Rolex Announces Initiative Mentors at NYC Gala

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.

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

*To Star Gaze this Star’s Power and see more pictures from the #3kingscoatdriveNYC click HERE

Twilight Saga: Breaking — Into Music?

photo courtesy IMDb

By Aramis Grant

Commonly known for his hair, blood-sucking beauty, and hardcore abs, Twilight movie star Robert Pattinson can now be known as a rockstar, who does it all for a good cause.

In a recent interview, Pattinson sat down with Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson to discuss the “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 1” sex scene that has Hollywood and all his fans buzzing. Although Pattison jokingly blames co-star Kristen Stewart’s aggressiveness during the scene, to call for a re-edit (otherwise forcing the movie to be produced as an R rated film), he does admit to having a good time recording the long-awaited wedding scene and said it was a day he’ll remember for a long time.

With the Twilight Saga coming to a bitter sweet end (part 2 is the final installment of the saga), Pattinson touched upon his other interests and ventures – one being his involvement in “Band From TV,” a celebrity rock band that consists of actors, musicians, and athletes who started as a group that shared a love for music, but transformed to a band that fills venues, playing rock and roll for charitable causes.

“Actors always want to be rockstars and rockstars, actors,” Pattinson said of performing with the group.

Band From TV is dedicated to making a difference in advancing and supporting the charities its members feel passionately about — raising money through music to help those in need – finding a cure, helping children around the world, protecting the environment, providing educational materials or musical instruments, aiding in natural disasters, or standing up against domestic violence.

Charities include the Epilepsy Foundation, The Art of Elysium and Childrens Hospital LA, The Conservation Fund, The Indiana University-Kenya Partnership, Taia Peace Foundation, Lupus LA, Save the Children, and the Guitar Center Music Foundation.

Current band members include Greg Grunberg (drums), a veteran of shows such as “Alias” and “Felicity” as well as the NBC hit “Heroes”; James Denton (guitar), currently starring in the ABC hit “Desperate Housewives”; Bob Guiney (vocals), who appeared on “The Bachelor” and on TLC’s “Date My House”; Jesse Spencer (violin) currently starring in the FOX hit “House”; Adrian Pasdar, from “Heroes” and “Desperate Housewives”; Scott Grimes from “American Dad” and “ER,” and rounding out the band are accomplished musicians Chris Kelley (Music Director), Barry Sarna (Eagles), David Leach (Ben Harper), Chris Mostert (Eagles) and child-star turned bass player Brad Savage.

For more information on Band From TV visit http://www.bandfromtv.org/

Keeping Up With Kim Kardashian

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

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.

Designer Michael Kors Promotes Cancer Awareness

By Aramis Grant

Since 1981, designer Michael Kors has worked wonders for women’s confidence – filling department stores like Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue with his designs, ultimately causing thousands of women to fill their closets with his trendy and highly recommended brand name clothing – but it is his philanthropic work with cancer research that does far more for women across the board.

As a proud supporter of cancer research and cancer awareness, Kors has continually taken action on the cause against cancer by using his skills and reputation as a designer to contribute to cancer awareness. Kors’ designs for cancer consciousness are directly associated to fundraising for the cause – he has made it so that portions of the proceeds from MICHEAL Michael Kors products go to various cancer-related organizations such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the Mass General Cancer Center, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

Kors’ previous efforts include working with supermodel Heidi Klum (whom he works side-by-side with on Bravo’s Project Runway) to design a limited edition tee for Saks’ Key to the Cure breast cancer campaign. The $40 tee was made available at Saks Fifth Avenue stores, with proceeds going to charity.

Last year, Kors received the Oliver R. Grace Award for Distinguished Service in Advancing Cancer Research from the Cancer Research Institute, Inc. (CRI) in celebration of his charitable contributions. CRI had the following to say of Kors’ honoring:

Mr. Kors is the leading American fashion designer for luxury accessories and sportswear and is known as a celebrity judge on the hit TV show Project Runway. His support of Saks Fifth Avenue’s Key to the Cure campaign and other cancer causes, as well as his commitment to supporting research and awareness for HIV/AIDS and other immune-related diseases, including diabetes and lupus, together embody the spirit of this prestigious award.

Kors has been creating stylishly charitable products for cancer awareness for years and actively contributes designs during the month of October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Kors’ awareness efforts include the creation of totes, perfume, scarves, and makeup bags.

Check out this year’s cancer awareness tote below:

For more information on Michael Kors designs, or to purchase, visit: http://www.michaelkors.com/