Manchester rapper Bugzy Malone has helped to make Christmas a little more special for some of the city’s most “underprivileged children” this week.
With the big day fast approaching, the popular rapper and actor – real name Aaron Davis – has bought and delivered sacks filled with personalised gifts for 50 children across Manchester to help them have the Christmas “they want and deserve”.
Malone worked closely with his accounts, social workers, and his team at his fashion brand B.Malone to ensure he was able to really “make a difference to the families that are going to receive them”.
After having spoken publicly in the past – both in his music and interviews – about the struggles he faced growing up in a poverty-stricken household in the Manchester suburb of Crumpsall, Malone also told of why he felt it so important to contribute and give back this festive season.
He also offered words of encouragement to younger fans who may be in a similar postition.
Taking to his social media platforms yesterday to share the reason and motivation behind the donations, Malone said: “Me and my team at [B.Malone] have bought 50 underprivileged children a sack full of presents each.
“The 0161 made a man out of me and Christmas was never a good time for me or my family so hopefully these presents make a difference to the families that are going to receive them.”
He continued: “We have worked closely along side my accountant [Paul Cheetham-Karcz at Sedulo] and social workers to make sure we knew as much about each individual kid as possible to get them the presents they want and deserve.”
“To the children that I have bought these gifts for, if you ever see this, enjoy Christmas day as much as possible and just know things always get better in life.
“Remember it doesn’t matter where you start it’s where you end up.”
His actions have earned him widespread praise on social media.
The post went on to amass hundreds of thousands of interactions and comments across all social platforms, with many commending Malone for his generosity towards the some of the region’s most vulnerable children at a time when they need it more than ever.
Malone’s donations are believed to be part of corporate accountancy firm Sedulo’s Christmas Toy Appeal 2020.
Speaking on the importance of the appeal, Paul Cheetham-Karcz – Managing Partner at Sedulo – said: “We have been doing our Toy Appeal for almost 10 years now and each year it gets bigger than the last. In almost all cases of the children we support, they wouldn’t be getting a single present on Christmas day if it wasn’t for this appeal [and] that thought is heart-breaking.
“It’s an initiative I am very proud of [but] organising and distributing around 3,000 bespoke presents isn’t an easy task, [so] I would just like to thank all the clients and the team here at Sedulo for coming together to do something good in the community.
“In my opinion, all businesses should seek ways in which they can contribute to the communities they exist in, and this is just one of how we take our social responsibility seriously.”
You can find out more about The Sedulo Christmas Toy Appeal 2020here.
Horror film due to be released in the UK this week is so scary it’s triggered Apple Watch high heart rate alerts
A film that’s been labelled a ‘horror nightmare’ is set to make its big screen premiere in the UK this week.
The Outwaters has been disturbing audiences across the USA with its ‘found footage’ format, which follows four travellers as they encounter a menacing phenomena while camping in a remote stretch of the Mojave Desert.
Cinema-goers have reported extreme reactions, like having to leave screenings to vomit and also smart watch heart rate monitors showing alerts.
One scary movie fan said it ‘more effectively scares me than anything I’ve ever seen’.
Another labelled it ‘Goddamn terrifying stuff’.
One person said: “I’m still processing #TheOutwaters. I am not sure if it worked for me. The sounding made me so uncomfortably dizzy that I had to leave the theatre to vomit. This never happened to me before. It’s more disturbing than scary if that makes any sense.”
Another said: “@TheOutwaters has solidified my opinion that I believe this to have one of the most horrific and traumatizing sequences i’ve ever experienced in a found footage horror film.”
One review reads: “the outwaters is possibly the most upsetting movie i’ve ever watched. and i mean that as a compliment.”
One more said: “The Outwaters may be my new favorite horror movie, highly recommend if you’re into weird f*cked up shit.”
Someone else posted: “Watched The Outwaters the other day and immediately fell in love – it’s the kind of mind-bending indie horror nightmare I’m constantly looking for, just unfiltered awesome creativity firing on all cylinders. Major props to everyone in front of and behind the camera, I loved it!”
And one person described it as a ‘surreal blood soaked mindf*ck through hell’.
Now, The Outwaters Twitter account has confirmed that the film will be streaming in UK cinemas from 7 April.
Screenings may be few and far between to start with, but horror fans, this looks to be one well worth seeking out.
Chris Pine is an American actor best known for his roles as Jamie T. Kirk in Star Trek, Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman and Lord Devereaux in The Princess Diaries 2.
Appearing on Capital FM’s breakfast show this morning with Roman Kemp, Sian Welby and Chris Stark, Pine reminisced on his days studying in Yorkshire.
Kemp kicked off the show with “It’s Capital Breakfast and this morning we are joined by probably the only Hollywood A-lister to attend Leeds university.”
“I don’t know, you’ll have to check the alumni book but I’m pretty sure that’s probably accurate” the actor admitted.
Pine explains that he studied in Leeds for one year as an exchange student, when he was just 19 years old.
Chris Stark quickly jumped in to ask Chris about the iconic Leeds student pub crawl, The Otley Run, and whether or not he’d done it as a young undergraduate.
“I don’t remember much of it but yes I have done it.”
“Do you remember what you wore?” Stark responds.
“No I don’t, I remember…nothing.”
He admits that although the crawl consists of 18 bars, he himself has never made it to each one.
He continues to explain that although he now lives in sunny California and has done for most of his life, he in fact lived in the UK for a total of four years between the ages of 29 and 40.
“There’s so much Hollywood work over here but I have yet to go back to Leeds.
“I have all these memories. I lived on Brudenell road and I can see the market across the street and I know the walk to school and the great old cinema on the corner of Brudenell and Hyde Park. I just have these images of school there.”
So next time you’re wondering down Brudenell Road or catching a flick at Hyde Park Picture House, just know that those hallowed halls were once home to Hollywood royalty.
And who knows, Pine might be hopping on a plane to Leeds Bradford airport after being reminded of such happier times – so make sure to keep an eye out.