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.

 

 

Man Candy Monday | Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and John Boyega Visit Childrens Hospitals

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In a galaxy far, far away, a tall, dark, handsome man showed his sensitive side by visiting a local childrens’ hospital. And, ladies, he’s got an British accent. *Swoon*

No need to hijack Scott Kelly’s space shuttle, girls.

That galaxy is across the pond in England (unless you’re reading this from Mars, Pluto, Uranus, Satu–you get the point.)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega Finn visited Royal London hospital last week to train some junior stormtroopers. Like Daniel who is battling a brain tumor.

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Daniel and other kids were treated to lightsaber duels, gifts and selfies. The meet-and-greet produced an adorbs convo listed below.

Layla: Finn where’s Rey?
Finn: I don’t know, I got beat by Kylo and I can’t remember anything
Layla: Okay I’ll be your Rey today. Okay?
Finn: Okay! Lead the way

In the States, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took a break from filming Baywatch to visit sick kids at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

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The chiseled cutie even held up production on Baywatch to fulfill a promise he made to a patient’s mother.

Johnson posted this message on his Facebook page.

 So I called an audible and went to visit Christopher. Glad we did… While I was visiting the Pediatric Specialty Ward surprising the kids, I got word from my team that there was a mom who was pleading with our production staff, that I go upstairs to her son’s room to give him a much needed big surprise. Since he’s older he’s in the main hospital and not in pediatric care.
We were shooting Baywatch Movie scenes outside of the hospital, but instead of heading back to shoot I called the audible, put production on hold and went upstairs to see this young man.

I walked in and his smile lit up the room! And I mean lit that room up!;) We talked for a while about his family, his school and how hard he’s working to eventually graduate AND we talked about how COOL all his scars are from his multiple surgeries – from his head to his chest – those scars are badges of honor and the reminder of how beyond tough this kid is.

Right before I left his mom looked at him and said, “Christopher I can’t give you anything, but I’m so happy I could give you this today…” and she started to breakdown, which was captured in this pic.

Made me think to give so much credit to these parents who would do anything to take their kid’s pain away and ANYTHING to bring a smile to their faces. As a papa bear I understand.
Glad this mom brought a smile to Christopher’s face. And glad I got a chance to shake the hand of this very strong and inspiring young man.

Stay strong Christopher and show them scars with pride. You’re the man! ~ DJ

Who says heroes don’t exist.

 

Ludacris Visits Children’s Hospital | Anthony Anderson Hosts Compton Grocery Giveaway

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Merry Ludacrismas!!

The Prince of ATL made his annual visit to the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospital yesterday. The “Fast and Furious” star came with smiles and stuffed animals to brighten ill kids moods. Judging by the faces it worked wonders.

“Making their day makes my day,” Luda wrote in an Instagram post below.

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In another post the father of two gives a shout out to the parents’ ability to cope with a sick kid during the holidays.

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Luda wasn’t the only one putting smiles on children’s faces. “Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson teamed up with Compton mayor Aja Brown for a “Christmas Grocery Giveaway” today.

They were serving up Turkey’s, hamburgers, hotdogs, canned goods anndd…wait.for.it.Patti Pie’s y’all. Not one. Not two. Rows and Rows of Patti Pies. If that wasn’t enough to get ’em in I don’t know what will.

In between packing shopping carts with goodies (like 8 or 9 Patti Pies) Anthony Anderson took selfies with kids and had a dance off.

Love these guys for giving back to their hometowns.