Critics Assail Laws Aimed at HIV-Positive People

In today's link roundup: Advocates say that legislation criminalizing HIV-positive people needs to be repealed. Plus: Small black "firsts" show how far we've come.

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Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) (USA Today)

Critics assail laws aimed at people with HIV: A coalition of advocacy groups and members of Congress are campaigning for review and possible repeal of criminal statutes specifically targeting HIV-positive people, the Associated Press reports. "These laws are archaic," says Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). "They're criminalizing a population of people who should not be criminalized."

Black "firsts" show how far the U.S. has come: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson says that stories like those of the first African-American milk-delivery man in Gary, Ind., or the first black meter reader for Baltimore Gas and Electric show how far the U.S. has come. She recently wrote about this in the New York Times Magazine and talked about her findings with NPR.

Lauren Hill's daughter makes modeling debut: Twelve-year-old Selah has a spread in Teen Vogue this month. Is singing on the horizon, too? She says her mom told her, "Let me hear your stuff and I'll think about it."

Beyond Awkward Black Girl: Web shows to watch in 2012: Clutch magazine's Britney Daniels has recommendations for great Web shows to add to your queue this year.

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