Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Around the World with Oprah

Get connected to a woman in need through Zainab Salbi's organization. The goal of Women for Women International is to take women from victim to survivor to active citizen. With the Emergency Response Fund, Women for Women International can move quickly to help women in post-conflict societies. You can join the Global Voices program, and support skills and leadership training for a community of women. As a sponsor, you can provide direct financial aid and emotional support through letter writing. For example, $27 a month for one year will provide lifesaving assistance to a woman in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Zainab Salbi is an Iraqi-American and founder of Women for Women International, an organization that helps women around the world who have survived the atrocities of war. She says Iraq is in complete disarray and, for women especially, unbelievably dangerous.



Phil Keoghan, the author of the book No Opportunity Wasted and the host of the television show of the same name, helps people face their fears and live out their lifelong wishes with $3,000 and 3 days to fulfill their dream.

To learn more about N.O.W., visit Phil Keoghan's official website, www.philkeoghan.com

Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi

Their latest CD is Have a Nice Day.

Get date and venue information for the upcoming world tour.


Arena Football League's Philadelphia Soul

Northern Home for Children
Learn more about the Home.

Northern Home for Children was founded in 1853 by Elizabeth Hutter and was originally named Northern Home for Friendless Children. After the Civil War, an orphanage was annexed for children of soldiers and sailors who died in the War. The Home then became a residential-care haven for destitute, neglected and homeless children. Through their behavioral health, school and community-based programs, Northern Home directly affects the lives of over 2,000 children a year, welcoming children and families of all backgrounds from across the Greater Philadelphia region.
Jon has made a commitment to use his fame to help other people, and his mission is to make giving a hip thing to do. He says you can start a revolution by touching one soul at a time. For him, it starts in Philadelphia at the Northern Home for Children, a safe haven for some of the city's most neglected and impoverished children.

Organ Donor

Celebrity star reporter Steven "Cojo" Cojocaru made a name for himself as a red carpet regular. At the age of 40, he was living the life of his dreams until one ordinary day last spring. It was on a routine visit to the doctor that Cojo was told he was in the final stages of kidney failure and was in desperate need of a transplant.

But Steven's dear friend, Abby, stepped up with a miracle. She donated one of her own kidneys to save his life. And just two months after a successful surgery, Cojo appeared on our show.

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, more than 87,000 people are on the nation's organ transplant waiting list, with almost 700 of them 5 years old or younger. On average, 18 patients die every day while awaiting an organ simply because the organ they needed didn't become available in time. About 110 people are added to the nation's organ transplant waiting list each day—one every 13 minutes—and about 70 people per day receive transplants from either a living or deceased donor.

Some Facts on Organ Transplantation and Donation

Organs and tissues that can be donated include heart, kidneys, lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, corneas, skin, tendons, bone and heart valves.
People of all ages and medical backgrounds should consider themselves potential donors. Your medical condition at the time of death, or in some cases as a living donor, will determine what organs and tissue can be donated.
There is no national registry of organ donors. Even if you have indicated your wishes on your drivers' license or a donor card, be sure you have told your family, as they will be consulted before donation can take place.
An open-casket funeral is possible for organ and tissue donors.

Cojo's Recommended Websites:

To learn more about how to become an organ donor, visit the Coalition on Donation at www.donatelife.net.
To learn more about organ donation and transplantation, visit the United Network for Organ Sharing at www.unos.org or Transplant Living at www.transplantliving.org.
To learn more about polycystic kidney disease, visit the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation at www.pkdcure.org.

For more information on Save the Children visit www.savethechildren.org.
For more information on America's Second Harvest visit www.secondharvest.org.

When Hurricane Katrina blew across the Gulf Coast, it also blew the lid off America's dirty little secret. For years, the poor people in the United States have been virtually invisible. But now there is no denying the truth—37 million Americans live in poverty. Oprah drove 70 miles from her home in Chicago to the township of Pembroke, Illinois, to see the reality firsthand.

In the township of Pembroke, Illinois, the state's most impoverished community, 55 percent of the residents live beneath the poverty level and 40

For Oprah, providing education and hope are critical keys to decreasing poverty. "The greater percentage of my money goes to education and educating kids, because I think education is enormous

Grace For All

Grace for All helps children like Adanech become self-sufficient.

Four years ago, Adanech was living in a hut in Ethiopia with her ailing grandmother. One day, on the way to the market, Adanech was struck by a train. Her right arm was severed, and her right leg was crushed and amputated. Adanech's grandmother was too sick to care for her. That's when Yonus, an aide worker, came to the rescue.

Yonus brought Adanech to Atlanta where she was treated for her injuries and fitted with a prosthetic leg. The Spratlins, friends of Yonus', agreed to take care of the 7-year-old while she was in America. Three months after meeting this special little girl, the Spratlin family fell in love and decided to adopt Adanech with her grandmother's blessing.

Friends in Deed

Cynthia O'Neal took New York by storm decades ago as a fashion model. Her life was full of adventure, fun and friends. However, in the late '80s, the fun came to a stop. The AIDS crisis began taking the lives of her close friends one by one, and Cynthia knew she had to do something.

That's when Cynthia and Diane's husband, Mike Nichols, opened the doors to Friends In Deed*, an organization that helps support people who have just learned that they have life-threatening illnesses. "Friends In Deed hasn't ever been about death," Cynthia says. "Friends In Deed has always been about quality of life. How can we make this day the most valuable, rich, wonderful day it can possibly be with whatever it is you have to work with? That's always our focus. I look at it entirely as a blessing, being included in the lives of people who are absolutely magnificent—the courage, the honesty."



The Lunch-time Facelift

ThermaCool, the new "lunchtime facelift," doesn't require you to go under the knife and has no recovery time. Very deep volumes of energy are delivered to the deep layers of the skin, which tightens collagen. Dr. Wexler says jaw lines get tighter just like a neck lift; around the eyes brows lift and crows feet are reduced. Dr. Wexler says results are not immediate—you can usually see full results in three to six months with just one treatment. Botox ® is also used for brow lifts, to tighten necklines and upper lids, and to get rid of crows feet. However, Dr. Wexler cautions that too much Botox® can make you look frozen and inexpressive.

Visit www.thermage.com to learn more about ThermaCool.

Alternatives to Plastic Surgery

Dr. Wexler says there is such thing as a miracle anti-aging cream…and it's sunscreen. Look for Parsol, a new ingredient in sunscreen that protects against the UVA and UVB rays that cause cancer and aging. Dr. Wexler recommends a minimum of SPF 30 if you're going to be outdoors. Now you don't need a facelift to look years younger says Dr. Pat Wexler, one of the most sought-after dermatologists in the country.Dr. Wexler also mentioned a new product that boosts collagen production and can rejuvenate skin called TNS Recovery Complex. TNS is comprised from six natural human growth factors found in normal healthy skin. Dr. Wexler told us the factors are engineered from human foreskin!

Visit www.skinmedica.com to learn more about TNS Recovery Complex.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Angels around the world

Mercy Corps is helping people rebuild their lives by rebuilding their livelihoods. These women who lost everything in the disaster are learning to earn a living by sewing trendy surfer shorts.

After the tsunami, thousands of people were left homeless. One man lost his wife, his 1-year-old son, his business and his home. But miraculously, his daughter was found alive. Now, Habitat for Humanity is rebuilding homes for many people who, like this man, lost everything they had.

Habitat for Humanity plans to build transitional houses with verandas and sanitary facilities. To learn more about this organization, visit www.habitat.org.

Liya Kebede

Ethiopian supermodel Liya Kebede is a Vogue cover girl turning heads around the globe. In 2003, she became the first black model to serve as the face of Estée Lauder. She has started a foundation that is helping women in her home country to fight fistula. She talked about this awful condition on one of Oprah's shows.
To learn about the Liya Kebede Foundation, visit www.LiyaKebede.com.

To order your dignity bracelet or to learn more about the Fistula Foundation, visit www.fistulafoundation.org.

The Number One Killer of Women

Cardiovascular disease is affecting one out of every two women. The statistics are chilling.

64-Slice CT Scanning
is a new scan that can show very early signs of heart disease.

Dr. Mehmet Oz,a regular guest on the show, says the best way to improve medical care is to make patients smarter. All patients should know what types of tests to ask for and what personal information they must share with their physician. Below are the tests that you should think about it:

Age 12: Blood pressure test and, for men, testicular exam
Age 20: Cholesterol test
Age 21: For women, gynecology exam and pap smear (get tested earlier if sexually active)
Age 35: Blood sugar, anemia and thyroid exams
Age 40: For women, mammogram (start at age 25 if you have had two female relatives with breast cancer). Also, for men and women, skin exam by partner (take pictures of moles) and baseline electrocardiogram (a test that records the electrical activity of the heart)
Age 50: Colonoscopy (get one every five years). Also, for men, prostate test
Age 50–60: Exercise stress test or coronary CTA (if obese or diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes)
Age 55–60: Thyroid-stimulating hormone blood test (used to detect problems affecting the thyroid gland); memory test (tell a complex story and repeat key points or have someone tell you a phone number and see if you can remember it—if you can't pick it out of a list of numbers, this could be a sign of early Alzheimer's disease)

Below are a few other websites that Oprah said you should go to.

Usher's Favorite Places

Five-time Grammy winner Usher gave Oprah the low-down on one of his favorite places. "I love soul food," he says. "One of my favorite restaurants happens to be South City Kitchen in Atlanta, Georgia."

Usher then sets to the Big Apple to dine at Cipriani's. And for dessert, he says the chocolate cake at Jean Georges can't be beat. Theworkers at Jean Georges restaurant sent pieces for every audience member! Below are the links on these places.

Matthew Fox's Favorite Places

Matthew Fox tells Oprah all about his adventures while filming Lost in Hawaii.
Delicious and healthy, the Kailua Monkey is the signature smoothie at Lanikai Juice in Oahu. And, it's Lost star Matthew Fox's favorite!

4 ounces soy milk
1 scoop peanut butter
1 scoop protein powder
2 tablespoons of honey
2 bananas
1 cup ice

Blend all ingredients together until smooth, then serve.

Below is a shop that Matthew has fallen in love with.

Mauna Loa-Dark Chocolate Macadamias

Orlando Bloom

He is starring in the film Elizabethtown that filmed in Louiville. He as a guest on the show and told all about his experiences in KY. Orlando Bloom says you can't go to Louisville without visiting Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby. The race's traditional beverage is the mint julep.
2 tablespoons superfine sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
24 mint leaves, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
2 cups finely crushed ice
1 cup bourbon

Combine sugar, lemon juice and mint leaves in a pitcher.

Crush with a wooden spoon.

Add ice and bourbon; mix well.

Pour into silver julep cups or tumbler, garnish with mint sprigs and serve.

Also, here are a few websites that also interested him in KY.
This is a great store in Louiville

This is his movie website.

Tourette's Syndrome

Tourette's is a mysterious neurological disorder that is more common than one might think. According to the Tourette's Syndrome Association, one out of every 1,000 people is affected and there is no known cure. Based on the statistics, there is at least one student who suffers from this hereditary disorder in almost every school in America. Oprah had a few kids on her show to talk about their disorder. These kids are also appearing on an HBO special. You can find information about this on the HBO website.

A life without pain

Gabby, at just 5 years old, is one of the most unique little girls around. In fact, only 34 other Americans live with the same condition—a congenital insensitivity to pain—as her. The nerves that carry pain signals from the surface of her body to her brain never arrive. Gabby never feels pain. She has clawed at her eyes and even broken her jaw and she never even knew it. Gabby was a guest on Oprah's show along with a few other children. This website will teach you more about Gabby's condition.


In Washington, D.C., CNN's Anderson Cooper found a school that has turned students' lives around. MOst of the students were two grades behind when they transfered here.
The school is called KIPP, Knowledge Is Power Program KIPP is part of a growing network of schools around the country. Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, two Ivy League grads and Teach for America developed this school to help better the education system. There are now 46 of these school around the country. This school was also introduced on Oprah's show "American Schools in Crisis". Follow this link to learn more about KIPP.

High Tech High

One solution for the failing education is this experimental high school in San Diego. This school is reinventing the way students learn and preparing children for the technological age. High Tech High is unlike any high school Oprah says she's ever seen. There are no books in this school. At this school, laptops and hands-on projects have replaced textbooks and traditional lectures. Students who were failing in their hometown have evolved into A-students at High Tech. This link will take you directly to High Tech High.

A drop-out nation

A Time magazine report highlights some disturbing facts. One million American students drop out of school every year—that's one every nine seconds! Stand-up is a community-based response to America’s education crisis. They are parents, students, and everyday citizens who "Stand Up" for better high schools. With the help of former basketball all-star Kevin Johnson this campaign has been launched. Kevin Johnson was also a guest on her show with the Gates family.
Visit the Stand-Up Foundation

What Bill and Melinda Gates Want You to Know

In their first interview together, Bill and Melinda Gates say they're terrified an entire generation is failing. Just 20 years ago, American students were among the best in the world in test results. Now, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, students in the richest country on earth are in 24th place in math. With a net worth of about $51 billion, Microsoft founder and world's richest man, Bill Gates is determined to use his fortune to change the crisis in American schools. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is trying to revolutionize the education system. Here are a few websites that can update you on this matter



Minimum wage

Morgan Spurlock was the intellect behind the documentary Super Size Me, in which he chronicled every detail of his monthlong McDonald's diet. He is also the mastermind behind the F/X show 30 Days. This show challenges people to live outside their comfort zone for one month. In one experiment, Morgan and his fiancée, Alex, left their home in New York and tried to survive for one month in Columbus, Ohio, living on minimum wage. This show brought him to be a guest on Oprah's show. He and few others told their stories about life living on minmum wage. This website was suggested by Spurlock to educate people about this lifestyle.

Oscar de la Renta

If Oprah ever decides to get married, she says there's only one designer she'd ask to create her wedding gown…the legendary Oscar de la Renta. For more than 40 years, Oscar's couture gowns and classic designs have lit up the runways in New York, Paris and Milan, as well as Hollywood's red carpets. His celebrity clientele includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz and many more! You can browse this website to see his creations.

Hallie's Legacy

In South Africa, more than 1 million women and children are raped every year.
Each and every day in South Africa, at least 50 children are victims of rape.
More than 90 percent of rape victims know their attackers.
A young girl born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than of learning how to read. In South Africa, one in four girls faces the prospect of being raped before her 16th birthday, according to the child support group, Childline South Africa. These statistics brought a little girl named Haley from the U.S. to start saving her lunch money to help these little girls in Africa to get away from this lifestyle. When she was only 11 she was killed in a car accident. Her parents started this foundation in the memory of Hallie and the girls in Africa.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The 78th Annual Academy Awards

Oprah aired two shows the seasons about the 78th Annual Academy Awards. Jon Stewart, the host, Felicity Huffman, Terrance Howard, and Reese Witherspoon were all on her shows to talk about the award show. Oprah was hoping that Crash would win the original screenplay category which it did. She even aired a show dedicated to this film because of the way it portrayed rascism. The Oscar's webpage can feel you in on the other winners and details.

Debt Diet

Dave Ramsey is the voice of financial wisdom in today's debt-ridden lifestyle. Oprah invited him and some friends on the show to do a series called "The Debt Diet". He went in to the lives of families who were extremely in debt and showed them how to get out. There are actually five parts to this show because there are five steps in the "debt diet". You can go on the Oprah's home page to get started on debt diet. Dave Ramsey's website can also offer practical information about how to handle your finances.

Bird Flu: The Untold Story

Oprah had Dr. Osterholm on her show to tell the "untold" facts about the bird flu.
The deadly virus H5N1 is a strain of influenza normally found only in chickens, turkeys and a variety of other birds. The victims are believed to have contracted bird flu after coming in contact with feces, blood or mucus of infected birds.

He also tells some other troubling facts about the bird flu. Regular flu shots do not work to prevent transmission of bird flu. One year of working to create a bird flu vaccine would only yield enough for about 300 million people: less than 5 percent of the world's population. Another major concern is the period in which influenza is at its most contagious—a day before symptoms become known. "So right now if I have an influenza infection, and I'm going to be sick tonight, at midnight when I wake up in the middle of the night with muscle aches, fever and chills, I've already exposed [others to the virus]," Dr. Osterholm tells Oprah. This makes quarantining those infected with the virus incredibly difficult, if not impossible.
This website will educate you even more one the bird flu.

Lisa Ling: World's Most Dangerous Gangs

Lisa Ling, a regular on The Oprah Winfrey Show, did a special on gangs specifically in the California area. This gang is called MS13 and originated in El Salvador. She talked to a few of the member who wanted to remain anonymous because they feared for their lives. These members talked about the harsh initiation process, their daily lives as a member, and some of the gang rules. Lisa Ling is hoping to educate people on these gangs so that people can stay away from them and hopefully no more boys will become involved. I found this website that educates people on how to solve this growing problem.

The Color Purple on Broadway

Oprah had an important role in the 1985 film The Color Purple. Now she is the producer of the broadway play. This play is performing from March to August and Oprah is encouraging everyone to see it. It is based on the Pullitzer Prize winning novel. On this website you can get a detailed summary and list of actors in the play. You can also purchase tickets to the show.

Dove: The Campaign for Real Beauty

Oprah is excited by Dove's new campaign: the campaign for real beauty. She had the newest Dove model's on her show to talk about this campaign. It is giving real women and girls a chance to be in the spotlight and let there beauty shine. Oprah and Dove hopes that this campaign will help build the self-esteem for the next generations to come. The Dove campaign website shows the new models, upcoming events, and access to donate to the "uniquely me!" fund.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

What's hot for spring?: Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs was a guest on Oprah's show yesterday along with other designers. He has designed for the famous lines Perry Ellis and Louis Vuitton. However, now he is designing for his own clothing line. His clothing line has skyrockted thanks to his classic Venetian bag. On the show yesterday he introduced the Spring '06 line. On the Marc Jacobs website you can browse these clothes.

What's hot for spring? ~ Jimmy Choo

Yesterday, the world met the surprising young face behind the Jimmy Choo shoe empire. Her name is Tamara Mellon. Her shared love of high heel shoes inspired her to launch this famous line of pricy shoes. She actually has a closet where she keeps her 500 pair of Jimmy Choo shoes. On the Oprah show she introduced her new line for spring and also gave Oprah a one-of-a-kind pair as a gift. On the Jimmy Choo website you can browse the new spring collection as well as her other collections.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Nate Berkus

Nate Berkus is a regular guest of Oprah's show. He will also be on the Oprah & Friends radio show on XM Radio airing in September 2006. He is a famous interior decorator that does extreme makeovers, tours of celebrity homes, and gives great do-it-yourself decorating tricks. He buys most of his products from Linen-n-Things. He also has a brand called Nate Berkus that is sold at Linen-n-Things.

Bob Greene

Bob Greene is Oprah's physical trainer and also a regular guest on her show. Last week on her show he totally called out guests and gave them a wake-up call on their healthy or unhealthy lifestyle. He has an online diet plan that will give you tons of information on your body and a personalized diet and workout plan.

Anderson Cooper

ANDERSON COOPER 360°" is a fast-moving, surprising and provocative newscast that differientes itself from a typical newshow. Anderson regulary appears on Oprah to give viewers an inside story. He has his own show on CNN that airs 10-midnight ET Monday-Friday. On this website he even has a blog that is very interesting and informative. He covers the most unexpected stories and can bring his viewers to tears.

Regular Guest Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray is regular guest now on the Oprah show. I think Oprah is part to thank for Rachael's rise to stardom. She is the brilliant chef behind the 30-minute meals. She has a show on Food Network. Her vivacious personality keeps people entertained. On this website you can find many recipes, helpful hints, and tricks for fast but elegant cooking.

Oprah & Friends

Oprah & Friends will debut September 2006 and will feature a broad range of programming from Harpo Radio, Inc. It will include Oprah and her regular guests such as Gayle King, Dr. Robin Smith, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Bob Greene, Nate Berkus, Marianne Williamson and more. Fans can listen to these programs via XM radio. Oprah is giving a special offer to her fans for an XM radio.

Katrina Homes

Oprah's Angel Network has been very busy lately with their new housing project. They are building a neighborhood of homes in New Orleans for the hurricane survivors. This website lets you contribute to this project. You can sponsor a house for a family, make a cash donation, or buy something off the registry. You can also learn more about the families and the neighborhood.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Oprah's Favorite Things Cont'd

There is a company in New York that everyone is talking about. Williams-Sonoma makes everything to chocolate to cookware. On Oprah's show "Oprah's Favorite Things" she introduced her new love of crossaints from Williams-Sonoma. This company makes big money of internet sales now from these crossaints. After placing your order it take seven days to deliver via UPS. You can let them rise overnight and eat them for breakfast in the morning. They are fabulous!

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Oprah's Favorite Things

In 2005, Oprah did a show about her "favorite things". She gave her favorite things to an audience of heroes who helped save the lives on Hurricane Katrina victims. Her favorite things consisted of Ugg boots, Burberry coats, the perfume Lovely, the Blackberry, etc. One of my favorite things that was on the show was the Nike iD. This is a shoe that is made for wearing without socks. It is supposed to make you feel like you are running barefoot in the grass. On the Nike website you can customize your shoe with different colors, logos, and even your initials. These shoes are around $100 but I think they are worth it.

Oprah's passion part 2

Oprah daily recommends her viewers to go to this website. This website is awesome. It prompts you to enter adress, zip, city, and state. After you do this it actually gives you a map of your neighborhood and shows you where all registered sex offenders live. You can click on the "stars" on the map and it will give you a mugshot and information. I suggest everyone check this out. It may surprise you about how many live near you.

Oprah's passion

Anyone who has watched her show knows that Oprah has a passion to get child molestors off the street. In 2005, she put on her website a"child predator watch" list. This list shows pictures and information of child predators still on the run. She also has announced that she will personally give a $100,000 reward to anyone who has aided in the capture of one of the predators on the list. On her show today (January 17th, 2006) she gave an award to Joshua Meyers who aided in the capture of a predator. This website also gives information about the predators victims, how to contact your local FBI, and updated information about the captured predators. I suggest that everyone go to this website to look to see if they recognize anyone.