Janet Jackson’s AmfAR Advocacy Goes Beyond Galas

Artist’s videos, articles and travel help spread the message

Janet Jackson and Maria Davis

Janet Jackson has been an activist for AIDS prevention and research for a long time and in February she was honored by amfAR, an organization she has been involved with for the past 15 years. Jackson will also chair one of the highlights of the Cannes Film Festival: the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala May 23 at the Hotel du Cap.

Founded in 1985, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, has invested more than $366 million into research grants and other programs dealing with education, prevention and advocacy.

The Cinema Against AIDS gala has raised more than $80 million in the past two decades.

At the 2013 amfAR New York Gala, Jackson received the Award of Courage for using her visibility as a musical icon to help improve the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS around the globe. Designer Kenneth Cole and Heidi Klum were also honored at the event, which raised more than $2.3 million.

Jackson has demonstrated and upheld amfAR’s dedication to support AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education and advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy.

In 1997 she donated all the proceeds from her hit single Together Again to the foundation. The song was dedicated to a friend who died from AIDS. Jackson also stars in a PSA for World AIDS Day, encouraging people to get tested and treated for HIV. Last year, on World AIDS Day, in conjunction with her video, CNN.com published an opinion piece co-written by Jackson and amfAR founding chairman Dr. Mathilde Krim.

Jackson was a chair of the foundation’s inaugural amfAR Milano event in 2009 and Cinema Against AIDS, Cannes, in both 2011 and 2012.

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