By Aramis Grant
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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”.
To stay up-to-date with all of Paris’ charity work, visit her official site http://www.parishilton.com/charity/
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
By Aramis Grant
Rolex held its bi-annual Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative Gala, last night at New York’s Lincoln Center, celebrating its 2010-2011 mentorships and announced new mentors for 2012-2013.
The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative is an international philanthropic program created to assist extraordinary, rising artists to achieve their full potential. It seeks out these artists from around the world and brings them together with great masters, for a year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship.
The six internationally recognized master artists announced last night, will serve as mentors in dance, film, literature, music, theater and visual arts in 2012-2013.
Each mentor “will select a talented young artist for a year of creative dialogue and exchange,” as expressed on the initiative press release. The mentors are: Canadaian author Margaret Atwood, French theater director Patrice Chèreau, Brazilian singer/songwriter Gilberto Gil, South African visual artist William Kentridge, Taiwanese choreographer Lin Hwai-min and American film editor and sound designer Walter Murch.
As explained by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, “Each mentor will spend at least six weeks, over the course of a year, with his or her protégé. The individual pair will determine the structure, time and place of those meetings. In the past, some protégés have chosen to move to their mentors’ cities to allow for more sustained interactions, while others have decided to conduct their relationship by phone and email with regular visits to each other’s homes, studios, movie sets or rehearsal rooms. Each protégé receives $25,000 to support his or her participation in the programme. At the conclusion of the mentoring year, each protégé is eligible for an additional $25,000 for the creation of a new work.”
Past mentors include Martin Scorsese, Toni Morrison and Mira Nair among others.
Last night, a bunch of A-list celebrities attended the gala including Scorsese, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, and Paula Patton (who before starring in “Precious,” shadowed Denzel Washington). Also present, was Tony-award winning director Julie Taymor (her work includes Broadway’s The Lion King and Spider Man: Turn off the Dark — Taymor was a mentor during the initiative’s third cycle).
For more information on the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative, visit http://www.rolexmentorprotege.com.
See photos from the Nov. 14, 2011 event on our Star Gazing page HERE.
*Check out Fox 5’s video coverage of last night’s gala HERE, on My FOX New York.
By Amarylis Martinez
With the temperatures dropping and an early snowfall in New York City it is imperative that all New Yorkers bundle up. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, each night more than 40,000 people – including more than 16,000 children – experience homelessness in New York City. Def Jam rapper and Brooklyn native, Fabolous has taken a stand for this cause launching his first annual Three Kings Coat Drive through his newly founded charity foundation, A Fabolous Way.
In an interview with Pix11 Fabolous was quoted saying:
The winter is coming and it’s getting cold and people need coats and people don’t have the opportunity to go out and buy themselves coats. So, we wanted to encourage other people who have coats to donate or donate winter gear. There’s plenty of people with two or three coats in their closets that they never wear.
The Three Kings Coat Drive is being supported by two well known icons in the City That Never Sleeps, Yankee Robinson Cano and Giants player Ahmad Bradshaw. In coalition with New York Cares, Dr. Jays and Hot97 the Three Kings Coat Drive began on November 1 and will last until December 1 with the goal of collecting 100,000 coats this winter. All Dr. Jays clothing store locations in New York City and New Jersey will serve as the coat drop-off sites. As a token of appreciation, every donor will receive 10% off their next coat purchase at participating Dr. Jays’ stores.
During the Three Kings Coat Drive launch, Fabolous was present at Dr. Jays in Manhattan collecting coats. Appropriately, the first coat donated was a popular New York Yankees jacket. Surprisingly, singer Trey Songz (who was in town promoting his new album) stopped by to show his support for Fabolous and his first annual Three Kings Coat Drive.
Fabolous has been actively spreading the word and creating awareness by personally tweeting about the coat drive. Anyone who takes a picture donating a coat will be retweeted and followed by Fabolous himself. Help spread the word and tweet using the hashtag #3kingscoatdriveNYC.
To see a list of participating Dr. Jays’ stores or to support this cause, visit www.afabolousway.org
Fabolous and Trey Songz at Three Kings Coat Drive Kickoff
By Amarylis Martinez
What’s more important than Kim Kardashian’s divorce making headlines? Her charity contribution, of course!
After many rumors circulating regarding her troubled marriage, Kim confirmed on Halloween day that there are irreconcilable differences between her and hubby Kris Humphries. On October 31, the public was made aware that Kardashian had indeed filed for divorce after 72 days of marriage.
According to Divorce Lawyer Source, divorce statistics show that about eighty percent of all marriages end because of irreconcilable differences. As sad as this statistic may be, it proves that Kim is one of many going through this tough time right now. In the midst of a hard time, Kim has found a way to turn the frown upside down…for someone in need. On November 1, Kim posted a message to her fans on her official blog addressing her divorce, the rumors and her unexpected charity contribution. Kim Kardashian has donated the value of her wedding gifts to the Dream Foundation, a charity that grants wishes to people facing life threatening illnesses.
The Dream Foundation has confirmed that it is true and the funds have been wired over on November 2. Although there is no confirmed amount of the contribution that was made, TMZ has reported that a source close to Kim is saying $200,000 has been donated.
Kim has been actively involved with the Dream Foundation in the past and continues to hold a special place in her heart for the cause the Dream Foundation supports. In an email with the Huffington Post, Erin Lynnch, a spokesperson for the Dream Foundation expressed her gratitude for Kim using this troubled time to help others. Erin Lynnch was quoted saying:
Kim has a long history of giving to Dream Foundation with her time, financial contributions and simply holding the hands of dreamers facing a terminal illness. We are thankful to have Kim as a part of our service.
Though many may think that Kim’s donation is a way to divert the heat of ‘fake marriage’ or ‘publicity stunt for money’ rumors, the truth of the matter is that her contribution will in fact help others during their greatest time of need – for this, we applaud Kim.
To support the cause of the Dream Foundation and help make someone’s dream come true visit www.dreamfoundation.org