Just in case you weren’t paying attention, Jussie Smollett is winning in life. Not only is he really Pepsi’s new spokesman. It wasn’t all an act ladies and gents. He flew from Chi Town (where “Empire” is filmed) to ATL to accept keys to the city, and announce an “ambassadorship” with Sean John fashion line.
Yep. They’re still around.
The ‘Empire’ star was honored in swanky Buckhead’s Lenox Hill Square alongside Sean John for his work on the Dream Big campaign, which partnered with the Boys and Girls Club in Atlanta.
Sean John returned the favor by donating $5000 to BGC and Jussie matched that amount. Then had a sit down with 10 lucky BGC members. He also had a meet and greet with all attendees, which according to Kiwi the Beauty was a pretty large crowd, and took pics with supporters.
The former Mighty Duck even squeezed in a trip to the Waffle House.
Since last week’s terror attacks in Paris, really since 9/11, Muslim Americans have been profiled and targeted as extremists. And with silly season (elections) upon us the fear mongering is at an all time high–looking at you Trump. But, maybe just maybe there’s a solution to weeding out terrorists and not discriminating against Muslims.
Seven-year old Jack showed us there is. When the Austin, Texas res found out a local mosque was vandalized. He broke his piggybank to give them $20 he was saving for an iPad. According to The Daily Dot, Jack felt worshippers needed it more after finding “feces splattered in front of the mosque and torn pages from the Quran.”
Jack’s mom, Laura Swanson took him to drop off the donation at the Islamic Center of Plufgerville to show “what happened in Paris is not what’s happening in Plufgerville,”she told ABC News.
A sentiment Faisal Naeem, the mosque’s board member, appreciates.
“Jack’s $20 is worth $20 million to us because it’s the thought that counts…if we had more kind-hearted kids like them in the world, I have hope for our future.”
Jack’s good deed paid off. An anonymous member of the Muslim American community sent him an iPad with a note:
You had saved $20 in your piggybank for an Apple iPad. But then a local Islamic mosque was vandalized. So you donated you $20 to this local Texas mosque. Because of your amazing generosity & kind heart, please enjoy this Applie iPad with our sincere thanks :)
The American Muslim Community :)
The Muslim Guy blog posted pics of Jack with his new toy.
Thanks for the lesson in tolerance and compassion, buddy.
In honor of Veterans Day (I’m a proud sister of one, thank you very much) I want to highlight not only a phenomenal woman, but an inspiring Army vet–who still wears the leave no comrade behind mantra on her sleeve even when it’s not a camouflaged one.
Chi-town native and 15 year army vet, Jaspen Boothe, founded Final Salute Inc., an org dedicated to providing homeless women vets with shelter, employment, business clothes, and financial literacy courses to get them back on their feet. A position Jas was forced in when she lost everything during Hurricane Katrina. Followed by a grim cancer diagnosis that was close to getting her discharged from the Army. With no home, job or health care to depend on she turned to her Hoo-rah brothers for help. Uncle Sam told her welfare was a more viable option because there were no social service programs for female vets with children.
Jas changed that in 2010–five years shy of becoming cancer free and regaining a position in the armed services–by developing a very valuable resource for her sister veterans.
Accepting an award from the American Veterans Center, Jas explained the importance of her organization.
According to the org’s site, Final Salute has assisted over 900 women and children across the country. Generous donations of $25 or more provide food and clothes to female vets in need (hint hint). For those wiling to help click here.
I took an oath to never leave a fallen comrade behind. Final Salute is my commitment to that oath.
Alicia Keys brought her 12th Annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball in with a bang last night. With help from a zipped up (I won’t let it die) Lenny Kravitz, Wale, Chris Rock and Lion Babe, who each shared a stage with the “Girl on Fire.” If you suffer from FOMO–Fear of Missing Out–like I do. We’ve got you covered. Below are duet snippets from each performance.
First up, Wale performing Lotus Flower Bomb with Alicia
Lenny Kravitz stole the show with “American Woman” while Alicia tickled the ivories
Lion Babe brought all the feels with their rendition of “Tell Me Something Good”
For those not tearing down the Hammerstein Ballroom stage with Alicia. Those lucky enough to be sitting pretty and enjoying the show were.
Swizz Beatz, of course, revving the crowd up with his DJ skills.
KRS-One and Angie Martinez reunited
Knicks star Carmelo Anthony sans wife Lala but found some friends.
Soul singer Maxwell, oh how we wish you hijacked the stage with Lenny and Alicia
KCA global ambassador Padma Lakshmi and Formula 1 race car champion Lewis Hamilton
Fitness guru Jeanette Jenkins
Chris Rock, Clive Davis and hubby say cheese with Alicia.
By far the highlight of the night, notwithstanding performances, was when Alicia Keys–sporting a fierce Jean Paul Gaultier blazer, I might add–announced they raised $1 million for KCA, which means more life-sustaining programs for children affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa.
Additionally, this comes on the heels of the R&B goddess running the NYC marathon in honor of KCA. No one deserves a bigger round of applause.
Here’s a good argument for NOT using your indoor voice in public. It worked for 2-year-old Kinley Shufflebarger. She was strolling the toy aisles of Target with her mom, picking out her future b-day gifts, and spotted a dolly she just had to have. Like, right at that moment.
Overhearing the convo between mom and daughter, the stranger chatted up Kinley. Asked her to spot her fave babydoll. He scooped it up. Disappeared. And returned to Kinley with his new purchase and her new doll.
“Happy Birthday. Enjoy your dolly,” he’s quoted saying.
Mom aka Megan Shufflebarger was so overwhelmed by his kindness she snapped a pic with the generous gentleman, but forgot to get his name. With the help of the Internet–she posted the pic that quickly went viral–mom uncovered his identity: Tario Fuller II,19, a freshman football player at Purdue University.
Tario’s good deed earned him local celeb status. The NCAA posted an article about him and Purdue’s athletic department sang his praises. But nothing tops Kinley’s mom’s recommendation.
“Tario is a good role model for kids these days. I hope our children remember this for years to come and remember what it means to ‘pay it forward.’ She told ABC News.
Terrence Howard took a timeout from dueling with Cookie Monster (the Empire version, because the lovable blue creature with an insatiable sweet tooth on Sesame Street has no enemies.) to play wingman to Jamie Foxx at the Global Down Syndrome Association’s annual fundraiser in Denver.
Not letting his suave fashion sense go to waste –Terrence came to play with that navy blue suit–he escorted Jamie’s sister, Deondra (who has Down Syndrome) down the catwalk at the Be Beautiful, Be Yourself fashion show. Judging by Deondra’s face she knows how fierce they look together.
Not to be outdone, Denver Nugget Kenneth Faried (gotta love the man bun) and his little dates werked the runway poses. I hear Ford models calling.
Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx brought his youngest daughter in on the act. She escorted him down the aisle and brought two friends along.
Yet, it was Terrence Howard who stole the show by bidding $5,000 on the first auction item, a glass of water. Wonder if the other items included free refills. We found some that didn’t. All money raised will go towards people with Down Syndrome