April 23, 2014

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Elton John Does a Lot of Good – Donated $8.3 million last year

HollywoodNews.com: The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced over $3.2 million in new grants that will further its mission to assist the most marginalized populations vulnerable to HIV infection. These new awards brought EJAF’s final total grant-making commitments for calendar 2011 to a record $8,316,871, with disbursements totaling $7,006,871 last year.
These grants represent EJAF’s continuing commitment to fund demographics and geographic regions that are seriously impacted by HIV/AIDS and under-served by traditional funders. Grant expenditures totaling $3,221,622 were awarded for 19 new and 29 renewal grants, including:
* health services for Black women, one of the highest HIV-impacted populations in this country;
* innovative programs focused on the health and rights of gay and bisexual men throughout the U.S.;
* programs designed to help people with HIV who are leaving prison to access and stay on treatment and maintain their health as they reintegrate into society;
* small community grants supporting services for gay men throughout Latin America;
* clinical and mental health services for vulnerable populations in the Caribbean; and
* additional funding totaling $1.6 million over two years to support over 50 community organizations providing needle exchange and harm reduction services for injection drug users.
“Through the efforts of hundreds of privately-funded syringe access programs, HIV incidence due to injection drug use in the U.S. has declined from 25% of all infections in 2000 to 9% today,” said Executive Director Scott Campbell. “Scaled-up syringe access programming could bring injection-related HIV infections down to zero. Given Congress’ unfortunate reinstatement of the ban on the use of federal funding for syringe exchange programs, EJAF’s increased investments as one of the top three funders in this field are particularly crucial.”
“For twenty years, EJAF has remained consistent in our mission, even as we’ve increased the scope and reach of our grant-making,” added Chairman David Furnish. “Our most recent grants continue this historic focus, dedicating critical funding to the most urgent and under-resourced aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
About EJAF
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established as a nonprofit organization in the United States in 1992 and as a registered charity in the United Kingdom in 1993 by Sir Elton John. Together, both entities have raised more than $225 million for worthy programs in 55 countries around the globe since inception. Today, the Foundation is [...]

Mary J Blige, Belvedere Vodka and RED try to Help Save Lives

HollywoodNews.com: Award-winning, multi-platinum singer Mary J Blige will be performing at a private pre-Grammy event on February, 9th 2012 to celebrate the partnership of Belvedere [http://www.facebook.com/belvederevodka ], the world’s first super premium vodka and (RED)(TM). [http://www.facebook.com/joinred ]
The exclusive performance will be followed by a private party at Bardot, Los Angeles to help raise awareness around HIV/AIDS and emphasize the need for consumers to unite in support of programs that help eliminate HIV and AIDS in Africa.
In winter 2011, BELVEDERE (PRODUCT)[RED(TM)] Special Edition bottle [http://www.facebook.com/belvederevodka ] launched to raise proceeds for the Global Fund(TM) to fight HIV/AIDS. The (RED) [http://www.joinred.com ] inspired packaging will contain the same unadulterated and naturally smooth(R) Belvedere vodka enthusiasts have always enjoyed. 50% of Belvedere’s profits from the global sale of (BELVEDERE)[RED] [http://www.facebook.com/belvederevodka ] will contribute to the Global Fund.
Mary J Blige said: “I’m delighted to be supporting (Belvedere) RED in their fight against HIV & AIDS in Africa. It is one of the most devastating issues faced by millions in Africa and if we can raise awareness with this event and encourage people to buy (PRODUCT) RED, we’ll be one step closer to an HIV / AIDS free generation in 2015.”
Fans can watch the party build up and Mary J Blige’s performance live via Facebook at approximately 10.45pm (PST). The event will be streamed to http://www.facebook.com/belvederevodka. Media can download images and B-Roll footage from the event at 6am Friday 10th February 2012, please visit http://www.epklink.com/BelvedereRedWithMaryJBlige
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Johnson & Johnson Slams Door to Increase Access to Treatment for People Living with HIV/AIDS

HollywoodNews.com: Do some good today. Help Doctors Without Borders bring lifesaving medical care to people in more than 60 countries.
Despite continuing to earn record profits and a company credo that calls for putting patients first, on December 19, Johnson & Johnson continued to turn its back on people living with HIV/AIDS in many developing countries by telling the Medicines Patent Pool it refused to license its patents on the three lifesaving HIV drugs.
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Ke$ha reportedly teaming up with condoms

HollywoodNews.com: Soon you just might be seeing Ke$ha’s face on your condom wrappers.
The singer will reportedly have her face put on about 10,000 condom wrappers in the very near future, states TMZ.
The deal has reportedly been made with LifeStyles Condoms. The Ke$ha face condoms will reportedly be used by the singer to fire off into the crowd during her upcoming concerts.
The condom event will reportedly start at her concert this Monday.
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“The Situation” and Bristol Palin team up for safe sex PSA

HollywoodNews.com: In a somewhat unusual pairing, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is partnering with Bristol Palin in releasing a safe sex PSA to prevent teen pregnancy.
The ‘Jersey Shore’ star discusses abstinence and protection with Palin, states UsMagazine.com.
And while Palin chooses abstinence and “The Situation” goes with using protection during sex, both agree on one thing: “Pause before you play.”
“The Situation” was happy to work on the PSA preventing teen pregnancy with Palin because “it’s an important cause.”
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Snooki gets condom sponsor for birthday, turns down liquor

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Jersey Shore’ star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is about to be 23 and she is celebrating the new age with some safe sex.
Snooki’s birthday party at New York’s Pacha will be sponsored by LifeStyles condoms, states PopEater. Snooki apparently wants to encourage people to have safe sex if they are choosing to have sex.
It is reported that a number of liquor companies offered to sponsor the event, but she turned them down in an effort to clean up her image a bit.
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GLAAD ramping up the pressure on ABC and ‘The View’

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: GLAAD will not be ignored!
Just days after it got NBC’s The Today Show to include gay couples in its dream wedding contest, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has joined forces with the Black AIDS Institute, and the National Black Justice Coalition to ramp-up the pressure on ABC and The View.
They want the network and the show to correct misinformation shared about African-American men and HIV infection during a conversation between host Sherri Shepherd and guest host D.L. Hughley. during the June 22 Hot Topic segment of the show and have taken out an ad in today’s Daily Variety to press their point.
GLAAD issued a call to action on June 24 urging viewers to contact the show and demand a retraction and the organization says that more than 3,000 people have participated so far.
Here are excerpts from a transcript of the offending segment:
Hughley: When you look at the prevalence of HIV in the African American Community, it’s primarily young women who are getting it from men who are on the down low. That’s the thing.
Shepherd: The down low is black men who’ve been going out. They are having sex with men and they’re not telling their girlfriends or their wives that they’re gay and their husbands, as well. And it’s very prevalent with African American women because they come home and have sex with their wives or their girlfriends. And they’re not telling them that they’re gay.
Shepherd: It’s so big in the Black community with women because they’re having unprotected sex with men who have been having sex with… with men.
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