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  • International opera sensation Danielle de Niese is taking on a new role today, becoming an ‘IRC Voice' to help the International Rescue Committee raise awareness of the needs of refugees and people who have been displaced by conflict, religious persecution or political oppression around the world.

    Danielle is the latest talent to become an ‘IRC Voice,' joining a group of young, prominent artists including Morena Baccarin, Rashida Jones, John Legend and Piper Perabo, who have all committed to do their part to speak up on behalf of some of the world's most vulnerable.

    Danielle is making the announcement in London at an event at Yamaha Music London to celebrate her new role as an IRC Voice.

    The IRC was founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein. Since then, the organization has enjoyed the support of many high profile artists, including Marc Chagall, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Paul McCartney, Paul Newman and Liv Ullmann.

    Danielle de Niese said: "I am honored to be able to use my voice to help raise awareness and support for some of the world's most vulnerable, both the challenges they face and their incredible resilience and determination to build a better future for themselves and for their families."

    David Miliband, President and CEO of IRC said: "Not since the World War II era have so many people been displaced by conflict worldwide. That Danielle de Niese has chosen this moment to raise her voice on behalf of the people we assist at the IRC speak volumes to her character and her sense of mission, passion and commitment to the protection of some of the world's most vulnerable."

    In April 2014, Danielle invited refugee students from the IRC in New York's "Leaders-in-Training" program to attend a performance of "The Enchanted Island" at the Metropolitan Opera. She also gave these young leaders—refugees and asylees from places like Nepal and Sierra Leone— a private tour of the Metropolitan Opera's backstage, an experience they will likely remember for a long time.

    In September 2014, Danielle will travel to Tanzania with the IRC to learn more about the organization's child protection work, focusing on child labor. While on this trip, she will perform at an IRC event for ministers of the Tanzanian government. Before the end of 2014, De Niese also plans to visit resettled refugees in the San Francisco Bay Area and serve as a guest teacher at Oakland International High School.

    Described by the New York Times as "Opera's coolest soprano," Danielle has been stunning audiences around the world since the age of 8, making her debut at the Met at a mere age of 19 playing the role of Barbarina The Marriage of Figaro. This year has already seen Danielle star in leading roles in La Calisto in Munich, The Rake's Progress in Turin, and in the Metropolitan's production of Così fan tutte which was screened in HD in over 1,600 cinemas worldwide.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12307-opera-star-danielle-de-niese-joins-international-rescue-committee

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  • Richard Branson recently made a wish come true for a young boy in San Diego.

    "Thomas Edward has already gone through an awful lot in his 12 years, having survived leukaemia," blogged Sir Richard. "The Make-A-Wish Foundation -- who grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions -- asked him what he wanted to do, he said he wanted to become a CEO.

    "When I was in San Diego recently, we managed to catch up, and Thomas told me how he is looking forward to becoming a successful businessman in the future -- I have no doubt he will achieve his goals. He was inquisitive, attentive and asked smart questions -- three skills every good CEO needs.

    "Young Thomas even asked me a question in front of more than 2,000 people. He said: ‘What do you value most in life -- and why?'

    "My reply? Good health for my family and loved ones -- in the end, health is everything."

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  • Grammy Award-winner Kanye West and Billboard chart-topping artist Iggy Azalea have been added to the 2014 Los Angeles Budweiser Made In America Music Festival line-up taking place at the Los Angeles Grand Park on August 30 and 31.

    Kanye West will now headline both the Philadelphia and Los Angeles "Budweiser Made In America" Music Festivals. Kanye West and Iggy Azalea join previously announced Los Angeles headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer.

    The "Budweiser Made In America" Music Festival also revealed today the daily line-up for the Philadelphia and Los Angeles versions for one of the country's premier summer festivals. The "Budweiser Made In America" events will benefit United Way of Greater Los Angeles, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County. The two-day music festivals created by Budweiser and Live Nation will deliver must-see performances on both coasts with headliners Kanye West, Kings Of Leon, Tiesto and Pharrell Williams in Philadelphia and Kanye West, Imagine Dragons and John Mayer in Los Angeles. Daily line-ups for both festival locations are listed below.

    Single-day tickets for both festivals will go on sale Friday, July 18 at www.livenation.com and through the Live Nation mobile app. Single-day ticket prices are $89.50 for Philadelphia and $99.50 for Los Angeles.

    PHILADELPHIA DAILY LINE-UP


    • Saturday
      
Kanye West,
 The National, Steve Aoki, 
J. Cole, Chromeo, City and Colour, 
R3HAB, Baauer, Mayer Hawthorne, 
The Neighbourhood, Holy Ghost, Will Sparks, 
Destructo, DJ Cassidy, Cherub, Young & Sick, Kaneholler
    • Sunday
      
Kings of Leon, 
Tiësto, Pharrell Williams
, Girl Talk, Spoon, Grimes, AWOLNATION
, Gareth Emery, Tommy Trash, Kongos, Danny Brown
, YG, Penguin Prison (DJ Set with Live Vocals)
, 3Lau, Mimosa, Bleachers, Cut Snake, Bixel Boys, Vacationer

    LOS ANGELES DAILY LINE-UP

    • Saturday

    Imagine Dragons
, Kendrick Lamar, Afrojack, Iggy Azalea
, Sublime with Rome, Metric, Capital Cities
, Gareth Emery, Schoolboy Q, Borgore, 
DVBBS, YG, MUTEMATH, Dr. Dog, Hit-Boy
, ZZ Ward, Classixx, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, Cut Snake, GrandTheft

    • Sunday

      Kanye West, John Mayer, Juanes, Weezer, Rise Against
, Steve Aoki, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill
, R3HAB, Wolfgang Gartner, 12th Planet
, Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Terraplane Sun
, Yellow Claw, Will Sparks, Scavenger Hunt, SZA, A Tribe Called Red

    Be sure to check in at www.madeinamericafest.com often for the latest updates on both festivals.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12310-kanye-west-and-iggy-azalea-join-budweiser-made-in-america-festival

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  • More than 90 days after hundreds of schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram rebels in north-eastern Nigeria, a United Nations envoy for the region got a first-hand account of the efforts underway to rescue the students and to fight terrorism in the region, and met with education activist Malala Yousafzai, who was spending her birthday in Nigeria to show solidarity with the girls and their families.

    In Abuja, Said Djinnit, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for West Africa, reiterated "the continued commitment of the United Nations to the unity and stability of Nigeria," according to the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA).

    He held consultations with Government officials and the leadership of the National Assembly, as well as heads of defense and security services, to review progress made in efforts to rescue the schoolgirls seized on 14 April in Chibok, and to address the larger crisis resulting from Boko Haram activities.

    During the five-day visit, Mr. Djinnit also confirmed that the UN has started to implement an integrated support package that includes support for the Chibok girls, their families and their communities, in particular with psycho-social counselling and helping them reintegrate with their families and communities.

    While in Nigeria, Mr. Djinnit discussed the support package with Ms. Yousafzai, who was spending her 17th birthday in the country by "standing with my Nigerian sisters and their parents."

    Ms. Yousafzai, whose Malala Fund reportedly donated $200,000 for education in Nigeria, offered to partner with the UN efforts to mitigate the impacts of the abduction and help the girls return to school.

    Citing examples of young female students being raped and killed in India, and forced into child marriage in Pakistan, Ms. Yousafzai called on the international community to protect girls around the world. "No child anywhere ever should be the target of conflict or violence," she said.

    Turning to the armed group responsible for the mass kidnapping in Nigeria, Ms. Yousafzai had harsh words about their interpretation of Islam.

    "Stop misusing the name of Islam. Islam is a religion of peace. Islam allows every boy and every girl to get an education," she spoke to applause. "I would request you lay down your weapons, release your sisters."

    The Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for attending classes said she can relate to the Nigerian students.

    "This Malala Day is a day for education of every child, and is dedicated to my dear, dear and dear Nigerian sisters who are going through the same brutal situation which I suffered through in my past," she said in reference to the unofficial holiday first marked on 12 July 2013, her 16th birthday.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12309-un-envoy-meets-with-malala-yousafzai-in-nigeria

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  • The third annual summer "Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink" fundraiser, to be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014, benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation will be an event in two parts — a multi-skill level paddle boarding race and a benefit party co-hosted by prominent New Yorkers Lisa and Richard Perry and full-time Hamptons residents Maria and Larry Baum.

    The event will bring together hundreds of competitive paddle boarders, spectators and guests in support of raising critical funds for breast cancer research. The race will take place at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor; the party will take place at the spectacular residence of Lisa and Richard Perry.

    Co-chair Maria Baum, mother of four, investor, entrepreneur, and a partner of Tutto Il Giorno restaurants, took on paddle boarding as an exuberant activity to help her cope through her breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and subsequent recovery. She will once again race alongside longtime paddler Richard Perry and the anticipated 100-plus paddlers. The race will follow World Paddle Association (WPA) racing rules and all racers will be timed with the WPA Blast Race Management System. Following the race, guests will revel at a sunset party.

    To celebrate the event, you can bid on paddle boards designed and signed by Martha Stewart, Kim Kardashian, Bethenny Frankel, Gwyneth Paltrow, Donna Karan, Tony Burch, Aerin Lauder and more, as well as on the chance to enjoy a private workout with Tracy Anderson and Gwyneth Paltrow. The auctions can be accessed here.

    Last year's event, which drew such guests as Edie Falco, Matt Lauer, Martha Stewart, Aerin Lauder, William Lauder, and Donna Karan, raised over $1,200,000 in funds that went directly toward the Foundation. Highlights included heartfelt remarks from the Baums and an inspiring overview of the Foundation's mission to find a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime from BCRF Scientific Advisory Board Chairman Clifford Hudis, MD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, MSKCC).

    Find out more about the event here.

    The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) advances the world's most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime. Founded by Evelyn H. Lauder in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $500 million to fuel discoveries in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, survivorship and metastasis. This year, they invested $45 million in the work of more than 200 researchers at leading medical institutions across six continents. By spending 91 cents of every dollar on research and public awareness, BCRF remains one of the nation's most fiscally responsible charities. They are the only breast cancer organization with an "A+" from CharityWatch, and have been awarded a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator 12 times since 2002.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12306-fun-and-games-expected-at-hamptons-paddle-and-party-for-pink

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  • On October 1, the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) will host its annual gala, themed "Working for Wellness: Invest in America's Veterans," at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

    The benefit will recognize companies committed to supporting of hundreds of thousands of America's Armed Forces service members who have returned to civilian life with significant reintegration challenges, specifically those related to mental health and unemployment in hopes that other companies will follow their leadership example.

    Gregory J. Fleming, President of Morgan Stanley Wealth and Investment Management, will be honored for his longtime advocacy for veterans and their families, and for the company's leadership and commitment to employing veterans.

    The event will also pay tribute to Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta, Medal of Honor Recipient, and the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the honor.

    Award winning ABC news correspondent, Bob Woodruff and his wife, Lee Woodruff, will serve as Masters of Ceremony of the gala. The Woodruffs are also founders of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which works to ensure injured veterans thrive long after they return home.

    "MHA-NYC's annual benefit shines the spotlight on pressing mental health issues while raising funds that allow us to continue to provide essential services," said Giselle Stolper, President and CEO of MHA-NYC. "We know how important meaningful work is to the emotional wellbeing of veterans, their families, and their communities. Yet, getting a job is one of the greatest challenges facing men and women today as they leave active duty. This is why we are dedicating our gala to this urgent issue," she said.

    MHA-NYC has long worked in partnership with veteran service organizations and other key stakeholders, including the Veterans Administration, to address the myriad of emotional and social challenges veterans face after leaving the battlefield. MHA-NYC operates the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL), which has answered more than 1 million calls since 2007, and established the Veterans Mental Health Coalition of New York City, and the National TBI and Emotional Wellness Alliance. The VCL provides access to life saving resources for veterans and the coalitions promote policy and practice changes to improve access to quality mental health care and supportive services for veterans and their families.

    While a majority of veterans make the transition smoothly, a large number need help and support. "Employment is one of the key areas of need for veterans upon their return, but they need more than just a job," said Kimberly Williams, Vice President of MHA-NYC's Center for Policy, Advocacy and Education. "They need broad support to achieve total wellness for self and family," she said. Never before has such a comprehensive vision for our nation's veterans captured the interest of so many CEOs and Fortune 500 companies.

    MHA-NYC intends to harness the good will of both the private and public sectors and commit its expertise and resources to working with other organizations to launch a groundbreaking initiative to create a hyper-local coordinated network of services, supports, and resources for veterans and their families. "By using advanced technology, our vision is to build supportive communities for men and women as they transition to their new home base and seek on-the-ground services in key areas of need: education, employment, health and emotional wellness, and family support," said Gala Dinner Chair Duncan Niederauer.

    More than 400 business leaders, government officials, veterans, service members, and their families are expected to attend the event. Dinner Chairs include Frank J. Branchini, Chairman and CEO of EmblemHealth; Ric Clark, Chairman and CEO of Brookfield Property Group; Kevin Dunleavy, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley; Laurence D. Fink, Chairman and CEO of BlackRock; and Duncan Niederauer, Former CEO of the NYSE.

    Learn more about the event and ticket purchases at www.mhaofnyc.org/gala2014/.

    The Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC) is a not-for-profit organization that addresses mental health needs in New York City and across the nation. Through their three-part mission of service, advocacy and education, they identify unmet needs and develop culturally sensitive programs to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by mental illness while promoting the importance of mental health.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12311-bob-woodruff-to-mc-mental-health-association-of-nyc-gala

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  • Iconic TV actress Susan Flannery, NFL Linebacker Chris Draft, talk show host Tim Conway, Jr. and other special guests will join lung cancer advocates and supporters at the Lung Cancer Foundation of America's (LCFA) unique Day at the Races event.

    The event takes place at Del Mar Race Track, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014 on Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 1 PM – 6 PM.

    Ms. Flannery, a longtime star on "The Bold and The Beautiful," participated in a lung cancer storyline on the series, which was recognized for its sensitive and authentic portrayal of lung cancer. Her character was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and underwent treatments. On Feb. 7, 2011, during the 6,000th episode, the show featured several real-life lung cancer survivors, including LCFA advocate and lung cancer survivor Dr. Michael Weitz. Ms. Flannery, Mr. Draft, whose wife died of the disease at the age of 38, Mr. Conway, a longtime friend of LCFA, along with other special guests will help to bring attention to lung cancer, which remains the most under-funded and under-researched cancer despite being the USA's number one cancer killer for both men and women.

    "It means so much to LCFA, and especially to the millions of people who have been deeply affected by lung cancer, to have Susan, Chris, Tim and all our special guests participate in the fight against this disease. Because of an overall 5-year survival rate of only 16%, there are few survivors to stand up and speak out in support of research funding for lung cancer. The role of friends in the entertainment and sports communities, like Susan, Tim and Chris, is so very important in bringing attention to lung cancer, and we hope they will inspire others," said Kim Norris, a lung cancer widow and the president and co-founder of LCFA. Added Flannery, "If my participation can help in any way, I'm happy to help."

    Racing fans will learn that lung cancer is the USA's primary cause of cancer death, killing almost twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. Lung cancer's poor survival rate is a direct result of the lack of funding for lung cancer research.

    Approximately 60% of new lung cancer diagnoses will be in non-smokers – a combination of 45-50% former smokers (many who quit 10, 20, even 30 years prior to the onset of lung cancer) and 15% of people who have never smoked. Lung cancer is the only cancer that stigmatizes its victims – somehow society believes that lung cancer victims bring it upon themselves. Fans will be introduced to lung cancer advocates like Susan, Chris, and Tim, as well as LCFA -- an organization that exists to advocate for research funding.

    LCFA's "Day at the Races" will feature a special "Breath Of Life" race to support lung cancer research and help educate the public about this disease. For all-inclusive tax deductible tickets, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12312-nfl-linebacker-chris-draft-to-attend-day-at-the-races

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  • The HMV Football Extravaganza is back. This year, the event will honour Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in English Football history, having made his first appearance for Manchester United in 1990.

    He is the only player to have played in all 22 Premier League seasons since its inception in 1992. He has made an incredible 963 appearances for the Club, winning 13 Premier League titles, two UEFA Champions League titles, four FA Cups and four League Cups. Ryan has recently been appointed Assistant Manager at Manchester United.

    The HMV Football Extravaganza will take place on Tuesday 14 October 2014 at The London Hilton on Park Lane and will be attended by a host of football greats for a fantastic and unique night of football and fundraising.

    Now in its 19th year, the HMV Football Extravaganza has raised over £6million for Nordoff Robbins and continues to raise essential funds to provide much-needed music therapy for vulnerable and isolated people across the UK.

    Ryan Giggs said: "It's an honour and privilege to be presented with the Legend of Football Award, particularly when I look back at the list of previous winners.

    "I am looking forward to the event, celebrating with friends and colleagues and raising money for Nordoff Robbins music therapy, a really incredible cause."

    Brian McLaughlin, Chairman of the Football Extravaganza event, said: "We are honoured to be presenting Ryan Giggs, the most decorated player in the history of English Football, with the Legend of Football Award.

    "The Football Extravaganza, now in its 19th year, is raising funds for Nordoff Robbins. Since its inception we have raised over £6 million, enabling Nordoff Robbins to provide music therapy across the UK to people who really need it -- those who are vulnerable and isolated, giving them an opportunity to communicate and to be heard."

    Paul McGowan, Chairman of HMV, said: "With his unrivalled record in the English Premier League, Ryan Giggs is a truly deserving winner to follow on from Pelé, last year's recipient.

    "We love being involved in this event. It's a unique opportunity for music and football to come together and we get the chance to raise funds for Nordoff Robbins, one of HMV's favourite charities."

    Previous recipients of the Legend of Football Award, which recognises outstanding achievement in the world of football and contribution to the game, include Pelé (2013), Sir Bobby Robson (2001), Sir Alex Ferguson (2005), Eric Cantona (2010) and Jose Mourinho (2011). Giggs is no stranger to the HMV Football Extravaganza, having been one of 6 players recognised in 2102 for playing more than 500 Premier League games, celebrating 20 years of the Premier League. The other 5 members of the ‘500 Club', at that time, were Sol Campbell, Emile Heskey, David James, Frank Lampard and Gary Speed (who was awarded the honour posthumously).

    Tickets for the event are available from Rae@TheFE.co.uk.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12313-ryan-giggs-to-be-honored-at-football-extravaganza

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  • The International Rescue Committee (IRC) hosted the 4th Annual GenR Summer Party this week at David Burke Garden at The James Hotel in New York City.

    Eden Grinshpan Attends GenR Summer Party
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    TV Food Personality Eden Grinshpan, Chef KPE and actors Pasha Pellosie, Eric West, Sheetal Sheth and Laura Osnes all joined the party to help raise funds and highlight the IRC's programs, both domestic and international, which empower refugees and people who have been displaced by conflict, political oppression, religious persecution or natural disaster and help them to rebuild their lives.

    Pasha Pellosie Attends GenR Summer Party
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    GenR (Generation Rescue) is a dynamic, diverse group of young professionals who have joined forces to advance the humanitarian work of the IRC. Inspired, informed and influential, GenR members engage their communities in support of the IRC through a range of advocacy, education networking and fundraising activities. For 80 years, the IRC has offered lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from conflict or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, the IRC leads the way from harm to home.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12315-international-rescue-committee-hosts-genr-summer-party

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  • Today is Nelson Mandela International Day, and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, released this message.

    "Last year, the world lost one of its greatest leaders when Nelson Mandela passed away. We remember his legacy especially on his birthday, the 18th of July.

    "Nelson Mandela and the United Nations had a strong history together. Shortly after he was released from prison, he came to our Headquarters. It was a moment of great excitement.

    "Nelson Mandela's presence in the General Assembly Hall proved that United Nations resolutions, sanctions and solidarity can win over violence and injustice. His extraordinary compassion after 27 years in prison showed that human rights and equality are stronger than discrimination and hate. On that day in 1990, he said people would always be challenged by the fact that, quote, "it took as long as it has before all of us stood up to say enough is enough". The room burst into applause.

    "Apartheid is gone -- thanks to Nelson Mandela, countless other individuals and the proud actions of the United Nations. But our planet and its people still face terrible threats -- poverty, discrimination, climate change, conflict and more. Nelson Mandela Day is a call to action. Each of us can celebrate this day by helping to address real problems in our communities. Together we can give great meaning to our celebration by paving the way for a better future."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12314-today-is-nelson-mandela-international-day

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  • Children in South Sudan are facing a triple emergency of epic proportions, as the country marks three years of independence -- warns UNICEF UK and Ewan McGregor.

    Tens of thousands could die in famine, hundreds are contracting cholera in a growing epidemic, and hundreds of thousands are facing extreme violence. Parts of South Sudan could slip into famine as early as next month.


    South Sudan declared independence on July 9 2011, after two civil wars with the Government of Sudan, spanning a total of nearly forty years.

    "In July 2011 babies were born into incredible hope in South Sudan, as the country declared independence and was celebrated as the world's newest nation," says UNICEF UK Ambassador Ewan McGregor, who is speaking out about the severity of the crisis. "Now, three years on, the outlook for these same children has taken a dramatic and desperate turn."

    "Famine is looming. Children are already dying every day of hunger and of diseases like cholera."

    Over half a million children have fled their homes since fighting began. 250,000 children under the age of five are at risk of severe malnutrition. Cholera is spreading -- with hundreds of cases in Juba, and other areas across the country, and dozens of deaths.

    "This is a terrible warning for the world," continues UNICEF UK Ambassador Ewan McGregor. "We need to sit up and take action now to stop the suffering, before the scenes of horror increase."

    The humanitarian situation in some areas of the country is particularly dire.

    The number of people who have fled to Bentiu Protection of Civilians Site in Unity State has gone up by more than five times in less than three months.

    Up to three children under the age of five are dying at the camp every day – with heavy rains exacerbating unsanitary conditions, a lack of clean water and sanitation, acute overcrowding, and children arriving already desperately malnourished and ill.

    UNICEF is leading the emergency response on the ground in South Sudan to save children's lives. However, they need nearly £89 million to meet the needs of children in South Sudan -- and currently only have a third of that figure.

    "UNICEF is doing everything they can to provide life-saving food for severely malnourished children -- as well as vital clean drinking water and vaccinations," explains Ewan McGregor. "However, they just don't have enough money to reach every child."

    "Too many children in South Sudan have empty stomachs and increasingly empty futures."

    "We need to help those children now, before it is simply too late."

    Please text FOOD to 70030 to give £5 to help provide life-saving food to feed a child for a week. Or visit www.unicef.org.uk/southsudanappeal.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12316-ewan-mcgregor-speaks-out-on-growing-crisis-in-south-sudan

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  • Annie Lennox has sent a message of sympathy and support to families affected by the Malaysian Airlines tragedy.

    "Sending a message of heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims of the Malaysian airlines plane that was shot down over Eastern Ukraine by a surface to air missile," posted the singer and activist on Facebook. "Including those who perished were estimated to be as many as one hundred attendees of this year's Global AIDS Conference which is due to start tomorrow in Melbourne, Australia.

    "Veteran HIV researcher Clive Aspin was quoted as saying ‘These people were the best and the brightest, the ones who had dedicated their whole careers to fighting this terrible virus. It's devastating.'

    "Professor Richard Boyd, director of the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories, said ‘There were some serious HIV leaders on that plane. This will have ramifications globally because whenever you lose a leader in any field, it has an impact. That knowledge is irreplaceable.'

    "Although I'm not able to attend this year's conference, my thoughts are with everyone there, who I know will be absolutely devastated by these tragic circumstances."

    Bill Clinton has also shown his respect for victims of the disaster, including leading AIDS researcher Joep Lange.

    "In the days to come I'm hopeful more will be known about the Malaysia Airlines tragedy in Ukraine. We know that 298 people died and that several of them were en route to Melbourne to attend the International Aids Conference.

    "Joep Lange, one of those aboard the flight, was the head of PharmAccess in the Netherlands and one of the most respected AIDS physicians in the world. He devoted his life to helping others and saving lives. In 2003, he worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative to scale up AIDS care and treatment in South Africa and Tanzania, so that it would be more accessible to more of those in need. He continued to help CHAI with a number of our efforts since. Joep was a true leader in the fight against AIDS, a humanitarian, and a great friend to those who had the privilege of knowing him. Our hearts go out to Joep's family, to his colleagues and many friends, and to everyone who lost a loved one in this horrible incident."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12322-annie-lennox-and-bill-clinton-pay-respect-for-malaysian-airlines-tragedy-victims

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  • Professional football player and model Dale Moss was spotted at Infolist.com's pre-Comic-Con Bash on Thursday, July 17 at Skybar at Mondrian Los Angeles in West Hollywood, Calif.

    Dale Moss Holds Rescued Half Blind Yorkshire Terrier on Pre-Comic-Con Red Carpet in West Hollywood, Calif.
    Dale Moss Holds Rescued Half Blind Yorkshire Terrier on Pre-Comic-Con Red Carpet in West Hollywood, Calif.

    Upon stepping onto the red carpet, Moss played superhero when a small, half-blind Yorkshire Terrier somehow wound up in the Comic-Con chaos. Like Superman, Moss swooped in to save the day and picked the puppy up, protecting him from harm and returning him to safety -- after taking a few PAWsitively precious photos with the pup, of course!

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  • Friday was Nelson Mandela Day, and to mark the occasion, Desmond Tutu, Bono, Malala Yousafzai, Graca Machel, Muhammed Yunus and Mo Ibrahim have written a powerful letter to world leaders to make 2015 a transformative year in the fight against poverty, inequality and climate change.

    "Dear World Leaders,

    "We write to sound a warning. A warning that 2015 will be a year of huge opportunity, but also of huge risk.

    "What is at stake here could not be greater, for it is not less than the future of our human family and the world upon which we all depend. Two global processes -- the replacement of the current UN development framework and the conclusion of a new climate treaty -- culminate within months of each other at the end of 2015. They require us to decide which future we want for people and planet. For there are two dramatically different futures we could live in by 2030.

    "Down one hopeful path we have built on progress, and learned how to eradicate extreme poverty, hunger, as well as put an end to preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths. In so doing, we will give everyone everywhere opportunity and the right to lead their lives with dignity without jeopardising our planet's ability to provide for its people now and into the future. This is an entirely possible outcome if we do the right thing.

    "Down another path we have failed to build on progress, but have allowed the injustice of poverty, hunger and pandemics to spread. A growing insecurity caused by unequal access to increasingly scarce natural resources leads to tragic conflicts from which nobody -- no elite, no matter how rich -- can hide. This is an entirely plausible outcome of a complacent business as usual approach to 2015.

    "Which world do you want to live in by 2030? Which world it will be depends upon the decision you make in 2015, and the preparations we make for it now.

    "The good news is a global movement is coming together for 2015 and the future, inspired by the words of Nelson Mandela: "Like slavery, like apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome by the actions of human beings." Climate change too can and must be remedied by the actions of human beings.

    "This movement for people and planet will lead to accolades for those leaders who rise to this historic occasion. It will hold accountable those who fail to help secure a better safer world for all. It will speak up for the marginalised and disenfranchised, and demand justice for all.

    "Let's leave no one behind as we look with confidence towards a future which we can make great, for you have been given an opportunity that will be the envy of history."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12318-bono-and-malala-yousafzai-mark-nelson-mandela-day

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  • The multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning band Train took center stage Wednesday evening in Oyster Bay, NY for a private benefit concert supporting The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.

    Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, Laura Benanti, Mr. & Mrs. Feinstein, Padma Lakshmi, Dr. Tamer Seckin, Mrs. and Mr. Zucker.
    Dr. Kevin J. Tracey, Laura Benanti, Mr. & Mrs. Feinstein, Padma Lakshmi, Dr. Tamer Seckin, Mrs. and Mr. Zucker.

    The event also featured Endometriosis Foundation of America0s (EFA) co-founders Tamer Seckin, MD, and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.

    The $1.5 million raised at the event will be used by the Feinstein Institute to fund research in such therapeutic areas as cancer, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. The Feinstein Institute is the research enterprise of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

    Speaking on behalf of the band Train, lead singer Patrick Monahan shared the band members' feelings about performing at the Feinstein Institute summer concert. "We recognize how profoundly lucky we are to have our health and the health of our families. When we were asked to play, we immediately said ‘yes' because we understand the importance of the Feinstein Institute research as it relates to curing diseases. We are incredibly proud to have been a part of this wonderful event and inspired by the work being done."

    Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president of the Feinstein Institute, said during the concert program, thanking the attendees and supporters, that "the history of science, like all history is a series of stories, and the connection of those stories lead to the present and point to the future…Today, we are now positioned uniquely to intersect with the advances in technology and computing that open the door to bioelectronic medicine. This is an exciting story. The idea of placing computer chips on nerves in people to use the patient's own nervous system to cure the disease. This is not 20 years away – this is already happening…It is as if the spirit of history has moved through and put us all in this position at this time to accomplish what we can, and you are a part of it. You are here supporting our work and without you, we can't get there."

    Dr. Tracey's research was recently featured in the cover story of The New York Times Magazine. To learn more, click here.

    The evening also included the presentation of the 2014 Fellowship Award named in honor of The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) to Feinstein Institute investigator, Maya Tevlin, Ph.D. Dr. Tevlin is an investigator for an endometriosis study that is being supported by the EFA, called Research OutSmarts Endometriosis (ROSE). The award was presented by EFA co-founders Tamer Seckin, MD, and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.

    "The Endometriosis Foundation of America is pleased to present Dr. Maya Tevlin with the 2014 Fellowship Award for her dedication to the cause of endometriosis, which affects 176 million women and girls worldwide," said Dr. Seckin. "The EFA is committed to supporting research that will help unravel the mysteries behind this most devious and debilitating disease and, ultimately, enable us to find a cure. The EFA's sponsorship of ROSE at the Feinstein Institute is one of our crowning achievements, and just the beginning of a long-term partnership in endometriosis research."

    "We are honored to acknowledge Dr. Tevlin as the first EFA Fellow and salute the Feinstein Institute for its commitment to this serious health issue and the ROSE Project," said Padma Lakshmi, EFA Co-Founder."

    Emceeing the evening was Laura Benanti, who earned Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for her portrayal of Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy. She was also nominated for her performance of Cinderella in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods and in Swing! Ms. Benanti has also been cast in several television shows including The Good Wife, Nurse Jackie and Law and Order SVU, among others.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12319-train-concert-raises-15-million-for-feinstein-institute-for-medical-research

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  • Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Ne-Yo will bring the hits to Fenway Park on July 27th for a benefit to kick-off a $1 million fundraising campaign launched by HealthBridge and CareOne Management to support employees and their families in fighting cancer.

    The campaign was developed after HealthBridge executive Dan Grimes, 42, of Carver, MA, was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer.

    NE-YO, with three platinum records and countless honors to his credit, is known for his community work and readily agreed to perform at the benefit to raise awareness about the struggles of cancer patients and their families.

    "What makes us a community is when we come together, when we see someone is suffering, and we take on their struggle together," said NE-YO, born Shaffer Chimere Smith, who rocketed to early success with Top 10 hit songs "So Sick," "Because of You," "Closer" and more. "Fame and fortune are wonderful gifts, but life is the most important gift of all, and I am happy to be part of an event that celebrates Dan's life and supports him and his family during this difficult time."

    As the Southeastern Massachusetts regional manager for HealthBridge, which has 18 healthcare facilities in the state, Dan Grimes has spent his professional career caring for others. A dedicated husband and father of four children, his life took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, despite having never smoked.

    At the age of 42, Dan is fighting his toughest battle yet, but thanks to his colleagues and company, he isn't fighting it alone.

    When word of Dan's illness reached CareOne Management, Chairman and CEO Daniel E. Straus announced that CareOne and HealthBridge would undertake a fundraising campaign to help employees like Dan meet those unexpected expenses that often arise when a family member faces an illness, so they can focus on their recovery and their families. CareOne has successfully waged other campaigns, raising more than $1 million to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, donating $250,000 to the One Fund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and raising more than $1 million for The Valerie Fund, an organization providing programs and services for children living with cancer and blood disorders.

    "Dan's story is our story," said Straus. "Like all of our employees, he has dedicated his career to helping our skilled nursing care residents and their families. What we do in our profession is care for others, but we also need to take care of our own. We don't just work in these communities," continued Straus. "We also live in these communities and when something like this happens, whether it is one man's battle with cancer or the ravages of a hurricane in New Jersey, it happens to all of us and we need to stand up as a community."

    The Fenway Park fundraiser is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants, many of them colleagues and friends of Dan Grimes, who have already undertaken smaller fundraising events in the communities where HealthBridge operates skilled healthcare facilities, as well as in New Jersey where CareOne operates 29 facilities. The July 27th event will have a baseball theme throughout and includes a performance by NE-YO, food, music, special guest appearances, ballpark tours, raffles, silent auctions, and corporate sponsorship donations. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the event runs until 8 p.m.

    Tickets are $100 for adults and $20 for children under 12 and can be purchased online here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12320-ne-yo-to-headline-charity-event

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  • On Nelson Mandela International Day, the United Nations pledged to promote "desperately needed" acts of kindness and goodwill and uplift poor and underdeveloped communities worldwide.

    "For the past five years, we have come together to celebrate the life and spirit of a unique individual who touched the entire world -- Nelson Mandela -- the Madiba," General Assembly President John Ashe said during a special event on Friday at UN Headquarters.

    In 2009, the Assembly declared 18 July "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President's contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Friday's was the first observance since Mr. Mandela's passing last December.

    "This year, for the first time, we celebrate his birthday without him. But while our hearts hang heavy with loss, we have his indelible memory and his important legacy to carry forward," said Mr. Ashe.

    Every year on Mandela Day, people around the world are encouraged to devote 67 minutes to helping others -- by volunteering in a hospital, tutoring a child, providing food for the homeless, or any other community service.

    "We may not be able to change the sorrows or the tragedies of the world singlehandedly, but indeed, it is in our hands to make a difference with our individual 67 minutes," Mr. Ashe said.

    The campaign -- Take Action, Inspire Change -- is based on people devoting one minute of their time for every year that Nelson Mandela devoted to public service -- as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and president of South Africa.

    "We cannot give in to despair and despondency, because each inspired action of service, kindness or generosity will bring us closer to the realization that if we give our all we can strive for a better tomorrow," said the Assembly President.

    Hence, it is critical to involve "each and every one of us" in the process to craft a global development agenda, he added. A future plan must create a vision of justice, prosperity and opportunity for all the peoples of the world, while honouring the planet.

    "In this first year without Madiba, each and every one of us gathered here knows that he will be remembered and revered for many generations to come. His impact on the world was so profound and meaningful, that his name will be spoken by our children and our children's children."

    Also speaking at the event, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that "Nelson Mandela sacrificed his freedom for human rights. He was also a champion of sustainable development."

    Mr. Ban remembered Mr. Mandela's personal connection to the earth as a gardener. Even in jail, he gained the right to plant a garden on the roof of the prison.

    The Secretary-General quoted Mr. Mandela: "To plant a seed, watch it grow, to tend it and then harvest it, offered a simple but enduring satisfaction. The sense of being the custodian of this small patch of earth offered a small taste of freedom."

    In tribute to that, Mr. Ban joined volunteers from MillionTreesNYC and UN staff to tend to dozens of newly planted trees near UN Headquarters and in the community of East Harlem.

    He said that New York City's trees remove an impressive 2,200 tons of pollutants from the air each year. The city is also aiming to increase its urban forest by 20 per cent. These valuable initiatives show that everyone can be part of the climate solution.

    On a global sale, Mr. Ban said creative ideas were advancing progress and called for a major global push for action. In September, he will convene a climate summit at the UN with Heads of State and Government, along with leaders from business and finance, local government and civil society. Honouring Mr. Mandela's legacy included addressing climate change, promoting sustainable development and helping all people to enjoy lives of dignity, he noted.

    Mr. Mandela wrote a letter to the UN in 2010, when the General Assembly declared this Day, asking the Organization to honour him by honouring millions of people who contributed to the struggle for freedom everywhere.

    "The best way to commemorate these struggles is for people everywhere to work with and within communities to make this a better world," Mr. Mandela wrote.

    UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, in her message, said the Day is an opportunity for everyone to bring the best out of themselves by taking some form of action in solidarity with others, to be of service, and to inspire change in the world.

    She recalled watching him stand up for women's participation, and noted that under his presidency, women's representation in South Africa's parliament increased from 2.7 per cent to 27 per cent. In addition, when it came time to choose his cabinet, Mr. Mandela made sure that one-third were women.

    "The call to action on Mandela Day is for each of us to go out and do something. For men and boys to support gender equality, for those with wealth to support those of lesser means, for collective action on climate justice. For those of us who have had an opportunity to learn, it is a call to teach and share our knowledge."

    Also participating in Friday's event were Reverend Jesse Jackson, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, and Nelson Mandela's grandson, Kweku Mandela.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12321-un-pledges-acts-of-kindness-and-goodwill-on-nelson-mandela-day

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  • Legendary artist Steven Tyler, who performed on Wednesday with Aerosmith at the Xfinity Center Mansfield, is asking Massachusetts lawmakers to ban the locking of breeding pigs and veal calves in crates so small they can't turn around.

    The rock icon states: "Massachusetts holds a very special place in my heart. Not only is it known for being ahead of the curve on important progressive issues, but it's also the birthplace of my band Aerosmith. That's why I was thrilled to learn from my friends at The Humane Society of the United States about S.2232, a critical bill that would ban the extreme confinement of animals used for food. Veal crates and gestation crates cause unspeakable suffering and with the success of crate-free environments, they are proven unnecessary. I hope to see the passage of S.2232 without delay."

    Alexis Fox, Massachusetts state director for The HSUS, said: "Massachusetts has a significant historical, cultural and commercial role in American history and that includes being home of one of the greatest rock icons of all time. S. 2232 is supported by a broad coalition of farmers, veterinarians, public health experts, chefs, environmental protection organizations, animal lovers and Steven Tyler. All of us simply want to ensure that these cruel crates do not have a place in the Commonwealth."

    The legislature has two weeks left to pass this critical legislation. Ten other states including Rhode Island and Maine have already passed similar farm animal protection laws. For more information, please visit humanesociety.org/mafarmanimals.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12323-steven-tyler-wants-better-treatment-of-farm-animals

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  • Katy Perry has dedicated a new video she made for UNICEF to victims of the Malaysian Airlines tragedy – many of whom were on their way to the International AIDS Conference in Australia.

    Video: Katy Perry0s 0Unconditionally0: A music video for #ShowYourLove

    "I worked with UNICEF on this new "Unconditionally" video in support of the 35 million people living with HIV, especially the young people who often suffer in silence," Katy wrote on Facebook. "On Thursday, we lost many people who dedicated their lives to fighting HIV on the Malaysia Airlines flight. They were traveling to the International AIDS Conference, where we were planning on launching this video. Now, I would also like to dedicate this video to them, to honor them, and to all the victims of MH17."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12324-katy-perry-dedicates-video-to-victims-of-mh17

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  • Rallysong, the online platform where artists and their supporters rally for world-changing causes, has partnered with songwriter, vocalist and lead singer of Tonic, Emerson Hart, to raise $10,000 for Linkin Park's charity, Music for Relief.

    Emerson Hart Launches Rallysong Campaign
    Emerson Hart Launches Rallysong Campaign

    Emerson Hart fans and supporters can visit Rallysong.com/EmersonHart to donate to the cause to receive an exclusive and previously-unreleased version of Emerson's song "Hurricane," which you'll find on Emerson's latest album "Beauty in Disrepair." Once the fundraising goal has been met, everyone who donated to the campaign will get access to the unreleased version.

    "I am honored to be partnering with Rallysong and Music for Relief for such an important cause," Hart explains. "Music is a powerful way to bring people together around causes that matter."

    The Rallysong process works similar to a crowdfunding campaign. The user-friendly site allows you to join your favorite artists in solving world problems. Once a playlist has launched, you can give to the campaign and share with your friends to meet charitable fundraising goals. Once the goal is met, donors gain access to unreleased music, merchandise and experiences.

    Funds raised from the campaign will benefit Music for Relief, an organization dedicated to providing aid to survivors of natural disasters and the prevention of such disasters. Specifically, the money raised from this campaign will support long term recovery for communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. More than six months after the storm, Music for Relief is working with partners on the ground to provide lifesaving programs including nutrition, water and sanitation, psychosocial support, and replacement and repair of health infrastructure.

    For more information about Rallysong or to be notified about future campaigns, visit www.rallysong.com.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12325-emerson-hart-raises-funds-for-linkin-park-charity

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  • Here's your chance to grab a friend and jet to the set of House of Cards to hang with Kevin Spacey and Beau Willimon.

    A new raffle on Omaze.com is giving you the chance to win the once-in-a-lifetime experience, which includes a Freddy's-style BBQ lunch and the opportunity to perfect your acting skills when you rehearse a scene with one of the greatest actors of all time! You'll also spend time with Beau Willimon when you get a personal tour of the stages and chat about writing for television and film.

    The raffle benefits The Old Vic and the Geffen Playhouse. The Old Vic is one of the best known and best loved theatres in the world, synonymous with the greatest acting talent that Britain has ever produced from Laurence Olivier, Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson to Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, and Peter O'Toole. This iconic 195-year-old building has a rich history of great performances and The Old Vic Theatre Company under the artistic leadership of Kevin Spacey, continues to attract the best creative talent from the UK and all over the world to tread its famous boards. Founded by theater, film and television luminary Gil Cates, the Geffen Playhouse has been an integral part of Los Angeles theater since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its commitment to the development of new plays, the Geffen Playhouse continues to present a body of work that garners national recognition. An active member of the community, the Geffen Playhouse has a groundbreaking education and outreach program that targets students, seniors and everyone in between who otherwise would not have access to live theater.

    As an added incentive, you will receive House of Cards memorabilia – such as t-shirts and glasses – depending on how much you donate.

    There are only a few days left – to find out more, click here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12326-rehearse-a-scene-and-eat-bbq-with-kevin-spacey

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  • The Stella Adler Studio of Acting is auctioning off a rare opportunity to visit the production set of the groundbreaking Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, which was just nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and is this year's most nominated comedy series.

    One lucky winner and a guest will enjoy an hour-long set visit during the filming of Season 3. The estimated value of this set visit is $2,500. This behind-the-bars experience is priceless.

    The auction will benefit the studio's all-female actor training programs for prisoners on Rikers Island. The set visit was donated by Orange Is the New Black production and Emmy-nominated cast member Kate Mulgrew, who plays Galina "Red" Reznikov on the popular series, and is an alumna and board member of the Stella Adler Studio. The auction ends on Thursday, July 31. Fans can bid online here.

    "We are very grateful to board member Kate Mulgrew and Orange Is the New Black production for their generous donation," said Tom Oppenheim, Artistic Director of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. "Funds raised from the auction of the set visit will allow us to reach female prisoners at Rikers Island, a population that is severely underserved. To borrow a phrase from a recent article in The New York Times, the Stella Adler Outreach Division will work with these ‘invisible women' to make their voices and their stories heard."

    "My teacher Stella Adler taught me that theater and art can be used to uplift and ennoble audiences," said Orange Is the New Black's Kate Mulgrew. "I'm so proud to be involved with the Stella Adler Studio today as it brings Stella's ideals to a new generation as well as to women in Rikers."

    Founded on the principle that the purpose of theater is to uplift humanity, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting has a robust outreach division that works to bring arts education to inner-city youth and underserved populations. Through its outreach division, the studio is dedicated to actively addressing today's social injustices, including issues related to incarceration and recidivism. The studio works closely with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to provide actor training to women inmates on Rikers Island. This summer, one of the studio's programs will bring training services to adult women inmates on the island. The month-long intensive will focus on core voice and speech techniques, movement, poetry and monologues and culminate in a presentation of original material for the participants' families.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12327-go-behind-the-bars-of-orange-is-the-new-black

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  • Prince Harry has made an impassioned plea for the nation to support his paralympic-style sporting championships for injured servicemen and women.

    Prince Harry poses for a group photograph during a visit to Bethnal Green Academy
    Prince Harry poses for a group photograph during a visit to Bethnal Green Academy
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    The Prince told a group of students who have become digital media champions for the Invictus Games that the event would be the "most amazing weekends of your lives".

    He met more than 60 young people from six schools across east and central London during a visit to Bethnal Green Academy where they were being trained by Facebook in how to use social media to promote the sporting event being staged in the capital from September 10-14.

    When he stopped in one classroom to join the students learning how to take pictures, he praised their enthusiasm and said: "We're very short on time, it's going to happen; what are we – a month and a half away from the actual Games.

    "The more noise and the more enthusiasm you guys can get behind the Invictus Games, get your friends involved, buy some tickets, come down and scream and shout – I promise you, you will not regret it, it will be the most amazing weekend of your lives."

    More than 400 wounded and sick servicemen and women from 14 nations – from countries like Canada, Iraq, Estonia and Italy – will take part in a variety of events from wheelchair rugby and athletics to power lifting during the Games being staged at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley Athletics Centre.

    As digital media champions, the students will have the opportunity to report from sporting sites on all the action and atmosphere.

    During his visit to the academy Prince Harry stopped in a workshop being run by staff from Facebook and sat with the students listening to advice on how to make interesting posts.

    He told the group that his team would also be putting information on Facebook and Twitter.

    Organisers hope that the students will be able to use social media to generate interest in the Games.

    Speaking at the certificate presentation ceremony The Prince highlighted why he had decided to bring the concept of the Games from the United States, where a version has been staged for a number of years, to the UK.

    He said: "Some of these guys shouldn't be alive but they are, they've put themselves back out there – they want to put a show on for you guys, for us, that's the selfless commitment.

    "They don't see this as anything else apart from ‘right we're going to put on a show for the British public to say thank you'."

    He added: "They want to say thank you to us whereas I'm trying to get us to say thank you to them."

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12328-prince-harry-awards-digital-media-champions-for-invictus-games

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  • Bret Michaels visited Hard Rock Cafe New York on Friday to donate a one-of-a-kind guitar, the Patriot Guitar, to Hard Rock's world-famous memorabilia collection as a tribute to the men and women who serve in the military and to our country's first responders.

    Bret Michaels With Hard Rock Cafe New York General Manager, Daniel Sarroino, and Ray Pfeifer of FDNY
    Bret Michaels With Hard Rock Cafe New York General Manager, Daniel Sarroino, and Ray Pfeifer of FDNY

    Bret Michaels was also presented a plaque from the Feal Good Foundation, for his dedication to the 9/11 first responders and their families. This plaque joins Bret's guitar on display at the cafe as a homage to Bret's compassion and giving spirit.

    The Feal Good Foundation assists First Responders, who may have been injured, physically or mentally, as a direct result of their rescue, recovery and clean-up efforts at the World Trade Center Site following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12330-bret-michaels-donates-guitar-to-hard-rock-in-tribute-to-first-responders

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  • At the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Voice of America has premiered a documentary that explores how stigma interferes with AIDS treatment and prevention around the world.

    The documentary, Living in the Shadows, profiles six individuals combating HIV/AIDS in Nigeria, Canada, Cambodia, Haiti, and the United States. Each of their stories argues that no matter the community, acceptance and compassion are necessary first steps to solving the AIDS crisis.

    The film was narrated by Sir Elton John, a longtime AIDS activist and founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF).

    "So much of my foundation's work has been guided by this film's thesis," said Elton. "I always insist that AIDS can be beaten, starting right now. We don't have to wait on a scientific breakthrough or a new miracle cure. We just need people — like the six brave men and women profiled in this film — to keep spreading compassion, and resilience, and stubborn insistence that all lives are of equal worth."

    Watch the film's trailer and find out more here.

    From: http://www.looktothestars.org/news/12329-elton-john-narrates-aids-documentary

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