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Wyclef Jean and Majora Carter Press Release
Posted by Steve Juon at Friday, September 25th, 2009 at 4:00PM :: Email this article :: Print this article



WNYC's THE GREENE SPACE Presents

Reforestation from The Bronx to Haiti:
Wyclef Jean and Majora Carter, October 1
DBR and THE MISSION, October 2


Live Video Webcasts at www.WNYC.org/thegreenespace .

(New York, NY - September 25, 2009) -- She fought hard to save the South Bronx and wound up with a MacArthur "genius" grant. He made a huge splash on the music scene and wound up giving out ten thousand scholarships and planting a million trees. The one logical place where two such innovative minds might meet: WNYC Radio's multi-media platform and intellectual crossroads, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

On Thursday, October 1 from 6-7:30 pm, environmental activist and founder of Sustainable South Bronx, Majora Carter will host a lively 90-minute conversation with Wyclef Jean, the Grammy Award-winning music idol, Haitian-American Good Will Ambassador, and passionate philanthropist. Since its founding in 2005, Jean's foundation Yéle Haiti has funded countless scholarships, arts projects, emergency and food aid, and reforestation projects in his home country. As part of The Greene Space's NEXT New York Conversation Series of talks with the city's movers, shakers, and thinkers, sponsored by HSBC, "The World's Local Bank," Carter and Jean will trade tales from the frontlines of environmental education and activism and will offer inspiring insights into their creative solutions to seemingly intractable challenges.

Joining the conversation will be Jeffrey Swartz, president and CEO of the Timberland Company. Last year, Timberland launched its Earthkeepers Movement in an effort to engage one million consumers across the globe to support environmental stewardship.

The segment will be videocast live on site and via the web at www.wnyc.org/thegreenespace.  This fall, it will be transformed into an hour-long radio special as part of The Promised Land, Carter's public radio series chronicling the visionary yet down-to-earth efforts of the activist next door. The special will air across the nation on public radio stations in October and November.

On the following evening,Friday, October 2 at 8 PM, The Greene Space's next installment of its First Fridays parties will feature Daniel Bernard Roumain (aka DBR), the young Haitian-American composer and violinist, and his ensemble THE MISSION. DBR epitomizes the future of classical music with original chamber pieces based on the letters of Nijinsky and the writings of Charles Darwin, and yet manages to move effortlessly into the realm of high pop, as he proved during a recent appearance on American Idol with pop enfant terrible Lady Gaga. Grammy Award-winning vocalist Maya Azucena will return to The Greene Space to emcee the evening with WNYC's Terrance McKnight.

This innovative mix of media, art, and personality has become the hallmark for The Greene Space, WNYC's boldest and latest venture. Multi-platform and multi-dimensional, The Greene Space combines the twists and quirks of web-based creativity and conversations and performances before a live audience with the substance and thought of public radio.

Thursday, October 1

6-7:30 PM

Majora Carter interviews Wyclef Jean and special guest Timberland CEO Jeff Swartz for The Greene Space's The NEXT New York Conversation Series, sponsored by HSBC, "The World's Local Bank"

Invite only, available to all via videocast at www.wnyc.org/thegreenespace .

Friday, October 2

8 - 11 PM

DBR & THE MISSION

Tickets: $15 (students)-$30 (VIP), available at www.wnyc.org/thegreenespace .

WNYC's The Greene Space
44 Charlton Street, NY, NY 10014
* www.wnyc.org/thegreenespace *

93.9 FM, AM820, and online at www.wnyc.org .

WNYC Radio is New York's premier public radio station, comprising WNYC 93.9 FM, WNYC AM 820 and www.wnyc.org. As America's most listened-to AM/FM public radio stations, reaching more than one million listeners every week, WNYC extends New York City's cultural riches to the entire country on-air and online, and presents the best national offerings from networks National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNYC 93.9 FM broadcasts a wide range of daily news, talk, cultural and classical music programming, while WNYC AM 820 maintains a stronger focus on breaking news and international news reporting. In addition, WNYC produces content for live, radio and web audiences from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space, the station's street-level multipurpose, multiplatform broadcast studio and performance space. For more information about WNYC, visit www.wnyc.org .

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