Photo: Kecia J.| Facebook
Kecia Johnson is a music industry insider with 9 years of artist management under her belt. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Florida Tech University Kecia found herself falling into her destiny through music. She states “I tripped and fell into the music business while I was dating someone who worked for a major label”. While being around the daily functions of the label Kecia felt she had found her place in life. She presented the opportunity to the label and they brought her on board. With hard work, dedication, and results Kecia had proven she was fit for the industry and was ready to shine. Her time in the business has been spent working for labels such as Def Jam, So So Def (Promotions), and Slip N Slide Records.
Just steps away from the fame and fortune, you would think things could only get better. But darkness cascades over Kecia’s life one day when she takes sick and faces a near-death experience from what she later discovers as AIDS, not HIV. Being active in the music industry with a public relationship, which she had been monogamous with placed Kecia in a very sensitive spot at that moment. At only 22 years old, mixed emotions, and the negative opinions of others caused Kecia to hide her diagnosis for 2 years from her family.
After time Kecia realized that God’s purpose in this was not to make her less of a woman, but to make her more of a woman. Despite a diagnosis such as AIDS, Kecia continues to live ambitiously and determined to reach her goals. Since her life changing diagnosis, Kecia has taken on the role of being a full-time Activist; her priority is raising HIV/AIDS awareness through music and entertainment avenues. She became a national motivational speaker and philanthropist who travel around the country motivating others who live with HIV/AIDS and educating those who are negative. Kecia started her speaking firm “Ablsolutely Sikning Inc.” to fulfill her passion to share her story and change lives. Kecia’s greatest accomplishment is the release of her memoir, “Dying To Be D.I.V.A”. Kecia is very much a “D.I.V.A,” Doing It Vivaciously Alone. Kecia will be known for her work in the music business and her passion in love, but she will serve a legendary purpose as the new face of HIV/AIDS.
Kecia was approached in 2016 in LA to be a part of this amazing campaign presented by Walgreens. She wants people to be inspired to continue to soar through life despite a diagnosis! “People need to know that HIV/AIDS has no look, age, color, or dollars sign”, says Kecia J! She encourages everyone to make themselves aware of their status.
About #LetsGrowOldTogether : Let’s Grow Old Together is a comprehensive look at an HIV+ person’s journey from diagnosis to staying healthy and growing old. Real people talk through each step of the process and together they prove that a HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. The journey is created with mixed media (photos, GIF’s, video, 360 video and audio) and assembled into a digital campaign!
Video Courtesy of Lemon Lime Light Media on behalf of Walgreens #Let’sGrowOldTogether