Ms. Marvelyn Brown spoke at Fisk University on March 15, 2015. She is pictured (from left to right) with Dean Curry, the Reverend Dr. Sondra Tolbert, Reverend Diana R. Williams and the Reverend Pam Kellar. Ms. Brown is the author of The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and HIV Positive.
Ms. Marvelyn Brown, a 32-year-old native Tennessean, learned she was HIV-positive at age 19. Since then she has moved both live and television audiences around the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, South Africa, Tanzania and Rwanda with her compelling personal story. Ms. Brown has spoken at hundreds of colleges, universities, churches and conferences worldwide. Her autobiography, The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful and (HIV) Positive, was published by Amistad/HarperCollins in 2008.
Her humanitarian work earned her a 2007 Emmy Award for Outstanding National PSA. BET’s Rap It Up campaign named Brown one of the 25 "HEROES" in the HIV/AIDS epidemic. In 2009 she won the Do Something Award and in 2010, she was inducted into The Heroes In The Struggle Photo Exhibit by The Magic Johnson Foundation and The Black AIDS Institute.
Ms. Brown has also made a huge impact on television shows and in print media. Some highlights include, appearing on CNN's Black in America, Frontline's ENDGAME, The Oprah Winfrey Show, America’s Next Top Model, America’s Best Dance Crew, and CBS’s The Early Show. Articles including her story have appeared in Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Fortune 500, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and ESSENCE magazine. Ms. Brown has also graced the covers A&U, POZ and The Ave. Ms. Brown is currently the CEO and an Independent HIV Consultant for Marvelous Connections, which she founded in 2007.