Mykki Blanco’s “Hideaway” Looks to Break Down HIV Stigma
Yesterday mark this year’s National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and with 37 million people world wide living with the virus, messages like Mykki Blanco‘s in her visual for “Hideaway” is all the more prevalent. The brilliantly creative artist herself announced back in 2015 that she has been HIV positive since 2011, and has since done what she can to speak out about the community in a bid to raise awareness, and continues to do so succinctly at the start of “Hideaway,” with the message “When we choose to stigmatize those living with HIV, we do a disservice to our own humanity.”
The visuals come as a collaboration project between Blanco and prolific Director/Cinematographer Daisy Zhou, which serves as an artful examination of the effect of HIV stigma on romantic partnerships.” It’s a powerful yet classic-to-Blanco entertaining display of an issue that we should all face and understand instead of continue to propel the stigma. The track itself is another collaborative effort with fellow musician Jeremiah Meece in productions, and comes from Mykki’s eponymous debut album that dropped last year. Have a proper watch and listen to “Hideaway” in the jump above, then make sure you head here for more Mykki Blanco listening.