Backstage at the amfAR Inspiration Gala with Kylie Minogue, Ricky Martin, Jean Paul Gaultier
On Thursday night, Kylie Minogue hosted the inaugural Inspiration Gala at the New York Public Library. The event was organized in support of amfAR, an organization that is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. The glamerous black tie/black leather gala honored Ricky Martin for his extensive philanthropic work and Jean Paul Gaultier for his contributions to "menswear and his enduring humanitarian spirit."
Looking fine and flawless, Kylie noted that she recently collaborated with Gaultier on the visual aesthetic for her forthcoming new album, "Aphrodite."
It was good to see Ricky Martin lauded for all of his hard work to advocate the well-being of children around the world. The singer established the Ricky Martin Foundation in 2000 to provide social justice, education and health to children in an effort to fight child exploitation and human trafficking.
In his acceptance speech, Martin dedicated his Inspiration Award to a thirteen year old girl he met three years ago in Cambodia who was forced into prostitution and contracted HIV. Thanks to the work of his foundation, UNICEF and many volunteers, the girl is safe and in good hands now. "This award is for her," Martin concluded. "This award, I’m going to take to Cambodia again. I’m going to give it to her.” (Watch Ricky Martin's speech here.)
Also in attendance at the star-studded event were Cyndi Lauper, Kelly Rowland, Simon Doonan and a troope of male models who were featured in a runway show to showcase designs from Band of Outsiders, Y3, Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, D Squared 2, Bess and many others.
Click here to see some gorgeous, exclusive backstage shots of the event courtesy of Kevin Tachman.
Adam Joseph Sings "Finally" for Marriage Equality
Out and proud soul crooner Adam Joseph makes a strong statement in favor of marriage equality on his new single "Finally." The song is a very savvy mash up of Leon Lewis' "Bleeding Love" set to the lyrics CeCe Peniston's "Finally."What a gorgeous combination delivered what so much soul and gusto. Bravo, Adam! (Thanks to the handsome people at my Facebook Page for the tip.)
A Few Words About War Child
Music can make a world of difference. How corny that may sound, I believe that. Look at what music does in your own life. It can pick you up, it can move you, it can bring joy, it can inspire you and it can make you look at the world in a completely new way. That's the power of music - its ability to create an experience that will enrich your life, in small and big ways.
War Child is a cause close to my heart. Kids that have been distraught and misplaced by the horrors of war are so vulnerable. War Child reaches out to these children in war zones around the world. The organization provides them shelter, food and hope. One of the ways they help kids cope and manage with the trauma of war is to let them play. Let them do what kids do best. Through music, sports and other creative programs, kids can discover a sense of stability and accomplishment in an environment that is harsh and grim.
War Child believes that if children can cope and flourish so will the community they grow up in. Because after war, the real work begins. Rebuilding and reinventing the world as it was once known. The War Child organization provides humanitarian support to kids in war zones around the world - from Iraq to Sierra Leone and from Sudan to Sri Lanka.
This is why I pledged my support to War Child. All proceeds of my upcoming Superfraiche Pop Night will benefit War Child. War Child needs our support. These kids need our help. If you know what music can do for you, just imagine what it can do for them. It makes a world of difference.
Support War Child - Download Young Soul Rebels "I Got Soul"
Important cause alert!
Some of the hottest new British artists have formed Young Soul Rebels, an "urban soul supergroup" to record a remake of The Killers' "All These Things That I've Done" in support of War Child, an organization that aids children affected by war.
Proceeds of the single sales will go directly to War Child's programs around the world that help childen cope with the devastating consequences of war. This ranges from giving them food, shelter and education, to organizing creative programs to help them deal with the trauma of war. Making a positive change in the life of a child has a lasting impact on their country and community.
Check out the video of the song's recording session that features Frankmusik, Pixie Lott, VV Brown, MPHO and many others. The single was released in the U.K. today. Head over to my friends at 7Digital to download your copy. Unfortunately, the single is not available outside of the U.K, but you can still support the cause and donate.)
Rufus Wainwright Performs at Ali Forney Center Benefit
Rufus Wainwright performed at the "Place At The Table" benefit event for the Ali Forney Center that was held last night at New York City's Chelsea Museum.
The Ali Forney Center is an organization that provides support to homeless GLBT youth by rescuing kids from the dangers of the streets and placing them into a safe, homelike environment.
Also in attendance were NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sandra Bernard, Justin Bond, Christine Quinn, Paul Mooney and Don Choi. Kevin Tachman took photos of the event that you can view on his BackstageAt photo blog. Click here if you wish to donate to the Ali Forney Center, which needs your help now more than ever.