Written by Sean McKenzie

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Chase Masterson at Vitello’s July 16, 2017 (Photo: Sheryl Aronson)

Chase Masterson had a dream to one day stop bullying. As a child, she herself was bullied and stood up to bullies in school . . . “Shut Your Mouths,” was uttered to protect her only friend. Chase was just a scrawny, shy girl at the time. Sadly, her efforts turned into further taunts, which followed her throughout her school days—she was nicknamed Shut Your Mouths until she left that school. Did Chase’s bullying end? Do other children who are victims of this cruel type of abuse ever become free of the threat of bullies? Schools have tried to set up rules with unsuccessful attempts to enforce disciplinary action to end these young aggressors’ reign of terror.

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Chase Masterson at Vitello’s July 16, 2017 (Photo: Sheryl Aronson)

Sunday, July 16, 2017, Chase Masterson (and co-founder Carrie Goldman) had her first official anti-bullying fundraiser Pop Culture Hero Coalition. The event was held at Vitello’s (formerly the E-Spot) in Studio City, CA. The former Star Trek Deep Space 9 actress shared her stage with an impressive lineup of popular Los Angeles performers.

Leading the show was Chase Masterson, who wore two hats (and three outfit changes) that evening; she was the charming hostess and engaging songstress, opening the show with the “The Swinger,” and performing later throughout the evening “Pure Imagination,” “At Seventeen,” then ending the show with “What the World Needs Now.”

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Chase Masterson at Vitello’s (Photo: Sheryl Aronson)

The talented performers were Keith Borden (performed “Love’s in Need of Love Today” and “The Greatest Love of All”), Justin Charles Cowden (performed “Kiss from a Rose” and “Children Will Listen”), Classical singer Patricia Whiteman (performed “Come Down from the Tree,” “You Have More Friends Than You Know,” Kirsten Holly Smith (performed “Freedom” and “Faith” by George Michaels); Mandy Kemp (performed “I’m Not Afraid of Anything”), and (singer/flutist) Kaylene Peoples (performed “Beautiful” and “Imagine”). Each singer wowed the audience with their show stopping performances, backed by Musical Director David Scott Cohen on piano, Al Garcia on bass, Tom Bowe on drums; and director of the show and founder of Cabarabia Cares Clifford Bell announced as well as entertained with his animated background vocals.

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Revolution Artwork

Born from this incredible evening, Revolution (a compilation CD by all the performers from July 16th) will be used as a fundraising vehicle, and is tax-deductible. All songs on this anti-bullying CD were the live recordings from that show at Vitello’s, except studio recordings of “Beautiful” and “Imagine,” by Kaylene Peoples with guest performers Grammy-nominated bassist Bunny Brunel and pianist Mahesh Balasooriya; and created specifically for the compilation. (Both songs are available as singles on CDBABY, iTunes, and Amazon.com. All proceeds go to the Pop Culture Hero Coalition.kaylene-peoples-revolution-compilation-recordings

It was an honor to be a part of such an important and timely movement. Chase Masterson’s passion for this cause is to be commended. I don’t know anyone who wasn’t bullied at least once in his/her lifetime. Chase’s magical performance of “Pure Imagination” gave me chills and is still playing in my head. The Pop Culture Hero Coalition really hit home for me.” –Kaylene Peoples


Photos below are courtesy of the performers, except the bottom (R) of  Kirsten Holly Smith and The BG Singers that were photographed by Sheryl Aronson for The Hollywood 360.


 

About the Pop Culture Hero Coalition:

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Chase Masterson (Photo: Robert Fisher)

Founded in 2013, the Pop Culture Hero Coalition works to educate and support children, teens and adults to overcome bullying and social injustice, and to transform their struggles into strengths, using stories and characters from pop culture TV, film, and comics. The charity promotes and fosters a culture free from the injustice of bullying, cyber-bullying, hate crimes, and inequality, based on gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual identity or preference, physical disability, mental disability, learning disability, or any other perceived vulnerability.

The Pop Culture Hero Coalition is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization, partnered with the United Nations Associations, NOH8 Campaign, Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media, Random Acts, and working in Partnership with Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

To learn more about the Pop Culture Hero Coalition, please visit www.popculturehero.org.

(Photo Credits: Sheryl Aronson, Kevan Foster, and Robert Fisher; additional uncredited photos courtesy of the performers.)

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