Coming Monday: 25 TO LIFE — One Man’s Struggle With HIV/AIDS


As of 2010, The Bronx had 23.9% of New York City’s 110,736 people living with HIV/AIDS.  Even though Manhattan still has more people living with HIV/AIDS, our borough has the highest rates of death from AIDS than all the 5 boroughs.

On Monday, December 1st — a date known the world round as ‘World AIDS Day’ — SimonSays Entertainment releases ’25 To Life’, a documentary which focuses on one man’s struggle’s with HIV/AIDS. SimonSays Entertainment has produced such critically acclaimed movies like ‘Gun Hill Road‘ (which was based in The Bronx), ‘Blue Caprice’, and ‘Mother of George’, the latter two which received honorable mention status in The New York Times year end review of top films for 2013.

25 TO LIFE is a retrospective of a young man’s life with HIV/AIDS and a document of his struggle to carve out an open honest future after living a controversial past.  At 18 months, William Brawner contracted HIV through a blood transfusion. The diagnosis thrusts an average middle-class, African American family in the way of an oncoming train of international hysteria as the world struggled to understand the disease. Fearing stigma and discrimination, the family made a controversial decision to keep his status a well-guarded secret. 25 years later, William is finally ready for the world to know that he has HIV.

via 25 TO LIFE | SimonSays Entertainment.

To purchase tickets in NYC go to:


RAW SPACE Culture Gallery

2031 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Blvd.
New York, NY 10027

RAW SPACE Culture Gallery is located on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. also known as 7th Avenue, between 121st and 122nd streets. The closest train is the 2/3 to 125th Street. And, the M2 bus drops you at our door.  The doors will open 15 minutes before each showtime. We accept credit cards online and cash at the door.

This is a one day event and there will be 4 show times at the above location.

Showtimes are as follows (ALL SHOWS ARE ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 1ST ONLY):

1:45 PM 3:45 PM
4:00 PM 6:00 PM
6:15 PM 8:15 PM
8:30 PM 10:30 PM
To learn more about the film, head on over to 25 To Life’s website.


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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.