Free Chicago show: MIKE-E Ellison, The AfroFlow

May 11, 2011 11:40:42 AM PDT
Local youth and young adults can join the American Cancer Society's fight for a world with less cancer and more birthdays when international recording artist Michael ''MIKE-E'' Ellison and The AfroFlow Tour stop in Chicago with a free public performance.

The show at the UIC Forum is part of the "Music Saved My Life" initiative. MIKE-E's AfroFlow Tour features hip-hop and spoken word poetry to raise awareness and educate students on the importance of healthy behaviors such as physical activity, proper nutrition and anti-tobacco use.

MIKE-E & The Afroflow Tour
Friday, May 13
UIC Forum
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In 2010, the American Cancer Society partnered with MIKE-E and the AfroFlow Tour, reaching nearly 13,000 people with performances and appearances at Illinois colleges, high schools and community organizations. This year American Cancer Society aims to reach even more young people with an increased emphasis on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle through proper nutrition, regular exercise and not smoking. The hazards of obesity now rival the dangers of tobacco use in the United States. Almost a third of youth are overweight and at a greater risk of weight-related health problems such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. "We're very excited to embark on another tour with the American Cancer Society and to bring the healthy lifestyle and anti-tobacco message to communities, colleges and universities, youth, and young adults" said MIKE-E. "Our live shows are an opportunity to let our audience know about the resources the American Cancer Society has to enable people to stay healthy and fight cancer." The "Music Saved My Life" initiative is one example of the American Cancer Society's commitment to promoting cancer prevention to youth. For more information on the Illinois advocacy campaign to increase the state cigarette tax, visit For more information on proper nutrition, physical fitness and smoking cessation visit

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force with more than 100,000 volunteers in Illinois and millions elsewhere, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer, and countless more who have avoided it, will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more or get help, call us any time at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

About AfroFlow
AfroFlow, meaning flowing from Africa, recognizes Hip-hop's indigenous cultural roots and inspirational messages. Created by "MIKE-E," the innovative, interactive live stage show promotes cancer awareness, and the prevention and cessation of tobacco use. MIKE-E's captivating presentation features the charismatic crowd-rocking DJ Invisible, dynamic multi-instrumentalist and versatile vocalist Kenny Watson, and an array of African drum and dancer interwoven with hip-hop music. Extensive grassroots community outreach is also an essential component of the AfroFlow Tour. MIKE-E was born in Ethiopia, where he supports orphan outreach and health care programs and maintains nationwide recognition with one of the country's most popular hits "Ethiopia (Everything Will Be Alright)." The Detroit-based lyricist is recognized for repeat performances on HBO's Def Poetry Jam and is also an actor with credits that span film, television, and theatre. For more information on The AfroFlow Tour visit

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