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.

 

 

PRETTY (FIT) GIRLS ROCK: Keri Hilson Motivates Girls to Stay Active

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Ms. Keri, baby, Hilson made a stop at a YMCA in Atlanta earlier this week to chat with teen girls about the importance of staying fit. The “Pretty Girls Rock” singer encouraged them to join a sports team because being dirty and sweaty isn’t just for boys.

All the more reason  the R&B diva was the keynote speaker at the Pretty Girls Sweat movement; the brainchild of Teen Diaries Foundation that aims to guide young girls nationwide to maintain healthy lifestyles. After riling up the group of 200 girls, Keri and teen pop group the OMG Girlz, put the young’uns to work sweating out their relaxers  by playing basketball, double dutch and kicking those heels up with jumping jacks.

Not only did the teens walk away with exercise endorphins, but also some fitness swag. All well deserved.

The event marks the 3rd anniversary of the Pretty Girls Sweat program developed to combat the country’s childhood obesity epidemic.  To join the movement or donate click HERE.

FLOTUS Michelle is somewhere in the White House doing this: