When’s the last time you did something nice for someone randomly? Not for someone’s birthday or for someone you have a crush on, we’re talking completely random, like buying coffee for the person behind you at Starbucks.
“You can’t change the world in one day but you CAN change someone’s world.” That’s the motto for #GetRAOKT, (pronounced like Get ROCKED) which is an acronym for the “Random Acts Of Kindness Tour.” This September 1st Jessica Schafer and myself will be setting out on a year long adventure around North America with one goal in mind, perform as many random acts of kindness as we can and inspire a new generation of people to get involved in their communities whether it’s a small or large amount. It only makes sense since I’m the “Do-Good” one of the cast here at Homorazzi. We decided 3 months ago that it was time to make a change and do something that we felt would make a difference and thus #GetRAOKT was born and we’ve been saving ever since.
North America tends to be a place that easily gets lost in the “me” syndrome. Have you ever noticed how it makes you feel way better when focusing on the “we” instead of “me” by making someone’s day a little brighter? From volunteering at shelters, cleaning up after natural disasters and writing thank you letters for social workers to taking underprivileged families to a theme park for the day, we’re going to try and do it all. Couch surfing and car sharing every inch of the way. Speaking of which, if you’re interested in having 2 awesome house guests for a few days let us know! The trip itinerary along with more information can be found on FundMyTravel.com, a website dedicated to helping fund purposeful travel.
I recently had the pleasure of checking out the newest exhibit at Telus World of Science titled The Science of Sexuality. I went because I wanted to know how homo-friendly the exhibit was or if it was a going to be a hetero-hypocrisy. I’m pleased to say that I did see and read quite a bit about the gay and lesbian communities. Unfortunately there wasn’t anything on our transgender friends. My Science World rep Jo-Ann said because of this Science World worked with a board of advisers to find a way to make the exhibit more inclusive and added these fun speech bubbles everywhere.
I’m a sucker for all things Werewolves (Team Jacob) and this book takes that world to a whole new level. First time authors Jade Olivia Braddock and Cyril Alfred Blake really outdid themselves on this one. If I had to compare it to anything I would say it’s like Game of Thrones meets True Blood with a hit of The Mortal Instruments.
This is the story of the death of Devon Andrews, and her rebirth into a world she never asked for. On the night of the winter solstice: a lunar eclipse, a prophecy and a world of war and leadership. A once-forgotten ancient culture and a dynasty under the guidance of the last of the druids. A war between two families, one given gifts by the Gods the other created through dark magic, both with their own secrets and agendas. Her old life ripped away, a new destiny is created. Follow Devon and her journey into this one-of-a-kind story of history, magic, and werewolves. The Solstice Moon Series has taken a classic supernatural genre beloved by its fans and given it a world that no one has seen before.
I found Devon Andrews to a rough and tumble kind of girl with a tomboy sense of fashion and a street smarts attitude. She kept me guessing the whole way about how she was going to react in certain situations and there was always this aura of mystery around her which I quite enjoyed. There is also a slew of other characters to fall in love with along the way including a fabulous gay and a studly trainer. I find whenever there is a gay character in a book, like The Mortal Instruments for example, I grow more attached to the story and enjoy reading it just that much more. All in all I loved the story and thought it did a beautiful job of setting things up for the rest of the series, which I will definitely be buying.
My girl Kelly Clarkson has announced her second single off her Greatest Hits – Chapter One album will be “People Like Us,” which will hit radio airwaves on April 8th.
I’ve been in love with Kelly from the moment she walked into the audition room. My parents can vouch for me that I said “she’s going to win this show, hands down.” She’s become a powerhouse in the music industry and was ranked #1 money earner among her Idol alumni in a recent Forbes article. I’ve seen her live twice now and wouldn’t hesitate to go again. I saw her in Las Vegas last year and the final show of her Breakaway Tour here in Vancouver. I still consider her Breakaway show at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.
In “People Like Us” Kelly takes on the roll of supporter singing…
People like us we’ve gotta stick together
Keep your head up nothing lasts forever
Here’s to the damned, to the lost and forgotten
It’s hard to get high when you’re living on the bottom
On her official Facebook page she says the following about her new single:
I’m so excited people are digging my new single! It’s my favorite song I’ve ever recorded …. Ever!
I was checking out the latest news on Facebook, as you do, and came across this little gem that put a big smile on my face. By no means am I the biggest One Direction fan but I definitely have an appreciation for the boys and the cheese pop that they bring into the world.
It seems that doing “Cup” songs is turning into the rage these days and I’m a fan. I love a capella music and have mad respect for anyone who can stay on pitch without the help of a musical instrument.
In the following video uploaded by Stewart Yu, three people sing a mashup of the following One Direction songs: “What Makes You Beautiful,” “One Thing,” and “Kiss You.” Listen and watch the video below and if you haven’t checked out Anna Kendrick‘s “Cups” remix that is now playing on radio, you can check it out here. Enjoy!
Hot off the heels of my interview with the lovely and talented Katie Findlay from The Carrie Diaries comes the movie trailer for “The Philosophers.” Katie mentioned the movie in our interview together and now that I’ve seen the trailer for it I’m waiting with bated breathe until it’s release. As for a release date I couldn’t track down any solid day other that hopefully soon in 2013.
The film boasts quite the array of actors. Along side Katie we have James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas, Hitchcock), Daryl Sabara who you might recognize as Juni from the Spy Kids movies, George Blagden from the recent big screen adaptation of Les Misérables, Harry Potter alum Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) as well as Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen) who is also know as the drool worthy radio DJ Luke from Pitch Perfect, and Jacob Artist (the devilishly good looking Jake Puckerman on Glee).
Find out what the film is about and check out the newly released trailer below.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with the crazy awesome Katie Findlay who plays “Maggie Landers” on the new CW series The Carrie Diaries. We’ve actually known of each other for a while now but our paths just always seemed to have missed each other when we tried to get together. Well, we finally put an end to that with this interview, YAY!
For those unaware of what The Carrie Diaries is about it’s basically a prequel show to Sex and the City and follows the story of a teenage Carrie Bradshaw. I have to admit, I’ve only ever seen maybe 1 or 2 episodes of Sex and the City…I know I’m a bad gay but I just never got around to it. I did see the movies though! Any way, onto the interview with our gorgeous guest!
It’s that time of year again my friend, the month that holds that oh so daunting day. You know the one I’m taking about, Valentines Day. Just saying it I can hear you cringing from behind your computer screen. Some of you get so overwhelmed and depressed at the thought of all those love notes, chocolates, flowers and countless gifts people will be buying for their intimate partners and loved ones. Being single, one can’t help but wonder “what about me?” You’re now faced with all the things you don’t necessarily want to think about this month…Love…and all things about being single.
But there is hope my friend, yes, even for you. It will take a little bit of work so if that’s not something that interests you I suggest you stop reading now. But, if you think you’re up to the challenge I say let’s get going. Here are a few steps that might help you survive this Love induced season…