Sunday, April 6, 2008

::Photos of the Day::

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 Actor and activist Kerry Washington and Grammy winner/songwriter John Legend joined arts supporters from across the US for Arts Advocacy Day in Congress on April 1, 2008. This was Kerry's second time addressing the subcommittee urging lawmakers to increase federal arts funding.

During her testimony, Kerry stated something that is critical - that arts programs can help youth succeed in school academically. She stated, "without getting too specific about what the root causes are, art has gone absent from the classroom for far too many students. The skills acquired in arts training may lead to productive careers in art, but are really a piece of the academic development jigsaw puzzle."

Russell Simmons along with his brother Danny Simmons know the importance of youth arts programs. They hosted Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's Arts for Life Miami on April 5, 2008 to celebrate and support youth arts organizations.

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Real estate developer R. Donahue Peebles, Tangie Murray and Danny Simmons participate in an art auction at the event, which honored Peebles, John Legend and financial expert Suze Orman.

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Director Brett Ratner, Wyclef Jean and Russell Simmons

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Russell Simmons with Miami Heat player and philanthropist Alonzo Mourning

Danny Simmons, co-founder of Rush Philanthropic shared, "I particularly like when Rush partners with organizations outside the New York City area. Kids are kids wherever you go and the need to have the creative arts as part of their lives is essential. Events like the one in Miami only confirm my commitment to expand Rush into a national organization."

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Old School Hip Hop: Rap group De La Soul visits MTV's Yo! Sucker Free on April 2, 2008 in NYC.

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Legendary photojournalist Bob Adelman, author of Mine Eyes Have Seen: Bearing Witness to the Civil Rights Struggle, stands in front of a photograph he took of Martin Luther King at Westwood Gallery, April 4, 2008 in NYC.

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Whitney Houston honors boxing great Muhammad Ali at his Celebrity Fight Night, April 5, 2008 in Scottsdale, Arizona. This annual event has raised over $45 million for various charities, with the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute as the primary beneficiary.

Photos: Wireimage

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