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Inspired Entertainers

The Entertainers below are all active in helping the world. They all contribute in different ways. Some by actively supporting charities, through contributions, while others actively get involved. ALL of them are examples of being part of the solution. Most of the information was gleaned from the entries on Wikipedia web site. Most of the additional photos were acquired through Mayflower (click below to view each entry).


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From left to right - Bono celebrity rock star amidst his fans –Bono, humanitarian talking to IMF Managing Director Horst Köhler (later president of Germany) and discussing debt relief at the Prague Congress Center in 2000 in Prague

I cannot think of a more recognizable face of rock for humanitarian work than the lead singer of the rock group U2, Bono. However, it is his ability to draw other people into the cause that is remarkable. This is epitomized in his co-founding the “ONE Campaign” to end poverty. When I was looking for information on him, I found the excerpt below about his humanitarian work from the entry on him on Wikipedia. As the excerpt speaks for itself, I was moved to reproduce it here.

Humanitarian work - In a 1986 interview with Rolling Stone magazine Bono explained that he was motivated to become involved in social and political causes by seeing one of the benefit shows staged by Monty Python’s John Cleese and producer Martin Lewis for human rights organization Amnesty International in 1979. “I saw ‘The Secret Policeman’s Ball’ and it became a part of me. It sowed a seed...” In 2001 Bono arranged for U2 to videotape a special live performance for that year’s Amnesty benefit show. Introducing the performance, Bono referred to The Secret Policeman's Ball as “a mysterious and extraordinary event that certainly changed my life..”

Bono and U2 performed on Amnesty’s Conspiracy of Hope tour of the United States in 1986 alongside Sting. U2 also performed in the Band Aid and Live Aid projects organized by Bob Geldof. In 1984, Bono sang on the Band Aid single “Do They Know it’s Christmas?/Feed the World” (a role that was reprised on the 2004 Band Aid 20 single of the same name). Geldof and Bono later collaborated to organize the 2005 Live 8 project where U2 also performed.

From left to right Bono with President Lula da Silva of Brazil and Bono with U.S. President George W. Bush

Since 1999, Bono has become increasingly involved in campaigning for third-world debt relief and raising awareness of the plight of Africa including the AIDS pandemic. In the past decade Bono has met with several influential politicians including United States President George W. Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. During a March 2002 visit to the White House, after President Bush unveiled a $5 billion aid package, he accompanied the President for a speech on the White House lawn. He stated, “This is an important first step, and a serious and impressive new level of commitment. ... This must happen urgently, because this is a crisis.” In May of that year, Bono took US Treasury Secretary Paul H. O’Neill on a four-country tour of Africa. In 2005 Bono spoke on CBC Radio alleging Prime Minister Martin was being slow about increasing Canada’s foreign aid. Bono spoke in advance of President Bush at the 54th Annual National Prayer Breakfast, held at the Hilton Washington Hotel on 2 February 2006. In a speech peppered with biblical references, Bono encouraged the care of the socially and economically depressed. His comments included a call for an extra 1% “tithe” of the United States’ national budget. He brought his Christian views into harmony with other faiths by noting that Christian, Jewish, and Muslim writings all call for the care of the widow, orphan, and stranger. Bono continued by saying much work is left to be done to be a part of God’s ongoing purposes. Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa was established in 2002 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, along with activists from the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt Campaign. Some of DATA’s goals are to eradicate poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa. DATA encourages Americans to contact senators and other legislators and elected officials to voice their opinions.

In earlyIn early 2005, Bono, his wife Ali Hewson, and New York-based Irish fashion designer Rogan Gregory launched the socially conscious line EDUN in an attempt to shift the focus in Africa from aid to trade. EDUN’s goal is to use factories in Africa, South America, and India that provide fair wages to workers and practice good business ethics to create a business model that will encourage investment in developing nations. Product Red is an initiative begun by Bono and Bobby Shriver to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Bobby Shriver has been announced as the CEO of Product Red, whilst Bono is currently an active public spokesperson for the brand. Product Red is a brand which is licensed to partner companies such as American Express, Apple Computer, Converse, Motorola, The Gap and Giorgio Armani. Each company creates a product with the Product Red logo and a percentage of the profits from the sale of these labelled products will go to the Global Fund.

Bono was a special guest editor of the July 2007 issue of Vanity Fair magazine. The issue was named “The Africa Issue” and featured 20 different cover shots done by famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz. These covers featured 21 people who are well known for their connections or work in and for Africa. The idea of the cover was to be a “visual chain letter” and features two people (a few with three) per cover. The 20 covers featured the following people: Don Cheadle, Barack Obama, Muhammad Ali, Bono, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, Condoleeza Rice, George W. Bush, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Brad Pitt, Djimon Hounsou, Madonna, Maya Angelo, Chris Rock, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Melinda Gates, Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Iman Abdulmajid.
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From left to right – rock star Jon Bon Jovi in concert in Dublin, Ireland and Bon Jovi performing at Live Earth – Close up of Bon Jovi by Frank Micelotta/ Getty Images

John Bon-Jovi was a strong supporter of “Live Earth” However, his status as an Earth Angel is also as a humanitarian. According to the entry for him on the web site Wikipedia, “He has worked on behalf of the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and other groups. He has been named the first Founding Ambassador of the Habitat for Humanity Ambassador program as part of the international-nonprofit organization’s new advocacy outreach initiative. Bon Jovi has been raising awareness with Habitat for Humanity since 2005 when he provided the funds to build six homes in Philadelphia and built the homes alongside the homeowner families, as well as with members of his Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team…In 2006, Bon Jovi made a $1 million donation to build 28 Habitat homes in Louisiana in partnership with low-income families on the hurricane-stricken coast. Earlier this month, Bon Jovi announced a project that will rehabilitate a block of 15 homes in north Philadelphia…During an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005, the band donated $1 million to the Angel Network foundation.
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From left to right Melissa Etheridge celebrity singer and environmentalist at Live Earth

Melissa Etheridge is a strong advocate for the environment. She wrote the song “I need to wake up”, which is the theme song used in Al Gore’s movie on climate change and global warming, called “An Inconvenient Truth.” Melissa supports many areas, including: At-Risk/Disadvantaged Youths, Cancer, Children, Environment, Family/Parent Support, Health and Women. The charities she supports are Dream Foundation, Live Earth, Love Our Children USA and Pink Bracelet Fund
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From left to right - Angelina Jolie celebrity film star and Angelina Jolie as Ambassador for UNHCR with US Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana

One of the most influential women in the film industry for humanitarian efforts is Angelina Jolie. However, what is reported in the News is a mere drop in the ocean to the affect she is having on the world. As seen above she is able to enlist the help of politicians, as seen above with her meeting with Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana. So we would like to present a tribute to this Earth Angel’s work here. The pictures below were taken from the UNHCR website to which Angelina is their Goodwill Ambassador. What most surprised us is that Angelina operates all over the world, not just in Africa.


Picture No. 1: according to the website, here Angelina is seen “hearing the concerns of newly arrived Afghan refugees in Jalozai, Pakistan. In August 2001, Pakistan was hosting over 2 million refugees…©UNHCR/S.Hopper

Picture No. 2: according to UNHCR, Angelina is talking “ to a refugee girl in Kakuma Camp in Kenya, in October 2002. The refugee camp was established in 1992 for some 16,000 teenage refugees who fled camps in Ethiopia and trekked for over a year before finally finding safety in Kenya. Kakuma Camp now hosts some 83,000 refugees mainly from Sudan ©UNHCR/M.Furrer

Picture No. 3: according to the website, here Angelina is seen “with displaced Chechens at the Rassvet temporary settlement in Ingushetia, in August 2003.  ©UNHCR/T.Makeeva


Picture No. 4: according to UNHCR has “Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie inside a convoy truck with Congolese refugees just arriving in Tanzania, in March 2003. The country hosts nearly 1 million victims of persecution and war. ©UNHCR/N.Behring-Chisholm

Picture No. 5: depicts “UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and UNHCR staff in the Roma quarter of Mitrovica, Kosovo, in December 2002. Romas were accused of siding with the Serbs. After the war, their houses were burnt down. They now live displaced in camps in the north. ©UNHCR/M.-N.Little

Picture No. 6: shows how Angelina doesn’t talk; she is will to get her hands dirty. In this picture Angelina building a hut for the newly arrived refugee children at Lugufu camp in Tanzania. © UNHCR/N.Behring

Also Angelina Jolie’s work is documented perfectly on the entry for her on Wikipedia. So once again we let those who know her best speak for her. Under the section - Humanitarian work, it has:
Jolie first became personally aware of worldwide humanitarian crises while filming Tomb Raider in poverty-stricken and widely mined Cambodia. According to Jolie, “I discovered things about what’s happening in the world... Cambodia was really eye opening for me.” Deeply affected by these experiences, she eventually turned to UNHCR for more information on international trouble spots. In the following months she agreed to visit different refugee camps around the world to learn more about the situation and the conditions in these areas. In February 2001, Jolie went on her first field visit, an 18-day mission to Sierra Leone and Tanzania; she later expressed her shock at what she had witnessed. In the coming months she returned to Cambodia for two weeks and later visited Afghan refugees in Pakistan where she donated $1 million for Afghan refugees in response to an international UNHCR emergency appeal. She insisted on covering all costs related to her missions and shared the same rudimentary working and living conditions as UNHCR field staff on all of her visits. Impressed by her interest and devotion in the subject, UNHCR named her a Goodwill Ambassador on August 27, 2001 at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, despite her warning that her controversial public image might shed a negative light on the U.N. In a press conference Jolie explained her motives for joining the refugee agency: “We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. I honestly want to help. I don’t believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.”

During her first three years as Goodwill Ambassador Jolie concentrated her efforts on field missions, visiting refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) all around the world. Asked what she hoped to accomplish, she stated, “Awareness of the plight of these people. I think they should be commended for what they have survived, not looked down upon.” In 2002, Jolie visited Tham Hin refugee camp in Thailand and Columbian refugees in Ecuador to take a closer look at the “Western Hemisphere’s most severe humanitarian crisis”. She and US Secretary of State Colin Powell opened events to celebrate World Refugee Day 2002 on June 20 in Washington, D.C. Jolie then went to various UNHCR facilities in Kosovo and paid a visit to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya with refugees mainly from Sudan. UNHCR’s Representative to Kenya, George Okoth-Obbo, praised her “presence, just to bring some joy into what is undoubtedly a hard life for many of the people here”. She also visited Angolan refugees while she was filming Beyond Borders in Namibia.

In 2003, Jolie embarked on a six-day mission to Tanzania where she traveled to western border camps, hosting Congolese refugees and she paid a week-long visit to Sri Lanka, where she saw the post–war conditions in northern Sri Lanka. Jolie again attended World Refugee Day on June 20 in Washington, D.C., and later concluded a four-day mission to Russia as she traveled to North Caucasus to learn about all aspects of UNHCR’s operations in the region. Concurrently with the release of her movie Beyond Borders in October 2003 she published Notes from My Travels, a collection of journal entries that chronicle her early field missions (2001-2002). All her proceeds from the book went to UNHCR. During a private stay in Jordan in December 2003 she asked to visit Ruwaished camp in Jordan’s remote eastern desert, 70 km from the Iraqi border. The camp hosted some 800 people who had fled Iraq during the U.S. -led invasion and later that month she visited Sudanese refugees near the Egyptian capital in Kilo Arbaa We Nus.

On her first U.N. trip within the United States, Jolie went to Arizona in 2004, visiting detained asylum seekers at three facilities and the Southwest Key Program, a facility for unaccompanied children in Phoenix. With the humanitarian situation in Sudan worsening, she flew to Chad in June 2004, paying a visit to border sites and camps for refugees who had fled fighting in western Sudan’s Darfur region. Four months later she returned to the region, this time going directly into West Darfur to learn about the situation of thousands of IDPs. She stressed the need for security and access to displaced people’s home villages at a press conference in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. On June 18, 2004 she and US Secretary of State Colin Powell met again in Washington to launch the three day events of World Refugee Day. Also in 2004 Jolie visited Afghan refugees in Thailand and on a private stay to Lebanon during the Christmas holidays she visited UNHCR’s regional office in Beirut, as well as some young refugees and cancer patients in the Lebanese capital.

With increasing experience, Jolie became more involved in promoting humanitarian causes on a political level. Since 2005 she has attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, announcing the formation of a Council of Business Leaders with UNHCR’s Deputy High Commissioner, Wendy Chamberlin, in 2005, and participated in the panel discussion Human Rights: Reduced to Charity? in 2006. Jolie also began lobbying humanitarian interests in Washington D.C. where she met with congressmen and senators at least 20 times from 2003. She explained in Forbes: “As much as I would love to never have to visit Washington, that's the way to move the ball.”

Among others, she pushed for The Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act in reaction to her previous visit to facilities for asylum seekers in Arizona. On March 8, 2005 Jolie took part at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C. where she promoted the bill and in support of it announced the founding of the National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children, an organization that provides free legal-aid to asylum seeking children with no legal representation which Jolie personally funded with a donation of $500,000 for its first two years. The Unaccompanied Alien Child Protection Act eventually passed in December 2005. Jolie also pushed for a bill to aid 70 million vulnerable children in the Third World which was signed by President Bush in November 2005, but so far no funding has been granted. In addition to her political involvement, Jolie began using the public’s interest in her to promote humanitarian causes through the mass media. In May 2005 Jolie filmed a MTV special, The Diary Of Angelina Jolie & Dr. Jeffrey Sachs in Africa, portraying her and noted economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs on their trip to Sauri, a remote group of villages in Western Kenya. There, Sachs’s United Nations Millennium Project team is working with locals to end poverty, hunger and disease. In September 2006 Jolie announced the founding of the Jolie/Pitt Foundation which made initial donations to Global Action for Children and Doctors Without Borders of $1 million each.

Jolie visited Pakistani camps containing Afghan refugees, in May 2005 and she also met with Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. She returned to Pakistan with Brad Pitt during the Thanksgiving weekend in November to see the impact of the October 8 Kashmir earthquake. They met many quake victims as well as President Musharraf. In 2006 Jolie and Pitt flew to Haiti and visited a school supported by Yéle Haïti, a charity founded by Haitian-born hip hop musician Wyclef Jean. Jolie also arranged a deal with People allowing them to print the first picture showing her visibly pregnant in exchange for a $500,000 donation to Yéle Haïti. In November 2006, while filming A Mighty Heart in India, she visited Afghan and Burmese refugees in New Delhi and met the Minister of State for External Affairs, Anand Sharma, praising India’s longstanding hospitality to refugees. Jolie spent Christmas Day with Columbian refugees in San José, Costa Rica where she handed out presents and met with Costa Rican officials. In February 2007, Jolie returned to Chad for a two-day mission to assess the deteriorating security situation for refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan. In an op-ed for the Washington Post she stressed the need for justice and the increased involvement of the International Criminal Court to establish an enduring peace. In May, Jolie and Pitt donated $1 million to three relief organizations in Darfur and neighboring Chad.

Jolie has received wide recognition for her humanitarian work. On October 24, 2003 she was the first recipient of the new created Citizen of the World Award by the United Nations Correspondents Association. Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni awarded Jolie Cambodian citizenship for her conservation work in the country on August 12, 2005; she has pledged $5 million to set up a wildlife sanctuary in the north-western province of Battambang and owns property there. On October 12, 2005, Jolie was awarded the Global Humanitarian Award by the UNA-USA. In June 2007, Jolie joined the Council on Foreign Relations, when the bipartisan think tank officially approved her membership nomination.
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From left to right - Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and George Clooney enjoy a morning laugh prior to their Dec. 7 tour of Incirlik Air Base, Turkey. The trio, along with Julia Roberts and Andy Garcia, visited the base to show their appreciation for U.S. troops overseas.

In the video, we had wondered why Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and George Clooney were pictured together in Turkey. But when we learned of their organization NOOW meaning Not On My Watch, we understood. Although they technically belonged with the entertainers, their main contribution as Earth Angels is in the Inspired Organizations section. Consequently, we place their pictures in both locations.
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From left to right - Tom Hanks celebrity film star and Tom Hanks visiting with 82nd Airborne soldier Staff Sgt. Maurice Craft in Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s Physical Therapy Clinic.

I wasn’t exactly sure as to why Tom Hanks had been included as an Earth Angel. All I knew about him was that he was an excellent actor. However, in seeing the picture above, which is featured in the video, I wanted to know more. I learned that he is involved in several charities, which support a multitude of causes; these include AIDS, Abuse, Cancer, Children, Creative Arts, Family Parent Support, Grief Support, Health and Poverty. He also supports Veteran/Service Member Support. Hanks took part in the America: A Tribute to Heroes charity telethon for victims of 9/11. I found a list of the charities that are supported by Tom Hanks, Elevate Hope Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Hole in the Wall Gang, Madison Foundation, One Campaign and Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund. From this it was obvious as to why he is an Earth Angel.
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From left to right - Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg & Billy Crystal hosting Comic Relief benefit.

Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams are listed together, because together with Billy Crystal they are co-presenters of the Comic Relief charity event. Like other entertainers, many, many comedians are philanthropic. As seen by the names that helped raise 4 million dollars for Hurricane Katrina relief in 2006. Some of the featured Celebrities include, Roseanne Barr, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, George Lopez, Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman.
However, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams are Earth Angels because of their individual work. Starting with Whoopi Goldberg first.
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From left to right - Whoopi Goldberg celebrity comedian and film star and Whoopi Goldberg for Comic Relief

According to the web, Whoopi’s supports multiple causes. These are Abuse, Animals, Children, Creative Arts, Disaster Relief, Homelessness, Human Rights, Miscellaneous, Poverty and Voter Education.
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From left to right, Robin Williams celebrity comedian and film star, and Robin entertaining the US forces on the US Enterprise

As for Robin Williams, as the picture in the video shows he supports the U.S. forces, but judging by the type of charities he supports, I would have to say that he doesn’t necessarily support the war.

The lists of charitable causes are. Animals, At-Risk/Disadvantaged Youths, Cancer, Children, Creative Arts, Disaster Relief, Family/Parent Support, Health, Homelessness, Human Rights, Physical Challenges, Poverty, and Unemployment/Career Support. In addition according to the entry for him on Wikipedia “Williams and his wife, Marsha, founded the Windfall Foundation, a philanthropic organization to raise money for many different charities. Williams devotes much of his energy doing work for charities, including the Comic Relief fund-raising efforts.”
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From left to right - Michael Jordan NBA sports star and Michael as a partner in the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America, helping a young girl in a fundraising event

Primarily Michael Jordan is recognized for his work with disadvantaged youths through his work with the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America. In addition he supports UNCF/College Fund, Special Olympics and a number of other charitable organizations that support children and families.

Michael Jordan is the only sports star listed as an Earth Angel in the video. However, we hope to add a great many more sport stars and athletes over the coming months.
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