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The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Faith Rivera

As part of  The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our thirteenth featured artiste is Faith Rivera. If Tony Robbins were a girl, could sing like Mariah, groove like Madonna and inspire like Oprah, you’d get…Faith Rivera! Faith is an Emmy award-winning singer/songwriter heard around the globe from the Hollywood Bowl to the Honolulu Symphony to virtual concerts online. Her sunny music has been used on Hawaii 5-0 and ER to supporting authors like Marianne Williamson & Jack Canfield. We are born to shine and Faith loves nothing more than creating music to celebrate that spark in everyone! To learn more about Faith, follow her on Facebook or check out her videos on YouTube.

Faith contributed her song, “Let It Out” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here.

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Faith Rivera

Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I’m an Emmy winning singer/songwriter and touring positive music artist. I’ve been playing and creating music since my childhood days in Hawaii, and even then I saw the power of music to make an empowering difference. Growing up with strong women leaders and role models, I know the immense gifts, nurturing and wisdom that can only come from women. So I knew immediately that I wanted to be a part of Pixel Project’s mighty campaign to make a stand for all women and girls.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

Ending all violence is important to me and I do my best to share music and messages that promote peace as a way of life.  It is women and feminine values of nurturing and love that can truly turn the tide from violence to peace on our planet. So every girl and every woman needs to be protected and given the opportunity to share their voice and unique brilliance with the world.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

Music has a way of transcending the limitations of mere words by creating a feeling, touching folks in deep, surprising ways and even moving listeners to action. Not only can songs bring light to important causes, they can penetrate the hearts and thoughts of women and girls needing to be empowered, inspire action in supporters of the cause, and even move those that might be inclined to violence to more life-affirming and loving ways.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

Most importantly, artists can commit to a life of peace themselves and contribute to the movement by their own example. Also, creating and sharing songs that promote peace can take the message further. Certainly speaking on the topic to their audiences any chance they get and recommending resources and organisations like The Pixel Project are other great actions to take.

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 24: Matt Gregory, 40, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twenty fourth “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Matt Gregory from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Matt Gregory is the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Advocacy & Accountability at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Matt is the current President of the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA). Matt has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University, a Master’s degree in Counseling and Student Affairs from Western Kentucky University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Southern Illinois University. His dissertation focused on male advocacy against sexual violence of women. Matt has over 12 years of experience in higher education administration and has 6 years of law enforcement experience. Matt is a certified Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) instructor. He is the father of one son and three daughters and enjoys trying to make them laugh as often as possible.

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1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

I have come to believe that the best thing about being a dad is watching your children’s personalities and identities emerge and develop. It is astonishing to see your own positive and negative personality attributes emerge in your own children. It is equally enjoyable to experience life all over again by viewing the world around you from their perspective and without the stressors of the adult world.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

As an adult male, I have not had what is perceived as a traditional childhood upbringing. My mother and father divorced when I was 4 years old and I was raised by my mother without a male figure in the house until I was 16 years old. Much of what I learned about the treatment of women came from my mother, my female friends, and loved ones, as well as through my own observations of both positive and negative examples of male treatment of women. During my own personal male initiation into manhood journey, I never lost sight of the feminine influence on my life. Now that I have a son, I try to help him find his own maleness while maintaining a deep regard and admiration for females.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

Violence against women is very much a societal issue. Some people would argue that sexual violence against women is entirely a female problem and that men have no place in such a dialogue. Based on research on sexual violence, it has been widely held that men are by and large the perpetrators of sexual violence. Because of this, dialogue intended to stop sexual violence must involve men. It is imperative for prominent men in our schools, work, towns, states, and nation to publicly speak out and engage other men toward stopping violence against women. Further, it is absolutely essential that these men live their lives as active examples of positive maleness, demonstrating regard, respect, and admiration of women.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 23: Robert de Leon Jr, 33, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twenty third “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is  Robert de Leon Jr. from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Robert de Leon Jr. is the founder and executive director of Bro Models, an organization that aims to engage and mobilize men in sexual assault prevention and challenges the negative aspects of traditional manhood. Bro Models was founded in October 2013 during Domestic Violence Awareness Month because the RGV was lacking a serious conversation on engaging and/or mobilizing men and boys to help prevent violence before it starts. For more information, go to www.bromodels.org.

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1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

With the birth of each and every one of my nephews and nieces, of which they are 16, I’ve come to learn some of the expectations that come with parenting. Although I am not a father, or their father to be specific, it feels great how they see me as a father figure. My admiration for all four of my sisters and my brother in how they’re raising their kids runs deep and I like to think that they see me as a great example and role model to their children. The best part of this experience, as an uncle, is that I’ve learned that fatherhood is not something you learn; instead, it is something many of us already know. As men, we are capable and will love, nurture, and care for our children.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

Without diving too deep into the past, my father was absent for the majority of my life. If anything, learning to respect women came from the important women in my life – my mother and four sisters. Throughout the course of my life, I struggled with maintaining “healthy relationships,” which has taught me the importance of becoming a positive role model to other men and boys.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

I truly believe that men will play a crucial role in becoming part of the solution. Oftentimes we forget how important our roles as men are in the lives of our families and children growing up without fathers. There is a painful realisation that there are a lot of men out of touch with themselves because of the outdated notion of manhood, which I feel has a negative impact on fatherhood. Breaking down traditional gender roles and masculinity is a great way to get men on the same page.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 22: Paulvit Nijaranond, 36, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twenty second “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Paulvit Nijaranond from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Paulvit Nijaranond was born in the Bronx, New York, an only child of two loving parents who had migrated from Thailand. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics and worked jobs in various industries until he found his place within a passion driven role at a luxury automotive brand. This success was made possible through his wife’s support and his newly inspired vision as a father of his 7 month old daughter. Paulvit plans to make the most of his life and provide inspiration and support as a positive role model with his new family.

PaulvitNijaranond1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

Being a dad has given me the opportunity to make the most of myself in order to provide financial and parental support to my family. Everything I do now will reflect how my child perceives me and I will teach her to believe that she is strong and capable of anything. It’s also an unexplainable feeling to come home and have someone jump and scream for joy when they see you!

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

My father was a Thai Buddhist monk for 15 years; this is what gave him the schooling to leave behind a rural and poverty life before coming to the United States for new opportunities. He is righteous and has compassion and patience. While growing up, my dad taught me to be good to my mother, as she is the only mother I would have. My father-in-law, who no longer is with us, was one of the kindest and generous men ever. Both of my dad’s personalities gave me the direction to follow suit and treat all people with the respect, especially with women and girls.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

Awareness, communication, and leading by example are the most important ways fathers and other male role models can help young men and boys take interest. A father can raise their child to respect women, treat them the same as everyone else, and step in and take action in a confrontation, if the situation allows. Men and women, boys and girls, are the same and we need to start/continue teaching our children correctly to stop the violence against women.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 21: Jerry Chuaypradit, 36, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twenty first “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Jerry Chuaypradit from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Jerry is an engineer by day, who is gaining a passion for social business and social media, but first and foremost, he is a 24-hour-a-day father to an amazing daughter. He loves to bike and is in constant search of a hobby or an activity that his entire family can enjoy together.

jerry1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

The best part of being a father is coming home after work or school and switching over to dad mode. Regardless of the type of day I’ve been having, I can always count on big hugs and big smiles when we’re all together at the end of the day. There is no better feeling. A few minutes with my daughter quite simply heals all wounds acquired during the day.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

My father grew up in a culture of male dominance and was not the best of role models. He was able to indirectly teach me that having respect for women and girls is a basis for a strong family. I want my daughter to grow up seeing fathers who are always supportive of mothers, so I’m doing what I can to lead by example.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

It’s up to us to intervene when young men and boys are not supportive of women and girls. It’s up to us to set the right example and teach young men and boys to respect women and girls so that they can pass it on to their peers. Actions do speak louder than words and, when given the opportunity, we must be proper role models by making sure that all the women and girls in our lives know that we have their backs! The idea is to get everyone to understand that we’re all in this together and our lives are enhanced when there is mutual respect among males and females.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 20: Justin Johari Azman, 34, Malaysia

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our twentieth “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Justin Johari Azman from Malaysia.

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The Dad Bio

Justin Johari is a legal counsel in the music industry and teaches copyright to university students on a part-time basis. His past time passion is using creative arts, such as music and film, to educate the public on issues that affect society, like the need for love, compassion, and better understanding of people with different backgrounds, faith, age, and gender. As a father, he sees the importance of a creating a better environment for his two daughters and son, as well as their whole generation, to grow up in.

With Ikhlas (TPP)1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

The best thing about being a dad is having the opportunity to shape and raise useful human beings while correcting our mistakes and flaws as adults. It gives me great satisfaction to see the prejudices, biases, and negative mind-sets we have as adults prevented or absent in my children. This comes with us correcting them or reacting to a certain incident in a manner that does not fit in the usual unhealthy preconceptions we all have as adults.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

I grew up in a large family and saw how each of the men in my family interacted with women, be it their wife, mother, siblings, or acquaintances. From there, I felt certain values were positive and differentiated them from the negative ones. I was closer to my mother growing up, so how she felt when treated in a certain way was important to me, and I experienced that first-hand as someone close to her.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

Today’s children are visually-driven and so having visual-based educational programmes run by organisations like the Media Education Foundation (www.mediaed.org), could really help in opening up dialogue with them. For example, I was fortunate to have been granted an opportunity to make a film titled Who Speaks for Me? about freedom of expression through the Arts. I toured several states in Malaysia to explain about the film and subject matter to audiences that would not otherwise have access to these ideas. I believe children can learn about the issue of violence against women through the use of these educational tools and mediums to spark their interest in the subject as well as expose them to fact-based situations where women and girls have been mistreated as a result of cultural conditioning.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 19: Adam Miller, 39, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our nineteenth “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Adam Miller from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Adam M. Miller is the Managing Director for Theatre Tuscaloosa, a community theatre based at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He has an M.F.A. in Theatre Management/Arts Administration and a B.A. in Communications from The University of Alabama (UA). Adam attended public schools in San Antonio, TX, Lewisville, TX, Lake Dallas, TX, and Huntsville, AL. He met his wife, Paige, at UA, and their first son, Kai, was born in Baton Rouge, LA, while their youngest son, Quinn, was born in Alabama. He and his family currently reside in Moundville, AL.

amiller-family1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

Reunions. It’s so wonderful to be woken up with the enthusiasm that only children can bring. Picking up a child who is enthusiastic about seeing you is so rewarding and coming home from an out-of-town trip to hugs and exciting stories about what happened during your absence is an exciting time.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

My dad always put our family’s well-being first. Sometimes he worked as many as three jobs and went to school to ensure that we always had a roof over our heads and food on the table. My dad was always a faithful husband and has stayed married to my mother for 44 years, which says a lot. He shares some of the household chores with my mother, usually by doing laundry. My father always encouraged me to be a friend and protector to my two sisters and he has been a wonderful brother to my aunt and a good son to my grandmother. He always stepped in if my sisters or I spoke disrespectfully to our mother and reinforced that we should treat her with the utmost respect.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

We can help stop violence by speaking up and setting an example. So much of our society is permeated with attitudes that consciously and subconsciously relegate women to a status of second-class citizens. It’s important to set an example of choosing gender inclusive pronouns when talking about participants in every profession; treating children’s mothers with respect and demonstrating marriages as equal partnerships; speaking up about sexist comments, attitudes, and imagery that is perpetuated by society at large, both generally and specifically; and by talking about what your family’s values are when it comes to respecting girls and women. It’s important for fathers to participate in daily chores, field trips, baby care, cooking, school activities, etc. It’s important to avoid saying that a father is “babysitting” when he is caring for his own children alone. Generally, it’s important for fathers to SHOW children how to treat each other and themselves with respect.

“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 18: Travis Wendel, 29, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our eighteenth “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Travis Wendel from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Travis is a 29 year old living in Pennsylvania with his wife, Leslie, and son, Frederick. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and works in the Oil and Gas Industry. Travis enjoys the outdoors, good food, and spending time with his friend and family. His son recently turned 3 in May and he and his wife are expecting their second child (a girl!) this August.

Travis & Frederick Wendel1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

The best thing about being a dad is watching my son grow and learn. The look of excitement and happiness on my child’s face when he accomplishes something that he feels proud of, or when we take him to do something that he absolutely loves, cannot be compared. Being a dad is an awesome responsibility. Your children depend on you to take care of them, love them, protect them, and guide them. For me, nothing gives me a greater sense of fulfillment in life than seeing my son be happy.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

I don’t recall a specific time or conversation where my dad talked to me about this topic. One thing I do remember about my childhood is that my dad always taught me to be polite and respectful to others, and to always say please and thank you. I continue to conduct myself in that manner around other people and I am trying to teach my son to be polite and respectful as well.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

Young men and boys need learn how to deal with issues and how to treat other people, but they need to learn that through good guidance from their parents or other influential figures throughout their life. I feel that fathers and male role models can get young men and boys more involved by exposing them to the realities and harmful effects of violence toward women, and lead by setting good examples. My wife and I both work full-time jobs so I personally take on more of a responsibility in our home life. I want my son to see his parents sharing responsibilities and view us as being equal, and the importance of that.

The “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” Interview – Ellis

As part of  The Pixel Project’s 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” project in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign, we talk to the artistes who have participated in the project about why they are using their music to speak out and to say NO to violence against women. 

Our twelfth featured artiste is Ellis. There’s just something about Ellis. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. After her Feb 2013 appearance on A Prairie Home Companion, Ellis’ music charted in the Folk Top 100 in iTunes and Folk Top 20 on Amazon.com. She also received hundreds of messages from strangers including, “you exude pure joy”, “I heard you and fell in love” and “I was stopped in my tracks by your music and captivating laugh” as well as “Yours is a voice we all need to hear.” Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges & opened hearts.

A winner of several awards and honors, Ellis has been recognized both for her songwriting skills as well as her engaging performances. Many folk festivals have “audience choice” awards, and Ellis has claimed those honors at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Moab Folk Festival, and Sisters Folk Festival. She also won the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Contest in 2013, the Midwest Mountain Stage New Song Contest (US) in 2011 and the award for the Just Plain Folks (International) Best Female Singer Songwriter Album in 2009.

Ellis contributed her song, “You Are Royalty To Me” to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate here.

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Ellis # 4- 300 dpi credit - Jake Jacobson(.jpg)Tell us about yourself and why you decided to take part in The Pixel Projects 30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days project.

I have been blessed with many strong women in my life, including my granny (the inspiration for my song), my mother, my partner and my daughter. Women are leaders, creators, and inspirations to me.  I’m excited to be a part of any project that champions the health,happiness, and safety of women.

Why is ending violence against women important to you?

I long for a world where my daughter can grow up and be seen and respected as an equal human being, safe from all objectification and abuse. A world where she can be free.

In your opinion how does music help in efforts to end violence against women?

I think music is a powerful tool. It can open people’s hearts and move them. That is how I believe all change and real connection is created; through open-heartedness.

What actions can music artistes take to help end violence against women?

I think the first step is to look at how we treat ourselves and others. Not just in our interactions, but also how we speak about others in our songs. Unfortunately we live in a culture that often treats women and girls as objects. What we need are leaders who challenge that.

 

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The “Music For Pixels 2014″ charity digital album is available from 1 April 2014 – 1 April 2015 as a companion to the “30 Artistes, 30 Songs, 30 Days” campaign. The album features a selection of 12 positive and empowering songs from the campaign by artistes including  Adam Web, AHMIR, AJ Rafael, Bob Sima, Courtney Jenae, Debbie Reifer, Delaney Gibson, Ellis, Macy Kate, Mary Sholz, Pete Ahonen, and Troy Horne

The album is the perfect and affordable gift for music lovers and for celebrating special occasions such as birthdays and Mother’s Day. It is available for download worldwide via major online music retailers including iTunes and Amazon.com. 100% of the album proceeds will benefit The Pixel Project to help keep their anti-Violence Against Women campaigns, projects, and programmes running.

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“30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2014 Interview 17: Clay Goodman, 32, USA

Welcome to The Pixel Project’s “30 For 30″ Father’s Day Campaign 2013! In honour of Father’s Day, we created this campaign:

  • To acknowledge the vital role Dads play in families, cultures and communities worldwide.
  • To showcase good men from different walks of life who are fabulous positive non-violent male role models.

Through this campaign, we will be publishing a short interview with a different Dad on each day of the month of June.

This campaign is also part of a programme of initiatives held throughout 2014 in support of the Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign that is in benefit of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and The Pixel Project. Donate at just US$1 per pixel to reveal the mystery Celebrity Male Role Models and help raise US$1 million for the cause while raising awareness about the important role men and boys play in ending violence against women in their communities worldwide. Donations begin at just US$10 and you can donate via the Pixel Reveal website here or the Pixel Reveal Razoo donation page here.

Our seventeenth “30 For 30″ 2014 Dad is Clay Goodman from the USA.

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The Dad Bio

Clay received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He joined the United States Air Force in 2004 and converted from active duty to the North Carolina Air National Guard in 2010, where he serves as Second Lieutenant, leading and managing a section of maintenance squadron to ensure that aircrafts are ready to fly. Since 2010, he has worked at Duke Energy as a supervisor for customer contact operations throughout the Southeast and Midwest. He and his wife, Candace, reside in Charlotte, North Carolina with their two young children, Cole and Mason. They are expecting their first daughter in September.

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1. What is the best thing about being a dad?

The best thing is understanding that it is my example that will directly form my children into being who they are for the rest of their lives. I often share lessons that will not only teach them to do the right things now, but will also give them the guiding principles to do the right things for the rest of their lives. I’m simply enjoying the freedom to give them a strong foundation in which they can add their own personal touch.

2. A dad is usually the first male role model in a person’s life and fathers do have a significant impact on their sons’ attitude towards women and girls. How has your father influenced the way you see and treat women and girls?

I’m lucky to have a mother and sister in my life, as it has given me a dual perspective on how to treat women and girls. My father was a model to me when I was young because I could observe the manner that he treated my mom and sister, which was with the utmost respect and dignity. He taught me to appreciate what women and girls bring into our lives and the unique challenges they are faced with. He and I continue to have back-porch conversations about the challenges that families face and how we both can continue to adapt and grow to become the best people, husbands, and fathers we can be.

3. Communities and activists worldwide are starting to recognise that violence against women is not a “women’s issue” but a human rights issue and that men play a role in stopping the violence. How do you think fathers and other male role models can help get young men and boys to take an interest in and step up to help prevent and stop violence against women?

First off, fathers and other male role models must lay the foundation of how to treat women. It’s also important to show the reality of violence against women. Many young men and boys don’t realise how often it occurs and the deep and long-lasting effects of violence, whether it’s physical, mental or verbal. It’s important to give young men and boys the tools to teach them how to build healthy relationships with their girlfriends or wives. These tools should include behavioural skills to help them cope more effectively with personal conflicts or situations when they feel they’ve lost control in their lives. Lastly, as fathers and male role models, we need to make it clear that using any form of violence is unacceptable under any circumstance.