A new documentary short titled “Unexpected” will be coming to Hulu in the United States on December 1, 2023, which is also World AIDS Day. The doc is about Black women living with HIV in the South.
Produced by “Abbott Elementary” Emmy winner Sheryl Lee Ralph and directed by Zeberiah Newman, “Unexpected” follows activists Ciarra Ci Ci Covin and Masonia Traylor as they create an underground network to help and support women with HIV in the rural South.
The film premiered at the 2023 Essence Film Festival, won an Award of Excellence at both The Accolade Global Film Competition and The IMPACT Docs Awards, and was a Silver Winner at the Telly Awards. It has also screened at the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, DC Black Film Festival, Black Women Film Network, Detroit Black Film Festival, The Women’s Film Festival and Cleveland Film Festival.
ABC will also be airing this year’s “DIVAS Simply Singing! Raising Health Awareness” benefit concert on Dec. 1. Powered by Gilead Sciences, the one-hour special includes performances by Ralph, Anthony Hamilton, Dianne Reeves, Amber Riley and Saycon Sengbloh, along with appearances by Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Tatyana Ali, Kalen Allen, William Stanford Davis, Brandee Evans, Sherri Shepherd, Robin Thede and Lisa Ann Walter.
Tina Knowles and U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee were honored during the event, which was filmed before a live audience at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles.
“Our relationship with ABC-owned television stations and Hulu is a very important one because of our combined desire to amplify stories around health disparities, especially those affecting women in vulnerable communities,” The DIVA Foundation executive director Norman Lee said Thursday.