Black History Month 2023 – Revisiting Jya Noe

Alisha OstbergBlog, Uncategorized

Black History Month is a time to reflect on the legacy of black activists, celebrate their achievements, and commemorate those who came before and paved the way for all people of African descent. It is important to remember that the forerunners who fought for human rights and their contributions should be recognized, celebrated, and continued to be part of community conversation.

SafeLink Alberta chose to celebrate Black History Month by revisiting our showcase of local artists in 2022. These artists are using their talents to facilitate social justice within the community in pursuit of change. By collaborating with local activists, Drumbeat wanted to highlight how social activism is part of HIV prevention. They hope other advocates and allies are inspired to consider how justice and equity are potent tools in our fight to end HIV.

For our first installment of this series, we are revisiting our interview with Jya Noe, a spoken word artist and sociologist, to talk about her journey through art and motherhood as a Black woman, as well as showcase her spoken word piece. Watch the full interview here:

About SafeLink Alberta’s support of Black African and Caribbean (ACB) Communities

Through an unbiased lens,  helps new our ACB supports Canadians and racialized communities to tackle stigma and remove barriers to accessing resources and knowledge surrounding HIV, hepatitis C, and other sexually transmitted and blood-borne infections (STBBIs). With a people-focused approach, we work to reduce STBBI transmission for anyone affected, including African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities.

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