In a new Public Service Announcement, Toni Braxton urges people to learn more about the warning signs of autism.
Braxton is speaking from experience. Her 5 year old son, Diezel, was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Diezel appears in the ad with his mom, as she points out that one in 150 children are now diagnosed with the developmental disorder.
“Our partnership with the Ad Council has already resulted in a remarkable increase in awareness of autism, and we are confident that Toni’s star power and her courage in participating in this campaign will lead to even greater success,” says Alison Singer, executive vice president of communications and awareness for Autism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism advocacy organization.
Barack Obama was named Barbara Walters’ most fascinating person of the year for making history as the first African-American elected president.
No. 2: Tom Cruise, who talked about wife Katie Holmes:
“She is just magic. And I really think that all men should celebrate their women. … They should all jump on couches for them. … When you find that woman, you should absolutely be unabashed about it. That’s how I feel about it.”
Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took the third slot. Walters said Palin fascinated the public as she went from white-hot star to a tarnished disappointment. Palin did not talk with Walters for the special.
Actor Frank Langella ranked No. 4 for his upcoming role as President Nixon in Nixon/Frost. Walters predicts he will get an Oscar nomination. Thomas Beatie — a.k.a. the “pregnant man” — was No. 5.
The rest: Rush Limbaugh (No. 6); Tina Fey (No. 7); Miley Cyrus (No. 8); Michael Phelps (No. 9); Will Smith (No. 10).
O.J. Simpson has been sentenced to 15 to 33 years in prison for a Las Vegas hotel armed robbery by a judge who rejected his apology and said, “It was much more than stupidity.”
Simpson stood stone-faced Friday when Judge Jackie Glass handed down his punishment after he pleaded with her that he didn’t mean to steal from anybody when he tried to retrieve memorabilia, the Associated Press reports.
He appeared near tears as he told that he was “sorry and confused” before going into a rambling and emotional 5-minute declaration.