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Following up on her announcement that she was cutting off her hair in preparation to start shooting the feature adaptation of The Fault in our Stars, Shailene Woodley made good on her promise in chopping off her locks, which she says she'll donate to charity. The above photo gives us a look at Woodley's new hairdo… kind of. She's got her hands in her hair, making it difficult to see just how short it really is.
Actress Shailene Woodley is known for her talent, especially by those who've seen her in The Descendants, but on physical appearance, her long hair is one of the things that stands out most. But not for long. The actress has announced that this weekend she's chopping off her hair ahead of shooting the feature adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars, which will have her playing Hazel, a girl with terminal cancer.
Earlier this year, the National Children’s Tumour Leukaemia Cancer Trust wrote a letter to the Queen asking if she would fulfill a young boy’s dying request to meet her. Unfortunately, because of her schedule and the sheer volume of letters she receives, the Queen was unable to agree to Oliver Burton’s request. Luckily, thanks to some quick thinking and the generosity of a beloved actress, the little guy was still able to have tea and biscuits with the Queen.
Lamar Odom might not be an ace at the day-to-day rigors of running a charity, but that doesn’t mean he’s not an extremely charitable person whose heart is in the right place. Just days after being the subject of a scathing ESPN report on athletes who run illegal or mismanaged organizations, the Clippers big man was defended in the press today by someone with first-hand knowledge of Odom’s giving spirit.
Now, Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie have joined together to produce “Feel Inside (And Stuff Like That),” a new song created to help a New Zealand charity focusing on research for kids to raise money. The duo first met up with some New Zealand kids to get some perspective on how to write a good song for charity.
Jennifer Vasilakos was confident, with enough hard work, she could raise the money needed to treat her life-threatening kidney disorder. In her wildest dreams, however, she never thought she’d wind up receiving it all in one check. That’s the incredible position she’s in now, though, thanks to the generosity of one Beanie Baby billionaire.
Middleton got to have a bit more fun on Friday volunteering at an event with the Art Room, an Oxford based charity the Duchess became a Royal Patron of on January 5. The charity puts together art-based spaces and events that give positive reinforcement to kids between the ages of 6 and 16 to encourage emotional literacy and teach them how to cope in more “mainstream” environments.
Last summer, the Mary J Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation found itself in some financial trouble. To try and right the ship, organizers reportedly got a two hundred and fifty thousand dollar short-term loan from TD Bank. Payment was due in full by this past December, but unfortunately, less than four hundred bucks was paid back in time. Not surprisingly, the bank is beyond pissed and wants its money immediately.
The “Safe and Sound” singer knows it, too, and so she has decided to give $4 million dollars to help with music education, taking up the mantle where VH1 has lagged off in the last few years. The money will go directly to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN, which seems as if it will have nothing to do with education at all. Appearances are deceiving; the money will be given to build the Taylor Swift Education Center, which will feature classroom space and area for exhibits.
Meryl Streep may have given a selfish but funny acceptance speech when she won her latest Oscar for Best Actress on Sunday night, but just because she was tickled pink about winning yet another award, it does not mean she lacks a big heart. The following morning, Streep gave an award to a struggling school in Rhode Island and college prep program Upward Bound in the name of longtime friend and fellow Best Actress nominee, Viola Davis.
By all accounts a good-hearted person who simply made a few bad choices, Winehouse herself would no doubt be pleased with what the foundation has already accomplished since its formation ten weeks ago. If all goes well though, this check will look like pennies compared to the gifts the charity will bestow in the next few years.
The vast majority of charities do not give one hundred percent of donations. There are costs with running a business. People need to be paid to crunch numbers, make decisions and receive and tabulate money. Less than one-third, however, is poor form. This whole situation further highlights the need for charities to employ someone full time to manage, rather than a celebrity multi-tasking.
Those who watched the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards likely met Johnson, Bieber’s baby boa constrictor. Hidden in his hand and produced at the opportune moment, the reptile was a bit of a shock to viewers and a clear point of frustration for his girlfriend Selena Gomez. She seemed frightened and visibly annoyed at both the snake and her boyfriend. Now the serpent is ready to find a new home, and one would imagine she’s more than pleased
Pop star Alicia Keys couldn’t have been more pleased with yesterday’s Black Ball. The annual fundraiser benefits the Keep A Child Alive foundation, and this year’s gala collected more than four hundred thousand dollars. The event was held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City and used both ticket revenues and an auction to achieve that commendable tally.
For decades, bullying was seen as an immature and perhaps a bit sad part of growing up. It wasn’t endorsed, but it was tolerated. That mentality produced generations of unsympathetic adults who assumed kids would eventually stand up to their tormentors and grow as people because of it. I’ll be the first to admit I felt that way for a long time as well, but at some point, you have to step back, look at the thousands who have killed themselves or been victimized and say enough is enough.