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World AIDS Day Weekend Twin Cities Set for Nov. 30 – Dec. 2
Jamar “The Voice” Rogers and LA singer-songwriter LaMont Wheat will join events
(Minneapolis, MN) November 7, 2012 - A weekend of World AIDS Day events are scheduled from Friday, Nov. 30th through Sunday, Dec. 2nd throughout the Twin Cities by organizers from the Minnesota African/African American Women HIV Initiative (MAAAH) and the Black HIV Coalition.
“Our African-American communities are one of the most underserved populations resulting in some of the highest rates of HIV infection in our state,” said Cathy Stephens, MAAAH. “We want to make sure we offer several opportunities where people can get the facts, get tested and learn how to protect themselves and others from HIV/AIDS.”
The World AIDS Day events will feature performers, celebrities, prayer services, free HIV testing, food and door prizes. “This year’s World AIDS Day events are particularly special as we will be joined by Jamar Rogers, finalist on NBC’s television show, "The Voice," and nationally renowned singer-songwriter, LaMont Wheat,” said Stephens.
Jamar Rogers, a richly talented soulful singer, is currently touring the country to packed venues while working to demystify HIV/AIDS and providing a message of hope to a generation of young people. LaMont Wheat is an LA based singer-songwriter and AIDS advocate that wrote the single, “Still Standing,” as a tribute to World AIDS Day.
The following World AIDS Day Weekend events are free and open to the general public:
- Friday, Nov. 30, 4 – 6 p.m., Brother Circle Dinner and Discussion at Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis. Jamar Rogers, a finalist on NBC’s "The Voice," will lead a discussion on HIV among gay and bi-sexual men within communities of color and will include a special appearance by VIP guest and LA singer-songwriter, LaMont Wheat, performing his single, “Still Standing.”
- Friday, Nov. 30, 6 - 8 p.m., “Getting to Zero” Sarah Simmons Showcase, at Capri Theater, 2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis, featuring Jamar “The Voice” Rogers and Special VIP Guest and LA singer-songwriter LaMont Wheat. Free HIV testing available. Free food and drawings for door prizes – must be present to win. This event will also feature local performers that preregister by November 15th with Peggy Darrett-Brewer at 651-201-4138, firstname.lastname@example.org/
- Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. – Midnight, Minnesota World AIDS Day House Ball and Discussion about HIV, stigma, and LGBT acceptance in the black community. The Ball will include free entertainment, HIV/STD testing and food. For event location, contact Rob Graham at 612-373-2475 or by email at: email@example.com.
- Sunday, December 2, a coalition of area churches will hold Services of Hope and Prayer to support those affected by HIV including Bethesda Church, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Kwanzaa Community Church, Macedonia Baptist Church, Pilgrim Rest Church and Shiloh Temple Church - all in Minneapolis.
For more information about MAAAH, Black HIV Coalition or World AIDS Day Weekend events, contact Natalie Auger, VimLab Promotions, firstname.lastname@example.org.