|Dan, Yonnie, Ashley Shooting in my home!|
Nope it's not fun, but rather intrusive. I do it because I believe it's important to use every tool available to educate around HIV/AIDS.
I want people to understand that those of us living with HIV/AIDS are "normal" too. I also want people to understand that HIV is no cake walk. Yes, we can treat you, but this is not the best life for you; Therefore, protect yourself because HIV is real and does not discriminate. Just so you know, all the press that I do is free. Every magazine cover, news article and television interview. No one pays for what they consider, "news." So I truly do this from my heart. I see every single interview as a part of my ministry.
Back last spring, I had three Northwestern University students approach me about their class project; Dan Q.Tham, Yonnie Yang and Ashley Yates, asked if they could follow me and do a story short documentary for their class.
I said yes because they are future journalists and should be encouraged to report about the issues around HIV/AIDS. When we started the project, they didn't have an angle, but as they shot footage on me, they decided to focus on an area of my life that no one has ever done, my glam! I've often been asked if I've always had this flair for the finer things in life, or did it come with my quasi fame. Truly, this has been me since for as long as I can remember. I did a blog a while back on The Making of a Diva... Click Here To Read!
On one particular day they were scheduled to shoot footage after a doctors appointment. That day I had an unexpected biopsy on my vulva. I did not want to do it, but they insisted. In the end, while I was a crab puff to put it lightly, I think it was an important part of the story.
People see the glam, but almost never see me on those days when I'm not doing good. This was a great documentary and I'm glad that I allowed them into my life. It was a side of me that is rarely seen, but a part of me nonetheless.
Two weeks ago this short documentary Diva premiered at The Talking Pictures Film Festival at Northwestern University and was a great success.
I want to share it with you today: Diva!
Diva from Yoonie Yang on Vimeo.