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Jamar Rogers: Behind the Voice -- A POZ I AM Radio Transcript

Highlights From an Interview by Robert Breining and Jeromy Dunn

March 7, 2012

Robert Breining: Jamar, one of things that actually blew me away about the whole process of how you were invited to audition for The Voice -- at least how they showed it on TV: Carson Daly hand-delivered the invitation to you and gave you a hug. For him to do that to somebody who is HIV positive, to me, just showed so many people that you don't have to be afraid of people who have HIV. Because so many people have that stigma. Just that simple action of him handing it to you and hugging you in person, I think, really helped break down a lot of stigma.

Jamar Rogers: I went home and cried like a baby, just so you know! I was so touched on that day. It really, truly was a surprise. I had no idea he was coming to meet me. I just knew that the camera crew wanted to kind of follow me around, doing what I do; and then he popped up out of nowhere. That was the best surprise.

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Comment by: yalonda (tulsa ok) Thu., Apr. 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm EDT
I love you Jamar! What a wonderful gift God has given you....(and I'm not just talking about your singing) May God bless you all the days of your long life. Amen
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Comment by: Bernie (America) Fri., Mar. 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm EDT
Happy happy Belated Birthday Jamar.. May you be Bless w/ many more years.. I would love to meet w/you I have alot of respect for you. Your voice is amazing!
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Comment by: Ken H (Bronx New York) Tue., Mar. 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm EDT
This is to Jamar Rogers, My name is Ken and I am 19 years old I live in the Bronx in the state of New York I have to Clap up Your work because you are truly and Inspiration To thos With the HIV and AIDS who think its impossible but its not I am 19 Years old and on September 21, 2011 I was Diagnosed With HIV I keep my head strong and really clap it up to people like you who are strong enough to prove to AMERICA nothing is impossible aslong as you believe.. We must work togehter to put an END to this Spread because every 9 in a half minutes someone around this world is being Diagnosed with this Chronic illness. Thank You for you Strength Hope and Courage and Let us stand hand by Hand to battle an End To this Spread much luck to you and prosperity.. Yours always truly. Ken!
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Comment by: James O. (Chattanooga,Tennessee) Fri., Mar. 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm EST
Although I listened to the broadcast of Jamar's interview on PIA Radio, this transcript is just as fulfilling. For some reason I read it today..it's been a rough morning. "Jamar, never stop teaching man, thanks! God Bless!"
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