Hip Hop for Philly concert celebrates National HIV Testing Day

Philadelphia FIGHT, in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and more 15 community-based organizations, will present the 3rd annual “Hip Hop for Philly” free concert, featuring recording artist and actress Teyana Taylor, on Saturday, June 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Trocadero Theater.

Tickets can be obtained only by young people ages 13-24 who receive a free HIV test at any participating agency or one of the Hip Hop for Philly free HIV testing events throughout Philadelphia.

Teyana Taylor recently released her highly anticipated first studio album, “VII” which features hit singles, “Maybe” ft. Pusha T and Yo Gotti, and “Do Not Disturb” feat. Chris Brown. The first lady of Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music ensemble has been featured on West’s own “Dark Fantasy”, in addition to penning hits for Chris Brown and others. She also toured with August Alsina in 2014 to sold out venues across the country. Teyana is also an accomplished actress, having appeared in Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming and Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family.

The Hip Hop for Philly concert will also feature local artists. Dance troupe Project Positive will kick off the event and rapper E-Hos will perform. Hip Hop for Philly’s goals are to provide youth with inspiring role models, encourage them to know their HIV status, and educate themselves and their community about safe and healthy behavior. Last year, more than 1,200 youth received HIV tests.

“Hip hop music plays a huge role in influencing our youth,” said Kimberly Chiaramonte, Supervisor of Philadelphia FIGHT’s Counseling and Testing Program. “That is why we are so excited to have Teyana Taylor as the headliner for our third annual Hip Hop for Philly. Philadelphia’s rate of infection is 3.5 times that of the national average, and those under 30 are at the highest risk. This is the reason why one of our main goals for this event is to break down the stereotypes and educate young people who should get tested. I am positive this year will be a success both for the show and for the health of Philly youth.”

Concert tickets are non-transferable, limited to one person, and available only while supplies last. For more information, visit here.