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From the moment Beyoncé walked off the Super Bowl stage, halftime show sticking out of her back pocket after broadcasting black power imagery and black pride lyrics to an audience of 112 million people, the backlash began. From boycotts to criticism from senators and pundits alike, the goal here is to intimidate the pop star into silence because she holds power. But here's the thing; celebrity activists matter. Being an artist does not mean that you cannot speak out about injustice, but critics push that agenda because having a following for your art does mean that people might actually listen when you do.
Focusing on Bono and Bob Geldof's high-level lobbying in my documentary allowed me the opportunity to see whether my prejudices about celebrity actually hold true: were their efforts as self-centred, short-sighted and superficial as many believe?
Spending the better part of 18 months in the company of politicians, gatekeepers, lobbyists, rock stars, aid workers, government ministers, experts and activists, confirmed the fact that a great deal of development aid money has been squandered in the past.
There's twenty thousand screaming kids in a stadium, and they want only one thing: To make the world a better place. That's the kind of effect that We Day has on everyone who experiences the event, as...
The hallmark of Bono's celebrity activism has been a concern with gaining access to key political decision-makers. However, over the last year the focus of attention has turned away from a fixation with politicians at the apex of power in the traditional global establishment.
A well-publicized list of western celebrities has attracted enormous attention for their engagement in African development as well as peace and conflict issues. Many of these celebrities have receive...
Certainly, Clooney's high-profile but informal mode of public diplomacy takes attention away from front line workers. It does so, however, without building a rigid and competitive sense of hierarchy and institutionalized status. The real danger for Clooney is a sense of overexposure at a time of triumph.