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chelsea-handler-talks-smokingComedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler revealed that she is set to interview Ann Coulter in the upcoming weeks.

Handler told Alyona Minkovski of The Huffington Post that she “might have to bring in the big guns” when she interviews the conservative commentator on her Netflix show, “Chelsea.”

Chelsea Handler has voiced her distaste for Coulter, due to the controversial and insensitive comments Coulter is known for making. In the interview with Huffington Post, Handler went as far to say that Coulter is “good at eliciting that feeling of grossness inside.” Handler answered a strong “no” when asked if she liked Coulter’s views, as expected.

Handler hosted the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately on the E! network from 2007 to 2014, where she mentioned Coulter on more than one occasion. As an outspoken liberal, Handler readily disagrees with Coulter’s idea of politics. Handler used her platform as a late-night host to call Coulter out on her views.

Coulter has been in the news a lot recently, specifically for her dedication to Presidential nominee Donald Trump. This past week Coulter released her book, “In Trump We Trust,” which has not gone over well with many Republicans. Trump himself even shunned the book.

Handler isn’t the only comedian who isn’t fond of Coulter. Last night, Coulter was “completely slaughtered” by comics at the celebrity roast of Rob Lowe. After the tapping, Coulter laughed it off saying “Everybody has such thin skin. Bless their hearts, they were trying to be funny.”

Handler and Coulter couldn’t be any more different. But Handler enjoys having conversations that are challenging and forces discussion on important topics.

“Intellectually, I don’t think I can match her, but I mean, I like anybody with a difference of opinion,” Handler said. “I like conflict and I’m not averse to that. I like having conversations that are uncomfortable” Handler said.

Uncomfortable may be an understatement. The two will duke it out sometime in September.


SelflessOlympiaPolish Olympian Piotr Malachowski showed his amazing level of selflessness after he auctioned off his silver medal from Rio 2016 to help fund treatment for a three-year-old boy struck with cancer.

The kind-hearted Olympian decided to sell the medal to the highest bidder after receiving a letter from the boy, Olek’s, mother.

The 33-year-old world champion wrote on his Facebook page to help spread the word about the auction.

“My silver medal is worth much more than a week ago. It is worth the health of little Olek. I fought for gold in Rio. Today I’m calling on everyone to fight for something even more precious. If you help me, my silver medal may turn out to be more precious than gold for Olek.”

Malachowski’s efforts generated a lot of support and reportedly raised enough money for Olek’s treatment.

The little boy has been battling Retinoblastoma, a form of eye cancer, for over two years. Treatment in New York is his only hope, the athlete said.

After the bidding ended, a please Malachowski posted: “My darlings. We made it. Thank you everyone who took part in the auction on eBay and everyone who in any way joined [in]. We were able to show that together we can make miracles. This is our joint success.”

Piotr Malachowski won his second silver medal in the discus throw, repeating his silver performance again after the 2012 Olympics.

In the end, saving a life is certainly better than winning a medal. Thank you Piotr, for your selfless act and being a true Olympian!

Production Photo - Brandon and TeammatesBrandon Burlsworth is known for being one of the greatest walk-ons in college football history, and his legacy is now the subject of the movie “Greater.” The film tells the story of Burlsworth’s journey from unlikely University of Arkansas walk-on to 1998 All-American. Based on the true story, actor Chris Severio portrays Brandon on the big screen.

The Burlsworth family created the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation in honor of Brandon who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1999. He had planned to help underprivileged children, and his family stepped up to make that dream still become a reality.

Beliefnet caught up with Marty Burlsworth’s  brother, Brandon to talk about his brother’s legacy, the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation and the new film debuting on August 26th.

What inspired you and your family to start the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation?

Brandon had talked about helping underprivileged kids when he made it to the NFL.  After the shock of the accident wore off, we wanted to create something so his example was not forgotten. The idea of the Foundation was a great way to honor his legacy.

The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation is a Christian organization, with a mission to support the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children who have limited opportunities. How did you and your family come up with this mission?

We are proud to be known for the things that Brandon was known for: Faith, Family and Football. He always had a soft spot for kids.  I remember at ball games and restaurants; the kids would line up for his autograph and I never saw him turn one child away.  He was humbled that they would ask.  He knew the responsibility that being in the spotlight came with.  We are associated with sports but the spiritual needs are just as important.  Our Burlsworth Character Award is available to over 16,000 high school football programs in the Nation.  We are proud to bring recognition to those student athletics that display character.

Production Photo - Marty and BrandonWhy do you believe instilling Christian values and supporting children’s spiritual needs at an early age is so important?

Childhood is the developmental period of everything, values, self-worth, confidence and especially a strong spiritual foundation. So many of the kids that we work with struggle not only financially but with these issues that are so vital.  Our goal is to change that pattern and help them take charge of their own future.  We know that faith is the foundation, then the family has a pattern of stability and then school and sports will all work out.

What are some of the social benefits of children playing sports?

My wife and I have 3 boys.  They have all played sports and I encouraged each one of them.  A sport teaches teamwork, putting others first, a good work ethic, discipline, getting along with other teammates and obedience to an authority higher than us.

What are some of the positive values children learn from playing sports? Why are these values so important?

Sports are all about the teamwork.  You can’t be selfish and succeed successfully in sports. Christians are to put others first before our self. You learn to obey your coaches. We are to obey our elders as we read and study our Bible. We see athletes who rise to the top but lack of character will always show itself. I see so many great examples of the parallels of sports and our walk with God.

What are some of the ways your foundation is transforming children’s lives?

One of my personal favorite programs we do is Eyes Of A Champion.  We, in partnership with Walmart and independent Optometrists provide over 1,000 pairs of eye exams and eyeglasses to underprivileged Pre-K thru 12th grade students.  Our plans are to take the program nationwide.

The Burls Kids program take 25 underprivileged kids to every home Razorback and Indianapolis Colts game.  They are given shirts, books, replica glasses and special treatment that day.  In most of these kids, it’s the only day that they get to feel special.  Our sponsors give each child some spending money for the day.  One young boy asked if he could spend $5 and give the rest to his mom.  He said. “She really needs it” That’s the quality of kids we are striving to work with.

What advice can you give young, aspiring athletes like Brandon who may not believe they have what it takes to make it

My closing talk after we first meet the Burls Kids at the Arkansas games is this;  “Has anyone ever told you that you’re not good enough, that you’re not smart enough, that you’re not strong enough, or that you’re not fast enough?  Remember Brandon’s story and then the next time that happens, you tell them…….Watch Me!

Production Photo - Marty and Young BrandonWhat do you hope moviegoers will take away from “Greater”?

“Greater” is an inspiring story of Brandon’s life and experiences.  But it has a wonderful message and strives to answer the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”  God has given us free choice. We have a decision to allow God to work through our pain, or we do the easy thing and give up and allow the devil to control the situation. Our family chose to use this for his glory.  Romans 8:28 tells us, “For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose”.  Our loss is great, but God is “Greater”!

The faith-based film is based on an amazing legacy of a remarkable human being. The movie is sure to inspire and encourage those who take the time to watch it. Make sure to catch “Greater” in theaters on Friday, August 26th.

rio-closing-ceremony-olympics-handover-yuriko-koike_3770057The Rio Olympics ended with a beautiful and spectacular closing ceremony on Sunday night. It ended officially with the handing over of control for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Spectators, athletes and officials had to brave strong wind and rain to attend the carnival-inspired ceremony.

The ceremony featured parades, dances, and performances by Samba legend Martinho da Vila, electronic music artist Kygo and singer Julia Michales.

“These were a marvellous Olympics, in a marvellous city,” International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach reportedly said. “Over the last 16 days a united Brazil inspired the world, in difficult times for all of us, with its irresistible joy for life.”

Rio’s mayor Eduardo Paes returned the Olympic flag to Bach, who then handed it over to Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike which officially signaled the transition to the 2020 Olympics. Tokyo then stole the show with their own impressive showcase. Popular fictional characters including Hello Kitty, Doraemon, Pac-man and Mario from Nintendo’s famous Mario game franchise all made an appearance.

It was a spectacular show from Rio, whose country was clouded in controversy in the Games. Problems surrounding economic mishaps, security concerns, the Zika virus and stunted preparation added issues to the games.

Rio 2016 organizing committee president Carlos Arthur Nuzman said: “The Games in Rio is a great challenge, but a challenge with success. I am proud of my country, my city and my people. Rio has delivered history.”

Gold medalist Simone Biles carried the U.S. flag during the ‘Heroes of the Games’ segment at the closing ceremony. The ceremony ended with a confetti and fireworks show.

The last few days of the competition continued to be action-packed, and led to a great finale of the games.

Usain Bolt did it again, making him nine for nine. In his final Olympic event, the sprinting icon surged away and sealed the 4×100-meter relay for Jamaica. This was his third gold medal for the third time – a perfect record.

The U.S. men were disqualified in the 4×100 -meter relay, however the American women went on to dominate. The U.S. won their sixth consecutive gold medal in the 4×400 relay beating out Jamacia and Great Britain.

Brazil beat Germany in a penalty shoot-out to end their long wait for an Olympic Games football gold medal. After a 1-1 draw in normal time, and no goals in the extra 30 minutes, Brazil’s Neymar stepped up to score the winning spot-kick and seal a 5-4 shoot-out win after goalkeeper Weverton had saved Germany’s fifth penalty.

The United States women’s water polo team became the first group to win consecutive Olympic gold medals, defeating Italy 12-5 in the final. While the U.S. women’s basketball team claimed its sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal on Saturday.

U.S. topped the final medal table winning 121 medals in total: 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze medals.

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