A long-haired Halle Berry stepped out in Bev Hills last night rocking a little black dress. Ms. Berry may be flirting with 50, but she still can slay like a 20-year-old ingenue.
Halle received the creative conscious award from Variety magazine’s Unite4Humanity benefit that recognizes charitable endeavors. Halle was spotlighted for her work with the Jenesse Center that caters to victims of domestic violence.
Queen Latifah presented Halle with the honor.
In her acceptance speech, she shared her own experiences with domestic violence. And it hit close to home.
Disney star Zendaya was also awarded with the young Luminary statue. Pop star Demi Levato presented her with the same award she received last year for her anti-bullying campaign.
On Instagram Zendaya wrote, “There’s no age limit to being able to help people…thank you
unite4good I plan on doing so much more.”
Pop singer Pink was also there to bring the crowd to tears with her rendition of “Time After Time.” Check it out below, but first grab a hankie.
Kudos well deserved for their kind acts.
FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: From Dishwasher to Businessowner, Haitian Man Fulfills American Dream With Stranger’s Help
Fresh off the boat (or plane) from Haiti in 2000, a Haitian man reunited with his taxi-driver dad in Philly.
Desperate to find his 20-year-old son work in a foreign land, he asked a stranger in his cab for any leads.
The stranger told him to have his son, Ricardeau Scutt, meet him in front of Saladworks Restaurant the next day. The good Samaritan got Scutt a job as a dishwasher at the restaurant.
In between working at Saladworks and taking ESL (English as Second Language) courses, Ricardeau’s overcame the language barrier.
Three years later he became general manager of Saladworks and received US citizenship.
Last Fall, Saladworks execs secretly went to the Food Network to tape Ricardeau’s managerial skills for a reality competition show he didn’t even know he was on. And he won!
Now he’s the proud franchise owner of a Salad Works restaurant.
All because a stranger took time to give him a chance.
You never know who could be a blessing to you, even a stranger in disguise.
To read more about Ricardeau’s story visit the Philadelphia Daily News.
In between sashaying down several runways for New York Fashion Week and promoting Fox’s “Empire,” (she plays a cougar,if you’re wondering) Naomi Campbell threw her own fashion show on Saturday.
The iconic supermodel gathered her famous friends–Tyson Beckford, Mary J. Blige, Rosario Dawson, Cassie, Paris Hilton, Kelly Osbourne and Michelle Rodriguez–to slay the “Fashion For Relief” runway in New York.
The charity show is to raise awareness and dollars for Ebola relief. Yes, Ebola is still relevant despite it not being reported on the news. Yes, the fight against Ebola still matters, and so does the Bring Back Our Girls campaign. Remember that?
I digress. Naomi Campbell will hold a second “Fashion for Relief” show tomorrow during London Fashion Week.
Yankees CC Sabathia and Shark Tank’s Daymond John Honored at Annual RUSH HeARTS Education Valentine’s Luncheon
Celebs BRRaved the Alaskan-like temps in New York City to attend Russell Simmons’ 12th annual RUSH HeARTS Education Valentine’s Luncheon, held at the Plaza Hotel, to raise money for his philanthropic arts foundation fostering children’s creativity.
Of course Russell’s niece Angela Simmons, the supreme socialite, appeared on the red carpet.
Not far behind was Angela’s bestie track and field star Sanya Richards-Ross.
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon reclaimed her hosting duties for the event.
DJ Cassidy, Miss Universe and Law & Order SVU‘s Tamara Tunie also made an appearance.
And Marsha Ambrosius, draped in feathers, performed at the benefit honoring ABC Shark Tank’s Daymond John, founder of FUBU fashion line, Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley for their career efforts and philanthropic efforts.
To give a brief snapshot, Daymond is not only known as the shark in suspenders, he also mentors up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
CC and Amber Sabathia are celebrated for their Pitcch In Foundation that empower inner-city kids with sports programs.
And Cynthia Rowley participates in several charities benefitting breast cancer awareness and community outreach.
Other than the video loop of Kanye West bum rushing the stage, but ultimately DID let Beck bask in his Album of the year moment, playing in heavy rotation on Youtube, there are a few other–tangible–takeaways for Grammy’s 57th award ceremony.
Hey, all you super music fans. If you want a lasting reminder of music’s biggest night browse Grammys charity auction that benefits the MusiCares Foundation.
An autographed copy of Common’s “Nobody’s Smiling.”
An Ariana Grande memorabalia set that includes an autographed copy of her new CD, microphone and its case.
And a Katy Perry autographed and bedazzled guitar.
To peruse all the auctioned items, click here.
This story has been making the rounds on morning news shows, and I think its the perfect tale to kickoff a new section called Feel Good Friday. Every Friday, a story about strangers uplifting one person or persons will be shared on ifyoublinked.
This week I’ll start with James Robertson, 56. The Motor City native tugged at our heartstrings this week when his 42- mile journey between work and home became public. James makes the marathon-like trek, in brick weather nonetheless, starting at 8am, seven days a week, since 1988.
A bus carries him close to his destination, but it doesn’t replace his Honda that broke down years ago. His measley salary won’t allow him to fix it. And now he won’t have too.
Thanks to a college student–Evan Leedy, junior at Wayne State, starting a gofundme page to raise money to get James some new wheels. Forget a Honda, James can afford a Benz or Jag, if he so chooses, because lots and lots of generous souls surpassed his $25,000 goal. So far, his gofundme page has raised over $300,000.
He needed a lift and he certainly got one. If you want to give him an extra boost and donate to his campaign, click here.
Instead of dipping into his gofundme fund, James Robertson was given a free car by a Ford dealership in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The factory worker will be driving (instead of making his usual 21-mile trek) in a brand-new Suburban Ford, with a moon roof to boot.
And as for the money raised, he gets to pocket it.
Who says prayers aren’t answered?