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princess-dianaDiana, Princess of Wales, was famous for her beauty, sense of fashion, and her transition as a young 20-year-old into a determined, savvy women after marrying into the royal family. However it was Diana’s reputation for working endlessly on behalf of charitable causes that has kept her in the hearts of people around the world since her early passing due to a car accident on August 31, 1997.

She was in a unique position to help, not just because of status and fame. Diana had a passion for giving not because it was a tradition of the royal family, but instead because she had a sincere desire to help others. Diana, who suffered tremendously with bulimia, depression and anxiety in the years after she married Prince Charles, was able to empathize well with others who were suffering.

Princess Diana often reached out to the outcasts of society and did so fearlessly and with compassion. She was led to work with victims of HIV, AIDS and leprosy and was the first member of the royal family to touch a person suffering with HIV/AIDS without gloves. At the time, it was believed the disease could be transmitted through touch. Princess Diana demonstrated that she cared by taking patients hands during difficult times. The gesture went on to become a global sensation, and changed how people thought about the disease.

“I think the biggest disease this world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved,” she said in an interview with BBC in 1995. “I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day,for a month-I’m very happy to do that and I want to do that.”

In her lifetime, Princess Diana helped over 100 charities. Two decades after Princess Diana’s untimely death, her sons are continuing to carry on her passion for giving.

Princes Harry and William and William’s wife, Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, all have come together in their philanthropic efforts. Prince Harry is currently a patron of the Halo Trust, the world’s largest humanitarian min clearance organization, which Princess Diana also worked with during her time on earth.

Prince William is patron of Centrepoint, a homeless hostel to which Diana brought her sons for visits when they were children. Princess Diana spent time instilling the importance of helping others in her two boys. “I want them to have an understanding of people’s emotions, people’s insecurities, people’s distress and people’s hopes and dreams,” she said of her sons.

It’s evident that Princess Diana go through to her boys. The princes’ have embraced a transparency about giving back that has never been seen from the royal family before. In July 2016, Prince Harry was tested for HIV in a live video broadcast in an effort to destigmatize the disease. The video was said to be a groundbreaking moment by HIV charities.

In addition, Prince William became the first member to appear on the cover of a gay publication following the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the issue, William was quoted saying, “No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason. You should be proud of the person  you are, and you have nothing to be ashamed of.”

Continuing their mother’s legacy, William and Harry along with Kate have spearheaded the charity Heads Together, which focuses on opening up the conversation about mental health. Princess Diana was very open about her struggles with mental health and become the first person in the royal family to be openly tearful, which gave her sons the courage to do the same. This year, Harry broke the royal family’s code of silence and opened up about his personal life, stating he suffered mentally following his mother’s death.

In 2012, the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry absorbed the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. This fund, established in 1997, was meant to further Diana’s mission of helping the outcasts of society and “unfashionable” causes. So far, 47,000 people around the world have recieved the Diana Award, presented to young people aiming to improve the lives of others. There is a whole new generation of people who are carrying on her work to change the world for the better.

Dana once said,”Carry out a random act of kindness with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” She could never have predicted how her sons and their loved ones would come to embody this sentiment as passionately as she did. But today, they continue to live out her legacy and provide help to those who need it most.

The Heart of Man, which follows the parable of the Prodigal Son, will be in select theaters nationwide this coming September for a special one-night event.

The Heart of Man is a cinematic retelling of the parable of the Prodigal Son, intertwined with contemporary and poignant true testimonies of personal and sexual brokenness. These two genres are combined as never before to reveal the compassionate heart of God the father for his sons and daughters illuminating an age-old truth: Shame is not a barrier to God’s love, but a bridge to absolute transformation, victory, freedom and hope.

Be inspired to build a stronger relationship with God, and let go of the strongholds that are separating you from Him. The Heart of Man will arrive in theaters starting Thursday, September 14th.

We are excited to share the official trailer for 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain, an inspirational action movie you can’t miss. Based on a true story, the movie will inspire you to never lose hope.

When a snowstorm strands former professional hockey player Eric LeMarque (Josh Hartnett) atop a Mountain for eight days, he is forced to face his past and come to terms with his personal demons and rediscover the power of faith within him in order to survive.

6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain is coming to select theaters and on demand October 13th.

t-mtv-vmas-2017-best-dressed-2MTV held the 36th annual MTV Video Music Awards last night, broadcasting live from The Forum in Los Angeles by singer Katy Perry. The show jumped back and forth between light-hearted banter to deep and meaningful moments of inspiration. Known for walking the link between the profound and the profane, this years VMAs didn’t stray away from that formula. Here are some of the best and worst moments from this years award show.

One of our favorite moments was the opening performance by Kendrick Lamar. He opened the show with the hit songs “DNA” and “Humble,” but remixed them to have a more rock sound. He brought the production value of the show up with his use of lasers and pyrotechnics, including a dancer who danced while enveloped in flames. This was a performance of a true star, which was later solidified with Lamar’s VMA wins. Lamar was nominated for eight awards at the VMAs, more than any artist in any genre, and won six, including Video of the Year, for “Humble.”

Noah Cyrus, on the other hand, had a more lack-luster performance. She performed a high energy mix of her latest song, “Stay Together” while standing in front of a half-pipe of skaters. Despite all the work to put up the giant half-pipe, the background dancers, skaters, and even Cyrus didn’t take advantage of the prop. While only skating up and down the pipe in a simple fashion, one of the skaters even fell into the ramp.

Katy Perry tried her hardest as a host, but fell flat during the majority of it. Due to not being a true comedian, Perry relied on her awkwardness to get through the show and draw out laughs. Even the audience had a hard time playing along; Ellen DeGeneres was seen wincing during one of Perry’s jokes. In addition, the audience seemed disjointed from the actual award show, sitting awkwardly in a lounge area. When the camera cut to many of the celebrities attending in the audience, they appeared unmoved and unfazed by the show going on in front of them.

Lorde had an interesting interpretive dance performance. Lorde took the VMA stage despite having a horrible flu, and opted to simply dance and not lip sync along to her songs during the performance. She did so against the song “Homemade Dynamite” instead of one of her two current hit singles. The performance was gusty, but came off strange. We give her the benefit of the doubt due to her illness.

One of the more heartwarming moments during the show was Jared Leto’s tribute to Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who took his life in July.  “I think about his heart, which he wore on his sleeve,” said Leto. “I think about his band who were really his brothers, and I remember his voice, at one ferocious and delicate, which will live forever.” In a program filled with messages about suicide prevention, Leto’s message was heard loud and clear. In addition, Logic, accompanied by Alessia Cara and Best New Artist winner Khalid, performed his moving suicide-awareness song “1-800-273-8255” as dozens of suicide-attempt survivors stood onstage wearing matching T-shirts that said “You are not alone.”

The show didn’t shy away from making effective statements about self-acceptance as well. Cara began her performance of “Scars to Your Beautiful,” a song about body-shaming and self-acceptance, in a glamorous dress, a wig and heavy makeup; black-clad dancers quickly removed the dress and the wig as she wiped away her makeup and finished the song in ordinary black jeans and a tank top. Pink also made a statement about self-acceptance in her award speech, thanking all of those who helped make herself and her daughter feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin.

The MTV VMAs had their moments of “what is going on” but were saved by some beautiful performances and inspiring speeches. In a time where cable TV is becoming less of a norm, the VMAs are making sure they are here to stay.