“Hey am i gonna be on one of your crazy YouTube thingies?”
Ed Hale just returned from a two week homebuilding trip to Akra in Ghana in West Africa with Habitat for Humanity. The team he was a part of built three full houses. He also visited the former “slave castles” on the coast. “The building was brutal. The sun was scorching hot. The slave castles were dark shocking and horrifying. I didn’t go in. We are f**king animals,” Hale said about the trip. He created a Transcendent Television series of video shorts about the trip on YouTube which can be viewed below.
Hi New York friends!
I’m sending you all an email to a few of my New York friends because many of you were sponsors of my peace delegation trip to Iran last month and/or were awesome email/phone supporters. So I wanted to let you know the details of the official presentation I will be giving about it here in NYC.
The last two months have indeed been insane with almost more work post-trip than the trip itself. A lot of interviews and articles and yes even the obligatory appearance on Muslim TV — (which was quite â€œcandid cameraishâ€™ I must say).
My official presentation about the trip in New York City will be this coming Sunday. I pasted the details below for you in case you have the time to come – and are interested in this subject. It was quite the experience and we learned a lot. More than anything, we were brought there specifically by the Iranian government to bring back a message to the American people…
So that is why we do these interviews and presentations. It isn’t necessarily a â€œperfect message.â€ But it is a real message â€“ as opposed to what we hear on the news here in the States… which is just â€˜the White House said…â€ So, that will be the aim of the presentation. To show some pictures, tell some stories, and answer as many questions as possible about the subject.
The presentation will be filmed (so dress sharpJ). By the way, since I have you all on the line at once: Our show Transcendent Television got picked up by Warner Home Video for distribution!!! No, weâ€™re not on traditional TV… YET, but this was a real surprise blast of forward momentum out of nowhere that was very welcomed.
If you want to see the first DVD they are going to officially release you can see it here because there are segments still on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=AE689FEEAE0C2E66 It is the â€œGoing to Ghanaâ€ series I made last year.
Many of your beautiful faces I have not seen in a long time… I know weâ€™ve all been over the top busy. Such is life in New York. It has been a crazy year or more for many of us. But I would love to see you! If not Sunday, then hopefully soon.
(For you rockers in the bunch, it does begin at 12:45. I know that’s early, so if you don’t show, don’t sweat it. I TOTALLY understand. J)
If you do decide you can attend, let me know, and I will make sure that lunch is reserved for you. if you’re not sure, feel free just to show up. Hey, this is New York. Who knows what weâ€™re even going to do tonight let alone Sunday!!!
Hope all is well with all of you and would love to see you there.
Below is the description of the Presentation:
Ed Hale will give a talk about his recent Peace Delegation trip to Iran entitled â€œThe Value of a Single Human Beingâ€
Sunday June 1st starting at 12:45 PM
Mark your calendars for Sunday June 1st 2008! Ed Hale who just recently returned from a 15 day peace delegation to the country of Iran with 13 other Americans will give a presentation about his experience. The trip was sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Iranian government. The 14 delegates held formal meetings with leading government officials and religious leaders including former president Mohammad Khatami and three reigning Ayatollahs to discuss how to improve US/Iran relations and foster more peace and harmony between our countries. Ed will share his experience with us, as well as present a slideshow of photos from the trip and also answer questions about this increasingly important issue. He also brought back some delicious samples of traditional Iranian food, tea, and candy to share with the group.
As always the session will offer a valuable opportunity for group sharing and interaction. Lunch and drinks will be provided for all.
Yes… so i had bought this african drum. i had always wanted a real african drum. Not an american made african drum but a real authentic made in africa one. and i finaly bought one… i was so excited that for a very short time i played it all the time… but my fellow travellers on the bus didn’t much like that… which they didnt have too hard of a time communicating to me… i believe it was baby kaye who said something to the effect of “uh Ed, pardon me, but when youre sleeping we are cognizant of it and we try to be quiet… get it?” And i was like “So you dont want me to play my drum on the bus?” “Exactly.” So they made me a new quieter one.
This is why the whole world is banding together to help build Africa up.
Ed Hale just returned from a two week homebuilding trip in Ghana in West Africa with Habitat for Humanity. He also had the opportunity to visit the so-called slave dungeons on the coast towards the end of the trip. Above is a photo from that portion of the trip. Hale commented, “Yes they looked like this. yes they smelled. yes it is every bit as awful as one imagines. It’s the soul’s darkness. We are f**king animals. I am ashamed and horrified.” Luckily Hale also created a ten episode Transcendent Television series of video shorts which can be viewed below.
TRANSCENDENCE lead singer Ed Hale recently returned from a two-week home building mission trip in a remote village in the country of Ghana in Africa. The trip was sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and Christ Church United Methodist in New York City. Several videos of the trip were also posted to YouTube on the TranscendentTVchannel. Photos and slideshow, and Hale’s personal comments and blogs about the trip can be had by clicking here: http://www.flickr.com/gp/15783175@N06/gwkr5c