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“There’s something about winning an Ebay auction that’s just so exciting,” says stylist Mariel Haenn, one half of the power duo, known as Rob and Mariel, that’s responsible for J.Lo’s glamorous, high-wattage looks. “Agreed,” says her business partner Rob Zangardi. “That cha-ching notification always gives me a thrill.” Even more so, perhaps, if you have just won the yellow Michael Costello jumpsuit worn by Lopez at the 2015 AMAs, or a pair of Justin Bieber’s quilted leather Balmain skate shoes, or one of Kendall Jenner’s Adidas sweatsuits from her collaboration with Daniëlle Cathari, which are just some of the items that eBay will auction on the site’s first-ever Fall Stylist Sale running from September 25th though October 2nd.
The sale, which is part of the Ebay For Charity initiative, involves a team of top-tier celebrity stylists including Marni Senofonte (whose has dressed Lauryn Hill, Beyoncé, and Kendall Jenner); Karla Welch (best known perhaps for her teen-idol clients Justin Bieber and Lorde); Ilaria Urbinati (who outfits leading men like Donald Glover, Rami Malek, and Armie Hammer and the aforementioned Rob and Mariel to curate pieces from their archives for an auction to benefit the cause of their choice. The result is a collection over 50 pieces ranging from jewelry, bags, and shoes to sold-out collectibles and one-of-a-kind custom pieces by designers including Gucci, Valentino, Balenciaga, Jimmy Choo, and Balmain, many of which have walked the red carpet. Prices will start at 99 cents, and the lots will be featured on each of the stylists’ Instagram stories beginning today , allowing shoppers to swipe up and place bids on eBay.
Here, a first look at some of the most covetable pieces that will go under the hammer.
It was announced today that global icon Beyoncé will perform at the City of Hope gala on October 11 in Los Angeles. This will mark her first solo performance following the successful run of the biggest tour of the summer, with JAY-Z. OTRII stadium tour started in Cardiff, UK in June and is scheduled to wrap on October 4 in Seattle, Washington.
City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, is honoring Jon Platt, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, with its prestigious Spirit of Life® award. Platt has worked with Beyoncé since 2005.
Inspired by the guiding humanitarian principles of City of Hope and motivated by the institution's commitment to innovative medical research and compassionate patient care, a group of key industry executives founded the charity’s Music, Film and Entertainment Industry Group in 1973. In its 45-year history, the group has raised more than $118 million for City of Hope and has honored some of the most important figures in the music and entertainment industry.
The evening’s host will be producer/entertainer Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, multi-Grammy winner/entrepreneur, will present the award to Platt.
“Beyoncé agreed to perform without a moment’s hesitation, and that wasn’t just for me,” said Jon Platt. “She wanted to be part of our celebration for the patients, doctors, scientists, and nurses who make City of Hope a place where miracles can happen. That’s what makes her a cultural icon. She’s not only a genius, in a class of her own, but she has phenomenal heart and soul, and she knows how to use them. This event is going to be one for the ages.”
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter announce a new scholarship program that will award one exceptional senior high school student, with financial needs, 100K to put toward their enrollment in a college or university for the academic year 2018-2019. The award will serve as a dedicated university-based fund for each selected student throughout the duration of the student's enrollment.
This back to school season, students in OTRll Tour markets, who are preparing for college, will be chosen by Boys and Girls Club of America. Qualified students must demonstrate academic excellence and show financial needs that would make it hard for them to enter a college or university for the academic year 2018-2019.
The markets will include Atlanta, where the OTRll Tour plays at Mercedes Benz Stadium Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, Orlando, Miami, Arlington, New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara and Seattle.
The Carters have had a long history of helping students with The Shawn Carter Foundation spearheading college tours to HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and providing scholarships to college bound students nationwide
Beyoncé, through her BeyGOOD initiative, created the Formation Scholars Award, a merit program, in 2017 to help female students start or further their college education, and this year announced the Homecoming Scholars Award, a second merit program, opened to qualified students, regardless of gender, to enter or continue their studies at one of eight HBCUs.
Just before Coachella was rechristened Beychella, Beyoncé Knowles and Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing had an idea. It happened in a rehearsal, while Beyoncé and her dancers were practicing in their Balmain-made looks inspired by the marching band uniforms of America’s historically black colleges and universities. “When she saw all the dancers loving the outfit—and she was loving her own outfit—she realized that what we were creating on stage for her, for all the dancers, was something really impactful,” says Rousteing. It clicked: Why not make a Beyoncé x Balmain collaboration that could make those poignant graphics available to all of Bey’s fans clamoring for a piece of history?
On Friday, July 13, Balmain will launch a three-piece Balmain x Beyoncé collection in its Paris flagship, with the items going on sale on balmain.com and beyonce.com the following day. Comprised of the yellow and pink sweatshirts Beyoncé wore on stage at Coachella, the collection also includes a black tee with the same sorority-inspired graphic.
“I worked really long with her on the Beychella moments, and the fact that we can release this collaboration that is based on our creativity, Beyoncé and I, is really a big, big step for fashion and music together,” continues the designer. “Beyoncé, she’s such a perfectionist; she’s someone that is so strong and has such a great point of view. She’s about feminism, empowering women, and the idea of bringing that collaboration where we can share the same ideas, the same vision of music, the same vision of fashion, the same vision of what is going on in the world, it’s more than just clothes. It’s a strong message, and I’m really proud to be a part of that.”
Beyoncé and Jay-Z have teamed up with two of the world's most prestigious youth-focused initiatives, The Prince's Trust and Global Citizen, to reward fans for being kind, charitable and doing good for others. Fans who volunteer through these organizations will be given the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the United Kingdom and European dates on the OTR all stadium tour.
The BeyGOOD/DoGood campaign kicks off in the UK on June 6 in Cardiff, Wales, with The Prince's Trust, the youth charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1976, to help change young lives. Beyoncé also partnered with The Prince's Trust in 2014 during her solo Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.
Global Citizen continues the campaign in Europe starting on June 19 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. First launched in 2012, Global Citizen is an international advocacy organization working to end extreme poverty by 2030. In addition to performing twice at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, in New York City, Beyoncé has joined forces with Global Citizen through Gucci's CHIME FOR CHANGE with a focus on social issues faced by women and girls globally.
"The united efforts of BeyGOOD/DoGood, along with our amazing partners The Prince's Trust and Global Citizen, are calling upon you to lift your voices, lend your hands and share your creativity as active and positive forces for doing good," states Ivy McGregor, Director of Philanthropy (BeyGOOD) and Corporate Relations for Parkwood Entertainment. "Wherever you are and whatever skills, talents and resources you possess, are of value to others in your community, country and across the globe."
Following the initial announcement of the Homecoming Scholars Award Program, Beyoncé through her BeyGOOD initiative has partnered with Google to announce more scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year. Google.org will match her original $100,000 grant with scholarships to benefit four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) including, Texas Southern University located in Beyoncé's hometown of Houston, Texas, Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, which is her father's alma mater, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana.
A total of eight schools will now receive Homecoming Scholars awards for the 2018-2019 academic year, including the previously announced Universities: Xavier University of Louisiana, Wilberforce, Tuskegee, and Bethune-Cookman.
One winner from each school will receive $25K for the 2018-2019 academic year for study in various fields. This is the second year for a scholars program created by Beyoncé.
Beyoncé has amped up the visibility of her philanthropic work after her historic Coachella performance. On Monday, the singer revealed that she would be donating $100,000 of scholarship funds to HBCUs. The four schools included Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Bethune-Cookman University and Tuskegee University.
Bey is now using her activewear brand IVY PARK to help to empower young female figure skaters through the organization Figure Skating in Harlem. Through the collaboration, the young girls were gifted with product from the line to help encourage them to continue on in their sport.
FSHarlem was started by Sharon Cohen in 1997 as a means to give girls in the New York City community a space to participate. Figure skating can often times be exclusive to people of a certain class and demographics. Cohen believed that the discipline required to partake in figure skating would help to foster the tools needed to succeed in school and through college.
As a part of the campaign, the FSHarlem girls modeled the Spring line in a short film. Cohen says they were “in shock” when she revealed that they would be working for the pop star.
Today, Beyoncé, through her BeyGOOD initiative, announces the four schools to receive the newly established Homecoming Scholars Award Program for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Universities, Xavier, Wilberforce, Tuskegee and Bethune-Cookman, are all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). HBCUs are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving the African-American community.
On Saturday, April 14, Beyoncé made history at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival by becoming the first Black woman to headline in the festival's 19-year run.
The jubilant set, housed on a pyramid stage with 150-plus cast members, dutifully in-sync, was the first time the icon returned to her home, the stage, in over one year.
The show, with its homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, the highest display of college pride. The energy-filled production put the spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern, which resonated masterfully through the marching band, performance art, choir and dance. It was the impetus to mark her second scholarship program.
Beyoncé is auctioning the massive black hat she wore during her Formation World Tour behind Lemonade. The winner of the auction will receive the iconic, 10x8 inch felt hat signed by Beyoncé as well as a photograph of her wearing it. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the the Lung Transplant Project. Find more information on it and place your bids here.
Today is #DayoftheGirl. Girls around the world are fighting for their freedom every day. Join me, Chime for Change, and The Global Goals by taking action for #FreedomForGirls now: www.globalgoals.org/dayofthegirl
UPDATE: Beyonce also posted about the campaign on Instagram:
Beyoncé is fundraising for hurricane victims in the Caribbean in the most Beyoncé way ever: by dropping a surprise song.
The singer released a new remix Thursday to the reggaeton hit “Mi Gente” by Willy Williams and J Balvin. The remixed single features Beyoncé spitting a little bit of Spanish and dropping in a whole verse.
“I am donating my proceeds from this song to hurricane relief charities for Puerto Rico, Mexico and the other affected Caribbean islands,” she wrote.
She also linked back to the hurricane relief page of her website, which includes various ways people can donate to victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Watch the video below, buy the song on iTunes and read the lyrics under the cut!
During Tuesday night's Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief telethon, Beyoncé appeared to make an emotional plea for viewers to call in and donate to the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Beyoncé, whose hometown of Houston was hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey last week, gave a powerful speech about the importance of coming together to help those who were affected.
Beyoncé returned home to Houston on Friday and joined the survivors of Hurricane Harvey at her home church, St. John’s United Methodist Church, with Senior Pastor, Rudy Rasmus - affectionately known to the global community as Pastor Rudy.
Joining Pastor Rudy and Beyoncé were her mother Tina Knowles Lawson, daughter Blue Ivy and bandmate Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, among others who were on hand to provide support and aid to the victims of Hurricane Harvey, which has profoundly impacted the region.
The Houston native thanked everyone who donated on her Instagram: "Thanks to everyone who donated to BeyGOOD and contributed to helping so many families in Houston. Thank you Pastor Rudy, Michelle, Ingrid and all at St. John's Church. Thank you to Trae Tha Truth and your crew. Y'all are so consistently dedicated to our community. Thank you!! There is still work to do so please continue to donate and do all you can to restore our city."
Celebrities are not finished helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon are among those set to participate in a multi-network telethon, Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief, to assist those affected by the devastating storm. Hand in Hand will air Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. (live ET/delayed PT) on ABC, CBS, CMT, FOX and NBC.
Houston native rapper Bun B teamed up with SB Projects founder Scooter Braun to present Hand in Hand, a one-hour special based in Los Angeles "with stages in New York, Nashville and a special performance by Country Music icon and Texas native George Strait from his San Antonio benefit concert."
George Clooney, Karlie Kloss, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Blake Shelton, Barbra Streisand and more also are set to participate.
Proceeds from the telethon will benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and more organizations.
Beyoncé has launched a new initiative through her BeyGOOD Foundation to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. On a new page of her website, she asks fans to donate to Bread of Life and Greater Houston Community Foundation, two local organizations that “have been working with the displaced from the start of Hurricane Harvey's landfall.” Donations will be put towards “long-term revitalization” as well as the purchasing of various immediate needs for victims of the storm, including cots, baby products, wheelchairs, and more.
Beyonce doesn't name names or drop dollar amounts, but she's still having a huge impact in Houston ... with the help of her longtime pastor.
Rev. Rudy Rasmus from St. John's United Methodist Church told TMZ how he and Bey are mobilizing to help Hurricane Harvey victims, but added she commonly keeps her charitable efforts undercover. Might sound weird, but he says Beyonce's just not flashy ... that way.
Remember, Kevin Hart called out Bey and Jay-Z to donate to $25k. There are also rumors she's already given $7 million, but Pastor Rudy -- who performed the Carters' wedding -- says don't expect her to confirm any of that.
As for what he and Bey are doing for evacuees ... he explained what Houston's going to need most in the coming days.
Beyoncé has pledged to do her part to help Hurricane Harvey victims.
The Houston native released an exclusive statement Monday afternoon to the Chronicle regarding the devastating effects still being felt throughout the city.
"My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help," she said.
"I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can."
BeyGOOD, launched in 2013 during the Mrs. Carter World Tour, is a philanthropic effort that partners with global charity organizations to get people employed and provide clothing, counseling, housing, food and medical assistance.
Beyoncé posted a black and white photo on Instagram of herself holding the Texas flag with the caption, "Texas you are in my prayers." In less than a day it's received more than 1 million likes.
On the night of April 14, 2014, 276 teenage girls were abducted from their boarding school in Borno, Nigeria by a terrorist group. Varying reports have stated that some girls have since escaped, but to date, approximately 230 girls are still missing.
Protesters across Nigeria have been rallying to draw attention to the plight of the girls, and encourage local and international military action. Initially, the Nigerian army released a statement claiming to have rescued the girls, but has since retracted that claim. The Nigerian president has called for international support to rescue the abducted girls.
In light of the recent events, CHIME FOR CHANGE strategic partner Catapult is raising money to distribute to organizations working in Nigeria to support girls’ education.
Since its inception a year ago, #BeyGOOD, in partnership with global charity organizations, has reached more than 2 million people across the globe with tangible support.
#BeyGOOD has aided in putting people back to work, restocked desperately depleted clothing donation centers and provided counseling, housing, food and medical assistance to the homeless, through an estimated 25 tons of clothing donations which assisted more than 20 global charity partners.
#BeyGOOD has supported more than a dozen youth organizations that serve the most vulnerable and at risk young people that include those who are orphaned, homeless, neglected, compromised with violent crimes and sex trafficking, unemployed and physically challenged.
Our goal is, and will always remain, to inspire people everywhere to be kind, to be charitable and to #BeyGOOD. In doing so, we make the world better, one good charitable action at a time.
Last year, we did a big story on closet organization, and in the process, sold a handful of pieces on behalf of three charities. It was such a success that we decided to do it again, and enlisted some friends-of-goop who have particularly outstanding personal style to help—this year, 100 percent of the profits benefit DonorsChoose, a charity where public school teachers can directly ask for help fulfilling specific classroom needs. Beyoncé gave us a pair of heels from her latest tour:
"Excited to donate these custom-made Ankle Boots by Stuart Weitzman to benefit Goop’s charity closet sale. 100% of the profits go to Donors Choose."
The Carters have officially announced their rumored joint tour. Beyonce and Jay Z will head out on a 16-date stadium tour they're calling On The Run, to kickoff in Miami on June 25th and wrap in San Francisco on August 5. The tour is sponsored by Chase.
Members of Beyonce's Fan Club will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 29 at 8am local time. For details visit, www.beyonce.com/tour.
Exclusively, Chase credit and debit customers will receive advance access to purchase tickets from Tuesday, April 29 at 10am through 10pm local time. A non-exclusive presale window will continue through Thursday, May 1 at 10pm local time. Chase credit and debit customers will also have exclusive access to purchase a Chase Lounge VIP ticket package which includes a private pre-show lounge with food, drinks, music and more.
Tickets for "On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z" go on sale to the general public starting Friday, May 2 through the Live Nation Mobile APP and at www.livenation.com.
"On The Run: Beyonce and Jay Z," in partnership with #BeyGOOD, will donate $1 from every ticket purchased to the Shawn Carter Foundation to support students. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from each Chase Lounge VIP Ticket Package will also be donated to The Shawn Carter Foundation.
Join the conversation, use #OnTheRunTour on Twitter and Instagram. On The Run Tour is exclusively promoted by Live Nation.
Check out the full list of dates under the cut. Read more...
Boots, aka Jordy Asher, the mystery man behind a large majority of the production of Beyonce's self-titled album, has been casually releasing solo tracks from his upcoming mixtape, "WinterSpringSummerFall," over the past few months. Today, Boots dropped the album's final track, "Dreams," which sees him reconnecting with Bey for a song that is nothing short of magical.
If the smooth lovin' of this reunion weren't enough to steal your heart, then the fact that all profits from this song will benefit Day One, a New York City-based nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of teen dating violence surely will.
"The idea behind the mixtape was to release things in a different way than everybody else does," Boots said. "When Beyonce and I did the song together we started talking about, 'Well, what could we do with this?' Obviously we wanted to put it on the mixtape, but we decided there was an opportunity here that we didn’t want to miss. I already get messages from people all the time saying, 'I’ll buy your album! I don’t even care!' even though it’s going to be free. Two things that are very important to me are education and women’s rights, and the moment my friend sent to me it made the most sense and was the most important thing to me that I had come across. If people knew ... if there was more public knowledge about the organizations like Day One and the places that people could go, it would stop those situations from occurring, or reoccurring." Read more...
"Being labeled something matters," says Jennifer Garner in a new campaign – Ban Bossy – that's encouraging girls to be leaders.
The Girl Scouts of the USA and LeanIn.org have teamed up in partnership with Lifetime television to create a PSA featuring Beyoncé, Jane Lynch, Condoleezza Rice, Diane von Furstenberg, Garner and others that points out that girls are discouraged from taking leadership roles because of labeling and name-calling.
"Girls are less interested in leadership than boys," Beyoncé says, and that's because they worry about being called "bossy" while little boys who step up are called "leaders."
"I think the word 'bossy' is just a squasher," Glee star Lynch says. The campaign seeks to empower girls by encouraging everyone to sign a pledge to ban the five-letter word at banbossy.com. Read more...
That there is a world filled with less fortunate people living outside her proverbial palace walls is not lost on Beyoncé. While she and rap mogul hubby Jay Z give their daughter, Blue Ivy, gifts whose cost could feed a small country, she understands the importance of giving back.
The pop star has set up a philanthropic initiative, #BeyGOOD, to help the homeless, sick children and the unemployed. While she's on her Mrs. Carter world tour, she will stop at six cities — Dublin; Cologne, Germany; Amsterdam; Antwerp, Belgium; Barcelona and Lisbon — where #BeyGOOD teams up with local charities. She hopes her celebrity will help raise funds for the charities, as well as awareness by her fans.
Last month, #BeyGOOD teamed up with the U.K.'s Prince's Trust for 12 concert dates, which included stops in Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London.
For her March dates, fans who go to at least one of these six concerts will find donation tables for each charity in the main lobbies of the venues. Concert ticketholders who make a donation will not only get a #BeyGOOD sticker, but a chance to get a seat upgrade to the BeyHive or BeyStage.
Beyonce's global campaign #BeyGood is set to help UK youth charity, The Prince's Trust, change the lives of disadvantaged young people.
The superstar and Prince's Trust ambassador's #BeyGood campaign, which encourages people to be kind, be charitable and #BeyGood to each other and their communities, will raise vital funds for The Prince's Trust on the UK tour dates of the Mrs Carter Show World Tour.
Beyonce said: 'As a young child I was blessed to have the support of my family who encouraged me to reach for my goals. So many young people don't have this. I am honored to partner the #BeyGood campaign with The Prince's Trust to help young people beat the odds and create better lives for themselves.'
Fans wanting to be part of the #BeyGood movement are encouraged to make a £3 text or online donation to the youth charity to help disadvantaged young people across the UK into jobs at a time when one in five (20 per cent) are struggling to find work.
Concert ticket holders who make a donation or wear a #BeyGood t-shirt will be given an official #BeyGood sticker at The Prince's Trust donation site situated in the venue. They will then be given the chance to be randomly selected for a seat upgrade to an exclusive VIP area near the front of the stage.
A limited number of #BeyGood t-shirts will be available to buy at The Prince's Trust Tomorrow's Store in Liverpool Street. Fans can also bring used items of clothing to a donation site at each venue in return for a #BeyGood sticker, and these will be distributed to those in need.
After an arteriovenous malfunction that led to bleeding in the brain and a stroke, 15 year old Natasya spent months on recovery. Natasya had to learn how to walk again, had to do speech pathology, had to spend months on physio, had to remain positive. It was Beyonce, Natasya's favourite artist, who was a huge inspiration for her and gave her the hope to remain positive throughout. So when Beyonce sang to Natasya personally while on stage during a concert in her Mrs Carter Show World Tour, the moment was truly IRREPLACEABLE.
Natasya's Starlight Wish was an absolute dream come true for her. Her family got their hair and make-up done in the morning before a limo picked transported them to the venue where they had VIP front row seats. It was such an incredible experience for an amazing teenager like Natasya and we're so glad we got to see a snippet of her experience in this video, take a look for yourselves!
Join Beyonce' and Goodwill this holiday season and #BeyGOOD. For the chance at a free seat upgrade at the next Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in your city you can either:
Donate clothes to a Goodwill store near you and bring your donation receipt to the Beyonce' concert in your area OR Bring your donations with you to the concert and look for the Goodwill donation collection bins to drop your items off
From 7pm - 8pm, the first 100 to bring a receipt or donation will receive a sticker which will qualify you to be randomly selected for an SEAT UPGRADE.
#BeyGOOD this holiday season!
Also, be sure to check out the gallery for new meet and greet photos.
Tracks from The Beatles, Beyonce, Eminem, Bob Dylan and Muse are among those featured on a new charity album in aid of those affected by Supertyphoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
‘Songs for the Philippines’, which is 39 tracks long and available to buy now on iTunes also features contributions including a remix of Katy Perry’s new single ‘Unconditionally’, Lorde non-abum track ‘The Love Club’ and various offerings from musicians as diverse as U2, Madonna, One Direction and Lily Allen.
Proceeds from the album will go to the Philippine Red Cross, while money gained from the iTunes ‘First Stream’ service will also go to help relief efforts in the country.
The full tracklisting of ‘Songs for the Philippines’ is as follows:
1. The Beatles, "Across the Universe" 2. Bob Dylan, "Shelter From the Storm" 3. Michael Bublé, "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" 4. U2, "In a Little While" 5. Bruno Mars, "Count on Me" 6. Beyoncé, "I Was Here" 7. Eminem, "Stan" (Live From BBC Radio 1) 8. Cher, "Sirens" 9. Adele, "Make You Feel My Love" 10. Katy Perry, "Unconditionally (Johnson Somerset Remix)" 11. One Direction, "Best Song Ever" 12. Fun., "Carry On" 13. Lady Gaga, "Born This Way (The Country Road Version)" 14. Justin Timberlake, "Mirrors" 15. Justin Bieber, "I Would" Read more...
Goodwill Industries International and Beyonce continue a partnership this holiday season for Beyonce's second North American leg of The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour which includes 15 concert stops. With the exception of the November 30th date in Vancouver, Canada, the remaining fourteen stops will impact Goodwill headquarters in 13 communities, where Goodwill will encourage fans and concert attendees to #BeyGOOD this holiday season and support Goodwill's job training and community-based services that reduce unemployment and help people care for themselves and their families. Goodwill collected 27,500 pounds (or 14 tons) of donated clothes and goods through its partnership with Beyonce this past summer, equating to more than 800 hours of free on-the-job training at Goodwill career centers.
During the month of December, there are two ways to participate in Goodwill's #BeyGOOD initiative. Ticket holders are asked to bring donations to Goodwill and then bring their donation receipts to the concerts or bring clothes to the concert and look for the Goodwill donation bins to deposit their items. The first 100 ticketholders with their donor receipts or donations, who arrive between 7 and 8 PM, receive stickers qualifying for a chance to be upgraded to the BeyStage or BeyHive VIP areas. Number of available upgrades in each market will be determined the day of the show.
"I am excited to team up once again with Goodwill in supporting their efforts in finding and creating jobs for families in need," said Beyonce.
The donated goods collected during the partnership will be sold in the communities where they were collected, and the revenue will benefit Goodwill's employment programs for people with disabilities, disadvantages and other challenges to finding employment. Goodwill provides a variety of training opportunities, including resume reviews, mock interviews, and sessions on dressing for success, and it provides access to computers, fax machines and phones to meet with potential employers. In addition, Goodwill provides support services so that people have stability both at home and in the workplace. These services include child care, financial education, transportation, youth mentoring and more.
"The people who come through our doors are a diverse group, from single mothers and recent immigrants to people with criminal backgrounds and adults who never finished high school. But everyone is looking for the same thing: a better life," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. "We're proud that Beyonce is using her platform to share the positive impact Goodwill has on local communities, the environment and the lives of the millions of people Goodwill assists each year. We are incredibly grateful for Beyonce's support of Goodwill's mission."
Beyonce has reunited with her "Aussie angel". The American pop singer took time out from her tour to meet terminally ill cancer patient Chelsea James in Sydney.
The pair are old friends. Beyonce sang for Chelsea when she last played shows here in 2009. Chelsea, 15, is in palliative care in Newcastle.
The reunion was organised by Camp Quality and took place backstage at Allphones Arena on Thursday night.
"I was so excited to meet Beyonce again," Chelsea said. "Last time Beyonce sang to me on stage. This time ... I actually got to meet her backstage and talk to her and laugh with her, which was so cool. I'll never forget this."
"My beautiful angel!," Beyonce wrote in a message to Chelsea after their reunion. "You have no idea how happy you made me seeing you. I will see you the next time I'm in Australia."
In 2009, Beyonce singled out Chelsea, then 11, in the audience and sang her hit Halo, changing the words to, "Chelsea I can see your halo - I pray you won't fade away." The YouTube footage went viral and was picked up by talkshow host Ellen DeGeneres. At the time, Chelsea was given a one per cent chance of survival as she battled a rare form of cancer, a primitive neuroectodermal tumour. The teen recently relapsed for the 14th time.
During Thursday's concert, the singer dedicated her performance of Survivor to Chelsea. "This was such an emotional reunion between Chelsea and Beyonce," Donna James, Chelsea's mother, said.
Leukaemia survivor Bronte Horswood, 12, and nine-year-old cancer sufferer Andrea Al Zened also got to meet Beyonce.