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Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress and AIDS activist (#428)

Sheryl Lee Ralph talks about the genesis of Sometimes I Cry, her one-woman show about women dealing with AIDS and HIV, and the incredibly diverse population of women who have shared their stories with her. Ralph, who performs the show and speaks about AIDS for audiences ranging from elementary students to church groups, explains how she tailors her message for each performance.

The actress discusses her experiences in the 1980s cast of Dreamgirls, including watching several members of that cast die of AIDS. Ralph, who is married to Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-PA, recalls their campaign to encourage couples, friends and family members to test for HIV.

She also talks about acting on television versus acting on stage as well as the limited acting roles available to women of color, and she even sings a few notes.

Air Dates

Friday, April 3, 2009 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

Friday, May 22, 2009 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, May 24, 2009 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET