Alafia (Peace) I am Khafre K. Abif, AIDS Activist and I have been thriving with HIV for 23 years. I have compiled an anthology of inspirational prayers, poems and affirmations to support the souls and uplift the spirits of People Living with HIV/AIDS. For the last eighteen month the submissions have touched my soul, made me cry, filled me with hope, and connected me to an international community of compassionate contributors who have shared their work to empower my world.
Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens: Prayers, Poems & Affirmation for People Living with HIV/AIDS has received submission from Africa, America, Europe, and South America. Contributors have provided their work in their indigenous language with an English translation. I want to shares this anthology with the international community who created it. As you are reading this it is quite possible that you know someone living with HIV/AIDS. If you do then they have shared their status with you. Let us consider all of those who still haven’t disclosed to their mother, father, sister/brother or even their faith community. What place to they go to as a source of support and inspiration?
Poets featured in the forthcoming anthology include: Nikki Grimes, Serena T. Wills, Reginald T. Jackson, Sharaledon D. Brave, r. witherspoon, Samiya Bashir, Storme Webber, Carl Hancock Rux, Tim’m T. West, Mose Xavier Hardin, Jr., Victor R. Pond, Cathleen Richardson Bailey, Catherine Zickgraf, Temujin Ekunfeo, Maria Hiv Mejia, Sandy Rodgers, W. Travis Wright, Vanessa German, and avery r. young and more.
The idea for the anthology grew out of my work as an HIV Test Counselor. Each time I had to share with someone that they tested positive for HIV one of the first issues for them was disclosure. I believe that there is healing in prayer. I know that word have power. I needed to provide this collection of words that will combat the words that are so often hear spoken to someone with HIV. This is my effort to help combat HIV-related stigma. AIDS-related stigma and discrimination refers to prejudice, negative
attitudes, abuse and maltreatment directed at people living with and . The consequences of stigma and discrimination
are wide-ranging: being shunned by family, peers and the wider community, poor
treatment in healthcare and education settings, an erosion of rights,
psychological damage, and a negative effect on the success of HIV testing and
What We Need & What You Get
The funds raise will completely support a High Quality Eco-Friendly Printing and Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens: Prayers, Poems & Affirmation for People Living with HIV/AIDS to be presented in the spirit in which it has been compiled into a quilt of words that heal and affirmation the soul. I want to deliver an aesthetically attractive book that is produced, designed and printed on quality paper. I also want to ensure that each contributor regarding of continent receives two copies of our work. In addition, the cover art needs to be created developing a contract with a photographer, visual design and graphic artist to complete this gift for the souls of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Other Ways You Can Help
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Khafre Kujichagulia Abif
AIDS Activist, Blogger, Editor