The Do Something! Awards always tend to make us smile and cry at the same time, and this story about one recent finalist who appeared on the show might actually make you run out of emotions to feel when you watch it.
Darius Weems has spent his life fighting for disability rights after being diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and for his twenty-third birthday, his friends are trying to make him an overnight rap star. In the video above, the story is all laid out: Darius’ friends try to give him the best birthday possible every year, and this year Darius recorded a song called “Thank You For 23” which you can download on iTunes. His friends have started an internet campaign (the song has already hit #36 on the hip hop chart!) to make him a star overnight, and they’re asking for some extra support. At the moment Darius is in the hospital receiving treatment and his friends plan to reveal his chart-topper to him today because he has no idea about their plan, so all they ask is that you visit their Facebook page if you’d like to share a message or photo of support, and download the song to make Darius rapper for a day. It doesn’t hurt that the song’s pretty awesome, too.
Happy birthday, Darius! Don’t forget about us when you’re a super-famous hip hop star.
We’ve always sighed about the fact that, where there’s a best-dressed list, there has to be a not-so-best-dressed list. We’ve already taken care of the best-dressed list at the VH1 Do Something Awards that took place yesterday in Santa Monica, California. And now comes the part we don’t like. We’re not going to call this the “worst-dressed” list, but instead, offer insight into, what we think, could have salvaged these outfits. We’ll start with Lea Michele‘s Giorgio Armani dress. We love the hair, we love the Jenni Kayne shoes and the Samira 13 jewelry. We even like the silver Fendi clutch, even though it looks kind of smushed. The problem is that we’re seeing far too much sternum and leg in the same outfit. Too much skin combined with the ruffles makes us feel like she’s about to break into the cha-cha. Olivia Munn‘s next. We love the color and texture of her bright Alice + Olivia frock, but really can’t get past the block-like cream pumps that are so wrong for this outfit. They weigh the whole thing down. We’re also digging the color of Sophia Bush‘s bright orangeOlcay Gulsen gown, but the fit just doesn’t sit right with us. It’s the same with Kristen Bell‘s crazy, colorfulJenni Kayne Resort 2013 dress. It’s absolutely not the right fit, and the Jimmy Choo sandals are too clunky for the dress, as well. This is depressing isn’t it? Such lovely ladies — we’re sure they’ll get it right the next time. We have more looks in the gallery below, so how about you check them out and tell us how they could be saved?
We’re doing a little something different today for our best-dressed list. The VH1 Do Something Awards took place yesterday inSanta Monica, California, and we’re shaking things up by putting the men and women in the same best-dressed list. What can we say — everyone has equal opportunity to look good! Having said that, can we start with the dudes first? Because they really brought it on the carpet. Guys like Harry Shum Jr. and Nick Cannon looked super spry in formal wear, and Cannon gets extra points for those raspberry brogues. John Cho and Will.i.am went two different direction within the casual sphere. Cho was hipster and streamlined in black textures with cool sneakers, but Will.i.am went all fashionista in shades of cream, ochre and olive. And pulled it off, we might add. The blazer ain’t easy to wear.
As far as the women are concerned, the Twilight ladies ruled, in our opinion. Ashley Greene debuted a new, light hair color, and paired the ‘do with a complementary jungle-printed, metallicMichael Kors Resort 2013 dress with Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and a Roger Vivier clutch. Her cast mate, Nikki Reed, was elegant and Grecian in a beige, belted Lela Rose gown. Naysayers may sniff that it’s a tad bedsheet-like, but you know what — it’s a pretty gorgeous bedsheet. Hats off to Ellie Kemper for taking on a black-and-gold brocade dress, as well. She’s a smart lady for pairing the dress with really strappy shoes too, to lighten the look up. If your interest is piqued, then head on to the gallery for the rest of our best-dressed list.
The 2011 Do Something! Awards are right around the corner, but host Jane Lynch seems to be a bit confused these days about exactly what show it is she’s hosting. As you can see in the brand new promo above, she thinks that she’s signed on for the Do Someone awards, but after entering that URL in her browser, she quickly realizes her folly.
Don’t forget, there’s still plenty of time to vote for the 2011 Do Something Awards, which will air on VH1 on August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. As an added incentive to vote, we’ve got another brand new Jane Lynch promo to share with you below. This time, it involves Jane and a treadmill. We think you can guess where this one is heading.
The 2011 Do Something Awards nominees have been announced, and we have the full list of nominees and links to the voting pages below! Voting begins today, so make sure you cast your ballot in each category.
This year’s show is going to be hosted once again by Jane Lynch, and if the promo above is any indication, she’s going to kill it onstage. Only she can get away with getting a jab in at the Mob Wives while also making a plea for social change.
The awards will air on VH1 on August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT —read on for more information on the show and all the nominees. Read more…
Last night, VH1 attended the DoSomething.org Kickoff Event at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City, where the five finalists who will compete for the 2011 Do Something Award for community service and social change were announced. The winner will receive $100,000 to put toward their cause. The event was hosted by Kevin Jonas and featured a performance by the Plain White T‘s and special appearances from High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu, Friday Night Lights star Aimee Teegarden, singer JoJo, and actor Josh Ritter.
Before the show, we spoke to Jonas, who explained what the Do Something Awards mean to him. He told us “It’s something we’ve been involved with since 2007, me and my brothers. It’s not about one person doing something big, it’s about a bunch of people getting together in a local community and doing something great.” And that’s exactly what all the young finalists have done (we can say confidently that no other award show has ever made us cry, but the Do Something Awards have done just that).
After the jump, find out more information on the finalists and how you can nominate your favorite celebrity do-gooders for the awards.
As previously announced, VH1 is airing the Do Something Awards again this summer. For those under 25 who are taking on a problem in the world, there’s still time to submit your application before the March 15 deadline. You may remember the grand prize winner gets 100k towards their cause. Last year’s winner was the amazing Jessica Posner, who co-founded a community center and school for girls in Kibera (Africa’s largest slum). Sad fact: 66% of girls in Kibera trade sex for food as early as age six and only 8% of women ever attend school. Happy fact: Jessica has helped more than 5,700 of Kibera’s residents gain education and employment.
We’ve invited Jessica to share her experiences since winning the award (after the jump). If reading her note doesn’t make you cry and want to change the world, try looking at her pics.
Calling all young people under 25 who are tackling a problem in the world. It’s your time to shine. The Do Something Awards is accepting applications for 2011. The big winner will not only get 100k for their cause, but also participate in the live broadcast of the show on VH1.
Last year, the event was hosted by Glee‘s Jane Lynch and featured appearances by Megan Fox, the Jonas Brothers and others. Of course, the real star of the night was last year’s grand prize winner, Jessica Posner (pictured above), who founded a school for girls and community center in Africa’s largest slum. In addition to the grand prize, five nominees will be rewarded with a $10,000 community grant.