Fund.

Visit LiveHopeLove.com to explore the interactive website with rich photography, the complete set of Kwame's poems, short video documentaries and musical interpretations of the poems.

The radio documentary is produced by Stephanie Guyer-Stevens and Jack Chance of Outer Voices, in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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Review of Livehopelove

This is an exceptional piece of audio. Kwame Dawes' poetic-narration is vivid, beautiful, and effective. Using a poetic form rather than prose to prepare the listener for each section allows the folks featured in this piece more autonomy to tell their own story than a traditional narration would have. Live Hope Love shows the listener that while contracting AIDS is a tragedy, AIDS patients are not, by definition, victims.

The music is excellent, and effectively integrated within the spoken word and audio footage. The reggae and hiphop convey a distinct sense of place, lift the spirit of the story, and communicate that AIDS is no longer a death sentence; it is a disease people can live and survive with.

Transcript

Live Hope Love: HIV AIDS in Jamaica
Hosted by Kwame Dawes

Billboard
1:00

ANEISHA: When I first found out that I was hiv positive all my dreams and my hope was shattered.

MUSIC: JACKIE MITTOO - DRUM SOUNDS

RUTH JANKE: its wide spread its not just one sector of society its uptown downtown all ages and stages everybody is infected or affected but we don't see it as something we should we really should be looking at much less talking about.

KWAME: Everybody that I talk to is offering an interesting perspective on HIV AIDS in Jamaica

DR. FIGUEROA: A bit over a half of them are not aware that they are living with HIV

KWAME: It's actually a kind of a poem about the way in which people deal with the prospect of death in the context of Jamaican society

ANNOUNCER: "Join Poet Kwame Dawes, on his exploration of HIV AIDS in Jamaica, Coming up next"

CARLA: Live...

KWAME: ...Hope...

ANEISH...
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Timing and Cues

00:00 - 00:59 - Billboard
01:00 - 12:59 - Part 1: Positive
13:00 - 13:59 - Break (instrumental music)
14:00 - 32:59 - Part 2: Living with HIV
33:00 - 33:59 - Break (instrumental music)
34:00 - 52:59 - Part 3: On Hope and Dying

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Drum Song Jackie Mittoo Champion. Blood and Fire :00
Memories of the Ghetto Augustus Pablo East of the River Nile. Shanachie :00
Instrumental Medley Chin's Calypso Chin's Calypso. Chin :00
A Way From it All Don Drummond Skatalites and Friends. VP Records :00
Diggy Dong D-Lynx Dancehall Reggae. Pony Canyon :00
No No No Dawn Penn Studio One. Soul Jazz :00
Spilt Milk Tonya Stephens Rebelution. VP Records :00
Reality Dub Linton Kwesi Johnson LKJ in Dub. Island UK :00
Surfin' Ernest Ranglin Studio One. Soul Jazz :00
Up Warrika Hill Augustus Pablo Original Rockers. Greensleeves :00
Vice Verse Love Barrington Too Experienced: The Best of Barrington Levy. VP Records :00
A Version I can Feel with Love Tommny McCook and th Aggrovators Show Case. Charly Records :00
These Streets Tonya Stephens Rebelution. VP Records :00
Stand a Chance Damien Marley Halfway Tree. Motown :00
Thunder Clap Augustus Pablo Original Rockers. Greensleeves :00
Destiny Buju Banton Inna Heights. Penthouse :00

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Related Website

http://www.pulitzercenter.org; www.outervoices.org