What goes around comes back around. Just ask Justin Timberlake who sang, “What goes around, goes around, goes around!” And what goes up must come down, according to the song “Karma” by Alicia Keys. These celebrities know that what you put out into the universe will come back to you in different ways. Don’t just donate for the tax write-off! Do it for a cause that you care about and you will have done a genuinely good thing. Read on to find out who giving to philanthropic causes like a modern day Peter Pan, except for the robbing the rich part.
Taylor Swift has a blank space baby, and she’ll write your name on the check if you happen to be a charity that she is donating to! Swift announced that she was donating all of her proceeds from “Welcome to New York” to New York City Public Schools. Wait a minute, Taylor, did this song get as much buzz as “Blank Space” or “Shake It Off?” NY Daily News reported that city officials were still thrilled by the news. Congrats, New York!
Facebook made Mark Zuckerberg a rich man. But the money didn’t go to his head. He and his wife Priscilla Chan donated $25 million to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to fight Ebola. Chalk that one up to another good thing that Facebook did! Remember when it was just Farmville and memes? He has also donated to the Zuckerberg Foundation, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and The Breakthrough Prize in Life Science. Zuckerberg is the 14th richest person in the world, according to Forbes.
Go Fifty! It’s your charity. We gonna sip Bacardi like it’s your charity! The rapper 50 Cent started the G-Unity Foundation to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that focus on improving the quality of life for low-income and underserved communities. The board of directors includes Fiddy, rapper Tony Yayo, and rapper Lloyd Banks. Even when he has beef with Floyd Mayweather, 50 thinks about charity. He challenged Mayweather to read Harry Potter for an ALS charity!
Sting, also known as Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, has dedicated a lot of his time and money to MusicCares, In Harmony Sistema England, Musicians on Call, and the Society of Singers. The Society of Singers was the first organization founded to focus on the needs of singers who were unable to access benefits and services when faced with emergencies or life. They offer free counseling, case management, referrals and financial grants through their website.
Alec Baldwin provides grants to charities like the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the New York Philharmonic. Baldwin also hosted the “Big Game, Big Give Event” auction for the Giving Back fund, which uses the power of celebrities to benefit a charitable cause. According to NY Mag, there was a cake at the event that a waiter said had been sitting out for days. Bad cake, but a good cause!
Geoffrey Rush has been a UNICEF ambassador for 15 years. He has raised awareness for the Pakistan floods of 2010, famine in East Africa and UNICEF’s Silent Emergencies. Rush won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 1996 for the movie “Shine.” He also played Captain Hector Barbossa in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and its three sequels. He’s a pirate with a heart of gold.
She’s the mother monster with the Poker Face that charmed the world. Lady Gaga formed the Born This Way Foundation in 2011 to foster a more accepting society and create a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a kinder, braver world. Their Twitter seems to be updated recently as well, showing tweens with shirts saying, “Brave, empowered, kind.” The world awaits her pending acoustic album.
If you liked it, then you should have put your name on it! And they did! The singer Barbra Streisand raised $20 million for a cardiovascular program at Cedars-Sinai. They named a center after her! The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center plays a leading role in identifying female-pattern heart disease, developing new diagnostic tools, and advancing specialized care for women. First, she had a Duck Sauce song named after her and now this. It’s all coming around full circle.
In 2013, Beckham donated his football pay packet to a local children’s charity. It equaled about $5 million that he got from playing with the French club Paris St Germain. Beckham always loves helping kids and his peers in the industry thought it was a brilliant thing to do. He has also taken part in UNICEF and the Save the Children campaign. Beckham retired and played his last game in May 2013.
People aren’t the only ones who need help. Animals deserve charity too. Take the manatees, for example. Jimmy Buffett likes manatees so much that he founded the Save the Manatee organization. As of 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing whether manatees should be reclassified as a “threatened” species since the manatees could be recovering from being endangered. Currently, the Save the Manatee Club has 40,000 members.
Dogs, golf, and a football player collide every year in a way you least expect. Eli Manning regularly attends an event for Guiding Eyes, a charity for the blind that works as a seeing-eye dog school. The charity involves a golf tournament where he golfs while blindfolded. “This is my eighth year, and each year you hear more and more stories about the great work Guiding Eyes does and all the lives it affects and changes for the better,” said Manning.
Kendrick Lamar raised thousands of dollars for the Red Cross and donated proceeds from tours to Habitat For Humanity. In 2011, he headlined a charity concert that benefited Project RISHI, which was for Rural India Social and Health Improvement. He also helped provide permanent housing and support for women fighting homelessness through the Downtown Women’s Center. That’s quite a diverse set of charities. This is how a superstar gets remembered well. Good kid, mad charity.
Chuck Norris is tough but is he charitable? He believes in keeping kids off of the streets by cultivating strength, self-confidence, and perseverance through martial arts. His foundation, called Kickstart Kids, operates in over 50 middle schools in the Houston, Dallas, Galveston, Austin/Pflugerville, Navasota, Bryan/College Station, Linden, and Alvin areas of Texas. It’s kind of like a Chuck Norris academy for all of the tweens and teens! What’s not to love?
In a galaxy close to us, George Lucas helped finance a University of Chicago arts building. He and his wife Mellody Hobson donated $25 million to the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. They named the building after the African-American director of the 1971 movie “Shaft.” Hobson said, “It was important to us that the University of Chicago campus have a building named for an African American, given the diverse community in which it sits.”
Tony Hawk doesn’t just have a bunch of video games named after him, he has created a bunch of skate parks across America too! He holds an annual Stand Up For Skateparks event which is a family-friendly action-sports carnival with games, food, and auctions. “With more than 500 skateparks in all 50 states receiving funding from the Tony Hawk Foundation, and more than 2,000 projects benefiting from our technical assistance program, we’re as busy and as needed as ever,” said Hawk.
Can you feel the charity tonight? It’s enough to make kings and vagabonds believe the very best. In 2014, the Elton John Aids Foundation distributed more than $6.8 million in funding to different organizations. “The Elton John AIDS Foundation is committed to confronting HIV/AIDS where it exists. We recognize that the health needs and rights of LGBTQ people are critical components to ending HIV in the United States,” said John.
You can hear the Southern accent in Matthew McConaughey’s charity. It’s called the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation and it encourages high school teenagers to lead healthy and empowered lives. While filming “Dazed and Confused,” Matthew was struggling with the death of his father and he was inspired by the phrase, “Just keep living.” It’s all about giving back as a part of life, helping others, and being a good neighbor.
Dr. Oz: “I’m Very Concerned About the Corona Virus, Here’s Why”
While coronaviruses have been known to medical science since the 1960s, few have been anywhere near as dangerous as this new one from the market in Wuhan China.
A coronavirus is typified by its protective shell which resembles a crown or a halo under a microscope. That is where it gets its name. The average coronavirus does little more than cause the symptoms of the common cold, sniffles, cough, flu-like symptoms and so on. Part of the reason that these viruses are so hard to prevent from causing millions of colds each year is their protective shell. They can remain on a surface for hours, sometimes days, before they begin to lose structural integrity. But few trigger symptoms as severe as this one known as 2019-nCoV.
Dr. Oz had this to say about what has become known as the Wuhan Coronavirus, “It’s alarming, this is the big news today, the Chinese leadership is starting to say ‘this incubation period is a lot longer than we thought.’”
If this report is true, it means that many, many more people may be infected than have been reported- or even anticipated. It means that people could be walking around, infected, and not even know it- not taking precautions and spreading the virus everywhere they go. That means anyone who has recently returned from the area around the Wuhan market, where the outbreak started, could be carrying the disease.
At the time of this writing, the total enumerated infection count is over 1,800. The total deaths are approaching 200. Other researchers are suggesting that this virus has a rapid mutation rate. That is particularly terrifying because it is what made the HIV-AIDS virus so difficult to treat.
At present, the World Health Organization had laid down a series of suggestions to help people avoid infection.
They advise that anyone who may come into contact with the virus should:
- Wash their hands frequently
- Maintain good sanitation on and around all frequently used objects and surfaces
- Avoid centers of mass travel such as airports
- Sneeze and cough into the elbow or a tissue
- Take immunity-boosting supplements like vitamin C
The source of the infection is believed to have come from a specific market in Wuhan, where live animals were kept in stalls for sale and trade. Researchers believe the virus came from either a snake or a bat. The initial cases of illness were reported in December 2019 by employees of the Wuhan market. That market is now shut down for the foreseeable future.
As health officials struggle to understand the virus and contain its progress, other researchers are asking even more startling questions. The shell of this virus is similar to the shell of a virus created in a university research lab in 2015 at the University of North Carolina. What’s more, there is a known military biological weapons lab in Wuhan China.
If these reports are true, it could have serious implications, not only for global health- but for relations between the US and China.
Big Brother Contestants Make How Much on the Show?!?
Big Brother has been a wildly popular, dramatic reality TV game show since 2000. Audiences are captivated by the twists, the turns, the strange alliances, and the betrayals. The show is based on a Dutch program with the same premise which also became wildly popular in Spain and Germany before the reboot came to America.
As the US version grew in popularity, the producers eventually made it possible for fans to watch the contestants on a non-live streaming video feed available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Yes, the contestants on Big Brother are now on display to be viewed by anyone in the world at every waking moment. How they avoid getting caught in their all-togethers or during toilet breaks, we don’t know. Maybe they have certain camera-safe areas to which they can retreat.
Later on, the house the Big Brother contestants live in was stripped of all communication devices- depriving them of contact with the outside world. That is- except for the live feeds the public has unfettered access to. So, if one of them was being held hostage, we suppose they could let us know.
So the question came up of, how much do the contestants really earn? By playing the game they have the chance to make friends, or enemies, become Internet sensations, and to win half a million dollars. But, given everything they have to put up with; being ripped out of their lives, possibly losing jobs, experiencing the anguish of betrayal- all while being on public display- do they get anything else?
According to a report by Reality Blurred, a site that follows the happenings of reality TV stars, programs, and related matters- the contestants “[…] receive $750 per week that they’re in the house.”
Any pay they receive while in the jury house is harder to account for since nothing about it appears on the contract. However, it is believed that contestants receive consolation prizes during their time out of the main house. It also seems reasonable that the consolation prizes received in the jury house should be worth at least $500 since keeping them away from other gainful employment for less than that would be near to slavery. (We’re looking at you, jury duty.)
However, while the big prize on Big Brother is a cool half-million on top of what the contestants earn as their weekly salary, in reality- they have much more to gain in Internet stardom.
Many former Big Brother players have gone on to lucrative careers as influencers on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites. While any gains from that are unlikely to be as exhilarating as half a million in fast cash- the best of them certainly earn more than that over the long term.
So, it would appear that our curiosity MacGuffins on Big Brother are at least doing as well as someone earning minimum wage- while essentially fooling around Truman Show style.
Single Mom Irina Shayk, Happy Single
Those in the public spotlight seem to be an open book. Their every move seems to is covered by gossip sites. Their whereabouts are nearly always and it seems as if we are updated on who’s dating who and what luxurious vacation they are on.
That’s why it is surprising that Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper kept their relationship under wraps for so long, dating all the way back to 2015. The couple was first spotted together after the actor and model were first seen in 2015. Cooper split from Suki Waterhouse and Shayk ended her five-year relationship with soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The couple was first seen together at a Broadway show, then shortly thereafter, the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Things seemed to move quickly from there. Within months the couple moved in together, soon they announced they were expecting.
Work Gets in the Way:
Irina, who has been quiet about her relationship and breakup with Bradley Cooper, recently spoke up about their relationship.
The couple ended their relationship in 2019, on the heels of the release of the stars’ remake of a Star is Born. The on-screen chemistry between Bradley Cooper and his co-star, Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, sent tongues wagging. Rumors were raging that the two co-stars were in a relationship based on their pationate adaption of the film.
Irina set the record straight in some recent interviews about the end of their relationship. According to Shayk, the couple hadn’t been getting along for quite some time. After the baby was born, Shayk was hoping that Cooper would put their family first and slow down his busy working schedule. She was secretly hoping that after A Star is Born was released and the promotional tour was over, he would spend more time at home. That was not the case.
Irina, 33, was ready to settle into family life. This included getting married and more children. But the marriage never happened, and Cooper’s work schedule was as busy as ever.
Irina felt that her expectations weren’t met and she didn’t have the commitment level she wanted from Cooper. Shortly after the Award season in June 2019, the news broke that the couple had split. Irina had taken baby Lea and moved out of the couples Los Angeles home.At first, the separation was thought to be temporary. Both partners have decided that they are better apart than together.
The couple continues to co-parent their daughter, but it seems like the couple are happty being apart. They both seem to be quite content focusing on their child and carreers.
Irina recently said that “life without Cooper” and being a single mom is “new ground.” She also said that just because two people are great on their own, they are not always good together.
Irina is a strong woman, and while she often feels overwhelmed being a single-mom, she’s ready for the challenge. Both parents are dedicated to doing what is best for their child and are curently working on a visitation schedule.