The Reason for the Season
For many years here (HERE and HERE) on the blog, going back to 2008 (and even earlier), I’ve posted photos of various celebs giving of their time on the holidays so that they can help serve meals to those in need at the Los Angeles Mission. For various reasons, I didn’t post photos last year or the year before and even tho we’re on the other side of Xmas this year, I don’t want to let another year go by without posting these photos. I’m sure the cynic in some of you may discount this endeavor as a PR photo op but I can assure you, many (if not all) of the celebs who donated their time at the LA Mission this year have been doing so for years. I think it’s really a great thing that these folks give of their time so that others can enjoy a holiday meal, something that we may take for granted. Kate Linder, the actress from The Young and the Restless, has served meals at the LA Mission for at least the last 8 years (as long as I’ve lived in LA) and I’m sure she will return year after year. If anything, I hope these photos can brighten your day and maybe inspire you to give of your time as well.
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Janet Jackson and her husband Wissam Al Mana, who have been pretty much out of the public eye for the past year, surfaced recently by posting photos from their recent UNICEF-sponsored visit overseas on JJ‘s official Facebook profile. As you can see in the gallery presented here, Janet and Wissam spent quite a bit of time visiting with children in Syria and Jerusalem. The photos are are really great … not because they feature Janet Jackson (which is really great in and of itself) but because of how happy the children look in every single photo. I love this so much.
Force for Change
Back in May, director JJ Abrams introduced an opportunity for anyone to appear in the upcoming Star Wars sequel film The Force Awakens if they made a donation to UNICEF via the Star Wars: Force for Change charity initiative. Today we get to see a just-released Thank You video from Abrams and the cast and crew of Episode VII. As you can see above, this fun video features mostly crewmembers from the set of The Force Awakens … as well as a pair of beloved Star Wars characters … and Abrams himself. Check out the embed above to see how Abrams and co. are giving their thanks this holiday season.
LOVE these stories!
The other day one of my Facebook friends sent me this really great article about Jay Z. It was about how people (including people like me) can be critical of celebrities if we don’t see them getting publicly involved in certain causes. But many celebrities, like Jay Z, are quietly donating, or putting kids through college and we just never hear about it. I love hearing about people who are secretly helping others out, with no chance of being fully acknowledged. But the layaway angel stories ALWAYS get me! An anonymous giver went to a Bellingham, Massachusetts branch of Toys ‘R’ Us and paid off $20,000 worth of layaway items. Click inside for more!
While many of us are celebrating Thanksgiving this year with family and friends here in the US, Madonna and her children have made their way to Malawi, Africa to spend the holiday there to reconnect and lend their support to the Raising Malawi organization. Madonna adopted two of her children from Malawi, David Banda and Chifundo Mercy James, so we know that Malawi has a very special place in her heart. Maddy is sharing a bunch of photos form her Thanksgiving visit to Malawi, which you can see in the gallery presented here, and she’s been tweeting up a storm all morning. Check out the photos and click below to read a portion of Madonna‘s Malawai tweets. More »
Band Aid 30 includes 1D, Sam Smith, Bono, Sinéad and More!
Back in 1984, a star-studded supergroup called Band Aid gathered together some of the biggest names in music to record and release a charity single titled Do They Know It’s Christmas? to raise money and awareness to fight hunger in Ethiopia (you may recall that an American supergroup of performers called USA for Africa recorded and released We Are The World for the same cause back in ’84 as well). Today, Band Aid 30 — a supergroup comprised of One Direction, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Chris Martin from Coldplay and more — releases an updated version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? as a charity single to raise money to fight the spread of the ebola virus and care for its victims. It’s pretty remarkable, I think, that 30 years after the original Band Aid came together to fight hunger a new incarnation of Band Aid can come together to fight ebola. I also think it’s remarkable that Bono was a member of Band Aid back in 1984 and he is a member of Band Aid 30 today. You can click HERE to donate, if you are so inclined.
You can also click below to watch the music video for the original 1984 version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? More »
"It’s selling really really well"
Taylor Swift‘s new album 1989, which was released earlier this week, is selling so well that it will likely be the first album to sell 1 million copies in its first week of release since she was the last artist to sell 1 million copies of an album (Red) in its first week of release (plus, she will likely have the only platinum-selling album of 2014). But not only is her album as a whole selling well but the individual singles from the album are selling well as well … including her infectious song Welcome To New York. Taylor has announced that proceeds from the sale of New York will be donated to the New York public school system because, duh, she’s Taylor Swift. More »
The TV Guide
It’s getting down to the wire for me and I must put out the call, one more time, for your help. As you may know, I’m running the New York Marathon in a little over a month (yikes!!) and I’m fundraising for an amazing NYC organization called Team For Kids. I’m SO close to my fundraising goal and I’m hoping YOU will help me reach my goal. All you have to do is click HERE and donate as little or a MUCH as you can to help a really great organization fund an exceptional fitness program for kids. Running has changed my life for the better, Team For Kids wants to teach kids how to change their lives for the better as well. More »
Don't act like you're not into it.
Come on now. Don’t front. You KNOW you want to permanently ink your body with something from the mind of Miley Cyrus. We recently learned that the pop singer has started making erotic sculptures because she’s 1.) bored, and 2.) high (her words, not mine). And now she’s using her artistic talents for good. Cyrus will design your next tattoo for $10,000 to raise funds for My Friend’s Place, an organization that supports homeless youth in Los Angeles. Click inside for more!
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