Student "All Lives Matter" Video

$2,795 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 49 people in 39 months
Hello all,

     My name is Pamela Lewis and I am a teacher at  The Urban Assembly School For the Performing Arts  in Harlem, NY.  In addition to their academic classes, our students take classes in their chosen major: vocal, dance or theater, daily.  I must say, when I first began teaching here, I was blown away at the level of talent in the building!  I thought this talent should be shared on a big scale.  Everyone should know how amazing my students are!  But what topic was important enough to share with the world?
     Then Mike Brown was killed.  And Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice and officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, and so on and so on...It brought me back to Trayvon Martin, and so many others before him, and the clear divide on the issue that seemed only to be getting wider in recent years.  I asked some students if they would like to record a song in tribute to these men who have died senselessly, to raise awareness of a problem that continues to prevail in communities such as ours.  They jumped at the opportunity to create something that sends a message but in an artistic, and thought-provoking way.
    We recorded a song that is extremely moving.  But, before we release this song on social media, we need to go back into the studio, make some alterations, and give it "broadcast quality," meaning a talented engineer would mix and master the original.  After the song is complete, we plan on making a music video. As with the mixing and mastering, the budget for a quality music video filmed by a professional video director is a costly feat!  After speaking with several studio engineers and video directors, I average that the budget for all this will be about  $2500,  due to lighting and sound rentals, studio time, van rentals to transport equipment, editing etc.--all of which our school budget cannot afford.
      We would truly appreciate as much help as we can get to pull this off.  I know once it is complete, not only will it provide my talented students with an experience of a lifetime, their artistry also has the potential to bring those divided on the issue closer together.  The more we shine light on this issue, the closer we move toward change.  This is our students' way of taking a stand that appeals to their generation, many who are targeted every day for the color of their skin and the clothes on their backs and some who will grow up hating all law enforcement if something does not change.  Let us not forget that this generation also includes our future police officers, lawyers, judges, EMTs, jurors, policy makers and anyone who has the lives of ALL Americans in their hands.  Through my students' artistry, we hope to touch the hearts of all who watch.  After all, music IS universal. #blacklivesmatter #alllivesmatter #wecan'tbreathe
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Hello everyone,

I just realized that if you are not on my Facebook page, you might not have seen this video yet! I gave each and everyone of you a shout out in the credits unless you donated anonymously. Here's the video. I hope you like it! You made this possible! The kids thank you! Please share, we want this to go viral! Amazing talent, powerful message! Thank you all again from the bottom of our hearts!
https://vimeo.com/133643908
"Elastic Heart" (Interpreted)
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Hey guys!

Hey guys,
Just letting everyone know what stage we are in. I just withdrew the funds so that I can put down the deposit for the music video. We now have a locked in date early next month! Stay tuned for a thought provoking concept video shot by Mills Miller Media/Entertainment and performed by my talented students!
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We've reached our goal! Thank you everyone who donated! And thank you Omar, my heart, for being the anchor that brought us to it! #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
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Hello everyone!

Today is a good day. The sun is shining, and I am hopeful today, knowing that the 6 officers that held Freddie Gray in custody prior to his death are being charged. While this may not be a conviction, it is a first step toward justice, as justice also includes those officers' right to due process. I believe the world is changing, and that my students can sing this song with a different energy than they may have sung before. This is the beginning of a revolution, my friends.
I'm also happy to report that we have reached $1,730 of our $2,500 goal! You guys are awesome and I plan on personally thanking each and every one of you in the credits! If you know of anyone that would be interested in donating, even if it be just a couple of bucks, please don't hesitate to reach out to them. We are almost home, guys! Please continue to support us in any way that you can so we can begin our work, that is more timely than ever. We are eager beavers, ready to send love, positivity and hopefulness into the world.

We appreciate you!
Pamela Lewis
Rest in Power, My Brother!
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$2,795 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 49 people in 39 months
Created April 14, 2015
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RM
$50
Reginald Maynor
36 months ago

Congrats and much success

NL
$50
neil lewis
37 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$25
Anonymous
38 months ago
$20
Anonymous
38 months ago
NL
$50
neil lewis
38 months ago (Monthly Donation)

Your great I love u. Omar

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$500
Omar knight
38 months ago

As I always say, team work makes the dream work my love. #salute

$45
Pamela Lewis
38 months ago

Time to round out these digits again!

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