We rely on the support of people from all walks of life here at home and overseas. But, did you know that a portion of our volunteers and donators are also celebrities? We have partnerships with well-known public figures from a variety of categories such as athletes, musicians, actors, television personalities, and more. Their efforts and stories help us extend our reach to multiple people; maybe you’ve seen a few yourself?
The 9th season of The Bachelorette aired May 27, 2013 and featured bachelorette Desiree Hartsock. The American Red Cross was featured during the week 4 episode on June 17th. Desiree, her date, and a Red Cross representative toured the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. It was here that they met some of the victims of the hurricane, learned of its impact, listened to their stories, and learned what could be done to help.
March 3, 2013 marked the start of the “All-Star” Celebrity Apprentice. The show featured different celebrities making business decisions in hopes of raising funds and awareness for a charity of their choosing. American Red Cross spokesman Trace Adkins not only competed on our behalf, but he also won the contest raising more than 1.5 million dollars during the show. His dedication and support also earned him the Red Cross Crystal award in recognition of his efforts.
The American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet was developed in 2002 to help the Red Cross highlight important initiatives and response efforts. Celebrity members are “on-call” for a full year term to help support in our mission, message, events, education, and relief efforts both locally and abroad. The current chair of the group is former CEO of Paramount Pictures, Sherry Lansing. This year’s cabinet features such names as Trace Adkins, Sara Evans, Eli & Peyton Manning, Demi Lovato, Amanda Peet, and Darius Rucker.
Many celebrities have also shared stories on how American Red Cross has had an impact on their lives.
Jackie Chan: “When I was a young schoolboy at the Beijing Opera Academy in Hong Kong, I was very poor and yearned for some of the most basic things in life. My fellow students were in similar need and it was at this time that a representative from the Red Cross arrived, bringing us supplies. My classmates and I were so grateful and touched and I vowed to always remember this generosity.”
Jane Seymour: “It’s a great honor to be asked to take part in this worthwhile endeavor for the American Red Cross for another year. I can tell you from personal experience that the time I spend volunteering and working with other volunteers has enriched my life. I look forward to continuing to support the Red Cross during the next year and as a mother, I hope to make a difference, especially with children’s issues.”
If you’ve missed it, check out this new boyband called JJCC (Double JC).
They are indeed produced by film actor, Jackie Chan. Double JC consists of 5 members: SimBa, E.co, EDDY, San-Cheong, and Prince Mak.
You might have noticed that there is a member missing in the MV and there’s only 4 of them, unfortunately Prince Mak was not there due to an accident however he is now fully participating in all of the group’s promotions.
JJCC’s debut song, “At First,” is produced by Choi Joon Young and composed by Japanese producer Yuta.
Down below you can check out their debut stage.
What do you think about these guys? Tell us in the comment section below!
- Admin T
White Men Dating Asian Women Isn’t The Problem – Your Racism Is (Plus, Tips On How To Cure Yourself)
When I first read your article I was very, very angry and very, very annoyed. I thought to myself, “why on earth would Thought Catalog publish something like this?” and then I realized that it was just a cry for help. How are you feeling? Is everything all right at home? It looks as though you’ve been having a bit of a tough time. If that’s the case, boy do I have the solution for you!
See, I think the problem with your situation is that you’re an outspoken, racist, internet-bigot. The problem with your situation, Anne, is you.
I’ve taken the initiative to write you a list of helpful tips that will hopefully get you on your way to becoming a better, brighter, less racist version of yourself.1. Don’t leave the house when you’re sick.
Much like the common cold, racism can be very infectious! Many studies have shown that racism can flare up when exposed to interracial couples, so it would probably be best for you to stay inside until you’re all healed up and certain not to get anyone else sick. This way, you won’t have to be “visually assaulted” by the aforementioned couples, and they won’t have to be “visually assaulted” by you. After all, racism can cause a person to look like a complete, fucking idiot. You wouldn’t want people to have to see you at your worst.2. Learn to trust people.
I know it can be easy to assume that all men are lying, cheating pigs but, Anne, you gotta learn how to stop being so paranoid. You may think that these white men, “… trick millions of Asian women into relationships in which they’re heavily taken advantage of”, but I assure you that is not the case. These “white men” you speak of are not, in fact, tricking anyone, let alone millions of Asian women. Generally speaking, men are simple creatures – they enjoy food, they enjoy sex, they enjoy sleep. Last time I checked, “tricking Asian women” was not a thing they have time for. If, however, they do have time for that, I would argue that you are paying too much attention to the wrong kinds of men.3. Let go of your jealousy.
“Upon contraction of Yellow Fever, white men suddenly stop going after strong and beautiful white women like myself, and start trading us for our shorter, black haired and more yellow-hued sisters, namely you people.” Do I sense jealousy here, Anne? It’s okay to admit it, we’ve all felt the pains of envy from time to time. If you just allowed yourself to let go of the anger you have towards certain white men and the jealousy you hold for Asian women, you might realize that “yellow fever” has nothing to do with the fact that no man in his right mind would want to date someone dumb enough to write the article you wrote. For your sake, I hope it was satire (even so, you need to work on that shit).
4. “Bruce Chan” is not a ninja movie star person.
I’m going to assume that you were talking about the almighty Bruce Lee. If you have a spare moment, instead of writing these fucked up, uneducated articles, try watching one of his many films. They really are fantastic. I would recommend watching Enter the Dragon, Fist of Fury and Way of the Dragon (this last one’s got Chuck Norris in it!). They’re my favourite Bruce Lee movies – let me know what you think.5. Book an appointment with your optometrist.
“they’re not even dating you for your looks, because, like no offense, but you all look kind of similar, so they’re dating you purely because of your race.” Asians, like any other ethnic group, come in all different shapes and sizes and if you’re not able to see that, then you need glasses. Aishwarya Rai, Lucy Liu, Regine Velasquez… all Asian, all completely different.
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I’m going to be honest with you, Anne. Writing this in a calm and collected manner was very difficult for me to do. You see, I’m Filipino (to clarify, this makes me Asian) and my boyfriend is German (which, as you might suggest, makes him a “white man”) and to have any form of intimacy and affection between us whittled down to ‘white man preys on submissive Asian woman’ pissed me right the fuck off. Like, right the fuck off. What you wrote was ignorant, offensive, dismissive and right-fucking-racist.
But I believe there’s hope for you yet.
While you reevaluate your life and attempt to rectify the many, many mistakes I am sure you have made, I’m going to go have sex with my “white man” boyfriend because he respects me and has an amazing ass.
p.s If you’re ever feeling lonely, let me know! I have an ex-flatmate who thinks racism is healthy and wants another World War to ‘fix’ the overpopulation of our wonderful planet. I can’t be certain, but something tells me you two might hit it off. [tc-mark]featured image – Shutterstock
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I started giggling during the subway scene in The Raid 2. It’s not that it’s funny, per se — on the surface, in fact, it’s quite the opposite, a blood-spurting encounter between a female assassin armed with two hammers (take that, Oldboy) and a small army of bodyguards. But there’s something about the audacity of the sequence that just got me; it’s so gory, so violent, and so utterly over the top than you can’t help but marvel at it (provided you’ve got a strong enough stomach). And then they cut away to a simultaneous set piece with another assassin, who likes to take people out with carefully aimed baseballs. A couple of scenes later, our hero kills a bad guy by burning his face on a hibachi. You get the idea.
Much has already been written about The Raid 2’s wall-to-wall violence, and let’s be clear: this is a violent fucking movie. The amount of bloodshed, death, and general mayhem makes it one of those films, like last year’s Evil Dead remake, that indicates the R rating is just plain broken (particularly when you look at the kind of mild sexual activity that violates the rating, but that’s a whole other discussion). The body count is astronomical, the blood is trawled on by the bucketful, and the Foley artists’ budget for celery alone must have been massive.
And it’s not that the violence is disconnected; most viewers will find themselves, at the very least, wincing and flinching throughout the picture’s sprawling, two-and-a-half hour running time. But it’s not empty violence. This is not to say that the film is some sort of deeply thoughtful meditation on the nature of violent interaction — quite the contrary, in fact. No, the violence is so stylized, so energetic, and so magnificently choreographed that it abstracts into something beyond mere brawling; it’s about the joy of performance and the thrill of capturing that performance, as in the physical comedy of Buster Keaton, the endless grace of Fred Astaire, and the previous martial artist who fused them, Jackie Chan.
Much of the genius in Chan’s work is in his ability to create action set pieces in unexpected locations, and with found props. The Raid 2 works in much the same way; in contrast to the taut, single-location narrative of its predecessor, The Raid seems to seek out new locales and conditions for its bone-crunching fight scenes: a prison toilet, a muddy prison yard, nightclubs, moving cars, kitchens, the aforementioned subway. The geographical and temporal tightness of the initial outing is certainly missed, but kudos to writer/director Gareth Evans for resisting the urge to retread; the film’s first line of dialogue is, “It’s a question of ambition, really,” and, in retrospect, that sounds like the film’s guiding principle.
He’s also tinkering with tempo this time around. The pace of The Raid: Redemption was relentless, and so is The Raid 2’s — except when it’s not. He’ll take quiet, introspective pauses between (or even within) the big action beats, giving us time to catch our breath or even forge a moment of poignancy with his characters. He’ll also, to great effect, take a pause in the run-up to an action scene, keying in on a slowly turning broom handle, an elegantly fracturing lock, the unsheathing of those two hammers; he’s building anticipation, slowly and deliberately, and it works.
The skill and confidence of the filmmaking — from the cool, elegant frames that contain the most sinister violence to the sleek shifts in color saturation to the bravado of the frequently unbroken handheld action — is presumably not enough to draw or keep viewers who don’t have a taste for the kind of extreme violence Evans is serving up here. And they certainly won’t stay for the narrative, which is awfully intricate for a movie where we can’t buy much of anything, since the characters in it keep fighting long past the limits of pain and bloodshed for actual human beings.
But that’s par for the course, because the violence in The Raid 2 isn’t “real” (and the violence in any fictional film isn’t “real,” either). It’s not even “comic book violence”; it’s graphic novel violence, or better yet, video-game violence, a term that also helps explain why leading man Iko Uwais can keep on fighting (three lives and all that). Such a distinction will allow plenty of potential viewers and closed-minded critics to dismiss it outright. But this kind of thing isn’t easy to do, and it’s even harder to do it as effectively as The Raid 2.
The Raid 2 is out Friday in limited release.
It’s been a while.
Still waiting for the Taeyang solo album. Now I hear about a Big Bang comeback. Only YG knows.
But between Taeyang twerking at fan meets..
I don’t know what’s real anymore.
But I must switch gears right now and talk about this new kpop group: JJCC (Double JC) created by Jackie Chan.
I was confused as well..but I ended up growing to the idea:
Especially after I saw the teaser for their song “At First (Everyone is like this)”
I was sold.
Note: There are five members. (Eddy, Simba, E.Co, and Sanchung are in the music video. However, Prince Mak wasn’t in the music video.)
When their debut performance went viral, I was shocked by how deep Simba’s voice was! I wasn’t expecting it at all.
And I wasn’t expecting Eddy to hit those high notes!
Then the music video just killed me. Despite Prince Mak being missing, I still enjoyed it.
I try to ignore those Exo fans saying they copied off their beloved. I thought the music was interesting and different. Usually when a kpop group debuts they usually have a faster paced song. But this was different. I instantly got attached to the song. The smooth feeling to it made me love it. There was no “concept” or obvious concept.
Loved it. They have a fan already!
Check out JJCC (Double JC)’s debut music video:
As some may already know, our dear Jackie Chan recently started his own boy band – JJCC. But unfortunately he is not a member. A few days ago, they had their debut and I just thought I would share the MV with you and my thoughts on it.
First off – I like the song. It’s catchy and it will end up stuck in your head the rest of the day. Or until you hear Rihanna’s “shine bright like a diamond”.
Like some of the comments on the MV stated, the individual voices are good, but I’m not sure how well they work together. The one with the deep voice (1:04), stands out. Because its deep and its not great. With some work, and after some more work the group will hopefully be more synchronized and feel like a more natural composition.
The star in this group, so far, is “Eddy” (1:53). He got the good looks and the greatest voice I’ve heard in a while. I have no idea if he is, but I’m hoping he is the leader, because he definitely have the potential to make this group work.
The choreography is weird. I watched them live on YouTube and it’s just weird. But of course it is important to keep in mind that this is their debut, and there is bound to be some flaws. I hope they’ll keep working on it and the overall impression of them will greatly improve.
The story in the MV is confusing. I’m not even sure that there is a story. One just dances in a warehouse, one plays with spray cans, one destroys the wall and the last one, the blond bad boy, is playing with blue flames. As my friend told me:
Because blue is strongest, the warmest flame. Lvl 74 mage.
From what I can see, what they do in the MV may just be a physical representation of their feelings. Cheesy.
JJCC doesn’t stand for Jackie Jackie Chan Chan, to my great disappointment. According to comments on the YouTube MV it stands for Jackie Chan Joins Cultures.
Looking forward to what will happen to Jackie Chans group in the future.
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Good afternoon. On the arduous 5:00PM out of the City. The NFI is 1.
I started out the day wrong. I should remind myself to check my calendar before I go to bed. I was supposed to drive into the City EARLY to pick up a coworker, and to be at a site meeting on the West Side of the City. Instead, I went to a pickup meeting for another project, for which I was early, where I got a lot done, but wasn’t mission-critical. I dropped the ball. It happens. About an hour ago, I got talked to by my client, I did my mea culpa, rescheduled the walkabout for this Friday. Prior to that, I’ve been swearing at myself at my desk like an undermedicated Tourette’s patient quoting an Andrew Dice Clay HBO special. In the end, I took care of the issue and have resolved to triple check my calendar daily.
I am in the front quiet car. The conductor is a older gentleman who worked for the original Pullman Company back in 1896. Now, I have previously discussed how the social rules of the quiet car are usually followed and enforced by the collective.
However, our Ray Walton-looking 105 year old conductor, in a Colonel Klink command yelled “Zis iz a kviet kar! No converzationz are ahloud!” Now, it was already pretty quiet, but after that, you could hear a synchronized heartbeat in the cabin, thump-thumping to the rhythm of the train car wheels below us. The awesome power of totalitarianism!
Jackie Chan is here. The aged martial artist has fully enveloped himself into the world of technology. He has switched between a Bell Exposon 35000 to the DaveSang Nebula Clipboard. His hands show signs of recent martial arts practice; the fingers are bent at perceptible, slightly odd angles. I do believe the Drunken Master is hoped up on too much espresso or 5-Minute-Sooperpower drinks.
Also here are Andie McDowell, a Tweedle (Dum or Dee), a Desi Tim Robbins, and Vin Diesel. All are armed.
Happy Monday. Safe travels.
OMG have you heard about Jackie Chan’s Kpop boy-band? Because I sure haven’t been keeping up with any of this news and when I heard it from a friend and my older sister I was yeah blah blah–Wh-what? DOUBLE JC?! That’s right Jackie Chan has officially debuted his boys into the Kpop Industry. So, before actually going into the review of the music video let’s talk about the group itself.
If you’re like me, it takes quite a numbered of times to recognize names by faces, then this will be pretty helpful. (I’m telling you some of my friends were like Super Junior and Exo were the hardest group to remember names and faces, but even I had a hard time with Dong Bang Shin Ki, 2Am, 2PM, B1A4, Beast, etc…let’s just say I don’t have that much of a great memory anymore).
From Left to Right: SimBa (Simba!!! Hakuna Matata LOL JK), E.co, Eddy, San-cheong, and Prince Mak.
I”ll honestly say when I first saw the name Prince Mak, I though that he was Thai (if you watch Thai dramas you’ll probably understand what I mean.) However, turns out he is Chinese Australian. Anyway here are the roles of the members:
SimBa- Leader and rapper
San-cheong- maknae (youngest) and rapper
Prince Mak: Vocal
So, now we all know what the members do in the group and of course some of you may be wondering who is the visual and face of the group. (For me visual and face are two different thing. A visual is the best looking person from the group and the face is the most recognized member). However, guess we’ll figure that out later one if their is one for the group.
Anyway time for the real stuff now.
First, the music video. It was so-so. I find it disappointing that there are only 4 members in the music video. So, I do know that it is a Jackie Chan production, I don’t know Jackie Chan personally but from watching some of the Korean variety shows that he has been on, it really does seems like he a strict person. Maybe it’s not even him who decided to do the video without all 5, but some other person. However, really? You’re just gonna make a group debut without having all the members. I understand if you add in another member later on after the debut, but really…the audience were expecting to see all five not 4 out of 5. The music video was a little gloomy for their debut, in which makes them I guess more memorable or stand out because usually groups tends to do more bright or happy going choices. So, music video was so-so.
Now time for the even more real thing. The stage debut. I have no idea if this group went to all three broadcast stations or not, but I only ended up watching their stage on SBS. The only thing that was making me grin the whole entire time was their dance move. They look so stiff compared to all other groups, maybe they were just super duper nervous. Everyone is nervous for their first time? Right? Anyway, over it was good. It wasn’t like “WOW” or “WOAH” or “OMG” for me it was just “yeah, they did it.” I don’t really know how to explain it……………………………………………..how about “it was just nicely simply done to get it over with”????
Maybe because I already know that it was Jackie Chan’s boys and I was hoping for something more, something superb that will definitely make them stand out. However, at the end they just turned out be regular Kpop idols and Jackie Chan is nothing more than their support backbone. On the flip side, I’m pretty sure if we were them we were to be super nervous? Why? Well because the audience would expect something more out of us since we are “Jackie Chan’s boys.” And since we’re labeled under him we have to watch every movement that we do to save his face, one wrong move and the netizens chews us out alive.
In conclusion, if I were to give a ratings of 5 stars…………3/5.
Hi guys! :D
Welcome back to It’s Time to K-pop! Today’s exciting Talking about is on Jackie Chan’s new K-pop group, JJCC, which (finally) came out today! Click here to watch it if you haven’t already! I personally have been looking forward to their release, because I mean, it’s Jackie Chan! :P I’ve watched so many of his movies when I was younger, and to think that he created his own K-pop group? :o It made me excited for their release. Despite the many releases that happened today, I decided I had waited long enough to finally talk about this new rookie group! What were my opinions about their debut release? Keep reading to find out more! :)
JJCC (pronounced Double JC) is, as I’ve mentioned countless times, Jackie Chan’s K-pop group, which is managed by The Jackie Chan Group Korea. The members consist of SimBa, the leader, (omg I’m not the only one freaking about his name am I) E.Co, Eddy, SanChung and Prince Mak (or Mac, whichever one but I personally find Mak cooler :D). Because they are such a new group, there are many variations on how to spell their names, so I apologize if I got it wrong :( Although all the other members are Korean, Prince Mak is a Chinese Australian citizen. Oh, and another thing about the video – Prince Mak isn’t in the video (as you can probably tell since they’re only 4 members) because of injuries, but don’t worry, he’s part of their other schedules. Now that we’re more familiar with the group, let’s get in to the song and the music video!
Song: As for my opinion on the song, I’m going to have to say that I liked it! I was impressed by Eddy, the vocal, as well as the voices of the rappers. Even though it’s a slow song, I guess it’s pretty catchy too, because I caught myself singing it, especially the chorus part. Overall, it was a really nice song, and I’m impressed by it, especially as their debut song.
Music Video: While I did really like the song, I wasn’t in love with the music video. I mean, yes it looked cool and they looked cool too, but I really didn’t find any attempts to actually create a coherent storyline. Take the superpowers for example. When I watched the teaser, I thought they would use it for something super cool, or actually have some purpose behind them, but after watching the music video, it seems it wasn’t there for any other reason, other than to make them look awesome (which the blue fire in his hand was, I’ll admit :D). I won’t say I disliked it, because that’s not true, but I think they could’ve given us more substance. I don’t know, I just didn’t find it that interesting. :S I will say that I think they do look good and the video in an overall sense does look polished. I might not love it as much as others because I have high standards, and I was really looking forward to this, so I apologize and I want to make it clear that I’m not saying the video is bad! :) Additionally, I do understand that they took this method, of placing emphasis on the members instead of a story, since it is, after all, their debut and they want to get their names out there.
Overall, I thought the song was nice, and the video was cool too, although it maybe could’ve been better?! Yes? No? Let me know in the comments below! Would I download the song? Yeah! :D I dig it! (Does anyone even say that anymore?) Thanks so much for reading! Tomorrow’s post might involve MBLAQ or SuperJunior-M, who knows? ;) So stay tuned!
Hugs from your fellow K-popper!
Alex Jones is currently challenging Piers Morgan to a boxing match and says he wants to box the hell out of him: http://www.infowars.com/alex-jones-re-issues-challenge-to-box-coward-piers-morgan/ , stating : “You know, Morgan, that I will literally beat the hell out of you!”
The reason the 9/11 truth movement is not getting anywhere is because it is dominated by testosterone fuelled raving morons like Alex Jones – that when push comes to shove, turn to cowardly chickens just to do the bidding of the ‘powers that be’. Alex Jones is clearly just a thug who even threatens to box women, but he only ever does a good job of acting like a raving lunatic clown to discredit the REAL truth movement. He shills about practically everything – particularly concerning 9/11 truth, and labels people who believe in fake planes on 9/11 as being mental. So goodbye Alex Jones – as you’ve just killed any little credibility that you ever had, and proved once again to everyone how NOT to be a man, so you can ditch this stupid advert for a start:
Jackie Chan sings the Mulan song “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” (Chinese):
I might class this as a science fiction movie because it has a little bit of science and a whole lot of fiction – and because any excuse is good enough to watch and write about Jackie Chan.
The Spy Next Door looks like the kind of movie that would have been intended as a vehicle for Vin Diesel or Arnie back in the day, in which case it would not have been worth a second glance. Tough guy+cute kids=yawnfest.
Jackie Chan – I can’t cook noodles in these!
But that it’s a Jackie Chan vehicle makes it a lot more interesting. For one thing, Chan is not your stereotypical tough guy. As Chris Tucker repeatedly reminded him in the Rush Hour movies, he’s not tall, or muscle bound. As Chan said himself, he’s cute, like Snoopy. So right there this movie breaks the mold. He looks comfortably nerdish in his Clark Kent disguise, and still moves like a whip when he becomes the master spy.
The next surprise is the kids – usually so unbearable so as to make you throw your popcorn at the screen, this bunch is surprisingly likeable. Sure, they make their stepfather-to-be’s life hell, but there’s a lot more character development than is usual, and these kids are actually lifelike. Madeleine Carroll, Will Shadley and cute little Alina Foley give great performances. You still want to throttle them occasionally, but no more than your own kids.
Wisely, the fiance/mother (Amber Valetta) is swept out of sight on a family mission early in the piece, thereby setting up Jackie just to interact with the kids. Yes, it’s a cliché, but this time it really works. Jackie uses his spy tools to help him cope and there are genuinely funny scenes of him struggling with oatmeal, sitting through an episode of bedtime sugar rush, and dealing with an unwanted boyfriend (who turns out to be far more than he seems).
Another pleasant surprise is Billy Ray Cyrus as Chan’s sidekick. It’s good to see the achey breaky guy making such strides in his acting career. Miley, take a bow, you showed us that your dad is a very good comedy actor.
Billy Ray – not bad, dad
The villains are in a class by themselves. Anyone who doesn’t crack up at the arch villain Poldark’s parade of inappropriate outfits must be made of stone. Magnus Scheving is perfect in the role. Kids will recognise the Icelandic actor as Sportacus in Lazy Town, but adults will be thrilled with his comedic talent in this movie.
“How quickly can you get me orange jumpsuit?”
Katherine Boecher as Creel, a Russian terrorist in a fearsome blonde wig is side splitting. But one of the funniest moments may be unintentional, when the CIA mole tells Jackie he has to kill the family because “they’ve seen too much.” What? The whole neighbourhood saw it!
The Chan charm is legendary but doesn’t always work well in a standard Hollywood movie – The Tuxedo is a case in point. However, when it does work, as in The Spy Next Door and Rush Hour, it is irresistible.