Friday, June 15, 2007

Hollywood Gets Political

Source: Vanity Fair

In the July issue of Vanity Fair, some of Hollywood's biggest names lend their celebrity to an even greater cause, bringing a new awareness of the continent of Africa and it's overlooked glory. The brainchild of U2 lead singer and activist, Bono, this historic issue of the magazine will put the continent in a new light, as "an opportunity, as an adventure, not a burden". But that's not all, there's an underlying mission. By dedicating the entire issue to the birthplace of civilization, Bono and Vanity Fair, hope to inspire readers to care beyond local and national boundaries and take action. Charity starts at home, but it should not end there. Yet, let's be clear. Africa does not need a "hand out, but a leg up", says Bono.

The magazine will feature 20 different covers shot by renown photograher, Annie Leibovitz, of various A-listers of film, music and politics. Oprah, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, George Clooney, Madonna, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Condoleeza Rice, and yes even our fearless leader, President George W. Bush, will grace a cover. And that's the short list. To see the full celebrity roll and Bono's letter to the editor check out Vanity Fair's website. Each photo depicts two or more subjects together as if a discussion about Africa is already in progress.

Extra! Extra! Copies of your Favorite Covers are also available through Amazon.com. Here are my favorites and personal captions:

Obama: "Ali, you're a perfect example of why I have the audacity to hope when thinking of Africa. Regardless of the fight, you never lost your spirit."

Alicia: "Iman, tell me of the ancient kingdoms of Africa, especially Somalia. I'll use it to introduce you at the next Legends Ball."

George: "Jigga, how many rappers and actors truly care about how we get our bling?"


Oprah: "Would either of you be willing to teach a class at my new school for girls? Donations are welcomed, but giving something of yourself would have a great impact. "


Bush: "Bishop, pray for me. The decisions I make concerning Africa and it's dealings with America impact the world."


Madonna: "Dr. Angelou, love is color blind, but the world is not. How do I teach my African child not just whose son he is, but who he is?"

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