Sunday, January 23, 2011

Kevin Max: Haiti and the Homeless

Name:   Kevin Max  

What is your job?  Singer/Writer/Actor/Activist

What social causes are most important to you? Anything that truly helps people.

What charities do you support – and how?
 There are several charities that I feel are relevant and worthwhile supporting…recently, I have been behind Safe Water Nexus as they are on the ground in Haiti and are a small and up and coming company with a huge heart.  Also a friend of mine has an outreach to the homeless in the Los Angeles area and abroad, it is called ‘Can’t Ignore The Poor’ and ‘The Jonah Project’- very interesting concepts and run by people with their ears to the ground and not interested in the hype machine.

Do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie?
 A good friend of mine is linked with Can’t Ignore the Poor -- his roommate is the leader.  I lived in Los Angeles for 4 years and spent quite a bit of time downtown and realized the need to help the homeless in the community, every time I ventured out into the city.   I feel that the global picture sometimes overshadows our own communities and needs within our own social environments.

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved?
The best way in my mind is to get educated on the problems.  With Haiti, it is obvious because the problem is right in front of us every day on television, internet etc…  But with problems concerning the homeless, or the poor within our own country, we need to dig a little deeper and search it out.

Have you done a song about this topic, or dedicated a song to a charity
I am currently involved in a couple of different Haiti relief projects here in Nashville, one is called Nashville for Haiti, and is a group of independent and alternative artists giving away music for the cause. 

How would you define social responsibility?
When you see a problem, you try to understand that problem and then take action.  Within our enclave of local social conditions it is impossible not to notice a need or a subject that needs to be addressed and changed.

Quick list of your tattoos?
Most of my work was done by a local Nashville artist named Billy Joe, who runs a shop called Artistic Skin, located in the downtown area (it is currently called Billy Joes Tattoo and Piercing).

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