Jan. 9, 2015
-- As a pioneer in the Hip-Hop culture and award-winning executive producer, Christopher “Play” Martin (Kid ‘n Play, House Party, Class Act), knows first-hand the depth of power and influence the media has in shaping our society. In an era where news headlines and music chart toppers are flooding our cellphones, computers, radios and televisions with demoralizing messages, Martin and a dynamic team of college students, community volunteers, and talented multi-media journalists are working around the clock to bring balance back to media with the groundbreaking news organization Brand Newz. Staying true to its slogan “Hip Hop Has A New Direction,” Brand Newz focuses on telling inspiring and empowering stories about people from all walks of life, from Hip- Hop artists giving back to the community, to everyday people who volunteer their time and talents to make a difference in the lives of others. Brand Newz cleverly uses video, social media and blog-inspired posts to deliver its messages and to creatively carry out the founding principles of Hip Hop – promoting peace, love, unity, and the celebration of life. As of result of its impact on the way news and information is shared, the TheGrio celebrated Martin and his work at Brand Newz in 2013 as being among the “Top 10 African Americans in technology.”
TheGrio also acknowledged Martin, an educator, historian and motivational speaker, for being a champion for education in the community. Brand Newz is also making waves on four CW Network affiliates (Knoxville, Tenn., Huntsville, Ala., Norfolk, Va. and Greensboro, N.C.) and has caught the attention of Dish Network’s Video-On-Demand. To help spread the positive and educational offerings of Brand Newz around the globe, Martin has called upon members of the entertainment industry and the community-at large to support his “Hip Hop Has A New Direction” fundraising and awareness campaign on the crowdfunding site Go Fund Me. The campaign will help support Brand Newz operations, community initiatives and educational programs, such as internships and scholarships. The campaign kicked-off on January 1, 2015 to inspire others to seek a new perspective from the media and entertainment industry in the New Year. Interested supporters can log on to www.GoFundMe.com/
BrandNewz to participate in the campaign. Each donor will be credited as a producer of Brand Newz content and will have an opportunity to receive unique appreciation gifts, ranging from exclusive Brand Newz gear to Kid ‘n Play memorabilia, and even tickets to an upcoming Kid ‘n Play show. Martin founded Brand Newz in 2006, after a life-changing incident left him incapacitated and faced with learning to walk again. For Martin, the painful experience was anything but an accident. During his recovery, his time was spent praying, reading and reflecting. He found himself engulfed in watching biographies, documentaries and 24-hour “news” networks. What he saw on the news was disappointing and awakened him to the reality that the stories being told by mainstream media were filled subjective reporting and misconceptions that served the purpose of dividing and discouraging people,
instead of unifying and uplifting them.
From that point on, Martin has been dedicated to producing content that tells the often-untold stories of the inspiring people and moments that impact our world every day, stories which reveal that “Hip Hop Has A New Direction" and that direction is up! For more information about Brand Newz, visit: www.BrandNewz.com For more information about Christopher Martin, visit: www.ChristopherMartin.TV To access the Go Fund Me site, visit: www.GoFundMe.com/