"Egypt" lost his mother, father and family in just one week. Imagine being too sad to cry. At the age of twelve, his father told him: "I do not want you boy", and then proceeded to cancel child support a day after his mother died.
"Egypt" lived with his older sister, Chastity, who made a living as a beautician and stripper. Living in cars, selling drugs, fighting, stealing clothes and being arrested on multiple occasions became his life.
Yet, despite all these hardships, "Egypt" received his first degree while being on the "Dean's list", graduated with Phi Theta Kappa Honors, was the 147lbs Florida State boxing champion, and is an award winning actor.
Egypt took his anger and channeled it into a passion to improve others: much like his sister Chastity helped him.
In less then three years, "Egypt" has appeared on Apollo, BET, MTV, UPN, NBC, National Public Radio, SEVENTEEN Magazine, 2007/2008 Madison's Who's Who of business executives and professionals, 11 newspapers, 10 radio stations and 4 magazines all for his dynamic work educating people about HIV, Black history, sex, love and politics through motivational speaking, comedy, acting and poetry. In addition, he has also shared stages with Magic Johnson, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sister Souljah and Anthony Hamilton. He adopted the name "Egypt" because he plans to influence the world as the great African empire has influenced the earth. Ladies and gentlemen," Egypt" also known as "Devin T. "Robinson X.
He created the AIDS Awareness Poets Inc. in 2003 to utilize his youth by making a difference in a way he appealed to. From that day, to now, he has not turned back.
I am Shukethia Dewonna Campbell, Florida native who holds bachelor degree in Organizational and Intercultural Communication with a minor in Sociology. One of my current endeavors includes the pursuit of a Masters in Social Work at Florida Atlantic University. I have worked in various fields and volunteered with community organizations that deal with issues such as diversity, gender inequality, and HIV/AIDS.
With my experiences I have found that my passion in life involves helping others. I hope that my background will be of great purpose with AAP and look forward to a great year! Thank you for the opportunity to serve as National Secretary
National Performing Arts Chair:
My name is Jamaal Dartanyan Weatherspoon. I was born in Delray Beach, Fl and graduated from Atlantic Community High School in 2007. Currently a senior at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, I am pursuing Bachelors in International Relations with a minor in African American Studies, and Spanish Language.
My long-term goal is to become a diplomat, and I plan to enter either graduate school or the Foreign Service upon graduating next summer.
From a very young age I have been involved with non-profit/community based organizations, and it is this self-developed habit that has motivated me to participate in HIV/AIDS awareness work.
It is this same passion that I apply to my job as an on campus HIV Counselor/Peer Educator, and that I will apply to my position as the PAC of the AIDS Awareness Poets.
National Community Service Chair:
Diangleo S. Frazer XV was born in the Freeport, Bahamas and later migrated to Florida in the Early 90’s Diangleo grew up with three other siblings and a loving mother.
Diangleo graduated from Glades Central Community High School and received his bachelor of art degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Diangleo is currently completing his MBA and serves as an accounts manager for a communications firm.