Posted by | Ray Cornelius
Original “Dreamgirl” and my good buddy, Sheryl Lee Ralph will host her annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser “DIVAS Simply Singing!,” on Saturday, December 9 at Hollywood’s Taglyan Cultural Center.
This year’s roster of talent includes R&B greats Kenny Lattimore and Rahsaan Patterson, Chicago soul singer (and “The Voice” Season 3 contestant) Terisa Griffin and “Black-ish” actress and singer Jenifer Lewis, who will also be signing copies of her new book “The Mother of Black Hollywood.” This show will be the most intimate gathering in the organization’s history and will feature cocktails, dinner and entertainment in a unique club setting that will give all in attendance an up close experience with the performing artists.
“We are always trying to find creative ways to continue to raise HIV/AIDS awareness,” Ralph says. “Anytime you put on an event for over 25 years, there’s the danger of becoming old, too familiar and having the community take you for granted. So this year, we thought we would do something different and host it in a smaller venue that brings everyone closer together for maximum interaction and enjoyment.”
The evening will also feature Todrick Hall, multi-hyphenate and former “American Idol” contestant turned Broadway star (“Kinky Boots”), who is this year’s recipient of the The DIVA Foundation’s Vision Award.
“With his passionate artistic activism, powerful songs and ability to connect with and promote a sense of better understanding with gay kids, straight kids, trans kids and so many others finding their way in the world, I believe Todrick will continue to have a great impact on our industry and the world,” says Ralph. “To use the vernacular term, he is truly WOKE!”
“Divas Simply Singing!” is the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the United States and continues to serve as a loving tribute for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDs. Over the years, DIVAS Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Teena Marie, Tremaine Hawkins, Karen Clark Sheard, Yolanda Adams, LaShun Pace, Dottie Peoples, Jennifer Hudson, and many more have raised their voices in song on the DIVAS stage.
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