Last year at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus gave a bizarre, tongue-wagging, “twerked”-out performance that made people view the now 21 year old singer as controversial and a poor influence on social youth. This year, Miley shocked audiences in a different way when she accepted the Video of the Year award for her hit song "Wrecking Ball” and asked a homeless youth to accept the award on her behalf to bring attention to the charity My Friend's Place (MFP). According to MFP, which is privately funded, there are "an estimated 4,000 homeless youth" in Los Angeles County. Since then, the Los Angeles charity has been receiving more donations than ever, totaling over $200,000, and it has Miley and Jesse, a 22-year-old homeless youth from Oregon, to thank.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been exploding all over social media recently. What is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? For those of you who are living under a rock, the challenge calls for people to dump buckets of ice water on their heads. Then that person nominates others on social media to do the same within 24 hours. If the person refuses or doesn't achieve the challenge in time, he or she has to donated money to an organization that raises awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Some famous people have gotten involved, like TODAY show anchors Matt Lauer and Natalie Morales, and Martha Stewart and Ansel Elgort. Now added to the bucket list is Justin Timberlake!
Social media is a powerful tool. Christina Aguilera is utilizing its effectiveness to spread awareness about world hunger and raise money to end it. The “Pass the Red Cup Challenge” encourages fans, fellow celebrities, and media to share the #PasstheRedCup hashtag as a way to raise awareness for the gruesome realities of hungry children across the world.
Restaurant chains including KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut chose Aguilera as their spokesperson to promote this global issue. She is encouraging participants to not only share the hashtag, but to also donate $5 in order to feed 20 starving children. Yum! This World Hunger Relief is the world’s largest campaign for world hunger. With Christina on their side, the effort can only grow.
1. Beyoncé and Jay Z: The Ultimate Power Couple
These two are running the world in their own way. Their "On The Run: Beyoncé and Jay Z" tour is in partnership with #beyGOOD. They will donate $1 from every ticket purchased to the Shawn Carter Foundation to support students. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from each Chase Lounge VIP Ticket Package will also be donated to The Shawn Carter Foundation.
#BeyGOOD inspires people everywhere to be kind, be charitable and get involved in their local communities. The Shawn Carter Foundation's mission is to help individuals in socioeconomic hardship further their education. The foundation serves many diverse students who come from backgrounds of poverty, drug use, teen pregnancy, domestic abuse, etc. The foundation supports these students on their road to greatness through its scholarship fund, annual college tours, study abroad experiences, counseling initiatives, and holiday toy and meal drives. More info here!
Danielle de Niese may be opera music's coolest soprano, but she seems to be on the trajectory to being the coolest humanitarian as well. The international singer will join other celebrities like George Clooney, John Legend and Rashida Jones to become an IRC Voice for the sake of helping the International Rescue Committee raise awareness on underprivileged refugees and people that have been uprooted from their usual inhabitancy due political oppression or conflict.
“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," said the singer. Although De Niese has yet to make the announcement of her new title as an IRC Voice, the singer has wasted no time in reaching out to embrace the underprivileged.
Men, be fashionable for a great cause! Kenyan born Mugo Muna moved to the States when he was eleven. After graduating from Cornell University, Muna returned to his homeland of Kenya and had the desire to do something that truly mattered to him. After one of his ideas failed, that did not stop him from pursuing his dreams.
Muna started a search for a product where he could use his skills paired with an artisans’ skills and founded Bora Belts, which are hand crafted belts by local artisans in Kenya that use the highest quality local Kenyan leather in a variety of colors. The environmentally friendly buckle itself is made from scrap metal, and each mold is destroyed after the belt is made, ensuring that every belt is one-of-a kind. Each belt will go through a melting process, a pouring process, a cooling process and a wash. Wearers will be able to rock one of three styles: the Pilipiki – a hammered brass design; Tamu, a natural style; and Safi, which is ground and polished to a shine. There are no two similar belts!
Heartthrob and actor, Joshua Duhamel, is the new celebrity ambassador for Jumpstart's "Read for the Record 2014" campaign. During the campaign, which will be launched in October, Duhamel will help to bring attention to the importance of education during early childhood, as well as Jumpstart's approach to bridging the educatioanal achievement gap.
"As a proud dad, I'm proud to be a part of a campaign that advocates early childhood education for all children. The best part of our day is story time with Axl," said Duhamel about his 11-month old son with singer and wife Fergie.
Joobug.com is ready to hit the red carpet on July 16th for the 3rd Annual Edeyo Gives Hope Ball located at the historic Liberty Theater (233 W. 41st St.). The event is sponsored by Uptown Magazine, Jet Blue, Soniq hips and LDV Hospitality. The evening is hosted by Stephen Baldwin and will honor iPark President and Founder of Billy4Kids Bill Lerner for his charitable work in Haiti, Lawyer Stanford Rubenstein and the Modo Yoga NY team. Special guests will include Julia Stiles, Morgan O’Connor and Host Committee members Christian Alexander, Stacey Alvarez, Irena Blind, David Bocchi, Maki Casseus, Philip Charles-Pierre, Marcy Clark, Kyky Conille, Steven J. Czik, Esq., Guy-Max Delphin, Nora Gherbi, David Halio, Mike Heller, Andrew Joblon, Cheyenne McMillion, Katarina Novakova, William O’Donnell, Ane Roseborough, Cristiane Turl, Adrienne Walsh, Tiana Webb Evans and Juan Carlos Zapata. The special night will feature cocktails at 7PM, dinner at 8PM, a live musical performance by Grammy Award winner Fabrizio Sotti, and a guest DJ sets from Donna D’Cruz and Nick Cohen in addition to a live and silent auction where guests can bid on a variety of spectacular experiences, including tickets and meet and greet with Julia Stiles at her latest play “Phoenix.”
Imagine getting the once in a lifetime opportunity to spend the day with a collection of your favorite superheroes. Mark Ruffalo, known to Avenger fans as The Hulk, is offering the chance to win a trip to London to spend the day as his personal guest on set. The actor is currently hosting a vigorous campaign in support of Water Defense and the fight against water contamination, and for a small donation, fans will instantaneously be entered to win a trip to London, and the chance to meet all their heroes on the set of The Avengers 2.
Start your 4th of July weekend off with a nice run for a good cause at the Charles River YMCA Independence Day 5k. Think of it as a great way to work off all of the food and drinks you're going to have later on that day and night!
The Independence Day 5k is held annually in Needham, MA, about 20 miles out of Boston, and is intended to raise funds for assisting childcare and sponsoring the athletic activities of families in the neighborhoods surrounding Needham. After enjoying a quick, early morning workout during this patriotic race, you'll still have the whole day ahead of you to enjoy all of the 4th of July festivities, including a parade.
It really doesn’t get much better, or patriotic, than running for a good cause, and the first 500 participants to register will receive a free T-shirt to commemorate the event. Make sure to register online or in person at Charles River YMCA, and give back to the community this year on our nation's Independence Day!