More than 200 schoolgirls were kidnapped in northern Nigeria last month by Boko Haram, an act that drew international condemnation. With the well being of the girls in mind, Fast and the Furious star and recording artist Tyrese Gibson – along with band mates Ginuwine, Tank, Antonique Smith, Clinton Sparks, Steph Sexton, Kenyon Dixon and more will be lending their vocal talents and support in a one night only concert which is aimed to drive awareness and attention to this tragedy.
“Having the honor and using this God given stage I have to shed light on human trafficking, and these young girls that were kidnapped because of various local politics I decided that instead of just holding up a #BringBackOurGirls sign I wanted to DO something,” says entertainment maverick Tyrese Gibson. “So here is my hand, here is my heart. Please join me to make a statement that this is wrong and completely unacceptable. On Friday, May 30th, 2014 it is my hope that we can send a message and shed light on an ongoing issue that’s completely unacceptable.”
On Friday, May 30, 2014 Tyrese Gibson and Friends will play host of an extraordinary event which will drive home the message of family, unity and safety. The event which will take place at 1 Oak located at 9039 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069 and will feature a live performance by Grammy nominated artist TGT (Tank, Ginuwine and Tyrese) but will have along with them many surprise guests.
Confirmed guests include Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Rowland, Taraji P. Henson, Brandon T. Jackson, Brandy, Marcus Houston, Christina Milian, Lisa Raye-McCall, Matt Barnes, Nneka Ogwumike, Wesly Johnson, Toccara Jones, Rick Foxx, Judge Mathis, Gloria Galvan, and many more.
In addition to performances and a live art installation by Solomon Adufah, there will also be an auction comprised of pieces donated by celebrity guests and supporters. The auction will be conducted both on-site, and online via eBay’s AuctionCause.com with proceeds to directly benefit UNICEF's programs that help protect children in Nigeria.
Event proceeds will be handled by UNICEF who for more than two decades has dedicated to providing children and their families affected by crisis with essential services. Less than 3 decades ago, only 5% of the world’s children were immunized against 6 of the top killer diseases. Thanks to UNICEF’s leadership, that number has been raised to 80%. Only 10 years ago, measles was killing more children than war, famine, and natural disasters combined. But since 2000, measles deaths have dropped by 74%.
Source: PR Newswire