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Rae Lewis-Thornton

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It Is What It Is!
February 11, 2011

I had so much to say about Valentine's Day. I had a well thought out blog in my head. But my body has totally shut down and I've been in bed all day. Truly all I can say is that there's no fancy dinner or gift worth your life. If he can't respect you enough to use a condom then maybe you should find you someone who does. Instead of spending all your time, ladies, concerned about what he wants, spend that time thinking about what you really want in a man. I hope you have a fun but safe weekend.

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Tea With Rae: Get Out of God's Way!
February 9, 2011

Almost everyone who comes to my home for any length of time must have tea. So yesterday, I grabbed the opportunity to introduce two 8th graders to my tea ritual. They were actually here to interview me for their school project. Arami had Double Dark Chocolate Matte by The Republic of Tea and Tyanna had Strawberry Rose by ESP Emporium. Amari is a regular reader of my blog so she was really excited to experience my tea ritual. But Tyanna was so excited that when her mother arrived, she told her absolutely everything I shared with them about tea, and eventually I brewed up a cup of Teavana Zingiber Ginger Coconut for mom. The girls enjoyed their tea and I enjoyed explaining to them the best ways to have tea. These young ladies were a delight and a blessing. They even hung around and edited my first video. I am proud to feature Arami and Tyanna in my first video, "Get Out Of God's Way!" I hope that you will support my video project by subscribing to my You Tube Channel, and if one is compelling, please feel free to share it on your Facebook page.

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Facing AIDS: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 7, 2011

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Many African-Americans face HIV and AIDS every single day. I've been facing AIDS for over half my life. It is a battle that many of us face head on and some even face it alone. I know what it's like to live in secret, afraid that people will not love me if they know that I have this ugly disease.

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Monday Reflection: You Cannot Go It Alone ...
January 31, 2011

I'm going to admit that sometimes I tend to self-isolate. This is especially true when I'm not feeling good. And that's how it's been lately. It seems like I can't get ahead of this darn illness. As soon as we figure out one thing, there's yet another complicated issue on the table. It becomes emotionally draining on top of the physical discomfort I'm facing. Sometimes I'm so over it that I just shut down. But yesterday I was reminded yet again that I cannot go it alone.

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January 28, 2011

I was told this week on Twitter that I couldn't "be everyone's hero, no matter how many seminars I do or how many times I tell my story." It hit me like a ton of bricks. You really think I do this so people can like me? I don't rightly give a damn if people like me or not. #ForReal. I tweeted that girl until the cows came home. I had just left the doctors with more questions than answers, this was not the day for some petty ass young girl trying to judge me and show off on Twitter. You hating on me cause I'm me? Please!

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Blessings Come in Many Ways ...
January 26, 2011

Everyone knows that I simply love chocolate. So I was elated when I saw the Kilwin's sign go up in Old Town, not too far from my house. I waited patiently for them to open but it seemed like forever. They started construction that summer but didn't open until October 3rd.

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Stop Being a Part of the Problem
January 19, 2011

My heart is so heavy this morning. For Real. It's been months since I've woken up in the morning and actually felt good. And on top of that, I can count on both hands the number of balanced meals I've had in months because my GI system is off. The doctors are saying my brain is not telling my stomach what to do and that is causing havoc. Nonstop nausea, no appetite, sporadic diarrhea, and no matter how much I eat, there's an overwhelming feeling of fullness. But in my hardship, I'm not so self-centered that my heart can't be heavy for something/someone other than myself.

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Monday Reflection: Doers Not Dreamers ...
January 17, 2011

Most people know me as an Emmy Award winning AIDS activist, but my life was committed to social change long before I appeared on the cover of Essence magazine. In many ways, my work in social justice paved the way for the work that I do now. My training ground was Operation PUSH, a legacy of which I am very proud. I remember one of the first assignments given to all the interns was to read, Why We Can't Wait, by Dr. Martin Luther King. It was the first of Dr. King's writings I had ever read and it set the tone for everything I did after.

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F***ing Friday: I Just Don't Get It
January 14, 2011

I really don't understand the fukin problem. I just don't get it. Is it that men think something will happen to their dicks if they wrap it up? Have you men made yourselves believe that feeling her pussy is the most important thing? Do you believe that your dick is the best thing that ever happened to her, that she would never step outside of the relationship? Huh? Is feeling her pussy worth your life? Do you think she is so fine and so clean that she couldn't possibility have HIV? Or, that she's so upright that she would be honest with you. The fact is, about 38% of all newly infected people are infected with HIV by someone who doesn't even know they have HIV. So, you are expecting her to tell you what she may not even know herself.

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My Last Say in 2010 From My Heart!
December 31, 2010

Today is the last day of the year and I'm so freaking excited that I'm up at 5:30 a.m. writing a freaking blog. But I couldn't shut my mind down to fall back to sleep so here I am giving you my last thoughts of the year. First, I want to say THANK YOU! Your support this year has been overwhelming. We are nine months into this blog project and by everyone's standards, it has been a whopping success. I could not have done it without you ... It's true, #IcanntdoitAlone. I Heart You!!!

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Rae Lewis-Thornton Speaks

Rae Lewis-Thornton

Rae Lewis-Thornton

Rae Lewis-Thornton is an Emmy Award-winning AIDS activist who rose to national acclaim when she told her story of living with AIDS in a cover story for Essence Magazine. She has lived with HIV for 27 years and AIDS for 19. Rae travels the country speaking and challenging stereotypes and myths about HIV/AIDS. She has a Master of Divinity degree and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Church History. Rae has been featured on Nightline, Dateline NBC, BET and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as in countless magazines and newspapers, including Emerge, Glamour, O, the Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Jet, Ebony, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, to name a few. She earned the coveted Emmy Award for a first-person series on living With AIDS for Chicago's CBS News.

Rae is an active user of social media -- read "Long-Term HIV Survivor Discovers the Power of Twitter," an article on about Rae's social media activities.

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