Popular comedian, actor and activist Russell Brand has taken aim at yet another cause, and this time it's the scourge of pornography.
In a new video for Fight The New Drug, a campaign "dedicated to educating and raising awareness on the harmful effects of pornography using only science, facts, and personal accounts," Brand discusses the pitfalls of pornography and why he would never watch it if he had full control over his body. He also dismisses the popular "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie as "cultural smog."
"Pornography is not something that I like. It's something that I have not been able to make a long term commitment to not look at and it's affected my ability to relate to women, to relate to myself, my own sexuality, my own spirituality," Brand confessed. more >>
Jeremy Lin admits that his Los Angeles Lakers team are off to a tough start this season, but the point guard insists that God is using the sport to challenge him.
Lin, the 26-year-old Los Angeles Lakers guard, recently took to his official website to open up about his grueling Lakers season, but was hopeful for the team that had a new coach and a number of new players. In a personal blog post, Lin admitted that the season was hard for him thus far, but acknowledged that the ordeal was shaping him spiritually.
"Spiritually, I've really been challenged to seek humility even more each day. When life is tough, it forces me to re-evaluate everything and learn to depend on God more than I initially think I need to," Lin wrote on his personal website, www.jlin7.com. "God continually stretches me and challenges me through basketball, and Im just trying to live each day pleasing Him." more >>
Jeremy Lin, formerly of the Houston Rockets, marked his introduction with the Los Angeles Lakers this week by joining a nonprofit ministry in feeding the homeless of the City of Angels' infamous Skid Row. He also delivered a message to Lakers fans, promising that he would play for God and play aggressively.
"Famed shooter Jeremy Lin who was recently acquired by the L.A. Lakers, embraced his new city by serving meals to the homeless today along with teammates Xavier Henry and Laker Girls at The Midnight Mission SoCal's largest social service provider," the nonprofit shared online Thursday.
In photos published on The Midnight Mission's Facebook page, Lin can be seen wearing an apron and standing behind a table with partners of the mission handing out Lakers-themed gift bags and serving guests their lunches. more >>
"Linsanity," a film about NBA star Jeremy Lin, is set to reach the Chinese market after the documentary was acquired by Metan Development. Executives noted that the Christian athlete's story is relatable to many in the world's most populous country.
"Jeremy Lin's story is one that resonates and is relatable to everyone in China – old and young, male and female," said Gordon Chu, VP of business development at Metan, Variety.com reported.
"Of course, being the first American-born NBA player of either Chinese or Taiwan descent to achieve such incredible success in the NBA will be of interest to his fans in China, as well as the incredible journey he took to reach his goals. We're delighted to bring 'Linsanity' to audiences in Mainland China," Chu added, according to The Hollywood Reporter. more >>
"Linsanity" Director Evan Jackson Leong said in a new interview that Christian NBA star Jeremy Lin's story is both universal and transcendental, as the DVD of the movie was released on Tuesday.
"There are a lot of different elements for a lot of different audiences, but at the end of the day, this is a universal story that transcends sports, race, and culture. This a story about chasing your dreams," Leong told The Blaze in an interview.
The film, released in October 2013, tells the story of the NBA star who exploded onto the basketball scene with the New York Knicks and made headline news in February 2012 with a series of impressive performances. It documents the rising success of the first Asian-American to play in the NBA, and highlights the importance of faith through both his success and failure. more >>
Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin could be in line for a three-team trade according to some reports, which could end up with him moving to the Chicago Bulls before the winter trade deadline.
The Houston Forward Times noted that the Rockets have "desperately" been trying to trade off defensive center Omer Asik, and a deal concerning Lin could lead to the Turkish basketball player going to the Atlanta Hawks.
Lin could be traded to Chicago, while the Bulls' small forward, Luol Deng, could be headed in the opposite direction. more >>