Children remain in the news after the 2010 Haiti earthquake - orphans that have come to the US, child trafficking by locals taking advantage of the current situations, and most currently a group of U.S. Baptist missionaries (5 men, 5 women) were arrested charged with child kidnapping wile trying to leave Haiti with a busload of 33 children.
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The new version of the song was recorded on February 1, 2010. Over 75 musicians were involved in the recording, which was held in the same place as the original. Also similar to the 1985 process, some of the participating musicians were already in Los Angeles to attend an awards ceremony: the 52nd Grammy Awards.
The new version will feature updated lyrics and music, as well as a rap segment pertaining to Haiti. According to Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson's younger sister Janet will take her late brother's part in the song. The production team for the song include RedOne and musical director Ricky Minor. Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean will also serve as a producer.
At the time of the recording, numerous artists commented on the process, the 1985 version of the song and co-writer Michael Jackson. R&B singer Jordin Sparks revealed that despite being born after the release of the original, the song had a "huge impact" on her. Canadian songstress Celine Dion express that the release of the song would not only benefit the Haitian people, but also serve as a remembrance of "the passion Michael Jackson had for helping those in need". Lionel Richie and Quincy Jones echoed Dion's sentiments and further stated that if the singer were alive, he would have wanted to be just as involved as he had been a quarter of a century ago.
If we live in the most powerful country in the world, why don't all the children have free medical coverage?
If we are spending so much money overseas, why are so many children here homeless?
Do abuse issues faced by children remain at the same level they were before they came to public attention and we realized just how dysfunctional many families are, and how it takes a lifetime to heal the wounds? Step 1 is always awareness. Step 2 is getting needed help and maintaining it. This is not easy and often requires too much energy. If you can't parent ... don't.
Parents have always believed that no matter what their lives are about, their children will have a better life.
If you are a parent how do you think your children see you?
If you are a child, how do you see your parents?
Children have always been thought to be the hope of the future. Hope can be the biggest lie and at the same time the best part of our program as it helps move us forward in troubled times. We are taught that we have to keep going as if it all mattered or we wouldn't keep going at all. Perhaps that is why so many people are programmed to help others on a large scale now, or maybe it is because the program is closing - hope moving from physical to non-physical with an emerging awareness by adults and children.
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