Featured Celebrity Samaritan: Actress Zoe Saldana runs to elderly woman’s aid after car accident

According to People Magazine online, Actress Zoe Saldana immediately ran to the aid of an elderly woman who was in a car accident yesterday. The entertainment magazine’s online outlet reported that an onlooker observed that Zoe responded quickly, after witnessing the accident, and even called 911. Showing even more concern for the injured lady, Zoe allegedly fetched the woman’s purse and sweater from the car during the time she waited with her for help to arrive.

 Kudos to Zoe for being one of our Featured Celebrity Samaritans!

- Kendra Kabasele

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Featured Celebrity Samaritan – Shaun Robinson: Giving girls a blueprint for success with “Exactly As I Am”

Not every young girl has an older sister to look up to, a mother willing to listen, an aunt who makes time, or even a mentor who reaches out regularly. So when girlfriends are too busy, or even a male friend or family member isn’t the person you want to turn to for advice, sometimes you just need some words of wisdom – from a book.

Shaun Robinson, known for her dynamic role as Access Hollywood’s TV Host, is also an author, and wrote a book targeting these young women. What is the book about, specifically? It’s in the title: Exactly As I Am: Celebrated Women Share Candid Advice with Today’s Girls on What It Takes to Believe in Yourself (Ballantine Hardcover). The book is an honest look at some of the challenges young girls are having to face, including self-acceptance, choosing friends, taking care of and staying true to yourself, and of course, the topic of boys. Shaun addresses each issue from her own point of view, writing candidly about her experiences and outlooks.

What’s nice about the formula for her book is that she intersperses her insights with the wise words of some very notable women, including Jamie Lee Curtis, Celine Dion, Diane von Furstenberg, Janet Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Queen Latifah, Nicole Miller, Julianne Moore, Mandy Moore, Martina Navratilova, Nancy Pelosi, Diane Sawyer, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, Gabrielle Union, Meredith Vieira, Vanessa Williams, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, Oprah Winfrey, Eva Mendes, and Nancy O’Dell among plenty of others. It’s like having that older sister, mother, aunt, mentor and girlfriend, at their fingertips! Another beautiful thing is that the book is also filled with quotes made by young girls.

And so, as we commend Shaun for her message, the young girls who read the book will gain insight, first hand, from some solid women who have experienced the things they are going through, first hand. You know, as much as the young readers will learn from the book, I think there are several things adults can take away from it as well. How do I know, you ask? Because it’s been a part of my collection too!

“A lot of people say that I’m smart, and they have high expectations for me. And when I sometimes fail, I’m afraid I’ll fail again, and I don’t want to disappoint people.” – Lorraine, sixteen

“Very early on, I became my own best friend.” – Diane von Furstenberg

You can go to the book’s website to learn more about it.

- Kendra Kabasele

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Featured Celebrity Samaritan(s) – Mary Mary: “Survive” music video and tag-teaming with the American Red Cross

When musical artists create their music videos, it’s normally to show you their interpretation of the lyrics and story of the song. Sometimes, the artists use the music video as an opportunity and vehicle to bring awareness to an important cause. Sisters Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell of the gospel singing duo Mary Mary teamed up with the American Red Cross to deliver a music video that focuses on the recent tornadoes and other natural disasters to hit the US, but with an inspiring message of survival. The video is for their single, “Survive”, off of their latest album, “Something Big.”

It’s a beautiful thing for an artist to take a project in which they would normally be the focus, and use that platform to help others.

Essence Online launched the video earlier today.

To find out what else the sisters are up to, you can visit their website.

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Featured Celebrity Samaritan – Kourtney Kardashian: Joshua and Robin Berry Children’s Trust

Kourtney Kardashian’s thoughtful and touching website post about a family who was in a tragic car accident on their way home from a family vacation is the first Featured Celebrity Samaritan on Celebrity Optimist. Kourtney used her platform to relay the story and to help the family raise money for their surviving children, by referring readers of her blog to the children’s trust site. It’s beautiful gestures such as this one, that touch the human spirit and inspire people, including complete strangers, to give back and help others in need. When you take away the what we are and listen to the who we are, the common denominator is the human experience.

To learn more about the Berry family and to donate to their children’s trust, news sources are directing people to the website, www.theberrychildren.org and letting them know they can also donate directly to: Joshua and Robin Berry Children’s Trust, send to the trust in care of the Bank of Texas, 510 Bering Drive, 5th floor; Houston 77057.

Thank you to Kourtney.

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