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.

 

 

Feel Good Friday Roundup

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I know the real Feel Good Friday news you want on this April Fools Day. Sadly, Donald Trump’s presidential bid is 100 percent a joke, but he’s the fool for thinking otherwise. With that being said there are no announcements of him throwing in the towel, only this.

While we continue to shake our heads on that one, here are a few news items that will make you nod ’em.

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First, Diddy, P.Diddy, Puffy whatever the hell he goes by–GOT IT–Sean. Let’s just stick to his government name. So, Mr. Sean Combs is opening a charter school in his birthplace of Harlem. The Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School, an independently funded school, will open in the Fall and is accepting sixth and seventh grade applications. Sean said this of his latest venture:

“I want to impact the lives of young people in my community and build future leaders. The first step is offering quality education.”

It’s quite a detour from the media mogul making us dance (Not that he stopped. Who else is trying to cop the Badboy reunion tickets?) but I can so dig it.

And we can all take a collective sigh of relief knowing Sean Combs will not be running the school. Educator extraordinare Dr. Steve Perry will be the headmaster.

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Two Michigan prisons–Pugsley Correctional Facility and Oaks Correctional Facility–got into the philanthropic spirit this week when they ran a contest to see who could collect the most water for Flint residents.

The winner is…Pugsley Correctional with 30,000 collected water bottles during a one month period.

Newsone reports, Pugsley administrator and creator of the contest said the real winners are the recipients.

“It wasn’t us that won. It wasn’t Oaks that won. This is going to those kids at ISD in Genesee County. They won.”

The inmates generosity knows no bounds, they even pooled together $600 to give to the cause. Inmates’ average hourly wage is $.26. About $1.17 a day.

Finally, when you get an opportunity, go for it like this little boy did to get a hug from fave basketball player–Carmelo Anthony.

Yes, some things you have to make happen yourself. Kudos to the real people uniting us.

Man Candy Monday | LeBron James,Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul Team Up for Flint

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They may be rivals on the hardwood, but off the court NBA power forwards–LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul–are teaming up to help Flint get clean water.

The ballers hooked up with an online organic store–Thrive Market to donate bottled water and nutritious food to those affected by the Flint water crisis.

LeBron, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony partnered with Thrive Market to send a special delivery to the residents of Flint, Michigan. I PROMISE

Posted by LeBron James Family Foundation on Monday, February 22, 2016

Please continue to support the residents of Flint. LeBron, Melo and I partnered with Thrive Market to donate water and access to nutritious food over the coming months to the families who have been affected.

Posted by Chris Paul on Monday, February 22, 2016

But nothing tops 7-year-old Isiah Britt’s contribution to the water-plagued city. The Gainesville, Virginia res was just as sympathetic as the rest when he learned about the Flint water crisis (despite the lack of media coverage, Flint is still hurting.) from his parents.

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The pre-teen was all set to send water to Eisenhower Elementary in Flint, until he learned the kids were more in need of hand sanitizer. Because need clean water to wash their hands. Duh? It’s kind of a no-brainer when you think about it.

After finding out how much hand sanitizer he would need for each, Isiah set up a GoFundMe account with a goal of $500. Once that was reached Isiah raised the bar–he wanted to provide hand sanitizer dispensers to every elementary school in Flint.

The kid’s lofty goal paid off. He raised over $10,000. More than enough hand sanitizer dispensers for each school along with refills and disinfectant wipes.

“That was the best day of my life, trying to help a different school,” Isiah told WTVR. “It doesn’t matter if you’re small. It doesn’t mean you can’t do big things.”

I think this is just one of the big things Isiah will do.