My new friend Farelani
I'm incredibly excited because in a few weeks I'll be traveling to New York to attend the Ubuntu Education Fund's June 6 gala fundraiser. Today I spoke on Skype with Farelani, one of the students who participates in Ubuntu, an organization that supports kids in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, "from cradle to career." Farelani, who is 15 years old, was in London when we talked because last night because she gave a speech at the London gala fundraiser. She's a budding filmmaker, and has already shot a short film. It won a contest and aired on television. She's also written many stories that I'm going to read as soon as I get them. We discussed me possibly playing one of her characters. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to talk to and get to know such a witty and smart girl. To learn more about all the great work Ubuntu does, click here! In case you were wondering, "ubuntu" means "I am because you are." In other others, we are all connected.
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Did you know that every 26 seconds, a kid drops out of school? Last Saturday night, I went to an amazing fundraiser, Spring Break: Destination Education, for City Year, an organization that helps kids graduate high school by providing them with mentors called corps members who tutor and encourage them. So glad that City Year is around to help! I ran around the Sony Studios lot, which was decorated like a carnival, with Jackie Emerson and her twin sisters Hayley and Taylor. We made flip books, decorated cookies, listened to Robin Thicke perform, and posed at the NFL booth. Variety ran this photo of the two of us with footballs.