‘Avengers: Endgame’ Cast And Disney Join Forces For Charity Event For Kids

Ahead of the release of Avengers: Endgame, some of the cast from the movie collaborated with Disney to host a major charity event for sick children.

Actors Robert Downey Jr., Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, and Jeremy Renner joined Disney CEO Bob Iger at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim for a fun day with kids near the area. The event celebrated a $5 million grant to benefit children’s hospitals! That grant includes both cash and toys. Disney also plans to give $1 million of the donation to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

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During this special day, the cast honored these children and their families with a special ceremony where the grant was announced. “The kids that are here today are actually the ones that inspire us because you are the embodiment of what these characters are that we represent on screen,” Brie shared during the event. The cast also took pictures with kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim and Garden Grove and played with Avengers toys

Watch highlights from the special day below!

Inspirational Jam: “Keep The Hustle”-A.R. Rahman feat. Wale

“Swing for his fences…I’m a beast. I’m the reason all the people leaving out their seats. If this had came easy, everybody’d be good…”

As a Wale stan who just went to see him in concert a few days ago, I thought of this song and had to post it as this week’s Inspirational Jam!

“Keep the Hustle” with Wale and producer/singer A.R. Rahman was created for the Disney film Million Dollar Arm. I remember watching the movie and hearing Wale’s distinct voice, and fell in love with the song.

The track has a great Indian vibe (since the movie focuses on Indian baseball players rising up). More importantly, the message encourages listeners to grind hard for the results you want. It doesn’t come easy and never really will, but, once you reach the top, it will all be worth it. Definitely one of my favorite tracks ever.

Take a listen to the song below!

Inspirational Jam: “Almost There”-Anika Noni Rose

This old town can slow you down…people taking the easy way. But I know exactly where I’m going…I’m getting closer and closer every day…”

               —Anika Noni Rose (The Princess and the Frog)

I’m digging back into my Disney bag for today’s Inspirational Jam, so please just roll with it!

“Almost There” by Anika Noni Rose as Princess Tiana (yes, from The Princess and the Frog) is definitely a go-to motivational song for me. For those who’ve seen the movie, Princess Tiana is my favorite Disney princess, not because she’s African-American, but because I could see a lot of myself in her. She had big dreams of owning her own restaurant, and was working her tail off to try to get there before that whole turning-into-a-frog nonsense. Of course, along the way, she learned that there was more to life than just work, but she also knew that she had to put in serious effort to get to where she wanted to be! I could relate!

So this song surrounds her explaining to her mom that’s she on the grind, and she’s so close to achieving that dream of hers! Yeah, she may have had to sacrifice some things, but, in the end, she just knew it would be worth it. That’s exactly where I’m at right now!

Watch Anika performing the song below…

And, just because I love this movie, here’s the original!

Inspirational Jam: “How Far I’ll Go”-Alessia Cara

The inspirational jam this week (5.25.17) is Alessia Cara’s version of “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana!

Not even going to lie, I love Disney’s Moana! I took my little cousin to see it when it came out, and I couldn’t tell which one of us loved it more. The movie’s top song, “How Far I’ll Go,” originally sung by the movie’s star Auli’i Cravalho, is all about breaking away from people’s expectations of you and going towards what makes you happy! Even if you try to fit into people’s molds, your passion is going to keep calling you until you finally go after it. That’s what I got from the song, and the movie overall.

Well, Alessia Cara did her own version of the song for the movie’s soundtrack, and I actually have liked it a little more than the original for the longest. For her version, the producers put a little flavor on the music, and Alessia’s voice matches it perfectly.  However, what I did not know is that there was a video!

Watch below…

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