AHH Stray News: DMC, James Brown, TI, John Cena

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Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-DMC fame, will host the “Women

and Aids in Africa” benefit dinner and silent auction on Thursday (May

12th). The dinner will help support Harvard’s Aids Initiative’s

(HAI) effort to combat the AIDS pandemic in Africa, where nearly half of the

25 million women in sub-Saharan Africa are infected with the disease. "We

need to make people aware that AIDS is still killing people everyday, and the

people in Africa are hardest hit with the epidemic especially women and children,”

DMC said in a statement. “The scientists and researchers at HAI are doing

something about it, and they are really helping us all have hope for the future.”

Tickets and more information is available at http://www.aids.harvard.edu

A bronze statue in honor of the “Godfather of Soul” James Brown will be erected today (May 6) at 5 p.m. in Brown’s hometown of Augusta, Georgia in celebration of the music legend’s 72nd birthday Tuesday (May 3). A life-size statue of Brown, designed by Augusta physician and sculptor Dr. John Savage, will be dedicated during a ceremony that includes a prayer of dedication from the Rev. Al Sharpton, a former road manager for Mr. Brown, and comments from Brown, one of the first Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees (1986). The City of Augusta and Major Bob Young, together with the Augusta Downtown Development Authority and private donations will reveal the statue of Brown, holding a microphone and wearing his trademark cape, across from the Augusta Common in downtown Augusta.

Atlanta, Georgia

rapper T.I. has landed on Teen People’s lost of the “25 Hottest

Stars Under 25.” The teen magazine’s annual list also included Jessica

and Ashlee Simpson, Jesse McCartney, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and Ciara.

The issue hits stores today (May 6th).

WWE

wrestler John Cena is preparing to release his debut Hip-Hop album, You

Can’t See Me. Cena, who will defend his WWE title May 22, told MTV.com

that he wasn’t the usual token rapper/wrestler. "The guy you see

on Thursday nights doing his thing is repping for hip-hop," Cena said.

"He’s not just out there because they need the hip-hop guy. I’m not exactly

the poster child for the movement, but I do what I do because I love it."

The album hits stores May 10th.

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