"We are the World" is a song and charity single originally recorded by the super group United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa in 1985. It was written by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson (with arrangements by Michael Omartian) and produced by Quincy Jones for the Album, "We Are the World." With sales in excess of over 20 million copies, it is one of the fewer than 30 the all time physical singles to have sold 10 million copies WORLDWIDE, according to Wikipedia
The 80s were a time of unique hope, and a "We ARE" if we band together type of attitude. In art, culture, music, movies, television, and definitely in all presuming POP CULTURE. Unlike the decades before it, gleaming with an innocence, that defined its music, pop culture, art, and even fashion, the 80s were a time of new wavelengths. Unlike its hippie counterpart, and definitely engaging and blending with prior generations, the 80s were a time where new diseases were being discovered. Primarily, A.I.D.S. AIDS was first clinically observed in 1981 in the United States. The INTIAL cases were a cluster of injection drug users and gay men with no known cause of impaired immunity.
Both HIV-1 and HIV-2 are believed to have originated in non human primates in West Central Africa, and are believed to transferred to humans (a process known as zoonosis) in the early 20th century. By September 1982, the CDC officially started using the name AIDS and not GRID, once determining AIDS was not isolated to the gay community and therefore, was completely harmful and misleading.
There was a lot of development for disease in the 80s, including Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Scleroderma, Multiple Sclerosis, Pelvic Floor Disease, Idiopathic GastroParesis, Lou Gehrig's Disease, and countless others that are still a threat to our world daily. That are a threat to our children and society daily. The biggest one of all? Cancer.
Cancer is a group of diseases involving abnormal cell growth with the potential to invade or spread to other parts of the body. This usually manifests in the form of tumors, although not all tumors are cancerous; benign tumors do not spread to others parts of the body. Over 100 types of cancer affect humans; in 2015 about 90.5 million people had cancer. Most common types in males are prostate, lung, colorectal, and stomach, while females are more commonly diagnosed with breast cancer, skin cancer, and cervical cancer. In children, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and brain tumors are most common except in Africa where Non- Hodgkins Lymphoma occurs more often. In 2012, about 165,000 children were diagnosed with cancer. There is no known cure for this rapidly spreading disease.
Think about where you are right now. Where are you? Literally. Where are you? What fight are you fighting? A person may see you everyday, and may never know your real story, what you are really going through. I have walked down countless numbers of hospital hallways, and looked back at the faces looking at me, crying to me, yet with an unspeakable comfort, I know that we all speak the same language. We all know in each other's eyes what one another is going through. I believe that power in the walk of life. I believe not just in that message, in a hospital, but in every walk of life. We are all brothers. We are all one. We walk hand in hand. And we should NOT have to fight alone.
I am joining with John Thomas of JT Talent Enterprises and Mario Duane Photoshoots at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of NYC to join the hands of every race, creed, color, and DISEASE. To end disease. We are inviting friends and artists from all paths of life. We will be working with the Children's section of the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. For everyone I know and love fighting and who has fought, I dedicate this piece of art and community effort to you. We will be in a recording studio with singles released for charity for Sloan Kettering and for Donation for Cancer Fund.
If you would like to support the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and donate in someone's names, please visit: http://bit.ly/2t2Z8BR
For all my friends who fight on a daily basis, this is for you. And as a daughter to her father who fought, I love you daddy.
Beat You Later, Cancer! ✌