Happy weekend, friends. I hope you had a productive week and you’re ready to relax this weekend. Now that halloween is behind us, it’s time to start planning for the upcoming Christmas season and all the joys that come with it. Eggnog latte, anyone?
Whatever you’ve got planned this weekend, stay safe. And here’s a roundup of links I came across this week that inspired me, made me smile, made me cry and forced me to dig deep…
+ New kind of nonprofit: “I learned very quickly that we could use the screens for more than entertainment. We could also communicate life-saving education.” Hollywood producer Caroline Baron on FilmAid, an organization she started that screens films in refugee camps and includes refugees in the creation and distribution of aid.
+ True beauty: Behind-the-scenes of Lupita Nyong’o’s latest Lancome ad.
+ A beautifully-written post by Emily’s hubby, Geoffrey on the lessons he hopes to teach their daughter.
+ Watch: Have you seen The Restart Project? In each episode, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tracy Anderson share inspiring stories of women who have transformed their lives through diet and fitness.
+ James Earl Jones will be awarded the Voice Icon Award at the first annual Voice Arts Awards on Sunday. The event will honour the voices of the year in television, film, commercials and audiobooks.
+ Heartbreaking video: In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, local organizations discovered mentally ill people trapped in cages by their families and left to die.
+ Today, the World Health Organization announced that the Ebola death toll had risen to 4,950 in the worst-hit West African nations. The organization also released a 17-page guide on conducting safe burials of Ebola victims in an effort to curb the spread of the disease.
+ Business: In an attempt to cut the studio’s annual overhead costs by $200 million, Warner Bros. began layoffs this week that will cost 1,000 staff members their jobs.
+ An inspiring post on one couple’s mission to bring clean, safe water to Rwanda – Turning Coffee into Water.
+ Deep thoughts: This piece on Verily, Death with Dignity? Assisted Suicide is not the Answer was so well-written and incredibly moving. No matter your viewpoint on the issue, it’s worth the read.
+ The new music video for New York-based synth-pop duo, Color War follows three teenage ballerinas from the American Ballet Theater as they dance through the streets of Manhattan.
+ Bring back the ’90s: The perfect song to kick off the weekend.
(Photo of Lupita for Lancome via Harper’s Bazaar)