By Editor & Contributor Tre Florez
Following the Manchester Arena tragedy that took place in England on May 22nd, 2017, at the Ariana Grande concert that left twenty three adults and children dead and 119 others injured nearby, the world took to social media in shock to address their deepest sympathies for all those involved. During this time, charities from around the globe looked to their social following to help fund some donations.
Ariana Grande and her staff quickly pulled together a benefit concert to support the families of victims and to help pay for funeral expenses. The popstar also recruited other big name celebs to join her on the benefit stage, such as, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay and a few others.
The show sold out in less than 20 minutes online on Thursday and premiered live on BBC One for the world to participate in. The fund has raised over $9 million from ticket sales as of now, according to Forbes, and is still predicted to growing a little more in size this week.
The mission of One Love goes beyond the arena though, that much is true.
The arena, the stage, the ambience and all-- in some sense, has become a home away from home for a countless amount of people who want to come together to celebrate their similarities. There is just a sense of community during live concerts and music festivals that you can’t replicate anywhere else. When people are put in these types of social situations, they create this unspoken rule of respect amongst their peers– understanding that all parties involved at the event are there for a common goal; to enjoy the good vibes and to avoid conflict with one another wherever possible.
Side note: Out of the 50,000 plus #OneLoveManchester benefit attendees – only one person was arrested – clearly people were on the same page!
People are very nervous about the world right now and rightfully so.
But after the #OneLoveManchester Benefit Concert (which may I remind everyone, was put on just one day following another terror attack on the iconic London Bridge) there was a ringing sound of solidarity still buzzing around the social sphere today; that we are better together than we are apart.
And we couldn’t agree more.
In addition to the performances, Grande re-released her single “One Last Time” as a benefit single, where all proceeds go to support the official Red Cross: We Love Manchester Emergency Fund
You can show your support by purchasing the single here:
Yes, sure, we have heard the song before. But now that it has a brand new meaning behind the lyrics, it has a different emotional pull than it once had. The song has became an anthem of love, as well as song dedicated for those we have lost by hate. Using the record to benefit the fund really goes to show just how connected Grande is with her fans.
There was more than just singing from the large crowds that echoed across the arena, arms and palms stretched upward, clapping and singing and tears rolling down faces. There was full fold emotion everywhere. There was hope. There was love!
Singer Pharrell WIlliams said between songs, “I don’t feel, or smell, or hear, or see any fear in this building...all we feel here tonight is love, resilience and positivity,” before bringing Miley Cyrus out to perform a rendition of “Happy.”
One of the best moments from the show, was when Ariana Grande brought out Miley Cyrus to sing Crowded House’s track “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” in which they originally sang together to raise money for Cyrus’ Happy Hippie Foundation. Grande’s soft head voice with Cyrus’ raspy tone join forces to do the song it’s justice.
Watch the Live taping of the full event:
iTEM MAG expresses our sincerest condolences to the families and loved ones of those affected by the Manchester Arena attack. #westandtogether
Images Courtesy of Ariana Grande
Tyler J. Drinnen, is the Founder and Editor in Chief of iTEM MAGAZINE,
a poet and freelance fashion writer, photographer and abstract visual content producer.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Sonoma State University, where he wrote a weekly Opinion Column For
The Star, dabbled with his own radio podcast format, titled Saturday Nite Scandal, and helped to create one of the first of 25 Professional Student Lead PR Firms in the USA.
From there on, he continued his work by interning with Sonoma Discoveries Magazine and then shortly after wrote and interned for Fashion School Daily, where he solidified his love for feature writing and working with emerging talents from around the world.
In December of 2016, he received an Honorary Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University. And what an achievement that was, to be the first in his program to have graduated a full semester early. Bringing him to four degrees in a short five and a half years, nothing will stop him from bringing art to the eyes of many.
He has worked in the fashion industry for nearly a decade, from commercial retail management to corporate level ghost writing. Now - he the poet - T.J.D. takes his life public with the independent launch of the urban California lifestyle based fashion-art movement, iTEM MAGAZINE: A Platform For Rising Artists.