Bruce Springsteen & Chris Martin Will Front U2 for World AIDS Day Concert

aids_logoWith Bono still recovering from a nasty bike accident he suffered in Central Park, two rock titans are fronting U2 during his absence at Monday night’s (Dec. 1) World AIDS Day (RED) concert in Times Square.

Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin (whose band owes more than a little to the Irish rock outfit) will temp with U2 tonight, giving audiences the chance to see a truly one-of-a-kind show from U2 Minus 1.

“Appearing at the personal invitation of U2, Springsteen and Martin have graciously donated their time and talents to save the World AIDS Day event from cancellation,” the band wrote on their Facebook page. Kanye West and Carrie Underwood will also perform at the World AIDS Day concert (not with U2, however).

Speaking of U2, their controversial new album Songs of Innocence — which met with mixed reviews after its stealth release on your iTunes — was recently named Rolling Stone’s Album of the Year. The magazine’s second best album of 2014? Springsteen’s more-or-less-panned disc High Hopes. So expect a very enthusiastic Jann Wenner watching the Boss front U2 in New York tonight.


AWF Supporters Invited to Attend Annual Africare Gala in November

Members of the African Well Fund’s board of directors will be attending The Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner on Friday, Nov. 5 at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. AWF supporters are invited to purchase tickets and join us at the AWF table for this event. This year’s dinner will honor Nelson Mandela for his lifetime of achievements to South Africa and the world, and will celebrate Africare’s 40 years of partnership with African communities. His Excellency is not expected to attend the event.

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AWF Aims to Reach $1 Million in Donations in 2011

The African Well Fund was founded eight years ago with the goal of raising $1,000 to fund the construction of a single well in Uganda. In our first year, AWF far exceeded that goal and raised over $26,000. Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our supporters, AWF has gone on to raise more than $882,000 to fund clean water and sanitation projects benefiting nearly 300,000 people in 13 African nations.

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U2’s Bono risks millions on ethical fashion line

Bono and his wife Ali Hewson may be at risk of losing million as their ethical clothing change, Edun, continues to lose money.

At the end of last year Bono, and his wife of 28 years, Ali, moved their family from Dublin to New York to help launch the ethical clothing line based in Tribeca, Manhattan.

Ali has now revealed that the business has so far failed to make a profit.

“It hasn’t made money — it hasn’t made a profit yet,” said Ali. “But it’s growing. It’s growing.

“The first five years of the company is about putting money in and building the trade. So of course we had to support it. We’re still here supporting it now, because we believe in it.”

In fact the Hewson family believed so entirely in the project that they all moved to New York to be closer to the day to day running of the business.

“I’ve been seeing how the operation was being upgraded on a daily, weekly basis,” she said.

“It’s been amazing to see how far it has come in six months.

In 2005 Bono, Ali and fashion designer Rogan Gregory founded the fashion line. However, Ali says that the mission to increase employment in developing regions of Africa has overshadowed the company itself.

Over the years Bono has endured some criticism for his constant involvement in charity campaigns. His critics feel that his methods are a little preachy and that he’s over exposed in the media. However Ali defends his ongoing charity activism.

“He’s always known, if you want to get anything done you’ve got to stand in the firing line sometimes…He doesn’t do it for the warm fuzzy feelings. He does it to actually bring some change about, and highlight issues that were being pushed under the carpet. And he does it very effectively.

“Bono will say to you, ‘I’m sick of Bono, and I am Bono’.”

Just three years ago Edun had $3.6 million in bank loans and owes it’s three shareholders $7.9 million.

Ali feels that the situation for the company can only get better as the Hewson’s partnered up with LVMH, who owns Givenchy, Moet & Chandon, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Christian Dior.

Edun’s plans to have a line of clothing ready for the soccer World Cup this summer designed but children in the slums in Nairobi.