Kidd Video Flipside

Kidds for Kids in Africa

"On Thursday, June 27, 1985, 63 of Hollywood's 'kids' joined together to record a song for the United States Committee for UNICEF to benefit the children of Africa."

In 1984 and 1985, a period of famine in Ethiopia and Eritrea inspired two notable musical benefit projects: in the UK, Band Aid recorded "Do They Know It's Christmas?" on November 25, 1984; and in the USA, USA for Africa recorded "We Are the World" finishing on January 28, 1985. "Kidds for Kids in Africa" carried on this work, but with a special twist. Young entertainers, mainly actors instead of musicians, came together to record their song "Love's Gonna Find a Way" (written by Shuki Levy and Deborah Shelton) to specifically benefit the children of Africa via the U.S. Committee for UNICEF.

The recording of "Love's Gonna Find a Way" was covered by 16 Magazine in their November 1985 issue. In the the fall of 1985, the members of Kidd Video were also named Youth Ambassadors for UNICEF Day.

A video of the Kidds for Kids in Africa song "Love's Gonna Find a Way" was kindly provided by Steve Alterman himself.

List of Participants

This is a list of the actors and entertainers who participated in Kidds for Kids in Africa, followed by works they were known for around the time of the song. Although the video says there were 63 participating "kids," there are more than that named in the credits at the end.

  1. Steve Alterman (Kidd Video)
  2. Mackenzie Astin (The Facts of Life)
  3. Sean Astin (The Goonies)
  4. Jason Bateman (Silver Spoons, It's Your Move, Valerie)
  5. Alison Balson (Little House on the Prairie)
  6. Katie Barbieri (Silver Spoons, Kids Incorporated)
  7. Meicha Bennett
  8. Gabriele Rozzi (Kidd Video)
  9. Maria Brewton (Back to the Future)
  10. Todd Bridges (Diff'rent Strokes)
  11. Danielle Brisebois (Archie Bunker's Place, Knots Landing)
  12. Miguel Cancel (Menudo)
  13. Betsy Chasse (Charles in Charge, Who's the Boss?)
  14. Mindi Cohn (The Facts of Life)
  15. Rad Daly (Walking Tall, Kids Incorporated)
  16. Christopher Dawson
  17. Shannon Doherty (Little House on the Prairie, Our House)
  18. Casey Ellison (Punky Brewster, Mr. Belvedere)
  19. Tanya Fenmore (Trapper John M.D., Punky Brewster, Fame)
  20. Kim Fields (The Facts of Life)
  21. Ami Foster (Punky Brewster)
  22. Melanie Gaffin (Taxi, Whiz Kids)
  23. Helen Gilchrist
  24. Justin Gocke (The Love Boat, The A-Team)
  25. Panchito Gomez (Hill Street Blues)
  26. Scott Grimes (Who's the Boss?, Together We Stand)
  27. Laurie Hendler (Gimme a Break)
  28. Todd Hollowell (The Facts of Life, Hill Street Blues)
  29. Billy Hufsey (Fame)
  30. A. Christopher Hoffman
  31. Ross Harris (Spencer)
  32. Laura Jacoby (Punky Brewster, Family Ties)
  33. Cherie Johnson (Punky Brewster)
  34. Amber Kasaris
  35. Reina King (What's Happening Now)
  36. Regina King (227)
  37. Robby Kiger (Crazy Like a Fox)
  38. Matthew Labyorteaux (Whiz Kids, Little House on the Prairie)
  39. Patrick Labyorteaux (Little House on the Prairie, The Love Boat)
  40. Joey Lawrence (Gimme a Break)
  41. Angela Lee (Who's the Boss?)
  42. Christopher Levy
  43. Toby Lizer
  44. Anne Marie McEvoy (Children of the Corn)
  45. Diz McNally (Out of Control)
  46. Kari Michaelsen (Gimme a Break)
  47. Lara Jill Miller (Gimme a Break)
  48. Greg Morton (Scarecrow and Mrs. King)
  49. Nia Peeples (Fame)
  50. Meeno Peluce (Detective in the House, Punky Brewster)
  51. Pat Petersen (Knots Landing)
  52. Corky Pigeon (Silver Spoons)
  53. Dana Plato (Diff'rent Strokes)
  54. Jason Presson (Twilight Zone, Webster)
  55. Mark Price
  56. Tiffany Renee
  57. Ray Reyes
  58. Ernie Reyes, Jr. (The Last Dragon, Sidekicks)
  59. Robbie Rist (Kidd Video)
  60. Lisa Hope Ross (Murder She Wrote)
  61. Jimmy Salvamini
  62. Bryan Scott (Kidd Video)
  63. Jerry Sharell (Kids Incorporated)
  64. Paul Stout (Scarecrow and Mrs. King)
  65. Mark Sussman
  66. Alison Sweeney (Webster)
  67. Jonathan Ward (Charles in Charge)
  68. David Wagner
  69. Malcolm-Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show)
  70. Priscilla Weems (Five Mile Creek)
  71. Donna Wilkes (Angel)
  72. R.J. Williams
  73. Billy Zabka (The Karate Kid)

In addition, the following were not listed in the credits but were mentioned in 16 Magazine's coverage of the event.