Beyonce, Halle Berry, Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, Zoe Saldana, John Legend, Ariana Huffington & Olivia Wilde are just some of the celebrities who are joining forces for a new campaign called “Chime For Change,” a new, global campaign focused on girls’ and women’s empowerment.
It serves to convene, unite and strengthen voices speaking out for girls and women around the world, and to raise funds for non-profit organizations pursuing change.
The video is an effort to help raise awareness of the CHIME FOR CHANGE live concert event on June 1, 2013, at Twickenham Stadium in London, which will be broadcast globally to more than 1 billion people worldwide.
“Our goal is to call for change for girls and women in the loudest voice possible,” said Beyonce. “I am excited for us to come together on June 1st to bring the issues of Education, Health and Justice for girls and women to the world stage.”
I’m joining ONE, the global anti-poverty group founded by U2 frontman Bono, for their “It starts with me” campaign, a YouTube video series designed to commemorate World AIDS Day (Dec 1) and inspire global action in the fight against AIDS.
“It starts with me,” which can be viewed on ONE’s YouTube channel, features an initial lineup of video messages and personal stories from a broad range of contributors such as activist Cleve Jones, actors Colin Farrell, Zoe Saldana (Watch!), and Kellan Lutz (Watch!), as well as ONE members and others from around the World, who are committed to the fight against AIDS.
Colin Farrell says of AIDS: “It’s not an African disease; it’s not an American disease. It’s not a disease that is of any country, any region or any continent … or any sexuality, gay, straight …. It’s just a human disease that has taken so much life, and it continues to do so. It doesn’t have to be that way. As one world, let’s end this.”
In conjunction with the video series, ONE is launching a new accountability report that monitors progress made towards the “the beginning of the end of AIDS.” Specifically, the report analyzes progress made on three key targets–the virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission, 15 million people on treatment, and the reduction of new adolescent/adult HIV infections–and assesses the political, programmatic, and financial contributions made by a variety of stakeholders.
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were spotted at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in LA for the west coast premiere of “21 Jump Street” this week. Both seemed to be enjoying the evening as co-stars Robb Riggle, Ice Cube and Holly Robinson Peete did as well.
Tyra Banks was spotted catching up with friends at Beauty and Essex on this week over tomato tartare, chicken meatballs, and general tso’s monkfish! YUM! She also attended the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s 4th Annual Blossom Ball at the New York Public Library.
Super Bowl champ, Victor Cruz was on the scene this week experiencing Old Spice’s Bounty of scents at Highline Stages in the Big Apple! Model Chrissy Teigen and Old Spice guys Isaiah Mustafa and Terry Crews were both there as well to support!
Only two weeks away from the season 5 premiere of AMC’s hit series “Mad Men,” the stars hit the red carpet in Los Angeles this week to celebrate. John Hamm and January Jones were on-hand working the press area both all smiles at the Arclight Cinerama Dome venue.
“Twilight” Kellan Lutz and Sharni Vinson aren’t holding back! The two were spotted sharing some affectionate PDA in Venice, California this week. We’ll save the taboids some time- the two seem very happy to say the least!
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I’m sooo excited to be heading to Park City, Utah for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival!
This weekend, celebrities will be all over town at premieres, screenings, gift and beauty lounges — and hanging out with me — at the Bertolli Meal Soup Chalet to show support for the “Ladles of Love program”, a great cause benefitting Feeding America.
We’ve been hearing whispers of lots of celebs roaming around town, including Catherine Zeta-Jones, Drake, Michael Cera, Lizzie Olsen, Rashida Jones, Will Ferrell, Kirsten Dunst, Jason Mraz, Mary J. Blige, Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell, Spike Lee, Kristen Bell, William H. Macy, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and many many more!
You can show your support, too, by heading to the Bertolli Facebook page, and clicking to help fill the interactive soup bowl on the “Ladles of Love” tab.
Watch my very first Sundance video blog…after the jump!
Stepping out for a fashionable evening, Jessica Biel was on-hand for the Fashion Group International 28th Annual Night of Stars in New York City! Biel looked glamorous in a white Giambattista Valli Fall 2011 Couture gown as she took to the black tie gala held at Cipriani 55 Wall Street.
Kicking off the weekend a bit early, Miley Cyrus and Kelly Osbourne were spotted at the Little Door nightclub in LA! Ms. Osbourne was in the house to celebrate her 27th birthday and was joined byher mother Sharonand hey boyfriend Anton Lombardi.
Pink stepped out last night for dinner at The Darby with husband, motorcross racer, Carey Hart and a friend. The trio had dinner and drinks and Pink even got on stage to perform “Killing Me Softly” in front of fellow celeb diners, including Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries, Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick, Jonathan Cheban, Simon Huck, and La La Anthony, who were there for Kim’s birthday dinner.
Gwen Stefani and her son, Kingston spent the afternoon at a toy store in Primrose Hill in London! Raskullz, new 3D helmets have skyrocketed in popularity for kids and Kingston was rocking his “Shark Attax” helmet right out of the store! Adorable!
Courteney Cox was spotted filming scenes for “Cougar Town” on the beaches of Malibu this week! The cougar herself showed off her slim figure in a wetsuit as she hopped on a wave-runner for a couple of scenes while seeming to be having a blast!
Anne Hathaway was spotted out for a walk in Brooklyn. The “Get Smart” actress was joined by her boyfriend Adam Shulman and their Chocolate Lab pooch as she strolled around Prospect Heights.
Jessica Simpson was spotted leaving her hotel in NYC this week. The songstress looked a bit camera-shy as she strolled onto the street sporting a baggy black ensemble and sunglasses!
Keep reading for more star sightings “from The Hamptons to Hollywood!”
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Supermodel Bar Refaeli (pictured above) was snapped leaving modeling industry expert Michael Flutie’s 5th Avenue office turned production site for E!’s new highly anticipated series, Scouted (premieres Monday, November 28th at 10pm). Bar will be appearing in an episode of the new modeling series.
Getting all pampered up ahead of her trip to Miami to visit boyfriend Scott Speer, Ashley Tisdale enjoyed a full day of getting all prettied up in LA this week! After getting her hair ‘did’ at the Byron and Tracey Salon, the actress later joined up with Hilary and Haylie Duff for a trip to a local nail parlor!
Dashin’ around NYC, Kim Kardashian was spotted making a stylish arrival back to her hotel this week after returning from her United Arab Emirates trip! The reality star strutted past paparazzi while meeting back up with the new hubby Kris Humphries.
Vanessa Minnillo was spotted on a little shopping spree in Studio City, CA. The beautiful brunette looked fashionable in a cute dress paired with a blazer as she excited the popular Belle Gray boutique.
Beyonce Knowles was spotted out and about in the “Big Apple”. The “Love on Top” songstress looked gorgeous in an all-black ensemble paired with blue heels, while entering an NYC building with her security.
Erika Christensen was spotted at the 2011 Scream Awards! Wearing Alexander McQueen, Christensen looked absolutely stunning.
Paris Hilton was all smiles during her visit to Disneyland in Paris this week! Having made the trip to the French capital the previous day, the heiress toured the theme park while stopping to pose for pictures alongside Cruella de Vil!
Jessica Biel was spotted out running errands in Studio City, CA earlier this week. Biel looked cool and casual in a white v-neck top with a printed skirt and black flats as she returned to her car to discover she’d received a parking ticket!
“True Blood” stud, Joe Manganiello showed off his hunky form on the Hawaii beaches. Manganiello was all smiles as he enjoyed some fun in the sun.
Emma Roberts was spotted at the Brazilian Style celebration at the Swarovski Crystallized Concept Store in NYC! The actress smiled for the paparazzi as she posed alongside actress Camila Alves as well as Gretchen Mol and Kelly Rutherford.
Hollywood hotties were among the many showing up for the SirusXM reopening of Studio 54 in New York City. Cameron Diaz joined sexy supermodels Bar Refaeli and Naomi Campbell for the retro nightlife scene recreation as the “One Night Only” party raged into the wee hours!
Teaming up to help launch a new mobile phone offering, 50 Cent and Zoe Saldana were the special celebrity guests at SIR Stage 37 in New York City this week. The actress and rapper posed arm-in-arm before parting ways so that 50 could perform at the DROID RAZR by Motorola and MOTOACTV launch event. Also at the event was Kelly Bensimon and Katrina Bowden.
The “Real Steel” hunk, Hugh Jackman was pumping some real steel at his New York City Gym before attending his Broadway press event held at Big Apple-based Pearl Studios.
Olivia Wilde was spotted on the city streets of NYC! The “House” hottie looked cute in boots, a skirt and leather jacket as she and a gal pal walked passed the on-hand paparazzi as they chatted away!
Jennifer Lopez stepped out to promote her Exclusive Fashion and Home Collection for Kohl’s Department stores this week. The American Idol judge wowed the crowd in a shoulder revealing turtle-neck sweater as she signed autographs at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT.
Reese Witherspoon was spotted running in Brentwood, CA this week. The “Wter For Elephants” babe’s first outside jog since getting struck by a car back at the beginning of September! Glad she is back on the move!
Kristin Cavallari was spotted at the Chinese Laundry Party in Hollywood! KC looked beautiful in a leggy white dress as she smiled for the paparazzi at the Redbury Hotel.
Major blockbuster actresses Natalie Portman and Zoe Saldana have partnered with FINCA International, a microfinancing charity, to promote its women’s entrepreneurship community, “Lend A Hand.”
“Have you ever written a message on a dollar bill and wondered how many hands that dollar will pass through and how many people will read that message? 100? 1,000? A million?” Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman asks in the new PSA.
Lend A Hand is a virtual community managed by FINCA that invites the public to sponsor life-changing, small loans for low-income entrepreneurs struggling to escape poverty. Donations through Lend A Hand allow FINCA to provide small loans to FINCA borrowers, mostly women, looking to receive a “hand up, not a handout.”
These borrowers invest their loans into their businesses so they can increase profitability, and improve their families’ living standards and future prospects. This added income makes it possible for borrowers to buy better food for their children, make improvements to their homes and, most important, pay fees for children to attend school, ensuring a better chance for a life free from poverty. Additional loans keep these small businesses going and growing, and often create jobs for other family members and neighbors. Sponsorship of a Lend A Hand borrower replenishes FINCA’s pool of loan capital, enabling its programs in 21 countries across the globe to continue providing additional loans to others in need.
“I’m so proud to serve with FINCA in helping impoverished women become self-sustaining,” said Ambassador of Hope, Natalie Portman. “There is no better gift than giving women living in poverty the ability to provide for themselves and their families.”
Zoe Saldana adds: “There are so many women in the world who are less fortunate, and struggling to provide for their families … Through this campaign, we hope to educate people about Lend A Hand, and show how a small loan can change the lives of so many women living in poverty—and better the lives of their children.”
Watch both PSA’s below and learn about how you could help!
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