Category Archives: Africa

Mia Farrow – Hunger Strike For Darfur

Mia Farrow supports Darfur people by staging a 21-day water-only hunger strike. Farrow is “protesting the expulsion of humanitarians” and wants to get humanitarian to return to Sudan.

Mia Farrow wants us to call the White House [202.456.1111] and President Obama to instruct humanitarian groups to get back to Sudan. And for more information visit, MiaFarrow.org.
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Keira Knightley: Stop Domestic Violence

Anyone that knows me and reads Reserve Result [RR] knows that I support social and art causes, and that I don’t condone or tolerate violence against women, children or any group, and director Joe Wright and actress Keira Knightley are doing their part as well by producing a provocative short film asking us [world citizen] to Stop Domestic Violence. Thanks [RR] reader [Hernando Bansuelo] for the email.

The United Kingdom’s Women’s Aid is asking us all to help save lives by donating 2 pounds a month because 2 women die from domestic violence every week. To learn more about Women’s Aid, visit womensaid.org.uk.
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Matt Damon: Zimbabwe Needs $2 Billion

On the behalf of Not On Our Watch, a celebrity human rights group that uses their “celebrity capital” to draw attention to the world’s suffering peoples, Matt Damon visit Zimbabwe refugee camps in Musina, South Africa while shooting The Human Factor – a film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman – talked to Zimbabwean woman described been raped while pregnant during her journey to cross into South Africa from troubled Zimbabwe.


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About 3,000,000 Zimbabweans have “fled economic collapse and dire humanitarian conditions at home“, and Damon told the Associated Press that he was “shocked and saddened” by the suffering of those talked to at the refugees camps. To read the full article about the remarkable strength of the Zimbabwean women, children and men, please visit USA Today.

The Human Factor is a film that takes a look at the life of Nelson Mandela after the fall of apartheid in South Africa during his first term as president when campaigned to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event as an opportunity to unite his countrymen.

Matt Damon is repped by Patrick Whitesell @ Endeavor.

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Prince Harry, Seeiso @ Sentebale, Forget Me Not

Prince Harry and his regiment, 26 soliders from the Household Cavalry, are in Butha-Buthe, Lesotho (Africa) to rebuild a school for children with chronic physical and mental disabilities. The rebuilding project is run by Sentebale / Forget Me Not – Princes Harry & Sessio of Lesotho’s charity – to help Lesotho’s orphans and vulnerable children.


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Prince Harry will spend three weeks pushing wheelbarrows, filling trenches and working up a sweat – “It would be wrong for a patron of a charity to not get involved.”

Uwem Akpan’s Say You’re One of Them – Book

I’ve come across a new book that’s worth picking up and diving into during your summer break, at the pool, the Hamptons, or in your house or apartment. The five short stories collection by Nigerian author Uwem Akpan’s Say You’re One of Them are told from the prespective of African children facing genocide, child prostitution, glue-sniffing and poverty.

The collections are set in Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Nigeria.

Say You’re One of Them is Uwem Akpan’s debut novel. To read Publisher’s Weekly Q&A interview with Uwem Akpan, visit PublishersWeekly.com.

Anti-CNN Examines "Media Bias"

There are several sides to all humanity and its issue; even though, I’m unhappy with China leaders’ commerce activities with Sudan (Africa), unbiased and accurate news coverage is paramount. And I want to be well-informed, when I take a stand on China and Sudan’s controversy. Truth and fairness are important tools when making an informative decision.

So a website called anti-cnn that pry itself on “expos(ing) the lies and distortions in the western media” is worth checking out for the other side of China’s media coverage. Anti-CNN isn’t “against western media or western people”; its purpose is to eliminate “lies and fabricated stories in the media” and “prejudice from the western society”.


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Madonna Re-Humps Vanity Fair (Green)

Madonna’s excerpts from her Vanity Fair interview and London’s The Times‘ James Christopher review of her feature film, Filth and Wisdom

On the birth of her daughter Lourdes putting Madonna on the road that ended in Malawi: If you have children, you know you’re responsible for somebody, she explained. You realize you are being imitated; your belief systems and priorities have a direct influence on these children, who are like flowers in a garden. So you start to second-guess everything you value, and the suffering of other children becomes much more intolerable.

James Christopher of London’s The Times positive review of Filth and Wisdom: Her film has an artistic ambition that has simply bypassed her husband, the film director Guy Ritchie. She captures that wonderfully accidental nature of luck when people’s lives intersect for a whole swathe of unlikely but cherishable reasons. Altmanesque would be stretching the compliment too far, but Filth and Wisdom shows Madonna has real potential as a director.


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A narration excerpt from Madonna’s I Am Because We Are – 90 minutes Malawi documentary: People always ask me why I chose Malawi. And I tell them, I didn’t. It chose me. I got a phone call from a woman named Victoria Keelan. She was born and raised in Malawi. She told me that there were over one million children orphaned by aids. She said there weren’t enough orphanages. And that the children were everywhere. Living on the streets. Sleeping under bridges. Hiding in abandoned buildings. Being abducted, kidnapped, raped. She said it was a state of emergency. She sounded exhausted and on the verge of tears. I asked her how I could help. She said, You’re a person with resources. People pay attention to what you say and do. I felt embarrassed. I told her I didn’t know where Malawi was. She told me to look it up on a map, and then she hung up on me. I decided to investigate, and I ended up finding out much more than I bargained for, about Malawi, about myself, about humanity.

Madonna’s Hard Candy will be available on Tuesday April 29, and you can pre-order it now on ITunes.


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Don’t Support Beijing Olympic Games

Beijing Olympics Games Should Be Dubbed Genocide Olympics

Steven Spielberg has finally pulled out of Beijing Olympic Games as an artistic adviser for the creative team led by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, due to China’s lack of progress in resolving the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. It’s about time, what took him so long.

“I find that my conscience will not allow me to continue with business as usual,” Spielberg said in a statement released on Today. “At this point, my time and energy must be spent not on Olympic Ceremonies but doing all I can to help bring an end to the unspeakable crimes against humanity that continue to be committed in Darfur.”

China is the biggest customer for Sudan’s oil and they supply Sudan with guns and funds for guns. We won’t allow this genocide to continue and definitely not on our watch.

“Sudan’s government bears the bulk of the responsibility for these ongoing crimes, but the international community, and particularly China, should be doing more to end the continuing suffering there,” Spielberg said in his statement. “China’s economic, military and diplomatic ties to the government of Sudan continue to provide it with the opportunity and obligation to press for change.”

Don’t support Beijing Genocide Olympics Games until Chinese President Hu Jintao takes action against Sudan’s leaders and United Nation Security Council are granted unrestricted access into Darfur to stop the genocide.

Julia Roberts & RED @ Emporio Armani

Julia Roberts and Danny Moder designed men ($195) and women ($175) bracelets as part of the RED campaign to help fight AIDS in Africa. You can purchase the Emporio Armani RED bracelet (emporioarmani.com) online on December 1st (World AIDS Day) and then at Emporio Armani stores in mid-December. And then the distribution of the RED bracelet will be expanded on February 1st 2008.