British singer/songwriter Annie Lennox performed a new song, “Universal Child”, during her broadcast appearance on the American Idol Gives Back show on Wednesday night. Prevented from traveling to the Los Angeles show to perform live, Annie Lennox provided a video of her visits with Avelile, a 7-year-old African girl struggling with pneumonia and AIDS, before launching the premiere of “Universal Child”.
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Annie performed in her well known black t-shirt with the words “HIV Positive” slogan, a symbol of her campaign to remove the stigma from HIV positive people so they can get the treatment they need. Lennox has worn the shirt before for numerous public appearances including “Idol Gives Back” in 2008 and when she performed “Chain of Fools” with Aretha Franklin at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert. She sells a version of the “HIV Positive” shirt on her official website.
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SING was founded by Annie Lennox, and uses internet, television, music and film to campaign, educate, and create advocacy on the issues of HIV AIDS. SING is working to raise greater awareness about the issues faced by women and children affected by the HIV AIDS pandemic, especially in Sub Saharan Africa where the virus is most prevalent. SING gives support to women and children who are directly affected by the HIV AIDS pandemic, by helping women to empower themselves, their families and communities at a grassroots level.