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Diana Ross, Faith Evans to Headline Free World AIDS Day Concerts

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LOS ANGELES — AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, is once again set to hold a variety of free concerts, community events and formal observations in many of the 43 countries around the globe that AHF serves in, to mark World AIDS Day, formally observed each year on December 1.

Primetime Emmy Award-winner, Billy Porter, will host a Los Angeles concert at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre with Grammy award-winner Faith Evans, singer/songwriter, Daya and entertainer Miss Shalae.

Three other concerts will be held in the U.S., in Dallas, Miami and Atlanta, with the incomparable Diana Ross featured as special guest at the Dallas concert on November 29. There will also be scores of other events set in the 15 U.S. states that AHF operates in, as well as more than 100 additional AHF World AIDS Day commemorations and events around the globe.

Primetime Emmy Award-winner, Billy Porter, will host a Los Angeles concert at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre with Grammy award-winner Faith Evans, singer/songwriter, Daya and entertainer Miss Shalae on December 1st (Graphic: Business Wire)
  • LOS ANGELES – Dec. 1 (Sunday) – 2019 Primetime Emmy Award-winner, Billy Porter, will host a concert at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre with Grammy award-winner Faith Evans, singer/songwriter Daya and entertainer Miss Shalae. Partnering with AHF is Impulse United, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.
  • DALLAS – Nov. 29 (Friday) – AHF is partnering with respected local AIDS organization, AIN, to host a free concert with the incomparable Diana Ross. Joining Ms. Ross will be R&B singer KeKe Wyatt and singer, actress Teyana Taylor. The concert will take place at the Bomb Factory. 
  • ATLANTA – Dec. 5 (Thursday) at Center Stage Atlanta will be Grammy nominated artists Deborah CoxRaheem DeVaughnand rapper KCamp.
  • MIAMI – Dec. 7 (Saturday) – The Adrienne Arscht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami Dade County is the site with performances by singer/songwriter India and multi-talented musician Amara La Negra.

Under its “Keep the Promise!” banner, AHF will acknowledge progress made in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. These AHF World AIDS Day events also serve as a stark reminder to world leaders and others that there were over 1 million AIDS deaths and as many as 2.3 million new HIV infections occurring in the last year—and that there is still much work to be globally to defeat this epidemic.

This year, AHF is also honoring “Our Champions” at all its U.S. World AIDS Day events. “Our Champions” are select group of individuals, both living and dead, who have made a profound impact in the decades-long fight against HIV and AIDS, and these champions include local community advocates, important figures like Princess Diana, Connie Norman, Elizabeth Taylor, Larry Kramer, Pedro Zamora and others, who will be recognized, remembered and honored nationwide.

According to UNAIDS and W.H.O., over 38.9 million people are living with HIV/AIDS around the world. Each year, it is estimated that as many as 2.3 million people become infected with the virus and up to 1 million die of AIDS-related causes. While millions of people today are accessing lifesaving antiretroviral therapy, millions more still desperately need it. The end of the epidemic is only possible if governments and world leaders Keep the Promise on AIDS.

A list of AHF’s U.S. World AIDS Day events can be accessed at: www.ahf.org/wad/.

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SF Pride Will ‘Proceed as Scheduled’ – for Now

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We know this new coronavirus (COVID-19) is top of mind for every entrepreneur, corporate partners, and supporters our community has these days. As NGLCC we regularly quote the late Senator Paul Wellstone who said, “We all do better when we all do better.”

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