AnnaLynne McCord will host a special red carpet cocktail event in West Hollywood to benefit the Somaly Mam Foundation this weekend.The Life is Love event will be held at a private residence and will feature a live musical performance and a live/ silent auction. Catering by Crustacean of Beverly Hills and specialty cocktails, including a signature drink created by POM Wonderful.Sex trafficking is the movement by force or coercion of men, women and children into the commercial sex trade. Here, they can be subject to rape, forced abortions, torture, starvation and threats to family members, and forced to cater to up to 30 clients in a day – with contraception optional. Through a combination of psychological, the victims are bound by their captors: they are modern-day slaves.Experts estimate that as many as two million women and children are sold each year, and that profits from sex slavery exceed $9.5 billion annually. This is not just a problem of the developing world: it is a global crisis, including the United States.Somaly Mam is a Cambodian survivor of sex slavery. She was sold at the age of 12. She doesn’t know her age, nor her real name, and she spent nearly a decade in the horrors of Cambodian brothels. But she escaped, and since has aided in the rescue of thousands of women and children. She founded an NGO that rescues, recovers and empowers victims and has become an advocate and global leader in the cause.The Somaly Mam Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to ending sex slavery and empowering its survivors, based on the vision and life of activist and survivor Somaly Mam.Guests expected to attend include AnnaLynne McCord (90210), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), Taylor Armstrong (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Matt Lanter (90210), Cassie Scerbo (Make It Or Break It), Shenae Grimes (90210), Hill Harper (CSI: NY), Serinda Swan (Breakout Kings), Jessica Stroup (90210), Jackson Hurst (Drop Dead Diva), Chloe Flower (Recording Artist), Renee Olstead (Secret Life of The American Teenager), Tiffany Hines (Nikita), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Arrow), Jessica Parker Kennedy (My Secret Circle), Laura Linda Bradley (Iron Man 3), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2), Jason Ritter (Parenthood), Harry Shum, Jr (Glee) and more!
A number of stars have shown they care for the people of New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.Lady Gaga has announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross with the following message: “Today I pledge 1 million dollars to New York & The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief. If it wasn’t for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today. New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion. Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, and my sister Natali; with our deepest gratitude New York for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours. Sincerely, Lady Gaga and The Germanottas.”Also donating money to charities helping victims of the superstorm was Jack Johnson, who has pledged $50,000 to be distributed between Food Bank For New York City, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Save the Children, Waves for Water, GlobalGiving and Direct Relief International.“After years of touring and surfing along the East Coast, I have made so many great friends,” said Jack. “It is heartbreaking to see the images and hear their stories. I just made donations to help recover and relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. If you can’t donate money, you can donate food, supplies or your time. Our East Coast family, friends and neighbors need our help.”Rachael Ray has donated $500,000 to the ASPCA to assist with pets affected by Sandy. Her pet food brand, Nutrish, is donating 4 tons of pet food to victims, and her charity Yum-o! has donated $100,000 to City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City.Rihanna has also donated $100,000 to the Food Bank for New York City, as well as 1000 sleeping bags.Justin Bieber has announced that $1 from every ticket to his NY concerts will go to Sandy relief: “For every ticket sold on the #BELIEVEtour we donate 1 dollar to charity,” he tweeted. “So after talking with the team I am proud to announce that for the 4 NYC area shows… The Jersey Show, Brooklyn Show, and 2 MSG’s We are going to donate $1 to HURRICANE SANDY Relief. thanks for helping us #GIVEBACK.”Newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were spotted out-and-about in New York during the weekend, volunteering to help victims in Queens by helping to hand out emergency supplies.On Friday, Molly Sims donated all proceeds from OpenSky.com to the Red Cross.Copyright ©2012Look to the Stars
Two of the greatest competitors in tennis history will play a charity exhibition match on Saturday, July 27, at Cedar Creek Racquet Club in Cashiers, NC.Recently retired superstar and new Cashiers homeowner Andy Roddick takes the court against good friend and fellow superstar Jim Courier in “The United Community Bank Mountain Challenge.” The Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with McKee Properties is hosting the event and proceeds will benefit the new non-profit organization Mountain Youth Charities.The marquee match-up brings together players who have been ranked No. 1 in the world.Roddick held that position following his victory in the 2003 U.S. Open, one of 32 ATP titles in his career. Courier, meanwhile, was the world’s No. 1 player four times in the 1990s. He totaled 23 ATP victories, including four Grand Slam titles.“The UCB Mountain Challenge Charity Tennis Exhibition” will also include two preliminary matches. The first is a battle between top-ranked juniors Thai Kwiatkowski of Charlotte, NC and Korey Lovett of Brevard, NC and the second is a doubles match pairing the winners of a local pro-am versus Roddick & Courier.The event will also feature a gala dinner on Friday evening, July 26 hosted by Roddick and Courier. This will be held in Cashiers at Lonesome Valley’s famed restaurant Canyon Kitchen and will feature crowd pleasing entertainment, a celebrity chef catered dinner, and fundraising activities… a don’t miss event for the times.“This is exciting for our club and the Cashiers community,” said Scott Handback, general manager of Cedar Creek Racquet Club. “We’re thrilled to provide folks in the Carolinas and Georgia with a rare chance to see two of the world’s best tennis players compete in such a scenic mountain setting.”Grounds open at 9 am on Saturday, July 27. The VIP breakfast and the junior match begin at 10 am, followed by Roddick and Courier facing the pro-am doubles champs at 11 am. The main event, pitting Roddick versus Courier, is at 11:30 am.To purchase tickets, click here. Reserved seat tickets are $100. Fans can also choose from an array of luxury box tickets, VIP tickets and group packages.“The United Community Bank Mountain Challenge Charity Tennis Exhibition” will be a benefit to create and enhance much needed youth programs in the Cashiers area. The goal is to establish long-term programs for all kids in this area to have opportunities that might not otherwise be available to them. “Mountain Youth Charities” is the organization that will manage the funding for the children’s needs. For more information on this event call 828-743-3411 or go to www.Cashiers.com.Source:PRWeb.com
Bradley Cooper, who volunteered as a cabin counselor for seriously ill children at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in the summer of 2006, has joined the organization’s Board of Directors to help carry the torch left behind by founder Paul Newman.“Today, as the very first campers of the summer arrive at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for a healing week of fun and friendship, their excitement is matched by our own as we share the wonderful news that Bradley Cooper has joined our Board of Directors,” said Board Chair Ray Lamontagne. “The fact that Bradley spent a week in the cabins as a volunteer counselor gives him a wonderful insight into what The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp calls ‘a different kind of healing,’ and his longtime friendship to the organization is a beautifully fitting testament to Paul Newman’s enduring legacy.”The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has a long history of celebrity advocacy. In addition to founder Paul Newman, the Camp has benefitted from the spirited involvement of many well-known celebrity friends since its founding in 1988, most notably at the Camp’s Fandango Benefit Gala that is held at Hole in the Wall every September. Cooper is part of a next generation of celebrity friends who hopes that his involvement will inspire others to get involved and support the Camp’s mission as it continues to expand its services for seriously ill children and their families.“When I spent a week at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp as a counselor, I was amazed at how the spirit of Camp is able to help kids facing so much escape their illness, make fast friends and remember what being a kid is all about,” said Cooper, who volunteered during a summer session for children with immunology disorders such as HIV/AIDS. “I am excited to be joining The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’s Board of Directors at a time when the organization is growing its services to bring the magic of Hole in the Wall to even more children and families throughout the Northeast, including my hometown of Philadelphia, where the Hospital Outreach Program is bringing Camp fun to kids at their bedsides.”In addition to the Hospital Outreach Program’s recent expansion into Philadelphia in 2013, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is also in the process of extending that program’s year-round services to New Jersey. Additionally, a whole new mobile Camp program – CampOut – is now bringing Hole in the Wall programming to camper homes, neighborhoods and communities via a fun-filled, whimsically appointed van. The Connecticut-based Camp, which served 288 children its first summer, now serves more than 25,000 seriously ill children and family members throughout the Northeast annually.Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a community dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to seriously ill children and their families through a variety of year-round programs. The Camp delivers fun, friendship and a healthy dose of mischief through its signature summer program and weekend sessions at the Camp facility in Ashford, Conn. as well as outreach to hospitals, clinics and communities across the Northeast. All services are free of charge. For more information, click here.
Leonardo DiCaprio has pledged $7 million through his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to meaningful ocean conservation projects over the next 2 years.Policymakers, ocean scientists, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, and philanthropists from nearly 90 countries – as well as viewers from around the world – joined Secretary of State John Kerry for the June 16-17, 2014, Our Ocean Conference.Participants announced new partnerships and initiatives valued at over $1.8 billion as well as new commitments on the protection of more than 3 million square kilometers of the ocean, an area roughly the size of India.As part of the conference, President Obama announced a commitment to protect some of the most precious U.S. marine landscapes. The Administration will immediately consider how it might expand protections near the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the south-central Pacific Ocean, which contains some of the most pristine tropical marine environments in the world.To find out more about the conference, click here.
The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead program will present the Looking Ahead Awards on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles.Hosted by Looking Ahead Advisory Committee Chair Fred Savage, The Looking Ahead Awards honors leaders in the former young performer community who continue to inspire the world by living the program’s core values of growth, education, leadership and community service.Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank will present her mother, Judy Swank, with the Looking Ahead Parenting Award; Max Burkholder will receive the Looking Ahead Social Awareness Award; Tia and Tamera Mowry will receive the Looking Ahead Education Award from Jackée Harry; and Academy Award winner Margaret O’Brien is slated to receive the Shirley Temple Award from June Lockhart.WHEN:Thursday, December 46:00PM – 7:30PM – Red Carpet ArrivalsWHERE:Taglyan Center1201 Vine StreetLos Angeles, CA 90038
One of Hollywood’s most famous leading ladies and three members of Congress working to bring home military working dogs join American Humane Association’s president and CEO as special guests on the latest episode of “Be Humane with Dr. Robin Ganzert” on Pet Life Radio.Lauren Graham, star of the new hit family action adventure film, “Max,” joins the show to talk about the movie, as do Congressmen Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Henry Cuellar (D-TX), and Richard Hudson (R-NC), who all attended the premiere in Washington, D.C. The three Congressmen are some of the strongest voices on Capitol Hill for the important role dogs play in the military and the need to bring all of them home following retirement.Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ “Max” is the touching story of a heroic military working dog who, after returning from service in Afghanistan, traumatized by his handler’s death, is adopted by the fallen Marine’s family. While in the movie Max is brought home to live with his handler’s family, not all military dogs are as lucky, and American Humane Association has been working closely with Congress to ensure such heroes are brought back and reunited with those who care most about them.Language supported by American Humane Association was introduced in the House version of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and the Senate version by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), mandating that our heroic military working dogs will be returned to U.S. soil upon retirement, and that first right of adoption will be given to their handlers and their families. The bill will be sent later this year to President Barack Obama to be signed into law.It is estimated that each military dog saves the lives of between 150-200 servicemen and women by detecting IEDs and hidden weapons caches. The lifesaving work these dogs do on the battlefield often continues on the home front, as the return from war is not the end of the struggle for many warriors. Every year thousands of our nation’s veterans are diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress, and easing back into society is difficult or even terrifying. Reuniting handlers and war dogs (who themselves can suffer from PTS) helps both heal. In this way the bond between veterans that saved lives on the battlefield now saves lives at home.Despite the remarkable efforts of the U.S. Air Force, which has worked hard to bring back most war dogs, too many of our four-footed veterans are left behind on foreign soil and never again see their human Battle Buddies with whom they went through so much. The problem is that if dogs are retired overseas, they become civilians and are no longer qualified to travel home on military vehicles – creating an often insurmountable barrier to getting them home.Over the past year, American Humane Association has helped fund the transportation home of 21 military working dogs and contract working dogs, and helped reunite them with their former handlers. In July 2014, American Humane Association held a congressional briefing on Capitol Hill to shed light on the need to bring home all our veterans and press for long-overdue changes to the NDAA.“The film ‘Max’ does an amazing job of showing how important military working dogs and their heroic handlers on the other end of the leash are,” said Dr. Ganzert. “Listen to this week’s episode and you will learn why it is so important that the NDAA is signed into law by President Obama. My sincerest thanks to Lauren Graham, Congressman Bilirakis, Congressman Cuellar, and Congressman Hudson for joining me on this week’s very special episode.”This is the show’s second episode dedicated to “Max.” Last week’s installment featured director Boaz Yakin and young star Josh Wiggins. Both are available here and via a number of podcast providers.Each weekly episode of “Be Humane with Dr. Robin Ganzert” is produced by American Humane Association’s Scott Sowers and is distributed via Pet Life Radio’s diverse platform as well as by email and social media to American Humane Association’s constituents. Since the show’s debut earlier last year, many famed animal lovers have taken part in the show, including actor and rapper Ice-T and his wife Coco, comedy legend Martin Short, the E! Network’s Ross Mathews, reality television superstar Lisa Vanderpump, “America’s Veterinarian” Dr. Marty Becker, famed dog trainer Victoria Stilwell, country music star Naomi Judd, philanthropist and entertainer Paris Hilton, “Remember the Titans” and “Max” director Boaz Yakin, “The Bachelor’s” Prince Lorenzo Borghese, supermodel Joanna Krupa, style icon John Paul DeJoria, and many more.Pet Life Radio is available free on-demand from the PetLifeRadio.com website and more than 30 podcast distributors. The Pet Life Radio live radio stream is broadcast 24/7 worldwide on the PetLifeRadio.com home page as well as to smart phones, mobile devices and cars through mobile apps including iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher Radio, Nokia Radio, and ooTunes Radio.Created by award-winning producer Mark Winter, Pet Life Radio features more than 60 weekly pet-related talk shows hosted by the most well-known pet experts, authors, and radio and TV personalities in the world of animals and pets and boast more than 7 million listeners monthly.To listen to the current and previous episodes of “Be Humane with Dr. Robin Ganzert,” click here.
The International Rescue Committee will host its annual Freedom Award Dinner which will honor Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Wireless, Strive Masiyiwa, President and CEO of MasterCard, Ajay Banga and Josh Weston.The event will feature performances by international music sensation Nico & Vinz and American trumpeter and composer Chris Botti. Other guests in attendance will include IRC President and CEO David Miliband, IRC Spokesperson Eden Grinshpan, celebrity supporters Sir Patrick Stewart, Brad Raider, Ranjana & Naeem Khan, Bibhu Mohapatra and more.Co-Chairs include Katherine Farley & Jerry I. Speyer, Ken & Vickie French, Ruth & David Levine, Gillian M. Shepherd & Eduardo G. Mestre and Catherine & Tracy WolstencroftThe International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award Dinner supports the organization’s lifesaving humanitarian aid work around the world. The Freedom Award has been presented to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in support of refugees, and who have championed the cause of liberty, individual freedom and dignity.WHEN: Wednesday, November 4, 2015WHERE: Waldorf Astoria Hotel The Ballroom 301 Park Avenue, NYC
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he was “deeply saddened” to learn the passing yesterday of Elie Wiesel, a powerful voice for Holocaust remembrance and long-standing UN Messenger of Peace.“The world has lost one of its most important witnesses — and one of its most eloquent advocates of tolerance and peace,” the UN chief said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“Elie Wiesel turned the nightmare of his youth into a lifelong campaign for global equality and peace,” Mr. Ban said. “As a UN Messenger of Peace since 1998, he called for constant vigilance in combatting anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred.”According to the statement, Mr. Wiesel was a regular presence at the UN, including at the first-ever International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, and often spoke about his experiences at the Auschwitz Birkenau German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp and appealed to the world to “reject indifference” in the face of genocide, discrimination and other horrors.Extending his condolences to Mr. Wiesel’s wife, family and all others touched by this loss, the Secretary-General said that the UN is grateful for Mr. Wiesel’s contributions and remains strongly committed to Holocaust remembrance and the wider struggle for human rights for all, the spokesperson added.Bill and Hillary Clinton also paid tribute to Wiesel:“Hillary and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Elie Wiesel. We join all those around the world in mourning his loss and giving thanks for his life.“Elie shouldered the blessing and the burden of survival. In words and deeds, he bore witness and built a monument to memory to teach the living and generations to come the perils of human indifference.“As he often said, one person of integrity can make a difference. For so many, he was that difference—including at the dedication of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993 when he urged me to stop the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia; at the White House Millennium Lecture Hillary invited him to give; and in all his wonderful books and lectures.“We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to Marion and Elisha, always grateful for the great love they shared with Elie and the strength it gave him, and for all the kindness and friendship he gave us.”
Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! has announced the full cast of artists and creators who will perform at the first concert of the monthly series, taking place today, January 20th, at The Town Hall in New York City at 3:00pm EST.The sold-out show – created and produced by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley – will feature performances and appearances by Betty Buckley, Michelle Collins, Lilla Crawford, Brian d’Arcy James, Sharon Gless, Judy Gold, Richard Kind, Judy Kuhn, Anika Larsen, Liz Larsen, Caissie Levy, Beth Malone, Carrie Manolakos, Stephanie Mills, Jessie Mueller, Kate Mulgrew, Julia Murney, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Piper Perabo, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Caroline Rhea, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Shayna Steele, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ben Vereen, Lillias White, Betsy Wolfe and more.For those who cannot attend, concerts of the monthly series will be live streamed on Concert4America2017.org. The broadcast will be directed by Emmy Award winner Debbie Miller.Proceeds benefit several national organizations working to protect human rights, including the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, Southern Poverty Law Center, National Immigration Law Center, and Sierra Club Foundation. Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP, will attend the concert and be a featured speaker as part of Friday’s program.Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! is created and organized by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley in association with Your Kids, Our Kids with the support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Additional concert locations for the Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! series will be announced in the coming weeks.
WE Day, a series of inspiring stadium-sized life-changing events that take place around the world, announces the initial list of speakers, performers and presenters attending the first-ever WE Day event in the tri-state area, WE Day New York Welcome, on April 6, 2017 at Radio City Music Hall.Alongside partners, led by Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation, Unilever, Walgreens and Microsoft, WE Day New York Welcome brings together 6,000 local change-makers, inspirational speakers and world-renowned performers to celebrate their commitment to taking action on social issues.Hosted by multimedia icon, Angie Martinez, a cast of new faces and returning WE Day favorites will take the stage this year, including Martin Luther King III, Daya, Talib Kweli, Rowan Blanchard, Winnie Harlow, Buzz Aldrin, Jordan Fisher, Paula Abdul, Mia Farrow, Darren Criss & Computer Games, Skai Jackson, Jordan Smith, J.R. Martinez, Celebrity Marauders and more. This star-studded lineup will join international activists and WE co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, to share their passion for change and energize the crowd with unforgettable performances and motivational speeches to inspire another year of change.“WE Day is such an inspirational event—learning about the amazing initiatives my fellow peers are undertaking to support each other and help build stronger communities is exactly what gives me inspiration to try and make a difference in the world,” said Multi-Platinum singer, songwriter, and recording artist Daya. “I cannot wait to attend my first ever WE Day in New York and celebrate the power of young people and the leaders of tomorrow.”Darren Criss, actor and member of indie pop-band Computer Games stated, “I’m proud to say that WE Day New York will be my fifth WE Day. Witnessing so many young people get excited about creating positive impacts in the world, and be so passionate about raising awareness for social issues- this is why I keep coming back to WE Day. It serves as an inspiration and reminder that no matter what your age, you too can make a difference.”WE Day New York Welcome is a true community celebration, sharing inspiring stories of New Yorkers taking action to earn their ticket to WE Day. Besty Nwachukwu and Dejanae Johnson are two 7th graders who are passionate about supporting their local community and inspiring their peers to join in. They are leaders in bullying prevention, serving as volunteer peer counselors for the Blue-Light Program to help resolve conflict within their school and community. They also work with various other local programs including Girls Empowered and Motivated for Success — a program dedicated to self-esteem and self-empowerment of young girls, and Project Boost — a program that teaches young people to embrace cultural experiences. Besty and Dejanae are shining examples of change makers in the tri-state area.“WE Day celebrates the amazing young people who have taken action at home and around the world to create sustainable change for a better tomorrow,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “Standing in a stadium full of passionate youth will affirm your belief that real change can happen — and is happening every single day right here in the New York. This past school year more than 340 schools and groups around the tri-state area made an incredible impact in their own backyards and in communities around the world through their commitment and passion for change.”WE Day is part of WE — an organization that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world locally and globally, achieving transformative outcomes for themselves and others. Through the yearlong educational program WE Schools, WE provides schools and community groups with educational resources and student-led campaigns designed to enhance existing social initiatives or spark new ones. Youth involved with WE Schools are challenged to make an impact on at least one local and one global issue, and are supported with curricular resources, service campaigns, and mentorship programs to help them become change-makers. To celebrate their efforts, students are invited to WE Day, earning their tickets through action.In the 2015-2016 school year, students and educators from across the tri-state area helped lead remarkable social change. Nearly 4,000 students from across the region improved their communities through WE Schools by raising awareness and fundraising for local and global issues such as poverty, hunger, education, youth rights and the environment. Students in the after school program at The El Peunte Williamsburg Leadership Center, for example, raised awareness about the homeless population and fundraised to support local families facing homelessness by making and selling 50 handcrafted bracelets and raised $100 to create care packages which they distributed at local parks, fast food restaurants and the Brooklyn Public Library.In a 2015 study, current and former WE Schools participants were 2.5 times more likely to have a long term commitment to a social cause, 2.3 times more likely to use their professional skills to solve social problems and 1.2 times more likely to report that they had voted in the prior election than their non-participant peers.You can’t buy a ticket to WE Day — students from across the country earn their way by the actions they take on one local and one global cause of their choice. WE Day is free of charge to students and educators, thanks to the generous support of partners led by Co-Title Sponsors The Allstate Foundation, Unilever, Walgreens and Microsoft.WE Day is supported in the tri-state area by Co-Chairs Carolyn Everson, Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook; Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Ornella Barra, Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance; and Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO, KPMG US.WE has been empowering young people to transform communities at home and around the globe for over 20 years — now the organization is also empowering individuals and families across the nation to “live WE”. The first ever WE Day New York Welcome: Friends and Family event will take place on April 6 at 7 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall following WE Day New York Welcome. WE Day New York Welcome: Friends and Family will feature inspirational speakers and world-renowned performers, coming together to share their personal stories of leadership and triumph including Paula Abdul, Buzz Aldrin, Mia Farrow, Jordan Smith, Martin Luther King III, J.R. Martinez, Celebrity Marauders and more. WE Day New York Welcome: Friends and Family is designed to help families bring the power of change into their homes by bonding around causes that truly matter, raising caring and compassionate children, and setting family members on a path for success.Anyone can find their place with WE and commit to making a change in the world. The first step is to take the WE Pledge at WE.org. By taking the pledge, participants join the WE community and make a commitment to “live WE” every day. For every pledge taken on WE.org, $10 will be donated to local and global programs.
Advertisement Twitter Advertisement The CBC Web report looks like a real-life Romeo and Juliet story, about a loving couple soon to be exiled because of their parentage.“Tracey Deer, creator of Mohawk Girls, about to be evicted from her native Kahnawake where show is set,” the headline reads, referring to Deer’s comedy-drama TV series, the fifth season of which is in production. “She and her husband, who is non-Indigenous,” says the story posted earlier this week, “are among 20 families that have received eviction notices as part of the Kahnawake Mohawk Council’s long-standing and controversial law that bars mixed-race couples from living on the territory.”Irony of ironies, that the maker of a program showing aspects of life on the Montreal-area reserve that most Canadians wouldn’t otherwise see is being booted out. It’s a compelling tale, but it’s not true. Login/Register With: Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement
“I don’t know if there’s another song I could think of that could replace Bohemian Rhapsody,” Penelope Spheeris, who directed Wayne’s World, told Day 6.“It was a brilliant choice on Mike’s part from the very beginning and I think we, as a shooting team, executed it pretty well.“When the film opened in 1992, Bohemian Rhapsody — originally released by Queen 17 years earlier — returned to the top of the U.S. charts, peaking at number two.Myers has said that including the song in Wayne’s World was important because it mirrored his own adolescence in Toronto.“I wanted Wayne’s World the movie to be as cinematic and in the world as possible,” Myers told Rolling Stone in an interview. “I thought Bohemian Rhapsody would be a great way to introduce everybody.”‘It was worth the headache’Filmed over one night in Covina, Calif., the musical number is one of the first scenes in Wayne’s World.Wayne jumps into his best friend Garth Algar’s AMC Pacer and, with two friends already in the backseat, he pops a cassette into the stereo andBohemian Rhapsody begins.The scene immediately resonated with Sean Sullivan, the Canadian actor who played Wayne’s perpetually drunk friend Phil in the film.“I remember driving around in my very beat up — I think it was a Chevy Nova or something … and singing along to Bohemian Rhapsody,” recalled Sullivan.“Then I read the scene and I go, ‘They’re driving around singing to Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s like they’ve been reading my mail.’” Facebook Twitter Mercury died three months before the film’s premiere, but he knew his song — which Sullivan believes to be the singer’s best — would be featured.“Freddie, who was very ill at at the time, was thrilled and heartened by the number being in the movie,” he said.Spheeris says that the band was thankful to the film team for giving Bohemian Rhapsody a second life, and guitarist Brian May even sent a message to the director.Four and a half decades on, she adds, Bohemian Rhapsody is a pop culture staple.“It will be around forever. I hope it will be because, you know, younger generations need music like this now.”To hear more from Penelope Spheeris and Sean Sullivan, download our podcast or click the ‘Listen’ button at the top of this page. Advertisement Advertisement Mike Myers, as Wayne’s from Wayne’s World at the 2008 MTV Music Awards. Myers’s use of Bohemian Rhapsody in the film sent the song back up the charts in 1992. Rami Malek, right, plays Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody which opened in theatres on Friday. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press, 20th Century Fox) Gwilym Lee as Brian May, left, Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, center, and Joe Mazzello as John Deacon, right, star in Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. (20th Century Fox) Sullivan calls the scene one of the best “rock and roll scenes” in teen film history.The scene took hours to film and Sullivan estimates that at least one hour was spent headbanging to the song’s instrumental bridge. Sullivan says it was a major pain in the neck.“When we saw the scene it was like, ‘Well, it was worth the headache,’” Sullivan said.Myers saves the QueenBohemian Rhapsody almost didn’t make it into the film, according to Myers.The producer, Lorne Michaels, wanted Guns N’ Roses to open the film. Queen had fallen out of favour by the ’90s.“I said, “I hear you. I think that’s really smart,” but I didn’t have any jokes for a Guns N Roses song. I had lots of jokes for Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s just inherently comedic,’” Myers told Rolling Stone about why he wanted the song in the movie.“I was totally unaware there was any question as to whether or not Bohemian Rhapsody would be in the film,” Spheeris said. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Rami Malek, left, and Mike Myers pose for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film Bohemian Rhapsody in London. (Joel C. Ryan/Invision/Associated Press) Mike Myers is helping to revive Bohemian Rhapsody once again — but this time, he won’t be singing it.The Canadian comedian stars as a record executive in the Queen biopic named after the song. The film, which stars Rami Malek as flamboyant frontman Freddie Mercury, hit theatres on Friday Nov. 2.But despite the buzz around Bohemian Rhapsody, at the end of the day Myers will probably still be better known for his performance of the mini-rock opera in his 1992 debut film Wayne’s World.
Advertisement Advertisement Twitter There was even a little bit of Fortnite…As far as music videos went, Cardi B and Drake made multiple appearances on Canada’s list of Top 10, alongside Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, and Post Malone.So without further ado, here are Canada’s top YouTube videos of 2018:Canada’s Top Trending Videos1. To Our Daughter2. we broke up3. Do You Hear “Yanny” or “Laurel”? (SOLVED with SCIENCE)4. Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke5. Walmart yodeling kid6. Deadpool, meet Cable7. The Royal Wedding 2018: Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle8. Falcon Heavy Test Flight9. FORTNIGHT DANCE CHALLENGE! – (In Real Life)10. 2018 US Open Highlights: Serena Williams’ dispute overshadows Naomi Osaka’s final win | ESPNCanada’s Top Music Video:1. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B2. Drake – God’s Plan3. Childish Gambino – This Is America (Official Video)4. Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) [Feat. Cardi B] [Official Video5. Ariana Grande – no tears left to cry6. Post Malone – Psycho ft. Ty Dolla $ign7. Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It [Official Music Video]8. Drake – Nice For What9. Lil Dicky – Freaky Friday feat. Chris Brown (Official Music Video)10. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (Official Music Video)By Vincent Plana | Daily Hive Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook With 2018 coming to a close, it’s time to celebrate and reflect on the major events that made the year special.In annual fashion, YouTube has once again revealed the top videos of the year.Canada’s top trending videos featured Paul McCartney, the Royal Wedding, Vancouver’s very own Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, and who could forget “Yanny or Laurel?”
APTN National NewsThe province of Alberta announced today its education curriculum will now include lessons on residential schools. The announcement was made at the final Truth and Reconciliation national event in Edmonton.APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports.
APTN National NewsA growing number of non-Aboriginal kids are hoping to improve the lives of First Nations children.On the anniversary of the government’s apology for residential schools, they gathered in Ottawa to call on the federal government to put an end to inequality.APTN’s Annette Francis has this report.
APTN National NewsThe couple who murdered Loretta Saunders are expected to be sentenced this week after pleading guilty to killing the Inuk woman.The trial ended before it could get started so a jury never got to hear evidence.More details are emerging, including a confession by one of the killers.APTN’s Trina Roache has the story.
(Susan and her three daughters get ready to evacuate La Ronge, Sask. Saturday. Jaydon Flett/APTN photo)Jaydon FlettAPTN National NewsThe town of La Ronge is at risk of being taken over by a fast moving forest fire Sunday in northern Saskatchewan, which caused the mass evacuation of over 7,000 people the day before.The fire has reached the airport on the edge of town said Chief Tammy Cook-Searson of Lac La Ronge Indian Band Sunday.“The fire is in the airport and is moving,” said Cook-Searson. “The forecasted weather is not in our favour today (Sunday).”It reached the airport Saturday night. Firefighters remained trying to stop the growing fire.Officials restricted access to the town Saturday, but APTN arrived just before the highway was closed about the time the fire was just several kilometres from town.The restricted zone is made up of three communities – Lac La Ronge Indian Band, Air Ronge and La Ronge – all made the call for an evacuation.At about 3 p.m. Saturday, nearly every gas station was backed-up with a long line of vehicles trying to leave the area.Long lines at a local gas station in La Ronge Saturday.Many residents had their own transportation, but those who required extra support were urged to meet at the Jonas Roberts Memorial Community Centre, where they could register for a bus taking stranded residents to safety.The scene was chaotic at times.Members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band rushed through the smoky parking lot carrying backpacks, water bottles, diapers, laptops and even gaming systems.Mothers held their children close so they wouldn’t get lost in the crowd, many were crying because of the panic and confusion.A mother named Susan adjusted the mask on her youngest daughter’s face.“We’re just, I don’t know, feeling lost,” said the concerned mother of three. “This is our first time, my first time. Never had something like this happen before.”Susan had on a brave face for her three daughters. But some evacuees couldn’t contain their fear.“I’m really shaken up,” said Anthony, after getting off the phone with his sister to let her know he was safe.Anthony talks to his sister Saturday.Anthony didn’t know where he was going, and wasn’t the only one.A woman named Adele was pacing the parking lot.“Well, I’m lucky. I have a friend (to stay with) in Saskatoon,” she said. “I don’t think it really hit me yet. The whole thing is just… unreal.”Adele.Cook-Searson said Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina are completely full with evacuees from further north.As of Saturday morning, prior to the La Ronge evacuation, there were already 5,588 people displaced from their homes.Those from Lac La Ronge Indian Band, who don’t have friends or relatives to stay with in the nearby cities, were being sent to Cold Lake, Alberta where they will receive support from the Canadian Forces and the Red Cross.Many evacuees were distraught Saturday afternoon over rumours that the fire was only three kilometres outside the airport.An RCMP officer APTN spoke to could only said at the moment: “Everyone will be safe. There’s lots of time.”The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations have declared a state of emergency for the region and are calling on the Federal Government to help battle the flames, and support the email@example.comReporter Jaydon Flett is in Prince Albert Sunday. Follow her on Twitter for more updates.@jaydon0no
(Attendees listen to candidate pitches at Maskwacis First Nation forum Wednesday. Brandi Morin/APTN photo.)Brandi MorinAPTN National News For the first time in its history an Alberta First Nation is going to take part in a federal election.The Tsuu T’ina Nation near Calgary established its first ever polling station at the Grey Eagle Resort.Tsuu T’ina spokesperson Kevin Littlelight said the momentum started to build when they decided to get engaged during the last provincial election. The motivating factor, he said, was because the previous Progressive Conservative government in Alberta was what he described as not very Aboriginal friendly.“We could smell change in the air,” said Littlelight. “The provincial election was the biggest turnout of Aboriginal voters ever. The push was for change for Aboriginal people and for Albertans, and we were a part of that change.”Across Alberta it appears First Nations are becoming more involved than ever and plan to show it on Monday before polls close.Maskwacis First Nation in central Alberta held its first ever federal candidates open forum at Samson Cree Nation’s Howard Buffalo Memorial Center earlier this week.Throughout the evening approximately 100 people showed up to listen to pitches from the Liberal and NDP candidates, the Conservative and Green candidates didn’t attend.Tara Cutarm, one of the event organizers, said she was impressed by the turnout and noticed a significant number of youth in attendance.“It made me feel hopeful,” said Cutarm. “And grateful seeing the youth be so interested in attending the forum. It gave me pride in the fact that there are youth caring at that young age not only for themselves, but for all of us…I am hoping First Nation’s youth storm the polls and take this country back because it’s their future that’s going to be impacted.”In Enoch Cree Nation, directly west of Edmonton, elder Irene Morin said they are also working hard to ensure high voter turnout there. Morin said she took the initiative to make arrangements with the nation’s transportation coordinator to use the local school buses to transport voters to the polling station at the local arena and is using a specialized bus for elders. The organizing of transporting community members to vote during an election is also a first for Enoch. “This time we want to make sure that the voters get out and vote,” said Morin who added that she’s never seen a push like this for Aboriginal engagement in a federal election before. “I think the main reason is that First Nations want to lend their support to a party other than the Conservatives…I think that’s the feel all over.”Morin plans to spend most of Monday volunteering at the polling station. Ermineskin Cree Nation Chief Randy Ermineskin said getting people to polling stations has been a problem in the past. This election has encouraged Ermineskin to be more innovative in finding ways around those kinds of challenges. Council unanimously agreed for the band to organize rides to and from the polling station with the community’s passenger van to those without transportation. This kind of action to help usher people to the polls is unparalleled.“If we want to engage them (community members) we need to provide access to transportation,” said Ermineskin. “It’s going to be a busy day for everybody that’s going to be involved and we’re working on the logistics of what that’s going to look like.”Ermineskin said he’s noticing something stirring in the community in regards to Monday’s election and there’s a sense of urgency being felt to participate in choosing Canada’s leadership.“I think because talk of our issues are falling on deaf ears,” said Ermineskin who will be encouraging other Maskwacis leadership to rally their members to vote in the coming days. “It’s time we start to rise up and let people know we need to participate.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Shirley McLean APTN National NewsYukon’s legislative assembly will table the budget Thursday.It’s also the last sitting before the year’s territorial election.Opposition parties are giving the government a failing grade.