May 15, 2018 – Atlanta, GA – The Counter Narrative Project (CNP) congratulates Gracie Bonds Staples on winning the coveted 2018 GLAAD Media Award for “Outstanding Newspaper Article.” Hosted by the GLAAD in New York City on May 5th, following star-studded ceremonies in Los Angeles in April, the 29th Annual Awards ceremony honored her critically acclaimed coverage of the HIV epidemic’s impact on Black gay men in the South. Published last August in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC), the five-part series, “The Silent Epidemic: Black Gay Men and HIV,” featured Rev. Duncan Teague, Craig Washington, Dr. David Malebranche, Daniel Driffin, as well as CNP Executive Director Charles Stephens.
February 28, 2018 – Atlanta, GA – The Counter Narrative Project (CNP) Atlanta-based Network & Mobilization Director, Johnnie Ray Kornegay, III, has been featured among the South’s top queer artists in the third physical edition of WUSSY Magazine, a Southern LGBTQ multimedia platform. Kornegay and three of his selected photographic works are prominently featured in WUSSY’s “Sex Issue” alongside over 30 other queer Southern artists. The edition, available now through WussyMag.com, serves as both Kornegay’s artistic debut in a print publication and the first time his work will have international exposure through the magazine’s global distribution channels.
February 21, 2018 - In July 2017, over 20 leaders of color convened in New York City to begin articulating a racial justice analysis for the HIV field. From that meeting, A Declaration of Liberation: A Framework for Building a Racially Justice and Strategic HIV Movement was released by the group in September 2017. Today, we announce the formation of an interim steering committee for a newly created network of leaders of color advancing racial justice in the HIV movement: HIV Racial Justice Now.
The Counter Narrative Project (CNP) is proud to announce the appointment of Myles E. Johnson as CNP’s first national columnist for the organization’s various multimedia platforms, a first for the organization. Johnson is joining CNP from his most recent position as Editor at Philadelphia Printworks and as part of his work in more recent years as a freelance writer. As a young, in-demand talent, Johnson has gained a loyal readership through his writing about politics, gender/sexuality, and pop culture for such esteemed media as Vice, Essence, Buzzfeed, Okayplayer, Nylon Magazine, and The New York Times, to name but a few. A self-identified Black, queer writer and editor whose narrative explorations exists on the “nexus of race, sexuality, gender, feminism, and justice through content creation and cultural critique,” CNP is the perfect home for Johnson’s interrogative work.
November 9, 2017 - What could radical leadership look like from an aligned, collaborative group of people of color under current conditions in HIV community work, and in the HIV movement? A group of leaders in the United States HIV movement has attempted to answer that question, among others, in the framework: A Declaration of Liberation: Building a Racially Just and Strategic HIV Movement.
Atlanta, GA, October 13, 2017 - The Counter Narrative Project (CNP) is deeply saddened to hear about the recent attack on Oliver Jesse and fellow patrons leaving the Bulldog Nightclub, a popular Midtown Atlanta establishment frequented by the Black gay community. We hope for a rapid recovery of health and wellness for Mr. Jesse, who was shot in the stomach, and for the mental well being of the victim's friends who were reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as present and also threatened with bodily harm despite Mr. Jesse giving the perpetrator $5 to help aid him in his perceived homelessness.
June 26, 2017
ATLANTA, GA - On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, The Counter Narrative Project will unite black gay men and allies to celebrate the legacy of Craig G. Harris and to commemorate National HIV Testing Day (#NHTD) by aligning with partners from around the country to host the I Will Be Heard (#IWillBeHeard) National Day of Action.
February 7, 2017 - As you read these words, Michael L. Johnson is sitting in prison under a discriminatory law that hurts many and helps no one. With your help, he could be free in a matter of months. To make sure that Michael has expert legal support when his case is again heard in court, we must raise $20,000 in 20 days. Will you give now to help secure justice for Michael?
ATLANTA, GA - On November 2, 2016, the Counter Narrative Project, a national black gay men’s advocacy organization, in partnership with a number of community organizers, cultural workers, activists, and artists from across the country, will commemorate the 30th anniversary of In the Life: A Black Gay Anthology (#ITLAt30).