Archive | March 2011

Heal the World


written by: Michael Jackson

(The video below was shared with me today. It’s a beautiful video and a necessary message so, I am sharing it with you. Thank you, Kathy…and Michael)

little girl talking

(I think about the generations
and they say they want to make it
a better place for our children and our children’s children
so that they they they know it’s a better world for them
and I think they can make it a better place)

There’s A Place In
Your Heart
And I Know That It Is Love
And This Place Could
Be Much
Brighter Than Tomorrow
And If You Really Try
You’ll Find There’s No Need
To Cry
In This Place You’ll Feel
There’s No Hurt Or Sorrow

There Are Ways
To Get There
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Little Space
Make A Better Place

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

If You Want To Know Why
There’s A Love That
Cannot Lie
Love Is Strong
It Only Cares For
Joyful Giving
If We Try
We Shall See
In This Bliss
We Cannot Feel
Fear Or Dread
We Stop Existing And
Start Living

Then It Feels That Always
Love’s Enough For
Us Growing
So Make A Better World
Make A Better World…

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

And The Dream We Were
Conceived In
Will Reveal A Joyful Face
And The World We
Once Believed In
Will Shine Again In Grace
Then Why Do We Keep
Strangling Life
Wound This Earth
Crucify Its Soul
Though It’s Plain To See
This World Is Heavenly
Be God’s Glow

We Could Fly So High
Let Our Spirits Never Die
In My Heart
I Feel You Are All
My Brothers
Create A World With
No Fear
Together We’ll Cry
Happy Tears
See The Nations Turn
Their Swords
Into Plowshares

We Could Really Get There
If You Cared Enough
For The Living
Make A Little Space
To Make A Better Place…

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

Heal The World
Make It A Better Place
For You And For Me
And The Entire Human Race
There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

There Are People Dying
If You Care Enough
For The Living
Make A Better Place
For You And For Me

You And For Me

You And For Me
Make A Better Place
You And For Me
Make A Better Place
You And For Me
Make A Better Place
You And For Me
heal the world we live in
You And For Me
save it for our children
You And For Me
heal the world we live in
You And For Me
save it for our children
You And For Me
heal the world we live in
You And For Me
save it for our children
You And For Me
heal the world we live in
You And For Me
save it for our children

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Couture for Love


On Friday, March 18th, “Fab avec Amour” presents… “Couture for Love,” a fashion show fundraiser for breast cancer at the “Little Black Pearl” in Chicago, Illinois. This will be an evening of high fashion, love, poetry and a variety of live musical entertainment. A portion of proceeds from “Couture for Love” will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help save the lives of many people afflicted with breast cancer. 

This exciting event will be hosted by Actor and Comedian Reggie Reg with special performances by Grammy Award winner, R&B Singer & Trombonist Saunders Sermons. Guests will also enjoy the sounds of Poet & Inspirational Rapper Christopher LeMark, rising R&B singer Franklin Williams along with Chuckaluck and the Bass Tribes Band. Throughout the evening guests have the pleasure of visiting various vendor tables, while savoring an assortment of hors d’oeuvres and relishing a cash bar.

Tickets are $45.00 and can be purchased at “Wild & Sexy Fashions” (1537 W. 79th Street in Chicago) , Dee’s Collectibles (252 Lincoln Mall Drive in Matteson, IL) or online here: http://coutureforlove.eventbrite.com/

Doors open promptly at 7pm, Fashion Show & Live Entertainment begin at 830pm and the after party kicks off with DJ Phantom at 11pm.

For additional information on Fab avec Amour please visit www.fabavecamour.com or contact Loni Willis at loni@fabavecamour.com.

ABOUT REGGIE REG: Currently known as possibly the best impressionist on the scene, comedian and Chicago native Reggie Reg is quickly making his mark across the nation. This talented comedian, impressionist and actor has been recently seen on HBO’s P.Diddy Presents, “The Bad Boyz of Comedy.” He started the comedy circuit in Chicago performing in venues such as the “Cotton Club,” “Comedy Off Broadway,” “All Jokes Aside,”  “TNT Comedy Hook,” the “Regal Theater,” “Riddles Comedy Club,” “ Zannies,” “Barrel of Laughs,” “Isaac Hayes Restaurant,” and “BNJ’s Comedy Club.” Reggie has also participated in several headline comedy tours including the “1999 Bud Lite Def Jam,” the “2003 Kings & Queens of Comedy Search” (produced by Walter Latham Entertainment), and was the “2002 winner of the Tom Finch Miller Genuine Draft National Comedy Search Tour.” To learn more about Reggie Reg, visit: http://reggiereg.net


ABOUT SAUNDERS SERMONS:
 You’ve heard Saunders Sermons as the trombonist on R&B Singer Maxwell’s BLACKsummers’night, Jay-Z’s “American Gangster” and Laura Izibor’s “Let The Truth Be Told.” This New School musician has also done his share of straight ahead jazz with greats like Roy Hargrove. On his debut album “Classic Delight,” Sermons’ brings to bear all these different influences, from jazz and R&B to hip hop and retro soul. Lilting minimalism not heard since PJ Morton’s near classic debut “Emotions”, this Michael Franks vocal acolyte delivers music as soothing as a cup of chamomile on a blistery winter’s night. To learn more about Saunders Sermons, visit: http://saundersermons.com

ABOUT CHRISTOPHER LEMARK: Chicago native, Christopher LeMark was inspired to write poetry and rap songs through his love and passion for God. Over the years he’s shared the stage with many great artists such Deitrick Haddon
and Kurtis Blow. Today he’s the creator of “The Moment,” which is a diary evolved into what is now called M.O.T.H. (Matters of the heart). M.O.T.H. begins with an unplug set that progresses into a broadway filled stage production. It tells the story of his life while being narrated by the likes of his music. M.O.T.H. is filled with real life characters and played by creative actors combining music and fashion to bring an inspiring story to life. This concept is called a “Choreo Drama.” To learn more about Christopher LeMark, visit: http://christopherlemark.com


ABOUT CHUCK-A-LUCK
:  Charlie Hosch Jr. is known as the great “Chicago Windy City Bass Legend.” He is also President & CEO of “Bass Tribes” online magazine. ChuckALuck launched “Bass Tribes” out of concern for the lack of documentation of history regarding Afro-American bass players and their active contribution to the music industry. He decided to produce a magazine with a primary focus on Afro-American bass players who never really receive their full recognition. To learn more about ChuckALuck and “Bass Tribes,” visit: http://basstribes.com

Ricochet Changing Lives


Beautiful, heartwarming video…

If you were touched by this video, there are more videos of Ricochet on YouTube. You can also visit the official website: http://www.surfdogricochet.com

 

74 Year Old Sets Record – It’s Never Too Late!


74-year-old Ernestine Shepard is an inspiration for the body AND mind. Watch the video of this remarkable woman, who is the world’s oldest woman bodybuilder.

2011 Children’s Dream Awards


I had the immense pleasure of working the event below. I have to say it was one of the most rewarding experiences that I have ever had working a show, due to the worthwhile reason for the event. Congratulations again, to all of the award recipients! Please read on…

On February 23, 2011, the young A-list stars of Hollywood took over Club Nokia at the L.A. Live complex in downtown Los Angeles to present the 1st Annual Children’s Dream Awards. On this night, children and family from all parts of the world watched and celebrated the works of 6 heroic children. The show was written by children (from Audubon Middle School in Los Angeles), produced by children (Champion/2k Youth foster and juvenile children), and executed by children under the direct mentorship of the show’s producers.

The Children’s Dream Awards are a tremendous honor for any child. For one night the future stars of Hollywood donated their time and honored unsung heroes with a powerful dedication to select children who have gone above and beyond to help other children. Children selected from around the world received this prestigious honor with a handmade Peace Angel award.

HOSTS:
Quddus (MTV) &Bella Thorne (Disney’s Shake It Up)

PRESENTERS:
Fivel Stewart (The Last Protector), Hayley Hasselhoff (ABC Family’s Huge), Issabella Rae Thomas (ABC’s Brothers & Sisters), Jennessa Rose (Charlotte’s Web), Jeremy Shada (Adventuretime with Finn & Jake), Jimmy Bennett (ABC’s No Ordinary Family), Joey King (Ramona & Beezus), Joshua Moore (ABC’s Desperate Housewives),
Melky Jean (Recording Artist), Noah Munck (Disney’s iCarly),
Nolan Gould (ABC’s Modern Family), Parker Mckenna Posey (ABC’s My Wife & Kids), Ryan Eggold (The CW’s 90210), Tia Mowry (BET’s The Game)

PERFORMERS:
Abraham McDonald, Ashlee Keating, B. Howard,  Children of the World Choir, Da Future, Destiny Moriah, Gaby Borromeo, Haunted by Heroes, Malina Moye, Savannah Outen, Statik Express

AWARD RECIPIENTS:
Austin Anderson (Disney’s Victorious) received a Celebrity Humanitarian Dream Angel Award for his dedication to the Starlight Foundation. He has raised over $15,000 for youth based charities. Most recently, he raised $5,000 at a concert at House of Blues on Sunset for KidSave.

Bailee Madison (Just Go With It) received a Celebrity Humanitarian Dream Angel Award for serving as the Starlight Children’s Foundation’s national spokesperson for the Starpower Program, which brightens the lives of seriously and terminally ill children.

Jacob & Isaac Siegel-Boettner each received a Dream Angel Award for their short film “Pedal=Sight” that tells the story of how a young woman in India is able to go to high school because of a bicycle. They are currently working on a project to help educate the public on the power of bicycle ownership and to raise funds to buy bicycles for health workers, farmers and students around the world.

Matthew Cohen received a Dream Angel Award for creating his website, PowerFromTheSun.us, to heighten awareness for the lack of hot food and clean water in the villages of Haiti. His efforts have resulted in donations of over $5,000 to send solar ovens to Haiti.

Miranda Andersen received a Dream Angel Award for her efforts in saving coral reefs and marine life by creating her short film, “Help Mary Save Coral”, which was inspired by a woman named Mary Hagedorn who is making a difference by preserving an essential but dying ecosystem.

Mohamed Sidibay received a Dream Angel Award for his incredible story of becoming a child soldier at the young age of 3. He fought for five years in a civil war, but now has transitioned his life from war to his life as a global citizen, using media and technology to change the world.

Slater Jewell-Kemker received a Dream Angel Award for her incredible works as a youth reporter, specifically for her film “An Inconvenient Youth”. She gives a voice to teenagers globally fighting against climate change.

True Whitaker received a Celebrity Humanitarian Dream Angel Award for being a child Ambassador at Farm Sanctuary, an organization which aims to improve the lives of animals in farming factories. She and her sisters have also donated computers to Hope North, an orphanage in Northern Uganda, creating the Whitaker Girls Cyber Café.

http://www.childrenunitingnations.org/events/children-dream-awards/

Here is a sneak peek from one of the evenings fantastic performers, Abraham McDonald:

Tia Mowry on the red carpet with the SBMS Teen Press:

More interviews on the red carpet with some of the award recipients:

Jacob and Isaac Siegel-Boettner

Miranda Andersen

Slater Jewell-Kemper

A Day of Peace (Friday March 4, 2011)


The following very special event was created on Facebook by Stephen Shoemaker. So far, over one million people have signed up! I’m sure we can all do it, right? 🙂  Kudos to Stephen!

When? Friday, March 4 at 12:00am – March 5 at 12:00am

Where? Worldwide

Please read the entire post!
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I have an idea… for a day of peace. Wouldn’t it be amazing?
Just one day in the year where we all held our tongues.
A day where we ignored others’ shortcomings and made a valiant effort to be kind and understanding.
…A day where we all got along. It’s sad that we are all at a point where we should do this, but it’s even sadder to know that we easily could every day, but refuse to do so.

My proposition is simple:
One day, March 4th, we all stick to three simple rules that will make the world a little bit more bearable. Feel free to partake in this before and long after then; the only reason I have the event set that far into the future is because I want word to spread and allow this to have as big of an impact as possible.
This event is to take place everywhere we go in the world, preferably all the time.
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Rule #1.
Say not a single unkind thing about anyone or anything. If at all possible, try not to even think a nasty thought. If we do, reflect on why it was that we thought to say it in the first place.
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Rule #2.
Show everyone we cross paths with some genuine human compassion. Be it with a smile or kind words, just spread some love.
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Rule #3.
Make not one person the exception to the rule. Not everyone deserves to have roses thrown at their feet and have a holiday in their honor, but nobody deserves to feel alone. Reach out. Talk to someone new. Care about them, and we will be cared for in return.
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For those on Facebook. please invite everyone on your friends list. Every single person, regardless of how often you talk to them, if ever at all. This can be done very simply and quickly by pasting this into your address bar and hitting enter. This will select all of your friends and you can then choose to send the invitation:

There seems to be some confusion about this, so….
PLEASE ADD A PERSONAL MESSAGE TO THE INVITE TELLING THE PEOPLE TO CLICK ON THE EVENT TO SEE THE INFO.
Seriously, make sure you do that, because most of the “Not Attending” people didn’t know to click on this and just dismissed it.
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Please spread this as much as possible, and please actually attempt to do this.
I know many of us will simply accept the invite with no intention to give this any genuine effort, but “Attend” anyway, not to look like a good person, but to look like we aren’t a bad one. And for those of us who do that, please just remove yourself from the event.
This can be big. If we all band together, well, maybe we can all start living a little bit nicer lives. Maybe this won’t work for more than one day; maybe it will. I honestly don’t know what will happen, but what I do know is this: if we can get at least one day of happiness and peace out of this, well, I’d more than consider that a success.
This is not intended to be a “Let’s be nice for one day and go back to our old ways the day after” kind of thing. It is meant to give us all a little more incentive to be better people.
This is not a hippie or a religious movement. This is just an attempt at brighting the world up a bit.

You have no reason why you cant do it. None of us do.
Thank you all for your kind words, support, and enthusiasm,
~Stephen Shoemaker

Please help this message spread to as many as possible.
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1 Member ———– January 9th
1,000 Members —- January 12th
5,000 Members —- January 20th
10,000 Members — January 24th
15,000 Members — January 27th
20,000 Members — January 28th
25,000 Members — January 30th
50,000 Members — February 2nd
100,000 Members – February 7th
200,000 Members – February 12th
300,000 Members – February 15th
500,000 Members – February 20th
750,000 Members – February 24th
One million members – February 27th
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Also, make sure to spread the word about “another day of peace”, which is the 2012 version of this!
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=199326913426469
Also, make sure you like the official page!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-day-of-peace/197696963592157