2012 The Root 100

Jamar Rogers is an HIV activist and singer who made it to the finals on NBC's The Voice.

  • Influence: 165.2
  • Reach: 11.4
  • Substance: 7.0
  • Media Mentions: 130
  • Internet Mentions: 31200
  • Twitter Followers: 57618
  • Jamar Rogers

  • HIV activist, singer and finalist on the first 2012 season of NBC's "The Voice."
  • Job: Singer and HIV activist
  • Sector: Community
  • Twitter: @jsquidward
  • Location: New York City and Los Angeles
  • Age: 29
  • Bio:

    Jamar Rogers, a self-described electro-soul performer, was eliminated from the final round of NBC's singing competition The Voice in early 2012, but it wouldn't be the last we would hear from the Bronx, N.Y.-bred singer. On the show, he revealed that he contracted HIV through intravenous drug use when he was 23; he is now committed to helping fight the stigma of the disease. He joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Let's Stop HIV Together campaign, which encourages young people living with HIV/AIDS to share their stories. "I had this unrelenting feeling that it was time to stop chasing fame just for the sake of being famous," he told The Root in an interview earlier this year. "I began to understand that because I've accepted my status and know my purpose, then I have to let other people living with HIV, especially young people, know that they also have a purpose."

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