The twenty-minute documentary chronicles the inspiring true story of gospel singer and inspirational speaker. Tangy Major is a triumphant story of faith, hope and love that viewers will never forget. However, for filmmakers Michelle Taylor and Paul Grant, it’s ‘the little story that could.’
“When I first approached Tangy to share her story, I had no idea the magnitude and impact the film would have among women and within the faith community,” says writer and producer Michelle Taylor “I believe it is Tangy’s resiliency and strength, along with her powerful message of hope that resonates with so many viewers. The positive feedback we’ve received is overwhelming.”
In the late eighties, Tangy unknowingly contracted HIV from her then boyfriend, became pregnant, and transmitted the virus to her baby. Six months after giving birth, she buried her son. Seven years later she buried the man who became her husband. Today, she is happily married and has given birth to a beautiful daughter, Kayla. Both Tangy’s husband and daughter are HIV-negative. Guided by her unwavering faith, she remains committed to sharing her story–as well as soul-stirring hymns —to help others become more aware of the consequences of high risk behavior.Tangy’s story has earned a warm place in the hearts and minds of many, since the film’s first national broadcast on Black Entertainment Television, in observance of World AIDS Day December 1st, 2004. In 2005, ‘Tangy’s Song!’ earned a ‘Telly Award’ and a nomination for Cable Positive’s Prestigious ‘Pop Award’ for ‘Best Documentary Film.’ The film has also received tremendous praise at several conferences and film festivals, including the NYC HIV/AIDS Film Festival, the National HIV/AIDS Leadership Prevention Summit, and the National African-American Conference on HIV/AIDS.
As a result of the film’s success, Tangy has received numerous invitations to share her story at colleges, universities, community organizations, and churches nationwide. In May of 2006, she was featured in Essence magazine’s ‘25 Most Bold and Beautiful Women’. In 2007, Johns Hopkins University offered her a distinguished position as an HIV/AIDS consultant traveling the country to educate others about HIV/AIDS.
Along with the twenty-minute film, the DVD also contains bonus feature that include: 20-minutes of outtakes from Tangy’s riveting on-camera interview about living with HIV, an on-screen discussion guide to prompt post screening conversations for use during home, classroom, church and community screenings, and a list of HIV/AIDS resources viewers can use to obtain additional information about the disease.
‘Tangy’s Song!’ winner of the 2004 ‘Black AIDS Short-Subject Film Competition’ (BASS/RIU), sponsored by The Black AIDS Institute, Black Entertainment Television (BET), and the Kaiser Family Foundation, is available on DVD.