Lyric Contest hosted by Common

Common and MTV Networks have teamed up to host a contest designed to encourage young people to get tested for HIV.

Titled “A Minute,” the contest allows participants to submit lyrics or poems addressing the importance of getting an HIV test. The winner will have his or her work performed by Common in a Public Service Announcement scheduled to premiere on National HIV Testing Day, which is June 27.

“It’s important to know your status by getting tested because HIV/AIDS is taking a lot of lives in our community and around the world,” said Common. “I had an uncle succumb to HIV, so I’ve personally felt the impact of the disease. Your lyrics can really have an affect on people’s lives and I’ve seen it happen.”

Entries for the contest must be submitted by March 27. For more information visit: or

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