NY Soul All-Stars Encourage Us To ‘Be A Humanitarian’

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It’s been months since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January, leaving much of the capital city of Port-au-Prince in ruins. Although the 24/7 news coverage of the catastrophe has all but stopped to a trickle, the island nation is still in dire need of help recovering and rebuilding. Deeply affected by what happened in his homeland, Haitian singer/songwriter Ricky Derose teamed up with his friend Steve Wallace to create a “We Are the World”-like project bringing together a who’s who of the New York City independent and underground soul music scene, including SoulBounce faves Eric Roberson, Angela Johnson, Chester Gregory and Darien. The result is the heartfelt composition “Be A Humanitarian,” which quite honestly puts that “We Are the World 25″ remake to shame. The aforementioned artists were joined by over a dozen featured vocalists and a choir of more than 25 others. The music video below captures the recording of the song, which has been released through a partnership with Purpose Records, Edclectic Entertainment and Neo Renaissance Music and can be purchased right now on iTunes. In addition to providing aid to Haiti, money will also be dispersed to other disaster zones, for HIV/AIDS research and to underprivileged children. The following organizations will receive 100% of the proceeds from this song: Baptist Haitian Mission; Habitat For Humanity Dekalb County, GA; Watchful Eye; Brooklyn Teen Challenge and Dr. Bob Lee’s Make The Grade Foundation. Kudos to everyone involved in this brilliant project.

NY Soul All-Stars “Be A Humanitarian” [iTunes]

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Habitat for Humanity–DeKalb Newsletter

Below you will find a newsletter from Habitat for Humanity-Dekalb County, Georgia. Habitat for Humanity-Dekalb County, Georgia is one of the beneficiary organizations of the recording “Be A Humanitarian” by The New York Soul All Stars. This issue of the newsletter includes an announcement of the chapters involvement with the “Be A Humanitarian” project.

If any of you in the music community are venturing to The International Soul Summit in a few weeks please feel free to check in with Habitat for Humanity-Dekalb County. Please also let your friends, supporters and family know to “Be A Humanitarian.”

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Habitat for Humanity–DeKalb Newsletter
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The song ‘Humanitarian” is being released this week and the proceeds will be given to non-profits around the country.  Melody and lyrics are by Ricky Derose; the music is by Steve Wallace.

“I wrote this song after the earthquake that had taken over 200, 000 lives in my hometown Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and left the entire nation with no water, no food and most of them homeless,” said Ricky Derose.

Further conversation brought forth the fact that many of our charitable organizations are underfunded due to lack of support from persons within our communities. The song  is a call to arms for all persons to donate to charitable cause or volunteer their time with the same.

Habitat For Humanity will be a beneficiaries of the proceeds of the recording of the song “Humanitarian.”  In addition, we need support from the DeKalb County community to eliminate sub-standard housing in the county.

To view clips made during the recording, click here.

Click on the links below to go to iTunes and Amazon to purchase the song:




DeKalb Habitat for Humanity provides affordable home ownership opportunities and support to working families in partnership with religious, community, business and government organizations – as well as our homeowners.


Jan Winfield
Habitat for Humanity–DeKalb

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