'Endgame' Exposes AIDS' Harsh Toll on Blacks

The Root Recommends: A PBS documentary examines how the disease has affected the black community.


(The Root) -- Frontline, the groundbreaking documentary series from PBS, takes on the AIDS epidemic's effect on the black community when it premieres Endgame: AIDS in Black America on July 10. The two-hour film, directed by Renata Simone, examines the disproportionate toll that HIV/AIDS has had on African Americans, highlighting how prejudice, shame and reticence to speak up have turned the epidemic into one of the black community's most painful health crises.  

Featuring experts Julian Bond and Phill Wilson of the Black AIDS Institute as well as former NBA star Magic Johnson, who announced his HIV-positive status 21 years ago, Endgame airs just before this year's International AIDS Conference kicks off July 22 in Washington, D.C., a city whose HIV/AIDS rate once rivaled parts of West Africa.

Check out a clip from Endgame, below, and tune in to your local PBS station on Tuesday, July 10, at 9 p.m. EDT.

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