Monday, December 15, 2008
LGBT ARTISTS LENDS TIME AND SUPPORT TO AIDS FUNDRASIER
The cold weather didn’t prevent people from attending and performing at the Our Youth’s annual fund raiser in Jersey City, and while it was cold outside, the performers each gave hot performers for a good cause; to raise funds and awareness of AIDS.
“I’m honored and completely thrilled to be a part if in some small way helping make the lives better” singer/songwriter Lori Michaels shortly before the program began.
“I will continue to do whatever I can to help people living with A.I.D.S.”
After the guests and performers talked and ate a nicely buffet of home cooked food, the program began with Miss Livertha who opened with a live version of Madonna’s 1990 top charting classic “Vogue” donned in a Black dress before she moved it and finished her performance in a sequenced gown. After she addressed and joked with the crowd, she introduced her co-host Vanessa Valtre, who’s hot and breath taking performance featured her interacting with the guest and performing back flips. In addition to her performance, she acknowledge those who have died from the disease, she also spoke about being a proud parent.
“Monday was world A.I.D.S day and we’re here to honor those who passed” she told the audience. “I can be a father and mother at the same time, but I don’t do windows and diapers.
Lori Michaels then took the stage and showcased her soulful vocals and dance moves while she performed her latest single “Meet Me At The Partay” with her background dancer and members of the Our Youth organization, which had the crowd clapping and dancing along with Ms. Sugar’s sassy performance of Jennifer Holiday’s classic “And I Am Telling You, I’m Not Going.” What made Sugar’s performance fun was when she stripped from a sequenced dress to a Home Depot apron, which she didn’t have any problems thanking for being her sponsor for her wardrobe.
“I wanna thank my sponsor for every week. Home Depot” she said.
“My body is done by Burger King.”
Miss Jennifer took the stage and encouraged the crowd to support the youth before she sang a soulful performance of Yvonne Ellman’s top charting classic “If I Can’t Have You” and showed people that Asian chicks have soul and talent.
Shirley Nixon followed and performed a routine to the hit “I Kissed The Girl” dressed in a sequenced gown and bifocal glasses, and showed the crowd that everybody is beautiful and sexy in their own way.
The organization’s president Rob D’Anthony came on stage and presented an community service award outreach worker Dolly Basin, for her work in the AIDS community.
“I have a passion for what I do. I both am infected and affected by the AIDS virus and I want to thank you.” she told the crowd as she accepted her award
After her touching speech, singer and American Idol contestant Vanessa Nicole Ortiz performed Beyonce Knowles’ current hits “If I Was A Boy” and “Single Ladies..Put A Ring On It”, with great vocals and smooth dance moves that would give the former Destiny’s Child lead singer a run for her American Express Card. Her performance was followed by Drag King performer Stefon, who rocked the crowd with his performances of Ne-Yo’s “Nobody,” Chris Brown’s “Forever” and a House remix of Beyonce’s “If A Was A Boy” in a suit, tie and hat.
Gay rappers Bryn’t and Shorty Roc added Hip-Hop flavor to the benefit by displaying their flows and styles which had the kids from the organization out their seats dancing, and nodding their heads to their beats and performances.. First Bryn;t took the stage wearing a button shirt, jeans and timberlands and performed a medley of songs from his CD including “Don’t Break It (The Condom Song) and “Brand New” as well as performed over beats by various hetero rappers and R&B singers while he danced to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”
Brooklyn born rapper Shorty Roc took the stage and performed an accapella version of “Tipsy” as he walked down the stairs donned in a hoody, jeans and sneakers, followed by a performance of the House flavored “Two Step” and his current single “Critically Acclaim” Roc has spoke to the kids and performed at last years fund raiser encouraged the guest to use protection at all times.
Singer Lavari performed his latest single, with two of the kids from the organization performing as his background dancers, along with dedicating his performance to the late Willie Ninja, who died two years ago., followed by singer/songwriter Scandelle, who acknowledged how fan many LGBT artists have by being more open to record and perform all genres of music, before he performed his single that was inspired by catching his ex-lover cheating on him. He then performed his upcoming single “God Loves Me Too” which he calls a Gay Gospel love song. Natalie Ninja performed ‘Better Without You” while dancer Britney Houston rocked the crowd with her dance moves to the hottest club bangers including Janet Jackson’s “Feedback,” “Britney Spears’ “Toxic” Lil’ Mama’s “Lip Gloss” and Beyonce Knowles’ “Single Ladies.”
Lavari, Scandelle, Miss Vanessa and Bry’nt all retuned to the stage to perform an anti-violence song, with some of the youth who assisted them with the singing and dancing, followed by Ortiz closing the show with a soulful performance of Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want For Christmas.”
Our Youth’s fundraiser was nice event and a way to show love and support to the LGBT community by having all types of LGBT and LGBT friendly artists perform and gives those infected and affected by the AIDS virus.