On the night of Saturday, December 9, the Taglyan Culture Center in Los Angeles, California, will come to life with the joyous sounds of the 27th annual iteration of DIVAS Simply Singing!, a fundraiser for The DIVA Foundation.
Founded in 1990 by Tony-nominated Broadway superstar Sheryl Lee Ralph (one of the original Dreamgirls and, more recently, Madame Morrible in Wicked), The DIVA Foundation works to erase the stigma associated with HIV and to spread the word about the importance of getting tested for the virus.
Ms. Ralph [A&U, August 2015] first began anti-AIDS work in the late 1980s despite resistance from others in the entertainment industry; encouraged by Elizabeth Taylor to continue the work, she forged ahead with The DIVA Foundation and created DIVAS Simply Singing! Conceived as a “living memorial” to the many friends and co-workers whom Ms. Ralph has lost to AIDS, DIVAS Simply Singing! is “the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the country.”
Among the many divas and divos who will be joining Ms. Ralph on this special evening will be Jenifer Lewis, Loretta Devine, Jennifer Holliday, Rashaan Patterson, Terisa Griffin, and Kenny Lattimore. Over the years luminous stars, many of whom have graced our cover, such as Ledisi and Patti Labelle, have wowed DSS audiences, doing what divas do best—simply singing. Oh! And raising much-needed money and awareness in the fight against AIDS. Partial proceeds will benefit Project Angel Food.
Date: December 9; time: 6 p.m.; location: Taglyan Culture Center, 1201 Vine Street, Los Angeles, California 90038; tickets: $150–$300.
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