Humane:Do Some Good
Not About the Money
Talent is a gift only when it is shared. Mozart could have written music his whole life and if he never shared it, then what good was his talent?
American Idol is a talent show that some may say should be relegated to the mindless wasteland of television. I disagree. I’ve been watching the show off and on since it began fourteen years ago. It’s rare, but when undiscovered talent walks onto the stage during the auditions, I am so glad that the show provided a platform for these young people to share their talent and gift it to the world.
Last Thursday, January 15, 2015, a young black man named Hollywood Anderson (given name is Anderson Footman) stepped out on the stage in front of the judges for his audition with a guitar in hand. He sang an original song, “My Best Friend” which impressed the judges to the point where one cried, and another said at the end of the audition, “I am so glad that I took this job where talent nobody’s heard of can get a chance like this.”
After that Hollywood Anderson invited his mentor, an older white man, out to the stage. This man, Norman Lotz, is the Director of Development at Covenant House, an organization in New York City which helps homeless youth. Lotz had met Anderson (who is now known as “Hollywood Andy”) when Andy was a homeless youth, performing songs on the street with only his sparkling voice as his instrument. Lotz immediately recognized the tremendous talent that Andy was sharing with passersby. Lotz came back and gave Andy a guitar which is the very guitar that Andy used for his audition. Andy walked off the stage shoulder-to-shoulder with Norman Lotz.
Here’s a little introduction to Covenant House:
Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Today we are the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth.
You can help Covenant House continue in their good works here.
And you can watch Andy’s audition here.