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Celebrity Poverty Talk: Play the New Spotlight Game

From Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

www.spotlightonpoverty.org

For Out of the Spotlight readers, getting issues about poverty and opportunity onto our neighbors’radar screens is an on-going challenge. But when celebrities take on an issue, lots of people listen.   On poverty…  did you know that Jessica Sarah Parker recently attended the New York City-based anti-poverty Robin Hood Foundation orthat Russell Simmons wrote a HuffPO piece titled Dear Mr. President, Forget the Poor, Lose your Soul?

Can you score a perfect ten and match the celebrity to the correct statement then check your answers?  If you have a favorite quote not listed below…send it our way

Match with Quote
1 “I believe the war on poverty is a more American idea than the war on the war on poverty. I believe that most people feel like that. And I believe that it ain't over till it's over.” Jay-Z
2 “We know that many boys and girls leave school because of poverty, because they have to work. However, there are an important number of children who abandon their studies because of the abuses they're subject to by teachers and their own parents.” Bruce Springstein
3 “Did you know that nearly one in three children live apart from their biological dads? Those kids are two to three times more likely to grow up in poverty, to suffer in school, and to have health and behavioral problems.” Shakira
4 “The burden of poverty isn't just that you don't always have the things you need, it's the feeling of being embarrassed every day of your life, and you'd do anything to lift that burden.” Russell Simmons
5 “I want to fight poverty and ignorance and give opportunity to those people who are locked out.” Justin Bieber
6 “I grew up below the poverty line; I didn't have as much as other people did. I think it made me stronger as a person, it built my character. Now I have a 4.0 grade point average and I want to go to college, and just become a better person.” Tony Dungy
7 “Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.” Tupac Amaru Shakur
8 “There’s no way that these people should own planes and there people don’t have houses. Apartments.  Shacks. Drawers. Pants! …I mean why have 52 rooms and you know there’s somebody with no room?! It just don’t make sense to me. It don’t." Hilary Swank
9 "I had a roof over my head and my mom worked hard to make sure there was food on the table, but the parents of the neighborhood kids wouldn't let them play with me. They would tell them, 'It's time to come in' if they were with me…” Sarah Jessica Parker
10 ''I knew I was different from the kids who pay for lunch or bring their lunch from home. It was a stigma thing. I was not the only person receiving a free lunch, but you are aware…I remember my childhood as Dickensian. I remember being poor. There was no great way to hide it. We didn't have electricity sometimes. We didn't have Christmases sometimes, or we didn't have birthdays sometimes, or the bill collectors came, or the phone company would call and say, 'We're shutting your phones off.'” Mae West

 

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