CNN – Nicolette Molina’s daughter Layla Murphy is fascinated with “Star Wars.”
The 8-year-old found some of her father’s old toys around her Norfolk, Virginia home and immediately fell in love with that galaxy far, far away.
Of course, she’s hardly alone among kids and adult fans worldwide, but many of those fans don’t have to deal with school bullies.
It all started after she moved to a new school.
“At this new school Layla started coming home more quiet and less of herself, and started asking not to wear her shirts or R2-D2 jacket,” Molina said.
Just as things were looking grim, the “Star Wars” fan army deployed to help Layla strike back.
Layla had taken photos recently at a fan convention with “Star Wars” fan Jason Tuttle, a member of the charitable fan group the 501st Legion (which has worked with organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Fisher House and local hospitals).
When he saw those photos that Molina posted on his Facebook page, Tuttle encouraged Layla’s fandom and sent patches, stickers and trading cards to Layla.
Molina told Tuttle about her bullying problems, and subsequently, the 501st fan community came together in support of her on Facebook earlier this month.
“A lot of the Star Wars community and fans are supportive, and a lot of the females can relate and had similar experiences in their own childhoods,” said Molina.
People started sending Layla more and more “Star Wars” gifts.
Not everyone was encouraging, however.
“A lot of people outside the community immediately attack our parenting, saying we should have instilled more confidence in her on our own. I even had one man suggest I teach her to fight.”
“Star Wars” fans, on the other hand, have taught Layla confidence.
Hers might be a familiar story to those who remember Katie Goldman, whose fight against bullying inspired “Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day,” held annually in December.
Layla now feels loved and accepted in her stormtrooper uniform, and recently got a chance to meet one of her heroes, “Weird Al” Yankovic, who has two “Star Wars” parodies in his repertoire.
An added bonus, Molina said, is that Layla enjoys surprising people who expect to see a boy behind the stormtrooper mask.
Girl With No Hands Wins National Handwriting Contest for Second Time
Johnny Depp Visits Vancouver Children’s Hospital As Captain Jack Sparrow
Patients at BC Children’s Hospital were surprised by a visit on August 15 with one of the world’s most famous pirates, Captain Jack Sparrow. Johnny Depp arrived at the hospital dressed dread to toe as his character from “The Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise. The charismatic character charmed patients and their families alike, leaving smiles and laughter in his wake during his 5 1/2 hour visit.
MUST SEE: Children’s Choir Covers Katy Perry’s Inspirational Anthem ‘Rise’
One Voice Children’s Choir, under the direction of Masa Fukuda, performs “Rise” by Katy Perry.
In celebration of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games, One Voice Children’s Choir releases a cover of Katy Perry’s battle cry, “Rise.” Perry’s version of the song will be used by NBC Olympics’ production team during its programming of the games, including its coverage of the Aug. 5 Opening Ceremony.
One Voice Children’s Choir has close ties to the Olympic Games as its inception was at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. Since then, the choir has received international notoriety for using music as a means to share their talents and deliver positive messages of unity, peace, faith, and hope. The choir recorded “Rise” as a celebration of their founding history.
Of the song, Perry has said, “now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite. I know that together we can rise above the fear – in our country, and around the world. I can’t think of a better example than the Olympic athletes, as they gather in Rio with their strength and fearlessness, to remind us how we ALL can come together, with the resolve to be the best we can be. I hope this song can inspire us to heal, unite, and rise together.
Katy Perry’s “Rise” has been called a “survival anthem.” It addresses the challenges of adversity, and the struggle to overcome great odds. Members of the choir found the song’s powerful message of coming together to love and support one another and rise from adversity extremely powerful and timely. Amid recording the song and filming the video, one of the choir members unexpectedly lost her father to a heart attack. In this difficult time, the choir had the opportunity to rally around her, and give her the support she needed. One Voice Children’s Choir dedicates their video of “Rise” to the memory of Alan Dean Andersen.
The Olympic Games give our global community a chance to come together in a common purpose – as One Voice. As representatives of the future generation, One Voice Children’s Choir’s rendition of “Rise” is a declaration of the hope and peace that come from many nations coming together, and is a loving tribute to the many athletes and nations participating in the Olympic Games.
One Voice Children’s Choir’s “Rise” was filmed at the Utah Museum of Natural History on the campus of the University of Utah. Thanks to Kenneth and Karen Card of White Dove Release Utah.
Alessia Cara: Releases Inspirational Video For Scars To Your Beautiful
If you’ve been following this site for any amount of time this year you would know that we are fans of the birthday girl Alessia Cara. She was our hidden gem in music featured artist for January. With songs like Wild things and here you quickly discover that Alessia is an artist that isn’t afraid to speak her mind and stand for what she believes in.
That is no different with her single Scars to your beautiful. It’s music video dropped today and it is aw inspiring.
The song with lyrics like
She just wants to be beautiful
She goes unnoticed, she knows no limits
She craves attention, she praises an image
She prays to be sculpted by the sculptor
Oh, she don’t see the light that’s shining
Deeper than the eyes can find it
Maybe we have made her blind
So she tries to cover up her pain and cut her woes away
‘Cause cover girls don’t cry after their face is made
The song drives home the message that everyone is beautiful, regardless of gender, race, age, religion or sexual orientation, and the music video paints that picture perfectly.
Cara speaks to the message gunny your scars whether they be physical or emotional ones make you who you are. It’s an inspiring anthem and we here are trevordecker.com salute Alessia for all that she stands for
Heart Attack Victim Regains Pulse After Tim Tebow Begins Praying
An elderly man who lost consciousness during a flight this weekend and was all but taken for dead regained his pulse and consciousness after Tim Tebow reportedly walked down the aisle and prayed with the entire section of plane and the gentleman’s family. The passenger later died at the hospital.
Tebow also helped the family get off the plane, picked up their luggage, and went with them to the hospital. He waited with them until they got the news that the man had passed away. The man, in his 60s, was traveling with his wife and her friend.
Passenger Richard Gotti wrote about the incident on Facebook, saying: “I watched strangers from all over the world and every ethnicity come to the help of this man for over an hour! Then all of a sudden, I observed a guy walking down the aisle. That guy was Tim Tebow.”
Dolly Parton Talks About Her Faith, Coat Of Many Colors
In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network country legend Dolly Parton discussed her faith in Jesus Christ and how that relationship has impacted both her life and career. Dolly also talks about the success of NBC’s ‘Coat of Many Colors”.
NBC will air a sequel titled ‘Christmas of Many Colors’ this December featuring the return of the original cast.
Nativity Scene Display On A Tennessee McDonald’s Window Has Gone Viral
SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WZTV) – Earlier this holiday season, many declared a “War on Christmas”when Starbucks opted for a red cup that displayed more “quietness” than Christmas. If you plan on visiting a McDonald’s location in Spring Hill, that won’t be the case.
A photo of the McDonald’s located at 5431 Main St. has gone viral because of the Nativity scene painted onto the storefront’s glass with the words “His name is Jesus” and “Rejoice” for all to see.
The photo was posted by Amy Basel on her Facebook page, stating “Drove by and did a double-take. Growing up in the mitten, you would NEVER see this. Tennessee McDonald’s…you made my day. ‘His name is Jesus.'”
WZTV spoke with Gina Wolfe the co-owner of the McDonald’s. She and her husband Tony own three Spring Hill locations, as well as locations in Columbia and Mt. Pleasant. While the scene is just now going viral, Wolfe says this is far from something new.
“It’s a family business which has been owned and operated by my family for 40 years. My dad started this 40 years ago when he had a local art student paint it on his store. My husband and I have been owners for 28 years and we’ve done this or something similar during Christmas each year. I guess with social media, it’s taken off,” Wolfe says.
Wolfe says the community has “embraced” their Christmas themes on the storefronts ever since it started: “We have so many people that tell us it really kicks off the season for them when they see it on our stores. We are so pleased people enjoy it.”
All stores have the Nativity scene on the front of the location each year. Paintings on the side of the restaurants will vary, usually consisting of characters such as Charlie Brown, “Frozen” icons, or any other favorites this time of year . The tradition has grown so large, they have had to hire people to paint them on their stores. Wolfe says she and her husband enjoy doing this and they are thankful to be living in the mid-state where people are so friendly.
“It’s just an amazing place to live no matter what part of town you choose. It’s all about the community,” she said.
Dolly Parton Appears On NBC’s The Voice
On Thursday night, NBC will be airing a special television event Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors. The television movie event focuses on the power of faith and a coat made of many colors that helped to heal of family’s grief.”
To promote the special Dolly Parton appeared on The Voice as a mentor to the final 8 contestants and performed the classic song.
The voice’s final 4 will preform this Monday beginning at 8ET on NBC in a two part final finishing up on Tuesday
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough Win Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars
ABC’s Dancing With The Stars crownd it’s season 21 champions Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough Tuesday night.
Hough and Irwin beat out Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess and Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold to win the coveted mirrorball trophy.
The wildlife conservationist & Australian native won the hearts of viewers making this season the dancing competition’s most successful ever.
Both Bindi and Derek were the front runners for the majority of the season. Impressing judges and viewers alike time and time again with their fluid dance moves. With each week that passed you could see a star being born in Bindi Irwin.
All DWTS judges agree that Bindi is something special. Carrie Ann said ‘Oh my gosh, I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to end this incredible season. it’s because of you Bindi. You’ve been the beacon of light for everyone,’ Julianne agreed by saying “‘It was strong and energetic. you have been pure joy and consistent since day one. Bruno followed by calling Bindi a dancing delight.
The judges weren’t the only ones who had good things to say about Bindi. Her partner Derek said “I’ve never seen anyone quite like you. You look the challenge right in the face” Bindi said that this day would be looked at as a day of celebration.
For their final dance Bindi and Derek performed the Cha Cha/Argentine Tango to All The Way by Time Flies and the judges were astounded. Which gave them a perfect score.
When Bindi and Derek were announced the winners there was a look of genuine surprise on Bindi’s face. She shouted to the rooftops “Thank you so much for everything. I can’t believe I’m here, thank you for changing my life.
We here at TrevorDecker.com would like to congratulate Bindi and Derek on their win tonight. We couldn’t thing of a more deserving winner. Bindi has been a shining example of a positive role model. Thank you Bindi for being a ray of light and representing anyone who has ever lost a parent. You deserve this win and we are proud to be a part of this journey with you.