Relief for Japan

We’d be remiss not to post about the current global crisis after Friday’s severe earthquake in Japan. Music-related charities would usually be our suggestion – the Lady Gaga-designed bracelets, for example, or the auctioned items of Blink-182 and Linkin Park- but this goes well beyond the music world. And newly-formed relief efforts sometimes don’t yield the results needed.

Our thoughts are with the people affected during this time, and we urge everyone to give money to a well-established charity, where your donations will be used most effectively. The Japan Earthquake efforts from Direct Relief, AmeriCares, and International Rescue Committee are all great options.

+ A message from our friend Alex from Tokyo

Video: “Earthquake” by Wyclef Jean

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Love him or hate him, Wyclef Jean remains relevant to our culture in more ways than one. His EP If I Were President: My Haitian Experience was released in December 2010 and now he’s released the video for “Earthquake.”

Purchase the EP on iTunes

Wyclef’s Disaster Relief Fund for Haiti: Donate $5 via Text

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Wyclef released the following statement today regarding the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti:

“Haiti today faced a natural disaster of unprecedented proportion, an earthquake unlike anything the country has ever experienced.

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake – and several very strong aftershocks – struck only 10 miles from Port-au-Prince.

I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince tonight face catastrophe alone. We must act now.

President Obama has already said that the U.S. stands ‘ready to assist’ the Haitian people. The U.S. Military is the only group trained and prepared to offer that assistance immediately. They must do so as soon as possible. The international community must also rise to the occasion and help the Haitian people in every way possible.”

Many people have already reached out to see what they can do right now. We are asking those interested to please do one of two things: Either you can use your cell phone to text “Yele” to 501501, which will automatically donate $5 to the Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund (it will be charged to your cell phone bill), or you can visit Yele.org and click on DONATE.

Haiti needs your prayers and support: Wyclef Jean on CNN