African-Americans make up just over 12 percent of the U.S. population, but account for nearly half of the 1 million people infected with HIV in this country. We talk with filmmaker Renata Simone about her Frontline documentary, “ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America.” We’ll also talk with two African-American East Bay residents living with the disease.Watch the trailer for “ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America”:

Watch Endgame: AIDS in Black America on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

Nell Davis, East Bay resident whose story was featured in "ENDGAME"
Jesse Brooks, Oakland AIDS activist featured in "ENDGAME"
Renata Simone, producer, director and writer of the Frontline documentary "ENDGAME: AIDS in Black America"

  • Powell

    What is the impact of black separatism on the AIDS problem?
    One often hears black women saying they exclusively prefer black males, for instance. At times it does seem that blacks are a country unto themselves by their own design, with separate universities, separate TV, separate movies, separate religion, and separate neighborhoods.

    • Nat

      It never ceases to amaze me the amount of denial that (mostly white) America has about its history of Jim Crow segregation and the legacy of American Apartheid. Black folks didn’t just choose to be crowded into separate and unequal areas and have the economy of those areas attacked by Banks who redlined them. Universities, TV, Religions and neighborhoods are Black primarily because white people were (and are) too racist to allow Black folks the same societal advantages that they enjoy via white privilege.

      It also seems quite apparent that when you observe Black independence you equate it with “separtism.” That’s a a mildly interesting passive aggressive way of denying a history of separatism fomented by white people in this country for several centuries. Nice try but only the gullible are buying it. The disparities in sentencing under the bogus racist “war on drugs”, the disproportionate number of black youth sentenced as adults all lead to the disproportionate impact of HIV on Black folks.

  • Laura

    In your guest’s opinions what is the most effective way to get this information to the community?

  • Sy2502

    With all due respect, by now, everybody and my cat knows unprotected sex can get you STDs, and sharing needles can give you diseases. It’s like smoking: is there a single person who still doesn’t know smoking can kill you? Society has done as good a job as it possibly could to inform people. Now, when are we going to start holding people responsible for their own actions? When are we finally going to say: so many people have AIDS because they made bad choices. We keep beating around the bushes, but when are we going to point to the elephant in the room: personal responsibility?

  • DPrice

    I would like to see an important program such as Endgame aired during a time slot that would provide more of the viewing audience a chance to see an important show such as this.  10PM to 12 PM, KQED? Isn’t this time slot called late night TV, or was that the point?  Everyone, young, old, straight, and gay should view this show.  Please run it again, perhaps in the 8PM slot.

  • DofCS

    Even Frontline caved to the “blame the church” Zeitgeist. When churches cite explicit Biblical warnings about promiscuity, they’re excoriated as judgmental or homophobic. When those sexual behaviors spread HIV and kill millions, churches are blamed for not doing enough to stop the spread. These critics are like the alcoholic who, rejecting AA’s program and causing a fatal accident, blames AA for failing to educate him about the dangers of drunk driving.

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