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A young black lesbian woman waits for the results of her HIV test after having been cheated on by a partner. For the middle-aged, HIV positive gay black man in the waiting room with her, the clinic visit is more routine. These are the two characters in documentary filmmaker Tiona M’s latest movie, Bumming Cigarettes

Tiona joined us this week to talk about her work, and how she’s been inspired to make the kinds of films she would have benefited from seeing herself, as a young black lesbian growing up in the south.

This week, we also met a member of our own Louisville community. TeaRon Watkins is 22 years old and has published two books. His latest, The Last Virgin, speaks frankly about sexuality and creativity.

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