At Morehouse College in Atlanta three years ago, a billionaire philanthropist took the stage at the 135th commencement ceremony and pledged to pay off the entire graduating class of 2019’s student loan debt, helping nearly 400 students. And lifting the crushing weight of burdening loan debts that they would have struggled with for decades.
An 11-month journey to 11 countries birthed a brand and a powerful mission headed by Kristy Alexander.
Alexander had a very successful career in Engineering for more than 10 years and was being considered for a promotion when her heart pulled her into another direction.
“A week before the promotion was announced I submitted my resignation, and soon after that, I sold my home and donated all of my belongings and embarked on an 11 month,11 country mission to travel the world - serving the most needy in Central America, Asia, and Africa,” Alexander explained during a Voyage ATL podcast segment.
There was a strange aura in the theaters that night. The crowd was small and mainly filled with middle-aged ladies either alone or seated with girlfriends. I noticed many tissue boxes and braced myself for the inevitable teary-eyed dance that would follow me out of the theater.
Leading up to "A Journal for Jordan," I wondered how the film would grasp my short attention span as I tried not to reach for my phone during the previews. To my surprise, it did more than that, before I knew it I found myself fully mesmerized by the movie’s message and of course by acting sensation and eye candy Michael B. Jordan.
“Mr. Entertainer, sir, I have a question! What are the approximate dates of the American Civil War?” Of course, before he was internationally known as Cedric the Entertainer he was just Mr. Kyles, the substitute teacher also known as, Mr. Cedric Kyles your local State Farm agent. But that just wouldn’t work, it was only after these jobs that Mr. Kyles decided comedy would be his future.
As with many other entertainers, Cedric came from humble beginnings. A friend convinced him to participate in a local comedy competition in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. To say that he did well was an understatement. Cedric won the entire competition; little did he know this was just the beginning. From dive spots to local comedy clubs, Cedric worked whatever gig he could get. “I would be popular and people would want to hire me to do 30- and 40-minute shows and I didn't have that much material as a comedian so I would sing, I would do poetry, I would do whatever I could do to fill up the 30 minutes of time so I could get the money,” he said in an interview with Comedy Couch.
Young actress Sophia Lillis is stunning both Hollywood and the masses with her elegant approach to anguished character roles that she frequently plays including “Beverly,” in the It series, “Gretel,” in the Film Gretel & Hansel and Beth in Uncle Frank. Her poise extends beyond her performances and reaches those she works closely with while creating films.