Free Ticket to Hip-Hop Concert for an HIV Test

By Jesse Brooks Hip-Hop for HIV is offering free admission to a talent competition as a reward for taking a HIV, part of an effort to reach out to college students and other young people who are less likely to utilize healthcare services for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, “Hip Hop for HIV, Jazz and R&B: Community College Showcase “will be hosted by Lady Ray, radio station KMEL’s morning DJ, and Braunz Courtney from HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County. The concert will be held 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, April 12 in the theater at Laney College in Oakland. The show’s format will be similar to American Idol in which 10 acts, which already were chosen at earlier auditions in late March, will compete for the grand prize – consideration for airplay on 106 KMEL’s Home Turf program, strategic industry advice and access to a studio to record. Record label scouts and producers will attend the event as well. The panel of judges includes industry executives, highly respected music experts, writers and musicians. Students participating in the showcase are from Bay Area community colleges: Laney, Chabot, Merritt, Alameda, Contra Costa, Berkeley and San Francisco Between each act there will be educational skits from special guests talking about keeping yourself healthy as well as people living with HIV who are in treatment and living healthy, successful positive lives. The event was the brainchild of Peralta college student Randall Thompson, who was concerned about students’ low level of HIV awareness and nonchalant attitude about unprotected sex. He approached the Laney College Health Center, and together they contacted the office of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, which put them in touch with HIV Education and Prevention Project of Alameda County. On the day of the event Laney College is also hosting a wellness fair from 11 a.m. to 1 pm. It is estimated that the majority of new HIV infections are transmitted by those who are unaware of their infection. Reaching more people with HIV testing is a critical step in reducing HIV transmission. Go to www.Laney.edu to learn where to take a free 20-minute Rapid HIV Oral Swab test and receive a free ticket to the HIP HOP for HIV Showcase. For more info contact Jesse Brooks at (510) 575-8245 or mrjessebrooksii@gmail.com.
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