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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

    Jimmy Fallon rocked The Tonight Show stage; Saudi Arabia appointed its first female editor-in-chief of a national newspaper; and Venezuela expels three U.S. diplomats. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith walk us through the evolution of hip hop dancing; new godmother, Kate Middleton, and Prince George attend a christening; and the U.S.A. wins the first ever gold medal in ice dancing.

    - Gianna + Maura



    First night a hit for ‘Tonight’ host Jimmy Fallon: http://rtvote.com/1e3Kp6b
    Last night, Jimmy Fallon transitioned from his hit show “Late Night” to NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and made a splash with viewers. Mr. Fallon proved once again that he’s a natural host and he excited the audience with his witty humor on topics like Sochi & hip hop. The “Tonight Show” made its first return to New York City in almost 40 years and that was the most exciting part of the evening. In the theme of celebration, Mr. Fallon introduced his parents to viewers and ended the show with a performance by U2.

    School’s Arab Mascot Draws Fire in California Valley That Prizes Dates: http://rtvote.com/1h0ulW4
    This past Friday, Riverside county in California held its National Date Festival, an annual tribute to a local industry that began in the Middle East. Riverside County has held the festival intermittently since 1921 and since the 1940s the county has decided to honor the history of the date and the culture of its Arabian origin. Unfortunately the festival sparked backlash from Coachella Valley High School’s Arab mascot. Although the mascot has been in existence since the 1930s, the American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee has deemed the mascot a “gross stereotype” and the high school is currently seeking other mascot options as a result of the Committee’s petition.

    Saudi Arabia’s first female editor of national newspaper appointed:http://rtvote.com/1bhDJqj
    For the first time ever in Saudi history, a female journalist, Somayya Jabarti, was named editor-in-chief of a national newspaper. When reporters asked about her views on this historic appointment, Jabarti said, “There’s a crack that has been made in the glass ceiling. And I’m hoping it will be made into a door”. She continued by saying, “Being the first Saudi woman [editor-in-chief] is going to be double the responsibility … One’s actions will reflect upon my fellow Saudi women.”

    Oklahoma pharmacy won’t provide drug for Missouri execution:http://rtvote.com/1cljrdA
    The Apothecary Shoppe of Tulsa, according to court documents, will not provide drugs for use in the execution of Michael Taylor that is scheduled for this month. Michael Taylor currently sits on death row for the brutal rape, murder, and kidnapping of a southeast Kansas girl. In this court case, Taylor argued that in several recent executions in which the compounded pentobarbital was used, showed it would likely cause him “severe, unnecessary, lingering, and ultimately inhumane pain.” 

    Venezuela raids opposition party office, expels three U.S. diplomats:http://rtvote.com/1c0Ltrw
    Late last evening, Venezuelan Security Forces raided the headquarters of an opposition party accused of being the driving force behind recent violent protests. While raiding the headquarters, the Venezuelan national government also expelled three U.S. diplomats on charges of conspiring with demonstrators. The U.S. State Department has called the charges against the U.S. diplomats, false and baseless.


    Kate Middleton Is a Godmother, Attends Friend’s Baby Christening with Prince George, http://rtvote.com/1jO6zRW

    Pete Wentz Expecting Baby With Girlfriend Meagan Camper, http://rtvote.com/1jCbzGj

    Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith Perform “Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing” on The Tonight Show—Watch Now!: http://rtvote.com/1f9kSi1

    BAFTA Party Sightings: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong’o, Oprah Winfrey and More!: http://rtvote.com/1fduWVI

    Winter Olympics 2014: Meryl Davis and Charlie White Win First Ever U.S. Gold in Ice Dance: http://rtvote.com/1kRJo9I

    Gianna Judkins
    Bio: My name is Gianna Judkins& I'm a proud Angeleno. I'm also a Political Science Major at Howard University. I pride myself in being Michelle Obama's biggest fan and always being "FLOTUS Inspired”! As a Political Science major, my ultimate goal is to one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue my office. I'm a very determined young woman who understands the power of education and value of hard work while striving to achieve my goal of being one of the nation's next great leaders. I'm not that serious all the time though, for fun I enjoying singing in the choir and hanging out with friends.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    Rock the Vote’s Charitybuzz Auction Launches!

    Friday, December 2nd, 2011

    In 2011, Rock the Vote turned 21. Like most 21-year-olds, we are always down to have a little fun. However, with the 2012 presidential election less than a year away, it’s time to get down to business with your help. Our plans for 2012 include running our largest youth voter registration drive ever and mobilizing millions of young Americans to the polls. To celebrate our 21st birthday and achieve our goal, we’re hosting an online celebrity auction at charitybuzz.com from December 2 – December 21, 2011 (just in time for the holidays!).

    We have a chock full list of exciting items to bid on. All you Gleeks will go crazy for our one-on-one lunch with GLEE star Darren Criss. If you’re more Team Xtina, then we have an opportunity to meet Christina Aguilera and attend a taping of The Voice. You can also get your groove on with two VIP tickets to The Ellen Show, or bring out your inner DJ with the opportunity to guest-host a Sirius XM show with DJ Skee. Aspiring writers will have the chance to draft a blog post with Perez Hilton and have it posted on Perezhilton.com. And memorabilia collectors will fawn over our signed Fender bass autographed by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz. That’s not even all of it. We have so many other awesome items donated by Rock the Vote’s celebrity supporters. Check out the full list here.

    Our charitybuzz celebrity auction is fitting; for more than two decades Rock the Vote has worked with artists, celebrities and athletes to make politics relevant to young people, registering, educating, and turning them out to voice their opinions, have a say, and participate in the political process. In 2008, more young people voted than in any previous US election- and Rock the Vote ran the largest nonpartisan voter registration drive in the history of the United States, bringing more than 2.6 million voters into the process. Currently, with 13,000 people turning 18 every day, we certainly have our work cut out for us.

    That’s why we need your help! Check out our charitybuzz auction here and help us and millions more to rock the vote in 2012. Not only will you be supporting your favorite non-profit organization (wink, wink), you (or a surprised loved one) will also get the chance to rendezvous with a favorite celebrity. What could be better?

    Don’t forget to share the auction with your other celeb-lovin’ friends. Use the hashtag #21stBIRTHDAY to keep track of the auction on Twitter!

    Caitlin Maguire
    Bio: Caitlin is the Marketing & Operations Manager for Rock the Vote
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    Buzznet nails it

    Monday, October 26th, 2009

    You all know we had a national conference call on health care last week (we should have the video of it any minute now to watch if you missed it – stay tuned). I could give my two cents on it all but I think Buzznet did a much better job summing up the call and the incredible need for reform with their post entitled, “Music, Healthcare Reform and Why You Need To Care.”


    There’s a reason this debate has been going on for a long time – it’s a big problem to fix! But we are starting in on the home stretch – it’s do or die time (no pun intended). Get involved.


    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    Reminder: Forum Tonight

    Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

    There are only a few spots left for our live health care forum tonight and we don’t want you to miss it. Sign up now.

    Here are the details:

    What: Rock the Vote/ Pass the Ball Interactive Forum: Health Care Reform Uncovered

    When:Tonight, Wednesday, October 21, 2009 @ 7pm EST (4pm PST)

    Where: Online – sign up here and you’ll get login information for both the phone and the online portal.

    Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services
    Pete Wentz , Fall Out Boy
    Heather Smith, President, Rock the Vote

    Hope you can join us!


    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    Health Care Reform: Uncovered

    Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

    You’ve seen the news, you’ve listened to the debate, and you’ve taken action. Now it’s time you hear directly from Washington about how the current health care proposals will affect YOU. We’re having and online forum to talk health care on October 21st and we want you to join us. It’s free but space is limited so sign up now!

    Here are the details:

    What: Rock the Vote/ Pass the Ball Interactive Forum: Health Care Reform Uncovered

    When: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 @ 7pm EST (4pm PST)

    Where: Online – Sign up here

    But don’t take it from us – here’s an invitation from Pete.


    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com