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

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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

Winter Just Got A Little More Fabolous

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

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Justin Bieber is a Beliber: Bieber Launches Believe Charity Drive

By Amarylis Martinez

On Tuesday, November 1, Justin Bieber announced his Believe Charity Drive in hopes to raise millions of dollars for charity by the release of his 2012 album “Believe”. Bieber has kick started the donation process by debuting his holiday album, “Under the Mistletoe”, which will donate a portion of the proceeds to seven handpicked charities of choice. The seven charities were chosen by Bieber himself due to their emphasis on education, youth well-being and music.

Belibers all over the world can join the Believe Charity Drive by making donations through Justin Bieber’s official site, www.justinbeibermusic.com.

To see a list of charities that the Believe Charity Drive supports, along with all other updated information (including how much money has been raised to date), you can visit the Believe Charity Drive’s site.