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mtvU To Air “Rebel Music” Documentaries on World Youth Uprising, Music and Change

OCT 31, 2013 – mtvU, the TV channel started by MTV, is airing a six-episode series produced by Shepard Fairey titled "Rebel Music" that will detail worldwide youth uprisings and how they are using the power of music to change their world for the better in countries such as Egypt, Afghanistan, Mexico, Israel/Palestine, India and Mali. The first 2 episodes air on November 18 at 9:00 PM EST, with 4 more episodes being released weekly, and will also be available on the website RebelMusic.com. 

Many social justice issues are explored. In the Egypt episode the we meet civilians using protest songs and social media to challenge mindsets and long held beliefs that have tainted their nation's past. In the Afghanistan episode we meet a young girl just wanting to ride a bike, and a rapper and a heavy metal band risking their lives for social change in a rapidly changing culture. The Mali episode spotlights musicians in Bamako that are using music to rally their people back to democracy and freedom during a violent period of change in Mali. The India episode of course goes into the horrible sexual rape and abuse rampant in India that has come to light in the news recently. The Israeli/Palestine episode features musicians and bands from both sides of the struggle, and how they are trying to use music as a bridge to peace and understanding. The last episode highlights Tijuana, Mexico which is a war zone plagued my murder and violence fueled by the stupid drug war. Musicians there are using music to bring back local cultural pride, and call for an end to the violence there.

Check local listings on your TV provider's website for exact time and channel number (Verizon is channel 212). For more info check out mtvU's press release on it on the website TVByTheNumbers, mtvU's website here.

Visit RebelMusic.com for more info and video.

MTV Announces 2013 VMA Nominees For “Best Video With a Social Message”

August 15, 2013 – MTV has announced their nominees for the 2013 VMA Awards for the "Best Videos With A Social Message" for the VMA Awards which will be aired on August 25 at 9 PM EST. The nominees include Beyonce for her video "I Was Here" in honor of World Humanitarian Day, to Snoop and his daughter Cori B. for their video "No Guns Allowed" calling for an end to gun violence. The issues tackled and addressed by these videos are wide ranging, from same-sex marriage to the environment. Below is my choice for the award, Miguel's "Candles in the Sun". Read more on the MTV VMA website here.

MTV Creates Award for Videos Featuring Social Activism

 


MTV has announced it will be adding a new category for videos that featured a positive social message or raised awareness of issues that are important to today's youth for this year's Video Music Awards show. The new category, called "Best Video With a Message", is in recognition of the many artists that have come out recently with gripping videos that centered around key issues for many young people today, and spoke out against bullying, discrimination against gays, and promoted self-empowerment. Some of the socially active artists have been Pink, who recently came out with a powerful video "F***** Perfect", which dealt with female self-empowerment, and Rise Against did "Make it Stop (September's Children)", a video speaking out against gay teens being bullied at school.

Stephen Friedman, MTV's president, said in a statement, "During the past year, we've seen a remarkable number of artists use their music to explore deeply personal experiences and issues they were passionate about to create powerful videos that resonated with and inspired millions of their fans." The videos that were nominated are:

Eminem and Rihanna – "Love the Way You Lie"

A video that illuminates the pain and perils of domestic violence.

Katy Perry – "Firework"

Celebrating the spark and originality in all of us.

Lady Gaga – "Born This Way"

Mother Monster gives birth to a world free from prejudice, judgment and self- doubt.

Pink – "F****** Perfect"

Pink lets out a cry of reassurance for anyone who's ever felt less than perfect.

Rise Against – "Make it Stop (September's Children)"

Rise Against reminds LBGT teens pushed to the edge that "It gets better".

Taylor Swift – "Mean"

Taylor cautions negative naysayers that being mean gets you nowhere.

To check out the videos and to VOTE for the best "social activist" video, go the MTV website by clicking here.

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