Actor and comedian David Spade shines in his heart of gold with the American Red Cross. With the aftermath of tornadoes that have ripped through the United States on April 27-28, Spade made a hefty donation of $200,000 in support of the American Red Cross’ tornado disaster relief operations.
Killing hundreds of people ,stranding thousands and leaving behind many people homeless, the tornadoes that wreaked havoc in the midwestern and southeastern US has led the Rules of Engagement star to extend a generous hand in the efforts of the Red Cross to reach out to affected people who are in desperate need of assistance.
The 46 yr old brother-in-law of famous designer Kate Spade, has long been a supporter of the Red Cross over the years. He is an American Red Cross National Cabinet member, assisting the agency with it’s relief efforts through his personal donations and money raised from his shows. This enabled Spade to contribute $50,000 to the states of Kentucky and Tennessee in July of last year.
In a statement, The American Red Cross has expressed their deep appreciation for the actor’s unfailing and selfless generous support through donating his time, talent and money to assist those in need.
Spade hopes that his move will encourage others to join him in his efforts to support the American Red Cross . Apparently, Charlie Sheen also shares this advocacy as the actor has launched a website in support of raising money for disaster relief for tornado victims. His website, TorpedosAgainstTornados.com promises to send any donor who contributes $100 or more, a personally autographed baseball from the controversial 45 year old actor.
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Justin Bieber takes his stand against bullying next to viral video hero Casey Heynes. If you haven’t heard of Casey Heynes, he is an Australian boy who became instantly famous from a cell phone video footage of him defending himself from a fellow schoolmate attacking him.
The said video instantly went viral and millions of people from around the world voiced out their heart for the 10th grader student. Justin Bieber was one of those who saw the video and learned of Casey’s story . Being able to closely relate to a teenager’s tough life, Bieber knew just how to make a statement on this matter as he flew Casey and his family to his concert in Melbourne. The singer even brought Casey out onto the stage with him, as the boy received proud cheers from the crowd.
In case you haven’t been reading much of Bieber fever news, the 17-year old pop idol has been quite the victim of bullying himself. Just recently he had eggs thrown at him onstage during one of his shows in Australia. Refusing to get rattled by it, the singer kept on with his performance. One would wonder though, why haters would even bother to spend money on tickets, stand with the maddening queue of fans, go through all that effort only to throw eggs at a 17 year old boy. Geez, so much hate in this world.
As for Casey Heynes, he got his sweet revenge and a loud and proud statement to the world to always stand up against bullying.
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Talk about an all-star cast! This time the project is not a Hollywood flick—it’s a non-profit organization that aims to help out the victims of the recent earthquake in Chile.
Wilmer Valderrama and Camilla Belle put up “I Am the Country” to raise awareness about the disaster-hit country. “We couldn’t help but notice, that perhaps given the timing, or just the circumstances in our industry, that this catastrophe has somehow become just a news article or another topic of conversation,” Wilmer and Camilla wrote on the organization’s official website.
Their first attempt to spread the word is through a public service ad. Celebrities such as Demi Lovato, Rosario Dawson, Alexander Skarsgard, and Topher Grace appeared in the video.
“We are joining forces to bring light to and raise awareness of the many ways you can help the country of Chile in their moment of desperation,” they said. “This inspired us to produce a PSA to use as a platform to show the simple ways we can all help the organizations that are providing assistance to the people of Chile.”
Wilmer Valderrama in the PSA
Check out the video here.
Do-gooder Beyoncé unveiled The Beyoncé Cosmetology Center at Phoenix House in Brooklyn, New York on Friday. She and her mother Tina, who is also her business partner, conceived this idea last year.
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I got goosebumps on my goosebumps the first time I watched it. The official video of “We Are The World” 2010 was finally released last Friday, and the global response is phenomenal.
It features an introduction by Jamie Fox, followed by the much-awaited remake of 1985’s “We Are The World” for Africa. This time it’s for the benefit of Haiti earthquake victims. The class of “We Are The World” 2010 features a roster of singers from different age groups, genres, and cultural backgrounds. Among the artists are: Celine Dion, Gladys Knight, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Jason Mraz, Nicole Scherzinger, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Selena Gomez, Wyclef Jean, Jennifer Hudson, Will Smith, Sheryl Crow, Mya, Pink, Barbra Streisand, Jordin Sparks, and Julianne Hough.
There’s a touching montage of the late Michael Jackson, with his sister Janet singing his parts. You’ll also notice some artists singing certain lines in Haiti’s Creole language. A number of hip-hop stars also rapped in this remake, giving it a modern twist.
Producer Lionel Richie’s final speech teaches people how to donate to Haiti. The official Youtube site also gives relevant information about the song, music video, and a link to the official website, World25.org, where you can make a donation and learn more about the project.
Jamie Foxx said it best: “Do more than just watch.”
At Miami Beach last Wednesday, singer Jordin Sparks was sporting an unusual trend—face paint. No, she wasn’t cheering for her favorite Superbowl team; she was making a stand for her cause.
The featured artists are a mix of American and British musicians, including: Leona Lewis, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, Robbie Williams, Kylie, Rod Stewart, Alexandra Burke, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Joe McElderry, Cheryl Cole, JLS, Mika, Michael Bublé, James Blunt, James Morrison, Susan Boyle, and Westlife.
According to the official website of the single, “Everybody Hurts” will be available for download on the 7th of February and the CD will be released the day after. All proceeds will go to the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Which single would you purchase, “We Are The World” or “Everybody Hurts”?
It finally happened. Last month, Lionel Richie revealed his plans to do a remake of “We Are The World.” In 1985, the star-studded music video and single was produced to benefit African famine relief. For 2010, the singers are doing for Haiti earthquake victims.
Quincy Jones helped Lionel mastermind the charity single, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the original release. The recording wrapped up last Monday in LA, and there were over 80 singers in attendance, including: Celine Dion, Gladys Knight, Miley Cyrus, The Jonas Brothers, Jason Mraz, Nicole Scherzinger, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Selena Gomez, Wyclef Jean, Jennifer Hudson, Will Smith, Sheryl Crow, Mya, Pink, Barbra Streisand, Jordan Sparks, and Julianne Hough.
The song will be available for download on February 7, while the 3D video will premiere during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics later this month. All proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Who says you can’t raise funds for Haiti while hitting the clubs? Last week Hollywood celebs and their friends clinked glasses and danced the night away at The Eldridge in New York City for a Haiti benefit party.
Hosted by Matt Levine, Solange Knowles, and Kevin Barnes, the party’s proceeds went straight to Yele, singer Wyclef Jean’s charity organization for Haiti earthquake victims. Guests included Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles, who did a semi-reunion of Destiny’s Child when she sang with Michelle Williams. Solange played DJ the whole night, as she spun Michael Jackson and Prince tracks.
Check out the party photos here.
Celebrities have really been stepping up to help Haiti earthquake victims. We’ve heard of telephone marathons, fundraisers, and even musical collaborations. Now it’s Jessica Simpson’s turn.
The 29-year-old popstar is trying to get people to donate 50,000 pairs of shoes in 50 days for the survivors of the Haiti earthquake. The drive is in collaboration with her hairstylist Ken Paves, her best friend and personal assistant Cacee Cobb, and Nashville foundation Soles4Souls.
Jessica recently tweeted:
[sic] Please help RT @caceecobb: Check out what me and @JessicaSimpson and @KenPaves are doing for Haiti and @Soles4Souls http://bit.ly/JjHQ
She also posted a link to her fund drive’s official website, 50000shoes.com where supporters can check out how the can help out. “As little as $5 (that’s the price of a venti frap, by the way) provides two pairs of shoes,” the website said.
In an effort to reach out to the victims of the Haiti earthquake, John Travolta is flying one of his private jets from Florida to the third-world country on Monday night. The 55-year-old actor, a licensed pilot who started taking flying lessons when he was 15, will bring relief supplies to the victims with the help of his wife Kelly Preston and Scientology doctors and volunteers.
“I have arranged for a plane to take down some volunteer ministers and some supplies and some medics,” he told ET. “My church has also arranged for 80 medics and 33 volunteers to go down. I hope it inspires others.”
To donate to the victims of Haiti, donations are accepted at The American Red Cross. Point your browsers here.
…And he’s clean and shaven! Remember how he shocked fans when he announced that he wanted to quit acting in order to become a rapper? He grew a shaggy ‘do and a scruffy beard, and started acting so weird that people thought he was just putting up an act.
It’s been almost a year and it’s so nice to see that he’s back with a cleaner image. He was recently part of a project for TWLOHA (To Write Love on Her Arms), a suicide-prevention charity. In the video, he is joined by TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski and fellow celebrities Miley Cyrus and Liv Tyler.
Good job, Joaquin!
It looks like Lionel Richie isn’t the only one who’s producing a star-studded song to benefit Haiti earthquake victims. American Idol’s Simon Cowell is organizing a celebrity record as well.
“We are going to do a single. I wanted to do something for Haiti, and we had a request from the Prime Minister to put a record together,” he told reporters at the National Television Awards in London last Wednesday.
He is working with singers such as Susan Boyle, Michael Bublé, Rod Stewart, and Leona Lewis to sing REM’s ballad “Everybody Hurts.” Just like Lionel Richie’s upcoming “We Are The World” remake, all proceeds of Simon’s production will go to Haiti earthquake victims.
Which Haiti-benefit single would you purchase, “We Are The World” or “Everybody Hurts?”
Remember this famous 1985 video? “We Are The World” was written by Quincy Jones with the late Michael Jackson, and single’s proceeds went to African famine relief. The music video featured an all-star cast, including Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, and Billy Joel. The recording took place during the American Music Awards on January 28, 1985.
According to Wenn, Lionel Richie plans to re-team with Quincy Jones to produce a 2010 remake of “We Are The World,” this time for the benefit of Haiti earthquake victims.
I wonder which musicians they’re tapping for the remake. I’d love to see Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, and Beyonce, to name a few.
…for a good cause. To help the victims of Haiti, the 25-year-old actress is auctioning herself—or to be more specific, she is auctioning off the chance for four people (and no, you don’t necessarily have to be a guy!) to meet her at the opening night of her new Broadway play, A View from the Bridge, on January 24 at the Cort Theatre in New York City.
I kid you not! Check out the official eBay entry here.
It’s very simple; the winner of the charity auction gets four tickets, so he/she can bring three other people to meet Scarlett. According to Yahoo!, the proceeds will go straight to Oxfam’s Haiti Earthquake Response Fund.
Last time I checked, the bid was at $2,225. Do I hear a $2,250? Do I hear a $2,300? Going once, going twice…
It isn’t just for Haiti relief; a lot of celebrities have been reaching out to the needy lately. Among them is power couple David and Victoria Beckham. The duo has designed t-shirts for Sport Relief, an organization that helps disadvantaged people all over the world.
“Victoria and I are excited to be involved with Sport Relief again this year,” David said in an official statement. “Our family had a great time designing the t-shirt range and we hope it will raise much-needed funds for many important causes. The most important thing is that the money raised will make a genuine difference to people’s lives.”
The shirt Becks is wearing costs about $16. Would you buy one? About half of what you’ll pay for will go to charity.
Bette Midler has established a name for herself in entertainment, and this time, she wants to make her mark on the environment. She founded an organization called New York Restoration Project, and she aims to plant 1 million trees in NYC by the year 2017. She’s reached the 250,000 mark so far. Go, Bette!!!
Literally! The musical icon was in Malawi recently to help with the building of a girls’ school, which she is sponsoring. She literally “helped” by putting her muscles to good use – as you can see in that picture (thanks to TMZ). Now tell me you can’t help but admire this woman!
The Jonas Brothers are scoring brownie points one after the other. This time, they played pro kickball (yeah there is such a thing) at the event Kick for Change. Beneficiaries are Change for the Children Foundation and Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine program.