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International superstar DJ and Producer, Tracy Young presents Genesis IX New Year's Day at Mansion Nightclub on Miami Beach. In addition to Tracy, the event also features Deborah Cox and DJ Kidd Madonny. Mansion nightclub is Miami's A-List club. Get the details after the Jump, here: DJ Tracy Young, Genesis IX at Mansion Nightclub
Deborah Cox Talks Fortitude Performance

By Troy Maillis


 Deborah Cox is Canada's top Rhythm and Blues artist and currently lives in Miami Florida. She is also a songwriter and actress having appeared in film and on Broadway in the Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida. Her 1998 song "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here" held the record for longest-running number one single on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart (14 weeks), a record held for nearly eight years. She has achieved ten number-one hits on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Fortitude is a new GLBT benefit weekend featuring over 12 events throughout Fort Lauderdale during Presidentís Day Weekend (February 17 -21, 2011).  Fortitude includes a film festival, comedy night, live concert, Womenís and Menís pool parties, sunset cocktails, brunch, and nightclub/bar events. Deborah Cox is one of the premiere performers atFORTROCKS, an incredible One-Night Only concert also featuring Martha Wash, Taylor Dayne, Ari Gold, Halcyon, Brian Kent and surprise guest performances at War Memorial Auditorium located at 800 NE 8th St in Fort Lauderdale. FORTROCKS is Sunday, February 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Deborah Cox talked to Mark's List about the upcoming show:

What does it mean to you to be a part of Fortitude Weekend?

Iím looking forward to supporting the local LGBT community in Ft. Lauderdale! I think itís great that they are creating an additional opportunity, outside of Miami, to raise awareness and provide scholarships.

What is the most important thing to you about participating in an event like this and what kind of message do you wand to send?

I feel the most important message I can send is to stay true to yourself. There is only one you, do not waste time trying to conform or fit into someone elseís shoes!  Celebrate who you are.

What are you hoping the audience takes away from your performance and the event as a whole?

As a whole, I hope the audience lets the music move them to have fun and enjoy themselves.  I hope they enjoy the performance as much as I know I will be enjoying performing for them.

Do you think events like this spread a more positive message about HIV/AIDS to the general? How do you think the public's image about HIV/AIDS has changed over the last few decades?  

I think itís important to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.  The most important message we can send is to encourage people to educate themselves and those around them in hopes that the generations to come will not have to deal with the loss and pain of HIV/AIDS as much as we have.

Will you be a part of future Fortitude Events?

Looking forward to helping out when and where I can!

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