February 26, 2016: Super Tuesday. More Cory Booker. Black Suburbia. Wilhemina’s War.

We sit down with Washington Post Columnist Chris Cillizza to talk about Super Tuesday and the Democratic Primary in South Carolina. We finish up our conversation with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker with discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement, race relations, the presidential election and Obama’s potential Supreme Court nominee. We hear from New York Public Library’s Isissa about the new exhibit “Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson,” which explores segregation and its history in communities across America. And filmmaker June Cross stops by to discuss her Independent Lens film “Wilhemina’s War,” which showcases a community in South Carolina dealing with the harsh reality of AIDS.

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> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS' MAKE OR BREAK TIME AS THE SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY AND SUPER TUESDAY LOOM IN THE COMING DAY AHEAD.

WE HAVE A PREVIEW.

> WE CONTINUE OUR CONVERSATION WITH SENATOR CORY BOOKER TONIGHT WE'LL BREAK DOWN THE GRIDLOCK THAT IS WASHINGTON AN TALK ABOUT HIS OWN POLITICAL FUTURE FROM LEVITY TOWN TO FERGUSON WE'RE GOING INSIDE BLACK SUBURBIA AND ITS UNIQUE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AND THE WAR ON AIDS CONTINUES.

TONIGHT ONE WOMAN'S PERSONAL BATTLE AGAINST THE DEADL DISEASE.

ALL THAT AND MORE AS 'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

THIS IS 'METROFOCUS.'

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A CRITICAL FEW DAYS IN TH RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE CANDIDATES ARE CRISSCROSSING THE COUNTRY HOPING TO GAIN TRACTIO IN THE MORE THAN A DOZEN STATE TAKING PART IN SUPER TUESDAY FROM TEXAS TO ALABAMA, THROUGH MASS MASS AND VERMONT, 25% O THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DELEGATE ARE UP FOR GRANZ IN JUST ONE DAY.

ON THE GOP SIDE DONALD TRUMP CARRIES SIGNIFICANT MOMENTUM INTO THE CONTEST, HAVING CLAIMED THREE CONSECUTIVE VICTORIES IN NEW HAMPSHIRE, SOUTH CAROLIN AND NEVADA, HIS WAVE OF SUPPOR HAS LED CANDIDATES LIKE JEB BUSH AND CHRIS CHRISTIE TO PACK THEIR BAGS MARCO RUBIO AND TED CRUZ NOW SEEN AS THE MAIN RIVALS BUT WITH POLLING POINTING TO FURTHE SUCCESS FOR TRUMP IN STATES LIKE TEXAS WHICH CARRY HUGE SIGNIFICANCE IN TERMS OF DELEGATE NUMBERS IT APPEARS THAT THE BUSINESS TURNED POLITICIAN MAY WELL BE WELL ON HIS WAY TO SECURING THE 1,237 DELEGATES NEEDED TO SECURE THE REPUBLICA NOMINATION FOR HILLARY CLINTON AND BERNIE SANDERS AALL EYES FIRST ON SOUTH CAROLINA BEFORE HEADING INTO SUPER TUESDAY.

THAT STATE HOLDS ITS DEMOCRATI PRIMARY TOMORROW BOTH CANDIDATES HAVE BEE WORKING HARD TO COURT TH AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTE WITH THE PULSE ON THE GROUND SUGGESTING THAT CLINTON SHOULD SECURE A COMFORTABLE VICTORY THERE.

FOR ANALYSIS AND PREDICTIONS 'WASHINGTON POST' REPORTER CHRIS SOLIZZA JOINS US FROM 'THE POST' NEWSROOM AND AUTHOR OF THEIR POLITICAL BLOG 'THE FIX.

THANKS FOR JOINING US HERE CHRIS.

STARTING WITH DONALD TRUMP IF WE CAN.

SURE.

THREE WINS IN A ROW HERE, SURPRISING AN AWFUL LOT OF PEOPLE WHAT ARE WE LEARNING ABOUT DONALD TRUMP AFTER THOSE WINS?

WELL, THREE WINS IN A ROW B DOUBLE DIGITS AND THE ONE HE LOST, IOWA CAUCUSES, HE GOT TH SECOND MOST VOTES OF ANY REPUBLICAN IN THE HISTORY OF THE IOWA CAUCUSES, JUST HAPPENED T LOSE TO THE GUY, TED CRUZ, WHO GOT THE FIRST MOST VOTES WHAT ARE WE LEARNING THAT IT'S NOT JUST PEOPL TURNING OUT TO SEE HIM A RALLIES, THAT ARE SORT O INTERESTED IN HIS CELEBRITY, THAT HE ACTUALLY IS ABLE T CONVINCE, CONVERT A LOT OF THOSE PEOPLE INTO REAL VOTES AND YOU KNOW, WITH SUPER TUESDAY COMIN UP AFTER THAT TWO WEEKS LATER, THE MARCH 15th VOTES TO FLORID AND OHIO, HE IS, WITHOUT QUESTION, THE ODDS-ON FAVORITE RIGHT NOW TO BE THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE.

ARE YOU SURPRISED, CHRIS, B WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE DIVERSITY OF SUPPORT THAT DONALD TRUMP HAS BEEN GARNERING HERE?

A LITTLE BIT, YES I MEAN, LOOK, THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS, HE WON THE NEVADA CAUCUSES OVER THE WEEKEND OR O TUESDAY RATHER BY 22 POINTS.

WHEN YOU WIN ANYTHING BY 2 POINTS, YOU'RE GOING TO WI ACROSS EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC GROUP THE FACT THAT HE WON LATIN REPUBLICAN CAUCUS VOTERS WAS MADE A BIG DEAL OF AND A WHA SBIG DEAL GIVEN HIS RHETORIC O BUILDING A WALL, MAKING MEXICO PAY FOR IT, ET CETERA, E CETERA, BUT IT WAS 9% OF THE NEVADA CAUCUS ELECTORATE SO YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL NOT TO EXTRAPOLATE TOO MUCH BUT LOOK, HIS ABILITY TO DRIVE OUT THE JEB BUSHES, THE CHRIS CHRISTIES TO MARGINALIZE IN MANY WAYS EVE MARCO RUBIO IN THIS RACE, TE CRUZ IN THIS RACE.

THERE IS A FIRST PLACE AND THAT'S TRMP AND YES, THERE IS SECOND, PROBABLY RUBIO AND A THIRD THAT'S PROBABLY CRUZ BUT THERE'S A HUGE GAP BETWEEN THA FIRST AND SECOND PLACE

YOU FIND IT UNUSUAL YOU TRONICAL THESE

IT IS

DO YOU FIND IT UNUSUAL THAT THE NOTION THAT WE'RE HEARIN FROM SO MANY PEOPLE THEM TRUMPETING THAT I CAME IN SECOND OR I CAME IN THIRD AND WE'RE HAPPY ABOUT THAT I DON'T REMEMBER IN TOO MANY OTHER TYPES OF COMPETITION WHERE YOU SAY I'M REALLY HAPPY THAT I CAME IN THIRD THIS TIME WHAT DO YOU THINK?

I'VE JOKED THAT IF SIXT PLACE WAS AS COOL AS JEB BUS MADE IT SOUND IN IOWA, I WOULD HAVE BEEN A MUCH BETTER HIGH SCHOOL TRACK STAR.

YES, LOOK, EXACTLY RIGHT AT SOME LEVEL, MARCO RUBIO HAS BEEN THE GUY WHO DOES THIS THE MOST, WHICH IS HE COMES IN THIRD IN IOWA, HE GIVES A SPEECH WHERE IF YOU TUNED IN YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT HE HAD WON BY 25 POINTS.

SOME OF THIS IS POLITICS A USUAL WHICH IS POLITICIANS LIK TO SPIN WHATEVER THAT THING IS IN THEIR, TO PUT IT IN THE BES POSSIBLE LIGHT THE PIECE OF IT THAT IS A LITTLE UNUSUAL HAS TO DO WITH TRUMP WHICH IS, IF ANY OTHER CANDIDATE WAS IN THE POLL POSITION THA TRUMP IS IN TODAY, WHETHER THAT'S DELEGATES, WHETHER THAT'S WHERE HE STANDS IN POLLING MARCH 1st OR MARCH 15th, WE'D BE TALKING ABOUT HIM AS THE PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE.

WHEN ARE THE OTHER PEOPLE GOIN TO GET OUT OF THE RACE BECAUSE IT'S TRUMP, THERE'S THIS SENSE AND I'M NOT SURE IT' RIGHT BUT THERE'S A SENSE THAT WELL, HE CAN'T POSSIBLY MAKE I ALL THE WAY TO THE END S THEREFORE THE GUY WHO IS SEEN AS THE NEXT IN LINE, THE SECOND PLACE PERSON, REALLY IS MORE RELEVANT TODAY THAN HE MIGHT B IN OTHER RACES, THAT'S WHA RUBIO IS GOING FOR, THE HOPE THAT A TRUMP IMPLOSION, A TRUM REEXAMINATION, A TRUMP GAFFE THOUGH I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THA WOULD LOOK LIKE AT THIS POINT, SOMEHOW LEADS TO THE PARTY TURNING TO HIM HE'S THE BEST POSITION TO DO I BUT I'M NOT SURE IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN

LAST QUESTION FOR YOU, CHRIS, TAKING A LOOK AT THE DEMOCRATI SIDE HERE, IS THIS LOOKING T YOU AS IF IT'S STILL GOING TO BE A RACE THAT'S GOING TO EXTEN FOR SOME PERIOD OF TIME OR I THERE SOME POTENTIAL FOR ONE O THEM TO CLOSE THE OTHER OU SOON

WELL, I THINK IT'S, IT IS TRUE THAT IT IS A RACE THAT WILL EXTEND FOR A PERIOD OF TIME.

I DON'T KNOW HOW COMPETITIVE A RACE IT WILL BE.

I THINK BERNIE SANDERS WILL STAY IN THE RACE.

I THINK HE WILL WIN SOME STATE HE MAY WELL WIN THE MINNESOT CAUCUSES OR THE COLORADO CAUCUSES COMING UP ON TUESDAY.

I THINK HE WILL PROBABLY WIN I VERMONT, BUT THE QUESTION IS THERE'S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REMAINING IN THE RACE AN REMAINING A REAL THREAT TO HILLARY CLINTON.

SANDERS HAS EFFECTIVELY GIVEN UP IN SOUTH CAROLINA WITH THE VOT OVER THE WEEKEND, A SMART MOVE I WOULD SAY BECAUSE HE WASN' GOING TO WIN THERE THE QUESTION IS WHERE, IN A BI STATE, CAN HE DEMONSTRATE THAT HE CAN BEAT HER?

CAN HE BEAT HER SOMEWHERE WHER NO ONE WOULD EXPECT IT HE HASN'T YET.

NEW HAMPSHIRE I THINK LOOKS MORE LIKE THE EXCEPTION RATHER THAN THE RULE AT THE MOMENT, SO H HAS ENOUGH MONEY TO STAY IN FO AS LONG AS HE LIKES.

HE HAS THE SUPPORT SORT OF THE PASSION OF HIS SUPPORTERS, THE PASSION OF HIS OWN CONVICTIONS TO STAY IN FOR A WHILE BUT A WHAT LEVEL OF CHALLENGE AND THINK IT'S GOING TO CONTINUE T BE REDUCED AS THIS PROCESS AND THE CALENDAR GO ON

CHRIS CILLIZZA OF 'TH WASHINGTON POST,' WE LOO FORWARD TO TALKING TO YOU AGAI SOON

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME

> NEXT WEDNESDAY WE HAVE A SPECIAL POLITICAL PANEL BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS FROM SUPE TUESDAY.

MAKE SURE YOU JOIN US.

> CORY BOOKER IS A ZWRUNOR U.S. SENATOR FROM NEW JERSEY AND JUST WRITTEN A BOOK TITLED 'UNITED' WHICH IS BOTH A POLITICAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND CALL FOR FINDING COMMON GROUND AND ADVANCING THE COMMON GOOD.

WE SPOKE YESTERDAY ABOUT HIS ENTRY INTO NEW JERSEY POLITICS IN HIS TENURE AS THE MAYOR O NEWARK TONIGHT WE CONTINUE OU CONVERSATION WITH SENATO BOOKER WELCOME BACK, SENATOR.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH IT'S GREAT TO BE BACK.

SO WE LEFT THE CONVERSATION AT THE END OF YOUR TENURE AS MAYOR, OR LET'S START WITH THE END OF YOUR TENURE AS MAYOR.

YES

WHY DID YOU DECIDE IN 2013 TO RUN FOR THE U.S. SENATE FOR TH SEAT THAT WAS MADE VACAN BECAUSE OF THE DEATH OF SENATO LAUTENBERG DID YOU FEEL YOU HAD ACCOMPLISHED EVERYTHING YO WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH AS MAYOR?

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

TWO TERMS IS WHAT MOST MAYOR GET AROUND AMERICA NEWARK IS DIFFERENT, WE HAVE N TERM LIMITS BUT I WAS COMING INTO MY SECOND TERM.

WE HAD ACCOMPLISHED A LOT BUT LOT OF THINGS WERE STILL WORK TO BE DONE BUT I FELT LIKE I COUL DO, ACCOMPLISH SOME OF THE THINGS I WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL FOR EXAMPLE WE WERE BATTLING FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM WE SAT AT NEW JERSEY'S OFFICE OF RE-ENTRY HELPING PEOPLE COMING HOME WE STARTED A PRO BONO LEGA SERVICE PROJECT HELPING PEOPLE COME HOME, DIFFERENT COURTS FO VETERANS AND FOR YOUTH ALTERNATIVES TO DETENTION, PHILANTHROPY SAVING TH TAXPAYERS OF NEW JERSEY LOTS O MONEY LOWERING RECIDIVISM RATE AND EMPOWERING PEOPLE TO SUCCEED BUT WE WERE STITCHING THOS THINGS TOGETHER.

BUT I KNEW WE NEEDED BROAD-BASED CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM AND TO DO THAT FROM THE FEDERAL LEVEL CAN HAVE A BIGGER IMPACT HELPING NEWARK THERE ARE ISSUES LIKE THAT FRO HOUSING POLICY, DEALING WITH UNIVERSAL PRESCHOOL AND THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT I THINK NEEDED TO HAPPEN FOR MORE KIDS, THAT KNEW I COULD FIGHT THE FIGHT O THE FEDERAL LEVEL.

THAT'S ONE THING THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO WORK WITH YOU REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES AN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM HAPPEN TO BE PROBABLY THE PREDOMINANT ISSUE, REAL BIPARTISAN ACCOR CAN BE REACHED BUT ASIDE FROM THAT, THE UNITY THAT YOU CALLED FOR, HOW REALISTIC IS THAT PARTICULARLY IN AN AGE LIKE OURS, WE SEE THIS ELECTION, IT'S MORE DIVISIVE MORE POLARIZING THAN I CAN REMEMBER IN MY LIFETIME.

IS IT REALISTIC OR ARE YOU BEING INNOCENT AS YOUR FATHER ONE TIME ACCUSED YOU OF

YES, LOOK WE IN AMERICA HAV TO UNDERSTAND WE'VE HAD TOUGHE TIMES, MORE DIVISIVE TIMES I THE PAST AND OVERCOME THAT I HAVE' HAD EXPERIENCES, LOOK, I LIVES AS MAYOR WHEN CHRI CHRISTIE BECAME GOVERNOR I DIDN'T LIKE A LOT OF THINGS HE WAS DOING, THOUGHT SOME OF THE THINGS HE WAS DOING WAS HURTIN NEWARK BUT I HAD TO WORK WIT HIM TO GET OTHER THING ACCOMPLISHED I CAME FROM AN UNDERSTANDING WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE CAN PRODUCE REWARDS SO GOING DOWN TO THERE, THERE'S A LOT TO BE FRUSTRATED ABOUT, THE URGENT NEED FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM, THE URGENT NEED FOR TAXPAYER TAX REFORM

THOSE ARE TWO THINGS THAT ARE NOT AS EASILY TO REACH ACROS THE AISLE.

KENNEDY SAID WHY DID WE GO TO THE MOON NOT BECAUSE IT WAS EASY BUT BECAUSE IT WAS HARD.

WHAT I POINT TO IN THE BOOK WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND CHANGING THIS CLIMATE CAN'T BE SOMETHING W SIT BACK AND HOPE OTHERS DO.

WE CAN'T SURRENDER TO CYNICISM WE HAVE A CHOICE TO MAKE, ACCEPT THINGS AS THEY ARE OR TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR CHANGING THEM AND ALL OF US HAVE A ROH EL TO PLAY TO CHANGE THE TENURE OF OUR POLITICS

THAT'S TRUE I'VE BEEN INTERVIEWING POLITICIANS FOR MANY YEARS POLITICIANS ARE BY AND LARGE DECENT AND IDEALISTIC PEOPLE IN ORDER TO MAKE A CHANGE YO HAVE TO WIN IT AND IN ORDER TO WIN YOU HAVE TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY AND YOU HAD TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO DEFEAT THE ENEMY AND DOESN'T THAT CREATE TH ANTITHESIS OF THE ABILITY TO ACHIEVE UNITY.

IF ANYBODY'S SEEN ME HOW CAMPAIGN, I TRY TO REMAIN GENTLEMAN.

I TRY NOT TO DEMONIZE MY OPPONENT I DO BELIEVE THAT WE SHOUL NEVER MISTAKE BEING STRONG WIT BEING MEAN, BEING TOUGH WITH BEING DEMEANING TO OTHER PEOPL AND SO WE CAN CHANGE THE ATMOSPHERE THE SECOND THING I'LL SAY IT, AS MUCH AS WE WANT TO POINT T POLITICIANS AND THE SYSTEM BROKEN ONE OF THE LESSONS IN NEWARK DURING THE OBAM ELECTION, EVERYBODY TURNS OUT TO VOTE, LONGEST LINES, ONE YEA LATER CORZINE VERSUS CHRISTIE, NOBODY AT THE POLLING PLACE AN THE DEMOCRAT LOSES IF THERE WAS 75% OBAMA TURNOUT FROM THE YEAR BEFORE NEW JERSEY'S MAJOR CITIES NOBODY WOULD KNOW WHO CHRIS CHRISTI IS PEOPLE COMPLAIN PLANNE PARENTHOOD FUND SOMETHING CUT, WORKING CLASS TAX INCREASE AND PEOPLE SAY TO ME WHY ARE THE DOING THIS TO US WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS TO US?

MY RESPONSE IS WE DID THIS T OURSELVES AND THAT LACK OF ENGAGEMENT IS THE PROBLEM.

KING SAID IT MUCH MORE ELOQUENTLY, THE PROBLEM TODAY IS NOT THE VITRIOLIC WORDS AN VIOLENT ACTIONS OF THE BAD PEOPLE IT'S THE APPALLIN SILENCE AND INACTION OF THE GOOD PEOPLE

SPEAK BEING THE REPLACEMENT FOR THE SUPREME COURT JUSTIC SCALIA, HOW DID IT FEEL FOR YO TO HEAR YOUR NAME BE BANDIED ABOUT AS A POSSIBLE SUPREM COURT JUSTICE?

IT'S INCREDIBLY FLATTERING.

I SENT THINGS TO MY MOM TO READ.

FIRST OF ALL YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND I'M A UNITED STATES SENATOR STILL WHEN I IS AI THA I WANT TO PINCH MYSELF YOU AND I BOTH KNOW THERE'S ONLY BEEN FOUR ELECTE AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY AND I FEEL LIKE I WANT TO HUG EVERY NEW JERSEYIA WHETHER THEY VOTED FOR ME OR NOT I GET TO DO THIS JOB AND I HAV FOUR MORE YEARS BEFORE I'M U FOR RE-ELECTION.

I LOVE WHERE I AM, I WANT TO DELIVER FOR NEW JERSEY, PROV MYSELF TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO VOTED AGAINST ME AND FULFILL THE FAITH THAT PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR ME HAVE TO SHOW THAT I'M GOING TO BE A JERSEY BOY FIRST, NOT A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN BUT DELIVER FOR MY STATE AND I'M DETERMINED TO FULFILL MY TERM SO IT'S NICE TO BE TALKED ABOUT FOR ALL THE OTHER POSITIONS.

ARE YOU DETERMINED TO FULFILL YOUR TERM?

BECAUSE YOUR NAME HAS ALSO BEE MENTIONED AS A POSSIBLE RUNNIN MATE IF HILLARY CLINTON GETS THE NOMINATION AND WINS TH PRESIDENCY, THAT YOU ARE SOMEBODY THAT SHE'S CONSIDERIN AS A VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.

I AGAIN, THINGS I'VE HEARD, BUT THE FOCUS FOR ME HAS GOT T BE FULFILLING MY TERM AND BY THE WAY, CAMPAIGNING HARD FOR HER.

I'VE BEEN AT EVERY STATE SO FA THAT'S HAD A PRIMARY ONCE OR TWICE.

I WANT TO BATTLE LIKE I CA BECAUSE I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT -

WHY NOT BERNIE SANDERS WH SHARES A LOT OF YOUR POSITIONS

ABSOLUTELY BERNIE IS A FRIEND AND IMKNOW BOTH CANDIDATES VER WELL WHEN IT COMES TO THE URGENCIES I FEEL EVERY TIME I'M COMING HOM TO NEW JERSEY, FAMILIE STRUGGLING WITH COLLEG EDUCATION, A TOUGH COMPLICATED ISSUES LIKE HOUSING, I KNO HILLARY CLINTON'S PLANS.

I KNOW WHEN I TA YOU CAN TO HE SHE'S LEVELED AND NUANCED, AND A SOPHISTICATION HOW TO GET THINGS DONE, UNDERSTANDING HOW TO GET THINGS DONE AND A GRIT TALK ABOUT A CANDIDATE THAT HA BEEN HIT IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE WHEN SHE WAS FIRST LADY OF ARKANSAS, WHEN SHE WAS FIRST LADY OF AMERICA, WHEN SHE WAS SECRETARY OR SENATOR, EVERY TIME SHE GETS BEATEN, HEALTH CARE REFORM OR RUNNING FOR PRESIDEN SHE SEEMS TO RISE TO ANOTHER LEVEL OF SERVICE AND IN THIS CRAZY WORLD SHE'S GOT THE GRIT THAT SHE'S OVERCOME TOUGH THINGS IN THE PAST.

I KNOW SHE CAN OVERCOME TH CHALLENGES OF THE PRESIDENCY

SENATOR, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

NO, THANK YOU

EXCUSE MY LOSS --

I'M TAKING YOUR BREATH AWAY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT

IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE TO TAL TO YOU

YOU'VE BEEN A SOLID VOICE FOR PEOPLE IN NEW JERSEY, PEOPLE I THIS REGION IN NEW YORK FOR LONG TIME AND I JUST, I' GRATEFUL FOR YOUR CONSISTENCY IN GIVING ME AND OTHERS A CHANCE TO SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS

THANK YOU, SENATOR.

THANK YOU

> GENTRIFICATION IS A HO BUTTON ISSUE NOW MORE THAN EVE FOR NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS AS PRICES HAVE RISEN AND LOWE INCOME AND MINORITY COMMUNITIE ARE PUSHED FURTHER AND FURTHER FROM THE CITY'S CENTERS.

ALTHOUGH IT'S A CONTENTIOU ISSUE IN THE CITY, GENTRIFICATION AND COMMUNITY SEGREGATION IS HARDLY RESERVED SOLELY FOR THE FIVE BURROUGHS.

LAST YEAR THE NEW YORK PUBLI LIBRARY PUT ON DISPLAY BLACK SUBURBIA FROM LEVITY TOWN TO FERGUSON, WHICH WAS AN EXPLORATION OF THE HISTORY O SEGREGATION IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY I HAD A CHANCE TO VISIT TH EXHIBIT AND SPOKE WITH THE EXHIBITIONIST MANAGER ABOUT TH ORIGINS OF THE BLACK SUBURBA NEIGHBORHOODS AND HOW THEY CAM TO BE.

THERE'S NO ONE STORY OF HOW BLACK SUBURBIA CAME TO BE.

THERE REALLY BE A NUMBER O DIFFERENT WAYS THAT BLAC SUBURBS WERE FORMED BUT LONG ISLAND'S A REALLY GREAT PLACE TO LOOK, AND IN LOOKING AT LONG ISLAND, WE'VE SEEN YOU KNOW TH DEVELOPMENT OF SUBURBA COMMUNITIES MAINLY WHITE SUBURBAN COMMUNITIES ON LONG ISLAND AFTER LIKE THE 1920s, OWN YOUR OWN HOME CAMPAIGN WHERE THE GOVERNMENT ENCOURAGED PEOPLE T MOVE TO THE SUBURBS, IF WHIT FAMILIES ARE GETTING HOMES WIT LARGE LAWNS AND MANY ROOMS, THEY NEED PEOPLE TO TAKE CARE O THOSE HOMES, SO A LOT OF WHA HAPPENED WAS BLACK SUBURBS DEVELOPED SISTER SUBURBS T WHITE SUBURBAN COMMUNITIES WHERE THERE WOULD BE A SHORTER COMMUTE AND ACCESS TO JOBS AND WE SE SOCIAL FORMATIONS HAPPENING, BLACK CHURCHES GROWING, BLAC COMMUNITY CENTERS, AND THOSE COMMUNITIES POPPING UP AROUN LEVITTOWN IS INTERESTING WE HAVE COLLECTIONS THAT SHO THAT LEVITTOWN WAS BUILT B BLACK PEOPLE THE BROTHERS CAME UP WITH TH CONCEPT AND IN ORDER TO US CHEAP LABOR AND CHEAP MATERIAL THAT HE EMPLOYED BLACK NON-UNION WORKERS TO BUILD LEVITTOWN AT THE TIME BLACK PEOPLE WEREN'T ALLOWED TO LIVE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT THEY BUILT.

IT'S NOT ONE SOCIOECONOMIC CLASS'S EXPERIENCE TO BE A SUR BAN COMMUNITY SO IN TH EXHIBITION WE EXPLORE BALDWI HILLS, CALIFORNIA, A REALL WEALTHY BLACK AREA, UPPER MIDDLE CLASS NEARBY AREA NEAR COMPTON OFTEN SEEN IS MORE WORKING CLASS TO MIDDLE CLASS.

SHAKER HEIGHTS IS A REALLY COMPELLING STORY OF INTEGRATION.

IN THE LATE '50s TO THE 1980s.

LUDLOW SITS ON THE BORDE BETWEEN SHAKER HEIGHTS, PREDOMINANTLY WHITE MORE AFFLUENT COMMUNITY AND CLEVELAND WHICH WE KNOW IS URBAN AND PREDOMINANTLY BLACK AT THE TIM AND THE LUDLOW NEIGHBORHOO CROSSES BOTH BORDERS AND WHA HAPPENED WAS PROFESSIONALS ACROSS RACIAL LINES CAME TOGETHER AND WORKED TO ACHIEVE WHAT THEY CALLED RACIAL BALANC IN THEIR COMMUNITY SO THEY REALLY MADE SURE THA THE COMMUNITY WAS AS EQUALLY BLACK AS IT WAS WHITE, THA SOCIAL ACTIVITIES WERE AVAILABLE FOR FAMILIES OF ALL COLORS T COME TOGETHER, AND THEY REALLY WORKED TO UPHOLD THIS RACIAL BALANCE, WHICH MEANT THAT SOME PEOPLE HAD TO BE EXCLUDED.

NORTH FORD THE COMMUNITY NOT T BECOME ALL BLACK WHICH WE SAW IN SUBURBAN FORMATIONS AS BLACK PEOPLE MOVED IN, WHITE FLIGH HAPPENED, WHITE PEOPLE MOVED OUT.

THEY HAD TO DENY RESIDENCE TO LOT OF BLACK PEOPLE TRYING T MOVE INTO THE COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO KEEP THE BALANCE AND TO KEE WHITE PEOPLE THERE IN TH NEIGHBORHOOD THE SUBURBAN STORY REALLY NOW THINK IS OFTEN ABOUT DISPLACEMENT ABOUT URBAN AREAS PUSHING PEOPLE O COLOR, LOW INCOME PEOPLE OUT T THE SUBURBS AND IT REALLY IS A NEW WAY TO TALK ABOUT INEQUALITY AND SUBURBANIZATION IN THE 21s CENTURY IS A STORY OFTEN O INEQUALITY AND LACK OF RESOURCES BEING PUSHED FROM JOBS AND FRO THE CITY CENTER.

NEW YORK IN THE 1980s WAS A HOTBED OF CONTROVERSY AN CONFLICTS SURROUNDING THE AIDS EPIDEMIC SINCE THEN, NUMEROUS SERVICE HAVE BECOME AVAILABLE ACROSS THE CITY TO HELP DIAGNOSE, TREAT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE DEADLY VIRUS OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY HOWEVER, ARE NOT SO FORTUNATE.

ACROSS THE NATION, ONE MINORIT COMMUNITY IS EXPERIENCING AN EXPLOSIVE RISE IN HI INFECTIONS IN 2014, AFRICAN-AMERICANS ACCOUNTED FOR AN ESTIMATED 44% OF THE NEW HIV DIAGNOSIS IN TH USA, AN AMOUNT TOTALING TO ABOUT 19,540 CASES 26% OF THESE CASES WER AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN FILMMAKER JUNE CROFT TAKES US TO SOUTH CAROLINA TO SHOW US ON COMMUNITY WHERE AIDS IS VERY MUCH A HARSH REALITY FOR RESIDENTS.

I HAVE HIV FOR 15 YEARS ALL MY LIFE.

ARE YOU GOING TOE DRINK IT OR JUST TAKE IT

JUST GET IT OVER WITH

ALL RIGHT

BY 2009, MANY HIV PATIENTS IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WER BEING TREATED WITH A SINGLE PILL EACH DAY BUT IN SOUTH CAROLINA, WHERE MEDICAID PATIENTS HAVE LIMITED ACCESS TO THE LATEST HEALT CARE, SHE TOOK 12 PILLS TWICE DAY.

JUNE CROFT JOINS ME NOW WELCOME.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME

FIRST TELL ME, WHAT WAS THE GENESIS FOR THIS STORY

WELL, EVEN THOUGH THERE'S SORT OF A NATIONAL SORT OF FLATTENING OF THE NUMBERS OF NEW CASES, THE SOUTH HAS BECOME AN EPICENTER OF THE AIDS EPIDEMIC PARTICULARLY IN RURA COMMUNITIES SO IT'S SOUTHERN RURAL COMMUNITIES NO INCREASINGLY RURAL COMMUNITIES IN THE MIDWEST RURAL AREAS WHERE THERE'S A LACK OF UNEMPLOYMENT, WHICH MEANS THAT PEOPLE DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO JOBS THAT HAVE HEALTH CARE THEY LIVE FAR AWAY FROM DOCTORS.

THERE'S, YOU KNOW, LIKELY TO B THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS AREN'T AS GOOD, SO YOU HAVE FOLKS THAT JUST AREN'T AS EDUCATED ABOU HOW TO PREVENT THE VIRUS THEY ARE BLOCKED FROM GETTIN THE DOCTORS WHO CAN HELP THE TREAT THE VIRUS AND DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO KEEP GETTING TH DRUGS THAT THEY NEED TO GE HEALTHY.

HOW DID AIDS BECOME SUCH LARGE ISSUE FOR THE BLAC COMMUNITY?

IT WAS REALLY ALLOWED TO TAKE ROOT I THINK EARLY ON EVERYONE THOUGHT IT WAS SOME GAY WHIT BOYS DISEASE AND SO IT JUST, W JUST DIDN'T SEE IT AS OUR ISSU AND IN 2009 WHEN I STARTED THI FILM, BLACK WOMEN 16 TO 24 I THE SOUTH WERE NUMBER ONE CAUS OF DEATH WAS AIDS.

SO THAT'S WHAT GOT ME TO SOUTH CAROLINA AND SINCE THEN, WE'VE INCREASE AWARENESS AND SOME OF THAT I DROPPING NOW BUT WE'RE STILL LOOKING AT THREE-QUARTERS OF ALL NEW CASES IN THE SOUTH COMING IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY AND THAT'S REALLY A REFLECTION OF THE INEQUALITY THAT PERSIST IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICA COMMUNITY.

IS THERE A STIGMA THAT' ATTACHED TO --

VERY MUCH

-- THE BLACK COMMUNITY MORE THAN -

VERY MUCH SO, MORE SO THA ANYWHERE ELSE I WANT TO SAY BU I THINK THERE'S A STIGMA THAT' SORT OF, IT'S THE INSTITUTIONA RACISM PLUS THE, YOU KNOW, THE INTERNALIZED IDEA THAT IF YO HAVE AIDS, YOU MUST HAVE DON SOMETHING WRONG TO GET IT.

SO WE'RE STILL IN THE SOUT LOOKING VERY MUCH AT WHAT DI YOU DO AS OPPOSED TO, YOU KNOW THE SORT OF -- YOU HAD SEX EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD -

NOT THE FIRST PERSON TO D IT

RIGHT, SO THERE'S STILL VER MUCH THIS SORT OF STIGMA, AN THIS IDEA THAT LOVE THE SI AND -- LOVE THE SINNER, NOT TH SIN, BUT THEY STILL TALK ABOUT IT IN CHURCH AND A LOT O PASTORS ARE AFRAID THAT IF THE TALK ABOUT THIS FROM THEIR PULPITS, THE STIGMA THAT ATTACHES TO GAY LIFESTYLE AN DRUG ADDICTS WILL COME INTO TH CHURCH SO THERE'S STILL VERY MUCH A FEAR AMONG MANY PASTORS ABOU APPROACHING THIS

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT' BEING DONE TO ADDRESS THIS, TO SORT OF MOVE THE SITUATION FORWARD?

WELL, THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED THE NATIONAL HIV STRATEGY IN 2010 AND I THINK SOME OF THE DECREASE IN THE NUMBERS AND TH PERCENTAGE RATES THAT WE'R SEEING IS, IN FACT, A RESULT O THAT BECAUSE WE'RE COORDINATING.

WHEN YOU HAVE AIDS IT'S NOT JUST YOU'RE LIVING WITH THIS THING, BUT YOU ALSO THEN YOU NEED A JOB, YOU NEED HOUSING, YOU NEE A PLACE TO SLEEP AT NIGHT.

YOU NEED TO GET FOOD ON REGULAR, BECAUSE THE MEDICINES MESS WITH YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTE SO THERE'S A WHOLE NETWORK O THINGS THAT NEED TO HAPPEN, AN I THINK IN THE SOUTH BECAUSE O THE ANTAGONISM TOWARDS BIG GOVERNMENT AND THE ANTAGONIS TOWARDS PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN INCARCERATED OR RECENTLY COM OUT OF JAIL WHO ARE NOW EVEN MORE MARGINALIZED BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE ACTESS TO A LOT O THE SAFETY NET-ISH THINGS, S YOU HAVE A MULTIPLE PROBLEM.

IN SOUTH CAROLINA, DURING TH '90s, THE CDC HAD DONE A STUDY AND DISCOVERED THAT WHITE FOLK WHO WERE PRESENTING WITH THE PNEUMONIA THAT ACCOMPANIES AID WERE MORE OFTEN TOLD THEY HA AIDS AND BLACK FOLKS WHO HAD THE SAME PNEUMONIA WERE GOING TO THE HOSPITAL AND COME OUT AN WEREN'T TOLD THEY HAD AIDS YOU HAD PNEUMONIA, YOU'RE FINE IT WAS ALLOWED TO, IT GOT A HEAD START IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY AND SO IT'S JUST BEEN IN THE LAST FIVE TO TEN YEARS THA PEOPLE HAVE REALLY BEEN ABLE T SORT OF CATCH UP WITH IT AND FIGURE OUT, YOU KNOW, THIS I WHAT'S GOING ON.

VERY QUICKLY, BECAUSE IN TH FILM WE GET TO MEET WILHELMINA AND DAESHA HOW ARE THEY DOING NOW

THEY'RE DOING MUCH, MUC BETTER DAESHA WENT THROUGH, THE YEA THAT I WAS FILMING OR DID MOST OF THE PRIMARY FILMING SHE LOS FOUR FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE COURSE OF A YEAR, NOT ALL FROM AIDS BUT SEVERAL OF THEM SHE LOST HER MOTHER, HER HUSBAND, SEVERAL SHE'S NOW, WE JUST CAME BACK FROM THE PAN AFRICAN FIL FESTIVAL, SHE'S BROADENING HER HORIZONS DAESHA WHEN WE LEFT HER WA TRYING TO, COULDN'T GET INTO A GED PROGRAM BECAUSE THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM HAD LOST HER RECORDS.

SHE'S NOW BEEN ABLE TO FIND GED PROGRAM THAT WILL LET HE START FROM SCRATCH, SO SHE'S O HER WAY TO GETTING HER EDUCATION, SO IF WE CAN SAVE THE NEXT GENERATION, WE WILL HAV DONE A GOOD THING.

I WILL HAVE FELT LIKE THE FILM ACHIEVED SOMETHING

ALL RIGHT, WELL, I HOPE THA THAT IS WHAT THE FILM IS ABLE TO ACHIEVE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOININ US

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME

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