Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS, in talks about support for transgendered youth:
Real truth is before few months ago, I’ve never met anyone else who was trans. Never. As you saw, I dealt with my situation on my own, in private. But all across the world, there are young people coming to terms with being transgender. They’re trying to figure out how to handle that. They’re getting bullied. They’re getting murdered. And they’re committing suicide. This is the reality of what it’s like being trans today…My plea for you tonight is to join me in making this one of your issues as well. How do we start? Start with education. Learn as much as you can about another person. I know the people in this room have respect for hard work. I trained hard. I competed hard. And for that, people respected me. But this transition has been harder for me than anything I could have imagined. Trans people deserve something vital. They deserve your respect.
It is an honor to have the word courage associated with my life. Another word I have is fortunate. I owe a lot to sports. It has given me an identity. If someone wanted to bully me [back then], it didn’t matter because I was the MVP. Same thing goes tonight. If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, I can take it. But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it. So for the people wondering what this is all about — courage, controversy, publicity, it’s about what happens from here… its not just about one person. It’s about thousands. Not just me, all of us. Accepting one another. We’re all different and that’s not a bad thing. That’s a good thing. While it may not be easy to get past, it is possible if we do it together. Thank you so much for this honor, bestowed on myself and my family.
Rita Ora receives the award for Best Female at the Silver Clef awards in London.
I’m extremely grateful. I’m not the hero here. I never was.It’s all about what this charity has done for so many years…I’m very lucky and really proud of what we achieve as females, and what music does for people.
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The Solar Impulse 2 lands in Hawaii after breaking the record for world’s longest nonstop solo flight, a five-day, 118 hr solar-powered journey across the Pacific Ocean from Nagoya, Japan to Kalaeloa. Steve Fossett set the previous record of 76 hours when he flew a specially-designed jet around the globe in 2006. Borschberg:
Nobody now can say that renewable energies cannot do the impossible. You don’t know if it’s feasible. You don’t know if it’s possible. You don’t know if you are going to lose the airplane.
The Timberwolves draft Kentucky freshman center Towns as the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NBA draft.
When Mr. Adam Silver came out, I saw him, and he said, ‘with the No. 1 pick’, I was racing, I told Coach Cal before when he first came out that I was trying to drink the water and I was shaking uncontrollably, and I told him, ‘Coach, don’t give me the ball right now for the last-second shot. I wouldn’t make it.’
Gani wins the Asia’s Next Top Model competition, beating Marlene Monika Sta Maria from the Philippines and Aimee Rose Cheng-Bradshaw from Singapore in the final round. The judges favor Gani for her performance in a photo shoot and runway walk wearing haute couture dresses.
I feel so proud, naturally, to be the first Indonesian winner, and I hope Indonesia will win again.
Fredericks wins season eight of The Voice. He is coached by Williams.
I just thought, ‘This is going to be a good learning experience.’ I’d never done any kind of audition thing before. So that’s kind of how I went into it, just seeing where it takes me…It was definitely a really big culture shock for me, moving from a farm to the city. Since I’m quite a bit of an introvert, it’s really hard for me to do interviews and that kind of stuff. The performing was really easy for me, just because I’ve always been performing; I do a lot of farmers’ markets and gigs like that. So that was the part where I was the least nervous, when I was up onstage singing. I was more nervous in the interviews, although I’m not as nervous now. I’m definitely getting more comfortable with all this stuff. I’ve come out of my shell through this whole entire experience.
On his plans for the future:
I would not move to L.A.; I love my home back on the farm. I would visit L.A., but it would never be my home. I can take trips and stay in hotels for a while, but I always want to have a farm to come back to.
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FHM names Keggan the Sexiest Woman in the world for the year 2015. Editor Joe Barnes:
Many congratulations to Michelle on her very worthy win. This year’s 100 Sexiest poll was more keenly contested than ever – we had over a million votes, which was truly incredible. And for me, and the FHM team, it’s great to see a hugely talented UK actress take the top spot.
So many hot men, so little time. That’s why we asked the readers of heat magazine to name and rate the 100 hottest men alive. They’ve done us proud – and now we can all drool over the sexiest men in the world, all in one place.
Bullock is named World’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2015 by People magazine.
Real beauty is quiet. Especially in this town, it’s just so hard not to say, Oh, I need to look like that, No, be a good person, be a good mom, do a good job with the lunch, let someone cut in front of you who looks like they’re in a bigger hurry. The people I find most beautiful are the ones who aren’t trying.
Timenames Watson in its 100 list of top influencers primarily for her #HeForShe campaign. Watson’s international campaign calls for gender equality, even inviting men to give their support. Other actors on the list include Bradley Cooper and Julianne Moore. The magazine:
Her HeForShe speech at Davos was an Internet sensation, but unsurprisingly, it drew the typical antifeminist rants and even some threats. Watson chose to highlight the moving letters she has received from fathers who tell her they are investing new hope in the future for their daughters. But she was also frank about the bullying tactics of her detractors and one site that made an empty threat to release nude photos. Her confident and cool reaction: ‘If they were trying to put me off, they did the opposite.’
Finlay presents her daughter with the Academy of Country Music’s 2015 Milestone award:
For many years, I was her constant companion. And I witnessed a young girl with very few friends become one with many, learning to stand up for herself and the things she believes in. Being brave enough to explore her musical curiosity, having a voice against those who hate, and giving of herself to those in need. I am a very proud mom. I want to thank the entire music community for taking such good care of her. And to the fans: I know you love her as I love her. And for that, I thank you eternally.
Cumberbatch is chosen by poll over David Tennant, Idris Elba, Sean Bean and Damian Lewis to be made into life-size chocolate statue. A team of eight sculptors worked on the piece, which contains the equivalent of 500 bars of chocolate. Sculptor:
The striking thing about Benedict is that he’s got quite a thin face but he’s got a large head. So trying to get that look right is quite tricky.
The University of Texas awards Bush with the first ever Latino Leadership Award. The chairwoman of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies:
In our diverse Latino Texas, there are very few individuals who have the résumé and record of excellence as Commissioner Bush. His life-long commitment to service as a teacher, veteran, UT alumnus and land commissioner makes him an exemplar of why transformative leadership is valued and necessary.
I am honored and humbled to be the first recipient of the University of Texas Latino Leadership Award. As Texas Land Commissioner and a graduate of the University of Texas, I am proud CMAS is facilitating historical understanding and creating a legacy of cultural respect that should make all Longhorn students proud.
Jolie, attending the 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards show with children Shiloh and Zahara, accepts the favorite villain award for her role as Maleficent.
When I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different. And I felt out of place — too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in. And then one day I realized something, something that I hope you all realize: Different is good. And, as your villain, I would also say cause a little trouble — it’s good for you.
On Fortune‘s second annual list of the world’s greatest leaders, Swift comes in as the top female leader and sixth overall, just two spots behind Pope Francis. Fortune credits her ability to develop a strong social-media brand and her influence on the music industry.
. . .she has proved shrewder at honing a brand in the social media age than virtually any other person or company. And she’s done it without resorting to dumbed-down salacious gimmickry…Swift’s efforts to ensure she gets paid for her music could have a huge ripple effect on the way artists are compensated in an era of free streaming.
Paul wins the Constitutional Champion award given out by The Constitution Project, a bipartisan legal watchdog group. Group’s president:
Sen. Paul has been a vocal critic of NSA spying. He introduced legislation declaring that the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution shall not be construed to allow any U.S. government agency to search the phone records of Americans without a warrant based on probable cause, and has made it clear that he will vote against any extension of the Patriot Act provisions expiring in June.
AskMenplaces Watson on top of their list of 99 most outstanding women. Publisher Bassil :
Emma Watson is so many incredible things at once — rich, successful, famous, stylish, beautiful, intelligent, personable, kind. And yet, rather than be content with a life of luxury, she’s thrown her back into a serious social issue in an effort to shift the way our society treats women.
Marbury is named the finals MVP after leading the Ducks to their second straight CBA championship–their third title overall since Marbury joined the team four years ago. During the finals, Marbury averaged 29.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and two steals.
This year, a lot of people criticized me, saying I was old, that I couldn’t play anymore. But I turned all that into fuel…When we won the first championship, people said we couldn’t get another. After the second, people said you guys can’t repeat. Establishing a dynasty has always been my goal and my motivation.
Jesus did it!! Back 2 Back championships!Keep talking behind behind my back and God gone keep blessing me in yo Face! pic.twitter.com/zFGCzNpXWo
Washington receives the Vanguard Award for supporting the LGBT community at the 26th edition of the GLAAD Media Awards.
We need more diverse LGBT representation (in the media). And this is big — we need more employment of LGBT people, in front of and behind the camera…We can’t say that we believe in each others fundamental humanity and then turn a blind eye to the reality of each others existence and the truth of each others hearts.
Kerry Washington accepts the Vanguard Award at the #glaadawards
Wurtzbach is the crowned winner of Binibining Pilipinas -- Universe 2015. It is the third time that she joined the pageant, winning first runner-up in 2013 and landing in the Top 15 in 2014. She represents Cagayan de Oro City and bested other 33 contestants during the Bb Pilipinas Grand Coronation Night at the Smart Araneta, Quezon City. Her answer to the question about internet censorship during the Q&A portion of the pageant:
We should be careful with what we post online. Always think before you click.
After scoring 18 points against the Knicks, James passes Allen Iverson on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. James is currently No. 22 on that list.
It’s very, very humbling, and it’s an honor to just be named with some of the greats that I watched growing up. And now to know that I passed Allen Iverson on the all-time scoring list, for someone that’s not much of a scorer — as you guys have deemed me — it is pretty cool…It just means that my teammates have allowed me to do things to help them win ballgames, and I’ve been fortunate enough to go out and bless the game the best way I know how and just play hard.
LeBron James Passes Allen Iverson on All-Time Scoring List
The World Photography Organisation announces Erwitt will receive the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Outstanding Contribution to Photography. As part of the award, an exhibition of his most famous imagery, alongside his lesser known works and spanning his 60 year career, is presented at Somerset House, London. WPO spokesperson:
Elliott is entirely unique and independent in every way. Photography is part of his very fabric, but he also clearly separates what he calls his ‘hobby’, from his client work. To most, there will be no noticeable difference between the two. That is what makes him a master.
Swift’s 1989 album returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a milestone 10th nonconsecutive week, making Swift just the second woman in history to earn two albums with at least ten weeks atop the list (the other being Whitney Houston).
Brady is named MVP of Super Bowl XLIX after completing 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards, four of which result in touchdowns. Brady is intercepted twice, but completes eight of eight passes in a drive with two minutes left on the clock leading to the touchdown that gives the New England Patriots the lead.
It wasn’t the way we drew it up. Certainly, throwing a couple of picks didn’t help. It was a lot of mental toughness. Our team has had it all year. We never doubted each other, so that’s what it took. That was a great football team we beat. I’m just so happy for our team.
AirlineRatings.com publishes a report naming QANTAS as the safest airline in the world for 2014. Qantas did not have any fatality during 2014. The rating system is endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization, a United Nations agency. The airline is named the leader in terms of real-time monitoring of its engines across its fleet using satellite communications, development of an avionics system that provides a direct data link communication between the pilot and the air traffic controller, as well as the development of flight data recorders to monitor plane and crew performance.
Clooney is named Barbara Walter’s Most Fascinating Person of 2014. Walters:
I guess the question is, ‘What does it take to fascinate one of the most fascinating men in the world?’ She is known primarily through her spouse, and while we know little about her, we know a great deal about him. And he has fascinated many women—especially me. Everyone said that no one would get George Clooney to the altar. In fact, George Clooney—who had been married briefly in his 20s—said it himself, to me, in 1995.
Jolie is presented with the Honorary Dame Grand Cross in recognition of her campaign against sexual violence by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Brad Pitt, and their six children also attend. Buckingham Palace spokesman:
The audience itself between Miss Jolie and the Queen was private. Her Majesty presented her with the insignia in its box. Mr Pitt and the rest of the family were introduced to the Queen afterwards, however.
The band announces that they will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. The group will be honored in the performer category at the thirty sixth annual award ceremony, taking place on October 11th at the Georgia World Congress Center. Dave Haywood:
We’ve never been a part of something like this before. It’s pretty special hearing the words ‘Lady Antebellum’ and ‘hall of fame’ in the same sentence. We really feel honored to be included.
Wahlberg wins MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Duo for Ted shared with MacFarlane.
I know what this really means — many people have gotten this award before … Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston and many others. And do you know what they all have in common? None of them were invited back; they’re all too f—ing old! This is the ‘you’re too f—ing old to come back’ award … this is ‘you’re f—king done.’ …But you know what? It was a great run, and I’m a lucky guy in so many ways to have worked with so many talented people, to have gone from literally being incarcerated to having a one-hit rap career to having an underwear modeling career to getting a real chance from Penny Marshall. I’m about to cry in a minute — hold on!
The female country vocalist takes 3 trophies home from the 49th American Country Music Awards. She accepts the awards for; Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year for the song; Mama’s Broken Heart and Vocal Event of the Year for her duet with Keith Urban:
I can’t believe it. I’m so grateful and thankful and humbled.
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