Hip-Hop News: Hip Hop Producer 'XL' Tapped For AIDS Awareness
ARP Productions, AIDS Responsibility Project (ARP) along with XL Productionz will be kicking off the launch for the "Start the Conversation" initiative.
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8/8/2006 6:12:32 AM

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ARP Productions, AIDS Responsibility Project (ARP) along with XL Productionz will launch its “Start the Conversation” initiative at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto. A private listening party with live performances and a celebrity gift lounge will celebrate the release of a 12-track CD entitled “What Are We Living For”. The compilation CD will feature songs written and performed by the group AWHARE, an array of talented young artists from hip hop to R&B. The event will take place at Toronto’s newest and most vibrant club, Purgatory in a room called “Heaven,” located at 199 Richmond Street, Toronto, from 9-11pm on Tuesday, August 15, 2006.

The purpose of What Are We Living For is to “Start the Conversation” about HIV -- how to avoid it, how to live with it, how not to spread it, and the importance of being honest about one’s own risk of becoming infected. ARP has partnered with platinum-record producer Donald “XL” Robertson to use music, film, and the Internet to develop new and more effective ways to communicate prevention messages to those most at risk for becoming infected with HIV.

Fact: African-Americans have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the start of the epidemic. Today African American teens ages 13-19 and African American woman ages 25-34 account for the more than 50% of the population living with HIV/AIDS, making them the highest percentage infected of any ethnic group. They are most at-risk for becoming infected while simultaneously being less likely to be reached by traditional education and prevention messages.

About AIDS Responsibility Project
ARP is a Los Angeles based 501(c ) (3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to work with key policy makers in the public and private sector to ensure that underserved people infected and affected by HIV get the treatment, care, education and support they need. To view the EPK and find out more about ARP and other programs visit www.AIDSresponsibility.org.

Partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s)
ARP is partnering with many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to reach out to African-American students with education and prevention messages. ARP will use town hall meetings and the START THE CONVERSATION music in conjunction with a KNOW YOUR STATUS voluntary testing program to give students the tools they need to gauge their own awareness of HIV/AIDS issues.

About ARP Productions
ARP Productions is a non-profit corporation (501(c)(3) that seeks to use music, film and new media as an alternative means of fostering AIDS and HIV-related awareness, prevention and education among youth and targeted at risk groups. To purchase the What Are We Living For CD visit www.arpproductions.com

About XL
Multi-platinum Hip-Hop Producer and CEO of XL Productionz, Donald “XL” Robertson Jr. has earned the reputation for being a “Consistent Hit Maker”. XL’s signature sound is a blend of New Orleans Soul and Hypnotic Drum Beats. The New Orleans native’s name “XL” rings synonymous with top billboard hits such as: “Nolia Clap” (Juvenile Wacko & Skip), “Wobble Wobble” (504 Boyz), “Where Do We Go From Here” (featuring: Nas and M.A.C), controversial single and video “Get Ya Hustle On.”, (featuring Juvenile) and "Throw Ya Hands Up “produced & performed by XL himself for the Sony motion picture "You Got Served” (B2K). XL’s Film & Television credits include: “Training Day” starring, “Malibu’s Most Wanted” and hit TV show America's Next Top Model. It doesn’t stop there; XL has even tapped into the video game world with numerous credits f

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