Slam poets, drumlines and step teams from across Broward county will perform together and celebrate the 24th annual World AIDS day.
Their performances will take place at the Urban League of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale and be sponsored by the Urban League and AIDS Awareness poets.
“We are putting this event on to educate the community about HIV through entertainment and outreach,” actor Devon T. Robinson — also known as “Egypt” — told SFGN.
Aside from the performances, the Urban League’s crime prevention staff member William Jackson will be speaking on the importance of men and their absence in the AIDS fight. And to keep the momentum in the AIDS fight, the Urban League will also offer HIV testing to audience members.
“Our expectations are to have 50% of the audience tested and more youth attend the event than adults,” Egypt said.
The Nova High School step team, also known as the “Ladies of Ashante,” and Brian Poem, Butterfly, and Betrand Boyd from the Chapter 3 Poetry Troupe could help raise the youth turnout. The step team has been practicing for two months, according to Robinson.
The poetry recited will aim to educate the expected audience of 100 to 300 people about HIV. But Robinson isn’t looking forward to the performances as much as he is the inspiration they provide.
“The part I look forward to the most is the Hallandale Beach High School drumline band and Nova High School Ladies of Ashante Step Team!” Egypt said. “To see young people celebrating HIV achievements and educating through performing arts is pretty exciting. At times, even emotional. There are many tearful moments grown courtesy of how inspirational these youth are.”
If you go
Broward Urban League
560 NW 27th Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale Florida 33311
Dec. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Free (Donations to the AIDS Awareness Poets go to an HIV+ scholarship)