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In the last 15 years the arts, especially visual arts and music, have been heralded as a panacea for all kinds of social problems from improving academic performance of high school students to revitalization of blighted neighborhoods in the inner cities and promotion of economic prosperity. Participation and engagement in the art improves physical and psychological well- being. Many also claim that the arts provide a catalyst for the creation of intangible social capital and the attainment of important community goals. In the 2008 the arts also played a critical role in the national election. When Shepard Fairey designed the "Hope" poster with Barack Obama's face, many people looked at Obama for the first time, or in a new light as a viable candidate for the highest political office in this country. Thus, the arts play a huge and important role on our country's politics, progression, and consciousness. With Los Angeles The Song the artist wishes to draw attention to the lives we live and encourage mindfulness about what unites people, what makes them happy, and by doing so directly contribute to fostering truthful public discourse about those issues and that should eventually lead to a positive social change. In other words, through this musical project the artist wishes to start and maintain an honest conversation about the role of creativity in this nation and how to use its positive forces in a meaningful way. The artistic expression of Los Angeles The Song is intentional, it is expressing this artist’s interest in the creation of both “artistic capital” – i.e. contribution to social innovation and activism, and “artistic effects” – intentional focus on contributing to social and civic change. The project’s intent to affect social change is directly connected to the artist’s personal experiences.… more
May 13, 2019 • Edited
1 Million Animal And Plant Species Are At Risk Of Extinction, U.N. Report Says Up to 1 million of the estimated 8 million plant and animal species on Earth are at risk of extinction — many of them within decades — according to scientists and researchers who produced a sweeping U.N. report on how humanity's burgeoning growth is putting the world's biodiversity at perilous risk. Some of the report's findings might not seem new to those who have followed stories of how humans have affected the environment, from shifts in seasons to the prevalence of plastics and other contaminants in water. But its authors say the assessment is the most accurate and comprehensive review yet of the damage people are inflicting on the planet. And they warn that nature is declining at "unprecedented" rates, and that the changes will put people at risk. "The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever," Watson says. He emphasizes that business and financial concerns are also threatened. We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide. The report lists a number of key global threats, from humans' use of land and sea resources to challenges posed by climate change, pollution and invasive species. In its tally of humanity's toll on the Earth, the assessment says that "approximately 60 billion tons of renewable and nonrenewable resources are now extracted globally every year," adding that the figure has nearly doubled since 1980. Here's a short selection of some of the report's notable findings: 75% of land environment and some 66% of the marine environment "have been significantly altered by human actions" "More than a third of the world's land surface and nearly 75% of freshwater resources" are used for crops or livestock "Up to $577 billion in annual global crops are at risk from pollinator loss" Between 100 million and 300 million people now face "increased risk of floods and hurricanes because of loss of coastal habitats and protection" Since 1992, the world's urban areas have more than doubled "Plastic pollution has increased tenfold since 1980," and from "300-400 million tons of heavy metals, solvents, toxic sludge" and other industrial waste is dumped into the world's water systems The goal, the report's authors say, was not only to take stock of a worsening predicament but to give policymakers "the tools they need to make better choices for people and nature. The assessment highlights dire predictions for habitats and native species in South America and parts of Asia. But the NWF's O'Mara warns that the U.S. also has much to lose — especially if biodiversity is viewed as someone else's problem. "This is a problem here at home," O'Mara says. "About one-third of all species right now in the U.S. are at heightened risk of potential extinction in the next couple of decades." •… more
May 6, 2019 • Edited
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May 5, 2019 • Edited
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The mighty light of the sun, the quenching refreshing rain, the wind at your back, the clouds peer in then disappear in skies of blue and grey, painted with clouds of silver and white to grey, as pinks, reds, oranges frame the days; giving us time to reflect and dream awhile. A true warrior is kind to others, even kind to non-warriors, kind to animals, and kind to the earth. Unselfish, caring, and lives consciously by a code of ethics/honor such as Bushido, Samurai and with chivalry like a Knight. He is willing to stand up for those who need it and unleash a fury of appropriate force should battle be required. A true warrior is conscious of all the choices made in life and is open-minded. The world needs more true warriors. Are you a true warrior? If not, I invite you to become one!… more
Apr 30, 2019
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Los Angeles The Song is an anthem for a city alive with spirit. Our mission is to remind the world that love, faith, and joy are essential. We accomplish our vision through the power of music, the universal language. We have a commitment to change the world by capturing the feeling of Los Angeles and all of its cultural diversities. What we stand for and are achieving through song, is building bridges across different cultures, ages, abilities, races, and religions. These upbeat odes are written for Los Angeles to share our strengths and loyalty between all Angelenos, and all who have made Los Angeles their home. Our words have already reached the hearts and ears of government officials, international artists of all genres, and Millions of people around the world. We ask you to be part of something born of Pride, Power and Passion.… more
Apr 25, 2019
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"I never give up. There is a pleasure in doing what others say you can not do. All of these trials and tribulations set the stage for the Incredible." – Justin Chart "We are a winning team. Stars and the silver screen. We come from near and far. To be with the best. We're Los Angeles. Los Angeles." – Justin Chart "I’m doing this because I’m a native and I love the city and I want to do something good.” – Justin Chart "The lights were coming on and I was looking over this panoramic view, thinking, 'My God, this is the most beautiful city I've ever seen,' and I've traveled all over the world." – Justin Chart "There is a time for deeper things to open your mind and inspire, with the promise of new life. A bricolage of of seasons and reasons when the sun is warm and the wind is chill. Before the reckless bloom of pure spring." – Justin Chart "Below our feet and above our eyes Many realties are very much alive." – Justin Chart… more
Apr 21, 2019 • Edited
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First, the project will use music to express an overwhelmingly positive message about both difficulties and success stories that may arise for people whose identities include words like “homeless”, “poor”, and “prosperous”, “fortunate” as an individual’s sense of identity is constructed out of many different elements, some of which are individual, while others are mostly influenced by society and its prevailing socioeconomic conditions. In other words, through music expression the project will unite all Angelinos regardless of their socioeconomic status. Second, by musically exploring the life of Los Angeles as a shared city and a common identity, the project will affirm our commonalities and differences with implicit hope of inspiring people to rethink their views on how various difficulties affect all of us, and to encourage people conscientiously working together to bring about positive changes. Third, by creating a wide music canvass of Los Angeles experience, the project will support social border crossing and encourage more active social interaction by presenting new ways of knowing each other as members of society. It will use music as an ambassador of positivity. Finally, as an artistic enterprise, the project will show that beauty and the sparkle of creativity are eternally and inseparably present in all people, no matter how difficult their current circumstances are, and that the former can serve as precious redeeming qualities in the greater drive for social reconciliation based on common values. www.justinchart.com… more
Apr 16, 2019 • Edited
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