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HIV Positive” T-Shirt Onstage

December 1, 2009
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“On the second night of the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert, which was taped in October at Madison Square Garden and aired yesterday on HBO, Annie Lennox joined Aretha Franklinonstage while wearing a t-shirt reading “HIV Positive.” Lennox, who reportedly wore the shirt as a way to raise awareness of HIV and AIDS, joined the Queen of Soul for a rendition of her 1967 hit ‘Chain of Fools.’

Lennox, who has never claimed to be HIV positive herself, says she was inspired to become an HIV/AIDS advocate after visiting South Africa in 2004 and hearing Nelson Mandela speak. She started the charity and website SING in 2004 and won the 2009 Woman of Peace Award for her work highlighting the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and children.”

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Motown Celebrates 50 Years With Gala

November 22, 2009

Black ties and gowns filled a ballroom Saturday in a big-bucks salute to Detroit-style royalty — the King of Motown, the Queen of Soul and the Kid of Rock.

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, along with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Kid Rock came to Motown’s original hometown for the Motown 50 Golden Gala. The 50th-anniversary event, which fetched $350 and up for a ticket, was a fundraiser for the Motown Historical Museum. The museum was the original home of Motown Records Corp., which Gordy started with an $800 loan.

The event drew about 750 people and many of the big names and behind-the-scenes people from the label, which moved to Los Angeles in 1972. Detroit’s output included scores of hits, including “My Girl” by The Temptations, “The Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, and “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye.

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