At last week's TEDx event at the United Nations, Paul Cothran, Vice President & Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation brought the world's youngest social impact rock band, WJM, to the stage, while announcing that the two are teaming to create a new fundraising program for children's education. It is an initiative that will be pushed by kid for kids.
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $49.5 million in new musical instruments to 1,850 public schools in more than 192 school districts around the country, impacting the lives of over 2.1 million children.
As Colorado continues to work on recovering its flood-battered neighborhoods from the extensive damage caused by the September 12 flood, music mavens Big Gigantic, former residents of Colorado, have decided to team up with local friends, artists, and organizations to help support flood relief efforts.
Big Gigantic is still scheduled to perform Friday, September 27 at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO and Saturday, September 28 at the Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Morrison, Co. Both of these shows will be Flood Relief Benefit Shows with a portion of the proceeds going to Conscious Alliance’s flood relief fund. Basic necessities will be provided to community members affected by the floods, which now includes 17,494 damaged homes; 1,502 destroyed homes; 11,700 people evacuated; 1,253 people still unaccounted for; 8 people have lost their lives; and 520 are currently in emergency shelters.
“I’ve got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight; I hope I don’t get in a fight. Ohhh, back to school…” Mark Wahlberg just aced the Billy Madison challenge: graduating high school as an adult. Congrats, Marky-Mark on earning your diploma via an online program, yesterday, Tuesday, September 17.
We guess Mark boogied one too many nights; It’s been 25 years since Mark Wahlberg has graced the halls of a school since departing from the 9th grade and ending his commitment to education (or so we thought).
New York City eyewear guru, MOSCOT, collaborated with celebrated rocker, Myles Kennedy to launch The MYLES—a new sunglass inspired by Myles himself, for which proceeds benefit MOSCOT Mobileyes Foundation.
At The MYLES debut event, VIP's enjoyed viewing the frame as well as a live performance by Myles Kennedy featuring music from his upcoming album.
10% of proceeds from The MYLES purchased in MOSCOT shops and online will be donated to the MOSCOT Mobileyes Foundation, which provides free medical eye examinations and prescription eyewear to New York City's underserved population. Many will experience corrected vision for the first time in their lives, enabling children who formerly could not see the board to finally learn in school, and for adults to gain and/or maintain employment, taking care of themselves and their families. It doesn't take glasses to see how important this work is for our community!
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope”. –Martin Luther King, Jr. This is the belief of Healthline as it recently partnered with the Timothy Ray Brown Foundation to launch a video campaign encouraging hope and giving advice to recently diagnosed HIV patients.
The campaign, entitled “You’ve Got This”, requires individuals to upload their videos to YouTube in which they try to inspire hope and provide useful advice to the recently diagnosed. They are encouraged to speak from the heart as they tell their own tales of when they were first diagnosed; their fears, reasonable and unreasonable; the best advice they can think to give someone recently diagnosed; and what helped them learn to cope.
This past Friday, Matt Damon went on a tour in India, and it wasn’t to promote his latest sci-fi blockbuster, Elysium, but rather to help India’s rural and urban poor gain access to clean water and sanitation. Rather than signing autographs and escaping paparazzi, Damon formed relationships with struggling individuals and families while investing in tube wells, hand pumps, and toilets with proper drainage facilities.
And this was no spontaneous trip on Damon’s part--he and Gary White cofounded Water.org, a nonprofit organization that partners with microfinance institutions to facilitate loans so that people can afford clean water and the dignity of sanitary units like toilets.
Cosmic Gate is joining an inspiring group of other DJ/producers as they prepare to participate in Pioneer’s DJ Art Mix Exhibition. With the help of renowned German urban illustrator Norm/ab_artig, Nic Chagall and Bossi will be designing a unique one-of-a-kind Cosmic Gate CDJ. Once completed, this rare piece will be auctioned off with other participating DJs’ CDJs in a month-long online auction, commencing mid-October. A worthy cause, all proceeds will go to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
Nick Cannon may as well be the busiest person in show biz. Hitting the comedy club circuit at 15 years old and ending up as Nickelodeon's youngest staff writer by the age of 17, Cannon's current list of accomplishments read like the career credits of every cast member from All That combined. But what most people don't realize is that after a shocking medical diagnosis, Cannon was recently stricken by a disease that not only threatened his career, but also his life.
In January 2012, Nick Cannon was diagnosed with Lupus after symptoms such as fatigue and swelling in his knees worsened during a vacation with his wife Mariah Carey. Trouble breathing and pain in his kidneys verified that something very bad was happening to him, and after his condition was confirmed by doctors, it took a major toll on his fast-paced career. Cannon recently sat down to talk to the magazine Lupus Now for a cover story about his condition and told them “I was constantly struggling with trying to have the same type of endurance and stamina that I had before the diagnosis and that made me have another setback that was even more serious.” In February 2012 he was re-hospitalized with a clot in his lungs precipitated by malfunctioning kidneys that is called pulmonary embolism. Due to his worsening health situation, Nick Cannon faced his first major career steback after he chose to leave his position as host of the early morning radio show on CBS affiliate WXRK-FM (in New York) after three years.
Stanley Young was down on his luck. An unemployed construction worker from Washington D.C. who lost his home to a fire two weeks ago, Young was not only left to sort out the debris of his own life, but also the lives of his eight children. His wife died a year ago, and with no one left to turn to, this single father and his family only had a few days before they were kicked out of their temporary home at the Holiday Inn. That's when legendary hip-hop icon Nas stepped in.
The mastermind behind 1994's Illmatic, one of the most popular and highly respected albums in the history of hip-hop, Nas can relate to Stanley Young's story. Nas is a single father himself and he understands the struggle that people in Young's position often endure. As a result, Nas took the initiative to start a crowdsourcing campaign through Crowdtilt.com to help Stanley Young get back on his feet.
It is officially Shark Week-- the only time of the year when friends and family huddle around the television to watch the Discovery Channel's latest expose on one the world's most feared and misunderstood creatures. Yet as the debate continues over whether or not Megaladon: The Monster Shark Lives is nothing more than an overglorified monster movie, what most people probably aren't aware of is how much real-life sharks are in danger.
January Jones, who is probably known best as Betty Draper in Mad Men, is a long time shark advocate who is utilizing the animal's temporary popularity to help save their population from depleting. This year, she is bringing back the third installment of a campaign called Scared FOR Sharks. The campaign was started by the Oceana organization to petition the state of California to protect great whites as an endangered species. These great white sharks of the American West Coast are the most pressing issue on Jones' advocacy agenda, due to their dangerously low population. Currently, the future of the Great White is uncertain and with an estimated number of only a few hundred of these sharks left in the ocean, their population is in big danger.