Frontline: Endgame - AIDS in Black America

About This Episode


Every 10 minutes, someone in the United States contracts the AIDS virus. Half are black. Thirty years after the AIDS virus was first reported among gay white men, nearly half of the 1 million people in the United States infected with HIV are black men, women and children — even though blacks make up just 12.6 percent of the population. But how and why is HIV so much worse in black America? Can something be done — on a personal level, policy level or community level — to bring about an end to the epidemic?

Filmmaker Renata Simone's Endgame: AIDS in Black America, takes viewers into an exploration of one of the country’s most urgent, most preventable health crises. Three years in the making, this documentary tells the story of how, from the earliest days, prejudice, silence and stigma allowed the virus to spread deep into the black community. It uncovers the layered truth through interviews with basketball legend Magic Johnson; civil rights pioneer Julian Bond; leading doctors, health workers, educators and social activists working on the front lines of the crisis; and pastors around the country.

Most compelling are the personal stories. Endgame: AIDS in Black America allows people to tell their own stories, in their own voices. These intimate portraits are presented against the backdrop of the culture, politics and social inequities that allowed the virus to spread unchecked over the past three decades and today complicate the efforts to get to the “endgame.”