Actress Jenifer Lewis is nothing if not a survivor, so she’s taking the cancellation of her new show, “The Playboy Club,” in stride. She’s appearing in “Five” the cancer chronicle directed by Alicia Keys, Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Penelope Spheeris and Patty Jenkins which repeats Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. and midnight and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 8 p.m., on Lifetime.
“The series is called “Five,” and there are five short films being directed by Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys and others,” Lewis told The Huffington Post. “It’s all about finding the cure for breast cancer, and it’s airing during breast cancer month. It’s also Mental Health Month in October. And those are three of my causes: AIDS, breast cancer and mental health. The film that I did with Alicia Keys is called “Lili.”
Lewis will keep herself busy with her other projects as well. An AIDS activist for many years, Lewis will participate in the AIDS Walk Los Angeles on October 16th. For more information on how to get involved or donate click here. And she’s looking forward to “Divas Simply Singing!” founded by her good friend Sheryl Lee Ralph, which benefits HIV/AIDS charities. Lewis will join Ralph, Kelly Price, YoYo, Lashaun Pace, Frenchie Davis and more for the annual event that features song and dance to raise money to help AIDS awareness. This year’s event features a special reunion of the original Broadway “Dreamgirls” cast – Ralph, Loretta Devine and Jennifer Holliday. The trio will take the stage in commemoration of the 30-year anniversary of its Broadway debut.
“Divas Simply Singing!” will be held at the Wilshire Ebell Theater on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more info go to www.brownpapertickets.com or call the Wilshire Ebell box office at 323-931-1277. “Divas Simply Singing!” now in its 21st year, is the longest-running musical AIDS benefit in the United States.