NYC Celebrates Mardi Gras For The Lower East Side Girls Club!


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[image via] What do you get when you mix New Orleans Jazz fest partying and Lower East Side NY hipster-chic bars? You get the Mardi Gras Ball at Le Poisson Rouge! Hosted by actress Rosario Dawson, the third annual … Continue reading

The Next Generation Speaks Up Loudly

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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.