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.
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.
Grab a one-way ticket, and hop aboard VH1's train headed straight to Nostalgia Land. This October, the network will premiere the made-for -TV biopic of the beloved 90’s group TLC. VH1 released the trailer just this past week and fans are silly intoxicated with anticipation.
The film, appropriately titled CrazySexyCool, will tell the story of Tionne “T-boz” Watkins (played by Drew Sidora), the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (played by Lil Mama), and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas (played by KeKe Palmer). Follow the tale of the legendary trio: from their humble beginnings in Atlanta, Georgia to their worldwide superstardom.
If you follow VH1's new series of public service ads where pop phenomenon Alicia Keys shares a conversation with different women each week, it may seem unlikely that people from such different backgrounds could have so much in common. On the surface, you have a graduate student from San Francisco, a Texan widow, and a mother from Portland among others. Yet underneath the veneer of their seemingly simple and unconnected lives, each woman is very similar in that they are all silently struggling with one of the world's deadliest epidemics: HIV.
In a partnership with the Greater Than AIDS Organization, Alicia Keys has filmed these adverts as a way to encourage women to get tested and live in spite of the hardships that HIV inflicts on people around the world. The name of this campaign is EMPOWERED and with the support of VH1, the message of this charitable cause will help reach millions of viewers. Conversations with the women featured in this campaign will help reveal how people struggling with the disease can empower others by showing how they carry on their lives. Today, which is National HIV Testing Day, people all around the country are not only encouraged to share EMPOWERED's message, but also to help prevent the disease by getting tested.
Late last week, some of our favorite celebs stepped out in New York City to celebrate the Season 3 premiere of Master of the Mix, hosted by Smirnoff Vodka and VH1. Master of the Mix, for those of you who don't know, is a VH1 reality show where DJs battle head-to-head to earn the title of Master of the Mix and a $250,000 grand prize. The premiere party took place at the newly reopened Marquee Nightclub in NYC where guests sipped on signature Smirnoff cocktails, including the Vinyl Collection, The Backspin, and more. The party kicked off with an official welcome from the show's host Amanda Seales, followed by a super trailer of the season. Master of the Mix judge DJ Mia Moretti hit the 1s and 2s accompanied by electric violinist Caitlin Moe, followed by DJ Kid Capri, also a judge on the show. Other celebs in attendence at the event were fashion designers Charlotte Ronson and Christian Siriano, as well as Corey Kennedy, Sway Calloway, and others. Check out the party pics below!
Tasha Marbury, wife of Stephon Marbury and star of Vh1's Basketball Wives, celebrated her birthday bash at No. 8 this past Friday night. In addition to celebrating her birthday, the charitable star decided to use the night to raise awareness for her charity, Faded Tears, which aides children who have experienced physical, mental or sexual abuse. Guests at the event included Daniel Earl Evans, Shaunie O'Neal, Evelyn Lozada and Suzie Ketcham, also from the show, as well as Jessica White, Leesa Rowland, Dr. Robert Grant, and more. Singers Madame Mayhem, Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin and Shea were in attendance and sang Happy Birthday to Tasha.
Emily B. took to her Twitter account to say...
“There will be a 3rd Season of #loveandhiphop NY but I will not be a cast member. The show was a great experience.. Thank you Mona and Stefan.”
A few moments later she hinted that there may be an other project in the works...
“But…. You won’t miss me for long ;) hmmm.. #Vh1”
On Love and HipHop, Emily was portrayed as the sad single mother who just wanted her baby father to step up and put her and their family first. From season one to season two we watched Emily grow into an independent lady with goals that didn’t revolve around her and rapper Fab’s relationship. Recently Fabolous and Emily have been spotted out together publicly acting like a real couple! So it looks like she finally may have gotten what she wanted.
Yesterday afternoon, pop superstar and American Idol winner Kris Allen came to Robert Frost Middle School in Los Angeles to kick off Starburst's Music With The Masters Series; which benefits the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The first of three events held in various cities over the coming months included Allen performing his hit single "Live Like We're Dying" with the school band and walking them on a tour through his musical history.
The presentation also featured Allen covering some of his favorite songs throughout time (including Coolio's "Gangstas Paradise" and to "keep the crowds interested," "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears). He capped the presentation by performing his new hit "The Vision of Love." To top off the event, in conjunction with Starburst, he donated the piano used in both music video and his performance to the school. Overall, the event served as a great kick off to the series in conjunction with which Starburst is donated $250k to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
Did you know that black dogs and cats are last adopted, first euthanized? On Saturday, March 10th, Celebrity Catwalk will host "MardiPaws: Back in Black," a star-studded evening of drinks and entertainment to benefit dog and cat rescue. The event's A-list emcees include Ramona Singer of "Real Housewives of New York," Yandy Smith of VH1's "Love & Hip Hop," Ryan Nickulas of Logo's "The A-List: New York," choreographer and author Darrin Henson, and WPIX11's Francesca Maxime. Guests will enjoy celebrity sightings, games, competitions, and a spectacular silent auction featuring designs by Vienna Couture Canine, Haute Puppy, and INAMORADA, plus other goodies for pets and people.
After suffering a stroke just over a month ago, comedian Patrice O'Neal passed away yesterday, November 29th.
His agent Matt Frost confirmed the news in a statement, while expressing his gratitude towards Patrice's fans and friends who expressed support as he battled for his life following the stroke on Oct. 19. He states that O'Neal's mother, Gloria, was right by his side until his very last breath. Aside from his later issues with the stroke, Patrice was also 300 pounds and struggled with diabetes for the majority of his adult life.
The hosts of Sirius XM radio show "Opie and Anthony" (and friends of O'Neal) were the first to broadcast the devastating news. Gregg (Opie) tweeted:"Yes, it's true that our pal Patrice O'Neal has passed away. The funniest and best thinker I've ever known PERIOD #devastated." Healso provided a link to a video of his late friend laughing on the radio show and added: "Patrice O'Neal Greatest Laugh EVER."