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Rowan Blanchard & Yara Shahidi Meet Their Activist Hero

Rowan Blanchard & Yara Shahidi Meet Their Activist Hero

Actresses and young activists Rowan Blanchard and Yara Shahidi had a life-changing, magical evening yesterday.

Both of the young women attended the Underground Museum in Los Angeles last night, and both of them posted Instagrams with political activist and author Dr. Angela Davis in which they were positively glowing.

“I am absolutely in shock and beyond grateful to have met Dr. Angela Davis today,” Rowan wrote of her hero. “To merely be in her presence is one of the most gratifying and humbling experiences as an activist, a feminist, and as a person who believes in radical change.” She then fangirled for a bit, admitted she had “never” fangirled before, and ended the post with: “Omg I’m gonna cry again now.”

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Debby Ryan Made Hats to Support Domestic Abuse Victims -- Last Chance to Buy!

Debby Ryan Made Hats to Support Domestic Abuse Victims -- Last Chance to Buy!

Disney star Debby Ryan is more than just a talented actress — she’s an activist as well!

Debby created a line of dad hats that aren’t just totally adorable; they’re also for a really, really good cause.

Buying one of the colorful hats, which are emblazoned with the word “lady” and will definitely bring your wardrobe up a notch, will go directly to “Love is Respect,” an emergency hotline against domestic abuse.

“I think being a lady goes beyond culture or class or generation,” Debby told Galore Magazine. “Being a lady, especially one in a ‘dad hat,’ has an implication of modern nobility…Love is Respect prioritizes treating every woman, person, and relationship individually.”

We totally agree. The hats are only on sale until midnight tonight, so make sure to buy yours ASAP
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EXCLUSIVE: 'Girl Meet's World's August Maturo Raises His Voice for Orcas in New PETA Kids Video -- Watch

EXCLUSIVE: 'Girl Meet's World's August Maturo Raises His Voice for Orcas in New PETA Kids Video -- Watch

August Maturo is the latest celebrity to use his platform to shed light on a cause he believes in.

While Auggie‘s Girl Meets World co-star Rowan Blanchard has become more and more outspoken for women’s rights, the 9-year-old star wants his voice to be heard for a cause that’s very important to him: animal rights.

JustJaredJr. readers are the first people to get to see Auggie‘s public service announcement (aka PSA) for PETA Kids.

And we asked him all about it:

JJJ: How did you get involved with this PETA Kids campaign?

August: Well, the great people from PETA asked what would be my wish for animals for 2017, and I told them I wish that SeaWorld would release their orcas. I asked if there was anything I could do to help, and they came up with this idea for a video.

JJJ: That sounds like an important cause for you?

August: Yeah. It is important to me to use my voice for animals, because I love them and they can’t speak for themselves. They are sweet and innocent and don’t deserve to be tortured.

JJJ: Have you always been an animal lover?

August: Yes, ever since I was a baby, I always refused to eat meat, even though my whole family would eat it. It always felt wrong to me. I’ve finally convinced my mom to become a vegetarian, too. She hasn’t eaten meat for a year!

JJJ: What do you hope fans take away from this video?

August: I want people to know that animals do not deserve to be tortured just so people can be entertained. You would never keep a child locked in a small room, and whales belong in the ocean, not in a tiny tank. I hope people stop paying to watch animals being abused, and I hope they tell Sea World to #emptythetanks.

Watch August‘s chilling public service announcement for PETA Kids below:

EXCLUSIVE: JJJ Premiere’s August Maturo’s PETA Kids Ad

Rowan Blanchard Tries To Balance Her Love of Fashion & Activism As Best She Can

Rowan Blanchard Tries To Balance Her Love of Fashion & Activism As Best She Can

Rowan Blanchard gets behind what she believes in 100% — including fashion.

However, sometimes, it can be hard when people are criticizing you for getting behind fashion at all when you’re also invested in things like LGBTQ rights, feminism, and more.

“I do a lot of the time feel alienated by editorial things and fashion things, and I certainly try when I’m a part of these things to let people know that there was a lot that went into this image,” Rowan explains.

“There was a photographer and a whole lighting crew and a makeup artist and a hairstylist and we’re trying things that are considered ‘fashion’ that are not what I do every single day.”

She adds, “So I guess I try to show that there’s a clear line. I try to shoot things that I would kind of get behind. But it’s a hard one, it’s definitely something that I’m still trying to balance and answer.”

Rowan even sometimes finds it hard to shop for herself with her beliefs.

“I try my hardest, but it’s hard,” she shares. “You have to be careful and some things I really like I know aren’t ethical but I’m supporting a woman designer, so it’s conflicting there are a lot of lines that have to uncross themselves first.”

Lauren Jauregui, Candice Patton & More Reach Out on Social Media To Help Find Missing DC Girls

Lauren Jauregui, Candice Patton & More Reach Out on Social Media To Help Find Missing DC Girls

If you haven’t been on social media for the past few days, or even if you have, you might not know that a handful of young girls of color are now missing.

There have been no Amber Alerts to tell anyone, and no major outlet had picked up the story before a few days ago and now celebs like Candice Patton, Lauren Jauregui, Rowan Blanchard and more are hoping to find them all.

“Stay vigilant, watch out for each other, say lots of prayers for these women and their families,” Lauren writes on her Instagram. “No humans should be missing and we really need to fix how normalized the conversation about missing children has become.”

She adds, “We have to stop being ok with the answer being that it is potentially due to human trafficking (which happens to be a billion dollar industry in the United States) we need to start asking the right questions and getting the proper answers. We need to stop telling girls to be careful and stay home so they are not abducted and if they are that they are not important enough to be reported about.”

See below for all the girls’ names who are missing from the DC area:

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The Dolan Twins 'Roasted' Anti-LGBTQ Protestors on the Street

The Dolan Twins 'Roasted' Anti-LGBTQ Protestors on the Street

Ethan Dolan and Grayson Dolan make their living making us laugh (um, the hot pictures don’t hurt, either).

The 17-year-old brothers love to riff on each other, but this weekend, things took a seriously cool turn.

Ethan announced on Twitter that he and brother Grayson “roasted” anti-LGBTQ protestors on the sidewalk.

Grayson added, teasing his followers: “I can’t tell you what we said,” implying that it was NSFW, or at least, for Twitter.

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Lauren Jauregui Speaks Out: 'It Kills Me We Live in a World Where We Question People’s Humanity'

Lauren Jauregui Speaks Out: 'It Kills Me We Live in a World Where We Question People’s Humanity'

Fifth Harmony‘s Lauren Jauregui got vocal at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

The 20-year-old singer and activist joined spoke out at a three-part panel series at the film, interactive media, and music festival this weekend.

Lauren‘s panel topic “People Aren’t Illegal: The Importance of Immigration and Asylum” is close to her heart.

“It kills me that we live in a world where we question people’s humanity,” said Lauren, who describes herself as bisexual Cuban-American. “Nothing defines a human except their heart, mind, words, and actions. That makes you a human.”

Joining Lauren on the panel — which was hosted by Urban Outfitters and Teen Vogue — was Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, who founded Muslim Girl when she was in high school.

Amani had great advice for aspiring young activists.

“This is that moment in history that future generations will look back on. We don’t want them to look back and say — How did that happen? We want them to say, ‘Yo…the people won,’” she said.

BONUS: Rowan Blanchard and Yara Shahidi blazed their own panel at SXSW.

Click inside to see Lauren and Amani kick butt at their panel….

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Rowan Blanchard, Lauren Jauregui & Yara Shahidi Blaze Activism Panels at SXSW

Rowan Blanchard, Lauren Jauregui & Yara Shahidi Blaze Activism Panels at SXSW

Activists Rowan Blanchard, Lauren Jauregui and Yara Shahidi lit up Austin, Texas, as part of a three-part panel series on Art and Activism during SXSW.

The series — hosted by collab partners Urban Outfitters and Teen Vogue — brought together three of the strongest young celebrity activist voices at the annual film, interactive media and music festival.

“I define activism as a need to know, help and explain,” Rowan said during her panel called “The Intersection of Art x Activism: Using your Voice as a Tool for Change,” which was moderated by Teen Vogue superstar editor Elaine Welteroth.

Yara spoke out about how powerful voices of her generation really are. “We are creating our own cannon — we are in charge of how we will be viewed by future generations,” she said.

Lauren joined Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founder of Muslim Girl, to speak on the topic “People Aren’t Illegal: The Importance of Immigration and Asylum.”

Lauren‘s talking about this topic comes after she penned a powerful open letter to President Donald Trump regarding his Muslim ban.

This is just another awesome example of young stars using their celebrity for good. Way to go, ladies!

Click inside to see what it was like to be at the SXSW Art and Activism panels with Rowan, Lauren and Yara…
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