Charles Stephens


Charles is the Executive Director of the Counter Narrative Project. He has over 10 years experience developing innovative community engagement initiatives, piloting programs, and mobilizing black gay men. He has worked with such organizations as  AIDS United, AID Atlanta,  and Kaiser Family Foundation as a consultant, providing strategic guidance and thought-partnership around program development and policy advocacy with black gay and bisexual men. Past honors include: Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award, Gentlemen Foundation Gentleman of the Year Service Award, Arcus Leadership Fellowship,  and the Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow for Racial and Gender Justice Leaders in the HIV/AIDS Movement. His writings have appears in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, Creative Loafing, Atlanta Magazine, and he is a columnist at The Advocate. 

Content Expertise: black gay men, HIV/AIDS, gender and sexuality, art and activism, media engagement, cultural competence, stigma, community mobilization.

Email: charles.stephens@counternarrative.org




Johnnie Ray Kornegay III


Johnnie Ray Kornegay III is the Director of Mobilization for Counter Narrative Project, and he's also the Founder & Artistic Director of Staticc Art & Life, LLC, an arts company with the mission “delivering beauty to the world.” Johnnie spent more than 15 years working in corporations, and is a subject matter expert in Recruiting, Call Center Operations and Professional Networking. As an advocate, Johnnie has been involved in HIV and civil rights advocacy for as long as he can remember. In the late-1990s he trained with the American Red Cross in HIV education, and did outreach work for the Chester AIDS Coalition. Johnnie is passionate about blending his experiences into his non-profit work. For Counter Narrative Project he has written blogs, and he has produced and hosted the podcast Counter Point. In 2016, the two public bodies of photographic and video work he exhibited - #BeTheFlame and untitled - included themes dealing with the impact of HIV on Black gay men. In 2017, Johnnie co-curated, World AIDS Day Atlanta events and I AM... Arts, Activism and HIV, an exhibit at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, about the importance of an artistic response to HIV in the community. Johnnie currently serves as co-Chair of the Georgia HIV Justice Coalition, a broad-based coalition of both individuals and organizations working across movements to bring an end to the criminalization of people living with HIV.

Email: johnnie.kornegay@counternarrative.org