Thursday, January 21, 2010
Interview with Rev. Lennox Yearwood, president of the Hip-Hop Caucus
I would first like to say that I am proud of my city. Catalina Byrd(columnist and blog talk radio host of On Point) and James Collins(Fertile Ground)organized a great show. The people of Baltimore came out to show love and solidarity with Haiti. The artists gave it their all, but more importantly they gave their time and money.
It was a beautiful thing...it was a great feeling. After the earthquake hit and news reports flood the mass media I kept hearing about the need for help. I heard the horror stories of bodies being found underneath rubble and children caved in and completely helpless. At the time I honestly didn't know what to do. My mind went blank along with my expressions.
I watched report after report and read the newspapers which compelled me to do something. When I first heard about the earthquake I took it as just another disaster, thinking it had minimum affects. I was wrong. When journalists hit the ground and started reporting the affects was much great, much more catastrophic. The media showed the pain and gave me direction on what I need to do.
I came across donation opportunities and took advantage, the Bmore4Yele benefit concert was one of them. Despite the reports about Wyclef Jean's Yele Foundation, I came out to give and to bring focus to what can be done for Haiti. I figured if I can't be in Haiti then I will report from here and show the power of the human spirit.