Sheryl Lee Ralph and The DIVA Foundation Present DIVAS Simply Singing!
Raising Health Awareness Powered by Gilead Sciences Set to Air on Friday, December 1 on ABC Owned Stations in Honor of World AIDS Day
With Performances by Anthony Hamilton, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Dianne Reeves, Amber Riley, Jordin Sparks, and Saycon Sengbloh
November 30, 2023 – (Los Angeles, CA) – Today, Emmy® award-winning and Tony® award-nominated actor, singer, producer, philanthropist, and community activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, along with her non-profit charitable organization, The DIVA Foundation, announce the broadcast premiere air date, for this year’s DIVAS Simply Singing! Raising Health Awareness powered by Gilead Sciences. The highly-anticipated health awareness benefit concert was filmed before a live audience at the historic Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles and will air on ABC Owned Stations on Friday, December 1 in honor of World AIDS Day. Go to divassimplysinging.com/watch to find out how/where to watch this year’s special presentation of DIVAS Simply Singing!
In the spirit of “fighting the good fight,” while raising health awareness, DIVA Tina Knowles was recognized with The DIVA Foundation’s Ivy Ralph Legend of Distinction Honor, while DIVA Congresswoman Barbara Lee was honored with the Legacy of Love Humanitarian Honor.
Performers of the 1-hour broadcast will include executive producer and host Sheryl Lee Ralph, Grammy® award-winning singer and songwriter Anthony Hamilton, legendary jazz songstress and 5x Grammy® award-winner Dianne Reeves, Screen Actors Guild award-winning and Grammy® nominated actor and singer Amber Riley, and Tony® award-nominated singer and actor Saycon Sengbloh, with special appearances by Tatyana Ali, Kalen Allen, William Stanford Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Brandee Evans, Jennifer Hudson, Sherri Shepherd, Robin Thede, Lisa Ann Walter, and more!
Emmy® award-winning director Jonathan X helmed the star-studded concert, with DIVAS alum Shelly Goldstein signing on as writer and Emmy® award-winner and 2x 2024 Grammy® award-nominee Adam Blackstone serving as Musical Director.
DIVAS Simply Singing! Raising Health Awareness powered by Gilead Sciences, graciously welcomed Gilead COMPASS Initiative® as segment sponsor, Top Shelf Concierge Service as official transportation sponsor, ABC Owned Television Stations as official media partner, along with supporting sponsors Morgan Stanley Global Sports and Entertainment, AIDS Walk Foundation, and the W Hollywood Hotel.
Now in its 33rd year, DIVAS Simply Singing! Raising Health Awareness, a health awareness initiative of The DIVA Foundation was originally founded as a living memorial to the many friends Sheryl Lee Ralph lost during the AIDS Crisis. DIVAS Simply Singing! has grown into the longest-running health awareness benefit concert in the US that raises awareness and funds for programs that empower and educate audiences to own and advocate for their health and the health of others. DIVAS Simply Singing! is executive produced and hosted by Sheryl Lee Ralph, along with long-time producing partners Norman Lee (also Executive Director of The DIVA Foundation) and Stephanie Lilly Smith. Over 300 stars, including Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Holliday, Loretta Devine, Jenifer Lewis, Patti LaBelle, Deborah Cox, Faith Evans, Tisha Campbell, Michelle Williams, Chaka Khan, Jody Watley, Oleta Adams, and Raven Symoné, have lifted their voices in solidarity.
Sheryl Lee Ralph created her charitable organization, The DIVA Foundation, 34 years ago to mobilize resources, fight stigma, fundraise, and deliver urgent messaging around the awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions. Over the past 33 years, The Foundation has launched efforts that harness the power of the arts to amplify awareness messaging. Most recently, The DIVA Foundation launched its new brand and announced its new programming centered across five pillars: Health Awareness, Women and Girls, LGBTQ+, Social Justice and racial Equity, and Food and Housing Insecurity. To learn more, visit www.diva.foundation. To make a charitable donation to The DIVA Foundation, text “DIVAS” to 76278.
Photos – Courtesy of Ethan Ingram and Sheldon Botler