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MAY 10, 2012 - Cher hammered presumed Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney in a series of Tweets. According to EOnline she Tweeted, "If ROMNEY gets elected I don't know if I can breathe same air as Him & his Right Wing Racist Homophobic Women Hating Tea Bagger Masters." It has ignited a firestorm on her Twitter page, and she even apologized to some of her followers later on.
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MAY 10, 2012 - Activist Erin Potts, who works with campaigns such as the Free Tibet movement with the Milarepa Fund, and musical activism with Air Traffic Control to name just two, has shared her memories and thoughts with the world about her experiences with Adam Yauch, a longtime friend of hers, in a letter on the ATC website. Together they started the Milarepa Fund through royalties on the Beastie Boys songs "Shambala" and "Bodhisattva Vow" to support Tibetan independence, and this paved the way for the popular Tibetan Freedom Concerts.
In her letter Potts says, "he didn’t just produce and perform at our concerts for Tibet. He also went to conferences and organized workshops. He was deeply strategic–most of the time–always passionate, and always welcoming. He believed in our team of inexperienced but determined 20-somethings, and our ability to do the impossible. And with that belief in us and in nonviolence, together we DID do the impossible. Never before has more fun been had while changing the world!!"
Read the letter on the ATC website here, and thanks to TibetArchive on YouTube for this clip of the Beastie Boys from one of the Tibetan Freedom Concerts from back in 1999.
MAY 9, 2012 - Vieux Farka Toure', the son of Malian music legend Ali Farka Toure', is using his music and activism in Mali to bring about awareness and change for social issues, most recently helping out with getting mosquito nets to women in Mali, and lending his support to the Fight Malaria Campaign. He hopes to reinvent music, and reach out on a global scale and have an impact on the grassroots level with positive change. He also reaches out across borders and religions, and on his new album he plays with Israeli pianist Idan Raichel. A review of his album on Difrent.org says, "In a beautiful statement of musical transcendence, the rhythmically infectious album brings an Israeli Jew together with a Malian Muslim, soaring straight over the stale and outdated political dialogue of divisiveness, a strong image of the world that the young generation is making." Check out a performance video from Vieux below, and his website is here.
MAY 8, 2012 - Tony Sclafani on MSNBC Entertainment has a great article about MCA, Adam Yauch from the Beastie Boys, and how he brought social consciousness to the Beastie Boys. Adam passed away last week from cancer, and JTMP has been blogging about him recently and how he became a Buddhist and evolved into a socially conscious musical activist, with the Free Tibet movement being one of his causes. Tony writes how they started helping out many causes such as ASPCA, Food Bank for NY, and Habitat for Humanity among others. Check out the article on MSNBC here. (photo credit: blythe_d/Flickr)
MAY 7, 2012 - Ted Nugent, who recently went on a rant at a NRA convention using violent and extreme rhetoric, has once again went off, this time at CBS reporter Jeff Glor saying, "I'm an extremely loving and passionate man, and people who investigate me honestly, without the baggage of political correctness, ascertain the conclusion that I'm a damned nice guy ... and if you can find a screening process more powerful than that, I'll s*ck your d**k." Then he turned to the female producer and said, "Or I'll fuck you, how's that sound?" Watch the video below.
MAY 4, 2012 - Adam Yauch, from Beastie Boys fame, has lost his battle with cancer and has passed away at the young age of 47. Adam was born in Brooklyn, New York and taught himself to play bass guitar, and formed the Beastie Boys at age 17. He used his music for activism, supporting the Free Tibet movement and was a practicing Buddhist. He and his band the Beastie Boys, along with the Milarepa Fund, formed the Tibetan Freedom Concerts that ran from 1996 to 2001. He is survived by his wife Dechen and his daughter, Tenzin. Watch Adam and the Beastie Boys perform at one of the Tibetan Freedom concerts below. (photo credit: Beastie Boys/MCA on Wiki)
MAY 4, 2012 - Occupy This Album has come out, and Michael Moore sings the Bob Dylan classic, "The Times They are a Changin'", and many people are leaving comments complimenting his voice. Listen to the song below. There are many, many activist musicians taking part in Occupy This Album, including Ani DiFranco, and local DC area musician Matt Pless that JTMP was involved with through the Unity Music Group back in 2009. (photo credit David Shankbone/Wiki)
Adam Levine, singer, songwriter and guitar player for Maroon 5, recently found out that Fox News was playing a Maroon 5 song as bumper music on their TV station, and wasn't too pleased. He fired back with a Tweet, "Dear Fox News, don't play our music on your evil f%&*ing channel ever again. Thank you." Rupert Murdoch who is the head of the News Corporation which owns Fox News has been under fire recently and was judged by a parliamentary committee as "not a fit person" to run a company. You can connect on Twitter with JTMP and Adam Levine.
Here is "Small Planet", a song and video composed by local DC musician Linda Rosch, and she explained to JTMP what the song is all about, read below.
"We are 'Learning to Love' from the Planet we're "Travelling on..........” is a very 'delicate way of saying' the Earth is Teaching the Human Race to Cross Over into the New Paradigm -- the Paradigm of Cooperation as a ruling "ethos" for humanity, ABOVE competition. In my view, the Planet isn't really "Teaching" us to "Love." It's essentially "Teaching us that we Must Love or We will Perish. The 'Game is Up.'"
"The definition of "Love" in Small Planet would have to be the 'Agape' definition. " .....human reciprocal love for God; the term necessarily extends to the love of one’s fellow man " This is from the Wikipedia definition of Agape."
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MAR 11, 2012 - Tom Morello and Ben Harper played "Save the Hammer for the Man" at Occupy LA, check it out below. Thanks to Pikngrinn on YouTube for the video.