Albany State University will be one of seven universities participating in the Georgia Department of Community Health GA>AIDS HBCU Testing Tour. The tour’s goal is to fight AIDS stigma, raise awareness about the magnitude of HIV/AIDS in African-American communities and encourage people to be tested for HIV.
The tour will stop at ASU on Tuesday, April 12. A session at 9:50 a.m. in the ASU ACAD Auditorium will feature award-winning poet Chauncey Beaty and hip-hop artist D.R.E.S. tha BEATnik.
Beaty is the 2006 “She Slam” winner; a member of the 2006 Columbus, Ohio, National Poetry Slam Team; a member of the 2007 Midwest Poetry Slam League; and the 2008 Writer’s Block Individual World Poetry Slam representative. She is also the 2009 Art Amok Grand Slam winner, a member of the 2009 Art Amok National Poetry Slam Team and Art Amok’s Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for 2009 and 2010.
Beaty is a spokesperson for the Greater Than AIDS (GTA) Campaign, a movement with the purpose of increasing public knowledge about HIV/AIDS. She has been a guest on the Michael Eric Dyson Show and was featured as the centerfold ad in Heart and Soul Magazine in February 2011.
D.R.E.S., whose name is an acronym for the Divine Real Essence of Sound, has performed with the Black Eyed Peas, KRS-One, MF Doom, Busta Rhymes, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Slick Rick, Mos Def, Jurassic5, Dilated Peoples, Public Enemy, Kanye West and Erykah Badu. His album “Have Mic…Will Travel” was the first 100 percent beatbox produced album in the history of hip-hop. His second album, “Have Mic…Will Travel: The Live Experience” was recorded live at the Apace Café in Atlanta. The album also features Atlanta artists Chiedza, Slick & Rose, and DJ Rasta Root.
D.R.E.S. is the founder and CEO of 4Kings Entertainment, an entertainment firm based in Atlanta. He is also a professional master of ceremonies with more than 5,000 shows to his credit garnering him the moniker of “the Johnny Carson of Atlanta hip-hop.”
At 11 a.m. the tour will move over to the L. Orene Hall Building for free HIV testing. ASU’s goal is to have at least 100 people tested for HIV.