The Roots, Jussie Smollett, Mary Mary, Raheem DeVaughn, B.O.B., Teyana Taylor, Dr. Cornel West and Soledad O’Brien Headline AHF “Keep the Promise” Free Concert In Cleveland on Sunday, July 17th

Concert to serve as a forum for advocates to publicly call on
Republicans to articulate clear domestic and global policies on
HIV/AIDS, income inequality and other critical social justice issues

CLEVELAND–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AHF–AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest HIV/AIDS
organization serving over 660,000 patients in 36 countries around the
world, will host its “Keep The Promise” free concert on Sunday, July
th at 4:00 PM at the Wolstein Center
at Cleveland State University,
located at 2000 Prospect
Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115. Keep The Promise is an advocacy campaign
created by AHF to bring together local and national advocates along with
spiritual and political leaders to remind elected officials that the
fight against HIV/AIDS and for other social justice issues is not yet
won. At the July 17th concert event in Cleveland, advocates
will publicly call on presidential candidates and elected
officials—including Republican officials and other key party members
gathering at the RNC—to articulate clear domestic and global policies on
HIV/AIDS, income inequality and other pressing social justice issues.

The free concert will be hosted by Soledad O’Brien, chief
executive of the Starfish Media Group and award-winning former CNN
anchor, and feature live musical performances by:

  • The Roots, Grammy Award-winning band
  • Jussie Smollett (FOX’s Empire television series)
  • Mary Mary, Grammy Award-winning contemporary gospel duo
  • Raheem DeVaughn, singer/songwriter
  • B.O.B., singer/producer
  • Teyana Taylor, singer/actress

Activist, renowned author and Princeton University Professor Emeritus Dr.
Cornel West
and actress / White House Ambassador for
Citizenship and Naturalization Diane Guerrero will give keynote
remarks during the concert. Former Cleveland Browns fullback and
activist Jim Brown will also receive an award to honor his
community involvement.

“We applaud this diverse group of social influencers, acclaimed artists,
and community leaders who have made the choice to use their platforms to
magnify our Foundation’s non-partisan cause and call to action,” said Samantha
, Senior Director of Marketing, Sales, Media and Special
Projects for AHF. “We ask concerned citizens to join us as we rally to
ensure elected officials ‘Keep The Promise’ around healthcare rights,
civil rights, and human rights for us all.”

MEDIA CREDENTIALS ARE REQUIRED for Wolstein Center concert
coverage. To request credentials, please contact:

Rebecca Strong, AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
(216) 621-0766 x.2915, Mobile (216) 235-3417

Imara Canady, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Phone: (954)

Advocates from cities throughout Ohio—including Dayton, Toledo,
Cincinnati, and Columbus—will travel by bus to Cleveland to support the
“Keep the Promise” goals:

  • Access to healthcare needs improving;
  • Measures must be put in place to control runaway drug pricing by
    pharmaceutical companies
    that values profits over people;
  • The U.S. government must Keep The Promise on pressing social issues
    of our day,
    including increasing funding for global efforts to
    prevent, test and treat HIV/AIDS; fairness in policing and treatment
    by the criminal justice system; environmental protections; growing the
    economy while addressing corporate greed and wealth inequality;
    immigration fairness, racial justice and LGBT equality; and women’s

Partners for Keep the Promise 2016 in Cleveland include:

The Cleveland ‘Keep the Promise’ is the fifth in a series of similar KTP
events spearheaded by AHF since 2012, with the inaugural event in Washington,
held in July 2012, followed by KTP events in Atlanta (Nov.
2012); Brooklyn, NY (Apr. 2013) and a prior ‘Keep the Promise’
held in Cleveland in May 2013.

The Keep the Promise concert in Cleveland will complement a parallel ‘Keep
the Promise 2016’
concert and march taking place 8,600 miles away in
Durban, South Africa on July 16th calling for similar
awareness and action on the fight to end global AIDS. That Keep the
Promise event takes place before the opening of ‘AIDS2016,’ the 21st
International AIDS Conference and will feature performances by Queen
and Common.

More information about the “Keep the Promise” effort can be found at

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS
organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over
660,000 individuals in 36 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin
America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn
more about AHF, please visit our website:,
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and follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @aidshealthcare.


AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
Rebecca Strong
of Development & Marketing
Phone: (216) 621-0766 x.2915
(216) 235-3417
Southern Bureau
Imara Canady
Regional Director,
Communications and Community Engagement
Phone: (954) 952-0258
Healthcare Foundation
Christopher Johnson
Dir. Communications
Work: (323) 960-4846
Mobile: (310) 880-9913