50 Cent Does A Good Deed For Disabled Fan

Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent seen arriving at BBC Radio 1 in Central London this afternoon.

People have 50 Cent all wrong.

The Power actor felt the wrath of public opinion after he picked on a man with autism earlier this week. Fif later gave the family a heartfelt apology, and when they asked him to donate $10,000 to a charity, the rapper went above and beyond, donating $100,000 to Autism Speaks.

Turns out 50 does good deeds all the time. Two weeks before the airport video, the emcee spent 90 minutes with a disabled superfan.

A man named Chris Brown bumped into 50 at a hotel and told him his brother suffered from reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, which causes chronic pain and confines him to a bed. Brown, who was getting married, asked 50 to come meet his brother Justin.

TMZ reports:

He says 50 said he would “try” to make time, but had several events to attend … so Brown wasn’t sure it would happen. But lo and behold, the rapper showed up — without an entourage — and talked to Justin for more than 90 minutes.

Even thug rappers can do a good deed.

SOURCE: TMZ | PHOTO CREDIT: Splash

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Houston College Student Keeps Second Grade Promise, Pays Off Grandparents’ Mortgage

A Houston, TX student kept his years-long promise to his grandparents by gifting them with a $15,000 check and a trip to the Bahamas.

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Stefun Darts, 24, presented a $15,000 check to Marilyn and Cecil Roberts last week, as well as endless praise for the hard work and love he’s received from them his whole life. On March 20, the San Jacinto College student posted a photo of a large replica of the check he presented to his family and the story of how it all came together, PEOPLE reports.

When Darts was just a kid, he promised his grandparents he would help pay off their mortgage after watching them hold down multiple jobs to make ends meet. The college student managed to sustain a full-time job and stayed away from typical social gatherings to keep his promise. Instead of going to parties and eating out, he stayed home with dinners made up of microwave pizza.

In addition to his generous gift, he also gave them tickets for a vacation in the Bahamas.

Via PEOPLE:

“While many teenagers are partying and having fun I had to sacrifice, and finally this Sunday on March 20th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.,” Darts told PEOPLE in a statement. “I will experience tears of joy by handing them a check paying off their house so they can retire from work.”

According to KHOU, the family said if Darts didn’t present them with the surprising check, they wouldn’t be able to pay off their home until 2020. Darts’ mother, Stephanie Wyatt, said her son always showed kindness and generosity to other people. Currently, he is running a small non-profit called “Caring Heart Youth Foundation,” a mentorship program designed to inspire the youth and future leaders of tomorrow.

Learn more about his non-profit here.

SOURCE: PEOPLE | PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook, Getty, Twitter

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Cam Newton Honors Cancer Patient’s Final Wishes With A Signed Jersey

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Cam Newton has kept pretty busy this week leading up to his first-ever Super Bowl appearance, but he still found the time to do a good deed.

On Tuesday night, the Panthers QB signed a jersey for one of his biggest fans, 22-year-old Scot Sieczko, who passed away from cancer two years ago. Scot’s mom, Trae Sieczko, wanted to fulfill her son’s bucket list and set out to get Cam’s autograph.

The mission started when Trae contacted Frank Somerville, an anchor at KTVU in Oakland, on Facebook last week for some help. He shared her story on the social media network and a woman who knows the mayor made a call. The mayor then called the CEO of the 49ers, who called one of the team’s PR staffers, who then called the Panthers to see if Newton would be up for it. Being the great guy he is, Cam was more than willing. So during Tuesday’s Super Bowl Opening Night, Trae was able to meet Cam and not only did he sign her son’s jersey, but he also gifted her a Super Bowl 50 jersey.

Trae was ecstatic about fulfilling her son’s wish.

SOURCE: Complex, Facebook | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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Cam Newton Earns NFL Award For Courage The Day After Angry Seahawks Fan Calls Him “Classless”

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Yesterday, a Seahawks fan penned an angry open letter calling Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton “classless” for throwing a 12th man flag after the team’s playoff win over Seattle. Well, that seems like very small potatoes this morning, after Cam earned the Ed Block Courage Award for his “courage on and off the field.”

The award honors a player from each NFL team who shows fortitude and is a source of inspiration to his teammates. This season, the quarterback had an NFL-leading 45 total touchdowns, including a career-high 35 passing. He is the first player in NFL history with 35 passing touchdown and 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season. He finished the year with a career-high 99.4 passer rating, the eighth best in the NFL.

His touchdown dance, “The Dab,” has also received national attention (and scrutiny). Cam, however, deserves even more attention for a tradition he started in 2011. After scoring a touchdown, Newton would give the ball to a child in the stands. Now, nearly all offensive players give their touchdown balls to children. This was most famously captured on Sunday, when running back Jonathan Stewart presented his to Isabella Bottomly. The eight-year-old’s smile lit up television screens throughout the country.

Newton’s contributions off the field are just as extraordinary. Via CBS Sports:

Newton is committed to making a positive impact in youth education, physical fitness, and health throughout the Charlotte and Atlanta communities through the Cam Newton Foundation. Since 2012, his foundation has donated more than $400,000 to public school systems, impacted more than 4,500 student-athletes through positive programming and has fed or provided help for more than 5,000 children and adults during the holiday seasons.

Sounds like the work of a real life Superman. We salute the young quarterback on his quest to the Super Bowl.

SOURCE: CBS Sports | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty 

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Ted Williams, Man With The Golden Voice, Returns To Old Radio Job Five Years After Viral Video

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Ted Williams, the former homeless man with the golden voice whose story captivated thousands, has returned to radio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the 58-year-old made his return to WVKO-AM (1580), the radio station where the Ohio native began his career in the 1980s before drug and addiction woes took over. While Williams is an avid fan of R&B, his show “The Golden Voice” focuses on gospel music and faith.

Williams’ full circle journey began five years ago when YouTube and viral videos were just taking over the Internet. Homeless but determined, Williams captivated pedestrians on the streets of Columbus with his “golden voice” in exchange for cash and food. The video was seen on The Columbus Dispatch and quickly went viral. Williams became a household name, but at the time, he didn’t see it that way.

He was placed on nearly every morning show and faced scrutiny over his 30 years of homelessness and addiction. Williams also had to deal with a very public reunion with his long-estranged mother on television. The instant overhaul of fame caused him to lose a $395,000 advance for his 2012 memoir, A Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation.

The Columbus Dispatch reports:

In October 2014, the last time Williams spoke with The Dispatch, he said he was living in a Near East Side apartment with no furniture. Williams said he lost out on millions because of inexperience and dishonest managers who didn’t have his best interests at heart as opportunities to use his honeyed baritone arose. He declined to elaborate.

“See how God works?” a sober Williams said on Thursday morning, speaking into a microphone as calls and Facebook messages trickled in from folks as far away as Australia and England. “It’s come full-circle. Thank you, Jesus.”

He’s now living on the West Side with his daughter, Tangela Pullien, and his longtime girlfriend, Kathleen Chambers — who, like Williams, has battled drug addiction and also attended a rehab program paid for by Dr. Phil McGraw.

Williams is more low-key about his finances and has kept a constant flow of voice-over work since returning to radio. He has a business relationship with Kraft Foods and recently partnered with Pepsi for voice-overs that aired during Fox’s hit show, Empire.

The radio host hopes he can give listeners the same love and energy he’s received from around the world during his battle with addiction. Williams has been sober since Aug. 6, 2011, and is prepared more than ever to move forward.

Via The Columbus Dispatch:

“I want them to know that I’ve been through struggles — and they have, too,” he said. “I don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

“That ‘one day at a time’ really means one second at a time. “God knows I’m not here to focus on everybody’s approval of me as a person right now,” Williams said. “I’m focusing on the imperishable part of me. I want to be right with God when I leave here.”

WVKO general manager Mel Griffin, who didn’t hesitate to offer Williams his old job back, said the company is working to seek syndication for their show. You can listen at the station’s site, here.

SOURCE: The Columbus Dispatch | VIDEO CREDIT: The Columbus Dispatch

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Good Samaritan Gives Shirt Off His Back To Homeless Man In New York City

Good Samaritan Gives Shirt Off His Back To Homeless Man In New York City

A man was caught on camera generously giving the shirt off his back to a homeless man on the subway in Manhattan.

A touching moment of kindness between two people was caught on camera after a man literally gave the shirt off his back to a shivering homeless man on Friday evening.

The New York Daily News reports the viral video below was posted by Lazaro Nolasco on Facebook and has received just over 12 million views. Nolasco says he was on the subway train leaving the Washington Heights area of the city Friday night when he saw a man identified as “Jay” walk up to a homeless man and give him his shirt and hat.

Nolasco said the passenger asked the homeless man if he was OK and if he needed to go to the hospital.

Shivering and hunched over, the do-gooder helped the man put the white t-shirt and black skull-cap on.

The New York Daily News reports:

“It was just us on the train,” said Nolasco, whose video of the encounter went viral.

“The guy didn’t have a shirt on,” he told the Daily News. “His body looked sick. The guy did a good deed, so I wanted to record it. I would tell him, ‘God bless him.’ That was thoughtful.”

The 21-year-old posted the video that evening after getting off the train at 42nd Street. The encounter occurred just a few days after temperatures in the city dropped to blistering lows.

Last Sunday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed an executive order to have the homeless taken off the streets and placed into shelters when temperatures drop to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below. The New York Times reports the order was put into place to ensure public safety. The low on Friday averaged 31 degrees.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters he respected the strategy. The tactic was used in the past by former mayor Edward I. Koch, but met legal obstacles.

The Coalition for the Homeless reports the majority of New York’s homeless population is living with an undiagnosed mental illness. More than 100,000 men, women, and children make up the New York Shelter system. Approximately 57 percent of shelter residents are African-American, 31 percent are Latino.

SOURCE: New York Daily News, NY Times, Coalition of the Homeless | VIDEO CREDIT: Facebook, Inform

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A Little Positivity: NYPD Officers Deliver Christmas Presents To Children During Traffic Stops

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Everyone was in the holiday spirit this year, including some of NYPD’s finest who pulled over unsuspecting families to deliver Christmas presents to their children.

After Bronx’s 47 Precinct received an overwhelming supply of Christmas donations, a group of officers used their routes to bring presents to children in the neighborhood on Christmas Eve. Many of the families were genuinely confused as the officer tells them it’s illegal to drive in the city with children…without giving them presents, of course.

The gesture didn’t stop on the road. The officers also handed out toys to kids on the streets. Parents and children shared their thoughts on the random act of kindness with NY1.

via NY1:

“I as nervous a little,” one driver said. “I know my paperwork is good for the car. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ But I really appreciate you guys coming out to the community and showing your support.”

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, what the hell did I do wrong?’” one woman said. “But I think this is a really nice gesture, especially with everything that’s been going on.”

“It’s very awesome,” one child said.

Capt. John Orellana, one of the officers who participated in the giveaway, explained they wanted to do something good for the neighborhood. The precinct also kept their doors open to any children who didn’t receive gifts on Christmas.

SOURCE: Pix11, NY1 | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube 

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Memphis Police Officers Surprise Child With New Xbox After His Home Was Burglarized

kindly group of police officers from Memphis, Tennessee made a child’s Christmas wish come true.

Tontrevion Campbell and his mother were victims of a burglary over Thanksgiving weekend, Today reports. While the family attended church on Sunday, many of the mother’s items were taken, in addition to Tontrevion’s hand-me-down Xbox console and every game he owned.

When Officers Jerry Graves, Antonio Martin, Antwan Cooper, and Justin Bourland arrived to investigate the burglary, they asked the 11-year-old if he could get another Xbox for Christmas. Tontrevion explained his mother had multiple jobs and didn’t want her to worry about getting him another console.

The child’s thoughtfulness and kind words inspired the officers to head to a local GameStop and purchase Tontrevion a brand new Xbox and three games. After the manager heard about the good deed, he paid it forward by giving the officers an extra controller for the boy.

The officers returned to Tontrevion’s home and pretended they found his old Xbox by presenting him with a new one.


His reaction to the big surprise was priceless and moved his mother to tears.


Martin told WMC Action News 5 that his duties as an officer aren’t limited to catching unlawful citizens.

“Just to be able to alleviate some of his stress,” said officer Antonio Martin. “And actually help that family in this time, like Christmas, it really was an overwhelming feeling.”

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The Memphis Police Department shared the story on their Facebook page and Major Anthony Rudolph of the Crump Station thanked his officers for the good deed.

“My guys came in from their duties tonight knowing they made a difference in this young man’s life, not by buying a new game, but by simply showing this random act of kindness. I am sure this little guy will never forget their kind gesture. These officers are going home tonight knowing that they did a good thing,” Rudolph wrote. 

Check out more photos from the Christmas miracle below.

SOURCE: Today, WMC Action News 5 | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform

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Swipe Right: Woman Donates Kidney To Tinder Date’s Friend

There are still good people out there.

Jennifer Thomas never thought she’d end up giving one of her kidneys to the friend of a Tinder date, but that’s exactly what happened when she met her new love interest.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Thomas met Rich O’Dea on the popular dating app and they went out for a few months. She then discovered his friend’s health was failing due to a kidney disease. Thomas was so compelled to help, she checked if she’d be a match to donate her own kidney to Erika Bragan. She was. Bragan was on the transplant list for over two years until Thomas’ generosity changed her life.

Thomas is scheduled to go into surgery next week. It didn’t work out with O’Dea, but they’re still “good friends.”

SOURCE: Tampa Bay Times

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Marshawn Lynch Goes To McDonald’s, Changes Kid’s Life With A Small Gesture

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Marshawn Lynch is a mother-loving G. The Super Bowl-winning running back, who is not fond of talking to the media, was at a McDonald’s in Dallas when he proved actions speak louder than words.

Beast Mode started talking to a 17-year-old employee named Terrance Downs while waiting for his food, and the conversation moved him so much, he decided to bless the kid.

Terrence was mopping the floor when, “I told him I liked his shoes — navy blue Buscemis — and how I wanted to buy a pair and we all started talking,” he told TMZ. They continued to chat about school, life, and Downs’ aspiration to get into fashion.

Marshawn then dug into his pocket and gave Terrance $500 so he could buy the shoes, saying, “My job is to continue to see you grow.”

That act of kindness had a positive impact on Terrance, TMZ reports. He is more motivated than ever to become a success at life so he can do the same for someone else one day.

SOURCE: TMZ | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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A Little Positivity: New Jersey Police Officer Buys Shoes For Barefoot Homeless Man

A police officer is being praised for his kind gesture towards a man who was kicked off a New Jersey bus for not wearing any shoes.

The Huffington Post reports Kenya Joyner of the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) was on his route Saturday afternoon in Lindenwold, New Jersey when he was flagged down by a bus driver, who complained about a middle-aged passenger who wasn’t wearing any shoes. Since passengers are required to wear footwear on PATCO High Speed Line buses, Joyner escorted the man off the bus. 

Joyner said he recognized the man after seeing him on a bus bench a few hours earlier. Instead of arresting him, he asked the man his shoe size, walked into a Payless shoe store, and purchased a pair of boots for him.

Kayla Palmer of Pine Hill, New Jersey caught the act of kindness on camera. The video was uploaded to Facebook and has since gone viral.

The Huffington Post reports:

“I just felt like the gentlemen simply was on hard times. He wanted to ride on the bus but he couldn’t afford shoes; there was no need for me to arrest him for that,” Joyner said.

John Hanson, CEO of the Delaware River Port Authority, praised Joyner’s kind gesture. “I think he did the right thing. He went above and beyond. He was his best self I think in that action and he set an example for all of us,” Hanson told KYW-TV.

SOURCE: Huffington PostNew York Times | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform 

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Obama Praises “Badass” U.S. Women’s Soccer Team During White House Visit

Months after winning the World Cup, the U.S Women’s soccer team was finally honored by President Obama at the White House.

This team taught all of America’s children that ‘playing like a girl’ means you’re a badass,” he said. Obama kept the meeting light-hearted, joked around about his presidency ending soon, and gave a huge shout-out to the team’s savior Carli Lloyd, who scored a hat trick during the World Cup.

And Carli’s performance was so good that by the time the game was over, someone had changed her title on Wikipedia from ‘midfielder’ to ‘president of the United States.’ Which, by the way, the job is about to open up,” Obama said.

Showing that he’s still hip, Barack also joked about Sydney Leroux’s internet-famous chihuahua, Boss, who has 10,000 Twitter followers.

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He also took the time to praise Abby Wambach for her tremendous leadership skills. Upon announcing her retirement from the game of soccer, President Obama said, “I’m not sure [Abby] could have written a better ending: a world champion at last, draped in the Stars and Stripes, showing us all how far we’ve come -– on and off the field –- by sharing a celebratory kiss with her wife.”

Bigger than the sport itself, Obama is appreciative of how the team’s success has played a huge part in changing out-of-date stereotypes. “They’ve inspired millions of girls to dream bigger, and by the way, inspired millions of boys to look at girls differently, which is just as important.”

Playing like a girl means being the best,” the president said at the end of his speech. “That’s what American women do. That’s what American girls do. That’s why we celebrate this team. They’ve done it with class. They’ve done it with the right way. They’ve done it with excitement. They’ve done with style. We are very, very proud of them.”

The ceremony ended just as you’d expect…with a selfie.

SOURCE: Mashable, Twitter | VIDEO SOURCE: Inform

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A Little Positivity: New Jersey Mom Celebrates Son’s High School Graduation With Huge Billboard Ad

The dismal education statistics for young Black men are all too familiar, especially in cities like Camden, New Jersey, where poverty, crime and poor access to quality schooling are de rigueur. And all too often, Black achievement is devastated by the harsh bias of low expectations.

But 18-year-old Aljelani Igwe of Camden defied expectations Friday, when he graduated from Leap Academy University Charter School. So proud was his mom, Ovella O’Neal, that the single mother of six purchased a billboard ad to celebrate the achievement, according to ABC News.

The Huffington Post writes that Aljelani was surprised by the billboard, which bears his photograph:

The single mom of six says her happiness is in part from the fact that Igwe has been able to succeed despite his surroundings. According to CQ Press’ 2013 Crime Rate Rankings, Camden has the highest crime rate in the United States. It also has a low graduation rate, with two in five high school seniors failing to graduate in 2014, according to South Jersey Times. O’Neal created strict rules in her household like prohibiting Igwe from having a girlfriend.

She also limited his cell phone use, in order to keep him from getting distracted, CBS Philly reported. Her guidelines seemed to have worked and she says her son stayed on the right track.

Aljelani was accepted into the chemical engineering program at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, and is thinking about joining Army ROTC in the fall, reports ABC 6.

Congratulations and good luck, Aljelani!

SOURCE: ABC News, the Huffington Post, ABC 6 | VIDEO CREDIT: ABC

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Father Of The Year: Watch Georgia Dad Jump Onto Moving SUV To Save 8-Year-Old Son From Carjacking

A Georgia father was forced to go into full superhero mode after his fiancée’s Kia SUV was carjacked with his 8-year-old in the backseat, ABC News reports.

Malcolm Millones was at a gas station in Fulton County when the terrifying incident occurred. After his fiancée went into the gas station to pay, the father says he turned away for a moment, during which a teenager hopped into the car. The suspect then drove away.

“I was shrieking, I hate to admit it, but … I’ve never been scared before until now. I never really felt fear until now, honestly,” Millones said later. “I never intended to let go.”

Surveillance cameras caught what happened next — Millones ran after the car and jumped onto the driver’s side, scaring the suspect. The moment gave his son, Rashaan, time to hop out of the vehicle.

Rashaan was unharmed, but Millones sustained a few injuries, including a broken arm. The third-grader spoke highly of his father:

“I would say it’s cool and brave for my dad to jump on a car and get his arm broken for me,” he said.

We’re glad Millones and Rashaan are safe and can enjoy Father’s Day together. Police are still on the hunt for the teen and the stolen Kia Sorento.

SOURCE: ABC News | VIDEO CREDIT: ABC News

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A Little Positivity: 7-Year-Old To Publish Inspiring Comic Book On Her Natural Hair

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One young lady has inspired girls to love themselves and their hair with her award-winning comic book, BuzzFeed reports.

Troubled by her natural tresses and skin tone, 7-year-old Natalie McGriff and her mother Angie Nixon from Jacksonville, Fla., came up with the idea of the comic, The Adventures of Moxie GirlThe main character, Moxie Girl, uses a special shampoo that gives her magical powers to combat book-eating monsters.

With the help of the crowdfunding site One Spark, Moxie Girl was placed amongst over 500 other entries at their annual festival and received $16,424 towards a publication fund.

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Nixon says she wanted her daughter to know she’s beautiful just the way she is, even if it doesn’t fit society’s norms.

“I decided to help Natalie write this book because she was having self-esteem issues regarding her hair and she hated to read,” Angie said in a statement. “She now realizes how powerful and awesome her hair is and that in order for her to write a cool book, she needs to read more books and learn different words.”

The comic is set to be released in June. You can learn more about the book and the adorable Natalie here.

SOURCE: BuzzFeed | PHOTO CREDIT: Instagram 

102-Year-Old Harlem Renaissance Dancer Beams As She Watches Herself On Video For First Time

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At 102-years-old, it’s hard to witness anything new in life. But when Alice Barker saw film of herself dancing in a chorus line during the Harlem Renaissance in the ‘30s and ‘40s, it was as if she were seeing herself for the first time.

According to Mashable, David Shuff and Mark Cantor of the Celluloid Improvisations Music Film Archive unearthed film of Barker that had been filed under the name “Baker” and held a screening for her at her Brooklyn nursing home.

From Mashable:

Shuff, who owns a therapy dog, told Mashable that he had met Barker years ago while visiting her nursing home with his pup. Everyone at the nursing home knew that Barker had been a famous dancer, sharing the stage with the likes of Frank Sinatra, but all of her memorabilia had been lost…

After a watching a few videos, Barker got right back into the swing of things.

“How did it feel seeing yourself?” one woman asks Barker. “Making me wish I could get out of this bed and do it all over again,” Baker responds.

Not only that, the film brought back a flood of memories for Barker, reports the Washington Post:

She remembered the time vividly: the singers, their songs and the feeling of being carried away in the music. “I used to often say to myself, ‘I am being paid to do something that I enjoy doing and I would do it for free, because it just felt so good doing it,” Barker said. “Because that music, you know, I just get carried away in it.”…

Thank you, Mr. Huff and Mr. Cantor, for gifting Ms. Barker with recordings that she’ll be able to watch on her own and with friends as often as she likes.

SOURCE: The Washington Post, Mashable | VIDEO SOURCE: YouTube

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