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Hoping to push forward the idea of promoting health and fitness, New York artists and activists have linked together to launch a concert series in support of raising awareness on diabetes.

Presented by The Heavy Sound, the event, “Mind Body Soul: A Benefit Concert to Raise Awareness of Diabetes”, will take place later tonight at 8 p.m. at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg District at 361 Metropolitan Avenue.

Acting as hosts for the special occasion will be rapper Michael Rapaport along with Mr. Malik Isaac Taylor, who is known best from A Tribe Called Quest as ‘Phife Dawg.  Taylor will also be the Guest of Honor.

As the Guest of Honor, Taylor had to deal with his own battles against diabetes after being first diagnosed with it back in May 1990.

In 1999, a bump on the back of his neck, after testing results, opened Phife’s eyes to the fact that his kidneys may have died and there was a possibility that he would have to start dialysis.  He recently had to undergo surgery and received his long-awaited kidney transplant thanks to his wife who was the donor.

Those in attendance should be in store for performances from names like Ghostface Killah, Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Grand Puba and more with D-Lyfe serving as the DJ for the night’s festivities.

There will also be special guest appearances from Statik Selektah and DJ Premier.

This will be Phife’s first major appearance in New York since the surgery.

To be a part of this event tonight contact rsvp@theheavysound.com.

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