We were afraid we wouldn’t be able to get bodied with a clear conscience after Wikileaks revealed that Gaddafi paid for concerts by huge artists like Beyonce, but luckily we just found out that Beyoncé donated her Gaddafi money to Haiti. “All monies paid to Beyoncé for her performance at a private party at Nikki Beach St. Barts on New Year’s Eve 2009, including the commissions paid to her booking agency, were donated to the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, over a year ago,” Beyonce’s rep Yvette Noel-Schure told The Huffington Post. “Once it became known that the third party promoter was linked to the Gaddafi family, the decision was made to put that payment to a good cause.” Girl, we can see your halo. Not that donating a dictator’s millions automatically gets you a halo, but you know. It’s a step in the right direction.
Reports of various superstars such as Usher, Mariah Carey and B herself playing for the Gaddafi family came to light after Nelly Furtado tweeted that she’d donate her money to charity. At least we can be sure that’s a huge chunk of change that won’t end up in Gaddafi’s bank account. Or sitting unused with the other millions in Beyonce’s.
When Justin Bieber chopped his famous hair two weeks ago, he mentioned that he would be donating his locks to charity to be auctioned off. Well, the results are in and one lucky eBay bidder paid a whopping $40,668 for the autographed box o’ Bieber hair. Bieber gave the hair to Ellen DeGeneres on her show last week, and Ellen put it on eBay, noting that all the proceeds would go to The Gentle Barn Foundation, an animal rescue. Ninety-eight bids later some lucky, wealthy girl and/or her crazy mom is the proud owner of Bieber DNA. Don’t go getting any cloning ideas, whoever you are.
While it seems ridiculous that someone would pay that much for old, dead bangs, the winner will also get the chance to meet Bieber the next time he appears on Ellen’s show, which is a bonus. Not sure it’s a $40,668 bonus, but still, it’s nice that they threw that in.
While the rest us watched A Christmas Story at Motel 6 with eight of our family members snoring away next to us, the Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt clan celebrated the holidays in an animal reserve in Namibia, feeding orphaned baboons and foxes, and watching a leopard get released back into the wild. Yeah well, they still probably fought over who got to open their presents first, right? Since then, Jolie and Pitt have donated $2 million to the Naankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary in the name in Namibian-born daughter Shiloh. “We want her to be very involved and grow up with the understanding of her country of birth,” Brangelina’s rep said Sunday. We had forgot that Shiloh was, in fact, born in Africa, though to be fair we’d need to make an Excel spreadsheet to track exactly where all the miniature Jolie-Pitts came into this world.
The huge chunk of change has the sanctuary’s owners Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren feeling “overjoyed.” Said Dara Barrett, head of finance at Naankuse, “Some of the donated funds will be used in the running of a clinic which provides free medical care to the community of bushmen, including the treatment of malnutrition, tuberculosis and HIV.” Wow, leave it to Angie and Brad to make the iPod Nano we gave our boyfriend look like a pair of itchy pink bunny pajamas. [Photo: Getty Images]
Spoiler alert! Sorry to ruin the fantasy, but it turns out that instead of a fat jolly immortal grandpa, Santa Claus is actually a charming teenager with zero split ends and the voice of an angel. Justin Bieber teamed up with Atlanta’s Q100 for the “Stuff Bieber’s Bus” toy drive for the kids at Children’s Healthcare. Justin parked his tour bus outside the city’s Philips Arena and rallied charitable ATLiens to drop off toys for ailing girls and boys. Who can say no to that little elf face?
Bieber used the power of the Twitter-verse to rally support for donations. “Every child deserves a toy this holiday season. Let’s make sure these kids in the hospitals have a smile on their face. #makeachange” he tweeted. Between Bieber’s followers and the folks rallied by the radio station’s promotions, the bus ended up packed with enough toys for every patient at the children’s hospital to have one. “I think that it doesn’t really matter what you do. As long as you’re helping other people, why not do it?” said Justin. So don’t be surprised when you see Justin Bieber chowing down on cookies at 4:00am in your living room. He looks like an oatmeal raisin man to us. [Photo: Getty Images]
We were wondering why we were hyperventilating just now, and now we know: People’s Sexiest Men are auctioning off hang-outs for charity! You say hang-outs, we say dates, boy! Charitybuzz.com is offering quality time with 17 of the planet’s sexiest to the highest bidder, so start counting those pennies before the auction closes December 15. People’s Sexiest Man Ryan Reynolds won’t himself be available for hangout, but his dangerously high levels of sexy would probably knock us unconscious anyway. Oh, and by the way, the sexy hang-outs available? They are INSANE. For example:
“Workout with Wolverine! Join Hugh Jackman in the Gym as He Gets Ripped for His Next X-Men Film”
“Meet Prince William at The Chakravarty Cup Polo Match”
“Spend New Year’s Eve with Usher in Miami!”
“Practice Swim Session & Lunch with Michael Phelps”
“Have Your Voicemail Recorded by Ben Affleck”
And most importantly…
“Meet Christopher Meloni on the Set of Law & Order: SVU!”
Swoon! Hats off to the sexies for donating their time to a good cause, and here’s hoping that our bank loan comes through in time! [Photo: People]
As if Leslie Nielsen’s passing wasn’t sad enough, today we also mourn the digital deaths of Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake and a host of other celebs. These A-listers are quitting Twitter and Facebook to raise money and awareness for the Keep A Child Alive charity, which fights AIDS all over the globe. The stars plan to boycott the social networking sites starting on World AIDS day (December 1st), and vow to stay offline until $1 million has been raised for the organization.
This “digital life sacrifice” is the brainchild of none other than Alicia Keys, who serves as the global ambassador for Keep A Child Alive. The first posters for their provocative (and morbid) ad campaign have hit the streets, featuring Kim Kardashian lounging in a coffin. Other artists, including Usher, Swizz Beatz, Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Hudson and Elijah Wood, have filmed their “last tweet and testament” for promotional clips. Get your favorite celebs back sooner by donating!
Is it possible to love and adore Sandra Bullock even more? Let’s see… she doesn’t stand for no cheating man BS, she’s made a ton of mostly terrible movies that somehow become blockbusters, and she’s way classy n’ hot. Now the Oscar winner is leading the way for charity as the face of Restore The Gulf’s “Be The One Campaign” put on by Women of the Storm, which began in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and is now looking to clean up the enormous mess from BP’s oil spill.
This isn’t the first time Sandy voiced her political opinions about the disaster in the Gulf. Don’t forget her epic “Can We Please Go Back To Normal” speech at the MTV Movie Awards in which she put things in perspective when she said, “When we all go to bed at night we should think about all the people that are being affected in the Gulf and just say a prayer for them.”
This superwoman really does want world peace (and a husband who isn’t an adulterer). Check out the video above – Sandy’s adorableness only highlights how annoying Blake Lively is, even when she’s trying to do some good.
True story, our sister was in a meeting once with John F. Kennedy, Jr. and after it ended, she picked up a napkin that he scribbled some doodles on and it’s become a prized possession of hers. Unless you’re a stalker or garbage-rummager, you’re not likely to find the random scribblings of a super-hot celebrity though, but for the next week, you can bid on one. Robert Pattinson created a doodle that’s currently accepting bids on eBay to raise money for PACT: Parents And Abducted Children Together.
The charity sounds like it’s full of Twi-hards, judging from their description of the drawing. They write “Where else are you, RPattz fanatic, going to buy what may just be an original self portrait penned by Rob himself that will go to aid such a great cause? You just won’t. So get excited, get that blood pumping, think about Edward Cullen’s eyes and go bid now!” The highest bid is currently at $940, so scrape that babysitting money together, Edward lovers, you can do this!
Unless you were watching the Great American Country Network last night, you probably missed the telethon to benefit flood relief in Nashville. The “Music City Keep On Playin’” benefit featured dozens of stars like Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, Brad Paisley and the members of Lady Antebellum manning the phone lines and performing to raise money rebuild Nashville after portions of the city were destroyed by flooding two weeks ago. Torrential downpours caused over $1 billion in damage to the city and its inhabitants, and the telethon managed to raise $1.7 million. (To make a $10 donation yourself, you can text “GAC” to 501501.) In the meantime, take a look at our gallery of famous folks using landlines (an unusual sight these days) to help out Music City.