Wednesday, December 1st, marks yet another commemoration of World AIDS Day. The day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic. One of the organizations dedicated to raising awareness and building hope for people affected by the disease, NextAid kicked off a massive World AIDS Day campaign on November 27th, which runs through the entire month of December with over a dozen events in 10 cities around the world. Visit their World AIDS Day micro-site for details about all the events in cities from New York and Los Angeles to Cape Town and Vancouver, including NextAid’s own Sound > Effect in Los Angeles (an event presented in collaboration with Family Affair, HearME, Green Wave) and Africa10 DubAID’s Beats for a Better Tomorrow on December 16th at Pink here in New York. If you’re unable to make it to a benefit party, you can still be a part of the global campaign by joining them online.
Also coming up mid-December, an award-winning new documentary film, Bouncing Cats directed by Nabil Elderkin, centers on one man’s attempt to create a better life for the children of Uganda using the unlikely tool of hip-hop with a focus on b-boy culture and breakdancing. Abraham “Abramz” Tekya’s Breakdance Project Uganda (B.P.U.) is a project that could empower, rehabilitate and heal the community by teaching youth about b-boy culture. The film features narration by Common and interviews with Mos Def, Will-I-Am, and K’Naan. The film is currently screening at festivals, theaters, and universities around the world.