Monday, April 28, 2014

Elton John Establishes Fund in Memory of Late Dance Music Pioneer

You may never have heard of Frankie Knuckles, but dance music as we know it today may not have existed without him. The Grammy-winning deejay and record producer, known as “The Godfather of House Music,” died on March 31, and now Elton John is paying tribute to him by establishing a charity fund in his name.


Through his Elton John AIDS Foundation, John has established The Frankie Knuckles Fund, to support HIV information, testing and treatment. In a statement, Elton says, “Frankie was such a lovely man and a great talent and his legacy provides a powerful voice to reach out to people, particularly men of color, about their essential role in helping to create an AIDS-free future.”

The fund will be aimed particularly at empowering and improving the health of the black community. Black men are 40 percent more likely than white men to be diagnosed with HIV, and 46 percent of people in the U.S. living with HIV are black.

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