BET announced a slate of HIV-themed programming leading up to National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Feb. 7.
Two new films and a youth-focused news special will highlight the network’s efforts as part of its longstanding public-education partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation.
BET will kick things off Sunday, Feb. 4 at noon (EST/PST) with the winning short film from the first Scenarios USA/Rap-It-Up What's the REAL DEAL on Growing Up in the Age of AIDS? National Story and Scriptwriting Contest.
Reflections -- written by 17-year-old Keyana Ray of Maywood, Ill. -- which follows three young women and the issues they face in a community where HIV infection and drug abuse run rampant will also air Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 11 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 18 at noon.
A half-hour documentary featuring footage from the making of Reflections -- Behind the Scenes: Reflections -- will air Sunday, Feb. 4 at 12:30 p.m.
BET News special Sex, Myths and the Real Deal -- a 30-minute show that examines common misconceptions that many young adults hold about HIV/AIDS -- will debut Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.
Finally, the winner of the Third Annual Rap-It-Up/Black AIDS Short Subject Film Competition, Odicie, will air Sunday, Feb. 18 at 12:30 p.m. The short film features actress Sheryl Lee Ralph and details the story of nine-year-old Odicie Johnson, whose uncle died, changing her life forever.