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"Born This Way" Foundation Moves Youth

                                         Gaga Takes A Stand

Story by: Tess Stevens

With the help of her own mother Cynthia Germanotta Mother Monster launched the, “Born This Way” foundation. The project is aimed at the empowerment of kids, straight, gay or other. She aims to make this about kindness, passion and equality. She plans on addressing issues like equality, self-confidence, well being and others.

In a press release about the foundation Gaga was quoted, ”Together we hope to establish a standard of Bravery and Kindness, as well as a community worldwide that protects and nurtures others in the face of bullying and abandonment.” Her album,”Born This Way” has many themes that can be easily tied to the ideas of this foundation. Her song of the same title talks about being beautiful in your own way, being on the right track and being proud of yourself despite gender, disability, or religion. In her song Highway Unicorn (also off Born This Way) praises being on the road to loving yourself and someone else.

The “Born This Way” foundation is partnering with the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the California Endowment and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

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Students gathered near Morton Hill on the campus of Ohio University today for the “Occupy Ohio U” protests modeled after the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in New York City. Their signs read with a twitter hash-tag.
Photo: Tess Stevens Copyright 2011

Students gathered near Morton Hill on the campus of Ohio University today for the “Occupy Ohio U” protests modeled after the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in New York City. Their signs read with a twitter hash-tag.

Photo: Tess Stevens Copyright 2011

Tragedy Strikes Again: Gay Teen Commits Suicide, Mentions Musicians That Helped

Jamie Hubley

Story by: Tess Stevens

photo via: The Huffington Post

Jamie Hubley a 15 year old from Ottowa, Canada (who eerily has the same first name as Jamey Rodemyer, another gay teen who recently committed suicide) took his own life this Friday due to struggles with depression and complications with being gay. Jamie’s blog entitled, “You Can’t Break…When You’re Already Broken” contained many posts that suggested his unhappiness. 

"I hate being the only open gay guy in my school… It f***ing sucks, I really want to end it. Like all of it, I not getting better theres 3 more years of highschool left, Iv been on 4 different anti -depressants, none of them worked. I’v been depressed since january, How f***ing long is this going to last. People said “It gets better”. Its f***ing bull****. I go to see psychologist, What the f*** are they suppost to f***ing do? All I do is talk about problems, it doesnt make them dissapear?? I give up."

His last post was written on the day he took his own life. He expressed hardship with being accepted as well as listing some musicians that had helped him along the way,My favorite singers were lady gaga , Adele , Katy perry, and Jessie james, Christina aguilara and most of all I think KASIA!!! I LOVED Singing, and she helped me a lot : ) Im not that good at it though :”/, Im going to miss you guys”

A singer himself, Jamie covered songs by Mike Posner and others. His voice was controlled and melodic despite his claims that he could not sing.

A facebook page has been set up and dedicated to Jamie. The page can be viewed here:

Despite artists like Lady Gaga demanding that bullying be outlawed, there is still more work that needs to be done to prevent these suicides from happening. When posts like this are seen on tumblr, blogspot, youtube or any other social media outlet it is necessary for people to alert others and try to prevent suicides, self mutilation and other things from happening. 

For more information on how you can help stop these issues from happening please visit: and 


Gaga Bono Usher Join Forces to Honor Clinton Foundation

Story By: Tess Stevens

Photo Via: Los Angeles Times

As this post is being written artists from all over the world are joining together at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl to benefit the William Clinton Foundation and celebrate its ‘Decade of Difference’.

According to the foundation’s goal is to ask “Are people better off than when we started.” 

Their current initiatives include; Global, Climate, Health Access, Healthier Generation, Economic, and Giustria Sustainable Growth.

The Clinton Foundation was created in 2001 to "strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence." as Clinton has stated. Since its creation the Clinton Foundation has helped treat AIDS and Malaria, poverty in Africa, awareness of child sex trafficking and promoting an end childhood obesity. In 2002 the foundation started to help small business owners in Harlem.

American Artists including Lady Gaga, Usher, and Stevie Wonder have been coupled with international artists like, K’naan, Juanes and Bono and the Edge from countries like Somalia, Colombia and Ireland to reach a global and universal audience. 

The estimated viewership for the concert is to be at record highs for an internet based concert. 

Yahoo is streaming the concert live and free of charge. The sound is crisp, the video is high definition and the message is clear: to thank Clinton for his work internationally and domestically. A smaller message is also present with donation signs popping up every so often. 

The concert will be archived on and video clips will be available of presenters, performers and information on the causes the foundation supports as well as information on how you can donate. 


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Lonely protesters disapprove of the war in Afghanistan on Court Street, Athens, Ohio. Their picket signs read “War Is Not The Answer” and “It’s a lie that the war is protecting us.” 
Photo Copyright Tess Stevens 2011

Lonely protesters disapprove of the war in Afghanistan on Court Street, Athens, Ohio. Their picket signs read “War Is Not The Answer” and “It’s a lie that the war is protecting us.” 

Photo Copyright Tess Stevens 2011

Pop-Rock Outfit Calls It Quits Via The Web

The Academy Is& announce break-up

Story By: Tess Stevens

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A Career spanning only 8 years came to a close with an announcement via the web a few days ago. The Academy Is… a pop rock outfit signed to Fueled By Ramen records declared that they would no longer make music. This goodbye message is the only thing currently on their website (besides a link to their facebook and twitter which are currently running as usual):

In addition to this statement Twitter posts by the band’s now former members express mixed emotions. The band’s bassist Adam T Siska stated, “It’s good to end the party, before the party ends itself. I hope you understand. See you soon. Xoxo.”

Lead singer and lyricist William Beckett’s words were in accordance with Siska’s,”I believe in my heart that it is the right decision to make.” 

The band’s other members have not commented on twitter, or via the internet. 

The break-up was a bit of a shock as talks to continue without lead guitarist Michael Guy Chislett and drummer Andy “The Butcher” Mrotek were almost finalized. The twitter bio posted to @theacademyis read, and still reads Making Album 4.

c. Tess Stevens 2011

GAGA Battles Against Anti-Gay Sentiments: Jamey’s Law

GAGA Battles Against Anti-Gay Sentiments: Jamey’s Law

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Gaga Battles Anti-Gay Sentiments: Jamey’s Law


Story By: Tess Stevens

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September 25th 2011 Lady Gaga attended a fundraiser in order to speak to president Obama about anti-bullying legislation triggered by the death of one of her young Little Monsters, Jamey Rodemeyer. Jamey took his own life after persistant bullying due to his homosexuality. She paid a whopping 35,800 dollars to attend. 

Her fans who have an almost god-like vision of the pop star have taken to the web to help support the law for Jamey. The “Paws Up Forever” Project has taken shape on youtube. The account: pawsupforeverproject has posted over 150 videos from Little Monsters all over the world remembering Jamey and pleading for a law to vindicate him and prevent the loss of other teens and pre-teens struggling with their sexuality. 

Gaga has since dedicated many performances to Jamey and his cause. The most recent dedication was before her performance of the anthem, Hair at the larger-than-life iHeart Radio Festival in Las Vegas. She proclaimed during the song “Jamey you’re not a freak, we’re all just dying to stay cool on these Las Vegas streets.” She also procured before the song, “Bullying is for losers.” 

Gaga’s influence over her fans, and her influence over the world could grant Jamey’s law a huge push.

Fans React To R.E.M Break-Up on Twitter


Story By: Tess Stevens

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After the past 31 years of music, politics and inspiration R.E.M called it quits September 21st. The band stated, “We walked away with a great sense of gratitude.” It is understood that there were no bitter feelings between the members. R.E.M’s official statement worded their break up, “As lifelong friends, and co-conspirators we have decided to call it a day as a band.”

This break up was not obvious, and fans had mixed reactions to the end. Even though R.E.M will not continue on the desperation of fans to hear new music was quenched with their last album “Collapse Into Now” being released March of this year. 

Reactions to this album were mixed as well. The album featured artists like Patti Smith. In a review on the band was cited as, “Interested in what they had to say again.” 

A review on British Publication The Guardian's website stated otherwise, “REM's creative decline in the last decade coincided with the loss of drummer Bill Berry and their apparent need to make more keyboardy and acoustic albums, rather than the elemental rock that made them such a 1980s/90s force.”

Even though their last effort seemed to collect different opinions, most fans were remorseful, citing the good times and good music of the band they once called their favorite. Most users hash-tagged, #rem or #riprem in their devoted posts. One user said “Everybody Hurts #rem”, and another stated, “I just found out that my favorite band is breaking up :( #riprem”. Whether the hash-tags matched up or not, the fans were hurting.

"We have always been a band in the truest sense of the word. Brothers who truly love, and respect, each other. We feel kind of like pioneers in this—there’s no disharmony here, no falling-outs, no lawyers squaring-off. We’ve made this decision together, amicably and with each other’s best interests at heart. The time just feels right." Said lead singer Michael Stipe to

After the announcement the twitterverse errupted. Trending topics and utterances of R.E.M lyrics passed could not have stopped the end of R.E.M from coming. Whether the time was right or wrong, after 31 years and 15 albums R.E.M called it quits. 

C. Tess Stevens, 2011