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Aretha Franklin on Respect for Human Rights: Quote of the Week
2 months ago

Aretha Franklin on Respect for Human Rights: Quote of the Week

Legendary singer and activist Aretha Franklin was a champion of music, culture, civil rights, human rights, the women's movement and so much more. Her words on respect and human rights are our Quote of the Week in honor of the two year anniversary of her death in 2018. Portrait of Aretha Franklin by Andy Warhol [...]
Mandela Day Sparks Global Call to Action
3 months ago

Mandela Day Sparks Global Call to Action

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Nelson Mandela Day sparks a global call to action to inspire change. The global pandemic and the national lockdown have heightened decades of inequality and created a resurgence in the Black Lives Matter movement. The new era holds much promise for positive change. The 10th annual Nelson Mandela International Day will address this resurgence in [...]
Coming Together to Let Freedom Ring: Juneteenth 2020
4 months ago

Coming Together to Let Freedom Ring: Juneteenth 2020

America is coming together to let freedom ring for JUNETEENTH 2020 with an exclamation point! The Coronavirus has forced all celebratory events to pivot virtually. However, as the nation begins to reopen state by state and region by region – you can count on outdoor marches, protests and a few festivities. Corporate America is rising [...]
Rebirth of the Civil Rights Movement in 2020
5 months ago

Rebirth of the Civil Rights Movement in 2020

The rebirth of the civil rights movement has found its unified spark in the wake of the tragic and brutal killing of George Floyd. The country and the world are rising up as one voice in an unprecedented manner in these unprecedented times. New York City Protest. Photo credit: Jacquelyn Sparks In the week since George [...]
Gangstagrass Sparks Nickel and Dime Blues New Single
6 months ago

Gangstagrass Sparks Nickel and Dime Blues New Single

Gangstagrass hip-hop/bluegrass hybrid sensation releases Nickel and Dime Blues new anticipated single on May 15th.
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APRIL SHOWERS SPARKS FOR ALCOHOLISM, POETRY, AUTISM, JAZZ +
7 months ago

APRIL SHOWERS SPARKS FOR ALCOHOLISM, POETRY, AUTISM, JAZZ +

April sparks spotlight alcoholism, autism, poetry, jazz and many more social justice, health and arts awareness initiatives, all adjusted to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Sparks also electrify awareness for the environment, sexual assault, child abuse and distracted driving. Designated days include Earth Day, World Health Day and Walking Day, to name just a few. Here’s [...]
This Land is Your Land at 80 Still Made for You and Me
8 months ago

This Land is Your Land at 80 Still Made for You and Me

Folk singer songwriter Woody Guthrie’s legendary song ‘This Land Is Your Land’ is still made for you and me as the anthem turns 80 on February 23rd. The folk hero and his timeless song have Socially Sparked® our lives since 1940. There have been many renditions over the decades of Woody’s unofficial classic anthem since [...]
Social Justice Day Focuses on Closing Inequalities Gap
8 months ago

Social Justice Day Focuses on Closing Inequalities Gap

By  •  Advocacy
Today is World Social Justice Day and this year's focus is on closing the inequalities gap. An ever increasing recurring chant -- equality as a whole is a key focus around the globe. In this new decade of social justice, people and organizations around the globe continue to speak up and advocate for equality -- [...]
Pricey Super Bowl Ad Spots that Socially Sparked 4 Change
9 months ago

Pricey Super Bowl Ad Spots that Socially Sparked 4 Change

This year’s pricey Super Bowl Ad spots did not deter some brands to advertise their social responsibility messages for social change. The ad spots came at the high price of $5.6 million dollars, and that’s just for a thirty second spot! Yet, social justice messages flooded the Big Game’s Ads in 2020 reflective of the [...]
The Ultimate Music Love-In Full of Roots
9 months ago

The Ultimate Music Love-In Full of Roots

The ultimate music love-in fest is full of roots and called Folk Alliance International. This year in New Orleans, the music conference opened with a clear theme defining what Folk Music is all about and why it’s Socially Sparked® our lives. It’s all about the roots of people and place as the 32nd annual Folk [...]
Celebrating The King in The New Decade
9 months ago

Celebrating The King in The New Decade

Celebrating the King in the new decade to commemorate a hero of social justice takes on an urgency and a renewed energy in 2020. Today the world celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 52 years after his violent assassination at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, TN. REWIND TO MLK50 Courtesy of the [...]
Dawning of a New Decade of Social Justice
10 months ago

Dawning of a New Decade of Social Justice

By  •  Advocacy
The Dawning of a new decade of social justice begins with January. The month stands for social justice around the globe. The new Decade holds exciting  promise for societal issues that prominently took center stage and Socially Sparked® our lives over the last few years. Equality, immigration, human rights, #metoo, black lives matter, climate change, [...]
The Socially Sparked Year in Pictures
10 months ago

The Socially Sparked Year in Pictures

The Socially Sparked® year in pictures returns with our annual round-up of all the people, places, events and causes that Socially Sparked® our world in 2019. SOCIALLY SPARKED NEWS brings you 'Real News that Sparks'. We spotlight the intersection of pop-culture and social change via the crossroads of advocacy / activism, entertainment, music and technology. [...]
Happy Holidays 2019 from our Sparks to Yours
10 months ago

Happy Holidays 2019 from our Sparks to Yours

Happy Holidays From Our Sparks To Yours

Happy Holidays from our Sparks to Yours. SOCIALLY SPARKED NEWS. is Real News that Sparks. We spotlight the intersection of pop-culture …
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Tiffany Rea-Fisher Ignites The Force for Dance
10 months ago

Tiffany Rea-Fisher Ignites The Force for Dance

Creative Director Tiffany Rea-Fisher ignites the Force in everything she touches. From choreographing for her company Elisa Monte Dance and for Classical Theater of Harlem to curating New York City’s Bryant Park Dance Festival to creating a new work in 2020 for Dance Theater of Harlem, Tiffany is the Force that has Socially Sparked® our [...]
Next Generation Leader Maiah Wynne
10 months ago

Next Generation Leader Maiah Wynne

Next generation leader Maiah Wynne is a Gen Xer to watch as she adds her spark to the world. At the youthful age of 19, this young woman Gen Xer is an accomplished singer, songwriter, activist and mentor that has already Socially Sparked® our lives. Socially Sparked News first featured Maiah in 2017 and identified [...]
Socially Sparked Moments of 2019
10 months ago

Socially Sparked Moments of 2019

Socially Sparked Moments of 2019 shine bright. It's our annual round-up where we ask our spotlight artists, organizations and causes to name the three ("3") top moments that Socially Sparked® their lives. Socially Sparked News would like to thank our spotlight artists, organizations and causes for taking time from their busy schedules to share their [...]
Jazz Day Closes April Sparks Worldwide
2 years ago

Jazz Day Closes April Sparks Worldwide

International Jazz Day closes April Sparks with celebrations in over 190 countries from around the world. This year's global host city is St. Petersberg, Russia, which will lead the festivities with a series of educational and outreach programs that culminate in an all-star global concert at the historic Mariinsky Theatre. The concert will be streamed [...]