Beyonce is providing 2,000 lucky students in the U.S. with brand new schools supplies through her charitable campaign BeyGOOD.
The Drunk in Love hitmaker has selected underfunded schools in a number of cities on America's East Coast, including New York City, Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore in Maryland.
Backpacks filled with pencils, notebooks, folders and more back-to-school items will be handed out during "pep rallies for good" at the chosen schools. Fans can also purchase the special edition backpacks online and all proceeds will benefit the 2014 Back to School Programme, which helps at-risk children.
Beyonce and her husband Jay Z have spent the summer supporting BeyGOOD and his Shawn Carter Foundation as $1 (70p) from every ticket purchased from their recently wrapped On the Run tour went towards supporting students.
The couple's tour has grossed more than $100 million (£59 million), according to concert promoter Live Nation.
When Michael Patrick King began writing "Sex and the City 2," the economy had just made itself a new home in the sewers. He knew the country was hurting and experiencing new kinds of money woes. But instead of contemplating how he could tone down the sequel's extravagance to reflect the uncomfortable financial pressure of many Americans, he ultimately decided against it and shelled out $10 million for what the girls would wear. (He must have really not wanted to see them naked!)
There's one scene in particular, where Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha are doing karaoke in Abu Dhabi, and two of the outfits (and their prices) are described as follows: Carrie wears $4,000 embellished Blonds jeans under a $47,190 silver and gold Chanel lamé dress (that's over $50,000 right there -- and somebody's freshman year at an Ivy) and Samantha wears a $5,000 spiked blazer. In other scenes, Charlotte makes cupcakes in a Valentino blouse and Miranda (probably goes to work as a lawyer) in a Roland Mouret dress so expensive that you or I wouldn't even wear it to sleep.
All this means the women will be impeccably dressed courtesy of the series and movie's stylist (and otherwise BIG SPENDER), Patricia Field. However, after we salaried people endure some-two hours of looking at beautiful clothes we do not (nor will ever) have the pleasure of owning, we're going to feel very small and very underfunded. This in mind, it's hard to imagine how Michael Patrick King would be able to write the sequel and feel comfortable pummeling his audience with gaudy cuffs and silk iridescent overlays at a time in history when everyone (even the actors) are feeling financially vulnerable. But oh, he found a reason -- and it's the Great Depression! He said, "I thought Hollywood should take people on a big vacation that maybe they couldn't afford themselves. I wanted to make it a big, extravagant vacation." But again, this is risky, because who wants to see Sarah Jessica Parker sipping Dom Perignon on a first-class flight to Abu Dhabi, when they know once they get home they'll have to pay their utilities bill? (I do, I really do. And I will. Probably a few times. But it's going to be hard.)
Her nod has come less than a month after the show closed in New York and Harper admits its a huge acknowledgement for the cast, director Rob Ruggiero and playwright Matthew Lombardo.
She tells WENN, "I can't say vindication but it's very, very sweet. I can't say bittersweet because we closed on April 11th, so I've had three weeks or so to sob and be upset... It kind of has solidified us in Broadway history even though the show closed early."
And Harper, who is now touring with the production, insists the show failed because an investor dropped out at the last minute.
She adds, "He dropped out to the tune of an excess of $500,000, so everybody else was trying to put in money. My husband contributed substantially and other investors stepped up, but I don't think we had enough publicity and enough advertising.
"The truth is you have to clear at least $800,000 a week. We were underfunded."
But the actress' Tony Awards nomination has given the play a new life as it tours America: "I'm gonna keep playing it in other cities. It's not over yet by any means."
Stars including GWYNETH PALTROW, MOBY and artist/filmmaker JULIAN SCHNABEL are supporting a charity drive to bring yoga to underfunded U.S. schools. They are all set to attend a fundraiser in New York on Wednesday (28Apr10) for Bent on Learning. Sean Lennon is slated to perform at the event.