Eating, Drinking, And Musing In Australia

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Everyone needs a champion, and everyone needs a chance to explore the deeper part of themselves that wants to be set free–that caged wild heart that bows at every prayer and screams for someone to say “I accept you. I celebrate you, and I love you.”  I meditated on this as the wine flowed and laughter wafted through the rafters during my last night in Brisbane. I felt the comfort that comes with being blessed with new friends. Unsure of my footing and feeling alone for…

The Healing Power Of Music Reigns Supreme

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A video of an elderly man responding to his favorite music from back in the day has gone viral since being posted on April 7th, and is still raking in consistent views. Crazy about Cab Calloway, Henry, the man featured in the video, scats and sings for the camera. This is pretty impressive, considering he appeared to be uncommunicative for the most part and have barely any memory before hearing some tunes in an iPod. Watch music revive Henry’s spirit. This video incentivized us to…

[Infographic] Being LGBT In The 21st Century

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It appears we still have a long way to go where LGBT rights are concerned. In the last year, the national dialogue around the bullying of lesbian and gay youth has triggered activism and media attention addressing the issue. Lee Hirsch’s documentary “Bully” opened in theaters last week. Seventeen year old Caleb Laiesk, a former bullied high school student, is now working in the Phoenix mayor’s office to help put a stop to bullying among young people. But harassment a schools is still occurring at…

Janelle Monae Rallies Fans And Seeks Social Justice For A Young Boy’s Family

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“Tightrope” singer Janelle Monae is on the top of her game. She’s been nominated for a few Grammys, has been given the fashion thumbs up by Karl Lagerfeld (a rare feat that JUST might be harder than winning a Grammy) and has a cameo in the hit single, fun.’s “We are Young.” So it’s great to see her raising awareness for issues she truly cares about. Last night, the soul singer tweeted to her fans asking them to show their support for the life of…

Song Obsession Of The Week: ’15 Minutes Away’ by K’naan

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You’ll start to see a trend in the Song Obsession Of The Week series very soon if you haven’t already caught wind of it. The music featured in this category all consists of tunes consistently played in my Spotify. I met K’naan four years ago in Hollywood right before he went on stage at a social change film festival held at the Egyptian Theater. He was magnetic. While he performed, his booking agent and good friend of Incentivize, repeatedly said to me, “listen, listen to…

Power Saves The Music And Music Saves The World

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Musician and filmmaker Ari Gold (not super agent Ari Gold) created Power Saves The Music to put music at the fore of education in schools across the country. While working with VH-1′s Save the Music Foundation, Gold and his charity initiative put musical instruments into the hands of eager young kids ready to play! It doesn’t get much better than this. Here’s a video of some ecstatic students in Jersey City. To learn how you can support music education in the U.S., check this out…

Daniel Bedingfield Is Out Of His Head And Working For You!

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It started out a bit rocky – the whole digital revolution and music industry convergence thing. In fact, the disruption was more than disastrous for a number of artists. But now that crowdfunding and social technology are being embraced, a new hybrid breed of digital music making entrepreneurs is on the rise. Sites such as the beloved KickStarter, RocketHub, and PledgeMusic are creating pathways to level the playing field for art to be supported and bestowed upon its true lovers. On top of putting the…

What The World Needs Now Is Ukulele

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Music transports me faster emotionally than anything else. Nostalgic arpeggios, romantic strings, greasy riffs, and the warmest chords imaginable can make us feel understood, enlightened and connected like nothing us under the sun. Sometimes having a different perspective is as simple as hearing the right song. Last year, musician Jake Shimabukuro wowed audiences at TED with his rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” played on the ukulele, which is indeed the ”the underdog of all instruments,” as well as the “instrument of peace.”  Watch Shimabukuro’s peformance below and…

Song Obsession Of The Week: ‘Oh My God’ By Michael Franti

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Michael Franti is a force. He is the genuine article, and his music and timeless lyrics provoke the kind of thoughts and ache for change that swim through your veins and the deepest oceans of your heart. A Bay Area resident, Franti has integrated social activism, philanthropy, and the promotion of peace as part of this artistic fabric. He is currently an ambassador for CARE, a leading humanitarian organization against global poverty and a supporter of the, Power to the Peaceful Festival, which Franti has…

2012 BET Honors: Stevie Wonder-ful

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Stevie Wonder was honored at the 2012 BET Honors with the Musical Arts Award on Monday. It got me thinking about the first time I sort-of met him. While covering a Grammy event in 2007, I stood along the red carpet reaching out my microphone to get a soundbite from the living legend. I wanted to touch him, but but I was afraid if I did the moment and his ethereal presence would be ruined. During my days as an entertainment journalist, I saw red carpets begin to…

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