miley cyrus homelessness vmas 2014 VMAs 2014: Miley Cyrus and homeless youth promote My Friend's Place charityMiley Cyrus used her win for Video of the Year the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards to draw attention to a cause that she is supporting to help homeless youth in the Los Angeles area. In lieu of Cyrus coming up on stage to give an acceptance speech, a young man named Jesse had this to say:

“I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I’m one of these people. I have survived in shelters all over the city. I have cleaned your hotel rooms, I have been an extra in your movies, I have been an extra in your life. Though I have been invisible to you on the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight. Los Angeles, entertainment capital, has the largest population of homeless youth in America. The music industry will make over $7 billion this year and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home. If you want to make powerful change in the world right now, please join us and go to Miley’s Facebook page. A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream you dream together is reality. Thank you so much for your time.” 

The cause in question is My Friend’s Place, which “provides homeless youth with opportunities to improve their
psychological, intellectual and physical capacity to reach their
potential and build self-sufficient lives.”

Miley’s statement came on the heels of an earlier moment of silence led by rapper Common to honor the slain St. Louis youth Michael Brown.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."