The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles, but it was Angelina Jolie’s message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck.
Jolie, who has sought to inspire women with public candor about her own health, said that “different is good” as she accepted the favorite villain award Saturday for her movie role as the title character in Maleficent.
When she was young, Jolie said, “I was told I was different. And I felt out of place: too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in.”
“When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud,” she said, then added with a wink, “cause a little trouble. It’s good for you.”
The actress and filmmaker, who disclosed last week that she had undergone additional surgery aimed at preventing cancer, received excited hugs from daughters Shiloh and Zahara when her name was announced.
Michelle Obama honors pinkett smith and othes
Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power, and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color.
“No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” Obama told the crowd, which included many young black girls.
The honorees at Saturday’s festivities in Newark, New Jersey, were actress Jada Pinkett Smith, singer Erykah Badu, actress Cicely Tyson, Selma director Ava DuVernay, educator Nadia Lopez, and Dr. Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA, a humanitarian organization.