BKO Celebrity Activism Series: Clayne Crawford inspires us to #BeTheChange

Written by Stephanie Lapointe “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi The truth is that many of us are born into privilege in some way – whether it be geography, race, gender –  and we need to understand what that means not only for our own lives but how it impacts others in ways we may not even realize. Poverty, injustice and inequality won’t end unless those who have privilege begin to understand the {Read More}

6th Grader B. Wright Stands Up For the LGBTQ Community & Bullying In A Big Way: She Will Not Be Silenced

Written by B. Wright I am a 6th Grader living in Florida. Over the past few years I have personally noticed a recurring issue that is unfortunately affecting countless of innocent people who don’t deserve this treatment. I had originally started this letter with the intention to present it to my peer counseling class, which is an elective class that teaches us all about kindness, how to work together with others, and basically get along in a world where not {Read More}

Bullying Awareness Month: Diana’s Story

Written by Diana Fusella I was bullied for most of my childhood, except I didn’t even realize that’s what it was until I started reading the stories. I lead a very sheltered life as my parents were strict, so I was a bit naive to it all, I just thought that was the way things were.  At first I was bullied because of my nationality, even though I was born in Australia, my parents were born in Italy, so I {Read More}

Face Forward LA 2018 Gala La Dolce Vita: Hollywood Steps Out for Domestic Violence

Written by Dana Jacoviello The 9th annual Face Forward gala of the year was held on September 22, 2018 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and what an event it was. Everything that it was hyped up to be, was certainly delivered. The theme this year was La Dolce Vita, which translates into ‘the sweet life’ in Italian. The theme and ambiance of the entire night was embraced fully from the music to the food. The night began with talent arriving {Read More}

Why Sexual Assault is Acceptable: Do Not Let The Title Fool You

  Written by Jenn Sadai           As a woman who has been sexual assaulted by various men throughout her life, it breaks my heart that it’s more than just tolerated, it’s actually accepted. The #MeToo movement may have taken down its share of powerful men, but they were only the tip of the iceberg. Countless other well-known men have long lists of accusers, including the President of the United States, and justice is not even being {Read More}

Celebrity Activism Series: Mira Sorvino Teaches Us Why Staying Silent Is No Longer An Option

Written by Stephanie Lapointe “If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.” ― Albert Einstein When we talk about celebrity activism, there are a few different degrees of involvement from the arts and entertainment community. Some will use their platform to spread awareness of the issues they care about, others will get involved with not-for-profit organizations as celebrity spokespersons to support solutions they believe in, and there are a few who will make it part of their everyday job {Read More}

We Are All Human

Written by Lara Antoine           3 men walk into a bar; A Russian, an American, and a Mexican. They all order a beer and sit down to drink. The Russian drinks his beer first then throws it out the window. The bartender asked him “why did he throw out his beer?” The Russian said, “he had a lot of those in his country.” The Mexican drinks his beer and throws it out the window too. The {Read More}

Celebrity Activism Series: A Beacon of Hope – Lana Parrilla Shows Us The Power Of Never Giving Up

Written by Stephanie Lapointe “If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going”   When it seemed hopeless for Britain during World War II as Germany was continually gaining ground, Winston Churchill delivered a speech to inspire a military and public losing hope. His key message was simple: when it feels like we can’t keep going, that’s the time to fight harder. There is some debate whether he said the above quote, but it perfectly summarized the message he sent to Britain {Read More}

A Healing Home For Victims Of Bullying

Written by guest blogger Alejandra Roca Photo by Pixabay   With about 21 percent of US students aged 12-18 being bullied, it’s no surprise that bullying, both in schools and online, has grown into a national epidemic. The National Education Association states that more than 160,000 kids avoid school due to bullying, which just shows how devastating and traumatic this situation can be on your child’s emotional and physical well-being. A study from the University of Washington School of Medicine {Read More}

Celebrity Activism Series: Stand Up. Step in. Michael Raymond-James Fights Darkness With Love

“I often cry for people who I think (rightly or wrongly) feel that no one will cry for them.” – Michael Raymond James, Bullies Keep Out Interview (2014) Written by Stephanie Lapointe   It’s safe to say everyone’s life has been touched by bullying in some way whether it was as a bystander, a target or even as the bully ourselves. It’s a ubiquitous issue that knows no borders, has no specific language and is commonly understood across all continents. {Read More}

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