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Socially Conscious Video Games For Change

Games For Change

Games For Change

I recently interviewed Susanna Pollack, the president of the organization Games For Change, about how her organization hopes to use video games — both the creation and playing of — as a social tool to help young people with less opportunity.

There’s also a Lady Gaga connection in all of this.

To read the story head over to Samaritanmag by clicking here.


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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Shania Twain, Fleetwood Mac, More

Shania Twain

Shania Twain

Here’s a batch of news stories I wrote for the charitably-minded Samaritanmag entertainment site this past summer:

Martin Short, Eugene Levy, Dan Aykroyd, Rush’s Geddy Lee and More Raise $325,000 For Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Kanye West Gives Paralyzed Fan Gift, Calls Him An “Inspiration”

Fleetwood Mac to Be 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year

Shania Twain Offers Perks with Album Pre Orders for Her Kids Can Charity

Nashville Acts Band Together For Anti-Trump, Pro-Planned Parenthood Compilation

Toronto International Film Festival Launches Five Year Commitment to Female Filmmakers

Indian City Song Addresses Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women

Beyonce, Willie Nelson, Kendrick Lamar Items Part of New MusiCares Auction

New Shawnee Song “Warrior Heart” to Support We Matter Indigenous Youth Suicide Prevention

Bet Smith’s “Fires, Fires, Fires” Song Helps Muskoka Conservancy

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The Pursuit Of Positive Video Games

Games For Change participants

Games For Change participants

Games For Change is an organization dedicated to using video games to make positive social change in the world through various initiatives.

I spoke to the organization’s president Susan Pollack about what they’re trying to achieve and how Lady Gaga figures into all of it in a piece for Samaritanmag.

To read the story click here.

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John Cody’s Race Against Time

John Cody

John Cody

Faced with a cancer diagnosis that would rob him of his voice forever, veteran music man John Cody furiously worked to put together the songs and guest players for his album Hard Won: The Final Recordings.

I spoke to Cody just before he was set to have his throat surgery for Samaritanmag.

The interview appeared shortly after the album came out.

To read it click here.

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Jeff Burrows Continues To Do 24 Hour Drum Marathons

Jeff Burrows

Jeff Burrows

Back in late-May Tea Party drummer Jeff Burrows pulled off his eleventh 24 hour drum marathon to support local charities in Windsor, Ontario.

Such an outlandish feat deserved some attention so I spoke to him about it, as well as his new drum tech-for-hire scheme, for Samaritanmag.

To read the story go here.

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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Prince, Chance The Rapper, Blue Rodeo And More



Here are some of the stories I wrote for charity ‘n’ entertainment site Samaritanmag in May:

Country Singer Miranda Lambert Helps 60 Dogs Get Adopted

Blue Rodeo Show to Help Parry Sound Health Centre for Locals and Cottagers

Former Prince Associates Create Foundation To Continue His Charitable Work

Chance The Rapper Org SocialWorks Teams with Audio Company Landr

Ariana Grande’s Star-Studded One Love Manchester Concert Raises Millions For Terror Victims

Red Nose Day USA To Feature Julia Roberts, Celebrity American Ninja Warriors, Love Actually Cast, More

Nine WE Day 2017 Dates Announced, Including Toronto, New York, Vancouver

UK Musician Tim Arnold’s New Music Video to Support Equality

WATCH: Big Sean’s “Light” Video Condemns Senseless Violence

Lea DeLaria, Gavin Crawford and More Part of LGBTQ-Positive We’re Funny That Way Fest

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Habitat For Humanity New Campaign Focuses On U.S.

Habitat For Humanity's Home Is The Key campaign.

Habitat For Humanity’s Home Is The Key campaign.

At a time when housing costs are rising dramatically and it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the average family to simply live, Habitat For Humanity’s latest Home Is The Key campaign is creating awareness about how incredibly valuable safe, secure lodgings can be to families.

In April I spoke to Habitat CEO Jonathan Reckford about this for Samaritanmag.

To read the full story click here.

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