We Are The World

Posted: December 13, 2010 by brfrese in Celebrity, Charity, Donations
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I know that we have featured a post on this blog that discusses the music sensation that is “We Are The World.” Well, I wanted to blog once more before the deadline of our journey here and let you know that I think we can do incredible things.

 

I challenge every single one of you to find something that you are passionate about — whether that’s donating money or time to Keep a Child Alive because you like Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s, or raising money to send teachers to foreign nations to help students learn new skills. It is important for us to know we are part of something larger than ourselves.

While I have been critical of celebrity involvement in foreign nations, often citing that I think they are serving their own interests rather than those of the nation or area or cause they are helping, there is something to be said about it. They are trying to help. They are involved and, in some cases, on the ground offering support to these people. No matter what their motivations, this is something we can all appreciate and strive to achieve.

 

So I leave you with this: find your passion, your drive, your interest. Then, make a difference. One person can change another’s world, but it doesn’t happen if you don’t start somewhere. As much as we are divided by boarders and oceans, remember, we are the world!

 

Here’s the video, once more for old time’s sake!

 

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Dead Aid

Posted: December 13, 2010 by brfrese in Africa, Charity, Education, Poverty

Hey everyone! I know I have talked about Dead Aid this semester, but I haven’t really gotten into it too much. So, I thought now might be a good time to do so.

Dead Aid is a book that was written by an extremely intelligent woman — Dambisa Moyo. She completed her undergraduate at American University, got her MBA in Finance at America, a Masters  from Harvard and a Doctorate from Oxford. Wow. Additionally, she worked for Goldman Sachs for 10 years prior to writing her New York Times Bestesller — when she talks, she knows what she is saying.

 

 

She is particularly critical about aid to Africa, she believes it creates a cycle of dependency that leaves Africa no better off than it was before foreign nations (or in our case celebrities) got involved. Did you know that nations in Africa have received over 1 Trillion Dollars in the past 50 years? How much better off is Africa because of it? Think about what that level of economic involvement could do to a developing country that needs to establish its own infrastructures!

 

So,  I just wanted to give you a little more background on who Dambisa Moyo was. She is extremely educated in her field and I trust her opinion as an international economist because well, she is one. If anyone is interested you can purchase her book, or maybe find it at a library and read up on the effects we truly have in Africa.

Necklaces for Invisible Children

Posted: December 13, 2010 by akl5086 in Africa, Charity, Children

In light of her recent trip to Uganda, celeb Kristen Bell designed a necklace in which she asks for $45 donations for Invisible Children, a charity dedicated to preventing the abduction of children and creation of child-soldiers.

A large rebel force led by Joseph Kony in Uganda has been abducting children since 1986 and has thus far abducted over 30,000 children.

The donations will go to building new schools and provide education to the area’s war-effected children. Bell claims that her good friend runs the charity and made a point to say that the donations are going to a good place and are being used wisely.

Do you think Bell makes a point to say this because she understands how much people now a days question celebrity involvement with philanthropy?

What are your thoughts?!

 

 

Beacon of Hope or Symbol of Celanthropy?

Posted: December 13, 2010 by akl5086 in Charity, Children, Uncategorized

On Thursday, Dec. 9 crowds gathered to watch actress and UNICEF supporter Monique Coleman light the UNICEF Snowflake on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, while singer Katharine McPhee sang her own renditions of popular Christmas tunes.

The snowflake is supposed to act as a beacon of hope, peace and compassion for children worldwide during the holiday season, but what do you think?

 

Look To The Stars

Posted: December 10, 2010 by tubridysean in Celebrity, Charity
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Hey guys, are you curious to find out what charities and organizations your favorite celebrity is a part of?  This great site, looktothestars.org is a very useful resource.  The site is about celebrities giving back to the world at both national and international levels.  The site has news, videos, interviews, and is very involved in social media, especially Twitter.  This site was very useful in our gathering of information for this blog and served as a great starting place for a lot of our research.

The site contains thousand of celebrity brief biographies and lists of the charities they are involved with or have been involved with at some time.  Interestingly enough, the site also provides a cloud of celebrities who are involved in the same charities.  The more charities the celebrities have in common, the bigger and bolder the other celebrity’s name will be in the cloud.

This site will be useful for people looking to get involved in charities in any way.  People can visit this website and find motivation and charity ideas from their favorite or most respected celebrities.

So what are you waiting for? Check out LookToTheStars now!

They’re Backkkk….

Posted: December 8, 2010 by akl5086 in Africa, AIDs, Uncategorized

That’s right fans, your favorite celebs are back in the game. After one week of abstaining from using their social-networking accounts, celebs are logging back on to let fans know they are “alive!”

A single donation of $500,000 from pharmaceutical entrepreneur Stewart Rahr to the digital death AIDS campaign led by recording artist Alicia Keys on Monday, Dec. 6 marked the return of many popular celebs to the world of social media.

The donation was the grand finale to the AIDS campaign, which kicked off on World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.  

The campaign was anticipated to be much more successful than it proved to be and furthermore generated much criticism. Although celebs reached an outward of millions of people across the nation, they were only able to convince 50,000 fans to donate the minimum of $10 for the cause, making up the other half of the $1 million total.

Leigh Blake, co-founder of the charity Keep A Child Alive, said she never expected to raise the money overnight. She was actually blown away that they were able to raise that much in one week.

If this is true, however, why has the campaign received so much criticism?

If Blake was impressed with the “short length” of the campaign why have gossip sites made the campaign into a joke?

What do you think?

A poem by Sean

Posted: December 8, 2010 by tubridysean in Celebrity, Charity, Donations, Poverty
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I wrote a poem. If I had more time, it would flow better and would be more mature.  But I think it does the trick.  Let me know what you think!

 

Philanthropist or Narcissist

A celebrity appears on a PSA,

Is it an earnest appeal or just a way to say

That they care about the world issues?

A fake smile and a box of tissues

Draw attention to the starving poor

But is this a good thing? I’m still unsure.

Bono, Oprah, Pitt, and Jolie

Give their heart, soul, and money

To help out the less fortunate

And work to make a world aid conglomerate.

 

In a society focused on reputation,

It’s hard to tell who shows true dedication.

Celebrities strive to associate their faces

With orgs and charities in all the right places.

That will make them look the best in the public’s eye.

Their actions are deceiving and sly.

A celebrity is not an expert on world news,

Just a rich person with biased views.

Don’t believe everything you hear

From a pretty face and a voice so clear.

 

Personally I find this involvement to be superficial

These people act like a world health official.

They are told what to say to the media,

So do your own research on Wikipedia.

Of course, these countries benefit from the philanthropists,

But it’s sad to see these celebrity self-serving narcissists.