First things first: I’ve never been a huge Beach Boys fan…like, at ALL. I own it and admit it. Full disclosure. Having said that, ‘God Only Knows’ is a lovely song–especially here with this amazing celebratory adaptation for the BBC Music Launch by a gazillion flawless artists, along with Brian Wilson himself.
Take a moment and watch and turn it up to 11. (Is that still a thing?) Anyway…
For more in-depth info, please check out the article on BBC Music. It’s really fantastic.
Today,Vice President Joe Biden and the White House introduced their new PSA starring Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers and Dulé Hill, as well as President Obama and the Vice Presidentthemselves to speak out against sexual assault.
Vice President Biden noted,
“College and Universities can no longer turn a blind eye and pretend rape and sexual assault doesn’t occur on their campuses,” Biden said before playing the PSA. “I understand that the good guys in the report, they may feel like they’re damaging the reputations of their schools, I get it. But it doesn’t matter.”
“I’m not used to making calls to big old movie stars,” Biden said. “But I called them. And every one of them said immediately, ‘What can I do?'”
Support all survivors regardless of their gender or identity. Listen to their stories without judging or blaming. Offer to go with them to seek resources and services if they want them.
Speak up if you hear comments that promote violence against women. Be aware of language that you use that degrades women and survivors of other identities. Don’t be afraid to be an active bystander and intervene if you believe violence is occurring and it is safe for you to do so.
Be a role model for healthy relationships. Always treat others with respect and expect the same from others. Mentor and teach younger people to also act as role models.
Join an organization that is working to end dating violence and sexual assault. Don’t have one in your community? Start one!
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please reach out. TELL SOMEONE. Help them…and yourself.
Some of the music world’s biggest stars headlined the Chime For Change: The Sound of Change Liveconcert in London on Saturday presented by Gucci. Chime For Changeis a global campaign to raise funds and awareness for girls’ and women’s empowerment. The show aired on NBC Sunday night, where performances from Ellie Goulding, JessieJ, John Legend, Florence + The Machine were highlighted, as was Madonna‘s speech, where she spoke on the importance of education for young women. She was joined by Humaira Bachal and Shareem Obaid-Chinoy, two Pakistani women helping to make a difference in their home country.
Jennifer Lopez did a lengthy set featuring some of her biggest hits, like “Love Don’t Cost A Thing,” and lots of booty poppin’. She sported another pair of thigh high boots with a bodysuit by Falguni and Shane.
She was joined by Mary J. Blige for a cover of The Beatles “Come Together” that wasn’t as good as it could have been, but it got the crowd pretty hype.
Florence Welch got a little ethereal in this custom Gucci number, and really barefoot during her performance.
Prince Harry sent a pre-taped message to the festivities, but ZoeSaldana, Jessica Chastian, James Franco (for some reason) Jada Pinkett-Smith and feminist icon Gloria Steinem were on hand to to show their present and show their support.
Of course everyone was waiting for Beyonce to take the stage. She is a co-founder of the organization with actress Salma Hayek Pinault and Gucci creative director Frida Giannini. She of course wore a custom made leather Gucci bodysuit for her performances, and I’m still trying to figure out how she danced around in those Stuart Weitzman stiletto boots. She was joined by husband Jay-Z for “Crazy In Love” and also performed what should be a single by now (COME ON BEYONCE!) “Grown Woman.”
You can find out more information and donate to women and girls around the world at ChimeForChange.org