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Halle Berry receives Unite4Good’s Creative Conscience Award at Hollywood gala

By: Mark Cerulli
Published:
2015-02-26
FSWL was a recent guest at the Unite 4 Good awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, just two days before the Oscars. One of the celebrities honored for their charitable work was Jinx herself – actress Halle Berry. She received the Creative Conscience award from her longtime friend, actress/singer Queen Latifa who credited Berry’s gentle smile with helping get her through a bad case of nerves before performing at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009.

Halle Berry Unite 4 Good Hollywood gala
Halle Berry accepted the award for her work with the Jenesse Center, one of the oldest and most respected domestic violence intervention agencies in Los Angeles. In her impassioned speech, Berry revealed that she too had been a victim of domestic violence – as a child growing up, she witnessed her mother suffering through repeated abuse at the hands of her father. Berry spent years dealing with the emotional aftermath of those horrific scenes and hopes to spare other women through her volunteerism. Her speech was a chilling reminder of how pervasive this issue is and Berry is to be commended for the important work she’s done in raising awareness of domestic violence in America.

Halle Berry Unite 4 Good Hollywood gala
Other famous faces in attendance were Forest Whittaker, Ewan McGregor, Christina Applegate, Emily Blunt, Amy Poehler and Jeff Bridges – all of whom discussed their various charities. The evening closed with a private performance by the American pop-star Pink – who, in spite of her “tough as nails” persona, has a real soft spot for kids and supports No Kid Hungry. All in all, it was a wonderful evening that showed stars revealing their non-public sides in support of a variety of worthy causes.

Jeff Bridges Unite 4 Good Hollywood gala
Ewan McGregor Unite 4 Good Hollywood gala
Unite4Good encourages global citizens to engage in acts of kindness and helping others. For more information, go to www.unite4good.org.

Written by Mark Cerulli © 2015 From Sweden with Love

Editor's note:
After years with HBO/Cinemax, Mark Cerulli formed his own company, Covert Operations, Inc. where he has done a number of docus, promos and industrial videos. Over the years, Mark has conducted over 120 celebrity interviews including Bond alumni Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Caroline Munro, Honor Blackman, Famke Janssen, Guy Hamilton and Ralph Fiennes.

In the 1990's he worked on James Bond DVD projects such as The Making of Goldfinger (1964) (wrote and co-produced a 23 minute documentary on the filming of the 007 classic) and The Making of Thunderball (1965) (including a 26 minute documentary on the historic 1965 Bond film). He also wrote, produced & directed Halloween: Unmasked for Anchor Bay Entertainment, as well as DVD docs on Halloween 4 and 5. More recently he wrote and produced content for the EPIX movie channel, including Twist & Shout: The SAW Story.

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