March 28th, 2013
In 2010, a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti, and celebrities around the world responded to help raise funds and donated their talents and money to the cause.
The concert-telethon combination of â€œHope for Haitiâ€ raised millions of dollars for the Red Cross, the Yele Foundation, Oxfam America, UNICEF and Partners in Health. Stars including Alicia Keys, Madonna, Beyonce, Sting, Bono, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Sting and Bruch Springsteen took to the stage, and many A-list celebrities were in attendance, including Leonardo diCaprio, George Clooney, former president Bill Clinton, Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington.
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July 7th, 2012
Stephen Hawking has always been a person that I admired. Despite having Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Hawking has been able to become one of the most influential scientists in the world. His is known particularly for his groundbreaking work in the physics and cosmology fields.
Hawking was born on January 8, 1942 in Oxford, England. He graduated from Oxford University at the age of twenty in 1962. It was at this point in his life where he began developing the first symptoms of ALS. While at the University of Cambridge for graduate school, Hawking lost his balance and fell down a flight of stairs. He was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and ultimately ALS, which has progressed throughout his lifetime.
While most people with ALS don’t live more than 10 years after they’re diagnosed, Hawking has managed to defy the odds. Despite losing his ability to speak, Hawking has still been able to make valuable contributions in science. Since his remarkable achievements have always piqued the interest of the public, Hawking has frequently been asked to give lectures or appear in works of popular culture. To communicate adequately with the public, he uses a speech generating device and a voice synthesizer.
His most notable works include the science books, A Brief History of Time, Black Holes and Baby Universes and The Universe in a Nutshell. He is also featured in a number of films and series, which are can be seen on Discovery Channel and National Geographic. If you’re interested in watching, you can get these channels with DIRECTV. Visit Direct4TV.com to learn more.
March 1st, 2012
U2 frontman Bono isn’t only about rock ‘n’ roll. The Irish rocker is also a vocal activist, who has pressured heads of state worldwide to fight poverty in Third World countries. In 2004, he co-founded ONE, a nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy group that fights extreme poverty and curable disease in Africa and other countries by raising public awareness and lobbying political leaders to support programs and policies that improve conditions around the world.
Bono took ONE’s mission corporate in 2006 when he and Read the rest of this entry »
February 27th, 2012
Geoge Clooney is an actor with a heart of compassion. He organized the “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon, spearheading efforts that raised over 58 million for earthquake victims. When Clooney received the Emmy’s humanitarian award for his work, he said, “It’s embarrassing. You don’t want to be awarded for what you’re supposed to be doing.” You’ve got to love Clooney for his humility.
He is an activist and tireless advocate for peace in the Darfur region of Read the rest of this entry »
February 23rd, 2012
Singer Christina Aguilera does a lot of work for charity, raising funds for organizations such as Amnesty International and various other human and animal rights charities. One of her favorite organizations to help, however, is one that hits close to home for the music star. Pittsburgh’s Women’s Center and Shelter helps the female victims of domestic violence by giving them a safe place to escape to and helping them start a new life.
In late 2003 the popular singer donated 200,000 to Read the rest of this entry »
February 20th, 2012
Celebrities frequently give money and time in support of various causes and organizations, but their motivations are frequently called into question. As with anything, some people are motivated by selfish reasons for giving to or working for a charity, while others are motivated purely by a desire to do good things.
There are plenty of celebrities who give very little, judging from their yearly income, to help others. These people are likely motivated by such factors as public perception and monetary gain through tax write-offs. Society looks favorably upon people who give money and time to help others, and Read the rest of this entry »
February 18th, 2012
The love of artists and their arts is shared by people from generation to generation. The influence of celebrities has been at the center of topics such as aids awareness, civil rights and various forms of cancer.
Among the most universal connections that people have in the arts, no other is as precious as the love and care spread around the world by celebrities who choose not only to give back to their communities but to feed the world and bring new meaning to charity. Read the rest of this entry »