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Common To Host Historic Imagine Justice Community Concert In Sacramento

Aug 17, 2017 01:30 pm

Common: Profile

Grammy and Oscar-Winning Artist and Activist Common will be joined by a number of special guests including J. Cole, Goapele, Van Jones and more on Capitol Mall in Sacramento to host a community concert, Imagine Justice, to advocate for criminal justice reform on Monday, August 21.


The free community concert, for all-ages, is an opportunity to bring diverse audiences together for a historical performance by artists and activist who believe that reform, redemption and rehabilitation are critical for the betterment of all of society. Centered at the intersection of art and activism, Imagine Justice will spark meaningful dialogue around mass incarceration and justice, provide audiences with an enriching and unforgettable cultural experience, and amplify messages of hope, justice, change, and love.

On March 28-31, Common kicked off a Hope and Redemption Tour by playing four shows, in four prisons, in four days. Since then, Common has visited the California State Capitol to meet with various legislators about criminal justice reform bills, participated in a number of community events and visited numerous state prisons throughout Southern California.


“Visiting these prisons and speaking with the men and women inside during the Hope & Redemption Tour had a profound impact on me. I believe it is my duty to lend my voice to the voiceless and stand with the men and women in prison who have been silenced for so long. We need a justice system that is a tool for rehabilitation rather than a weapon for punishment,” said Common.

On August 21, Common will continue his advocacy work in justice reform with a community concert on Capitol Mall in front of the California State Capitol where he and special guests including J. Cole will take to the stage for an inspiring and empowering evening of music and unity. The next day, Common will join multiple organizations in the State Capitol for several meetings with the Governor, caucuses and other legislators to discuss a number of upcoming bills. Following his visit to the State Capitol, Common will travel to the historic Folsom State Prison to perform for the men in prison, joined by special guest Goapele and Mike Epps.

Doors open for Imagine Justice concert at 4:00 PM and the featured programming will kick off at 6:00 PM. Imagine Justice will include live performances by Common, J. Cole, Goapele, Los Rakas, Syncopated Ladies and more. The concert will feature guest speakers DeVon Franklin, Bryonn Bain and Van Jones.

Admission to the event is free with advance registration. More than 30,000 guests have registered and no further registrations can be accepted.


Imagine Justice is supported by the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, which provides support for formerly incarcerated young people and advocates for justice reform. Organizations partnering on the event include: All of Us or None, Always Knocking, Blackout for Human Rights, Boys and Men of Color Alliance, Californians for Safety and Justice, California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice, Communities for a New California Education Fund, Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE), Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), East Asian Youth Center- Sacramento, Ella Baker Center, Equality California, La Familia, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, PICO,, Sacramento ACT, Sacramento Building Healthy Communities, Sacramento City Unified School District – Youth Development Support Services, Sacramento Reinvestment Coalition, Self-Awareness and Recovery (SAR), Sol Collective, Youth Justice Coalition.

Find out more about the event here.



Ricky Martin Offers The Chance For One Lucky Fan To Go #ALLIN With Him In Vegas

Aug 17, 2017 11:30 am

Ricky Martin: Profile

The Ricky Martin Foundation and Prizeo, the online platform that encourages giving across all income levels, announced today that they are partnering to offer the chance for one lucky fan, and a guest, to go #ALLIN at Ricky’s Las Vegas show this September to strengthen their mission.

Beginning today, Ricky Martin is inviting fans to visit and make a $10 donation to receive 100 entries for the grand-prize opportunity to meet him at his Las Vegas show on September 19 at the Park Theater at the Monte Carlo as his VIP guest—including round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations for two.

This Prizeo sweepstakes benefits the Ricky Martin Foundation, a public charity which denounces human trafficking and educates about its existence through global awareness, academic research, and community initiatives, anchored in the defense of children’s rights. The Ricky Martin Foundation was inspired by Ricky’s 2002 trip to India, where he rescued three girls about to be sold into prostitution – one of the modalities of this modern scourge.

“Ever since witnessing this heinous crime and helping to support the girls in India, my aim has been to eradicate human trafficking,” said Martin. “I’m so grateful to galvanize support for this important issue and meet one lucky fan who also cares about making this world a better place for everyone.”

Ricky Martin’s special Prizeo campaign runs from August 16 to September 8 at

Imagine Dragons To Perform At LOVELOUD Festival

Aug 17, 2017 09:30 am
Imagine Dragons will perform at LOVELOUD on August 26, a concert designed to ignite the relevant and vital conversation of what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in our communities.

Video: LOVELOUD Festival

The LOVELOUD concert will be held on August 26, 2017 in Orem, Utah at the Brent Brown Ballpark at UVU.

“I want the LOVELOUD concert to engage a passionate and supportive audience in the fight against teen suicide and to bring communities together to start the conversation and celebrate individuality,” said Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds. “We want to offer hope to young people, let them know they’re not alone and encourage acceptance in the home and community.”

One of the most troubling issues with a lack of communication or an absence of acceptance amongst young people in the LGBTQ+ community is teen suicide. The numbers are staggering. Consider the following:
• Suicide is the leading cause of teen deaths in Utah.
• LGBTQ+ youth that come from a home or community where they are not accepted are eight times more likely to commit suicide.

LOVELOUD is committed to creating a community of inclusion,” continued Reynolds. “Our goal is to create support and resources for those in crisis, specifically by providing insight into recognizing and helping those in need, resources to those wanting to learn more, and guidance on how to more effectively start a conversation with family and friends.”

LOVELOUD Fest will feature live music from Imagine Dragons, Neon Trees, Krewella, Nicholas Petricca of Walk The Moon (Acoustic), Joshua James, and Aja Volkman; all of whom are donating their time and performances to this cause. All proceeds from this concert will go to the LOVELOUD Foundation which lends support to various charities such as Encircle and Stand4Kind, as well as national charities, The Trevor Project and GLAAD.

Doors open for the LOVELOUD concert at 5:00pm and the music begins at 6:00pm. The festival will feature food, beverages, and a number of other activities for fans of all ages and interests. The goal is to make the LOVELOUD concert an annual event in Utah, around the United States, and the world. For more information about the 2017 LOVELOUD concert or to purchase tickets now, visit

LOVELOUD was founded in 2017 by Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons to help ignite the relevant and vital conversation of what it means to unconditionally love, understand, accept, and support LGBTQ+ youth in an effort to keep families together. LOVELOUD is the catalyst for bringing communities together to start the conversation and celebrate individuality. Talking, sharing and showing the realities of what teens in our society face daily is where it all begins.


George Michael To Be Honored At Angel Awards Gala

Aug 17, 2017 07:30 am

George Michael: Profile

Project Angel Food is excited to host the 27th annual Angel Awards Gala at 6:00pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 922 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

This year’s event holds a special significance, as it will posthumously honor the legendary performer George Michael, a dedicated friend, volunteer and supporter of the organization and to date, its largest individual donor. He will receive the Elizabeth Taylor Humanitarian Award, named for the iconic star, who was both a generous and loyal benefactor.

Adam Lambert will perform a special musical tribute, including a selection of George Michael’s most memorable songs. Other confirmed celebrities include: Kenny Goss, Charlie & Max Carver, Sheryl Lee RalphSharon Lawrence, Cheryl Tiegs, Mary Wilson, Hal Sparks, Tyler Henry, Carson Kressly, Lawrence Zarian, and Gayle Anderson. Local celebrity chefs Rory Herrmann (Barrel & Ashes), Jason Neroni, (Rose Café), Neal Fraser (Redbird/Vibiana) and Stuart O’Keeffe will also be in attendance.

Nordstrom will also be honored, as a longtime corporate partner and active participant in the Project Angel Food mission, and the organization is proud to acknowledge their continuing contribution. KTLA– 5’s Jason Ball, Vice President News and Gayle Anderson, KTLA 5 Morning News Reporter will also be recognized for their outstanding commitment to Project Angel Food and its ongoing support of individuals and families in need.

WHEN: Saturday, August 19th

5:30 p.m. Media check-in
6:00 p.m. Event Open
Cocktails & Silent Auction
Red Carpet arrivals
7:00 p.m. Dinner
10:10 p.m. Program End

WHERE: Project Angel Food
922 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Find out more here.

Spotlight: Green Day’s Charity Work

Aug 17, 2017 07:00 am

Green Day

Green Day recorded a John Lennon song for a CD compilationto raise funds for Amnesty International.

Green Day donates all royalties from the iTunes sales of their single ‘Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ to help victims of the Asian tsunami through the International Red Cross.

Read more about Green Day’s charity work and events. 

Spotlight: GLAAD’s Celebrity Supporters

Aug 17, 2017 06:00 am
Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

Promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Celebrity supporters

GLAAD has 65 known supporters, including Ellen DeGeneresRussell Simmons, and Oprah

Areas of work

Read more about GLAAD’s work and celebrity supporters.

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