Friday, October 20, 2006

Video Blast From the Past-JM3-"Gravity"-VH1-React Now Hurricane Katrina Benefit

Thought it might be a good time to lift this up...

Click here for the link to stories and insights from fellow scholars and students with whom I traveled on a mission to the Hurricane Katrina ravaged Gulf Coast this past January.



Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Oprah and Bono Paint the Town Red-Alicia Keys & Bono Sing Duet "Don't Give Up Africa"(click here)




Bono joined Oprah Winfrey, Alicia Keys and other guests in painting the town red and Keeping a Child Alive this past Friday,October 13,2006. Bono and Keys performed their song "Don't Give Up Africa" for the first time on stage together.
The song which is a plea to Africa not to give up in the face of overwhelming death and disease in the wake of the AIDS pandemic is haunting,moving and soulful. It is currently in rotation on the Heavier Octaves Radio ..."playing sound and music on the scale of humanity...deep and broad..." and has been for nearly a year now(See related blog).
The song has been selected as one of Revcoolc's picks as a winning combination of "social observation" and "protest" in a related Heavier Octaves' blog on Revcoolc is and has been a supporter of the mission and philosophy of Keep A Child Alive and feels their efforts are well worth promoting and "getting the word out" about.
And,of course,kudos to Oprah,Bono and Alicia for their continued efforts in this area. You can buy your "red t-shirt" at the Gap,purchase the song "Don't Give Up Africa" on the Keep A Child Alive website's Sony Music Store link here. You can also tune into Heavier Octaves Radio to hear the song in rotation on our internet broadcast. It is on our playlist and we are keeping it in heavy rotation this month in honor of this most recent AIDS campaign.
We hope you will take the time to buy a t-shirt at the Gap , if you don't have time to get involved in the "war on aids" as a social or political activist. The money you spend will be channeled to those who need it most (more...)
God bless you all and remember to keep Africa and those struggling with the ravages of AIDS worldwide in your prayers.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Invisible Children(click for more Info...)

I came across the most remarkable movie today. One that was released in April of this year. Quite honestly, I hope that admission of this tardy discovery is not viewed to my discredit. What moved me about as much as the story itself, is the manner in which the suffering and annihlation of yet another large population of Africans--in this case Ugandans instead of Sudanese--seems to have gone undetected by,or, should I say, missing, from the radar screen of mainstream media and its related cult of public personality almost entirely.

Unfortunately this fact does not suprise me. It does, however, impress upon me the urgency for vigilance concerning such matters by people of goodwill everywhere.No matter what their social strata or point of "creative entry",there is a need to seize the opportunity to do something about it at whatever level and "how they can". So,I recommend that you click on the link here, view the trailer and painstakingly scour the website for what you can do to make a difference. The site is chock full of dynamic offerings for meaningful involvement,including signing up for screenings of the film which also serve as opportunities to raise funds for the children of Uganda.
It seems quite an enormous artistic and humanitarian effort. Kudos to the "twenty-something" students that ventured out courageously and demonstrated their ompassion. I'm looking into hosting a screening of the film as well, among other things. I'm on it...check it out!


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Monday, October 09, 2006

What I'm Up to Lately-Fosdick Convocation-For the Living of These days

It occured to me that I should bring you up to date on a project that Heavier is helping to spread the word about, which is taking place at --The Riverside Church of New York--from October 23-26,2006. It is the fifth Harry Fosdick convocation. Bill Moyers is one of the moderators and preaching giants include Dr.Gardner Taylor, Dr.Jeremiah Wright,Dr. Barbara Lundblad,Dr. James Forbes and Dr. Cornel West.There are a host of other preachers and scholars from all over the country attending. There will be a live webcast of all events. For further information visit the website.