Your Soul Food Friday for the First Week of April 2018: April is Celebrate Diversity Month and That’s No Joke!


This week:

Did you know that April is Celebrate Diversity Month?
Started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all,  April is a perfect time to celebrate differences and similarities so we can all have a deeper understanding of each other, made especially poignant this week on the 50th anniversary of the passing, when we remember and pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr …

Bridging the Middle East Conflict with Music:
At 75, he’s still at it and he’s embarked on a second act: starting his own orchestra for young musicians from Israel and the Muslim world and taking on a subject that’s as contentious as it gets: the conflict in the Middle East. His work has earned him Palestinian citizenship and charges of treachery from some of his fellow Israelis.

More on Barenboim…

At a concert last August in Berlin, the audience was German, the music was Russian, and the musicians were inspiring: a mix that included Iranians, Syrians, Palestinians and Israelis. They’re members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, co-founded and led by conductor Daniel Barenboim. This week on 60 Minutes, correspondent Holly Williams profiles Barenboim and his remarkable orchestra.

Some musicians, like one Syrian violinist 60 Minutes spoke to, are living in exile as war rages at home. Others risk punishment from their governments for performing with Israelis. But when they take the stage together, political differences surrender to something of a musical utopia.

“There is a tragic element in music, in all music, even in the happiest music,” he said, “because it always gives you the feeling…that it cannot stay, because the sound dies when the note is finished.”

On a lighter note…

Role Reversal- Novak Djokovic Shelters Ball Boy From Rain During French Open:
Although Novak has not had the most exemplary behavior treating ball girls/boys, this video captures a pretty cool moment. How different could things be if all of us were to take care of each other regardless of position, status, etc., in our society and work micro-cosmos.


If you are local…

YoungPop is an award-winning organization that blends pop-style music with empowering lyrics. We are seeking local talent for a variety of needs, including: Singing Vocals, VoiceOver Vocals, Video (on-camera) work, Live Performances & Presentations (various venues). Pay varies per assignment. To apply contact David: 619-732-6639 and please visit for more info.


San Diego Hands of Peace- HOPEducation Community Partnership ADL Walk Against Hate April 15, 2018:


HOPEducation Community Partnership
ADL Walk Against Hate
April 15, 2018
8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Ingram Plaza at Liberty Station, San Diego, CA


Join Hands of Peace as we partner with the Anti-Defamation League for their Walk Against Hate. The Walk Against Hate brings together students, educators, administrators, business leaders, and community members to walk with one another in celebration of diversity and inclusion. Proceeds from the WALK will go to bringing ADL’s award-winning anti-bias education programs to more schools across San Diego. To join the Hands of Peace team, sign up here. For questions about the walk contact Sarah Heirendt.  Come walk with us!

Be sure to stop by the Hands of Peace Booth after the walk!

For more information about these events, contact Sarah Heirendt
or visit our website at


Thanks this week go to Jessica R, Vincente R, and R-tists of Life Everywhere Who Speak Truth to Power!

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“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve…
You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King

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