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HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS GET THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW

Caroline Slusarczyk

ABC

ABC

On Thursday, students from the high school senior class of Summit Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, NY appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where they received a surprise gift.  The students opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about what Summit Academy meant to them and how it would affect their future.  One student said, “Coming to Summit, it made my dreams and goals more realistic, coming from a single-parent house.”  Summit Academy is located in a neighborhood where only 4 percent of adults attended college.  The senior class will be the school’s first ever graduating class.

At the end of the show, the entire senior class was overcome by emotion when Ellen announced they would each receive a 4-year college scholarship.  The students cried and laughed, while they embraced each other and buried Ellen in a group hug.

The scholarships, made possible by Walmart, will provide the students with tuition for any state university in New York.  Ellen told the students: "Last time you were here, Walmart wanted to give you $25,000.  We've never done anything this big before, we've reached out to the people at Walmart, and they want to give each one of you a four-year scholarship."  Ellen revealed the entire amount is worth $1.6 million.

Ellen posted on Instagram about the amazing moment:

You can watch the full inspiring video below.

 

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SAG WINNER, ACTOR MAHERSHALA ALI GIVES THE MOST MOVING AND GLOBAL MESSAGE OF THE NIGHT!

Caroline Slusarczyk

Dave McNary/Reuters

Dave McNary/Reuters

The 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards were held Sunday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.  The SAG Awards followed in the wake of President Trump’s Muslim ban and executive order to practice “extreme vetting” upon immigrants and refugees entering the United States.  Many SAG Award-nominated celebrities were outraged by Trump’s actions, which led to an emotional and politically-charged night in Hollywood.

Mahershala Ali, who won for his supporting role in Moonlight, gave a personal and emotional speech about being a Muslim during Trump’s immigration ban.  In his speech, Ali explained how the film Moonlight teaches acceptance of those who are different instead of persecution.  Ali said, “I hope that we do a better job of that,” to the sounds of cheers and applause from the audience.  Ali continued to say how each person is unique and that we must accept each other, rather than “go to war.”  Ali revealed that his mother, an ordained minister, was not thrilled when he converted to Islam.  Ali said, “We put things to the side, and I’m able to see her, she’s able to see me.  We love each other, the love has grown, and that stuff is minutiae.  It’s not that important.”  You can watch the rest of Ali’s moving speech below.

Several other celebrities came to the SAG Awards with Trump’s immigration ban in mind.  Kerry Washington and Simon Helberg both showed up on the red carpet with visual protests of the Muslim ban.  Other celebrities who took the stage during the SAG Awards, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep), Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures), and David Harbour (Stranger Things) used the opportunity to address Trump’s actions and share poignant messages of unity.  THE WANNA has gathered some of the most moving and politically-minded moments of the 2017 SAG Awards below for you to enjoy.

Simon Helberg Holds Protest Sign

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

 

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HILLARY CLINTON MAKES SURPRISE APPEARANCE AT UNICEF’S SNOWFLAKE BALL TO AWARD “QUEEN” KATY PERRY

Caroline Slusarczyk

Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance at the 12th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball to present Katy Perry with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award.

Perry and Clinton have a serious mutual appreciation of each other, and it was on full display at the Snowflake Ball.  Clinton took the stage unannounced to dedicate a speech to Katy as recipient of the Humanitarian Award.  Clinton said, “On a personal level, I cannot tell you how delighted I am to be here to help celebrate a global megastar, a social media queen with the most Twitter followers in the world – although she's getting some competition – and someone whose powerful voice and creative lyrics remind us when you get knocked down to get back up.”  Clinton continued, “I have seen Katy's commitment to the causes she believes in firsthand.  I've gotten to spend time with her and I know how deeply she cares about making our world a better place.  She is serious about understanding the complex problems we face and pulling people together to solve them.  We need champions like Katy now more than ever: her passion, her energy and, yes, her voice, louder than a lion.”

Perry, who actively supported Hillary throughout her Presidential campaign, was visibly emotional when she went onstage to accept the award.  Perry, tearing up at Clinton’s speech, joked, “Does anyone have a tissue?”  Perry returned Clinton’s kind words in her acceptance speech: “I've always had a voice, a singing voice, but I've never had a voice like I've had before.  Hillary has lit that voice inside of me, and that light will never go out, it will continue to get brighter and brighter and brighter.  Thank you Hillary.  You motivate me and so many millions of people.  We appreciate you for your incredible work and your heart.”

The WANNA is all for two powerful ladies supporting each other!

 

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