Archive for the ‘Celebrity’ Category

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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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!

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.

Affleck vs Kristof — who’s better?

Posted: December 6, 2010 by brfrese in Abuse, Africa, Celebrity, Independence, War

A few weeks ago I posted a blog about Ben Affleck and his involvement with the UN Refugee Agency (the UNHCR) and their campaign to bring shelter to refugees. He is particularly involved in the Congo, and his methods involve using his celebrity  as a means to granting unheard individuals a voice. Let me give you a quick refresher on what he does —

In our Comm 410 class, we have learned about a man named Nicholas Kristof who is a reporter for the New York Times. His articles and videos are created in the same manner as the ones I previously posted about Ben Affleck — they pick and individual to learn about their story. Kristof is notorious for doing many, many interviews, but picking the best individual, true story and using that to create his messages. He feels that the American people attach to one person, one story, better than they do to groups of people (we are desensitized).  Here are a few pieces of his work:

And an article here.

So, seeing as how Kristof would be categorized as a popular and effective writer, yet not a celebrity, I am curious as to how you feel. Which member of our society, who focuses on an individual to tell their story and offer them a voice, is more effective? Granted they have used different mediums (Affleck his fame and a TV appearance on ABC, and Kristof his educated and informed following through the New York Times), but I still feel their methods are similar. If I had to pick who I think has the greater impact, it would be Kristof. I pick him because he is more consistent with his involvement (yes, I know it is his job, but that makes  his work more legitimate), and consistency yields results.

However, I want to know what you think, so fill out the poll below!