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Can you really get away with murder? Some people say that these celebrities who are apparently above the law did. Did you know they committed these crimes?
Ever wonder what celebrities would look like with a little more to love? Check out these photos by artist David Lopera.
David used Photoshop to make these celebrities larger than life. Why? He says it’s too promote healthy body images in Hollywood. Do you think he’s on the right track?
Did you know that at one point these stars’ lives hung in the balance? From Martin Lawrence to Charlize Theron, these are the celebrities who made miraculous recoveries despite being near death.
Which celebrities have had sex on the first date? And who think it’s always a bad idea? Read on as celebs dish on one night stands.
We guess you really can’t say that on television. These celebrities fired for saying the wrong thing just learned that sometimes it’s better to keep your feelings to yourself.
Even I had to do a double take at my computer screen after news broke that Taylor Swift had been named New York’s Welcome Ambassador. Out of all the celebrities who were born and raised in the Big Apple, it was a smack in the face to appoint someone who has only called it home for six months. Regardless, it was a decision that was made.
Last year Tay Tay vowed to donate all the proceeds from her song “Welcome to New York” to New York City public schools. It was a nice gesture, and the money is definitely needed. Too bad when she wrote the check–and made good on her promise–it wasn’t as much as some people would’ve liked.
For many New Yorkers, $50,000 just isn’t enough. Some critics even equate her small donation to throwing a quarter at a homeless person. Now I personally don’t have $50,000 to give to anyone, let alone a school system. Is it my place to judge how much someone gives out their pocket?
More to the point, how much do we expect celebrities to donate to good causes?
Now there are two sides to this coin. On one end you can look at Swift’s estimated net worth that’s currently at $200 million. She made FORBES list just last year as the second highest paid country star (reportedly earned $64 million). Needless to say she has more than enough money to donate to New York City public schools. Maybe it would’ve been a better idea to add to her $50,000 contribution so the funds could stretch a little more? Considering she was the 2014 Most Charitable Celebrity, it might’ve been a good look.
Taylor Swift’s charitable contribution–or lack thereof–has been compared to Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million donation to the Newark school system. Is it really fair to compare her donation to one made by a billionaire (worth $35.1 billion)? As wonderful as the Facebook co-founder’s intentions were, news outlets revealed his donation is practically gone with little-to-no real improvements.
Then there’s the other side of the coin that you might not take into consideration: entertainers don’t make a ton of money on digital sales. Thanks to modern technology, it has become really easy to pirate songs and pick and choose the ones you want for $1.29 or less without buying the entire album. It’s estimated musicians make 10 cents on the dollar which does explain the $50,000.
No wonder so many go on tours.
I’m on the fence about this one. I do understand the backlash–especially when you consider celebrities are enjoying their lifestyle because of us common folks who buy into their brand. At some point, it would be nice to get something back that can help pay it forward. Jay Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation has provided close to $3 million to help children and youth in need that has more than likely benefited New Yorkers. Beyoncé’s #BeyGOOD endeavor has been praised for its support of shelters, schools and community hospitals throughout the Big Apple. Perhaps Swift should’ve taken a page from others making noticeable strides in the town she calls home?
Then again, not everyone wants or needs to publicize their philanthropic efforts. Halle Berry has not only supported the Jenesse Center but continues to give much of her time to helping the women in the shelter. In fact, most of us had no idea about her physical involvement. And then there’s folks like the late Robin Williams who raised money out of the public eye for the West Seattle Food Bank.
In thinking about Taylor Swift and celebrity philanthropy, I’m reminded of a scripture that says, “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them.” Hopefully I too can enrich my community with a monetary donation, but I personally don’t feel right about telling others how much they should donate.
Are these celebrities keeping their spouses a secret, because we almost never see them on the red carpet. We had no idea that these celebrities were married. Did you?
Did you know when we lost these stars? These celebrity deaths flew so far under the radar that we didn’t know some of the were gone!
Gossip magazines and websites are full of celebrity dirt that can become toxic if consumed too much. In an effort to balance out how much negativity we expose ourselves to on a daily basis, why not highlight selfless efforts? Here’s a look at some celebrities who put their charitable foot forward through events and foundations.
Dating, money, confidence: these celebs say they know the struggle. And they’ve got great advice on how to get through.
Chris Brown On Not Repeating Mistakes
“It’s all about the choices you make.”
Chris Brown dropped this bit of been-there wisdom for Ray Rice on how to move forward after a mistake. He also added that therapy twice a week isn’t a bad idea either.