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LaVar Burton Raising $1 Million To Restart "Reading Rainbow"


(AllHipHop News) Crowdsourcing has become the greatest way for fans to resurrect their favorite cancelled shows. Former Reading Rainbow host Lavar Burton has started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $1,000,000 to bring back the legendary PBS show.

Currently, Burton’s campaign has garnered over $580,000 of its proposed $1 million goal with a July 2nd date as the deadline. The campaign is aimed to bring the TV show online and providing it to over 1500 classrooms for free.

Those that donate are eligible for a variety of rewards that are separated by different pay tiers. For example, those that spend $10,000 towards the project will be awarded a Los Angeles private dinner with Burton and “a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take a photo or video while wearing LeVar’s ORIGINAL visor” from Star Trek: The Next Generation according to the official Kickstarter page.

Reading Rainbow ran from 1983 to 2006 and in the process racked up numerous accolades, including multiple Daytime Emmys, Peabody Award and millions of fans. Reading Rainbow relaunched as an app and as of today has had over 15 million books read on the app.

Check out the Kickstarter page and/or pledge here.

  • Chris

    Salute.

  • John Q. Public

    My 4th grade teacher was so lazy, He Let us watch Reading Rainbow everyday, swear I musta seen every episode that year…

    Hold up…

    … LaVar Burton don’t RAP

  • End of Days

    “Take a look, in a book. Reading Rainbow…”

  • scullyson

    Good stuff

  • tha OG

    Child hood memories

  • ImFred ImRico

    Respect! I’ll definitely donate some dollars.

  • bigdoe6

    I rather watch this before i watch all that reality show crap. So yes I’m all for making a donation.

  • I just made my pledge. This was my favorite childhood educational show. Better than Sesame St., Mr. Rodgers, Captain Kangaroo, etc. Reading Rainbow was the best to me. I’m more than happy to be able to donate to this show. #ChildhoodMemories

    • Ronald Tregan

      NOTHING was better than Mr. Rogers yo

  • I’m with it

  • C Black

    I might drop something on it, not sure as of yet. Already dropped a pretty penny on Hidden Colors 3.

  • brotha_man

    imma throw some duckets on it.

    Butterfly in the sky
    I can go twice as high
    Take a look
    It’s in a book
    A Reading Rainbow

    • RightOn

      Hahaha yup. Memories.

  • soyhiphop

    I loved this show grew up on it…but this generation of kids is damaged by over medication..idolizing shitty artist and worldstar

    • RightOn

      That’s why we need to help bring back the show.

  • Boomie Rogers

    This is dope, Reading Rainbow was the sh!t. Hope it works out.

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  • jon dubock

    Loved this show…Ever noticed, since Reading Rainbow went away…kids that grew up after that, sucked at rapping???….hahahaha….truth ….

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  • Ronald Tregan

    Lol damn this just brought back a ton of memories. I used to love it and i totally forgot about it

  • Black Adam

    I fully support this. One of the dopest shows to watch as a kid. Very good for Higher learning. Ya dig

  • Cool he should update the prologue with the DMX version….

  • TimeWillTellu1

    LaVar Burton is a good dude. I wouldn’t mind rocking that star trek visor while reading a good book.

  • Sounds like a great solid project.
    More like this!

  • Twonpass

    This is desperately needed in today’s society.
    Something to help these young brothas and sistas get a better foot forward. Even you parents that need a little help (put your pride on the shelf) sit wit your kids and make it a family thing…Grow together…..

    Good job Mr Burton….
    I will be donating.

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  • I_AM_Houston

    Ill throw $20 toward the cause. Not a lot but everything helps.

    • RightOn

      I am throwing $25. I hope he does succeed in bringing back this show. Great for kids.

  • RightOn

    Respect!