I was honored when I was asked to host the 17th Annual CAST (the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking) Gala. There are a staggering 27 million people still suffering enslavement around the world, some EVEN HERE IN OUR VERY OWN NEIGHBORHOODS OF LOS ANGELES. When we join hands to support orgs like CAST, we bring empowerment to survivors as well as to ourselves. Let's put an end to the suffering. After a series of events that led me to find out trafficking was taking place in Vietnam within my very own circle of friends, it has since then become an issue I am passionate to fight against. At the same time, whenever I meet celebrities that are also advocates for change, I become even more mega fans of them! Like Annalyne McCord, Sanaa Lathan, Jenna Ushkowitz, Olivia Culpo, Mira Sorvino, Albert Brooks, and the beyond talented Chloe Flower who played the most enchanting tribute song to the man of the night, Russell Simmons. (One of mai fave moments was when Russell not only thanked everyone who contributed to the cause, but also the people who made his Vegan plate. Priorities, people.) Also, it was so cool to announce that the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation partnered with CAST to invest in and educate our next generation of abolitionists. Man, if I could, I'd do things like this every night. It's the reason why I do what I do- to have a platform I can use to make a difference. If you're interested to learn more about how you can support CAST, check it out here. Every bit of give is a gift.
What do you guys do to support a cause that’s close to your heart? I want to hear all about it!