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WATCH: Sia and Zoe Saldana Take on Stigma of Mothers with HIV

Sia and Saldana Take on Stigma of Mothers with HIV

The pop singer does it again—this time for a cause close to her heart.

 

Pop singer Sia has teamed up with actress and superstar Zoe Saldana and set out to tackle HIV stigma of new mothers. “The HIV/AIDS epidemic is one that can affect anyone, particularly child-bearing women around the globe,” Sia said in a release. “I’ve proudly joined forces with the Abzyme Research Foundation and the #endHIV Campaign for the release of my song, Free Me, to help raise funds and awareness for a potential breakthrough cure of the epidemic.” Proceeds of Free Me will go to the #endHIV Campaign.

“Peace may come/I hope it won’t take long… Free me/From this shame I’ve been running from” are the lyrics that open the song,  while the video ends as we see Saldana holding a new baby boy with the message: “HIV/AIDs is the no. 1 killer of women of reproductive age worldwide.”

Sia's manager David Russell, who spoke about being positive in Plus earlier this year, had this to say, "I’m so lucky to work with Sia. Over the past 12 years I’ve been thrilled to watch Sia’s reach grow larger and more influential, all the while using her status as a person of influence for good. “Free Me” is a gorgeous record and I’m so happy and proud to work with an artist as generous and open hearted as she is. She makes a difference."

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.