Beyond Hip Hop
Feature Article by: Lenny B.
Mýa has spent
the past decade developing her artistry, entertaining the world, and advocating
causes close to her heart. In these 10 years Mýa has grown into a woman
with a newfound strength that stems from changes, professionally and personally:
Mýa is finally free to openly speak from her heart, soul and mind, I
feel that Ive found my comfort zone. Mýa said. In the past
couple years Mýa moved from LA back to her home in DC, built her own
studio, reprioritized her vision and awakened a new sense of passion within
herself, I just knew that I had to get back to my roots and rediscover
what had made me excited in the first place. I have all this creative energy
and all these ideas, so I thought, let me go back to DC; build a studio,
vibe, put a band together, get creative and do what I love to do.
Mýa is a woman, liberated, focused and driven to continue to inspire,
innovate and keep audiences on their feet, to her own signature inspired beat,
for the next ten years... and all that jazz!
As a philanthropist, Mya
has a full plate of contribution-- from her nonprofit organization dedicated
to providing disadvantaged youth growth and opportunity to her recently announced
involvement as spokeperson for North Shore Animal League America's Tour For
Life 2008 and VH1's Save the Music Foundation's 3rd Annual Big Shopping Day.
ABOUT NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE'S
TOUR FOR LIFE
North Shore Animal League America isthe worlds largest no-kill animal
shelter. Tour For Life, which will stop in more than 20 U.S. cities to
help save pets lives across America, is the Leagues month-long national
cooperative initiative with animal shelters promoting the importance and advantages
of adopting shelter animals as a life-saving measure. Since its inception in
2001, Tour For Life, in partnership with Purina, has placed thousands of homeless
animals with loving families.
tour is truly close to my heart, as both a pet owner and animal lover,
said Mýa, who serves as Tour For Lifes national spokesperson
Tour For Life commences
April 2nd as two of the Leagues Mobile Adoption Units travel two cross-country
routes, simultaneously, stopping at scheduled destinations, helping over 100
shelters and rescue groups find homes for orphaned pets. All pets adopted
during Tour For Life receive a free gift from Purina. Tour For Life ends with
a Grand Finale event, hosted by Mýa at FAO Schwarz in New
York City, on Saturday, April 26, featuring celebrities posing in the world-famous
toy store windows with puppies. Tour
For Life is sponsored by Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, Bayer Healthcare®
LLC, Animal Health Division, and Fort Dodge Animal Health®.
Tour For Life schedule follows:
2 Haven Humane Society Redding, CA
April 2 Jacksonville Humane Society Jacksonville, FL
April 4 City of Sacramento Animal Care Services Sacramento, CA
April 6 City of LA Dept. of Animal Services Los Angeles, CA
April 9 Animal Humane Assoc. of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
April 9 Southern Animal Foundation New Orleans, LA
April 12 Humane Society SPCA of Bexar County San Antonio, TX
April 12` Greater Birmingham Humane Society Birmingham, AL
April 13 Citizens For Animal Protection Houston, TX
April 13 Huntsville Animal Services Huntsville, AL
April 16 N. Little Rock Animal Shelter N. Little Rock, AR
April 16 Precious Friends Puppy Rescue Clarksville, TN
April 19 Metro Animal Control Nashville, TN
April 19 APA of Missouri St. Louis, MO
April 20 Indianapolis Animal Care and Control Indianapolis, IN
April 23 Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA Harrisonburg, VA
April 23 Humane Society of Madison County London, OH
April 26 Connecticut Area Rescue Event-CARE Brookfield, CT
April 26 FAO Schwarz New York City, NY
April 27 Wayward Paws Jamesville, NY
VH1'S SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION 3RD ANNUAL BIG SHOPPING DAY
The VH1 Save The Music
Foundations Third Annual BIG Shopping Day Presented By Bakers will feature
the most exclusive retailers and designers of high-end clothing, beauty products,
accessories, and home items. Guests will shop till they drop and enjoy complimentary
cocktails, hors doeuvres, family activities, live performances and receive
a VH1 Big Shopping 08 gift bag stuffed full of amazing products.
All proceeds will benefit the VH1 Save The Music Foundations work to
restore instrumental music education in U.S. public schools.
Host Committee to include: Christina Applegate, Tova Bonem, Daisy Fuentes,
Tim Gunn, Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lenny Kravitz, Benji
Madden, Joel Madden, Lara Morgenson, Mya, Sara Ramirez, Kelly Rowland, Alison
Sweeney, Raven Symone?, Michael Urie, Chris Webber, Pete Wentz, Vanessa Williams,
Venus Williams, and more. Clothing, beauty products, accessories, and home
items will be provided by: Alex Woo, Andrew Christian, Bakers Footwear, Baskitwear,
Brocade Home, Cammie Hill, Clandestine Industries (by Pete Wentz of Fall Out
Boy), Denim Revival, Erica Courtney, Foley + Corinna, Friend or Foe, Groove
Rock Gear, Guess, Invicta, Jennifer Oullette, Just One LA, Kiehls Since
1851, Lipstick Prophets, Lisa Kline, Malgosia, Maternal America, Michael Stars,
Nicolina Royale, Rock Your Religion, Sonya Dakar and Steve and Barrys
featuring EleVen by Venus Williams and more.
What a Body of
In 2008 Grammy Award Winning Artist Mýa, is celebrating a decade in
the entertainment industry as an internationally known, respected and loved
R&B and pop singer, songwriter, producer, dancer/choreographer, actress,
designer, model, activist and philanthropist.
Washington, DC native
Mýa released her self titled, double platinum, debut album, Mýa,
in 1998. The album launched the then 18 year old Mýa into the fabric
of pop-culture, where she has remained ever since. Mýa featured the
massively successful singles Its All About Me, Movin
On, and My First Night With You. In addition to her solo
work, Mya was also a featured artist with Ol' Dirty Bastard on Pras' 1998
Grammy nominated hit, "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)",
from the Bulworth soundtrack and "Take Me There" from The Rugrats
Movie soundtrack, with Blackstreet and Ma$e.
In 2000, Mýa released her second album, Fear of Flying. Its first single,
"The Best of Me", featured rapper Jadakiss and Jay-Z appeared on
the singles hit remix Best of Me-part 2. Following the massive
success of the second single "Case of the Ex, Fear of Flying was
re-released featuring the brand new smash, and third single, Free.
Just as Fear of Flying went platinum, Mýa recorded "Where the
Dream Takes You the theme song for Walt Disney's Atlantis: The Lost
In May 2001, Mýa collaborated with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, P!nk
and Missy Elliot on a remake of LaBelle's "Lady Marmalade, which
is featured in Baz Luhrman's Moulin Rouge. The single sold 5.5 million copies
and became the most successful airplay-only single in history. Mýa
and companys version of "Lady Marmalade" won the Grammy Award
for Best Pop Collaboration and went on to collect numerous awards including
2 MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year and Best Video from a Film.
In 2003, Mýa released her third studio album, the critically acclaimed,
Moodring, featuring the hit singles including My Love Is Like Wo"
and Fallen. Moodring also featured Everything or Nothing,
the theme song for the 2004 video game James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing
in which Mýa was featured as a Bond Girl, and Real Compared to
What the 2003 Coca-Cola theme song, for whom Mýa was a spokesperson
for at the time.
As an actress, Mýa appeared in films such as the Academy Award-winning
musical film Chicago (2002) for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award
(ensemble), Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) and Cursed (2005), among others.
Mýa will once again be gracing the silver screen in various feature
films set for release throughout 2008, including Cover.
philanthropist, Mýa continues to devote her time and resources
to various causes. From 1998 to 2001, she became the spokesperson for
Secret to Self Esteem. In 2005, Mýa founded TMATF: The
Mya Arts & Tech Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to
providing disadvantaged youth growth and opportunity through arts &
technology education, where she serves as both executive director and
teacher. Mýa is also an advocate of breast cancer as her mother
is an 10 year survivor. In 2006 & 2007 she collaborated with the Lifetime
Television Network in the Stop Breast Cancer for Life campaign, recording
"My Bra" a song sold on iTunes donating 100% of proceeds to
breast cancer research. In 2007, Mýa was also the internationally
featured artist in Heatherettes Fashion Show for LifeBall in Vienna,
Austria to fight Global AIDS, hosted a fundraiser for Skoold to
aid homeless LGBT youth, and advocated gay rights by opening the Out 100
In 2008 Mýa will release a series of eagerly anticipated brand
new music....she is currently in the studio with world renowned producers
of many different genres. Mýa also will be appearing in the national
(RED) campaign for Dell + Microsoft, is the national spokesperson for
the North Shore Animal Leagues 2008 Tour For Life, will serve as
a National Co-Chair of HillBlazers, which is Senator Hillary Clintons
campaign youth outreach program, will act as a committee host for VH1s
Save the Music, will be participating in Rock the Vote, and will be featured
as the contributing celebrity editor for the premiere web-based glam and
fashion magazine BeautyBlitz.com. 2008 will also mark Mýas
New York Broadway Debut in Chicago as vixen murderess, Velma
Kelly, for a limited New York engagement May 12th- July 13th.
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