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Pulitzer Center Update October 2, 2009

"HOPE" featured as a must-see website on The New York Times' Lens Blog


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Poet and writer Kwame Dawes travels to Jamaica to explore the experience of people living with HIV...

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"HOPE: Living & Loving With HIV in Jamaica" was featured on a list of "Must See: Videos Worth Watching" on The New York Times' Lens Blog for photography, video and visual journalism. Kassie Bracken described the site as follows:

"Also among the recent Emmy winners is a multimedia Web site dedicated to the impact of HIV on Jamaicans. In 2007, the poet and writer Kwame Dawes traveled five times to "the second Jamaica" — the area of the south coast, beyond the tourists and the all-inclusive hotels, to report on HIV in the region.

His poems, photographs and video reports culminate in this dynamic interactive Web site. The portraits, poems and music provide stirring lyrical texture to the two corollary video reports. In his second video, Mr. Dawes tells of Annesha, a young woman whose face appeared on HIV posters. Talking about the stigma of her status, she says, "It makes you want to kill yourself more faster." Her story of survival is complex and human, and provides one of the sparkles of hope in this tapestry of struggle."


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