Ohioans have another reason to love their hometown baller Lebron James. The Miami Heat turned Cleveland Cavalier player used his Family Foundation to team up with HGTV to help renovate a home for a deserving Akron family.
HGTV’s “Real Addicts” will feature six episodes of the Lebron family helping with a full-scale home renovation project dubbed the ‘Promise Project’ by The Lebron James Family Foundation that aims to promote educational projects that benefit kids.
Sixth-grader Mariah Riley and her family are the lucky Ohioans to live in the house Lebron helped build. The pre-teen was selected because of her commitment to getting good grades.
Watch Lebron work a hammer alongside Nicole Curtis (“Rehab Addict” host) on Dec. 4, 11, 18 and three Jan. episodes.
Former 76ers baller Allen Iverson headed to the Philippines earlier this month to volunteer his b-ball skills–not as a player but debuting his coaching abilities–to American and Asian street players. Iverson’s roster consists of of Larry Williams aka “Bone Collector,” for his bone crushing skills battling against defenders and Taurian “Air up There” Fontenette , a slam-dunk champ.
The “All In” charity basketball game had Iverson facing off against Philippines most winningest coaches, Tim Cole, who had NBA veteran Eddy Curry in his arsenal.
Cole took the win, but the real victors are those that’ll benefit from homes built as a result of the charity game.
Iverson’s two-day give back visit also included a press conference and basketball clinic for Filipino kids. Iverson and Cone schooled at least 80 kids–aged 10 to 14–on how to play basketball, according to Philstar.
It’s nice to see the once MVPer in the headlines for something other than his fleeting fortune.
America’s favorite weatherman, or at least the “Today Show’s”, Al Roker set a Guinness Book world record of longest televised weather report.
Roker made history by giving weather reports for 34 hours, not counting the five-minute breaks his bladder no doubt needed, on NBCNews.com. He did it to raise awareness for the USO, which he honored last month with his planned “Today”/USO Comedy Tour. Roker envisioned a Bob Hope style show to entertain the troops, and lo and behold Jay Leno, Craig Robinson, lliza Schlesinger and Kevin Eubanks shared his mission and made our biggest heroes laugh.
With the weatherman’s latest show of support the USO is counting the more than $70,000 Roker raised through his Crowdrise page. He asked America–through his marathon coverage of the nation’s polar vortex–to support the org. And that they did by not only opening their wallets, but also keeping Roker’s world record goal a hot topic on twitter: #Rokerthon.
How is that to cap off Veteran’s week?
Whether you were cheering them on at the Veterans’ Day parade or shout your gratitude to the closest man/woman in uniform.Thanking REAL heros for their bravery and sacrifice in defending us was very, very necessary for Veterans’ Day.
Actor/Rapper Ice-T was honored for his service in the Army by riding a float at NYC’s Veterans Day parade.
Singer/actress Christina Milian showed her troop support by putting her arms to work by taking the “Pledge Ur Allegiance Challenge” from Hope for the Holidays, which requires you drop and give as many pushups as you can handle. In Christina’s case it’s 20.
Good thing she worked out ’cause how else would she be able to hoist that massive check she donated (a major part of the Challenge) to Hope for the Holidays.
Songbirds Jennifer Hudson and Rihanna sung their appreciation at HBO’s Concert for Valor in D.C. During live performances, RiRi sang her biggest hits, including “Diamonds in the Sky” to a huge armed forces audience. And brought out her duet partner, Eminem to share the stage.
J-Hud opened the concert with her powerful take on the “Star Spangled Banner.”
All money raised from the concert will go towards orgs that benefit veterans.
Thank you to all those who served and still do.
The supermodel is putting together a number of fashion shows to raise money to treat the deadly disease that’s devastating West African countries.
And that’s not all. Naomi is also opening a charity shop at Westfield London Mall where she’s hocking her own merch (you know that gear is fleek.) and some of her model pals’ stuff too.
Naomi had this to say about her fashion meets charitable efforts:
“I’m incredibly excited to return to Westfield London to launch the pop-up store. Raising awareness of Ebola and educating on its prevention its crucial to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease. We hope the Fashion for Relief store will contribute to the much needed funds and awareness, while offering people the unique chance to bag some stunning designer outfits and accessories.”
For the lucky London towners that can take advantage of this worthy cause, take note, it’s only available from November 28th to December 4th.
Philanthropy is a nice color on this iconic beauty. As is the other celebs–Idris, Alicia Keys–lending their voice to end the stigma of Ebola being a death sentence in a PSA video below.
To donate to the Ebola Survival Fund click here
Viola Davis may be a kick ass attorney on on TV, (check your local listings for “How to Get Away with Murder”; it’s a real nail biter) but in real life she’s the face of Safeway Foundation’s Hunger Is campaign helping prevent childhood hunger.
Last spring we followed Viola’s stilettoed footsteps around the country sharing her personal struggles with starvation as a child. The throwback video above is when she appeared on The Ellen Show to talk about joining the Foundation’s efforts to prevent hunger in America. Viola’s personal tales of woe combined with Safeway’s in-store fundraisers dotting over 1,000 shops raised more than $4.5 million for the Hunger Is campaign.
“I am honored to help bring attention to Hunger Is and increase public awareness of the problem of childhood hunger right here in America, and I am thrilled to see how swiftly we are responding to the issue at the most local levels with the award of $1.3 million in grants,” writes the Oscar-nominated thespian in a statement.
“Millions of children go hungry everyday in the United States. I was one of those children and I pledge to tell and re-tell my story until we have eradicated childhood hunger across the nation,” Viola adds.
The Safeway Foundation also awarded $1.3 million in grants to 198 local charities focusing on hunger prevention.
Alicia was the belle of the ball at her annual gala to raise money for her Keep a Child Alive org that provides HIV treatments and support services to families affected in Africa.
How adorbz is the cute PDA between Alicia and Swizz on the black carpet?
Diddy and Alicia’s hubby Swizz Beatz co-hosted the event held at the Hammerstein Ballroom,in NYC last night.
Diddy and Swizz Beatz (don’t they look like dapper dons?) brought out Kanye West to introduce participants at the Black Ball’s opening.
Madge cuddled with the guest of honor at the fundraiser and took selfies with Mr. West.
The event drew in leggy beauties Joan Smalls, Alek Wek and Selita Ebanks, making it a model affair. And where there are models…
…that’s where music mogul Russell Simmons’ will be. Joined by niece Angela Simmons and Lala Anthony, Russell took video of Diddy and Nas rocking the stage with “You Can Hate Me Now.”
But it looks like the real showstopper was Alicia’s performance of “Empire State,” seeing how they were in the Big Apple.
And backed up Nas for his “If I Ruled the World” performance at the ball.
Rounding out the ball bashers are Estelle and “Top Chef’s” Padma Lakshmi.
And living legend Aretha Franklin graced A.K with her presence.
No official word on how much the affair raised, but got a very generous donation of $200K during the night. If I was a betting woman I’d say they took in at least $1 or $2 milly for the cause.
Good work, Ms. Keys. I’m sure the preggo glow worked wonders on those with deep pockets.
Big name stars hit the hardwood in ATL this past weekend for breast cancer awareness. The first annual “Ballin’ for Boobs” event held at Morehouse College, and hosted by Love and Hip Hop: ATL’s Karlie Redd and a local radio station raised money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Hooping it up were R. Kelly, who put in work as a coach and player, Shawty Lo, Bobby Valentino, Q Parker of R&B group 112, R.L. of R&B group Next, Wingo of R&B group Jagged Edge, Case and 2 Chainz, who also served as a coach.
Do you think after the game they combined melodies? Just sayin…that’s a lot of R&B singers on the B-ball court, take advantage of it.
But I guess they were too winded from the game to take the mic. Singing trios Bliss and Havok Jones performed for the crowd.
The event reportedly brought out hundreds of ATL-ans, including Momma Dee of L&HHATL, and was the vision of Pamela D. Hogan and Janet Jackson of Boss Chix, an event planning company. More photos below.
Love Jones’ Larenz Tate and House of Lies Don Cheadle donned (sorry, couldn’t help it) hard hats to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity L.A. A Different World’s Col. Taylor…er Glynn Turman also chipped in to get his hands dirty roofing and painting low-income homes in L.A.
The project was coordinated between SHOWTIME network to give back to the community as well as promote their show House of Lies that Glynn, Don and Larenz star in.
Despite it being a major PR stunt, it’s still nice of them to volunteer their time. Glynn, Don and Larenz were also joined by William H. Macy from SHOWTIME’s Shameless show.
To show his support Larenz posted this adorbs message on his Twitter and Instagram pages *swoon.*
It has been 10 years since his mainstream media days and Larenz is still looking fiiinnneee.
Keep up the good work, buildin’ brothas.
Keke Palmer is stepping out of her Cinderella ball gown and into a Sherlock trench to get young girls psyched about science and technology.
The Broadway star teamed up with DoSomething.org and 3M, a science-related tech company, to promote a text campaign,hosted by Science Sleuth, that motivates young girls to solve crimes using S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts.
The campaign launched this month and gives young girls the chance to play “True Detective,” while zeroing in on how science plays a major part in obtaining clues to catch the culprit.The “high-schoolers-turned detectives” will get these kind of conundrums to solve:
“In the hallway the thief posted a ransom note (you guess they wore gloves). Do you examine the note using A) forensic science or B) graphoanalytics (whatever that is).”
The girls that follow through with the campaign, the brainchild of DoSomething.org, can choose between voting on a worthy classroom in need of a revamp courtesy of 3M or learning about careers in the STEM industry.
Let’s pray it’s the latter ’cause numbers don’t lie: 66 percent of girls and 68 percent of boys in fourth grade say they like math and science. But, by eighth grade girls’ interest has waned. Only when exposed to what engineers actually do, 76 percent of girls consider it as a career.
Seeing how Keke is already a groundbreaker–as the first Black Cinderella on Broadway–she was happy to lend her support via PSA.
“I’m honored to be part of a campaign that helps girls succeed. There are so many opportunities available for young women when they’re given the access to the right tools.”
To learn more about the Science Sleuth text campaign visit DoSomething.org/clue or text CLUE to 38383