Stars Help USO Celebrate 75 Years

first_imgTo mark its 75th anniversary, the USO welcomed tour veterans, Medal of Honor recipients, military leaders, corporate partners and members of the USO Congressional Caucus to a reception earlier this month at The Hay-Adams, a historic hotel and Washington, D.C., landmark.Dr. Jill Biden delivered remarks to kick off the evening and Tina Tchen, first lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, read a letter from President Barack Obama honoring the USO on its anniversary.Actor Dennis Haysbert hosted the evening’s festivities and shared a few anecdotes from his USO tour experiences before introducing Retired Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., the chairman of the USO Board of Governors. Casey, the 36th Army Chief of Staff, recognized Bob Hope’s daughter, Linda, and thanked her for her family’s continued commitment to the organization.“We will never forget your dad and the way he boosted the morale of American service members around the world and brought those brave men and women home to us by televising his USO tours,” Casey said.USO CEO and President J.D. Crouch II and Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered heartfelt remarks before “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek talked about connecting with service members in isolated locations during his 13 USO tours.Five-time USO tour veteran Craig Morgan sang for the crowd of more than 300 while fellow tour veterans Kellie Pickler, Kyle Jacobs and Carla Hall looked on.To read the full article and to see photos, click here.Source:USOlast_img read more

Kristen Bell CoHosts The Inaugural Moms Movers Makers Awards

first_imgThe Bump, the definitive voice for millennial parents, today honors and recognizes amazing achievements by moms with The Bump Moms: Movers + Makers Awards, sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company.Whether it’s donating 92 gallons of breast milk to help feed premature babies, showcasing the beauty of postpartum bodies, founding charities that help underprivileged children and families, or creating a modern, innovative breast pump, these women serve as an inspiration that action creates change.Co-hosted by Kristen Bell, a mom of two who is currently starring in the Showtime series House of Lies, The Bump Moms: Movers + Makers Awards luncheon will take place today at the Millwick in Los Angeles to honor moms who are making a difference in the lives of others.In addition to honoring inspiring moms at the awards luncheon, The Bump, through its corporate entity, XO Group Inc., is officially joining forces with I Am That Girl. This non-profit, which Kristen Bell is a proud ambassador of, is a community, support system, and movement inspiring girls to love, express, and be who they are. With this affiliation, XO Group will further its mission of empowering and supporting women, at an even earlier age, as they excel as leaders of their communities. XO Group’s support will be used to create a female empowerment and leadership curriculum that will be given to the local chapters of I Am That Girl, and also provide sponsorship of hundreds of girls within the organization – an act XO Group encourages others to do as well. The Bump Moms: Movers + Makers awards luncheon will feature members of I Am That Girl who will share their stories of how the non-profit has helped them build confidence and become a leader in their communities.“Being a mom is the most difficult role I’ll never get paid to do, and yet it will be my proudest legacy,” said Kristen Bell. “When The Bump approached me to help honor fellow moms who have gone above and beyond their normal mom duties to positively change the lives of others, as well as young girls that are leaders in their communities, I was humbled to be a part of this event.”“The Bump is the go-to resource for millions of women going through pregnancy and parenthood, and every day we’re there to provide guidance, reassurance and inspiration — that means to shine a spotlight on stories about incredible moms,” said Julia Wang, head of digital content for The Bump. “We’re thrilled to have Kristen Bell cohost this event to help us honor future leaders and today’s moms who not only make an impact on their own families, but also change the lives of women and children all over the world.”“As a community of women, we MUST invest in girls and double down to change what isn’t working in the world. The girls in the I AM THAT GIRL community are the future moms, makers, politicians, CEO’s, and leaders of our world – and they need support today,” said Emily Greener, cofounder and CEO of I Am That Girl. “We believe in the idea of lifting while you climb, and we are so grateful XO Group and its community of women have the same heart for inspiring girls to be the best versions of who they are, and who they want to be.”The Bump Moms: Movers + Makers Honorees: • Holly Robinson-Peete, founder of The HollyRod Foundation • Yasmine Delawari Johnson, Jules Leyser, Danika Charity, Emily Lynch and Kelly Zajfen, cofounders of the Alliance of Moms • Jessica Shortall, author, parental leave advocate • Ashlee Wells, founder of the 4th Trimester Bodies Project • Dionne Boldin, cofounder of the Anquan Boldin Foundation • Shazi Visram, founder and CEO of Happy Family • Georgene Huang and Romy Newman, cofounders of Fairygodboss • Hillary Frank, creator of The Longest Shortest Time • Jill Gilbert, producer of Living in Digital Times • Debbie Burbic, Kim Jarrelle, Jessamine Niccoli, cofounders of Clever Medical • Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide • Abbie Schiller and Samantha Kurtzman-Counter, cofounders of The Mother Company • Christine Dodson and Sascha Mayer, cofounders of Mamava • Cara Delzer, Gabrielle Guthrie and Santhi Analytis, cofounders of Moxxly • Elle Walker, Meg Resnikoff and Brooke Mahan, cofounders and partner of What’s Up Moms • Jenny Galluzzo and Gina Hadley, cofounders of The Second Shift • Carly Burson, founder of Tribe Alive • Amy Anderson, breast milk donation advocate • Mylene Yao, cofounder of Univfylast_img read more

Ryan Sheckler Announces Annual Charity Golf Tournament

first_imgProfessional Skateboarder and philanthropist Ryan Sheckler and the Sheckler Foundation are proud to announce the 10th Annual Oakley Charity Golf Tournament and Gala, taking place September 9-10, 2017 in partnership with Monarch Beach Resort & Golf Links in Dana Point, California.Sheckler Golf 2017Year after year, the gala and tournament attract notable athletes and celebrities such as: Klay Thompson, Wilmer Valderrama, Brody Jenner, Josh Duhamel, Kendra Wilkinson, Lil Jon, Kelly Slater and many more to dine, golf and raise money to benefit the Sheckler Foundation’s “Be the Change” initiative — a web-based program designed to help injured action sports athletes and children in need. For more information, click here.The two-day event will kick off Saturday, September 9, 2017, with a gala honoring Steve Astephen, a Sheckler Foundation board member and Ryan’s agent for over 10 years known for managing the world’s top action sports athletes. The gala will welcome guests with a red carpet entrance and cocktail reception featuring a cigar lounge followed by silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment and much more.The following day, guests will enjoy a vintage nautical themed golf tournament featuring a full-day of hole activations on Monarch’s one-of-a-kind golf course with views of surf breaks at every hole. Golfers can enjoy lunch and entertainment on the green, a sunset cocktail hour, 200-ft. helicopter ball drop, raffles, awards ceremony and more.last_img read more

Your Chance to Win Tickets To Rihannas Diamond Ball

first_imgRihanna fans listen up – you can attend the Clara Lionel Foundation Diamond Ball for just $1.For just a $1 donation, you can enter to win two tickets to the Diamond Ball, airfares and one night in a hotel. The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) was founded in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. CLF is is dedicated to breaking down barriers and transforming the lives of young people globally and is a revolutionary philanthropic space where supporters can join Rihanna’s journey as a global ambassador for education. Current programs include the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados and the Barbados Micro Grants Program.Here’s where your money will go:• $1 – could provide 1 brick to a school in Malawi • $5 – could provide 5 bricks to a school in Malawi • $10 – could provide 10 books • $15 – could provide a girl with essential school supplies • $20 – could provide a month of schooling for a girlTo find out more and make a donation, click herelast_img read more

ZERO DIVERSITY AMONG NOMINEES FOR QUEBEC TV VIEWERS CHOICE AWARDS

first_imgActress Sophie Prégent won best actress in a television series at the Gala Artis in 2009. Prégent, president of Quebec’s main artists union, said the homogeneity of the Artis nominees this year is “not a pleasant thing to see.” (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press) Login/Register With: Advertisement Viewers’ choice awards celebrating the most popular stars on Quebec television will be handed out next month, and all of the 70 stars nominated are white.In a province where roughly 15 per cent of the population is from visible minorities — rising to about 25 per cent in the Montreal area — the Artis gala reflects the lack of diversity among the most prominent people on Quebec television.Sophie Prégent, president of Quebec’s main artists union, said the homogeneity of the Artis nominees “makes my heart hurt. It’s not a pleasant thing to see.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook The issue of race and representation in the arts gained wide attention in Quebec last year after the Montreal International Jazz Festival cancelled a show about black slavery from renowned director, Robert Lepage.Activists protested the performances and accused Lepage and the show’s main performer, Betty Bonifassi — both of whom are white — of appropriating black culture.Prégent said Quebecers are becoming increasingly aware of the lack of representation in the province’s arts industry. Having more people of colour in leading, well-paid roles on the most popular shows “is the last step we have to climb,” she said.Reaching that goal will take more of an effort from production companies and the big broadcasters, she said.Quebecor Inc., a dominant player in the province’s cultural industry, is broadcasting this year’s Artis awards. The company did not return requests for comment.Giuseppe Valiante ~ The Canadian Presscenter_img Fabienne Colas is an actress and has founded a number of black film festivals across Canada, including the Montreal Black Film Festival. (Alain-Julien Godbout/Radio-Canada) It’s not as if there aren’t enough people of colour to choose from, she said, noting roughly 15 per cent of her 8,500 active members are second-generation immigrants. The number climbs to 25 per cent if third-generation immigrants are included, she added.There are many actors of colour on Quebec television, Prégent said, but there are very few in leading roles on the most popular shows. Therefore, she explained, those actors aren’t top of mind when Quebecers vote for their favourite stars.The Artis awards are based on the results of a multi-layered poll of 8,000 Quebecers, conducted twice a year by the Leger firm.At the end of November, about 2,000 Quebecers — half online and half by telephone — are asked to spontaneously list their favourite television star in 14 categories, including drama series, sports, news and variety shows.The firm calculates the top five choices and polls another 2,000 Quebecers, asking them to pick their favourites among the names chosen by the first group. Leger repeats the process with another 4,000 people at the end of January.Christian Bourque, Leger’s executive vice-president, said the nominees “tend to be the main characters of the most popular shows because they get the most visibility…. It’s more of a popularity contest.”Keeping up with the timesAnd that’s precisely the problem, said Jérôme Pruneau, head of Diversité artistique Montreal, a group trying to promote cultural diversity in the arts and culture scene in Quebec’s largest city. Through the arts, Quebecers are presented with an identity that is a “white, francophone fantasy,” he said.In the 1960s, when the Quebec nation was shedding its Catholic identity, the arts industry played a major role in the construction of its culture and in the protection of the French language, he said. Today, Pruneau added, the imagined Quebec culture hasn’t kept up with the times.“We have the impression that this is the only identity that represents us,” he said, “and it’s what we see unfortunately on our television shows, in the theatre, in our politics and in the public space — a little bit everywhere.”Haitian-born Quebec actress Fabienne Colas called Monday’s announcement of the Artis nominations “a sad day” for Quebec.“And especially since the majority of the nominees are from Montreal — our city, which is one of the most multi-ethnic in North America.”Her solution is for broadcasters to demand diversity quotas in shows broadcast on their networks.“When there are clear quotas, we have the urgency to find the talent,” she said. “When there aren’t any, we find all the reasons in the world not to integrate diversity.” Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW SEASON 5 WITH CAITY LOTZ STARTS FILMING NEW SEASON

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Cast: Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Dominic Purcell, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Nick Zano, Tala Ashe, Jes Macallan, Matt Ryan, Courtney Ford, Adam Tsekhman.Tala Ashe returns but as a different version of Zari. Advertisement Advertisement The Legends are back to film another wackadoodle season in Vancouver.Filming dates: July 15th to January 29th, 2020. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img

Special needs kids onreserve wait longer for medical services

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s an injustice that erupted onto the public scene eight years ago when Jordan River Anderson died in a Winnipeg hospital without ever living with his family in Norway House Cree Nation.The system that was supposed to be changed so that kids don’t ever again fall between teh cracks while governments quarreled over funding.But concerns persist that the changers aren’t happening fast enough.APTN National News reporter Ntawnis Piapot has this story.last_img

Security contractor denies he fired shots from rifle during confrontation with NoDAPL

first_img(Dakota Access Pipeline LLC contractor and U.S. Army veteran Kyle Thompson (right) shakes hands with former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2012. Kyle Thompson Facebook page)Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsA security contractor working for the company behind a controversial pipeline project facing fierce resistance from Native Americans in North Dakota denies he fired any shots from his assault rifle before he was detained by Bureau of Indian Affairs agents last Thursday.Kyle Thompson, a U.S. Army veteran and security contractor working for the Dakota Access Pipeline LLC (DAPL), said in a Facebook post he was simply doing his job to photograph burning company equipment when he was confronted by demonstrators.APTN video captured a confrontation between an armed Thompson and demonstrators in shallow water shortly before he was detained by Bureau of Indian Affairs agents (BIA). The agents handed him over to the FBI who transported him into the custody of state authorities. The Morton County Sheriff’s Department said Monday he was released without charges. The incident occurred while National Guard and state troopers from several states moved against Native American-led demonstrators.Kyle Thompson, right, confronts demonstrators on Oct. 27. APTN video stillA BIA spokesperson said the agents went to the scene in response to a report that shots had been fired. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe issued a statement saying Thompson fired shots from his rifle.In his Facebook post, Thompson claims he never fired any shots from his assault rifle and that the FBI agents who transported him could attest to that.“That rifle hasn’t had a single round pass through the barrel in well over three months, the FBI can confirm,” said Thompson, in the Facebook post.He claims his 2500 Chevy truck, which is owned by DAPL, “was disabled and over 300 protestors were rapidly approaching my location, a few had knives and were dead set on using those knives.”Thompson said one of the demonstrators fired a flare at him.“I drew out my rifle after my vehicle was disabled,” he stated. “I slowly retreated into the water so they couldn’t surround me and overtake my rifle to use against me.”Thompson challenged anybody with evidence to the contrary to come forward.“I’m not here to defend myself or others who stood their ground on the opposite side,” said Thompson in his Facebook message, posted on Sunday. “I’m just here to state facts and if anyone has any evidence that negates any of them, I urge you to come forth and present yourself in a professional manner and we will address them accordingly.”Kyle Thompson during deployment in Afghanistan. Kyle Thompson Facebook pageAccording to his Facebook page, Thompson is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan in 2012 and Iraq in 2006 and 2007.According to an article in North Dakota’s Bismarck-Tribune from December 2007, Thompson served with the U.S. Army 1-89th, 2nd Bridge in Iraq. The article said Thompson is Native American and was given the name “War Eagle.” He was greeted with ceremony when he arrived back home from the war.Indianz.com first reported on the Facebook post.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Boushies family meets federal ministers after acquittal in murder trial

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA – Colten Boushie’s family is in Ottawa meeting federal ministers after a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting him was acquitted late last week.Boushie’s cousin, Jade Tootoosis, said Monday the family has no specific goal beyond building relationships with people who have the power to change the way First Nations people are treated in the criminal justice system.“We’re not in a rush because we want things done right,” Tootoosis said shortly after meeting with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.“We have little to no faith in the justice system. We’re here to talk about that.”On Friday, a jury found Gerald Stanley, 56, not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2016 killing of Boushie, a 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Boushie’s relatives are expected to sit down with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on Tuesday.Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, said justice for Colten would mean a change to the justice system.Chris Murphy, a family friend and lawyer, said the family discussed the issue of jury selection with Bennett.The apparent all-white makeup of the jury has been widely criticized, along with so-called peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates without needing to provide a justification.Tootoosis said she would like to see the government do away with peremptory challenges.Wilson-Raybould, who is the country’s first Indigenous justice minister, tweeted Saturday in the wake of the Stanley verdict that Canada “can and must do better.”Aboriginal Sen. Murray Sinclair posted a poem online saying he grieves for First Nations youth “who now see no hope,” and says Indigenous people have been grieving for so long it has become part of their DNA.“I grieve for a family that has not yet seen justice from the moment a handgunned farmer (why does a farmer need such a gun?) pulled the trigger and killed their son,” Sinclair wrote.Kevin Seesequasis, a Cree Nation councillor in Saskatchewan, said both Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents are reeling from what he describes as a horrible failure of the criminal justice system.“Colten Boushie was not just the victim of a senseless murder,” Seesequasis said.“If we cannot find some way toward real change for Indigenous people in the criminal justice system, Colten Boushie will also be the victim of a criminal justice system that was stacked against him from the start and a government indifferent to that reality.”Indigenous faculty members and allies sent an open letter to heads of universities across Canada describing the Stanley verdict as “yet another iteration of the systemic violence that Indigenous peoples in this country have faced for over 150 years.”The letter, signed by more than 20 faculty members from schools as far afield as Australia and New Zealand, calls for universities to support anti-oppressive education and enhance institutional accountability towards First Nations communities.last_img read more

Some Inuit women value testifying at MMIWG Inquiry in Iqaluit

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsTuesday marked the second day for the hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Iqaluit.Unlike previous hearings, which focused on victims and their stories, these hearings are about history.Two Inuit women giving testimony talked to APTN News about what it meant to them.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img