If you weren’t captivated by the seriousness of the issue, your eyes would have feasted on the appealing cinematography which was wrapped in precision and warmth. The premiere of Talk Up Yout saw the treatment of the pertinent issue of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in a serious vein wrapped in a bit of humour which amplified its impacting impression on viewers. The opening testimonial from 23 year old Michelle, set the stage for what would have emerged as a 30 minute mini-documentary of the myth-riddled and downplayed nature of HIV/AIDS.
The show primarily featured Jason, a 24 year old young man who has been living with HIV/AIDS for the last seven years.
His testimonial uncovered the nature of young people to be fooled by myths and to be fearful of what comes after finding out that they have AIDS. Jason’s maturity and unabashed account of his experience of living with AIDS was both touching and poignant to us. It struck us strongly primarily because in the Jamaican society, the man with many women is portrayed as being superior to the man who decides to be monogamous. The in-house councellor Dr Sharlene Jarrett Beckford, added her professional signature on the issue by relaying information that was crucial to delving deeper into the matters of HIV/AIDS and the wrong perceptions that follow it.
Even the commercial breaks were edifying as they showed little tid bits of historical and statistical data on HIV/AIDS. The images and the use of typography to convey the messages were exceptionally done and we noted that whatever was meant to be emphasized was purposely freeze framed and repeated for viewers to absorb.
We were thoroughly pleased with Emprezz’s interviewing style which saw her asking questions but directing the responses to the viewers and adding to them statistics to underscore how serious the situation is. Furthermore, her interaction with Jason showed a maternal understanding of the fact that teens will indeed be misled my misinformation but this should not be greeted by ridicule but embraced with the aim to uplift.
Being the fashion blog that we are, we could not escape the very fashion forward look of Emprezz and Dr. Sharlene Jarrett Beckford as their orange-tinged outfits accentuated the natural feel and ambience of the show. By curtain call, one was edified and truly treated to a show of quality and class and with the finale performance from Steppa, an open invitation was given to teens but particularly for school girls to study their school book.
Teens who wish to learn more about the issue of HIV/AIDS should contact their community health centres and for an even more vivid take on it, WATCH TALK UP YOUT.