The music industry took a terrible loss over the weekend, when legendary singer Teena Marie passed away due to an unknown health issue.
In 2010 alone, we lost rapper Guru, singers Rich Cronin, Paul Gray and Marvin Isley, all due to health related issues whether it be diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity.
Philanthropists, Master P and his son Romeo, are pulling together their star power in an effort they are calling “Move With Music,” where they are asking the music and entertainment industries to take part in an upcoming live star-studded concert to support Michelle Obama’s fight in childhood obesity, bring awareness to serious health issues, and to honor the late, great Teena Marie.
The “Move With Music” event is set to take place during Grammy week in Los Angeles on February 11, 2011. In addition to a live concert, it will be broadcast live online.
“We encourage all of our viewers, live and online, to dance and move to the music,” a rep said of the event. “Join us as we make history by having the largest live and online audience participation in a dance and move concert. Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, Rock & Roll, together the industry team up to save lives.”
Both Master P and Romeo are calling out several music industry friends, artists and celebrities specifically, challenging them to get involved: Beyonce, Usher, Ne-Yo, Travis Barker, Blink-182, Fallout Boy, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Green Day, Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Pink, the Black Eyed Peas, Drake, Big Boy, Ryan Seacreast, and The All American Rejects, were among those named in the initial press release.
“This is not about donating money, it’s about bringing awareness to help prolong healthy lives and prevent life shortening health issues,” a rep said.
“We are taking the initiative to help fight child obesity by educating the next generation on how to eat right and exercise through music, dance and entertainment,” said the press release. “We are connecting musicians and entertainers through concert events to bring awareness to this epidemic of childhood obesity and health issues.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 67% of adults are overweight or obese and the epidemic is being spread to the young generation. In 2001, The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry estimated that between 16 and 33 percent of children and adolescents were obese.
With the number of people who are overweight or obese increasing in America, educating the youth and their families on the importance of maintaining healthy eating habits and a physically active lifestyle is crucial in reducing those numbers.
For more information, visit MoveWithMusic.org.