Thursday, July 24, 2008

Kanye Helps Iraq War Veterans in MTV Documentary

(swiped from Pitchfork Media)
Kanye West will turn the spotlight from shoes and jewelry to more important issues when MTV airs a special called Choose or Lose and Kanye West Present: Homecoming.
In the hour-long documentary, Kanye and MTV VJ Sway Calloway visit the homes of three recent Iraq war veterans to hear their stories and provide financial assistance, according to [via Rock & Roll Daily].
The financial assistance is presented on behalf of MTV and the Dr. Donda West Foundation, according to It comes in the form of Kanye and Sway paying off the veterans' debts and covering their rent or tuition.
In a statement quoted in the story, Kanye said, "There are hundreds of veterans out there who are falling through the cracks. They make the ultimate sacrifices for us by laying down their lives, but it seems like a lot of them just get forgotten about. I know my music inspires and helps a lot of people, but you can always do more. I teamed up with MTV and took the opportunity to share the spotlight with these veterans and hear their stories. I went to their homes to listen and get their firsthand experiences."
Choose or Lose and Kanye West Present: Homecoming airs July 28 on MTV at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT.
07-25 Stratford-upon-Avon, England - Global Gathering
08-01 Cincinnati, OH - U.S. Bank Arena
08-03 Chicago, IL - Grant Park (Lollapalooza)
08-05 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
08-06 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
08-07 Mashantucket, CT - MGM Grand at Foxwoods
08-10 Baltimore, MD - Pimlico Race Course (Virgin Festival)

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