Be Part of a Music Video “Ready to Live” with Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010, in the Columbia Heights Plaza

Photo courtesy of Monte Montgomery

From an email:


Audio/video recording session of “Ready to Live,” a song about fighting HIV/AIDS stigma, to performed live by Caressa Cameron, Miss America 2010, for distribution online and exhibition in clinics and waiting rooms around the world.


Monday 6/6/11, approx. 4:30- 7pm


Columbia Heights Civic Plaza, corner of 14th & Park Sts. NW, Washington DC, 20010. One block N of the Columbia Heights Metro station.


A “flash choir” consisting of HIV+ and HIV- performers, identified as such by colorful badges that first hang around necks, then are tossed in a trash can to symbolize how insignificant HIV status will be in a post-stigma world.


Up to you. Just remember that the badges referred to in the previous point need to be concealed under a shirt or top until they all come out at once. So a T-shirt would work, but not, for example, a bikini top.


None, but food/drinks/snacks will be provided, you’ll meet a lot of cool people, and it’s a heck of a good cause.


Only three words: “Ready — to — Live.” Easy! (Sheet music available on request, although the part is extremely simple.)


Must be able to clap on beats 2 and 4. Easy!

9 Comment

  • I REALLY want to be in this music video, but to be honest, I’m only capable of clapping on beats 1 and 3. Do you think it will be possible for the sound guys to edit those out and correct my claps so they line up properly with the rhythm of the song? I am SO looking forward to this.

  • Is that really miss america? seriously?

  • Would be happy to shoot a video with her.

  • I hate to disagree with Miss America, but HIV status still matters and saying that it doesn’t gives young people the wrong message. As a gay man who has lived through this entire 30-year epidemic, I know from many friends that having HIV still makes for a pretty miserable life. Yes, people who have HIV are often stigmatized, and that definitely needs to change, but let’s not pretend that this is over and that having the disease is insignificant. Miss America would provide a better service by encouraging young people to use condoms, practice safer sex, and avoid infection.

    • One can demonstrate against stigmatization and still advocate for HIV prevention. They aren’t mutually exclusive.

      But can they be more precise on the time? I’d like to see this, but am not going to wait around the shadeless, benchless plaza for two and a half hours.

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