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Chance the Rapper to donate $1 million to support Chicago’s ailing public school system

  • Standing behind a podium surrounded by educational posters, Chance called out Governor Bruce Rauner for his inaction on the Chicago school system’s budget problems.
  • Chance also announced his intention to donate “1 million dollars to CPS to support the arts and original programming.” He pulled out a big game show-sized check to prove it.
  • “This check that I donated is a call to action,” he said. “I’m challenging major companies and corporations in Chicago and across the U.S. to donate and take action.” Read more (3/6/17 4:13 PM)

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Ballet dancers in the Kibera neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya one of biggest slums in Africa. The ballerinas (ballerinos) are young students who study dance for fun, made possible through a program run by U.K.-based charity Anno’s Africa, which provides alternative arts education to over 800 children in Kenya. The classes are taught by Mike Wamaya previously worked as a dancer throughout Europe.  His classes focus on both the physical and mental well-being, that promotes confidence-building.  The children feel and see how much they can accomplish if someone gives them the chance, in turn improves their self-esteem and makes them stronger in their daily life.

Photo series by Fredrik Lerneryd h/t huffpost

  • Them: So what are your favorite musicals?
  • Me: Oh well I'd probably have to say Rent, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along, Phantom Of The Opera, Les Misérables, Assassins, Parade, The Light in the Piazza, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Saturday Night, The Bridges of Madison County, Gypsy, If/Then, A Little Night Music, Once, Sweet Charity, Follies, Evening Primrose, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Passion, Gutenberg The Musical, Carousel, The Drowsy Chaperone, Hairspray, West Side Story, Legally Blonde, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to The Forum, Children of Eden, 1776, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Visit, Annie Get Your Gun, Summer of ‘42, Falsettos, James and the Giant Peach, The King and I, Avenue Q, Gigi, An American in Paris, Next To Normal, Newsies, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, The Book Of Mormon, Company, Grey Gardens, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Hadestown, Ghost, The Magic Show, The Producers, Lazarus, The Color Purple, Grease, The Wi, Urinetown, Jersey Boys, Dear Evan Hansen, Mamma Mia, The Wild Party, Newsies, Brooklyn Crush, The Bandstand, Dames At Sea, Oklahoma!, Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens, Oliver, The Sound of Music, Sweeney Todd, Wicked, Marry Me A Little, Waitress, Do I Hear A Waltz?, Rocky Horror, The Last Five Years, The Civil War, Beautiful, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Shuffle Along, Cinderella, Bonnie & Clyde, South Pacific, Matilda, Spring Awakening, Kiss Me Kate, Fun Home, Hands On A Hardbody, The Lion King, Heathers The Musical, Aladdin, La Cage Aux Folles, Elegies, Shrek, Guys & Dolls, Kinky Boots, The Little Mermaid, Something Rotten, Pacific Overtures, The Robber Bridegroom, Reefer Madness, Godspell, Tick Tick Boom, Sister Act, Brooklynite, A Gentlemen’s Guide To Love and Murder, Me & My Girl, Side Show, Evita, The Great Comet, In The Heights, Bare, The Secret Garden, Lady Day, LoveMusik, Fiorello, In Trousers, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, I Love You Because, Sunset Boulevard, A New Brain, 110 In The Shade, A Little Princess, Camelot, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, Love Labour’s Lost, The Baker’s Wife, Fiddler On The Roof, Violet, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Rocky, Dreamgirls, Miss Saigon, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Tenderloin, How To Suceed in Business Without Really Trying, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, 42nd Street, Heathers, The Story of My Life, Annie, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Anyone Can Whistle, On The Town, Ragtime, Now. Here. This., Porgy and Bess, The Music Man, 9 to 5, Babes In Arms, Chaplin, A Man of No Importance, Brooklyn, On The Twentieth Century, Hello, Dolly!, Finding Neverland, Catch Me If You Can, She Loves Me, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Victor/Victoria, The Wedding Singer, Bright Star, Footloose, Beauty and the Beast, Funny Girl, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Jekyll & Hyde, Cabaret, Chess, Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Seussical, Dogfight... and what's that other one called? Oh yeah, and Hamilton.
  • Them: (left 15 minutes ago)

My little sister and her NCS group have been nominated for the Social Action Award 2017. Voting ends today & they are JUST behind the first team. It’s practically neck and neck. Please vote for them by liking this photo on Instagram

(link: https://instagram.com/p/BPZ7qZCDDv4/ )

If the link doesn’t work, go to the ncsyes Instagram and like the above photo there.

They’ve been nominated because they’ve raised a lot of money for Safe @ Last, a charity that supports young people who’ve run away from home, for whatever reason, and have nowhere to go.

If they win, they’ll also get £500 to give to the Paige Patching Trust, that helps young people who are affected by Multiple Sclerosis

You Don’t Need To Belt To Sing

A Broadway Fanmix that non-belters and belters alike can slay the hell out of

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The Hill from Once // Before It’s Over from Dogfight // Dark I Know Well from Spring Awakening // Send In The Clowns from A Little Night Music // Blue Wind from Spring Awakening // Nothing Short of Wonderful from Dogfight // I Get A Kick Out Of You from Anything Goes // Wouldn’t It Be Loverly from My Fair Lady // Mama Who Bore Me from Spring Awakening // I’m Not That Girl from Wicked // If My Friends Could See Me Now from Sweet Charity // Without You from Rent // Another Suitcase in Another Hall from Evita

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On this day in music history: November 25, 1984 - The single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid is recorded. Written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, the one off benefit single for famine relief in Africa is a huge worldwide hit. Boomtown Rats leader Bob Geldof sees a BBC news report on the plight of famine stricken people in the African nation of Ethiopia. Deeply moved by what he has seen, Geldof enlists the help of Midge Ure of Ultravox, along with over thirty British and US pop stars including Paul Young, Boy George, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Duran Duran, Bananarama, members of Kool & The Gang and Jody Watley to help produce a record with all of the earnings being donated to famine relief. Recorded at producer Trevor Horn’s SARM West Studios in Notting Hill, London, the track is recorded in one twenty four hour long marathon recording session. The single is released in the UK on November 29, 1984 (US release date is on December 3, 1984), with Mercury Records in the UK and Columbia Records in the US donating pressing and distribution of the single for free. Famed pop artist Sir Peter Blake (“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”) designs the singles’ iconic sleeve artwork. It quickly sets a record as the best selling single in history in UK record history, selling over 3.7 million copies in only two weeks. By 1989, its worldwide sales will reach over 11.8 million copies sold, holding the sales record until 1997 when it is surpassed by Elton John’s “Candle In The Wind 1997”. “Christmas” spends five weeks at number one on the UK singles chart beginning on December 15, 1984, and peaking at number thirteen on the Billboard Top 200 on December 29, 1984, earning millions for Ethiopian famine relief. A thirty minute long documentary on the making of the landmark single titled “Do They Know It’s Christmas? - The Story Of The Official Band Aid Video” will be released on home video by Polygram Music Video in the UK and Vestron Video in the US (VHS, Beta, and eight inch laserdisc). The song is re-recorded in 1989 (as Band Aid II), 2004 (as Band Aid 20), and a for a third time in 2014 (Band Aid 30) with the latest recording raising funds for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 7, 1985 - “We Are The World” by USA For Africa is released. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, it is the one off single recorded to raise money for African famine relief, featuring forty five music superstars.  Recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA, following 12th Annual The American Music Awards telecast on January 28, 1985, the song raises millions for African famine relief. Jackson and Richie donate all of their publishing royalties from “We Are The World” to the USA For Africa Foundation, and Columbia Records agrees to press and distribute the record gratis worldwide. The label initially ships over 800,000 copies of the single to record stores, arriving that Thursday morning. By Saturday, the single is completely sold out, with re-orders pouring in at the rate of between 100,000 to 250,000 copies a day. CBS Records has to run extra shifts at their three US pressing plants in Terre Haute, IN, Carrollton, GA and Pitman, NJ in order to meet the huge demand for the record. By the time the single drops off the chart in July, it has sold over 4.5 million copies in the US alone, becoming one of the best selling singles in history. “We Are The World” wins four Grammy Awards including Best Pop Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group, Record Of The Year, and Song Of The Year in 1986.

I want to go to NYC and walk down the 5th avenue with Starbucks coffee in my hand and at the same time i want to travel to Nepal and experience their color festival and learn about Buddhism and at the same time i want to sleep whole day and at the same time i want to workout and be healthy and fit and at the same time i want to eat chocolate or McDonals until i throw up and at the same time i want long healthy relationship and at the same time i want to hook up with random guys, kiss them and break their heart and at the same time i want to be the best student who’s always learning and improving myself and at the same time i want to spend days in bed, watching Netflix and being on Instagram and Tumblr, and at the same time i want to go on a road trip through Europe with my best friends and at the same time i want to have few thousand dollars and spend everything on shopping and at the same time i want to help people in need and donate them money, and at the same time i want to wander around cities, museums, galleries until i’m too tired to even stand, and at the same time i want to go to some music festival and dance all night, and at the same time i want to have a sleepover with besties and eat pancakes, and at the same time i want to go to fancy parties with champagne and conversations about culture, and and the same time i want to stay in my room and draw and write and basically live in my own head.
—  no one understands
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And so the line in the song is like, ‘don’t follow your head, follow your heart.’ But I think– And for me, that makes sense but I have friends that, I think, they’re wired a little bit differently and it makes them happier to be logical […]. So I don’t know that it necessarily makes sense for everyone to ‘don’t follow your head, follow your heart’ but for all of us, I think that was the way that it worked.”