Celebrity causes

FILE - In this March 14, 2019, file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Swift says the efforts of a Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group to fight against a handful of contentious bills moving inside the state’s GOP-controlled General Assembly inspired her to make a sizeable donation. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
April 09, 2019 - 9:08 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Music superstar Taylor Swift says the efforts of a Tennessee LGBTQ advocacy group to fight a handful of contentious bills moving inside the state's Republican-controlled General Assembly inspired her to make a sizeable donation. According to the Tennessee Equality Project,...
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Bruce Dickinson poses for cameras with his honorary citizen certificate at the city hall in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Saturday, April 6, 2019. Bosnia's capital Sarajevo has declared Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson an honorary citizen in gratitude for the concert the heavy metal band held while the city was under siege during 1992-95 war. (AP Photo/Eldar Emric)
April 06, 2019 - 9:15 am
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnia's capital city made Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson an honorary citizen Saturday for a concert he performed while Sarajevo was under siege during the 1992-95 war. Mayor Abdulah Skaka presented the award at a ceremony in Sarajevo City Hall, which...
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Honoree Taraji P. Henson attends Variety's Power of Women: New York presented by Lifetime at Cipriani 42nd Street on Friday, April 5, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
April 05, 2019 - 8:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Taraji P. Henson teared up as she discussed suicide rates among young black people. Gigi Hadid did the same as she spoke about the fate of the Rohingya people in refugee camps in Bangladesh. The two were among five celebrities honored Friday for their philanthropic work at Variety's...
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"Avengers: Endgame" cast member, Paul Rudd, foreground from left, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner appear with Disney CEO, Robert Iger,, background center, at an event announcing the Universe Unites Charity at Disney California Adventure Park on Friday, April 5, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
April 05, 2019 - 5:27 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Some of Marvel's top Avengers have assembled to support a $5 million donation to benefit seriously ill children in hospitals around the globe. Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Brie Larson helped unveil the donation of money...
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Tony Bennett performs onstage at the Jazz Foundation of America's 17th annual "A Great Night In Harlem" gala concert at the Apollo Theater on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP)
April 05, 2019 - 6:23 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Bennett had few words to say, but many more to sing. Bennett was among the honorees Thursday night at "A Great Night in Harlem," the annual fundraiser for the Jazz Foundation of America. Introduced by Ben Stiller to a capacity audience at the Apollo Theater, Bennett didn't have...
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FILE - This March 29, 2018 file photo shows rapper Nipsey Hussle at an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif. Hussle was shot and killed Sunday, March 31, 2019 outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
April 04, 2019 - 6:08 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The man charged with killing Nipsey Hussle pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and attempted murder charges. Eric Holder, 29, was ordered held on $5 million during a brief court appearance. His attorney, Christopher Darden, declined comment after the hearing. Holder is charged...
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In this Oct, 10, 2013, photo, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah speaks during the closing ceremony and handover of the ASEAN Chairmanship to Myanmar in Bandar Seri Begawan. The sultan announced to implement Islamic criminal laws that punishes gay sex by stoning offenders to death. The legal change in the tiny, oil-rich monarchy, which also includes amputation for theft, is due to come into force Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 03, 2019 - 10:08 am
SINGAPORE (AP) — New Islamic criminal laws that took effect in Brunei on Wednesday, punishing gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death, have triggered an outcry from countries, rights groups and celebrities far beyond the tiny Southeast Asian nation's shores. The penalties were provided...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Michelle Williams, a cast member in "After the Wedding," poses at the premiere of the film on the opening night of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Williams, who has seen first-hand the disparity in men and women’s pay, joined lawmakers and activists Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in the Capitol Building to support the principle of equal pay for equal work. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
April 02, 2019 - 10:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Williams, who has seen firsthand the disparity in men and women's pay, joined lawmakers and activists Tuesday in the Capitol to support the principle of equal pay for equal work. The Oscar nominee attended a news conference marking Equal Pay Day, designed to symbolize how...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2018 file photo, Laverne Cox poses at the nominations announcement for the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in West Hollywood, Calif. Cox is scheduled to speak at a conference on gender equality, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
April 02, 2019 - 6:04 am
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox will be visiting Harvard University to talk about gender equity and stereotyping. The "Orange is the New Black" star is scheduled to headline a campus discussion Tuesday alongside fashion designer Christian Siriano and other...
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Angelina Jolie, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees special envoy, address a meeting on U.N. peacekeeping at U.N. headquarters, Friday March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
March 30, 2019 - 3:33 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actress and activist Angelina Jolie says promoting equality for women, combatting injustice, and helping refugees are the most important parts of her life after her six children. "But in many ways, they go hand in hand," she said in an interview late Friday with The Associated...
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