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Watch this story: Volunteer Uses Hip-Hop To Promote Health
Is there such a thing as hip-hop healthy? James Christos says, “Yes.”
The local hip-hop artist told KMBC’s Maria Antonia that he uses his psychology degree to promote better health in the community. He counsels people with mental health issues and volunteers at a couple of health facilities.
Christos said, “I’m a rap artist, but I’m here promoting urban health relief programs.”
At the Samuel U Rodgers Health Center, Christos brings his message to young African-American men to live a healthier life. His songs are meant to show his listeners how to keep themselves healthy mentally, and how to look at themselves in a positive light.
The 33-year-old rap artist said he’s “trying to make sure we’re taking care of ourselves.”
He talks to people at health centers and also privately counsels patients who have mental health issues. Christos said he wants his music to address more mental health concerns, such as depression.
Christos said he knows that rapping about eating celery and lettuce would not be entertaining. His primary goal is to reach his audience and present his message in a way that’s fun.
He will be taking his message on a multi-city tour in June.
God is taking calls.
Dutch artist Johan van der Dong has set up a local telephone number in the Netherlands, where he urges people to leave messages for God on his answering machine.
Van der Dong said he set up the number to give people an opportunity to take pause and contemplate life.
“Like praying, leaving a voicemail message is a way to organize your thoughts,” he said. “It’s a perfect combination for some contemplation.”
Read more and find the phone number: Leave God a message at his Dutch answering service
Photo: Flickr user The King David
An artist tried to lift the February gloom by releasing more than 2,000 pink smiley faces into the air over London.
The Happy Cloud installation filled the air outside the Tate Modern gallery with the faces, made from helium, soap and vegetable dye.
The artist, 28-year-old Stuart Semple, said he wanted to create something that would cheer people up.
“I’ve had enough of the doom and gloom in the air and I wanted to show something completely positive floating up in the sky,” he said.
“This was the most straightforward way I could think of to literally contribute something happy to the atmosphere.”
“I am hoping it might put a smile on a few people’s faces as they go through their day.”
They are giant optical illusions conceived by German artist Edgar Mueller.
He spent five days, working 12 hours a day, to create the 250 square metre image of the crevasse, which, viewed from the correct angle, appears to be 3D. He then persuaded passers-by to complete the illusion by pretending the gaping hole was real.
‘I wanted to play with positives and negatives to encourage people to think twice about everything they see,’ he said.
‘It was a very scary scene, but when people saw it they had great fun playing on it and pretending to fall into the earth.
Mueller, 40, used acrylic wall paint to create the scene. He trained a camera lens on his work surface to help him fully visualise the idea before painting in the incredible detail to give an impression of depth on the flat surface.
Read more and see more pictures: Mind the crevasse: The amazing 3D pavement art that has pedestrians on edge [Daily Mail]
Watch video of the artist working