I absolutely love my forever First Lady Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres! The two, in partnership with Apple, recently gave back to an elementary school in DC with some much-needed school supplies!
In a special trip to Randle Highlands Elementary School in Southeast, Washington, D.C., First Lady Obama shared more about the school and its students and staff Principal Kristie Edwards revealed that a majority of the students are in the foster care system or are homeless. However, without missing a beat, she and the teachers work to provide these kids love, a safe space, and the quality education they need and deserve. They also provide other services like school supplies, free lunch, a garden, and a washer and dryer at the school if children need clean clothes.
Through Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways, Mrs. Obama surprised the principal and teachers with $100,000 for whatever supplies they need. The school also received a new basketball court, new Apple computers and laptops for their computer lab, and new iPads for ALL 350 STUDENTS!!!! What?!
I used to pass by this school all the time to get to church or my grandmother’s house not too far away. I would hear about the great work happening there and how these teachers are working to empower these young people. I’m so happy to see them receiving this huge Christmas blessing!
Tyler Perry has made history by becoming the first African-American to open his own movie studio. The grand opening of Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta brought out A-list celebrities and entertainment executives from all over, as has been seen in various articles and social media posts. However, what’s even more impressive is the work that he has planned to help others with the new property.
In an interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, Tyler revealed that he has big plans to help those in need in ATL through a new compound he plans to build on the studio grounds.”You know, the studio’s gonna be what it is,” he said. “I’ll tell you what I’m most excited about next is pulling this next phase off, is building a compound for trafficked women, girls, homeless women, LGBTQ youth who are put out and displaced… somewhere on these 330 acres, where they’re trained in the business and they become self-sufficient.”
His goal with the compound is to create a welcoming community where these people will live in nice apartments with daycare and other amenities to help them re-enter society. It’s an incredible vision and shows Tyler’s good heart and love of community. He has always been charitable and thinking of other people, creating jobs and opportunities for others, specifically for people of color. I can’t wait to see this dream become reality!
Over the weekend, Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller Rogen hosted a special charity carnival in support of Alzheimer’s research.
The couple’s Hilarity for Charity County Fair had classic rides and games as well as a lot of celebrity appearances. Stars like Bill Hader, Adam Levine, Busy Philipps, Josh Gad, Regina Hall, and more came out to the event to support the effort. “It has all the ingredients of a very good time,” Seth said to PEOPLE at the carnival. “And all in the name of something that is not at all a good time. I think that contrast is what has been interesting for people and it’s been a draw for people — to attack a subject that is decidedly not that fun with an approach that is as fun as we can make it.”
Seth and Lauren started the Hilarity for Charity organization back in 2012 after Lauren’s mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 55. The couple and their team have hosted several variety shows and stand-up comedy performances over the years to raise money for the cause. The charity has raised over $11 million since its beginning.
“I think because I felt alone, it was important to create something where young people could feel a part of this disease and feel like they could have a hand in fighting against it,” Lauren revealed. “That idea just led to, combined with the fact that Seth is a comedian and I’m kind of funny, it’s just what came naturally to us.”
The fun event also included a performance by rapper Anderson .Paak and a half-pipe showcase from skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. Seth himself hopped in the Dunk Tank, ending the night on an even more hilarious high.
I’ve read each year about Hilarity for Charity and think it’s awesome what Seth and Lauren have been able to do! Praying that one day this disease can be stopped once and for all.
The event, held on July 24, 2019, was held at Johnny Pigozzi’s Villa Dorane and was hosted by Sir Elton John himself along with David Furnish. Guests for the night included Joan Collins, Chris Martin, Dr. Sandra Lee, Taron Egerton, and many more.
The evening included a cocktail reception, dinner, and live music as well as a live auction of unique and luxurious items and experiences, including the first edition of the new Bentley, a beautiful Yamaha piano used in the Rocketman film and autographed by Sir Elton John and Taron Egerton, a custom Gucci jacket worn by Taron in Rocketman and tickets to see Elton’s farewell tour, and a trip to Los Angeles on American Airlines to attend the foundation’s 2020 Academy Awards Viewing Party and stay at the new H Club.
All in all, the event was able to raise $6 million (€5.5 Million) for the important cause! “It’s because of the consistent support and kindness of so many people in this room that we are able to commit the Elton John AIDS Foundation to real partnerships with world leaders that can make a future without AIDS,” Sir Elton John shared at the event. Of course, Elton has been involved in the HIV/AIDS movement for many years now, and it’s great to see him and his foundation continue to make a great impact.
Jaden Smith brought in his 21st birthday with a selfless act of love for the homeless community in Los Angeles!
On July 8, the musician has his first pop up event with his I Love You Restaurant, a vegan food truck. The truck served members of the homeless community in LA’s Skid Row region
“I Love You Restaurant is a movement that is all about giving people what they deserve—healthy, vegan food for free,” Jaden shared in a photo of the truck on Instagram. “Today, we launched our first one-day food truck pop-up in Downtown LA. Keep a lookout because this is the first one of many.”
Many celebrities including Kevin Hart, Bella Thorne, and Yara Shahidi commended his efforts. I do as well. Homelessness is up 16% in LA and is a serious problem in this country. While more needs to be done to actually get people out of the streets, it’s great that Jaden is doing what he can to bring them healthy meals to get through the day. I hope to see more of these pop-ups in the future!