The Black AIDS Institute inducts a select group of individuals and organizations that have made commendable and heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America. The  star-studded 16th annual Heroes in the Struggle awards presentation & reception will be held on Sept. 16, 2017 at the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles at 6 p.m.

The 2017 inductees include Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Gina Belafonte, and Gina Brown. The 2017 Corporate Hero is Novant Health. Black AIDS Institute Board Member Jussie Smollett serves as chair and host. The 2017 theme is “Black Men Honoring Black Women” and celebrated R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi performs a special tribute. The awards presentation is produced by Russelli & Hall.