BPL and Michael Alvarado perform to FACE AIDS
BPL knows there are bigger and more important issues in the world than petty crime.
Since the first cases of HIV/AIDS were reported in 1981, more than 25 million people have died of AIDS worldwide. There is still no known cure for HIV. In 2007, the percentage of adults with HIV was three-fifths of a percent. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 5 percent of the adult population had HIV.
According to estimates from UNAIDS and the World Health Organization, 33 million people across the world were living with AIDS in 2007.
HIV is not transmitted when giving blood at blood banks or established blood collection centers. Also, mosquitoes, fleas and other insects do not transmit HIV.
FACE AIDS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to mobilize and inspire students to fight AIDS in Africa. Overarching its work in educating youth and providing health-care support, the group raises awareness for global health equality.
Boone-based hip-hop band BPL will be performing with artist Michael Alvarado to bring awareness about HIV/AIDS through FACE AIDS. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the benefit at Legends will be donated to health care for a Rwandan community. Matching grants will be made from private donors.
Members of BPL expressed their desire to speak out about relevant issues that are affecting the world. They will be making a difference through their music at the concert. Peter Schaffer, MC of BPL, said that the band had been contacted by the FACE AIDS organization. He expressed respect for their willingness to include their band in the event.
"We've got to deal with the issues on a local basis," Michael Martin, MC for BPL, said. "I figure that is the only way you can fix anything."
The event will be an interactive one. The style of music that BPL brings forward involves the audience.
"Hip-hop is engaging," Martin said. "This is not a show that you can stand there and clap - hip-hop is more than Rock and Roll - it's in the face; the audience is the completion of the songs."
At the end of 2008, there were 2.1 million children living with HIV around the world. An estimated 430,000 children became infected with HIV in 2008. Of the 2 million people who died during 2008 from AIDS, more than one in seven were children.
The benefit concert will be held Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m., at Legends at 190 Hardin St. in Boone. Students can order tickets for $5 in advance. Admission will be $6 for the public and the day of the show. Tickets are available at the Plemmons Student Union information desk at Appalachian State University.