Yao Chen: Is She The Most Influential Woman In The World

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Ok you’ve probably never heard of this woman. Actually none of us in the office had heard of her until last week, but in China Yao Chen is a massive online star. She has 71 million followers on weibo. Weibo is China’s version of twitter. 71 million people is larger than the entire population of Britain.

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Her influence is vast. People there hang on her words daily. She has literally changed peoples lives while sitting at home clicking on a keyboard. Children’s operations have been paid for by donations from her weibo followers after she told people they should donate. Old ladies have put their entire life savings into causes that she supports. She even helped save someone that was politically condemned with her impassioned plea, no small feat in China where the government rules with an iron fist.

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She is a popular girl next door type of actress and has collaborations with Chanel and Lanvin. But what’s most interesting is her international charity work with the UN. She is also a Christian, which is also barely legal in China and quotes the bible in her posts. Check out her cute little elf ears.
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 Yao Chen: Is She The Most Influential Woman In The World

Celebrities Who Are Refugees

These days refugees are kind of like the plague, nobody wants them.  This is because people don’t realize how much the entire culture of the world is based on the migration of people. Our world is made up of diverse and colorful people and we grow stronger when we share ideas, history and empathize with each other’s struggles. Refugees are immigrants who have just cause for relocation. These are people who may not otherwise be able to survive in their country of origin because of war, famine, and injustice. But these people have undiscovered talent, brains and beauty. The world can capitalize on this untapped resource. We are financially stable when our workforce is broadened. We should welcome refugees and refugees should welcome the cultures that they want to be a part of; peaceful assimilation. Now let’s all sing Bob Marley songs and get along!

Now before you disagree, let’s take a look at refugees you know and love.

Celebrities Who Are Refugees:

ALBERT EINSTEIN

“Einstein was a refugee.” That was the message emblazoned on Shiloh Jolie-Pitt’s T-shirt recently as she made her way through Los Angeles’ LAX airport. Flanked by her siblings and mother, Angelina Jolie, at only nine years old, she seems to be following in her mother’s humanitarian footsteps. The photo was taken as the multi-cultural family were on their way to Turkey to visit Syrian refugees on World Refugee Day.

 

The Jewish physicist who changed the world, and was one of the smartest people ever, fled Germany when the Nazis rose to power and became an American citizen. Einstein’s theories, including relativity, are a basis for much of our current scientific theories.

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FREDDIE MERCURY

The legendary frontman of iconic band, Queen, was actually born in Stonetown, Zanzibar. Born to Indian Parsee parents under the name Farrokh Bulsara, he and his family were made to flee the country when Indian and Arab minorities were massacred in 1964. The family eventually settled in England, and it was this struggle that helped him achieve the feats of his career. “If I lost it all tomorrow, I’d claw my way back to the top somehow,” he said.

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IMAN

As an international model and wife to a legendary pop star, Iman has captured the world’s attention with her poise and beauty. But long before she met David Bowie, the Somalian-born beauty fled from her native country during a bloody coup in 1969 for the quiet of Kenya. Born Iman Mohamed Abdulmajid, the statuesque stunner would later be discovered by a photographer before embarking on a modelling career in the United States. But her experience as a refugee remain with her years later. “I could never forget how dehumanizing it feels – not to beg, but to be helpless,” she said.

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M.I.A.

She shot to stardom with her worldwide smash hit “Paper Planes”, but did you know that the singer M.I.A. was once a refugee? Now living in the United Kingdom, she was born Mathangi Arulpragasam as a Tamil minority in Sri Lanka. Following a civil war in that country, her family fled for the stability of London, England where she would go on to carve a successful career in the music industry.

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WYCLEF JEAN

He created the prolific hip-hop group The Fugees – short for “refugees” – after he and his family relocated to the United States from their native Haiti in 1982.

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THE DALAI LAMA

The revered Buddhist religious leader was forced to flee to India as a refugee during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. By 2013 the Dalai Lama had become the joint most popular world leader by 2013, according to a poll conducted by Harris Interactive of New York, which sampled public opinion in the USA and six major European countries.

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ALEK WEK

Her unique brand of beauty went on to change the fashion industry but as a young girl, Alek Wek was forced to leave her country of birth as a refugee. During the bloody Sudanese Civil War of 1991, Wek and her family moved to the United Kingdom when she was just 14.

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BOB MARLEY

His lyrics are thoughtful, honest and hard-hitting. But it was this same outspoken nature that made Bob Marley the subject of an assassination attempt in 1976. At a time of great political unrest in his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, the reggae icon fled to exile in Miami.

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GLORIA ESTEFAN

Gloria Estefan was born in Havana, Cuba during the heydey of the Communist revolution. In 1959, at the age of two, her family fled the country for Miami in the United States. The child refugee would later go on to become the Queen of Latin Pop and one of the world’s best-selling Latin artists of all time.

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Cannes Film Festival Wrap Up

“And That’s a Wrap: The Cannes Film Festival 2016” by Jennifer Niejadlik
 
The 69th Festival de Cannes wrapped Sunday, May 22, 2016 with the presiding President of the Jury Director George Miller announcing the grand prizes during the Awards Ceremony. The coveted Palme d’Or went to the film “I, Daniel Blake” Directed by Ken Loach. The story is of a middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, and is joined by a single mother in a similar situation.  
The previous ten days of the festival was a world wind of fitting in as much as I could in terms of networking and enjoying the glamorous side of the festival. I attended the Red Carpet for the French film “Ma Loute”, English title “Slack Bay”, Directed by Bruno Dumont. The film takes place in the summer of 1910 where several tourists have vanished while relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the Channel Coast. The film stars Juliette Binoche and is a “Laurel and Hardy” genre comedy.
Another night I was able to grace the Red Carpet; this time for the premiere of Director Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG”. This children’s story is about a girl named Sophie who encounters the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) who despite his intimidating appearance, he turns out to be a gentle soul. He is outcasted by the other giants because he refuses to eat little boys and girls. It was a real honor to be seated in the same theater as Director Steven Spielberg who is best known for one of my favorite childhood films, “ET. the Extra-Terrestrial” among so many other block buster dramatic and action films.

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The Cannes Film Festival is about the films and the magic they create. Oui, oui, another night and another Red Carpet, this time for “Loving” directed by Jeff Nichols. This story is based on true events of an interracial couple living in Virginia in 1958. They are sent to prison for getting married. This emotional story was portrayed by actor Joel Edgerton and actress Ruth Negga. Another screening I was able to get my hands on a ticket was “The Neon Demon” Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The films stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves and Jena Malone. This film was top on my list of “must see”. It is a story of a aspiring model who just arrives in Los Angles. She is devoured by a group of beauty obsessed women who literally want to eat her alive. The film is not for the faint hearted with its canibal and necrophila scenes.
George and Amal Clooney lit up the red carpet for the premiere of the out of competition film “Money Monster”. They walked arm and arm with co-star Julia Roberts and director Jody Foster.  Kendall Jenner and Petra Nemcova attended the premier of the film “From The Land Of The Moon starring Marion Cotillard.
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Cannes Film Festival Wrap Up

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