A new PSA has been shared for Chris Cornell’s The Promise Campaign, and it features the late Soundgarden, etc. frontman, as well as his kids, and other celebraties including: Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac, George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks, Elton John, Snoop Dogg, Serj Tankian, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Morello and Matt Cameron. The campaign was started in response to the Armenian genocide film “The Promise,” which Cornell wrote and recorded a song for. Proceeds from the track, which is also called “The Promise,” all go towards the cause.
UCLA is establishing a new scholarship in the name of the late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.). This comes as result of a coalition led by his widow Vicky Cornell, who has put together an endowed fund of more than $1 million to help support students at the UCLA School of Law.
Vicky Cornell commented:
“My husband and I agreed that given the opportunity of education, people have the power to change the world. UCLA School of Law is an institution known for its academic excellence and we are proud the Chris Cornell Scholarship will provide funding for future students and future leaders of the world under the leadership of Dean [Jennifer] Mnookin and Chancellor [Gene] Block.”
Chancellor Block added:
“This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world.”
During his life, Chris Cornell was an advocate of human rights and even wrote “The Promise” for the Armenian genocide film of the same name. Proceeds from the movie went toward human rights causes, and even led to the creation of the Promise Institute for Human Rights at UCLA School of Law. The proceeds from the song itself, were also donated to the International Rescue Committee and the Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch.
Dean Mnookin said the following:
“Vicky Cornell and all the people paying tribute to Chris Cornell’s tremendous legacy are helping to ensure that the law school will extend and strengthen its commitment to our students and to the pursuit of justice. Through the work of the Promise Institute and the scholarships that this fund will support, Chris Cornell’s influence will be felt at UCLA Law and beyond for generations to come.”
A new theatrical version of the late Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden, etc.) music video for “The Promise” has been released. You can watch that below. The track was written for the film of the same name, which focuses on the Armenian genocide.
[via Rolling Stone]
The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) will be honored with the inaugural “Promise Award” for his track “The Promise,” which he created for the Armenian Genocide film of the same name. According to a press release, “the award recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way.” System Of A Down‘s Serj Tankian, who served as the Executive Music Consultant for the film, and contributed a song to the soundtrack, will be on hand to present the award at the Voices for Justice Human Rights Watch Annual Dinner on November 14.
The late Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, etc.) will be honored with the Human Rights Hero Award by Cassia’s LA Chefs for Human Rights during a benefit charity dinner on September 25 at the Southeast Asian brasserie in Santa Monica, CA. The late singer is being given the award for his track “The Promise,” which he created for the Armenian Genocide film of the same name, as well as his philanthropic and humanitarian work. Cornell’s widow Vicky will be on hand to accept it.
Chris Cornell’s brother Peter has shared another tribute he wrote for the late Soundgarden, etc. frontman. You can see what he had to say below, including his comments regarding the unfortunate conspiracy theories surrounding his brother’s death.
Again you humble me with your kindness, empathy, love and support.
Although I pulled myself off Social Media, I’ve been able to glimpse bits and pieces of the selfless way so many people around the world continue to honor and pay tribute to my Brother.
I truly couldn’t believe the way you picked up and carried the message of doing push-ups for suicide prevention. Please don’t stop. What a devastating way to have my eyes opened to how many lives around me, and all of us, have been touched by such tragedy. Going forward I hope prevention is a conversation we can have more freely. Removing the stigma that discussing suicide is like speaking about a dirty little secret. If only … what I’d give to have had the tiniest shred of this awareness in early May.
I cannot deny the pain of this loss. In some ways I cling to it. Refusing to let go because I want to keep my little Brother close, even if all that’s left are memories. At least we are rich with memories. I replay them all to often, starting with our childhood and reliving the glory that was Seattle in the 90’s.
This process of grief has connected me to so many other grieving hearts and souls. As I said previously, my Brother belonged to the world and so many have been crushed by the weight of this passing. I revived this FB page to return the compassion you have shown to me from the very moments after this tragedy … THANK YOU and THANK YOU AGAIN!!! If it’s possible for this path to walk a little softer, it’s only because I haven’t had to walk it alone.
Compassion is like a new word to me these days. This horror has connected me to family I have not known for many, many years. It’s a bittersweet connection that is equal parts reliving the devastation and lovingly tearing down the fences that have separated us for so very long. Compassion arms me with the ability to feel for their loss as you and I have felt for each other. In some ways my family lost my Brother twice. That is a burden I don’t share with them. I’ve grown new ears and hopefully a bigger heart.
I miss my interaction with YOU but a hiatus from social media helps me from continually picking at the wound. It’s unfortunate the social media platform that allows us to share each other’s heartbreak and healing also becomes a forum for conspiracy theories and absurd conjecture that defy decency and continually attempt to blur the facts. The entities that fuel these avenues of chaos are self-serving at best. When is enough enough? Hasn’t the time come for my Brother to be allowed to rest in peace? Haven’t the children endured more than a child ever, ever, ever should?
Much love to ALL of you!!! Hold your families close. May peace find all of us
Goodnight Chester. Goodnight Brother.
Chris Cornell’s (Soundgarden) widow Vicky Cornell has decided to memorialize her husband with a new statue in Seattle, WA. “He is Seattle’s son,” Vicky told The Seattle Times, “and we will be bringing him home and honoring him, I hope, with all of you, your love and support.” Wayne Toth, who previously made a memorial statue of Johnny Ramone, has been recruited to craft this one.