Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera to headline free World AIDS Day concert produced by Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen will get two of pop music’s biggest powerhouses to raise their voices for a worthy cause.

Fresh off being the first Black woman to be honored with the Television Academy’s Governor’s Award at the 2021 Emmy Awards, the acclaimed choreographer, actress and director has been tapped to produce the free World AIDS Day 2021 concert at the L.A. Forum on Dec. 1.

Emmy, Grammy, and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson will headline the bill, alongside Grammy winner Christina Aguilera. Hosted by entertainer Randy Rainbow with performances by students from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, the event will also present Sen. Bernie Sanders with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presented by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation — recognized as the world’s largest HIV/AIDS care provider and currently operating in 45 countries — this year’s event will commemorate World AIDS Day, formally observed internationally each year on Dec. 1.

Under its “Keep the Promise!” banner, organization will also acknowledge strides made in the global fight against HIV and AIDS and continue to raise awareness about “The Other Pandemic” as a reminder of the significant work still to be done on HIV/AIDS.

“The effects of the AIDS epidemic are very personal for me, as I had many friends and loved ones who passed away from this deadly virus. World AIDS Day allows me to celebrate those lives lost and commemorate their various contributions not only to our personal relationships but also to film, television, dance, and more,” Allen said in a statement. “Having a longstanding partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation is a prime example of how community should support and uplift one another. It is crucial for us to understand that this fight is far from over.”

This year represents two significant milestones for the Los Angeles-headquartered organization: 40 years since the CDC first recognized the virus that led to what is now known as AIDS; and 35 years since the 1986 launch of AHF.

The global nonprofit’s president Michael Weinstein added, “As we mark and mourn, we also celebrate all those who help make today’s AHF possible: our staff, Board, affiliate organizations and affinity groups, friends, family and wonderful community partners like Debbie Allen, but most of all, our clients and patients — with our 2021 World AIDS Day event.”

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