She’s Baaacccckkkk!! Viola Davis Continues Fight Against Hunger

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V.D. is back! And I don’t just mean on ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder,” although I’m dying to know the second season premiere date. I’m referring to her continuing to be the ambassador on the ‘Hunger Is’ campaign.

Viola joined the campaign, to stomp out childhood hunger in America, during its roll out last year. Drawing on her personal experiences as a starving child, Davis wanted to put her well-deserved star power to good use, again.

The program raised over $4.6 million last year that went towards children’s access to healthy meals and creating long term solutions for childhood hunger.

Viola Davis said this about her continued support of the campaign:

After an incredibly successful inaugural year with Hunger Is, I am grateful to keep the momentum in finding a solution to a problem that is too often forgotten. We have the opportunity to change so many young lives for the better and I look forward to the day when this is no longer an issue in our country.

There is still time to donate to this worthy and necessary cause online at the Safeway Foundation and in Safeway stores.

IF YOU BLINKED Woman Crush | Mo’ne Davis Creates Kicks for Charity

Mo'ne Davis holding her newly unveiled sneaker collection.  Photo Courtesy: ShoesbyMade Instagram

Mo’ne Davis holding her newly unveiled sneaker collection.
Photo Courtesy: ShoesbyMade Instagram

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Mo is reinventing the throw like a girl stereotype. Photo Courtesy: shoesbymade instagram

As if we needed another reason to love Mo’ne Davis. The Little League legend gives us one more. The 13-year-old is creeping into pro athlete territory by releasing a custom sneaker–with a baseball styled stitch–that will benefit other young girls like herself.

I never thought at the age of 13 I’d be a role model, but having young girls look up to me is pretty cool!

ESPN reports Mo is working with shoe company M4D3 and the “Because I am a Girl” initiative to unveil a limited edition sneaker collection, which 15 percent of sales will go towards helping impoverished girls.

As if that’s not enough. Mo has a memoir in the works.

Girls really do run the world.

MODEL EFFECT: Jourdan Dunn Named Ambassador for Sickle Cell Association

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It’s sickle cell awareness month and to raise awareness for this overlooked disease–that more of us suffer from than you think–we’re highlighting a model spokesperson. No, literally!! Jourdan Dunn was tapped by Sickle Cell Disease Association of America to be their ambassador.

What does the gorg supermodel that slays fashion runways and a Beyoncé vid have in common with a debilitating illness affecting red blood cells?

To erase those thought bubbles from your head, here are a few good reasons Jourdan Dunn wasn’t just a pretty face for the Association: She tells Vogue she carries the sickle cell gene and passed it onto her four-year-old son, Riley.

jdunnandsonShe knew he would get the illness but still was heartbroken when she received the diagnosis. But swallowed her guilt and put on her brave face to deal with the reality.

Now she’s educating others through her Cell for Gratitude charity initiative. She already put her fashion skills to good use by designing a cell necklace in which proceeds go to the Association.

dunnandfriendsAnd rallied famous friends–Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne–to her “Cell for Gratitude” launch during New York Fashion Week.

I don’t want people to feel sorry for my son or me. I’m not ashamed about sickle cell anemia. I want to talk about it because there are a lot of people in the industry who have sickle cell or who have a family member that has it, but they don’t talk about it. Many others don’t know if they even carry the gene.

Unlike normal blood cells that are round, those with sickle cells are oval shaped. And when the blood cells are clogged–due to infection or body temp changes–it triggers unbearable pain.

Jourdan says her goal as Association ambassador is to brush off the shame of the illness and get people talking.

I want people who have it to speak up because sickle cell anemia isn’t something to be ashamed of. There are other people dealing with it, and we shouldn’t turn a blind eye.

For those itching to contribute to this under-the-radar cause blood donations are greatly appreciated. To see if you qualify to give, click here

To read a full version of the Vogue article click here

Twin Actresses Tia and Tamera Mowry Volunteer for Operation Clean-up

Tamera and Tia chatting with KTLA anchor Sam Rubin about "Let's Bubble" initiative.  Photo Credit: Tamera Mowry's Twitter page

Tamera and Tia Mowry chatted with KTLA anchor Sam Rubin about “Let’s Bubble” initiative.
Photo Credit: Tamera Mowry’s Twitter page

Tapping into their New Year’s resolutions to give back to their community, twin powerhouses Tia and Tamera Mowry are backing the launch of “Let’s Bubble,” a country-wide campaign that will help clean up areas that need the most scrubbing. The campaign is sponsored by cleaning product Scrubbing Bubbles that aims to “help others by cleaning messes big and small in 2014.”

To nominate the messiest site  (it can even be your looks-like-tsunami-ran-through-it closet) or area by submitting a text, photo or video on Twitter using #letsbubble or visit ScrubbingBubbles.com/letsbubble. All noms are welcome, but a grossed out YMCA or a greasy elementary kitchen will prob take precedence.

After gathering submissions, finalists will be picked in mid-February where Scrubbing Bubbles site visitors can vote on four finalists that will get the coveted prize of a good moppin’.

‘The Real’s” Tamera and “Instant Mom’s” Tia even dropped by KTLA to spread some “positivity” about the campaign. And of course drop dish on Tamera’s breakdown on OWN earlier this month. As well as reveal their sons are actual “half-sibs” because they share the same DNA. No special powers included.

Check the video link below.

Tia and Tamera Mowry visit KTLA to chat about “Let’s Bubble”

Happy winter cleaning, people!!