Saturday, October 24, 2009

Help the National Inclusion Project Win $50,000!




Take the Challenge. Help Us Win $50,000!

As a friend and supporter, we know you share our passion for our cause. America’s Giving Challenge, presented by the Case Foundation, Causes on Facebook and PARADE Publications, is your chance to help us win awards up to $50,000. You can play a part in bringing about real and lasting change for something we both care deeply about.

Here’s how it works. From October 7th to November 6th, Challenge participants will compete for cash awards based on the number of donations to their cause, not dollars raised.

Please visit our cause on Facebook, and get involved now by leveraging your networks to help us recruit supporters and donations!

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Thank you for your support!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Aapki Antara

The following comment was left on an older blog today.

KartofflMuter said...

I'd like to leave this message for Clay and anyone else who's interested.

There is a wonderful and very important Soap Opera or serial coming out of India. It started several months ago and it's called Aapki Antara.

It is about a little girl with autism and how the family deals with it. IT IS GROUNDBREAKING!

You can't imagine how much more difficult it is in tradition bound India than it is in the U.S. Everyone thinks the little girl is crazy. They ban her from restaurants. They tell her parents to leave her at home for family functions. They push her,insult her,abuse her.

It's a daring project.

You can watch snippets on You-tube. Even in Hindi,you'll get the idea.We need shows like this. I get Zee TV so I watch it every night.

Clay would love it.


http://www.zeetv.com/shows/aapki-antara.html


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Appeal for Help

Clay Aiken just posted on his Facebook page.

The National Inclusion Project needs your help! With just 2 minutes, you can make a huge difference in the lives of many children. All you have to do is click on the link below and vote for the National Inclusion Project as your favorite charity. The winning charity gets $10,000 – that money would fund an ENTIRE Let's ALL Play camp for the summer. We are currently several votes behind first place and would love to come back and put the National Inclusion Project on top! With your help, I think we can be back at #1 in no time.
http://www.ilovechristiecookies.com/contest/form.asp


All you need is an e-mail address and choose the National Inclusion Project in the drop down menu. Let's do it!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Clay Aiken Launches The National Inclusion Project



The National Inclusion Project grew out of the relationship between Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel and Diane’s then 13-year-old son, Mike who had been diagnosed with autism. The bond between them grew strong as they shared a vision of a world where children like Mike could be fully immersed in society. They had both witnessed children with disabilities repeatedly turned away from activities opened to typical children.

As Clay pursued a degree in special education from UNC-Charlotte, he completed an independent study project where he created a foundation that focused on providing the support system for recreational and educational programs around the country to open doors to children with disabilities that had thus far remained closed. Both Diane and Clay realized that an organized effort could encourage and facilitate community inclusion and empowerment of individuals with disabilities.

This shared goal grew into reality on July 28, 2003. Since that time, the National Inclusion Project has established itself as a leading voice for inclusion working with a “Who’s who” list of youth organizations

  • YMCA

  • Best Buddies International

  • Boys & Girls Clubs

  • CampFire USA

  • 4H

  • ARC


  • – as well as many other local parks and recreation departments, community centers, and privately-run programs. They have also formed partnerships with:

  • Johns Hopkins University’s National Center for Summer Learning

  • The University of Massachusetts-Boston’s Center for Social Development and Education

  • The University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability

  • The University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration

  • The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center.


  • In 2008, both of the Project’s cutting edge inclusion models – Let’s ALL Play and the K-12 Inclusive Service Learning Program – were closely evaluated with overwhelmingly positive results. Children with and without disabilities in these programs saw growth in motor skills, social skills, and self-esteem, and the impact of the friendships made will last long into the future.

    The National Inclusion Project has worked with hundreds of programs, trained numerous staff members and leaders, and provided inclusive opportunities for over 20,000 children. This far-reaching impact would not have been possible without the dedicated support of countless volunteers and supporters. With their help in raising awareness and funds through projects like Wrapping for Inclusion and Change for Change as well as local fund-raising efforts like cookbooks, gatherings, and online donation drives, the National Inclusion Project has dedicated the vast majority of every dollar into making an impact with our programs.

    The National Inclusion Project is poised to continue to make an impact with thousands of children nationwide as well as raise the national consciousness about the need for and benefits of inclusion.

    Click here for more information about the National Inclusion Project



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    Thursday, July 09, 2009

    Clay Aiken Fantasy

    This is one of my favorite performances by Clay Aiken.

    It happened during one of the times that he returned to American Idol as a guest performer. This song isn't on any of his albums, but I get a kick out of it because of the back story and because he sang the heck out of it with such joy.

    At the time Clay was just days away from the end of his contract with 19Management, which he had to sue to get out of. He was on tour, co-headlining an arena tour with Kelly Clarkson, and had been scheduled for an hour long interview on Larry King Live the same night, until 19E decided that he should perform something with the girls on American Idol instead. They had the power to do crap like that to the Idols under contract and if we only knew how often, and how many of the Idols under their control 19 had similarly screwed, I think we would be shocked. Or maybe not :)

    I think he chose this song to express how happy he was to soon be out of their clutches, at least as far as management goes. He was still stuck with the recording contract under 19 for another 4 years, and we know how that turned out. Bastards!




    You are finally free of them, Clay. Let's see what you have up your sleeves now!

    Saturday, July 04, 2009

    Open Forum at Chexxxy's Place




    Do you have any questions? Something to say?

    Would you like to meet the members or join the board?

    Chexxxy's now has an open forum where you can post any questions or comments.

    Click Here to go to Chexxxy's Place.

    We are aware that there are a lot of great fans out there that are hungering for a happy and supportive place to enjoy being a fan. Ordinarily it is by invitation only but we know that not everyone knows someone who is already a member.

    We are also aware that there are some nasty rumors about us and although we are not perfect, the rumors that we are fan policing ogres is just not true. I'm looking at you DM, QM and assorted others. If you would enjoy a virtually un-moderated board that treats adults like adults, and, if you are a loving and supportive fan of Clay Aiken, this is the place for you.

    Wednesday, May 13, 2009

    Don't Miss Clay Aiken On 30 Rock Tomorrow!

    OMG! He is supposed to be Kenneth's cousin on the show. What a blast this is going to be!

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    Family Equality Council - VIDEO: Terry Boggis, Clay Aiken

    Great videos and the recognition given to Terry and Clay. They are both articulate spokespersons for the LGBT community.

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    Friday, April 03, 2009

    America's Next Top Model Preview

    Next week on April 8th there will be a 2 hour episode of America's Next Top Model with special guest Clay Aiken, who is a close friend of Tyra Banks. The preview is hilarious and I can hardly wait to see the show.

    Thursday, March 05, 2009

    The Very Best Of Clay Aiken

    Sony Legacy has compiled a Playlist of what they feel is the best of Clay Aiken. A fan made a montage of some live performances of the songs on the CD which is available on Amazon.com for pre-order and will be released March 31st.

    Friday, February 27, 2009

    Clay Aiken Could Start His Own Label




    Clay Aiken certainly has enough money to start his own label. He probably already has a recording studio in his home and his Producer, Jaymes Foster, just happens to live with him. Now all he needs is a great marketing and distribution company.

    For a fascinating and informative interview with a man who knows the music business inside and out go to this blog and watch the video, Fred Croshall: Indie vs Major




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    Friday, February 20, 2009

    Clay Aiken Says Adios to RCA!!




    Clay is Finally Free!!!

    In People Magazine his Publicist, Cindi Berger, said: "We were unable to come to terms in a recent contract negotiation, and decided that it was best to move on."








    and a hearty FU to Clive Davis and RCA!!!!



    Ryan Seacrest and his buddies at E! think we are in mourning. Hahahahhahahaha!!!!!

    Monday, February 09, 2009

    Clay's Song + Twilight is a Perfect Match

    This montage set to Clay Aiken's "Something About Us" is so good that its a shame that the Twilight movie producers didn't use the song on the soundtrack.

    Tuesday, January 27, 2009

    Measuring Clay Aiken

    This is a pretty good article. I made it better by taking out the ridiculously forced attempts at cutesy language which detracts from the overall message. I started on the grammar and punctuation, but quickly gave up.

    There's nothing wrong with occasionally writing "straight". No pun intended. Remember this:

    "When we stop categorizing people verbally, then we'll stop categorizing them socially" Clay Aiken

    It’s easy for some to heap criticism on people who have skeletons in the closet, because closets are for clothes. But here in post "Will and Grace" America, we of the free-to-be-you-and-me generation might insist that full disclosure is imperative. I’m among those who subscribe to the less popular opinion ‘in your own time.’ Must identity always be a political act?

    Clay Aiken, American Idol’s favorite nerd, had every right to find himself, in his own time. That said, many of us weren't surprised to see the headline on People Magazine: “YES, I’M GAY” but he came out in style. Clay may be the only person in all of history to come out while holding his brand new baby in his arms.

    I applaud Aiken for taking his interesting timing. Clay knew he didn’t owe a sea of strangers one iota of kiss and tell, but he did owe the truth to his son. In fact, he did come out to his mom years ago.

    No one could’ve known that kingdoms of Claymates would erupt the moment the lovable nerd took off his spectacles. To this date, Clay is the most successful male Idol contestant of all, including the ones who actually won. Ruben who? I confess to being sucked into the American Idol franchise, never to escape, by the shy redhead alone. He blew me away with “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” That big ol’ voice was just gorgeous, darling, and it made a Claymate out of me. What a sweetheart- go on, doll, pour some sugar on me! But like a hot potato, I dropped my crush on this cute special ed teacher as soon as he began recording- not sure what I was hoping for- maybe jazz standards? Vocally, it was out of sight, but the slick schmaltz that oozed from the sparkling Idol machine was the kind of thing they fight over at the senior’s centre, and that’s where I sent my copy of the lad’s first album, Measure of a Man. Was it any real surprise that he moved on to singing Richard Marx covers?

    But just because some of us prefer a little edge- or at least a beat- from our torch balladeers, doesn’t mean we should all point and jeer because he’s queer. Still, there’s something refreshing about a southern Baptist who leaves the safety of his flock to set his own rules. Here’s a born-again Christian who doesn’t get married to hide his love away- instead he sires a son with his best friend, Jaymes Foster, a 50 year old woman, and comes out blazing. Now that’s panache. He could have spent God’s call picketing women’s clinics. Instead, he tuned out the noise, tuned out the boys, and set out to follow Jesus’ example- working with poor and needy children, using his newfound riches and clout to make a big difference.

    Yes, what most people don’t know is just how much this rebel does for needy kiddies. In fact, it was the former Raleigh choirboy’s work with an autistic child named Michael that led him to his fame as runner-up on the second season of Idol, because Diane Bubel, the boy’s mother, encouraged Clay to try out. Today his primary charity is the Bubel Aiken Foundation, helping intellectually challenged children in dozens of ways.

    Who knew that Clay Aiken is also an ambassador for UNICEF? Clay helps raise funds and awareness to get kids all over the world into the classroom. His participation in a tsunami relief telethon helped raise ten million bucks. He helped out with the South Asian tsunami as well. Fearlessly, he worked in dangerous northern Uganda, helping kids called “night commuters.” These night runners flee their towns to avoid being kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army, an armed and dangerous militant terrorist insurgency. The guerrilla army’s aim is to establish a theocracy based on the teachings of their leader, Joseph Kony. They use tactics of murder, rape, kidnapping, sex enslavement, and torture, in Sudan, Uganda and the Congo. In one horrifying incident, they hacked into pieces the bodies of 45 Congolese Catholics.

    Clay had a busy year prior to baby Parker’s birth and his concurrent un-closeting in September of 2008. He was in Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan helping give polio vaccines and visiting schools. He rushed to Mexico for Christmas, not to vacation at his Riviera villa or check out the hot tamales, but to help kids who were affected by major floods. He’s worked with Malaria No More.

    In Africa, he was in Somalia, currently one of the most dangerous countries in the world. He learned that there are only 350 doctors there. “The lack of a permanent central government has contributed to Somalia’s status as one of the poorest and most volatile countries in the world. Decades of civil conflict have shattered social structures and exacerbated poverty,” Clay wrote for his UNICEF blog. “A Somali child’s chances of surviving to adulthood are among the lowest of children anywhere in the world…What disturbs me most about this terrible situation for children is that most of the world has ignored it. Millions of children live in fear and poverty—where is the outrage?” Then it was on to more goodwill hunting in Kenya. After the 2008 elections there, political upheaval caused terrible violence. “Everywhere we went, there were the charcoaled remains of homes, schools and shops,” he writes. “We drove for hours and everywhere we went, we saw people trying to get their lives restored.”

    Yes, well, that was just UNICEF. Three years ago, then-President George Bush (yuck) appointed the spitfire as adviser for the Presidential Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. So Clay was helping the former prez and the Department of Health and Human Services with program and service issues for those special kids he loves so much. He was also part of America’s Promise Benefits, Toys for Tots, and a spokesperson for Ronald McDonald House Charities. In his “spare time,” while performing on Broadway with Monty Python’s Spamalot, he raised money for Equity Fights AIDS. Plus, only two days into the new Obama era, Clay is already petitioning for presidential back up to save kids from malnutrition. But whatever happened to his studies? Millionaire or not, he finished his coursework while touring so he would still get the degree he started in special education.

    Somewhere between today and Idol 2003, on top of all this charity work, Clay has released five albums, (like ‘em or not, and millions do!) toured the world singing, created numerous television specials, appeared on dozens of talk shows, and written a book called Learning to Sing. AND of course, all that was preamble to his cuddliest creation, baby Parker.

    So what’s the deal with his son anyhow? Certainly, the media jump all over anything less than traditional in the great hunt for scandal. Coming out with your brand new baby in your arms makes amazing copy, but I think it also makes for amazing family. Best friends don’t have to break up. Talk about family values. Clearly, nothing in Clay’s unusual persona is about keeping up appearances. Despite all the cruel online jokes about the baby's conception, Parker's mother Jaymes knows that Clay’s genes ARE exactly what she wants: he won’t bellyache about babysitting or diapers or whether she’s getting too fat. He’s proven this from the beginning with his time and money, looking after the sick and the poor and the disabled. Unlike many mothers, she can be sure Dad’s prepared to put a child first. (And yes, the child was conceived through in vitro fertilization.)

    I admire most those who turn a stereotype upside down when it really counts. And kudos to Clay for refusing to be the kind of Christian we are all used to and sick of. Unlike the other kind who are always pointing fingers at Tinky Winky or unwed mothers for causing the fall of society, he’s out in the world doing the work his Savior commanded him to do- feed the hungry, visit the sick. It’s certain that he is privately contending with struggles of faith and community as he forges ahead into his own brand of family values. I say that takes tremendous pluck and a heart filled with love. On the other hand, he isn’t interested in being a queer stereotype either- the poor dear is rather fashion unfriendly. And he came out in his own sweet time, for his own reasons, without bowing to public pressure. Plus, Clay wasn’t exactly a diva while getting his Versace good and dirty in the war-torn Middle East. No wonder he’s been voted the most loved reality star of all time! But Clay isn’t so sure he deserves the adulation. He told People Magazine that he regrets being too busy to do more!

    Friday, January 16, 2009

    Clay's "Something About Us" to be Featured at Inaugeral Ball




    Information from Ilovemycat0851 at Clayversity

    The Obama "Love Story" montage, which is set to Clay's song "Something About Us", will be shown at one of the Inaugural balls on Tuesday. Maplestik, the person who created it was contacted weeks ago for permission to use it. She sent them a copy of the video, but she's not sure which ball it will be shown at.

    Congrats to her, and hopefully the President-elect and his wife will dance to it.


    Something About Us is a beautiful song sung beautifully by Clay Aiken.

    Sunday, January 11, 2009

    Music Videos

    I had not seen some of these videos of Clay Aiken's songs from "A Thousand Different Ways" before. I am so glad that they were found on a British msn site, uploaded by Sony UK. I wonder why the first 2 were not released in America? The videos are also available for sale in Russia, as are most of Clay's albums.


    Click on the pictures to view the videos.

    Clay Aiken - These Open Arms
    Clay Aiken - These Open Arms





    Clay Aiken - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    Clay Aiken - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word





    Clay Aiken - A Thousand Days
    Clay Aiken - A Thousand Days





    Clay Aiken - Without You
    Clay Aiken - Without You



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    Wednesday, January 07, 2009

    Clay Aiken is Fat?

    No, but the bloggers are saying he is, so I thought I'd post a picture of him from the past week.



    And he hasn't had plastic surgery. Geeze! He looks the same as he did in 2003, only 5 years older.




    And get over the stage makeup. You'd think he was the first actor to ever wear it or to be photographed right after a performance with it still on.