Marty Markowitz’s official proclamation calling today “VH1 Divas Celebration Day in Brooklyn, USA”:
Whereas, Brooklyn has long been renowned for the richness of its cultural and artistic communities, it is therefore most fitting that we recognize those distinguished individuals and organizations that support and promote artistic expression in Brooklyn, throughout New York and the world; and
Whereas, in every generation stars are born and legends are made, yet there are those times when that rare individual graces the world with their presence, standing above all who have come before and after them, elevating and revolutionizing their art form, expanding minds, opening hearts, and building bridges of understanding, leaping beyond the confines of star to that of “Diva”; and
Whereas, all of Brooklyn joins with Chairman Alan H. Fishman, the Board of Trustees, President Karen Brooks Hopkins of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) at the Howard Gilman Opera House, for “VH1 Divas,” bringing together for the first time in Brooklyn—or anywhere on one stage—the amazing singing talent of Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis and this year’s hostess Paula Abdul, and all of their phenomenal musical accomplishments—at such a young age—have undoubtedly given birth to a new generation of divas who will follow in the enormous footsteps of Whitney, Diana, Shania, Faith Hill, Celine, Aretha, Tina, Cher, Mary J., Beyonce, Mariah and Chaka Khan;
Whereas, on behalf of all Brooklynites, I salute the incomparable hostess Paula Abdul, divas: Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Jordin Sparks, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis, and Miley Cyrus—all of whom have risen to the top as pop music’s most talented female artists, I commend each of them for their dedication to their craft, for seeking perfection and working so hard to bring joy to so many hearts and entertainment into so many homes, I congratulate the 2009 VH1 Divas for the extraordinary accomplishment of being selected for this auspicious honor, and I sincerely thank the founders and producers of “VH1 Divas” for ensuring that the funds raised from these performances go to the VH1 Save the Music Foundation, which is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in the public schools, with more than 43 million dollars worth of musical instruments having been donated since its inception in 1997, improving the lives of 1.2 million children, and I deeply thank The VH1 Divas for gracing the world with their music, their talent, inner beauty and determination, providing role models for so many young women and girls around the world; and
Now, therefore, I, Marty Markowitz, President of the Borough of Brooklyn, do hereby proclaim Thursday, September 17, 2009
VH1 Divas Celebration Day in Brooklyn, USA
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Borough of Brooklyn to be affixed this 17th day of September, 2009.