Feel Good Friday Roundup

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Beyonce’s Lemonade¬†album drop wasn’t the only good news this week. Sorry Beyhive. There was a lot of reasons to slap on that Kool-Aide smile, starting with FLOTUS Michelle Obama’s fencing lesson from Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad in Times Square Wednesday. To kick-off coverage of the Olympics this summer and promote her Let’s Move Campaign!

Gotta love a woman that kills two birds with one stone.

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Knicks baller Carmelo Anthony and wife LaLa paid a visit to their No. 1 fan, Anthony Skipper at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Florida earlier this week. Melo and La have been visiting Anthony, who suffers from a brain disorder, frequently since learning he’s a big Knicks fan. So they couldn’t miss being by his side during one of his major surgeries.

Awww who says you shouldn’t meet your heroes.

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Black-ish star Marcus Scribner was picked to be the first ever Youth Advocate Ambassador for The Sandals Foundation. Marcus visited Jamaica recently where he lent a hand for Earth Day.

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Finally, my favorite feel good story of the week is about perseverance and a piano. Ohio teen Darrius Simmons was born with just four fingers, but it didn’t stop him from teaching himself how to play the piano. At 10.

Recently he began posting videos of him tickling the ivories and got noticed by pianist Yiruma, who was scheduled to play Carnegie Hall on April 22nd. He invited Darrius to join him, reports NBC New York. Not only did 15-year-old Darrius accompany Yiruma he brought Carnegie Hall to their feet.

Check the video below for a small sampling of Darrius’ piano skills.

Hope all this goodness is contagious.

 

 

R&B Singer Akon Attends Africa Summit to Promote Lighting Africa Org

Image Courtesy: Akon Facebook Page

Image Courtesy: Akon Facebook Page

Akon ditched the stage for the high brow African Summit held in Washington this week. The “I Wanna Love You” artist hobnobbed with African leaders and promoted his Lighting Africa org that aims to light up over 1 million homes in rural areas of Africa with solar energy this year.

Learn more about Akon Lighting Africa mission with the org’s video tracking their progress.

The Senegal native chatted with Politico about the overlooked economic value of Africa and its resources by Americans. And explained why celebs are “intimidated” by social activism.

He says every little thing gets blown up when a celeb is attached to it (word) and when putting your famous name behind a social cause is a major responsibility. Unless of course, everyone does it (cough, #savingourdaughters) together.

To check out Akon’s full full interview click here

Akon Collaborates with ONE to Launch Social Media Campaign Combating Energy Poverty

Akon with USC students on campus this month. Image Courtesy: veooz.com

Akon with USC students on campus this month.
Image Courtesy: veooz.com

Hey, USC students, Akon has a homework assignment for you: create a viral social media campaign to heighten awareness for energy poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Akon approached the college kids this month alongside ONE org, which will make it their next social media project, to hear pitches for the #PowerProject Campaign Lab.

This effort ties in with the singer’s latest initiative “Akon Lighting Africa” that plans to bring power to 1 million African homes by the end of this year.

Born in St. Louie with roots in Senegal, Akon knows the value of electricity for a community.  Read his comments below.

“It’s hard to imagine living without basic electricity, but that’s the reality for 600 million people in Africa. Imagine giving birth or having an operation in a dark hospital with only a flashlight and no other equipment. Want to get a vaccine? Forget it, there are no refrigerators to keep them cold. Pretty much everything you and I take for granted cannot function without power–schools,hospitals, factories, farms, and businesses.”

But the singer/songwriter can’t do it alone. Hence, the open call for any and all USC students to submit proposals for ONE’s campaign dubbed The Power Project. In June, ONE will release #PowerProject, a tool to send letters to local senators about the project’s significance and steps on how to bring energy access to 50 million people living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Guess, we take for granted how easy it is to flip a light switch…