A rude follower responded: “Says the women who can’t keep a man.”
But Berry didn’t let that rude person get her down and replied, “Who says I wanna keep the wrong man? Cuz…. I don’t.”
Of course, the commenting didn’t stop there, and another follower wrote “Geesh Halle, had some trouble with men in your life??”
Berry responded to that, “Nope, they had trouble with me.”
“No man has ever taken care of me… EVER!”
– Halle Berry
There’s no doubt that Berry has had some heartache in the public eye, from multiple divorces to a split with a partner just after they had a child. But her life is her business, no matter how famous she is – and that is an important message to us all.
Have faith in yourself
Relationships end, and they may end in a hard, sad, way – but that’s not a reflection on you or what you deserve, ever.
Toxic relationships and bad breakups happen very often, to many of us. It’s how you have faith in yourself and the promise of the future that you get past them.
While it’s sometimes true that it’s important to look at any unconscious patterns we may have if we keep ending up in one toxic relationship after the other, it’s no reason to victim-blame — ever. It’s simply part of the healing journey, and every human being is worthy of healthy love.
In just a few short years, Drake has cemented his status as one of the biggest celebrities in the world.
He’s more than a mere artist. He’s undoubtedly one of Canada’s national treasures and one of hip-hop’s most beloved and buzzworthy figures. He draws in attention wherever he goes, whenever he speaks — his voice and reach are unsurmountable in many ways.
Over the years, the rapper has maintained the narrative that he’s “started from the bottom” and has reached the upper echelons of fame and success through nothing but sheer hard work. While most of his fans adore him for being so earnest about his origins, many of his detractors peddle a different theory and propose that not everything about his life story is as authentic as it seems.
Seeing how Drake croons on and on about his humble beginnings, it’s worth examining what indeed occurred in his childhood, the impact his parents had had on his passions and character, and how his upbringing drives his relationship with his son Adonis.
Drake and his mom were “very poor” but she still encouraged him to follow his dreams
Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham was born on October 24, 1986, in Toronto, Ontario, to Sandi and Dennis Graham. His African-American father originated from a musical family in Memphis, Tennessee, and had been a drummer for artist Jerry Lee Lewis at one point. He moved to Toronto in the eighties and had met Sandi Sher at a nightclub called Club Bluenote. Sandi, a Canadian woman of Ashkenazi Jewish background, had worked as an English teacher and occasionally as a florist at the time.
Unfortunately, Dennis and Sandi’s marriage didn’t last for a long time; the two divorced when Drake was just five, and Dennis proceed to move back to Tennessee. As a young Black Jewish boy, Drake felt out of place and misunderstood for most of his childhood.
Sandi tried her best to raise and support Drake as a single mother, but she faced several struggles financially and physically. For most of his young life, Drake grew up on Weston Road in Toronto, which he claims, was “not the nicest area in the world.” Sandi suffered from osteoporosis and joint pain, which left her isolated in her bedroom for most of Drake’s childhood. Her poor health drove her to smoke heavily and take an exorbitant amount of pain meds.
When Drake was in the sixth grade, his mother moved him to a wealthier part of town, Forest Hill, so they didn’t live in an “area that could create trouble for her son.” But Drake maintains that the family was still “broke” and had to rent the basement and the first floor of a house.
Everybody thinks I went to some private school and my family was rich. Maybe it’s my fault. Maybe I haven’t talked enough about it, but I didn’t grow up happy. I wasn’t in a happy home. My mother was very sick. We were very poor, like broke.
Despite their tumultuous life, Sandi still managed to throw Drake a Bar Mitzvah and encouraged him to follow his dreams. She never forced him to live by a certain code or implement anything in particular, but she still wanted the best for him. For a brief period, Drake went to a Jewish day school, but nobody “understood” him or his identity as a young Black Jewish boy. Despite those challenges, Drake always felt uplifted by his mother, who celebrated him at every instance. Therefore, the rapper does his best to honour his mother on every occasion and show her a world of gratitude for everything she’s done for him.
My mother is an incredible woman. She’s always just told me, ‘You know, whatever you want to do, whatever you end up being, I’ll always love you. I’ll always support you.’
Drake claims to have had a deadbeat father, but his dad says otherwise
While Drake’s mother was bedridden and “deteriorating,” Drake’s father was in and out of jail. Dennis had had two stints in prison while Drake was growing up, leading him to miss massive chunks of his son’s childhood and adolescence. As a result, Drake believes he didn’t “have a father” growing up.
However, Dennis himself claimed that he brought Drake down to Memphis every year, “from the time he was a baby in the car seat to the time he was 17.” Additionally, it was through Dennis’s influence that Drake was able to nurture his passion for music. In fact, Drake recalled that Dennis’s prison roommate, who rapped to Drake over the phone, sparked his love for hip-hop.
Dennis claimed that Drake was using the “absentee-father” narrative to “sell records,” but Drake refused those accusations, saying on his Instagram, “My father will say anything to anyone that’s willing to listen to him.”
Though both Drake and his father’s testimonies don’t align in this case, it’s safe to say that Drake still didn’t grow up in the most stable household. Yet, at the same time, Drake still appreciates his father.
My father is an incredible man—charming, talented, and stylish—and I’m sort of living the dream he had for himself. But his actions served as that reverse role model for me. There are a lot of things that I don’t ever want to do. I don’t want to miss years of my child’s life. I don’t want to put a woman on a roller-coaster ride.
Though it’s hard to confirm whose account is accurate, it doesn’t really matter because both dad and son have a wonderful relationship at the moment. Yes, they have disagreements and still hurt each other now and then, but they still hang out with each other when they can. Drake’s posted many photo albums over the years in which Dennis and Drake are seen mingling or drinking together.
Coming from a broken home, Drake wants to “share memories” with his son Adonis
When Drake’s son Adonis was first born, the rapper was accused of “hiding” his son from the world. The media and the public didn’t know too much about Adonis’s first years, that is, until Drake chose to share his photos for the first time last year.
Since then, Drake hasn’t shied away from letting the whole world into his private life with Adonis. From dropping his son off on his first day of school to celebrating his third birthday, Drake is routinely shown showering his son with love on social media. A lot of the affection can be attributed to how he wants to build a different sort of relationship with his son than the one he shared with his own family.
I want to be able to go places with my son and share memories with my son. I don’t want to feel like just because of a life choice I made to be, you know, a ‘celebrity’ that I got to make everybody live under this blanket. I just wanted to free myself of that.
Though he’s not romantically involved with Adonis’ mother, Sophie Brussaux, Drake tries his best to co-parent with her. He knows all too well about what it’s like for the kid when the parents are constantly fighting or in different locations. Drake and Sophie didn’t expect to be in this particular position, but they have to make it work for Adonis’ sake.
I was really hard on my parents for giving me sort of a childhood that I had to wrap my mind around as I grew. Multiple times I sort of suggested that they could have done a better job at co-parenting, sticking together, not being so divided.
At the same time, Drake is appreciative of the values his parents had instilled in him. His mother taught him about surviving and holding hope for a better future, while his father told him about honing his craft and live out his dreams to the best of his ability. He said that he’s “all of the things I’ve learned from and through my father and the incredible things I’ve learned through my mother about patience, about unconditional love..”
Your struggles will drive you to be a better person
Drake’s upbringing could have spelled disaster for the rest of his life, yet he barrelled through and emerged victoriously on the other side. We’ll all have regrets about our upbringing and the conditions under which we were raised. We might feel that our parents could have done a better job and that we will forever remain scarred by their faults.
Yet, at the same time, it’s the same struggles that instill a drive in us that pushes us towards self-development and emotional fulfillment. Drake knew that it’s no use holding resentment for parents that tried to raise him the best given their circumstances. All he can do is set up a life for his son that’s vastly different from this own. Sometimes it’s best to lick our wounds and approach our future with some optimism despite the cards we’ve been dealt.
Offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif missed the season that took his team to their second Super Bowl in two years to work as a doctor in a Montreal hospital.
And despite his team’s chance to win it all again on February 7, he’s at peace with his decision to help others.
He opted out due to COVID-19
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif blocked for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes when their team won the Super Bowl in 2020, but when it came time to go for a repeat, he became the first NFL player to opt out of the season due to COVID-19.
“This is one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my life but I must follow my convictions and do what I believe is right for me personally,” Duvernay-Tardif said on Twitter.
“That is why I have decided to take the opt-out option.”
“If I am to take risks, I will do it caring for patients.”
He was on the frontlines
Before Duvernay-Tardif was drafted by the Chiefs in the sixth round, he studied medicine at McGill University in his hometown of Montreal.
When the pandemic hit, Duvernay-Tardif rushed home from a sailing trip in the Caribbean and volunteered to pitch in however he could. He was placed in a long-term care facility where he tended to patients who didn’t have coronavirus.
Since he hadn’t studied enough to be a full-on doctor, he did work that nurses do, like drawing blood, administering medications, and even feeding and bathing patients. He only worked a few days a week, but that’s all he could manage emotionally.
“I was working there two to three days a week, and I don’t see how I could have done more,” he told The Washington Post.
“Not necessarily from a scheduling standpoint but from an emotional standpoint. Those people that are there for the past 20 years, it’s crazy. I have so much respect for them. … The amount of sacrifice is unbelievable. I feel like I’m going to be a better physician down the road because of that experience. I understood what it was all about.”
Duvernay-Tardif recalled one young patient who had been in a terrible accident and due to COVID-19 protocols hadn’t been able to see family in months. Duvernay-Tardif noticed how not seeing his loved ones was hard on the patient, so he told him: “Come on, let’s find your wife’s number.”
He used his phone to call the man’s wife on FaceTime and when the couple saw each other’s faces for the first time in two months, they cried.
“You cry, too,” Duvernay-Tardif said. “What else is there to do?”
“The definition of what it means to be a hero changed because of those people.”
At peace with his decision
Despite the inherent risks of a football season — and the infections some teams, including his own, faced — Duvernay-Tardif always agreed that a season should take place, if only to simmer down the fierce political divisions in the United States. And it’s been hard to watch as his teammates reached the pinnacle of their sport yet again.
“It was never black or white,” he said of his decision to opt-out. “As the season progressed and the stakes are higher, I do miss football even more, especially now with the playoffs. There’s more than one way to look at it, and it’s not always simple.”
Duvernay-Tardif, who lost millions in contract money during the skipped season, wouldn’t say he has no regrets, but he is at peace with his decision.
“I felt it made sense to make that decision, in order to look back at 2020—five, 10 years from now—and be proud of myself,” he told TIME. “I’ve said no to money and the NFL season in order to care for patients.”
While Duvernay-Tardif is planning a long career in the medical field, he does hope to return to his team next season.
“I feel like something was taken a little bit away from me,” he said. “I still have some football left in me. I can be a doctor for the next 40 years. I still have the passion, and that’s why I’m working out on my patio at –15°[C].”
An honourable sacrifice
You can’t help but be in awe of Duvernay-Tardif, who is not only risking his career in the NFL, but also his own health being around a hospital taking in COVID-19 patients.
His sacrifice is yet another reminder to follow health guidelines and get vaccinated so we can bring an and to this pandemic and everybody can return to doing what they love.
It’s also a poignant testament to living with integrity, according to your own values and definition of success and excellence.
In just a few short years, Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs has become the toast of the NFL.
At just 25, he has already built a reputation as one of the best, most dynamic, and skillful players in the league. He led the Chiefs to an enormous victory against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV and is set to lead the charge yet again this year against Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With two Super Bowl appearances in as many years, the odds are certainly in favor of the young Texan athlete.
Patrick’s rapid emergence to the top of the football pyramid has generated a high level of interest in his personal life. There’s no doubt that such a beloved athlete would have a swarm of gorgeous ladies lining up at the door, but Patrick doesn’t need to bother with any of their advances.
The man only has eyes for one woman. So as we prepare to see him throw exhilarating touchdown passes on the field, let’s take a closer look at the woman keeping him sane amidst the chaos and the fame.
Patrick’s fiancée Brittany is a former athlete and runs her own fitness empire
Normally you’d expect athletes to chase after supermodels or influencers, but Patrick has kept it real by sticking with his high school sweetheart through and through. Patrick and Brittany Matthews started seeing each other as students at Whitehouse High School in Whitehouse, Texas.
But not long after, the two went off to different colleges to pursue their respective fields. Brittany went off to play college soccer and study kinesiology at the University of Texas in Tyler, whereas Patrick, who graduated from high school a year later, moved to Lubbock, Texas, to play college football at Texas Tech University. The two towns were 440 miles away, which means the young couple had to give their all to make long-distance work.
In April 2017, Patrick was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and moved to Missouri. At the same time, Brittany graduated from college and moved to Iceland to play soccer professionally at a club called UMF Afturelding/Fram. She called this move “an amazing experience to go do what I love.”
She remained in Iceland for about six months — she won the league with the team and then moved to Kansas City to be with her beau. While playing in Iceland, Brittany realized her passion wasn’t in sport but fitness.
Patrick works his a** off and is at the facility from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day. There’s no excuse for me to be sitting on my butt at home doing nothing or not making a difference in this world or not being successful. I feel like we’re a team.
In 2019, Brittany founded her fitness company Brittany Lynne Fitness, where she offers training exercises, fitness regimens, and workout gear and merchandise. Her site’s About page reads that playing sports professionally has taught her all about “strength training, wellness, maintaining peak fitness.” So it’s safe to say that Patrick and Brittany bond over a number of passions, not least of which is fitness and athletics.
Patrick blocked off a section of the Arrowhead stadium to propose to Brittany
Having held on to their relationship through the long distances and their early careers, it was only time before Patrick sealed the deal with a ring on Brittany’s finger. He did so after receiving his Super Bowl championship ring in a ceremony. According to Brittany, a section of the Arrowhead Stadium at their home ground in Kansas City had been closed off and decked out in roses. A sign reading “Will You Marry Me?” sat at the forefront of the entire flower arrangement.
Patrick later revealed in a radio show that proposing to Brittany was more nerve-wracking than winning the Super Bowl.
You don’t think it’s going to be nerve-racking when you’ve been with someone for so long, but before you get on that knee, man, your heart’s racing. I promise you that.
He also admitted that his teammates had helped him out with the proposal. Afterward, Patrick and Brittany shared a lovely candlelit dinner, the photo of which Brittany captioned as “My heart is so full! I love this man so incredibly much, and today was so so special!”
They’re expecting a baby girl soon, but Brittany “freaked out” about the pregnancy at first
Less than a month after proposing, Brittany and Patrick announced that they’re taking a “detour” to the aisle and are expecting a baby. Brittany went on an Instagram Q&A to share details about the pregnancy and how they found out. She said that they weren’t actively trying for a pregnancy, so she took two tests after realizing she was late on her period. When the tests turned up positive, Brittany said she freaked out and started panicking.
I started crying and freaking out. [Patrick] was just so sweet and supportive and just so excited about it […] Yes, I was terrified, and no, I did not expect it at this point in my life but everything happens for a reason. Ultimately, this is one of the biggest blessings we will ever have.
Patrick himself has said that he’s “excited” to be a father and to be experiencing both fatherhood and football superstardom at the same time in his life. He said he wants to continue growing and being a better person for his family.
I think it’s just about growing up, about having the responsibility and evolving as a family. I think we’ve done that — me and Brittany, and the people around me — and I’m just excited for the future ahead of being able to keep building and keep becoming a better person for my family and this world.
Patrick Mahomes on 610 Sports Radio’s The Drive
Sometimes the long distances are well worth your time
Patrick and Brittany never lost their love for each other despite going off in different directions after high school. They knew that if their love were true and resilient, it would survive the long distances and the extensive time apart. Brittany was there for Patrick before he made it big; she’s seen through it all.
The media portrays her as the overenthusiastic girlfriend who’s always screaming at games and cheering on her man, who’s always posting her opinions and commentary on Twitter, who’s willing to defend her fiancé at any given moment, but she’s steadfast in her support and love. And he undoubtedly shares her same enthusiasm for her own passions. Patrick Mahomes may be winning games on the field, but he’s also won at home.
Sometimes it’s worth it to go through the longing, the pain, the loneliness of a long-distance relationship if it means there’s a brighter future to look forward to. Perhaps the future isn’t guaranteed, but you might be surprised how much absence makes the heart grow fonder.
A Twitch streamer who broadcasts daily life on the streets of Tokyo ended up being an unsuspecting hero when a woman used him to get away from a man who was following her.
Caught on candid camera
English-born Twitch streamer robcdee was raised in Australia, but he’s called Toyko home since 2013. During that time, he’s attracted 120,000 followers to his Twitch account where he livestreams life on the streets of Tokyo.
As you can imagine, much of his videos are uneventful — people walking by, random chats with strangers, etc. But one night during a livestream he found himself to be an unlikely hero.
She was in danger
In the video posted in 2020, robcdee comes across a woman being followed by a man in a green puff jacket. Looking over at robcdee, the woman says “He’s my friend” and squirms away from the man. Some Redditors believed she was mouthing “Help me” at robcdee, according to Daily Dot.
Clearly getting the message, robcdee puts his arm around the woman and proceeded to stand between her and the stranger.
After a brief chat about where he’s from in English (robcdee says on his account that his Japanese is 4/10), the streamer manages to fend off the man.
When he was gone, robcdee asked the woman: “Are you in danger?”
“Yes, great danger,” she responded.
Make the streets safer
While walking around and talking to strangers — let alone putting your arm around them — sounds like a different universe now with the pandemic, this heroic act prevented a situation that could’ve turned very bad.
We all need to look out for each other. It is sadly still incredibly dangerous to be a woman and walk around in most places in the world, especially at night, so whenever someone can lend a helping hand, they should.
A tear-jerker of a Humans of New York post has gone viral, sharing the story of a dying mother’s last words of wisdom.
She walked gracefully toward death
When doctors checked on Karen, they “found nothing but cancer,” begins a post from the highly popular social media account Humans of New York. “But even then she didn’t give up.”
Karen was dying of cancer, but she maintained her spirits and walked “beautifully toward death.”
“I never once saw her depressed,” explains her daughter, Kailey, who was in high school when her mother died. “There were sad moments, but even those were peaceful. And sometimes she’d laugh so hard it would physically hurt.”
“Every day she told me I was beautiful,” Kailey continued. “She’d said it before, but not like this. It was so intentional.”
Videos for every milestone
Karen regretted not being able to see her children’s biggest milestones, so, she did something extraordinary.
“She recorded videos for the big moments in our lives: graduation, our 21st birthday, our wedding, our first child,” Kailey explains. “Over the years those videos became so precious to me.”
The videos are just a few minutes each and start with what the milestone is and how she regrets not being there. Then, she’ll give personalized advice.
“She’ll say: ‘I know you struggle with X, Y, and Z, so always remember this.’”
One final video
After getting married two years ago, Kailey knew just one video remained. “And it’s always given me comfort– knowing it was there,” Kailey said. “So it was bittersweet when my daughter was born on June 27th.”
After the birth of their first child, Kailey and her husband watched Karen’s final video together, and it was harder to watch than expected.
“She was sicker than the other videos,” Kailed said. “She spoke really slowly. She talked about how I’d always loved babies, even as a child. And she said that she wished she could be there to cuddle my baby.”
Karen talked about Kailey’s childhood, her struggles and her bright spots. Then, “she ended by saying: ‘Love and encourage your babies. They will grow up quickly. So hug them. And pray for them.’ And that was it.”
For the last time, Karen told her daughter that she loved her and said one final goodbye. “For years I’d been dreading that moment,” Kailey says. “But it felt strangely peaceful. Like I was ready. Ready to take up this role.”
Karen passed the torch to Kailey, who now has the responsibility to share love — and wisdom — with her own daughter.
“It’s my turn to have a daughter now. To love her. And to be purposeful with her, just like my mom was purposeful with me.”
Tell your loved ones how much you care
Life doesn’t always work out as we planned. We lose moments and people we wish we could have back. That’s why it’s so important to take advantage of every second and tell the people that we love how much we appreciate and cherish them. You never know how many more times you’ll be able to tell them you love them.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians has been part the fabric of pop culture for years. Now, as it finally wraps up, Kim Kardashian West and her family are showing that they owe a lot of their success to their crew by gifting them Rolex watches as the show wrapped.
These watches, which go for around $10,000 each, were gifted to each of the 30 crew members, according to TMZ.
The end of an era
“Officially sobbing. Grateful for every single second,” shared Kardashian in a behind-the-scenes video on Instagram, saying it felt “crazy” that this epic show was ending.
The video continued:
“We just finished filming forever, like ever, ever. We’re done, we’re never filming again – isn’t that so crazy?! So we’re having a drink with the crew in my backyard, hanging out. Cheers to – I don’t know. 15 years; 20 seasons of craziness and lots of love.”
The end of the series was celebrated in a socially distanced way due to the COVID pandemic, at an outdoor garden party for the cast and crew. Of course, the champagne was still flowing.
This milestone comes in the midst of brewing divorce rumors about Kardashian and her husband Kanye West, who have reportedly been living apart for months.
Appreciate those around you
The Kardashian family has faced a lot of criticism over the years, but they have a reputation for being generous and professional, even during times of personal hardship and public scrutiny.
The family understands that success and fame are fleeting. Their longevity is due to the support of hundreds of cast, crew and supporting team members, and the family always makes sure those people feel appreciated.
After being with E! for 20 seasons, the Kardashians are moving over to Hulu – so who knows what to expect next.
Sometimes our best-laid plans are not meant to be. John had been in a long-term relationship. He had even bought a house with his partner for 15 years.
When the relationship suddenly ended, he found himself starting over at 40.
John did his best to maintain life as he was accustomed, from his job at an insurance company to spending time with loved ones, but still, he couldn’t help feeling like something was missing.
The missing piece of the puzzle
Six years later, he realized what that something was when watching TV and seeing a program about adopting children.
It sparked his interest. John reflected on the fact he had always wanted to be a dad. But when it didn’t happen naturally, he just continued on with his single lifestyle.
But then he realized the time was now.
“I’m 46 now. If I want to be a dad it’s now or never.”
But, as a single father, it wouldn’t be an easy journey. It was one he was ready to get started on though.
A long and arduous process
He started an intensive training course in preparation for being an adoptive father, and decided to get some experience as a volunteer mentor for a teenager.
“Every fortnight or three weeks I had a meeting with my social worker who went through lots of scenarios with me: ‘What would you do if this happened? What would you do if that happened?’,” John recalled.
And that included his whole extended family getting involved. “He met my ex-partner and my other family members to find out more about me and see if it was a solid environment I could provide.”
Finally, after a three-year process, John was approved to be an adoptive father. He was then able to start looking for his future child.
He met with his social worker, who laid out photos of boys on the table and asked if any sparked interest.
“Immediately one stood out to me — he is now my son.”
Finding his son
John says the feeling was instant, almost like “when you’re looking for a house and you walk into a house, and you get the feeling that this is the house you want.”
“It’s not a great comparison but that’s the nearest I can get to it,” he said.
The photo was of a six-year-old boy named Chris (names have been changed), who had been in foster care for 18 months because of concerns he was not taken care of in his
“Ten days later he had moved in with me. And that was it,” John said.
While it was a bit of an adjustment to go from only caring for himself to being responsible for another person, it was a process well worth it.
But there were some growing pains, like on the second night, when Chris said he wasn’t happy and wanted to go back.
“My heart sank, I was like ‘what do I do, what do I do?’”
He called the social worker, but by the next morning, the social worker said it was a normal reaction, and that things would be fine.
A new lease on life
Nine years later, Chris is now a teenager and he and John have a wonderful relationship.
John is happy because he’s finally a dad, and Chris has a better life with more opportunity than he would have had staying in the foster care system.
“It’s given me a purpose really, I suppose,” said John, who said as a dad, he just wants his ’son to “be the best he can be,” and that means raising him to be a good person.
“He’d probably say I’m a good dad, apart from banning him from his Xbox and making him do his school work!” said John.
Sometimes all the hardships and hurdles we have in life are worth it — to get us to that right person and right moment in time.
For John and Chris, the timing was perfect for them to find each other and change each other’s life forever.
Seven-year-old Cavanaugh Bell of Gaithersburg, Maryland, still remembers the pain of being picked on.
“I was bullied for working faster than others,” he told People. “At one point I asked my mom if she would be sad if I died.”
I had the darkness inside me and I didn’t want kids to feel the same way I felt
Channeling pain into purpose
However, instead of bottling up the hurt, he channeled his pain into purpose and positive impact. Using his own savings, Bell started putting together and distributing care packages containing food and other essentials to his elderly neighbors in need during COVID.
It turns out that making smiles can be pretty addictive.
The more I gave back to my community, the more I wanted to keep doing it
Recruiting his mom, Llacey Simmons, to help “spread love and positivity”, Bell created a GoFundMe page to promote his cause. Donations poured in.
Thanks to a space offered by a local gym, Bell kicked off the “LOVE is greater than COVID-19” Community Pantry. With the extra space, he was able to not only keep more seniors safe, but also spread the good vibes beyond his community.
Helping a nation
Bell remembered a road trip to Mt. Rushmore with his mom, when they passed through the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, considered one of the poorest areas in America.
She had told him that some were without electricity or running water. Worse, the population is stricken with high rates of alcoholism and suicide. For Bell — also part Native American — that was unacceptable.
it’s not fair that we’re having great and happy life when they’re suffering in the middle of nowhere
With the help of his mom and scores of generous donors, he hired a driver and loaded up a 53-foot truck chalk full of clothing and essentials for the people of Pine Ridge.
For seven-year-old Bell, the mission is simple. “I’m just trying to make them have a big fat smile on their face.”
A mission to end bullying
And it’s just the beginning.
Bell also founded his own non-profit called Cool and Dope, where he sits as its Chief Positivity Creator.
Bell has set the ambitious goal to end all bullying worldwide by 2030. At this point, is there any reason to doubt him?
Cavanaugh believes he can save the world, and I believe him! He doesn’t see anything as a challenge and that’s what I love about his innocence
Alice Phelps, director of ‘First Families Now’ and member of Pine Ridge Community
Positivity can move mountains
Bell’s organization has raised over $30,000, and has helped over 10,000 people with food and essential COVID supplies.
And to think it all started with a moment of empathy during his darkest time. Who else might be feeling this way, and how can I help?
Bell’s response to injustice proves that acts of kindness, once set in motion, can be an unstoppable force.
I just wanna teach people they can have an impact no matter their age — no matter if you’re 8, 10, or even my grandma’s age, 74 — you can do anything!