Thursday, October 15, 2015

S.T.A.R.S Foundation Lifts Every Voice

The renowned international vocal ensemble Singers Taking Action Reaching Souls better known as The S.T.A.R.S.  sets the unifying tone across the globe in using their undeniable"God-given" talent; the gift of song. With breath-taking performances throughout the US, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, The S.T.A.R.S. sing their hearts out for the beautiful purpose of connection. As the website states "casting away any perceived differences in culture, race, age, economic status or nationality."  Their genre is as far and wide as the world as well including Pop, Jazz, Broadway, R & B, Gospel, Inspirational and Quartet Standards just to name a few.

The S.T.A.R.S. exemplify raising their voices by raising funds to bring singing groups together wherever they go. They recently ignited a campaign to bring the Kenya's famous singing group 'Safari Voices International' to the US for an unforgettable free concert that will be taking place on October 18, 2015 in Zoe Ministries in New York, NY.  On October 16, 2015, Safari Voices International and Nuhjume, the trio of S.T.A.R.S., will be sharing the stage with award-winning R & B singers and songwriters Kelly Price and Kenny Lattimore at a "The Gathering UPHI 2015" concert at United Palace House of Inspiration.

In addition to their concerts, The S.T.A.R.S. also hosts International Bowl-A-Thons throughout the year. This is accomplished by teams that are formed in different  cities, states and countries to raise funds for the foundation. There was an International Bowl-A-Thon held on October 11, 2015 with teams participating in Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Detroit, Minneapolis, Denver, Washington D.C., New York, Florida, Bermuda, Hong Kong and Sidney, Australia.

The S.T.A.R.S. was founded in 2000 by Harvey Fuqua and his beloved wife Dr. Carolyne Fuqua.  If these names sound familiar, they are in fact iconic. Mr. Harvey Fuqua was a co-founding member of renowned Motown Records and Dr. Carolyne Fuqua is celebrated as one of today's most influential spiritual transformational leaders as well as a prominent songstress, songwriter and producer.

Their voices continue to be highly sought to heal  the world and make it indeed a better place. You can get involved by purchasing a concert ticket, participating in a bowl-a-thon or just by simply donating to The S.T.A.R.S Foundation via their website.

Check out this amazing video of love and unity at its finest.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

#Justiceorelse: Million Man March Strengthens 20 Years Later

Today was indeed a momentous day with millions of hearts uniting together. It marked the 20th Anniversary of the iconic Million Man March which took place again at the National Mall in the nation's capital. Men, women and children participated in this historic day of change. Minister Louis Farrakhan was again a powerful speaker and leader today as he was in 1995. People far and near were able to live stream on the official website JusticeorElse which was the resounding theme for today's march as well as the hashtag #JusticeorElse became the the #1 trending topic all over the internet.  Many people were voicing their disappointment with the lack of media coverage on a day of non-violent unity instead of the crime, violence and injustice that is displayed daily.

Photo Credit: CrossroadNews
 Many of the topics of discussion 20 years ago were reinforced and emphasized on a greater scale today. Social justice reform, eradicating institutional racism and equality for all were just some of the highlights discussed from Minister Farrakhan and the rest of the speakers including Washington DC's Mayor Muriel Browser.

Some of the celebrities who were front and center today were Russell Simmons, J.Cole, Dave Chapelle, Snoop Dogg, Chuck D,  P.Diddy, Yandy and Mendeecees Harris, Young Jeezy and Ty Dolla Sign just to name a few.  TV One News One Correspondent and Activist Roland Martin was in attendance.

One pivotal message delivered by Minister Farrakhan today is that we must "love one another." Indeed love was all in the air today. Let's keep it up so that 20 years from now the messages will be different and love is the only topic of discussion.