Sound-Off: Sheryl Lee Ralph on World AIDS Day

Today we acknowledge the 22nd World AIDS Day. Funny how quickly the time flies. It seems like just yesterday I was a fresh-faced kid from Long Island, by way of Connecticut and Jamaica, with a flair for fabulosity, making my Broadway debut as an original company member of "Dreamgirls." (Actually, I made my Broadway debut in one of two flops too disastrous to mention and therefore I rewrite the facts to suit myself.) I made my debut on December 20, 1981 -- the same year that five men with mysterious symptoms in a San Francisco hospital sent the whole world into shock and the dying began. Up and down Broadway, men were dropping dead and with each sudden death came the deadly silence. I stood witness as that disease blew out the creative flame of life on Broadway like candles on a birthday cake...



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