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Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Blend of Serious and Funny

Alicia Keys, John Legend to Perform at Second Annual ‘CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute’
Hugh Jackman to Present PEOPLE Magazine’s 2008 ‘Heroes Among Us’

CNN today announced celebrities who will be participating in the second annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute,” which honors ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things in their communities and beyond. Hosted by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood , the program will air globally on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m. (ET) on CNN/U.S., CNN International and CNN en Español.
Grammy Award-winning artists Alicia Keys and John Legend will each perform at the “CNN Heroes” gala. Celebrities slated to appear include: Cameron Diaz, Meg Ryan, Forest Whitaker, Salma Hayek, Lucy Liu, Terrence Howard, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale and Selena Gomez. In addition, Hugh Jackman will present PEOPLE Magazine’s 2008 “Heroes Among Us”; PEOPLE has partnered with CNN for this portion of the telecast.
This year’s Blue Ribbon Panel judges included: Queen Rania Al Abdullah; Rabbi Shmuley Boteach; Sir Richard Branson; Deepak Chopra; Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE; Franklin Graham; Earvin “Magic” Johnson; George Lopez; Holly Robinson Peete; Jeffrey Sachs; Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; and Kristi Yamaguchi.
This year’s Top 10 CNN Heroes, as selected by the Blue Ribbon Panel, were unveiled last month by Cooper on CNN’s American Morning, and their profiles are available at The public will select the “CNN Hero of the Year” via voting at the CNN Heroes site through Wednesday, Nov. 19. At the Kodak Theatre gala, CNN will honor the 10 heroes and reveal the CNN Hero of the Year, who will receive an additional $100,000. In its second year, the multiplatform initiative received nearly 4,000 submissions from 75 countries.
Joel Gallen, who has helmed ambitious telethon events supporting victims of both the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, returns as executive producer for the event. Kelly Flynn is senior executive producer for the CNN Heroes initiative.

This weekend CNN will be airing two special. One is with Soledad O’Brien called “One Crime At A Time”. You can find out more about the show by clicking here.

The other special is with Miles O'Brien called “Green Warriors”.
If you did not catch John King's acting debut on The Daily Show you can check it out.

All Things CNN sends belated birthday wishes to Larry King who celebrated his birthday on Wednesday November 19th.

I end tonight with a funny clip from Thursday’s American Morning. Don’t you just love live television. Oh and by the way love the casual look on John Roberts.

Have a great week ~ Sapphire

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