HIV activists from around the globe have converged on Durban, South Africa, for the 21st International AIDS Conference, which began today. One of them brought some Hollywood star power to the event as wel. According to the Sunday Times, actress, talk show host, and Grammy-winning musician Queen Latifah, led a contingent of 7,000 people sporting neon green tees that read, "Keep the Promise," marching down the streets of Durban on Saturday.
The march was part of AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Keep the Promise (KT2016) events. Latifah was joined by Gail Johnson, mother of late HIV activist Nkosi Johnson, mayor James Nxumalo, and health minister Dr. Sibongiseni Maxwell Dhlomo.
The Times also reported that Oscar-winning rapper Common and Latifah performed at the after-parade concert, along with B Flow, Mi Casa, and Big Nuz in support of KT2016, a campaign to increase HIV treatment and prevention funding.