Slave labor remains one of the biggest problems in the world today. The methods may not look the same, but if you look deeply at the situations of many workers worldwide, you will see the similarities. People are breaking their backs to maintain quality products for a company without adequate compensation, and brand names benefit from the work of unpaid and underpaid employees. And, because many are unaware of this, companies get away with managing slave labor all over the world.
Eve Ensler is the creator of “The Vagina Monologues.” Like the woman who wrote it, the play is a bold testament to the growing self-awareness of women from different backgrounds who share one thing: their vagina. To address issues that plague women, she set up “V-Day,” an organization which then led to the creation of the “City of Joy.” “The Vagina Monologues” received the “Obie Award” for Best New Play, while Eve received the “Berrilla-Kerr Award” for Playwriting, the “Elliot Norton Award” for Outstanding Solo Performance, and the “Jury Award” for Theater at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.
Harry Belafonte is a Grammy Award-winning artist who made a hit out of “Calypso” in the 1950s. Touted as the “King of Calypso,” Harry’s “Banana Boat” rendition still lives on today. His long-playing album, “Calypso,” became the first L.P. in the U.S. to sell over 1 million copies within one year. He was one of the first African-American performers in the history of American pop culture; well aware of his influence, he used it to fight against apartheid, poverty and inequality, and his circle of friends included Martin Luther King, Jr., Sidney Poitier and the Kennedys.
A multi-awarded artist and philanthropist, Carrie Underwood is one of today’s most popular country stars, keeping this genre of music cool to the ears of this new generation who are used to hearing modern rock and pop music. Her multi-platinum albums and singles are an evidence of how much she has achieved all throughout her years of being a professional singer.
Jane Fonda—who doesn’t know her? Recipient of a Tony Award, two Academy Awards, an Emmy Award, and three Golden Globes, she’s one of the greatest actresses of all time. Her 1980s exercise videos are still regarded as the bestselling workout videos of all time, selling about 17 million copies worldwide. She’s been the target of controversies all along after her Hanoi Jane brouhaha, but even that catastrophic misstep did little to diminish her stardom. Jane remained one of the most respected stars then and now.
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an A-list Hollywood actor known for his knack for portraying real-life characters namely Steve Biko, Malcolm X, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, Melvin B. Tolson, Frank Lucas, and Herman Boone. He’s got two Academy Awards under his belt and has also won a Tony. People Magazine named him the Sexiest Man Alive in 1996. So far, he has directed a couple of movies where he also starred in which became critically successful. A Christian, Denzel has no qualms about declaring his faith in Jesus Christ.
Edgardo José Martin Santiago Valenciano, more popularly known as “Gary” Valenciano or simply “Gary V,” is a world-class performer born and raised in the Philippines. He’s lived with Type 1 diabetes since he was 14 years old. Those with the same illness begin to physically deteriorate 30 years after diagnosis. Now 49 years old, he considers every single day of his life a miracle. He’s still dancing, still singing, and still bravely sharing how God has been faithful to him and his family.
Zachary Levi is popularly known in the TV world as Chuck, an ordinary guy turned spy. The TV series fared well and ran for eight seasons. Convinced that he is born to perform, Zachary is living his dream career. The accolades and recognition he is getting are just bonuses for an already ideal life. When he started filming the Chuck series, he was named by Daily News as one of five actors to watch and it went uphill from there. The following year he ranked number 22 in Entertainment Weekly's Top Thirty People Under Thirty.
Ann Patchett is a novelist of high caliber. She has written bestselling fiction and non-fiction books, ranging from terrorism to friendship. Her bookstore in her hometown, Nashville, is both an entrepreneurial and corporate social responsibility move in the hope of reviving the bookstore industry. Now, Parnassus is thriving in spite of the surge of e-books and the looming threat of physical books getting outdated. Ann is not just a writer but also an activist in the sense that she refused to let the book trade die. This author has guts.
There is probably no one in the world today who does not know the name Jackie Chan—currently the world’s most famous martial artist. As a director, producer, action choreographer, martial artist, comedian, singer, stunt performer and, most importantly, an actor, Jackie has stunned billions of movie goers worldwide with his martial arts and acrobatic movements, earning him a reputation for being a realistic action star. Since he started in his show business career, Jackie’s films have always been box office hits. Jackie is an international icon, and has worked with big stars from Hollywood and other parts of the world.