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Will.i.am makes catchy uplifting song for kids

Have you ever heard a song that is so catchy, it makes people of all ages smile and dance?  Good News - Will.i.am has created an uplifting song on Sesame Street that has gone viral on youtube.  It currently has over 20 million views!  I'm not sure if it is 20 million different people or 5,000 parents that keep replaying the song for their kids :).  "Nothing's going to bring me down...because I'll keep getting stronger!"


I witnessed the true power of this song the other day when my brother was playing the song for my one year old nephew.  The lil man immediately started smiling when the song started.  Every time the characters lifted their hands in the air, he followed suit!  Then I looked around the room and the adults were all doing the same! 

I have since made the song my alarm clock in the morning so I can wake up with a smile! Hmm maybe he made the song for adults :).  Listen to it below and jam out!

 

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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Singer Kylie Minogue is a Charity Diva

Many of you know the Australian superstar because of her hit songs including "Locomotion" and "Can't get you out of my head".  Or maybe you know her because she is just awesome.  Kylie Minogue may as well be placed in the dictionary next to charity.  She has done so much to raise awareness for breast cancer, AIDS research through AmFAR, Children in Need, and more.

Kylie is a breast cancer survivor herself.  In 2005 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but she has received successful treatment to rid herself of the disease that affects so many.  Her charitable donations began well before her diagnosis.  After she publicly announced her diagnosis, cancer screenings in the UK went up a third.  "I know a lot of women went for screenings after my announcement," Kylie says, "and a lot of people came up to me and said I saved them. Of course I didn't - but it made them go and get checked."

In 2010, she joined forces with Robbie Williams, Elton John, and the Scissor Sisters to have a breast cancer charity concert.  She has truly become an inspiration and has helped many through difficult times.  There are definitely good people in the world and Kylie Minogue is one of them!

Thank you Kylie!  The Good World News team is jamming out to your music :)

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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Alicia Keys comes to Raleigh, NC to encourage voting

Alicia Keys undoubtedly has one of the most beautiful voices on the planet, but she really inspired the Raleigh, NC crowd when she told everyone that they each have an important voice by voting.  Hundreds came out to Chavis Park in downtown Raleigh, NC to see Alicia Keys and turn in their early vote.

The Grammy winner stated that Obama won North Carolina few votes in 2008 which shows that every single person can make a difference.  Alicia is a great role model for so many individuals.  Everyone really appreciated a busy celebrity taking the time to speak to a crowd and encourage them to show their voice and vote!

After Alicia's speech, downtown Raleigh was Fired Up and Ready to Go!!!

Thank you Alicia Keys for coming to Raleigh and inspiring everyone!  It is really appreciated.

 

Peace & Love,


Jon

- The Good World News

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Tyler Perry replaces disabled woman's stolen van

"Hallelujer!!" is exactly what Madea would say in this good news.  This isn't the movies though, and Tyler Perry isn't playing the Madea role.  This is real life and Tyler Perry just made someone very very very happy.

On September 30th, 2012, a $60,000 specialty equipped van was stolen from Alicia Day's house in Dekalb County, GA.  Alicia is a 24 year old with cerebral palsy who uses a wheel chair for mobility.  Even though she has a disability, she doesn't let that put her down - She told Alanta's Channel 2 Action News that she prides herself on trying her best to be independent and working as a part time greeter at Home Depot.

Minutes after the van was reported stolen on the news, Tyler Perry called the news station and said that he wanted to give Alicia Day a brand new van.

Alicia was in shock when she received the phone call with Tyler Perry. “My mouth just dropped to the floor when I heard his voice", she said.  Alicia's father was flabbergasted as well when he picked up the phone. He said, "Excuse me, who do you want to talk to? Who is this now?,' Day’s mother said.

Home Depot stepped it up as well.  They donated $5,000 to help Alicia with medical expenses and she gets to meet the president of Home Depot!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

-The Good World News

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A Cinderella Story: Supermodel Fior Mendez Rises From The Orphanage To The Runway

There aren’t many options for abandoned youth, when they are deemed too old to stay at the orphanage. In an environment where female orphans are just numbers that eventually fade to black in a cold system, and forced into prostitution to escape poverty, Fior Mendez has beaten the unlikeliest of odds.  The 22 year old Dominican beauty moved to New York just two weeks ago, thanks to a friend and member of The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, in hope for a better life. Well, she can consider her mission accomplished. Fior is now a bonafide supermodel, and stomped the runway Friday night for Nzinga Knight at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week.

The designer explains the casting call that changed Fior’s life:

“Just as my third casting session was about to be over, Fior Mendez walked in the room and did her walk and had this wonderful expression on her face, plus natural beauty. I was sold.”

Fior is quickly becoming a fashion darling, and has caught the attention of the nation. Now that she’s in the spotlight, she wants to shine it on the orphans who need the support she was afforded, so that they can have the opportunity to pursue their dreams:

“I want to be a light for those kids. I want to show them that if you are dedicated, you can do something, and that even if you’re sad, you always have hope.”

 

Gomez-Lacayo, Jada. "A Cinderella Story: Supermodel Fior Mendez Rises From The Orphanage To The Runway". STYLEBLAZER. September 2012. Web. 

View original article at styleblazer.com:

http://styleblazer.com/82421/a-cinderella-story-supermodel-fior-mendez-rises-from-the-orphanage-to-the-runway/

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Michael Franti gives free concert in Raleigh, NC

Incredible music, great vibes, smiling faces, headlined by Michael Franti, and free to the public! - Whaaat?  Yes, you heard it right!!  Hundreds of people came out to the Red Hat Amphitheater to see Michael Franti and Spearhead in the "Downtown Family Get Down" event on 10/20/2012!  Admission to the event was completely FREE!  This was a true family event - music, face painting, and dancing for all ages.  The Good World News team was there to get down on it! :)

Michael Franti is at the top of the charts when it comes to putting on a live show and getting the crowd involved.  Every show he manages to get the entire crowd jumping and dancing.  During "The Sound of Sunshine" (song below) the band kicked out beach balls into the crowd of dancing people!  During "All I want is you", Franti jumped out into the crowd to dance and bring even more smiles to the faces of Raleigh.

It had been a couple years since Micheal Franti had a show in Raleigh.  He took a minute to talk to the crowd about his last show in Raleigh on the streets in front of the Lincoln Theater.  Franti remembered how it poured rain into the crowd, but it didn't stop "the sun from shining through" as the crowd never stopped dancing.  Franti also remembers how he got his beautiful guitar (see in video below) painted by someone at that Raleigh show.


Thank you Michael Franti for bringing all of the good vibes to Raleigh, NC!  It was a blast! "Spread love from the microphone"!

 

The Sound of Sunshine - Michael Franti & Spearhead

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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Pamela Anderson adopts homeless dog from India

Good News - The Baywatch supermodel, Pamela Anderson has made another rescue!!  She has been an avid animal supporter since her youth.  Now a vegan, Pamela was only in her early teens when she became vegetarian.  The blonde beauty actively campaigns and poses for the animal protection organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).   She is definitely showing that she has a big heart!

So how did she end up saving a homeless dog in India?  We are guessing that she ran through India in slow motion wearing that red lifeguard outfit and scooped the cute little canine up in her arms and boarded the first plane back to The States.  In actuality, she first discovered all of the homeless dogs in India during a promotional trip and asked one of her PETA India peers to help her adopt one.  They found an adorable dog at a construction site in Mumbai.  Pamela has named her Pyari.

 

Pamela Anderson states: "I'm thrilled to be able to give Pyari a loving home. I already have rescued dogs, and I urge everyone to join me in adopting a homeless dog from their local animal shelter or the streets instead of buying a so-called 'pedigree'."

Great work Pamela!  We are proud of you at Good World News!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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Fans find two of Sonic Youth's stolen guitars

Sonic Youth, an alternative rock band from NYC is known for their custom tweaking of their instruments.  While on tour in Orange County, CA in 1999, the truck holding all of their gear was stolen.  The truck was discovered several days later....completely empty.  All of their guitars, amps, and pedals were gone for good....or they thought.

The band has some incredible fans.  These diligent fans have been on the lookout for the stolen gear ever since their disappearance.  The fans have been scouring the web and pawn shops to let Sonic Youth know about any of their equipment.  This week the sixth and seventh guitars to be recovered appeared only days apart.  Thurston Moore's white jazzmaster was discovered on ebay by a great fan in Belgium.  Lee Ralaldo commented about the fan, "He wrote saying, 'Check out this auction. The color's different, but it definitely looks like your guitar. The serial number matches,'".  The other guitar was Lee's Jazzmaster and it was discovered at a pawn shop.  Fans were commenting online about the guitar at the pawn shop and said that it looked like one of the stolen guitars.

Ranaldo discussed some of the other equipment recovery stories on their website:

These two scruffy teenage boys came up. They told us they knew about our stolen guitars. One claimed his uncle was involved with stealing the van. We were like, 'yeah, sure kid.' But he sent us these anonymous pictures of our gear in basements-- foot pedals where you could see our crew guys' writing on the sides, and somebody's sneaker on top. These kids were destitute. They'd been kicked out of their homes, living in a car in L.A. We said, 'we'll give you a few hundred dollars each for them.' It did happen.

Sonic Youth has some great fans!  Ranaldo states his appreciation, "It's kind of wild.  After all this time, things are still surfacing thanks to the diligence of fans."

Great story.  Here at Good World News, we are glad that the fans have shown their support and appreciation for the group!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

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Christian Bale surprises 4 year old cancer patient with a trip to Disneyland

Part of the reason why so many people love Batman is because under the dark mask is a normal human just like all of us.  He does not have any superpowers or magic ability.  Under all of the cool gadgets and costumes, he just has his wits, his heart, and his determination to make the world a better place.


Christian Bale, the actor in the recent "Dark Knight" batman films is proving to be a real life superhero.  Bale flew Jayden and his family to Anaheim, California to go to Disneyland.

Jayden's mom wrote an ecstatic message on Facebook - “Finally can share!!! Christian sent us to LA and we had lunch at Disney club 33 on wed!!  He and his family were so awesome and down to earth!!!”

We can definitely say that Christian Bale is a real life superhero!  He has made a young boy's dream come true :)

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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We're NASA and we know it: Parody fan video an online hit

Bikini-clad girls dancing on Mars with boxes on their heads, combined with some real footage from outer space. It's a NASA parody music video making the rounds online, and it's a bit hit at the US space agency.

You’d hardly ever see NASA scientists breakdancing – aside from in this video. The music video jokes about NASA’s Curiosity mission to Mars, and shows “scientists” dressed in NASA uniforms wearing weird wigs, golden pants and geeky shades.

The Satire band of enthusiasts, led by director Forest Gibson and performer David Hudson, re-mastered LMFAO's hit song Sexy and I Know It into We’re NASA and We Know It, and accompanied it with some truly funny shots.

And it wasn't just the song’s title that was adjusted to a NASA theme. The performers also rewrote the lyrics.

“When I EDL, time for seven minutes of flaming hell, Rover's touching down everybody passing peanuts around, yeah,” David Hudson raps.

The parody uploaded to YouTube has already scooped several thousands of views, and NASA even posted about the parody on their Twitter, telling readers to “Take a look at ‘We’re NASA and we know it!’”

Still from YouTube video
Still from YouTube video

The chorus of the song calls to “Crane lower that rover” before the bottom line states “We're NASA and we know it.”

”This fan-made video is awesome (and I know it),” the Twitter of the Curiosity Rover commented.
Thomas Callahan

Still from YouTube video
Still from YouTube video
Still from YouTube video
Still from YouTube video
 

"We're NASA and we know it: Parody fan video an online hit". RT. 16 August 2012. Web.

View original good news article at rt.com:

http://rt.com/art-and-culture/news/nasa-official-parody-video-872/

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