“Being Seen” announces 3rd season with new host, Anika Noni Rose
Written by Vibe Houston Staff on October 19, 2021
ViiV Healthcare, the only pharmaceutical company solely focused on HIV, in partnership with creative and entertainment studio Harley & Co., announces the third season of its highly anticipated, award-winning podcast series Being Seen. This season will center the stories of Black women and femmes, reflecting the urgent need to prioritize mainstream media and entertainment narratives that actively seek to reduce stigma and bias. The series will premiere on Tuesday, October 26th on all podcast platforms, and via www.beingseenpodcast.com, and will be hosted by Tony Award-winning actress and singer Anika Noni Rose.
“Black women and femmes in America have the experience of living under the oppression of both sexism and racism. This has impacted us in so many ways including our health, our safety, our access to power, our relationship to desire and more. We see this play out in Black maternal health disparities, violence against Black trans women and the unacceptable ways in which Black women bear the burden of HIV. As an actress I know first-hand the power of using mainstream media and entertainment to drive change — the people who create the stories, the way they are constructed and who gets to tell them can make a life or death difference. That is what we are talking about on this season of Being Seen and that’s what we need to change,” said host Anika Noni Rose.
The upcoming third season will showcase leading Black female voices within the community, featuring guests including Taraji P. Henson, Ledisi, Dominique Jackson, Roxane Gay and more. The new season’s range of important themes and discussions include Power, Desire, Responsibility, Laughter, and Health. At its core, Being Seen will show how self-definition and representation are crucial to reducing stigma and erasing dangerous stereotypes, especially with regards to HIV.
The third season’s focus reflects ViiV Healthcare’s longstanding commitment to women – as a company led by women and committed to fueling research and community-led HIV resources for women.
“We are delighted to lift up the voices of Black women and create a platform where their experiences and realities can be shared, explored and celebrated. The invisibility of their struggles and triumphs leaves too many thinking they are alone in their journey. We believe telling these stories will help reduce the silence and stigma that gets in the way of Black women accessing the HIV care they need,” said Marc Meachem, Head of US External Affairs, ViiV Healthcare. “Nearly 43% of Black women living with HIV are not in care. It does not have to be this way. My hope is that with the third season of Being Seen, Black women and those in their lives will feel centered and celebrated – and that we can bring more attention to the networks that are available to support them in care.”
“Black women – past, present and future – have defined, imagined and built many of the best parts of America. We have an obligation to honor their stories, to archive them, and to put them at the center of the conversation. We are so excited to be able to do some of that work in Being Seen Season 3 with our incredible partners ViiV Healthcare and Anika Noni Rose,” said Sarah Hall, Harley & Co. Founder and Partner.
Being Seen aims to spotlight a range of powerful voices within the community of Black women and femmes, and is celebrating Black artists, creators and community leaders. Season 3 is created in collaboration with a team of award-winning creative talent, including Patti Wilson, one of the most celebrated and respected stylists today and Fashion Editor-at-Large for Vogue Italia; Charlene Carruthers, author of Unapologetic and founding member of Black Youth Project 100; and Aria Sa’id founder of Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, the world’s first transgender district.
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