Friday, October 14, 2011

This Week's Inspirational Pop Culture Moments

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An actor/comedian puts the spotlight on a shelter for women, a rock star takes to the road for towns in need and a TV doctor raises $1.2 million for cancer patients. Here are this week's most inspirational moments in pop culture.

Russell Brand Sheds a Spotlight on Friendly House

Russell Brand makes no bones about the fact that he had a troubled past. The British actor-comedian speaks openly about his past as a drug addict and his stint in rehab. So when he appeared this week as the first guest on Rosie O’Donnell’s new talk show, it wasn’t surprising that the topic came up.

O’Donnell very directly asked Brand how he was able to clean up his act when so few celebrities seem to come out of treatment successfully. As he explained to his host, “I think most people that suffer from unhappiness of any kind are looking for external solutions to internal problems…. But ultimately these problems are spiritual. When we discover they’re spiritual as I did, thankfully through going to treatment, then I was a bit better.” He added jokingly, “But as you can still see there’s some mental instability.”

His time in recovery has affected the edgy comedian so deeply that he even filmed a special segment for The Rosie Show. Brand took cameras to Friendly House in Los Angeles, California. He clearly had an existing relationship with the organization’s Executive Director, Peggy Albrecht, who explained, “It has been 60 years that we have been working with women who need help.”

Friendly House can host up to 16 women at a time in the facility. As a result Peggy recalled, “I have seen thousands of women get clean and sober and lead productive lives.”

In addition to shedding the spotlight on Friendly House, Brand will also be present a a luncheon celebrating the organization’s 60th anniversary. It’s no surprise he’s showing up — their naming him man of the year.

To find out more about Friendly House visit their website.

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