One Beach Explores Cleaning Beaches One Piece of Plastic at a Time

Barefoot Wine presents us an excellent documentary entitled One Beach, which asks it’s audience to think outside of the box when it comes to the environment and preserving our beaches. Directed by Jason Baffa, he shows us that all walks of life can contribute to keep our beaches clean and find innovative ways to spread the message.

The documentary featured live September 20 on Facebook, but can be accessed online through the Barefoot Wine YouTube page.

When I watch this, it reminds me of all of my childhood memories growing up. I spent my weekends at Tobay beach in Long Beach, Long Island and continue to take family vacations to beautiful islands with gorgeous beaches. It is important that people stay diligent about keeping our beaches clean so we can continue to have these experiences to enrich our lives.


The Next Generation Speaks Up Loudly

video via HBO

Enter Brave New Voices: A part of the Youth Speaks Inc. organization established in 1996 that aims to give the new generation a voice, (a very big one). Members of the organization are young activists, poets, artists and leaders who utilize oral and written literacy to share their visions with other young individuals about vital world issues. Some of these issues include but are not limited to the environment, civil rights, mental illness and many others. Although based in the San Francisco Bay area, there are various branches in New York, Wisconsin, Seattle, Nashville and other cities.

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Brave New Voices is a festival that brings together these young creative minds from different cities to compete. This unique artistic platform turned the heads of celebrities and other major officials so much so that HBO decided to film and air the 2010 festival finalists. Hosts of the HBO series are hip-hop icon Common and actress Rosario Dawson.

What makes this festival along with the organization at large more unique is how diversified it actually is. Individuals of all different races, religion and background are competing against one another to hit the main stage in Los Angeles.

Although some has already aired on HBO, you can check back for re-runs and more information at HBO. You can also visit Youth Speaks Inc. for more information about the organization at large.

Do you have something to say? Are you interested in competeting for the Brand New Voices title of 2011? Visit their site to find out how you can enter in your area or have a voice in other ways.