For the second year in a row, What's Trending streamed live from the Samsung Hope For Children gala blue carpet, where we teamed up with Samsung to fulfill their commitment to causes that help children discover the wonder of life, learning, and our planet.
At the star-studded event, I spoke with actress Rosario Dawson about the impact of Samsung's initiative and the effect of immigration reform for today's youth.
The "Sin City" star is quick to share her excitement about what Samsung has been doing for years, including raising a significant amount of money and creating awareness to help youth around the world. "They've been helping hospitals and schools, people getting access to medical care, kids making the transition out of foster care, helping kids who are disabled." She adds, "I'm glad to learn more about it to tonight and I'm hoping maybe that we can do something with some of the organizations I work with."
Dawson also feels strongly that America should welcome young immigrants, particularly anyone who wants to come to our country for an education. "Why would we want to educate someone and then send them away?" she asks. "I'm just excited to have created an organization that is talking to them like the Americans that they are and welcoming them in."
While on the blue carpet, Shira can't help but give viewers a good look at Dawson's striking new hairstyle, which she did herself but convinced Robert Rodriguez to let her wear in "Sin City 2." "It was so great to come back and bring these crazy characters and this world alive again," she says of the upcoming film while teasing, "He's waited for this moment to do the sequel for a reason."
Dawson also helps us announce the winner of Samsung's Hope For Children charity auction, in which celebrities competed for your vote to win $25,000 for their charities of choice. Coincidentally, power couple Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel - Dawson's co-stars from the 2005 "Rent" musical film - garnered the most votes over social media for their organization, A BroaderWay, which offers girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs.
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