Barry Manilow helps tornado ravaged town
October 29th, 2011
05:52 PM ET

Barry Manilow helps tornado ravaged town

Barry Manilow not only writes the songs, he makes sure kids can too.

The singer-songwriter visited tornado ravaged Joplin, Missouri, Thursday and donated $300,000 in musical instruments to the town's schools through his non-profit Manilow Music Project. “I know firsthand how invaluable music can be to get you through life’s tough times," Manilow said in a statement. "It is an honor and a privilege to help these kids after such a disaster."

Signs like "Barry is our Man-ilow" and "Joplin has hope cause of  Barry" ringed the Eagles football field for the presentation. Students, teachers and townspeople gathered to watch three truckloads of instruments arrive which included pianos, brass and string instruments. The donations will benefit not just the high school band, but also the pep club, the middle school, the choir and the orchestra according to Rick Castor, music director for Joplin High School.  FULL POST

50 Cent will donate meals for 'likes'
October 19th, 2011
08:52 AM ET

50 Cent will donate meals for 'likes'

Call it a philanthropic promotion, where a "like" equals a meal.

Rapper 50 Cent, a.k.a Curtis Jackson, has promised to provide a meal to a child in need every time his new Street King energy shots receive a "like" on Facebook through Sunday.

He's teaming up with the United Nations World Food Programme, and if he gets a million likes by Sunday, he'll donate an additional one million meals.


October 17th, 2011
08:05 AM ET

Gaga flips a bird, drops F bomb at Clinton fete

Threatening a “Marilyn Monroe” moment, but delivering much more, Lady Gaga rocked the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of former President Bill Clinton’s foundation.

The sixth act to take the stage, Gaga started with a sparse, stripped-down version of “Born This Way.” Dressed in a beige cutout “jumpsuit” with a huge hat made of a stiff, thick mesh, Gaga’s tree house-like perch offered her a bird’s eye view of an audience that was ready for a sing-a-long.

Gaga didn’t disappoint, turning the ballad-like beginning into a full dance number guaranteed to thrill all her little monsters in addition to Hollywood’s well-heeled who had turned out for a night of philanthropy, politics and fun.


Gaga's meat dress headed for Hall of Fame
June 14th, 2011
06:54 PM ET

Gaga's meat dress headed for Hall of Fame

How can we possibly forget Lady Gaga's meat dress? You know, the one she wore to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

Whether it was flank steak or thinly sliced brisket sewn together, it was, for her, a pretty conservative outfit. Gaga has some racy costumes, and while she showed a lot of flesh in the Franc Fernandez -Nichola Formichetti designed dress, that time it wasn't her own.

The garment received a lot of press, with some praising its originality while others had a beef with it, including PETA who released this statement:


June 30th, 2010
04:26 PM ET

'Glee's' thirst for doing good

It wasn’t hunger but rather thirst that turned young Hollywood out Tuesday night in Santa Monica, California.

Hosted by “90210” star AnnaLynne McCord, the Inaugural Thirst Project Gala, held at the beachside hotel Casa del Mar, recognized those who are shining a light on the world’s clean water crisis, including actor & singer Drake Bell. He was honored with the Pioneering Spirit Award for raising the profile of the group and directly contributing to providing clean water for five communities.

The Thirst Project was founded by Seth Maxwell, now the President and CEO of the non-profit. His enthusiasm and youth are engaging and inspirational. He looks like a boy, talks like a preacher and stirs those around him to care about one of the most fundamental needs on the planet: clean water.


June 24th, 2010
10:58 PM ET

Will Gaga or President Obama have the most fans first?

There's a new race in town and it isn't for political office.

President Obama's Facebook page is running neck and neck with Lady Gaga's to become the first page (belonging to a living person) to reach 10 million fans.

Both have topped nine million so far and as of this writing are within 30,000 fans of each other. Surprisingly, Vin Diesel is close to nine million. The actor's popularity has been attributed to his frequent and very personal posts, something people don't necessarily expect from a celebrity.


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