Media & Arts
Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams just released a soul-stirring and thought-provoking piece of musical activism called “Freedom!” The video expands on his lyrics (see below), with nods to slavery, the environment, science, plus political, gender, and sexual freedoms.
Last week, a story about The Runaways’ Jackie Fuchs, centered around her account of being raped by the late music entrepreneur Kim Fowley in a motel room full of people on New Year’s Eve in 1975, challenged the very idea that rock and roll is something worth loving. Fuchs’ account hit the music world like a bomb that obliterated all taste of cherry from our mouths, demanding the acknowledgment of certain painful facts from anyone who loves 1970s pop culture, that groundbreaking all-female band in particular, or the romantic notion that music celebrating and enacting sexual openness is a force for freedom and empowerment.
The Anti-Defamation League is shocked and disappointed that hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons compared New York’s horse-drawn carriages to slavery and the Holocaust. Speaking at an event organized by horse-carriage opponents, Simmons said of those who were OK with horse-drawn carriages, “There were people for slavery, remember. Slavery was fine. There were people who put people in ovens. There are all kinds of ethnic cleansing, people for it.” “The comparison of animal suffering to that of human suffering in the Holocaust and in slavery is outrageous, offensive and insensitive,” ADL national director Abe Foxman, who himself is a Holocaust survivor, said in a statement.
Russell, was a friend of Amy’s and is a self-proclaimed former addict. In this video, he courageously examines some deep questions as to whether the talented young Londoner could have been saved. Openly admitting that he probably could have done more for her himself, Russell also questions the potentially lethal role our media-voracious culture may have played in Amy’s demise.
Documentaries have an incredible power to raise awareness and create transformative changes in consciousness both at the personal and global levels. Over the last 8 years, we’ve watched hundreds of social change documentaries and cataloged the best of them on the site. There’s now so many that we realized we needed to filter this down even further. So what follows is our list of the very best 100 – hand-picked for their quality, insight and potential to inspire positive change.
By Omar Cherif Three weeks ago, I found through my Finnish bungalow-mate, Jarkko, that there is an Underworld concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I thought it would be a cool event and we agreed to go together. We had our raving days back in our early 20s and it has been while for the both […]
When 13-year-old Solomia Lukyanets sang “Time To Say Goodbye” for her blind audition on The Voice Kids Germany, a show that features children aged 8 – 14 in a singing talent competition, the voice of an angel came out. Her performance was so beautiful judge Lena Meyer-Landrut couldn’t hold back her tears. And she’s not alone. What an amazing voice!
Enjoy this inspiring trailer of the beautiful young Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai. The movie titled, “He Named Me Malala” shares the story of her enduring, personal advocacy of education for women in her native Pakistan where the local Taliban had banned girls from attending school. An assassination attempt on Malala almost took her life, but she lived, and her voice and movement have gotten stronger across the globe.
“We Are Many” is a film that reminds us exactly why Bush, Blair, and others in their administrations should stand trial for the war on Iraq. Through interviews with an impressive array of politicians, international lawyers, anti-war activists, journalists, former allied service members and a host of high-profile figures and celebrities, Amirani’s new documentary film tells the story of Bush and Blair’s great lie, reminding its viewers of the disaster unleashed on the Middle East that is reverberating still.
Here are 5 of Brian Johnson’s favorite Big Ideas from “The Art of Life” by Ernest Holmes.
14-year-old Benjamin Yonatton loves to dance. But he’s lost nearly 100% of his sight, which makes dancing virtually impossible. But Benjamin refused to surrender to his disability and decided to continue dancing. And, dance he does! When you see him dance,your heart will soar. Simply amazing!