Humans of New York: Vidal’s image helps raise more than $1 million!

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~ Frederick Douglass

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Boy’s ‘Humans of New York’ image helps raise more than $1 million – CNN.com.

(CNN) “One principal’s inspiration has resulted in more than $1 million in donations for what started as an initiative to raise funding for a class trip to Harvard….#BrownsvilleBrilliance

Humans of New York” creator Brandon Stanton launched the campaign to benefit Mott Hall Bridges Academy, a middle school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, known as a “safe zone in a crime-plagued neighborhood.” The goal of the trip is to broaden students’ horizons and expand their idea of their potential, Stanton wrote on the campaign page.

It took about 45 minutes for an online campaign to raise an initial $100,000.

The campaign evolved from a picture this week on “Humans of New York,” the massively popular photo series of everyday people Stanton meets on the street. The fundraising campaign’s rapid success speaks in part to the reach of “Humans of New York,” which has a social media following of nearly 12 million on Facebook alone. It’s also a testament to the ability of social media to breathe new life into a feel-good story.

The inspirational post featured a picture of a Mott Hall student named Vidal in a housing project in Brownsville. He describes the most influential person in his life, principal Nadia Lopez.

“When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.”

They discussed how the “Humans of New York” community could help further the school’s vision, Stanton said in a Facebook post. They decided to create a fund to provide each incoming sixth-grade class a chance to get out of their neighborhood and visit Harvard University….

http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/24/living/feat-humans-of-new-york-harvard-fundraiser/index.html

President Obama recently met with Vidal and his principal, Ms. Nadia Lopez of Mott Hall Bridges Academy Read their incredible story: http://t.co/4PvoSQhUF8 http://t.co/7uNiWa7BgA

Photo raises $1.2m to send US pupils to Harvard http://t.co/fD3KZflPc7 via @YahooNews
Humans of New York

“On January 19th, I met a young man on the street named Vidal, and I asked him to tell me about the person who had influenced him the most in his life. He told me about his principal, Ms. Lopez, and he explained how she had taught him that he mattered. Over the next two weeks, I learned the story of Ms. Lopez and her school, Mott Hall Bridges Academy. By hearing the stories of MHBA students and educators, my eyes were opened to the unique challenges facing a school in an under-served community. Ms. Lopez taught me that before a student is ready for academic training, they must be made to understand that they deserve success. And that can be the hardest battle in education. Ms. Lopez always said that there was no place her students did not belong. Recently we received an invitation that proved just that.”  ~ Brandon Stanton @HumansOfNY.

This campaign’s scope has expanded as its pot has continued to grow. Initially, it was intended to cover lodging and transportation costs for three Mott Hall classes to make the trip to the Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus. Stanton said that funds raised beyond the initial goal would go toward summer programming for the school.

“Learning stops during the summer for my scholars. We have what is called a ‘summer slide,’ ” Lopez says on the fund-raising campaign page.

“They need a safe place where they can do activities and continue to grow their minds.”

Stanton also posted that because of the campaign’s success, “We are starting a scholarship fund available to the graduates of Mott Hall Bridges Academy. A committee of MHBA educators and administrators will choose the recipients each year.”

The scholarship fund will be named for Vidal, the student who started it all, who will be the fund’s first recipient, Stanton announced.

 

J. Ivy: Dear Father Letters

One Million Letters Written, One Million Hearts Healed!

The Award Winning Poet J. Ivy gives a preview of his new book “Dear Father: Breaking the Cycle of Pain”
Available on Barnes & Noble as well as Amazon. Release Date January 27, 2015.
Published by Beyond Words an Imprint of Atria Books/Simon and Schuster

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#MLKDay2015

Check out what J. Ivy did on #MLKDay2015

GREAT#MLK Weekend!! NEW VIDEO J. Ivy ‪#‎DreamBIG‬ Directed by ‪#‎ChrisVelona‬ from the book ‪#‎DearFather‬ ‪#‎BreakingtheCycleofPain‬ ‪#‎OneMillionHeartsWritten‬ ‪#‎OneMillionHeartsHealed‬ ‪#‎NewBook‬ ‪#‎ThePowerOfForgiveness‬ ‪#‎BookClub‬ ‪#‎BookClubs‬ ‪#‎aMustRead‬ Released January 27, 2015… Watch here: http://t.co/iF2mThAbkO

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D.F.L. is a Community Service Project created by . The Goal: 1 Million Letters – 1 Million Hearts Healed! Send letters to dearfatherletters@gmail.com http://www.DearFatherLetters.com/

THE CONNECTED UNIVERSE FILM | Indiegogo

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Discover the science behind the interconnection of all things in the Universe. This flow of energy is not just at a cosmic level, it also flows inside you.  When you discover the other ways that your physical body is connected to the Universe, you may never look at yourself the same way again. Thank you!

https://ecogreenchoices.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/living-wall/

We can accomplish more together…

EXPLORING “THE CONNECTED UNIVERSE”

Nassim Haramein

Nassim Haramein, the Director of Research at the Resonance Foundation, was deeply inspired by Einstein and continued to pursue  Einstein’s idea that geometry held the key to creating a unified equation for the Universe.  For decades,  Nassim Haramein continued to explore solutions and finally made a huge breakthrough.

The connected universeThe Resonance ProjectScience & TechnologyInnovation GenerationSciTechDailyInstitute for Responsible TechnologyEvolver Social MovementThriveBarbara Marx HubbardUnify  • Jamie JanoverCosmos

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THE CONNECTED UNIVERSE FILM | Indiegogo.

A Vision Without Action Is Just A Dream

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Divorced from the cosmos, from nature, from society and from each other, we have become fractured and fragmented.

Chant for a Better Life:

healthyheartworks:

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo

“If you are stuck, pray to release the chains of doubt and fear clouding your mind of faith. Pray for the unbounded confidence and courage to win over your past and step joyfully into your bright future,” President Ikeda (12 April 2002, World Tribune).

We Are World Peace

http://weareworldpeace.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/people-who-chant-are-different/

 

Ras Attitude “GIVE JAH EVERY THING”

 

Dharma – Oka

UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa | Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall Festivals  ☀️Music and Arts of South Africa ☀️ Beyond borders…every revolution has an anthem. Sounds Of Freedom! carnegiehall.org.

Ubuntu Education Fund presents a musical journey of social activism and reflection with Hugh Masekela, Asheru, and Dr. Frank Lipman.

UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa | Carnegie Hall.

UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, a three-week festival from October 10 to November 5, 2014 at Carnegie Hall and partner venues throughout New York City, are inviting audiences to explore the incredibly vibrant and diverse culture of South Africa.

Enjoy Carnegie Hall’s UBUNTU program including concerts by legendary artists with trumpeter, vocalist, and composer Hugh Masekela performing with vocalist Vusi Mahlasela; renowned vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Grammy Award-winning vocalist Angélique Kidjo in a tribute to the Miriam Makeba; celebrated pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim, and an evening of short films by much-admired South African visual artist William Kentridge with live musical accompaniment.

The festival is also showcasing forms of South African music that may be lesser known, including the powerful spirituality and ecstasy of maskandi music of the Zulu people, music from the emerging young generation of Cape jazz performers, as well as the music of the Xhosa people and of other Southern African traditions, and the country’s unique Cape Malay choral singing that blends Dutch folk songs with beautifully ornamented vocal traditions from as far as Malaysia, Arabia, and East Africa. Thank you!

http://www.carnegiehall.org/SouthAfrica/Events/

http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2014/10/17/0830/PM/Abdullah-Ibrahim/

http://worldmusiccentral.org/2014/06/25/ubuntu-music-and-arts-of-south-africa-festival-at-carnegie-hall-in-new-york/

http://davidkrutprojects.com/33123/johannesburg-in-print-exhibition-at-carnegie-hall-for-ubuntu-south-african-festival-nyc

http://sleeplessinsoweto.org/2014/09/30/october-8th-ubuntu-sounds-of-freedom-w-asheru-hugh-masekela-at-carnegie-hall-nyc/

UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa

Abdullah Ibrahim – Green Kalahari

New York Panorama – Photographs – NYTimes.com

New York Panorama – Photographs – NYTimes.com.

Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.
~ Rabindranath Tagore

☀️New York Panorama☀️

Out taking photographs on a May Monday that already felt like summer, Daniel Krieger came across this view in Hudson River Park just south of Pier 40. He liked the symmetry of the scene but thought it was missing something, he said, “so I waited on the shot, until a jogger came by to complete it.”

Daniel Krieger for The New York Times
May 26, 2013

Every Sunday in the Metropolitan section, a photographer offers a new slice of New York.

Gretna Green Starling Murmurations from Paul Bunyard on Vimeo.

Aretha Franklin: Rolling in the Deep/Ain’t No Mountain

Aretha Franklin covers Adele’s Rolling in the Deep! It is the timeless perfection… ☀️The Great Diva Classics☀️

The Queen of Soul blows the roof off the Ed Sullivan Theater on September 29, 2014.

Late Show with David Letterman

The Queen was in the building this morning! Aretha Franklin’s performance brought down Studio1A and made us all happy. If you missed it or you just can’t wait to watch it again, check it out here: http://on.today.com/1rb0ZXW ‪#‎100happydays‬ ‪#‎Day95‬

Today Show

The New Paper

http://www.tnp.sg/entertainment/listen-aretha-franklin-covers-adeles-rolling-deep

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/02/aretha-franklin-covers-album-aretha-franklin-sings-the-great-diva-classics_n_5921416.html

http://www.virtualclassmedia.com/aretha-franklin-covers-adeles-rolling-deep-read/

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http://thegrio.com/2014/10/04/aretha-franklin-covers-rolling-the-deep-on-today-show/

http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2014-09-29/aretha-franklin-covers-adele-rolling-in-the-deep/

http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2014-10-06/aretha-franklin-adele-rolling-in-the-deep-cover-interview/

http://www.digitaljournal.com/a-and-e/music/review-aretha-franklin-delivers-on-adele-cover-of-rolling-in-the-deep/article/406252

102 ARETHA FRANKLIN REV

Obama Celebrates “Women Of Soul”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/06/obama-women-of-soul_n_4915853.html

Aretha Franklin Interview with David Letterman

Aretha Franklin: Rolling in the Deep/Ain’t No Mountain

Aretha Franklin – Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version)