"In school I learned to apply cultural and historical context"
Last night at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, Beyoncé introduced First Lady Michelle Obama, who went on to speak about an important new campaign aimed at changing the educational opportunities (or lack thereof) for millions of young girls around the world. I’m really excited about the campaign because some of my favorite people are getting involved, including Kerry Washington, Mindy Kaling and Malala Yousafzai. Click inside for more!
A Real Life Hero
Actor Chris Pratt, whose new movie Jurassic World is dominated the worldwide box office these days, took time out of his busy schedule to pay a visit to Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital this weekend to spread some cheer to both patients, their families and the staff at the hospital. The visit was orchestrated by the Children’s Miracle Network and as you can see in the photos presented in this gallery, it looks like everyone had a great time together. I understand that Chris does this sort of thing often but since he found massive fame with his roles in Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, his hospital visits are getting more attention. It’s clear that the kids and adults alike were just happy to have him there to play with or talk to. It doesn’t take much for anyone to be a real life hero. I just really love Chris Pratt and seeing stuff like this only makes that love stronger. Head over to the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital‘s Facebook page HERE to see more photos from Chris‘s visit.
Also, can we talk about that horrifying Red Cross fraud situation?!
Earlier this week I found myself, once again, disgusted with a news story circulating online. NPR published a terrifying and disappointing report on The Red Cross and how the organization raised almost half a billion dollars for relief in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and successfully built… wait for it… SIX HOUSES. I’m not kidding: The Red Cross says it has provided homes to more than 130,000 people, but the number of permanent homes the charity has built is six. That is a real quote from the real article. So I’m happy to see that Haiti is continuing to make headlines, and we now have some positive news (I think). A little while back we saw great photos from Beyoncé’s Instagram page, and learned that she was in Haiti, visiting the country five years after a devastating earthquake resulted in the loss of an estimated 200,000 people, and destroyed countless cities and neighborhoods. At the time, I wasn’t sure what plans Beyoncé had in mind for helping out, but she’s just announced that her BeyGOOD charity is raising funds to donate to Saint Damien Pediatric Hospital in Tabarre. And she’s asking all her fans to help, so click inside for more!
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"This is the best idea we've ever had"
Last night, NBC aired a telethon to benefit Red Nose Day here in the US which is an initiative to raise funds for needy families. Among the skits and performances aired during the telethon, was the bit embedded above that shows us what a Game of Thrones musical composed by Coldplay might look and sound like. I didn’t watch the telethon last night but I do love this clip. Check it out, see if you like it, too. And if you would like to donate to support Red Nose Day, you can do so HERE.
In 2010 approximately 300,000 people were killed
My best friend and godmother to my boys was born in Jacmel, Haiti and I can still remember calling her back in 2010 when I heard about the devastating earthquake on the news. She was always traveling back to her hometown, and could have very easily been there on the day of quake. One thing I’ve learned from her is that something like this is almost never “over.” She had friends and family members who slept outside for weeks, because of the aftershocks. And we’ve also talked a lot about the psychological effects of this tragedy—how mentally, it’s beyond difficult to “recover.” So I was happy to see that Beyoncé went with the U.N. and her own charity to Haiti, to see the progress that has been made since 300,000 people were killed and countless cities and neighborhoods were destroyed five years ago. Click inside for more.
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Superheroes, all around
This was such a sweet story to wake up to this morning. A group of young patients at the Seattle Children’s Hospital got an incredible surprise from a couple of pretty cool superheroes yesterday, and they deserved every minute of it. Chris Evans and Chris Pratt had this silly little Super Bowl bet going, but in the end, they both decided to donate some of their time to a charitable organization. These pictures of the two of them at this hospital are really sweet. They also made posters for the kids, so yeah. Click inside for more!
Our dear Britney Spears spent some time last night doing charity work for the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation in Las Vegas, NV. Britney made herself available to hang out with kids as well as partrons who ponied up $250 for a pair of tickets for last night’s Wild Night at the Zoo event. It’s unclear if Britney actually spent time with any of the adult attendees but she did spend some bit of time with some of the kids at last night’s event. Click below to see the cute group photo that Britney shared fon her official Twitter profile from the Wild Night at the Zoo event to see how much fun she had with the kiddies last night. More »
Star-Lord saves the day
Before Super Bowl XLIX played out last weekend, actors Chris Evans and Chris Pratt waged a friendly bet over the game’s outcome. Evans rooted for the New England Patriots and Pratt rooted for the Seattle Seahawks and the loser of the bet promised to show up at a local children’s charity in the winning city in full superhero costume (Evans would wear his Captain America suit on a visit to Seattle Children’s Hospital, Pratt would wear his Star-Lord suit on a visit to Christopher’s Haven). Welp, the Patriots won the game … which meant Evans won the bet. In fine, upstanding superhero fashion, Chris Pratt held up his end of the deal and paid a visit earlier today to Christopher’s Haven in Boston, MA in full costume as Star-Lord. He shares a few great photos from his visit, which you simply have to see below. More »
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.