The Pulse of Entertainment: LAUSD Benefit Concert ‘We Are One' Uplifted
Spirits and Hearts
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) held a benefit concert called "We Are One" featuring
performances by students, famous alumni and Grammy winning entertainers. "We Are One" was held at The Music Center's
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which is also a presenter of the event. It began with a red carpeted arrival of some of the notable
alumni such as Academy Award winning Patricia Arquette ("CSI") and her brother David Arquette (Scream), actress
Mindy Cohn ("Facts of Life") and actor Richard Lawson ("All My Children"). All were host of the benefit
"I have been giving back ever since I was a kid...I've run a drug program for the
NBA. My wife (Tina Knowles) and I have our own foundation," said Lawson (Dirty Harry), a Vietnam veteran, when asked
about how he gives back to the community. "I've been doing theater in the community all over the country so it's really
been my life's work."
The benefit concert had students from different school performed what
seemed to be cultural style dances - African, Mexican, Asian, etc... Professional performers included Grammy nominated drummer
Shiela E with Grammy winning Pete Escovedo, Grammy winning Judith Hill, known for singing with Michael Jackson on "I
Just Can't Stop Loving You" single and Grammy winning Siedah Garrett who wrote the MJ hit "I Just Can't Stop Loving
Watching the kids perform so passionately in their cultures' style was so inspiring
to me and I know it was to the audience made up of different races. Judith performed with Los Angeles students backing her
which almost had me about to cry. Siedah was so funny when telling the details of how and why she wrote the two selections
she performed - uplifting us all in love.
The "We Are One" benefit concert funds will
go to benefit the Arts Education Branch to expand its arts efforts.
"I've struggled with bullying
all of my life," said beautiful Los Angeles Unified District student Nandi Hildebrand. "I feel kids need to be encouraged
especially by our fellow classmates. We should be supporting each other; we should be building each other."
The LAUSD Arts Education Branch sponsors schools, families and community arts-related programs. LAUSD has 900 schools in Southern
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