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Azim

Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., United States | SELF

Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., United States | SELF
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"Song aims for awareness about homelessness"

Upper Marlboro singer-songwriter Azim Al-Salam spent a lot of time volunteering with his father before he died last year. The University of Maryland graduate was moved to merge his passion for music with his passion for giving back by composing "DC Street." The song aims to raise awareness about homelessness in the Washington area.


Ten percent of each 99-cent download will be donated to So Others Might Eat, a nonprofit group that helps the homeless.

"My father was my best friend and a minister. He wasn't my biological father, but he raised me," the D.C. native said. "I saw him give counsel to people; I saw him give clothes to people. I'm still dealing with the loss, but he was such an example to me and taught me to not just preach giving but to practice it."

Al-Salam also runs Consider Someone Else, a social network focused on giving and volunteering. For information, visit http://www.considersomeoneelse.com.

- The Washington Post


"Extremely impressive debut"

Extremely impressive debut, keep the progressive moves going. Lets's stay in touch and let me know whenever I can be of any assistance.
Mike Chase,WMMJ/Majic 102.3 - Mike Chase,WMMJ/Majic 102.3


"Local Entrepreneur Considering Others"

When his father passed away more than a year ago, Azim Al-Sala’m wanted to find a way to not only honor the man who instilled principles of kindness and charity in him, but also carry on his positive legacy.

A native Washingtonian, Al-Sala’m, 33, founded Consider Someone Else, a social networking Web site that aims to provide a platform that offers user-friendly navigation in finding a cause to support.

The site, Considersomeoneelse.com, offers what is called “The CSE Challenge,” which offers donors the opportunity to actively engage in making more societal contributions. The challenge allows donors to participate in one of four ways: Find a cause on the site to support, purchase a pack of CSE gift cards to disperse, post an item to donate in a “Give it Away” section of the site, or videotape a new way to consider someone else.

“It’s all about creating an original way to give,” said Al-Sala’m. “My goal is to make this the premier site for social contribution.”

The non-profit organization is Al-Sala’m’s way of promoting social and educational awareness while creating a way to make giving to charity “cooler.”

In hopes of garnering funding for his organization, Al-Sala’m entered the Pepsi Refresh Project contest. The contest – still in progress – is looking to award people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive effect on the community. Applicants post their ideas on the Pepsi Refresh Project Web site, and wait for the public to vote for the best concept. When voting closes on June 30, the winner will receive $25,000 to help fund his or her cause.

If he wins, Al-Sala’m hopes to create the “$12.00 Pledge.” The pledge will be a one-time tax deductable contribution made to CSE. This, Al-Sala’m hopes, will supplement the “CSE Challege,” and encourage membership.

The pledge will take $1 from the donation each month and funnel it toward a particular cause. Each month a different cause will benefit from the “$12 Pledge.” He plans to reward donors with the opportunity to receive “Kindness Cash,” a monthly $15 giveaway.

“It gives people a platform to donate,” said Al-Sala’m.”This allows people the opportunity to give on a year-round basis by only paying one time. No donation is more than $12.00.”

Al-Sala’m also stresses that there will be transparency with each donation, allowing each donor to see which charity their money is going to. He also wants other non-profits to catch on and join him on his quest to “revolutionize social giving.”

Though there is the real possibility that he won’t win the Pepsi Refresh Project contest, Al-Sala’m maintains that CSE will continue, with or without the $25,000.

“This is my personality,” said Al-Sala’m. “This is my dream, who I am. Win or lose, I’m going to pursue this. “
- The Washington Afro-American Newspaper/ by David Rushing


Discography

DC Street (2010) -Inspirational song for homeless and hunger advocacy

Do You Know What Love Is? (2006) -An enhanced CD/single which includes the music video. It autoloads on your pc/mac

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Azim is an entrepreneur and philanthropist from Washington, D.C. He's currently on the Dean's List at University of Maryland University College, where he will be graduating in May 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security. He's received both, the 2010-11 Senatorial and Delegate Scholarships. Azim's musical aspiration is to make a positive impact in music. And, ultimately write for other artists.

This lyricist/producer/vocalist is a very multi-talented individual that has been writing poetry since the early age of seven years old. He has won national songwriting competitions such as Footlocker's "Cool School Video", The Calvin Rolark "I Love Life", and "The National Heart Assocaiation's "Stop Smoking" songwriting contests. He was the national youth spokeperson for Footlocker and received the National Coalition of African American Men's "Youth of the Year" award in 1995.

Azim continues to engage in public speaking and volunteering for the youth and social advocacy. He founded Consider Someone Else, a social awareness network that highlights positive societal/social contributions of people and organizations that are striving to make a difference in the world. CSE connects people with other people and organizations, by providing a gateway of information that treats exclusively to giving. It was accepted into the Pepsi Refresh Grant Poject in 2010. CSE was inspired by the life of Azim's father-figure/best friend, a very charitable person who passed away from cancer in 2009.

Azim's recent release "DC Street" was written to raise awareness for the homelessness and hunger that exist in Washington, DC. DC Street is only $.99 cents a download. This compelling song offers introspection while remaining upbeat. This is evident in a lyric from the song, "Maybe my change could change the world tonight." Azim chose to donate 10% of download sales to SOME (So Others Might Eat) a 501 (c)3 non-profit that provides meals, transitional living, addiction counseling and job placement to those in need.

Azim's first release "Do you know what love is?" (2006) gained international fans/sales, and radio airplay in London,UK and Tokyo, Japan. This CD in enhanced and includes the Music Video!

Music by Azim (Upper Right Corner)
Track List:

1.DC Street
2.When We Danced
3.He's No Good (Interlude)
4.Break Your Heart
5.Do You Know What Love Is?