You’ve Been VALidated To Give Back

Celebs can hit the slots in their own homes and so can you!  And with Betfair you can play for a cause.  Donate your winnings to a charity playing your favorite gaming sites or even start your own. Typically when a celebrity gets caught gambling, there’s a stigma attached to the incident. So, I’ve identified a couple of celebrities and have tried to match them up to an online game that would safely feed their inner craving for gaming. I’ve chosen online gambling, mostly due to its sustained popularity following the surge in poker playing in the early 2000s.

First I want to touch on my main man Nelly. The St. Louis rapper has been accused by his manager of having a gambling problem and blowing his money playing poker at the casino but I’ve seen him in action giving back for charity at The Angel Ball in NYC which is what really matters. So, I’ve switched up his rumored game-of-choice, poker which he can play in the privacy of his own home by utilizing Betfair.

For some reason, anytime a celebrity gets caught gambling, there’s a stigma attached to the incident. So, we’ve identified a couple of celebrities and have tried to match them up to an online game that would safely feed their inner craving for gaming—whether they know that they have one or not. For this exercise, we’ve chosen online gambling, mostly due to its sustained popularity following the surge in poker playing in the early 2000s. Just in case one of these celebrities were to take our advice and throw all of their fortunes away, at least they could do it from the secrecy of their own internet browser.

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Before he started making hits like “Hot in Here,” and “Shake Ya Tailfeather,” and more recently, recording country tunes with Tim McGraw, Nelly had a shot at becoming a professional baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals. He knows a little something about swinging a bat, so maybe he should try his hand at betting on a sport like cricket. He’d be the first hip-hop artist to take a vested interest in the sport, and he might even be an expert at picking winners in anyone of Betfair’s cricket matches.

Now let’s talk about a fabulous female in the spotlight. The Week  selected creator and lead actress, Lena Dunham, as one of its “10 celebrities who are actually worth following on Twitter.” Even if you don’t watch her popular HBO series, you can tell by her tweets that she’s a master of smart observations, and humorous logic. However, if you do, in fact, watch Girls, then you know that Dunham loves to be in the nude. There’s no safer place for her to do this than by herself, in the privacy of her own home.

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Now that Dunham has an estimated net worth of $30 million, she should find something risque to to toss her purse at.  Online sports betting? No, too juvenile for her.  Poker?  Nope. She’d get bored quickly and pick up her favorite Zadie Smith book instead.
“Why do we need games like Candy Crush if we can just sit here blockin people with our blockin finger?” Dunham once tweeted. So, online arcade games are definitely out.  Hmm, maybe she’s a slot machine girl. Can you picture it?  A barely clothed Lena Dunham sitting in front of her MacBook Air, driving herself crazy while the Slots Alice and the Mad Tea Party slot machine reels spin on the screen and spin her brain into an existential crisis? If she loses, she’ll never tell her friends about it, but if she wins some money, she’s likely to donate all of it to the charity of her choice.

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You’ve Been VALidated to Be Inspired w Celeb Chef David Burke at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week

TheIRC and The Empire Hotel were kind enough to invite me to their pop up restaurant where I had the opportunity to dine and interview celeb chef David Burke about an outstanding partnership. You’ve Been Validated to be Inspired. Watch here and please share what inspires you!

Grammys Big Winners Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell

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Last night you may have noticed the incredible gentleman above grace the grammy stage on more than one occasion.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Grammy Winning Producer Nile Rodgers at this exact time last year in support of The We Are Family Foundation.  He is the founder and chairman.  Not only is he creating the hottest tunes we hear today but he is also making sure to inspire and educate the next generation.  To find out more about this wonderful organization visit http://www.wearefamilyfoundation.org/ #VALidated

Hollywood Attends The Angel Ball-Raising Money for Cancer Research

On Tuesday, October 29th The Angel Ball at Cipriani Wall Street brought together some of the biggest names in the medical field as well as Hollywood. Philanthropist and Grammy Nominated Songwriter Denise Rich is determined to find a cure for Cancer. This event raises money in support of the research needed to make this happen. I spoke with Hugh Jackman, The Hilfiger’s and many more A-Listers who were out supporting their friend Denise. You can still participate in the auction by going to charitybuzz.com. Check out the video here:)

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