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Sheryl Lee Ralph continues fighting the good fight.

The star of the legendary Broadway musical, 'Dreamgirls,' is gearing up for the 20th anniversary of her 'Divas Simply Singing!' AIDS benefit and concert, set to take place Oct. 9 at the Saban Theatre (formerly Wilshire Theatre), in Los Angeles.

This year's line-up includes appearances by Teena Marie, Jody Watley, Ledisi, Kelly Price, Jennifer Lewis, Naturi Naughton, Patti Austin, Rahsaan Patterson, Gloria Loring, Victoria Rowell, Pauletta Washington, Desiree Coleman-Jackson, Shanice, LisaRaye, Deborah Cox and Loretta Devine, among others.

Created and produced by Ralph, the event is an annual benefit concert, produced in conjunction with The DIVA Foundation to help raise money and awareness about HIV/AIDS. According to the former 'Moesha' and 'It's A Living' star, DIVA in the DIVA Foundation stands for Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed.

"It is a thrill and a blessing to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Divas Simply Singing! I just wish we didn't have to do it," Ralph stated. "HIV/AIDS awareness and the need to break the silence and stigma still connected to this disease is nearest and dearest to my heart. It has been 20 years of blood, sweat, tears of joy, and true triumphs."



'Divas' is the longest consecutive running AIDS benefit concert in the United States and has raised more than $5 million dollars to help AIDS organizations in Los Angeles and around the world.

"[This event] remains a beacon of hope for those who are impacted by the disease," Ralph added. "The Divas and I continue to spread awareness, raise funds, and empower others in order to combat HIV/AIDS. I am proud that so many wonderfully talented people have come together over the years to support the cause."

This year, Divas Simply Singing! is proud to benefit the DIVA Foundation and Women Alive Coalition. In the past, proceeds from the concert have benefited organizations such as AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Project Angel Food, Caring for Babies With AIDS, Minority AIDS Project, the Safe Place for Pediatric AIDS, the National Minority AIDS Council and the Black AIDS Institute.

Sponsors include Bristol Myers Squibb, American Airlines, Tibotec, Soft Sheen Carson and Gilead Sciences.

Tickets prices for 'Divas Simply Singing!' range from $35 to $250. For ticket information, contact the box office of the Saban Theatre Beverly Hills at 323.655.0111.
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Sheryl Lee Ralph Reflects On DIVAS

Sheryl Lee Ralph Reflects On DIVAS Simply Singing 2010
"In making this twenty year mark, DIVAS Simply Singing!, I am excited that the following ladies are joining us in what is is the longest consecutive running musical AIDS benefit in the US. Here are my thoughts on the ladies..."

Sheryl Lee Ralph Reflects On DIVAS

Sheryl on Holly Robinson Peete
"Please know that Holly can raise thousands of C notes and a few high Cs too. People have forgotten that. I'm glad she's here this year so people won't continue to."

Sheryl Lee Ralph Reflects On DIVAS

Sheryl on Jenifer Lewis
"What I said about Loretta goes ditto but this dear friend of mine can be an absolute bitch! And I love her for it!"

Sheryl Lee Ralph Reflects On DIVAS

Sheryl on Jody Watley
"This woman has a magical way of staying current and always keeps in touch. She is absolutely GLAMTASTIC! Love her! "

Sheryl Lee Ralph Reflects On DIVAS

Sheryl on Ledisi
"She is a new original TALENT. I predict she will be a classic American singer. Her talent is only eclipsed by her heart. I just love her."

Sheryl Lee Ralph Reflects On DIVAS

Sheryl on Patti Austin
"It's a true blessing to have the Grammy winning Patti Austin coming to celebrate with us. I believe her to be one of the finest voices in the business today -- bar none -- classic!"

Sheryl Lee Ralph Reflects On DIVAS

Sheryl on Loretta Devine
"This is my sister my friend and a wonderful human being who has participated in at least 15 of the 20 years of DIVAS."

Sheryl Lee Ralph Reflects On DIVAS

Sheryl on Naturi Naughton
"She is a bright, talented young star in the making and she can sing too! I love her and her mother."

Sheryl Lee Ralph Reflects On DIVAS

Sheryl on Teena Marie
"I Love that blue eyed soul!! This vocal powerhouse was an early supporter of DIVAS. I'm glad she's back."

Sheryl Lee Ralph Reflects On DIVAS

Sheryl on Deborah Cox
"She's sexy and she sultry. And we love her soulful voice. I'm excited to have her back in the DIVAS mix."

Sheryl Lee Ralph Reflects On DIVAS

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