Had the pleasure of interviewing Sepp from Blurred Vision about music, peace, rock and roll, John Lennon, children and religion.
PLease visit LTTS here to read what frontman Sepp had to say about using rock and roll to save the world.
A highlight of the interview was speaking about the damaging aspect of religion and Bill Maher:
- Q: Aside from effectively using music to promote peace, you are also extremely well versed in politics… it would seem a natural fit for you to appear on ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’?
- I think it’s a perfect fit because we are the voice of today’s generation and Bill has always been the outspoken voice for many. I think one of the things we stand very much aligned with Bill is the fact that for our generation now, religion is losing its power. I think that’s a big thing because religion is really one of the weak points of humanity all over the world. With hunger and poverty I think there are those that use the concept of religion to feed off of those that are hungry or impoverished. So the more we educate the world, the more we feed the children of the world with good things, the less the chances are of them being preyed upon by those that use religion to brainwash minds and send them out to the battlefields to fight for whatever God they believe in or whatever holy figure they want people to die for. Hopefully we’ll be on Bill Maher very soon. We watch him every week, he’s spot on too.
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Not long ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing the guys from ‘Blurred Vision’ about using music to promote peace…and this month, the band’s official video for “Dear John” – A Global Tribute To John Lennon – was released and invited Blurred Vision fans from all over the world to be involved in the video.
The band also included their friends from Hope North- a school in Uganda helping child soldiers recover from the trauma of war-to be in the video.
All proceeds from the single on iTunes is benefitting NYC based charity Whyhunger, where along with Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, and Carlos Santana, Blurred Vision are official ambassadors.
The band is currently between New York and Toronto, preparing for the release of their debut album “Organized Insanity” in July, and a US tour to follow…I will also be catching up with frontman Sepp later this month to discuss the new video.
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Keep Memory Alive’s 17th annual Power of Love Gala continues to grow with an extended list of entertainment icons and celebrities attending and performing at the 80th birthday celebration for Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine in Las Vegas.
The star-studded tribute will take place on April 13, 2013, at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, while raising funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and its fight against neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s diseases, multiple sclerosis, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds.
For the first time, anyone who wants to support brain health research at Cleveland Clinic can contribute through a text-to-donate campaign that is now live. Donors can text “MEMORY” to 80888 to give $10. Keep Memory Alive also has a personal fundraising page that accepts credit card donations.
The celebrity-guest lineup for the gala includes… Continue reading
ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines’ ran a great segment this week about professional athletes and their foundations. Of the 155 charitable organizations founded by top professional athletes, 74 of them fell short of their promises.
No surprise here. Really. Properly highlighted for their ‘questionable’ charitable giving were NBA superstars Lamar Odom and Baron Davis.
OTL nailed it…beautifully.
My best ‘simple’ advise? Always do your research: If the foundation website looks out of date or hasn’t been updated in a while-they obviously don’t care, find another and move on.
It’s generally safe to support those who are raising money and awareness for a particular organization or cause, for example, a number of athletes support Operation Smile. Most donate their time and celebrity in efforts to help others.
Athletes who set up foundations often hire friends or family and over pay them to run it, meaning they know how to throw great parties while badly mismanaging the funds.
Yes I could list all the mighty-mighty fine charitable athletes I know of…and I have, since 2004.
And I could call out all the ‘fake’ charitable athletes I know of, but I’d rather relish in the Odom-Boom I told you so moment I’m having.
You can watch the segment here: http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/9109024/top-athletes-charities-often-measure-charity-experts-say-efficient-effective-use-money
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Surf god Kelly Slater has lent his voice to Hawai’i GMO Justice Coalition in efforts to get the word out that the largest chemical companies in the world (Monsanto, Du Pont, Syngenta and Dow) now own most of the seed companies in the world.
What’s this got to do with you? Everything. Take 2.34 out of your life and listen to Slater explain it in simple terms.
Warning: Video contains graphic images of Slater speaking. Try to concentrate on his words, please.
To support the Hawai’I GMO Justice Coalition, check out their Facebook page HERE.
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Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman, Todd Herremans, now in his eighth year in the NFL, realizes the importance of giving back in the community and recently created his own Foundation in efforts to help where help is needed.
Athlebrities founder Delinda Lombardo, was happy to pick the NFL players mind about what makes him a mighty, mighty fine man.
A. To be honest I didn’t even know that the award existed until they called me and told me I won. It was interesting because they said I received an award for being cordial and a “good guy” to the reporters and sportswriters. I was shocked, I thought that is how everyone was suppose to act. They should have given the award to my parents for how they raised me. Continue reading
Spartacus fans have reason to rejoice-aside from a new season, director T.J. Scott has put together a coffee table book of celeb friends posing in a bathtub-with proceeds going towards breast cancer research.
The project- currently on Kickstarter-needs a little help from us to see it to fruition. Take a look, donate, and yes, my birthday is next month and I would love it if you all donated to this project rather than buy me a gift.
From T.J. Scotts Kickstarter page:
For the past two years I have been asking my Actor, Musician, Model and Artist Friends to strip down and jump “IN THE TUB” to take their pictures and in turn many told their FRIENDS to strip jump in. Over 150 people have taken the plunge in all…So far my wife and I have financed the entire project out of our own pockets. Every participant has posed for their photo shoot for free. I now have a great publishing partner for the project ‘Design Studio Press’ and through them the book will be printed at a high quality have worldwIde distribution… This Kickstarter Project will help me finance all of the production costs… so you can have the book on your Coffee Table later this Spring…I was behind the camera so believe me I know – there are lot of intriguing images to look at… everyone threw their caution to the wind ‘A-games only’ for this project…
For a complete list of celebrities and Spartacus actors who got In The Tub, check it HERE.
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Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing actor Sharif Atkins about his involvement with Operation Smile for partner site Look to the Stars.
Sharif is best known for his current role on White Collar, previous role on E.R. and if you’re like me and obsessed with Criminal Minds, he was in the episode ‘To Hell… and Back,’ an episode which “they have played the hell out of.”
We spoke about his recent mission to Ecuador with Operation Smile, an organization he zealously supports after doing his research, and how his fans can contribute to the ‘ripple effect’ by smiling at others..
The full interview can be read here: LOOK TO THE STARS
Many thanks to Sharif and Lindsey Rowe for being awesome.
Avon Products, Inc. today announced that Los Angeles Clippers basketball star Chris Paul will be joining the company’s team as the face of a new men’s fragrance, Untouchable. Yeah, you read that right…according to the presser and video: ’the new scent will capture the thrill of hitting the court when the crowd is going wild, sinking the game-winning shot and bringing home victory.’
“The drive to win is what gets me out of bed every morning,” explains Paul. “This new scent with Avon will capture the competitive attitude that motivates me to play my best on and off the court.” Continue reading
I’m really not sure what is going on with our athletic heroes…with this country on edge about guns, gun violence, gun regulations, gun control and daily headlines covering senseless shootings…why are we seeing professional athletes sending out tweets which seem to glorify guns?
As mentioned in previous posts, Roy Williams (former NFLer) and current NFL player Shawn Phillips, both sent out some not-so-nice Tweets which included gun emoticons and ‘cute’ little quips about shooting people.
And today, tennis sensation Sloan Stephens sent out this beauty to her 60,000+ twitter followers:
...bang bang 🔫
— Sloane Stephens (@sloanetweets) February 6, 2013
Is it too much to expect our sports ‘heroes’ be a bit more sensitive to…this issue? Last time I checked, sensitivity training was still in play? What about a publicist?
And what about the parents who lost children in the Newtown shooting? Is it unreasonable to think maybe one of them found a bit of respite watching Stephens beat Serena Williams, then began following her on Twitter and then Bang Bang in their news feed?
Just something to think about…that’s all.
Note As of today, Feb.7, the tweet has been removed. Sloane got class! Thank you girl~
Exclusive short film directed by Guy Ritchie to celebrate the launch of the updated David Beckham Bodywear for H&M collection. Available in selected stores and online at http://www.hm.com/beckham-spring-2013 on February 6th.
...because anything David Beckham never gets old.
Thank you Guy Ritchie and H&M.
Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced today the launch of the Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! (www.HatsOffDrSeuss.com) campaign at the famed 42nd Street branch of the New York Public Library in New York City.
Inspired by the 75th anniversary of The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins the yearlong celebration salutes the breadth of Dr. Seuss’s work…and includes a book reading by Four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon who will read Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You ?, his favorite Dr. Seuss book, to 300 children wearing Dr. Seuss stovepipe hats. Stuart Claxton of Guinness World Records® will adjudicate the record attempt. Continue reading
Soccer icon Sir David Beckham has left La-LA land for a sixth month stint with PSG-Paris Saint Germain and pledged all his wages to an unknown children’s charity.
“Throughout this time now I won’t receive any salary, it will go towards a local children’s charity in Paris and we’re very excited and proud about that.” –Beckham Continue reading
Join Kelly Slater weaving his way through urban chaos and remote jungle in search of perfection on Bali and its neighboring islands.
And it’s really just an ad for the Kelly Slater signature Cypher Roam board-short…thank you Quiksilver…might we recommend that the ‘signature shorts’ worn in the video be auctioned off for charity?
For info on Slaters charity work, go HERE.
It wasn’t long after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself, that former NFL player Roy Williams sent out a Tweet which contained little bang-bang gun graphics.
And today, after another horrific shooting-not to mention the tragedy at Newtown-someone else opened fire in Phoenix.
So why, why, why is the usually ‘good’ Shaun Phillips tweeting THIS?
People take things way to serious I’m joking people. I hate losers you should all 👫🔫
— Shaun Phillips (@ShaunPhillips95) January 30, 2013
Is it not irresponsible of professional athletes to joke about shooting people? Why isn’t anyone addressing this issue? What is wrong with these guys? Are they so completely out of touch with current news? Does it not occur to them that Tweets like this glorify guns and shooting?
Sorry Shaun, you’ve lost my respect…guess I’m a loser that needs to be shot?
After watching the clip of Mike Adams (Philadelphia Phillies) share his story of how he met and helped Joshua, a three-year-old boy born with a cleft lip find the right doctor to heal his smile, I knew I had to speak with him about his involvement with helping others.
And after years of shunning MLB, Adams has shown me there are a few good ones left in the League.
Please read my FULL INTERVIEW with him on Look to the Stars.
Many thanks to Lindsey Rowe and Robyn Mircoff from Op-Smile for getting the stud on the phone with me~and of course, gratitude to Mike Adams and his enormous heart.
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Nearly 6.6 billion people will make the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) soccer tournament one of the most watched public events in malaria-endemic Africa, and soccer stars are harnessing the power of Africa’s most popular sport as United Against Malaria Champions to combat the disease and educate the public.
- The biggest names in African football and the top political leaders in Africa’s malaria fight signed onto the campaign, and lent their time to record public messages about malaria for their African audience. These include five elite footballers and five African presidents, including football legends Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o, and the first-ever female African head of state, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. TV, radio ads, and billboards were created which feature the players and presidents, targeting policy-makers and decision makers about investments in malaria programs, as well promoting calls-to-action with simple steps to prevent and treat malaria.
You might even win some Drogba signed swag for getting involved: Check out the 2-minute quiz available on the United Against Malaria Facebook page and to learn more about the campaign follow the AFCON games live at www.supersport.com/live-video. (Source: One.org)
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Sports Legends Yuna Kim, Michelle Kwan, Yao Ming; World Leaders including Nobel Peace Prize-winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, H.E. Mrs. Joyce Banda, President, Republic of Malawi, Gather in Republic of Korea For 2013 World Winter Games in PyeongChang
The week-long 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, which kicks off on 29 January in PyeongChang in the Republic of Korea, will welcome an array of dignitaries, sports legends, celebrities and corporate leaders to witness the inspiring power of sports to unite people with and without intellectual disabilities.
Notable names from across the world that are scheduled to attend include sports legends Bart Conner , Toby Dawson , Donna DeVarona , Dan Jansen , Michelle Kwan , Yuna Kim , Yao Ming , Dikembe Mutombo, Apolo Ohno , Sam Perkins , Karl Schranz , Trixie Schuba , Hannah Teter , Michael Tritscher and Yang Yang. Continue reading
Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated American winter athlete, wants you to know that if you have difficulty breathing during exercise, it may not mean you are out of shape, it may be a little-known condition called exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB).
Diagnosed with EIB more than ten years ago, Ohno is speaking publicly for the first time about the impact of EIB on his short-track speed skating career. Continue reading