A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this tween-safe single about HIV/AIDS affecting kids in South Africa was penned by a 16-year-old girl who's donating net proceeds to a United Nations program to benefit those children.
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What's the story?
After watching MTV's Diary of Jay-Z: Water of Life about the water crisis in Africa,16-year-old Tylar Brock was compelled to act and do something for the helpless children who lived there -- and so this song was born. It benefits the HERO program, an undertaking by the United Nations that helps vulnerable children by providing food and education in communities affected by HIV and AIDS.
Is it any good?
With an eloquence and understanding of the world's troubles that rivals any adult's, young singer/songwriter Brock sounds something like a young Beyonce. But her voice is unique, and her words are smart. The soul-infused song begins with children laughing, and what sweeter sound is there? With lyrics like "Can you hear the world is crying?" and "All I need is just your hand," you can't help but be motivated to chip in and do your part. With additional fundraising initiatives in place to raise $1 million for the HERO project by Christmas of 2009, Brock is off to a brilliant start.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about helping others. With so many needing help, what cause could you see yourself supporting? Is it HIV/AIDS? World hunger? Poverty? How could you start getting involved with a cause you support? And what's the best way to help your cause? Would it be monetary contributions? Volunteering your time?