Miley Cyrus Asks Fans To Join Her Fight To End Youth Homelessness


(PCM) Miley Cyrus launches Prizeo fundraising campaign and asks fans to join her fight to end youth homelessness. The campaign benefits My Friend’s Place, a drop-in service center in Hollywood that assists and inspires homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. Cyrus met with youth and staff at My Friend’s Place where she learned about the challenges and potential solutions around the issue of homelessness.

Cyrus also used her big win during last nights MTV Video Music Awards to bring even more attention to this very important cause. Instead of Cyrus coming up to the stage to accept her award, a young man named Jesse stepped up to the stage in her place and made the following hard-hitting speech:

“I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I’m one of these people. I have survived in shelters all over the city. I have cleaned your hotel rooms, I have been an extra in your movies, I have been an extra in your life. Though I have been invisible to you on the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight. Los Angeles, entertainment capital, has the largest population of homeless youth in America. The music industry will make over $7 billion this year and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home. If you want to make powerful change in the world right now, please join us and go to Miley’s Facebook page. A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream you dream together is reality. Thank you so much for your time.” 

Fans can support the cause by making a donation at between now and September 21. For every $5 donation, fans will be entered to win a chance to meet Cyrus at her upcoming concert on September 28, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The grand prize package includes two tickets, backstage access, hanging out with Miley before the show, as well as airfare and accommodations for two. The campaign will also offer an exclusive, limited-edition t-shirt, with net proceeds benefitting My Friend’s Place.

“I’m just getting started,” said Cyrus, “and I want to make sure my fans are part of helping me to give back and make an impact on this issue – we all have the power to make change happen. This is about helping youth, people just like you and me have the opportunity to find their inner power and potential, no matter what their circumstances.”

An estimated 4,000 homeless youth live in Los Angeles County, many of whom are fleeing abuse or are kicked out of their homes by their guardians. In the U.S., it is estimated that on any given night there are 1 million homeless youth living on the street, in abandoned buildings, with friends or strangers. These youth are at increased risk of engaging in dangerous behaviors, experiencing anxiety and depression, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

My Friend’s Place is so grateful for Miley’s genuine interest and involvement in supporting homeless youth in Los Angeles,” said My Friend’s Place Executive Director Heather Carmichael. “By Miley drawing attention to the nation’s homeless youth crisis and the work we are doing locally, we hope to soon be able to expand our services and help even more young people.”

My Friend’s Placeprovides homeless youth with opportunities to improve their psychological, intellectual and physical capacity to reach their potential and build self-sufficient lives. In collaboration with leading social services providers and educational institutions as well as over 500 volunteers, My Friend’s Place offers a free and comprehensive continuum of care that combines emergency necessities with therapeutic, health, employment and education assistance, and creative arts services.

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Customers Pay It Forward For Two Days At A Florida Starbucks Location


(PCM) Proving that generosity is not dead, customers at a local Starbucks in St. Petersberg, Florida decided to pay it forward for two days when ordering their drinks in the drive-thru lane. Then of course, one person had to go an ruin the streak!

It began last Wednesday morning, when a woman in the drive-thru lane paid for her drink and then also paid for the drink of the person in the car behind her. That man, in turn returned the favor and purchased the drink for the car behind him and so on and so on. The trend went on for a whopping 378 cars!  It was good ol’ car 379 that finally broke the chain. When asked if she would like to participate by the Starbucks employee, the woman in car 379 declined.

You might think that was the end of it, but the same pay it forward attitude picked right up again on Thursday morning and ended around 2pm when a blogger drove through and purposely broke the pay it forward chain to prove a point.

He said on Twitter: “In case any of you are caught up in the Pay It Forward baloney at Starbucks. I just drove through the line, bought a venti mocha frap AND DID NOT PAY IT FORWARD. The chain is broken and this silliness should stop. (P.S. I tipped the baristas $100, just so you can’t call me a grinch.)”

However a barista that works in this particular Starbucks location claims that this type of pay it forward situation occurs quite frequently and prior to now their previous record was 141 cars.

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High School Senior Suspended For Saying “Bless You” To A Fellow Sneezing Student


(PCM) Have we really become a society that is this over-sensitive to common phraseology or even common courtesy for that matter? A Tennessee high school senior was recently given an in-school suspension over saying “bless you” to a fellow student who had just sneezed.

I mean for many of us, the phrase “bless you” comes out without even thinking when someone around us sneezes. It’s like second nature and most certainly shows common courtesy and good manners.

Kendra Turner, the student who was suspended, claims that her teacher has a list of banned words on the chalkboard in her classroom and “bless you” made it on to the list. Other no-no words include “my bad”, “hangout”, “dumb”, “stupid”..etc. Turner also reveals that the teacher literally stopped the class to ask who had said “bless you”!  Oh, the horror!

When the teacher asked Turner why she said, she claimed that she was only being courteous and that she had been taught by her parents and her pastor to say it when anyone sneezes.

Turner was then kicked out of the classroom and sent to in-school suspension. The school’s principal claims that the incident was not a religious issue, but rather a distraction taking place in the teacher’s classroom, but Turner and many others feel differently.

What do you think? Have we become too overly sensitive as a society or was this case truly a classroom distraction?



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ARIZONA JEAN CO. Hosts VIP Event In Brooklyn With Tori Kelly And Alex & Sierra


Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImagefor Arizona Jean Co.

(PCM) Last night, Arizona Jean Co. hosted a VIP event in Brooklyn, featuring performances by pop artist Tori Kelly and X-Factor winning duo, Alex & Sierra. Fans of the artists lined up outside 26 Bridge in anticipation. The energy in the room remained at an all-time high throughout the night and guests were spotted singing and dancing along to the performances and making their way through a variety of customizable Arizona Jean Co. activations including flash tattoos, custom design leather bracelets, a braid bar and a large interactive screen for guests to create their own personal look book featuring Arizona Jean Co. fashions.

Tori Kelly performed an acoustic set of songs including “Silent” which is featured on The Giver soundtrack and her YouTube sensation “Dear No One” off her 2013 EP. Alex & Sierra performed several songs including “All For You” and their current single, “Scarecrow,” from their debut album “It’s About Us” which will be released on October 7.


Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImagefor Arizona Jean Co.

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Man Impersonates His Own Father To Break The News Of His Death To Get Out Of Wedding


(PCM) 23 year old Alex Lanchester of the U.K. met her fiance Tucker Blandford while they were both attending the University of Connecticut back in 2012. The pair dated throughout college and were set to become husband and wife this August, until Blandford decided he wanted to fake his own death to back out of the upcoming nuptials.

Blandford had proposed to Lanchester right after college before she returned Britain. Lanchester accepted his proposal and claims that she purchased a hand-made wedding gown online, paid for the bridesmaid dresses and took care of all the other necessary wedding day details. Blandford told her that he had taken care of booking the venue, which was supposed to be at the college campus where the pair had begun dating.

Lanchester even allegedly book airfare for Blandford to come and visit her to finalize their wedding plans and vacation together before the wedding date. About a week before Blandford was scheduled to arrive, Lanchester received a phone call from someone claiming to be Tucker’s father telling her that Tucker was deeply depressed and had wanted to die, so he threw himself in front of a car and was killed.

Obviously Lanchester was devastated by news and once she got herself together called Blanford’s home phone line back again. This time, however, Blandford’s mother answered the call and revealed that Tucker was just fine and she and the rest of the family were under the impression that the couple had broken up when she returned home to Britain.

Lanchester revealed that she is absolutely sickened by the events that occurred and said that Blandford is both a liar and a coward. She says that she will be spending the couples would be wedding day making new memories without him. Good for her!  It is such a shame that Blandford just could not have been honest about the whole situation, it is totally unfair to lead someone on for that amount of time.

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