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Macklemore + Ryan Lewis part of Random Act of mtvU, details

By April Neale May 2, 2013, 23:54 GMT

Macklemore + Ryan Lewis part of Random Act of mtvU, details

Macklemore during Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) and Ryan Lewis visit New.Music.Live. in Toronto. Picture copyright by Robin Wong / PR Photos.

MTV, MTV2 and mtvU today announced that the networks are teaming with Usher, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Nick Cannon and Darren Criss to surprise several worthy students across the country with a kind gesture, or gRandom Act of mtvU,h to celebrate the end of the school year.

From MTV

Starting Monday, May 6, and premiering throughout that week, MTV, MTV2 and mtvU will air segments in which hardworking, civic-minded students are surprised with appearances, grants and gifts from the networks and some of the biggest celebrities in pop culture.

Each segment will premiere on MTV during the 4 p.m. ET/PT hour and subsequently run on MTV2 and mtvU, MTVfs 24-hour college network that reaches nearly 9 million students on more than 750 college campuses. The special week of programming includes the following pieces:

Monday, May 6: gHoward University Tuition Pay-off.h

gRandom Acts of mtvUh begins at Howard University, when Usher and MTVfs Sway Calloway astonish student Corey Arvinger with a $12,000 check to pay off his debt and come back to campus. The funds are provided by mtvU and SALT, a free resource that helps college students and recent alumni break down the overwhelming world of student debt and take charge of their finances. Additionally, Howard University agreed to match the donation with another check for $12,000 to further his education, as part of the Universityfs Bridging the Gap Student Campaign. Arvinger had been working two jobs at home while trying to raise tuition money online by starting a Web site and asking people to send in donations as little as $4 to help crowdsource his education.

Tuesday, May 7: gSt. Josephfs University Ultimate Fan Fly-Away.h

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis crash the campus of St. Josephfs University in Philadelphia to surprise ultimate fan Julia Collins, a sophomore at the school. Inspired by the duofs music to work with the St. Josephfs University gSummer Scholarsh program, which supports LGBT homeless youth, Collins has also spent her past two spring breaks volunteering.  As a reward for her selflessness, Collins spent time with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and they provided her with two VIP tickets to see them perform at the Hangout Festival. Click here for a preview of the segment.

Wednesday, May 8: gUniversity of South Florida Student Veteran Salute.h

mtvU and Nick Cannon surprise Kiersten Downs, a doctoral student at South Florida University and Air Force veteran, who is planning a cross-country bike ride to raise money for the Student Veterans of America. Downs, who served in the Air Force for seven years with three deployments and one tour in Iraq, will begin her ride on June 1, 2013, traveling from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., and the journey will be documented for a special three-part mtvU series slated for a fall premiere.  mtvU and Cannon will present her with gear and gift cards for the trip, in addition to dedicating support for her cause on social media.

Thursday, May 9: gPrinceton University Reward for Healing Cause.h

Leora Friedman, a junior at Princeton University, is trying to change the lives of seriously ill patients through her love of music and passion for philanthropy. At the age of 15, she began the organization Music Is Medicine and what started as a local service project has since transformed into an award-winning organization that has bettered the lives of countless young patients. mtvU will provide her organization with a $1,000 grant to further her efforts, plus she received a surprise from Darren Criss, musician and star of FOXfs gGlee,h who asked her to walk the red carpet with him at the 2013 gMTV Video Music Awardsh to promote Music Is Medicine.

One of MTVfs 2013 Artists to Watch, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, a duo from Seattle, Washington, have emerged as a premier international hip-hop group known for their electrifying live shows and innovative music videos and media. The group has broken new ground by independently releasing their debut full-length album, The Heist, which shot into the #1 spot on iTunes and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts.  Macklemore & Ryan Lewisf wildly popular music videos have amassed over 500 million views on YouTube.  Additionally, their music has been featured on MTVfs gIfm Positiveh special and MTV2fs gDub Magazine Project.h They have also performed on gThe Ellen DeGeneres Show,h gLate Night with Jimmy Fallonh, "Late Show with David Letterman," gSaturday Night Liveh and garnered national media attention in Rolling Stone, Billboard, NPR, TIME and GQ, among others.
Named by People magazine as one of the Top Ten Most Successful People in Young Hollywood and featured on the cover of Black Enterprisesf 40 Under 40, Nick Cannonfs rapid rise to success in film and television has had its monumental peaks, which include Nickelodeonfs award-winning The Nick Cannon Show, along with a breakout role in the 2002 movie gDrumline.h Most recently, Cannon appeared on MTV2fs original comedic-game show series gHip Hop Squares,h starring in the all-important center square in addition to his hosting duties on NBCfs gAmericafs Got Talent.h In July 2013, he will host the re-imagined improv comedy show gNick Cannon Presents Wild N Outh on MTV2.
This summer, multi-charting musician and composer Darren Criss will embark on his first-ever North American solo tour. Entitled LISTEN UP, the sold-out tour will visit sixteen cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Toronto and San Francisco, where the tour will kick-off on May 29. Additionally, Criss will make his theatrical debut in the film Girl Most Likely, alongside Kristen Wiig, Annett Benning and Matt Dillon. Criss is quickly becoming one of the most sought after actors and musicians of his generation. He has gone from YouTube sensation to a six]time Billboard charting musician and composer, who currently stars as Blaine Anderson on FOX's Emmy and Golden Globe Award]winning series gGlee.h
SALT is a free educational resource that provides simple, smart, personalized ways for college students and recent graduates to take control of their student debt and manage their finances. With a combination of helpful tools, tailored information, and unbiased expertise, SALT helps young people borrow less, borrow smart and repay their loans in a way that works for them. SALT was created by American Student Assistance, a nonprofit organization with 50+ years experience helping people make better decisions about financing their education and repaying student loans.
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