Jamie Foxx Saves a Life | ‘Straight Outta Compton’s’ O’Shea Jackson Gives Inspirational Speech on MLK Day

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 10: Actor Jamie Foxx attends the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Jamie Foxx flexed his action hero muscles when saving a man from a burning truck Monday.

The Oscar winner pulled Brett Kyle, of Newbury Park, out of his scorching truck after hitting a drainage pipe and being flipped like a diner pancake multiple times in Hidden Valley, CA. The white Toyota Tacoma laid on its side in flames outside of Jamie Foxx’s mansion.

Hearing the commotion outside his door, Jamie rushed outside before you could yell, “ACTION.” The “Annie” star pulled Kyle out of the truck before it fully went up in flames. Saving the reportedly tipsy driver from being burned alive.

Yesterday, Foxx talked to CBS Los Angeles outside his home to recap the encounter.

I don’t look at it as heroic. I just look at it, as, you know, you just had to do something. And it all worked out.

Grateful that it did, Kyle’s father visited Jamie yesterday and thanked him for his bravery.

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Jamie posted a photo of the two in a warm embrace on Instagram. The caption reads,

Met the father of the young man from last night today. This is all that matters. That a man, a son, a brother’s life was spared last night…no heroes…Just happy fathers.

Ice Cube must be one of them. First his son, O’Shea Jackson plays him to a T in “Straight Outta Compton,” which deserved an Oscar nom-just sayin (cough*Oscarssowhite*cough)–along with the screenwriters.

Now Ice Cube Jr. is giving back to the city of angels by taking part in L.A.’s 11th annual MLK Day of Service. Not only did he help spiff up the Woodcrest Elementary school campus in South Los Angeles on Monday, but inspired the 1300 volunteers to tap into their hidden potential. Check the video below.

Keep on inspiring us, guys.

Subway Samaritan!! Watch Man Give Homeless Guy Shirt Off His Back | Leah Strong Carries On

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Here’s something we don’t see everyday. Although, it is surprisingly becoming more common. In New York, of all places. The city of the heartless may have found it’s pulse after all. Thanks to compassionate people like this nameless dude ridin’ the rails today.

He spotted a shirtless homeless man across from him. Instead of dipping his eyes to the floor like so many of us do (Guilty as charged.) He stripped down to his tank and offered his white tee. No, excuse me, didnt offer but rather put it on him like an old friend pulling a long lost baseball uniform over transformed shoulders.

And he wasn’t done.

He whipped out a winter hat that he placed on with the same amount of care.

 

Whether he knew he was secretly being recorded isn’t known. But what was evident is the tears quickly wiped from the homeless man’s face.

Talk about being touched by an angel.

Speaking of being blessed, little Leah Still completed her last cancer treatment yesterday. Dubbed Leah Strong by NFL Dad Devon Still of the Cincinnati Bengals for her immeasurable strength facing a cancer diagnosis.

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Dad did his part by asking for much needed prayers, taking his support to the field and making ugly-cry inducing tributes.

And the 5-year-old recipient of the 2015 Jimmy V. Perseverance Award was declared cancer-free last year.

Plus the Bengals, after letting him go last year, issued Devon Still a new contract this week.

Won’t he do it?

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY | The Four Year Posse | Help is on The Way

Photo Courtesy: The Posse Foundation

Photo Courtesy: The Posse Foundation

I know what you’re thinking, there is not a lot to feel good about in this week’s roundup. Preteens are still having crying spells over Zayn Malick going the opposite direction of One Direction bandmates by exiting the group. A German co-pilot purposely crashed a commercial airline, carrying 150 souls, into the French Alps. And the bad news goes on and on and on. Yet, I found something to interrupt that cycle.

An effective way to discourage school dropouts. A New York City teacher Deborah Bial created the Posse Foundation–an org that selects driven high school students with higher learning chops overlooked by the traditional college selection process to be taken under a posse of 10 college students wing, and in the process are awarded four-year, full college scholarships–after noticing scholarship undergrads not getting the support they need.

It takes a village to raise a child and I suppose create a college scholar as well.

The Posse Foundation has been around for 25 years and during that time over 50 colleges and universities have partnered with the org. According to DailyGood, Bial’s innovative program has sent nearly 5,000 students to 48 colleges, full tuition deferred, in groups of 10 and have a 90 percent graduation rate.

We recognized early on,” Bial says, “that SAT and ACT scores do not capture every student’s aptitude for college-level work. There are many students who could perform competitively and succeed in college, but who might be missed by such traditional measures.

What’s the winning formula?

Communication, communication, communication. It’s not just necessary in relationships. Students attend meetings leading up to their on-campus move in. Leadership training and on campus support systems is what gets them to the four-year finish line.

However, the Posse Foundation is very selective on who they allow in the program. Because it’s less about SAT scores and more about kids interaction in group interviews that test problem solving and team work skills.

Bial’s cup runneth over with worthy candidates now she needs more campuses to host them.

We are simply turning away too many highly qualified students,” she says. “We cannot add partners quickly enough to take all the talented students we have in our pipeline.

Let’s hope she finds them.


Help is on The Way

Yesterday, media outlets flocked to lower Manhattan when four buildings collapsed; a result of a gas explosion. A few seconds before they did an off duty firefighter raced to the building to rescue a woman hanging on her fire escape. He scaled the building and managed to get the woman and her pet out safely. According to the New York Daily News, he got the woman out in less than a minute before it exploded in a ball of flames.

The unidentified hero wasn’t alone. A construction worker was sitting in his truck when the building went ablaze. After the first floor restaurant was in rubble, he raced to help out survivors. This is what he told the Daily News:

I was pulling people out … I pulled out about eight people, but it wasn’t just me. There were others (helping) too,

As horribly tragic as the situation is–two people are still missing and four out of 22 people are in critical condition–it’s nice to see New Yorkers lending a hand to help one another.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: From Dishwasher to Businessowner, Haitian Man Fulfills American Dream With Stranger’s Help

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Fresh off the boat (or plane) from Haiti in 2000, a Haitian man reunited with his taxi-driver dad in Philly.

Desperate to find his 20-year-old son work in a foreign land, he asked a stranger in his cab for any leads.

The stranger told him to have his son, Ricardeau Scutt, meet him in front of Saladworks Restaurant the next day. The good Samaritan got Scutt a job as a dishwasher at the restaurant.

In between working at Saladworks and taking ESL (English as Second Language) courses, Ricardeau’s overcame the language barrier.

Three years later he became general manager of Saladworks and received US citizenship.

Last Fall, Saladworks execs secretly went to the Food Network to tape Ricardeau’s managerial skills for a reality competition show he didn’t even know he was on. And he won!

Now he’s the proud franchise owner of a Salad Works restaurant.

All because a stranger took time to give him a chance.

You never know who could be a blessing to you, even a stranger in disguise.

To read more about Ricardeau’s story visit the Philadelphia Daily News.