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Common Performs at Aids Health Care for HIV Prevention Concert








On August 6th, 2015 Common blessed the stage at the Aids Health Care “Vote 2 End HIV” event at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.  The event was sponsored by Reed for Hope Foundation, LoveHealthy.Org and AID Atlanta and served as not just a concert but a rally that will build on the successful “AIDS Is A Civil Rights Issue” national public awareness campaign created by AHF in 2014.  That campaign brought together Rev. Al Sharpton, the National Action Network, local churches and community groups to honor the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1965.  Its purpose is to foster dialogue on ending HIV and sexual stigma within black families, and encourage community-wide testing and treatment.

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Nicki Minaj and Mattel partner to auction one-of-a-kind Barbie

Nicki Minaj and Mattel partner to auction one-of-a-kind Barbie

After proclaiming her love for all things Barbie since her early career, Nicki Minaj and Mattelhave finally entered into a formal agreement for the toymaker to create a licensed likeness of the pop star.

Starting Wednesday, December 7, Mattel will offer a one-of-a-kind Nicki Minaj Barbie Doll up for auction on Starting at $1000, all proceeds from the auction will benefit Project Angel Food, an LA based nonprofit that provides daily meals for men, woman and children homebound or disabled by HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses.

“Nicki is a big part of pop culture and also huge within the fashion industry, as well as a big Barbie fan,” says Stefani Yocky, a Barbie spokeswoman. “It’s really exciting for us that she’s been so generous to allow us to create this one-of-a-kind doll to support such an important cause.”

Mattel has not yet confirmed if the agreement with Nicki will stretch into 2012, however, if Nicki’s prior business deals are any indication, it will.

According to John Demsey, group president of The Estee Lauder Companies, Minaj’s Pink Friday lipstick for MAC was originally planned for only a limited supply of 2,500 pieces, but after an email blast to MAC customers, a viral press launch and Nicki tweeting directly to her fans, the company quickly had to up its order to 30,000 in order to deal with demand. As a result of the overwhelming success of the launch, MAC decided to sign the rapper as its 2012 Viva Glam spokeswoman.

The auction for this first ever Nicki Minaj Barbie will only last until December 19, so if you are interested head on over to next Wednesday and place your bid! In the meantime you can check out some of the other Hollywood pop stars who have been immortalized as plastic collector’s items in the slideshow to your left.