Linkin Park Wants To Power the World

Photo Courtesy of Linkin Park/Twitter

By Amarylis Martinez

1.3 billion people have no access to electricity and rock band, Linkin Park, is ready to do something about it.  Recently launching their Power the World campaign, these rock stars are asking for our help in lighting the world this holiday season.  By donating $10 to powertheworld.org, a family in Haiti will be provided with a renewable, solar light bulb.  These solar light bulbs provide more than just light; they are low in cost and use clean renewable energy, allowing Haitians to save money overtime.  Without electricity children cannot study after dark, parents cannot work after dark and medical clinics cannot stay open.

With Power the World, Linkin Park has set a goal of helping one million families gain access to sustainable energy by 2012 – Haiti is their first project location.  Lead vocalist, Mike Shinoda is quoted saying:

“We chose Haiti for this project because the country faces severe energy poverty.  There are 34 million people in the Western Hemisphere who have no access to modern energy; 8 million of them are in Haiti. By helping Haiti we can make a huge impact, so it’s a great place to start.”

StarsPower invites you to give the gift of light this holiday season.

For more information regarding Power the World or to support Linkin Park in their cause to light the world visit www.powertheworld.org

Andrea Bocelli to Launch Foundation

photo courtesy Goylr

By Aramis Grant

I was finishing up my morning routine and ready to head out when I heard that one of my favorite voices — Andrea Bocelli —  was about to perform on Good Morning America (GMA). I sat on the couch with my coat on and bag in hand, smiling in anticipation of his  rendition of “Amazing Grace.” It was right before he went into the song that he mentioned his new foundation, the Andrea Bocelli Foundation.

The Andrea Bocelli Foundation is aimed at supporting those living in poverty or overcoming barriers caused by illness and disability (an issue near and dear to Bocelli who lost his sight at the age of 12). Bocelli will be launching the foundation in a few days, on December 9, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The star-studded event will include dinner; a concert by Bocelli, who will be accompanied by David Foster, Heather Headley and Anna Maria Martinez; and a guest list that includes Pierce Brosnan, Quincy Jones, Natalie Cole and others.

This morning, as I watched GMA, I knew Bocelli’s singing would be outstanding as usual, but it was his mention of the new foundation that gave me chills. Here at StarsPower, we are  so impressed with the amount of celebrities aiming to make the world a better place through various and ongoing efforts, and we love that Bocelli is one of them.
One of StarsPowers’ favorite blogs has also written about the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. To read Look To The Stars’ post, click HERE.

Stars Tweet In Support Of World AIDS Day

By Amarylis Martinez

Today is World AIDS Day; a day where people gather together in the fight against HIV, show support for those living with the virus and honor those who have passed.  In support of this day and its cause many celebrities have turned to Twitter to express the importance and significance of getting tested and creating awareness.

Today, StarsPower brings you some of our favorite tweets from our favorite stars:

Rapper, Nikki Minaj talks AIDS in the African American community

Singer & Co-Founder of Keep A Child Alive, Alicia Keys supported (RED) and The ONE Campaign by speaking at their live streaming event

Singer, Ke$ha tweets about a personal experience with AIDS

Kim Kardashian tweets in support of World AIDS Day

Singer, Miley Cyrus joins (RED) & The ONE Campaign's panel

Oprah joins (RED) & The ONE Campaign in support of World AIDS Day

Patti Stanger, Millionaire Matchmaker star shares her loss due to AIDS

Actor & BET's 106 & Park host encourages his followers to get tested

According to worldaidsday.org, more than 90,000 people are currently living with HIV in the UK and globally – an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV.

Remember, it’s important to know your status – get tested.

Ryan Howard Gives Back To His Home Team

By Amarylis Martinez

Philadelphia Phillie and 2008 World Series champion, Ryan Howard, is in the Christmas spirit!  On behalf of the Ryan Howard Family Foundation he is donating athletic apparel valued at approximately $1.2 million to the Philadelphia School District.  A very happy Philly mayor, Michael Nutter, took to Twitter to express his gratitude Thursday afternoon stating:

“Ryan Howard Family Foundation just donated $1.2m to Philly Schools for sports uniforms and footwear. Incredibly generous. Thanks Ryan!”

The Ryan Howard Family Foundation launched in 2009 with the mission of supporting underprivileged children and families.

Get the full story regarding Howard’s Philadelphia School District donation by visiting his foundation’s official site.

Arsenal Saves the Children

By Amarylis Martinez

Here at StarsPower we believe in “Blogging a Better Planet” which is why we have chosen to focus on stars’ efforts outside of the U.S. today.  This past weekend, Arsenal Football Club dedicated its Premier League match against Fulham to Save the Children.  Save the Children is Arsenal’s global charity partner, supporting the cause of providing less fortunate children with the necessities for a better life and providing them the chance to grow and reach their full potential.

Deciding to dedicate a game to Save the Children meant more than writing a check and playing soccer in their honor.  Arsenal used their star’s power to make their game day an all day affair in support of their charity and its cause.  Thanks to these soccer playing pros, Emirates Stadium was full of fundraising initiatives.

To kick-start the fund raising process players and staff donated a day’s wages to their global partner foundation.  During warm-ups both Arsenal and Fulham wore Save the Children t-shirts in honor of supporting the charity and its efforts.  Pre game, players Carl Jenkinson and Jack Wilshere surprised fans as they personally sold and collected raffle tickets.  During half-time, Arsenal mascot Gunnersaurus, led a successful monetary collection where fans happily donated to the cause.  50 pence from every game day program sold was donated, along with a portion of the proceeds of Arsenal’s co-branded charity sportsbands being sold in the team store.

Players took their role in this partnership seriously.  When speaking of Save the Children team captain Robin Van Persie said:

“The whole squad was given a presentation by Save the Children recently, who explained what they are doing all over the world.  It’s unbelievable and we really appreciate their work.  We all realize we can’t save the world but we can all do our little bit”

StarsPower is here to say that we can in fact save the world and we are proud of Van Persie’s Arsenal for contributing by helping Save the Children this weekend.

Be a Gooner. Be a giver. Make a contribution to Save the Children on behalf of Arsenal at http://www.justgiving.com/beagoonerbeagiver

For more information on Arsenal and Save the Children visit their official website at http://www.arsenal.com/savethechildren

*To Star Gaze Arsenal’s game day dedication to charity, click HERE

Ke$ha Does Best to Protect Pups

By Aramis Grant

I’m a dog lover, singer Ke$ha is a dog lover, and now I’m a bigger Ke$ha fan because of her dog loving!

The singer, famously known for her drunken persona, has teamed up with Humane Society International to continue the fight for animal’s rights, by standing up for street dogs.

A StarsPower blog-favorite, Ecorazzi, posted on the singer’s efforts. For more information, check out Ecorazzi’s post HERE and view the video below.

Trey Songz Gives Back This Thanksgiving at Benefit Concert

By Aramis Grant

Hot R&B sensation Trey Songz will be performing at a Thanksgiving benefit concert for his Angels with Heart Foundation on November 25. The Grammy-nominated singer has been compared to the likes of R&B greats Al Greene and Marvin Gaye, for his smooth, sultry voice and “baby making music.”

The fairly new charity, created just last year by the Grammy-nominated singer, was created in effort to engage members of his fan club in taking part in more positive work in their communities. How awesome is that?! His fan club, known as “Trey’s Angels” were encouraged to give back through random acts of kindness, donating their time and more to support the cause of improving the communities they live in and those in surrounding cities, with a special focus on the youth.  The group who took part in Songz’s call-to-action were often referred to as “Angles with Heart,” so Songz settled on that as the name of his foundation.

Songz has teamed up with popular NYC radio station HOT 97 to present the one-day benefit concert, where Songz will be taking the stage at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The concert is aimed at promoting the amazing mission of the Angels with Hearts Foundation to help underprivileged children and at-risk youth in a variety of ways.

“Because I have been blessed to be in the situation where I am able to touch and be heard by so many people, it’s only right that I use that voice to give back and empower the youth, strengthen families and communities” says Songz on the foundation website.

Declaring November as the official “Angels with Heart” month, Songz will be rounding out this month with his birthday on the 28th and the release of his new album Inevitable,  that drops on November 29. (Happy Birthday, Trey! And congrats on the album!)

The declaration of Angels with Heart month also celebrates the hard work of his devoted members.

“My fans don’t just go hard for me, they go hard for humanity,” said Songz.

Fans are encouraged to contribute to the singer’s efforts by downloading Songz’s video Top of the World, or by downloading the album, Inevitable, as a portion of the proceeds will go to the foundation.  Tickets and VIP packages for the benefit are available now, here on Ticketmaster.

Can’t attend the concert? Don’t worry … the performance will be internationally broadcast for those who miss out.

For more information on the Angels with Heart Foundation, visit angelswithheartfoundation.org

Paris Hilton Puts Her Star Power to Use in Bali

Photo Courtesy Paris Hilton/Twitter

By Amarylis Martinez

Paris Hilton – a Hilton heiress commonly known for making headlines in the Hollywood scene isn’t who many may perceive her to be.  For years, Paris has identified herself as an animal lover and activist.  She has also contributed to countless charities supporting causes such as breast cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, homelessness and world hunger.

Just yesterday, November 15, Hilton took to Twitter to share her experiences while in Bali.  Tweeting pictures of her time spent with orphans and raising awareness of Indonesian stray dogs, Paris expressed how great it felt to “give back to those in need”.

Get the deets on Paris Hilton’s trip to Bali and her philanthropic efforts while there:  Paris Hilton Meets Orphans and Stray Dogs in Bali via Look to the Stars.

To stay up-to-date with all of Paris’ charity work, visit her official site http://www.parishilton.com/charity/

Leonardo DiCaprio Raises Millions For Charity On His Special Day

By Amarylis Martinez

November 5:  $3 million.  November 11:  $1.3 million.  In a week’s time, Leonardo DiCaprio has raised millions of dollars for more than one cause.  Just six days before his birthday, DiCaprio co-chaired the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) first annual Art + Film Gala.  Helping make the event a success by raising $3 million for the art of film making, the actor’s philanthropic efforts did not stop there.

In true humanitarian fashion, Leonardo DiCaprio celebrated his birthday while raising money for his charity, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.  DiCaprio’s foundation supports wildlife conservation and provides disaster relief in countries such as Haiti.

11.11.11, a date deemed lucky by many, was oddly enough Leo’s actual birth date – as well as the date his newest film, J. Edgar, hit theaters.  With much to celebrate, DiCaprio rented out New York’s Avenue night club where an array of A-listers gathered together to celebrate their dear friend’s 37th birthday.  The guest list included family members, Victoria’s Secret models, assorted billionaires, and celebrities such as Russell Simmons, Robert De Niro, Naomi Campbell and Edward Norton – to name a few.

DiCaprio, who threw this birthday bash for himself, raised money for his charity by having a cash bar and auctioning off luxury items.  One popular luxury item, a 15-litre bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne – hand painted by artist Peter Tunney, was auctioned off for $50,000.  By the end of the night a total of $1.3 million had been raised effortlessly, all while partying the night away.

While some may think that birthdays are all about the person being celebrated, DiCaprio found a way to make it about others.  The J. Edgar star continues to use his power in support of his causes by raising funds in his everyday life.

To keep up with Leonardo DiCaprio and his causes, follow him on Twitter:  @LeoDiCaprio