Top Stories

Angelina Jolie Has a Vital Voice

Angelina Jolie Has a Vital Voice

The Washington Post has a great picture from the 2008 Global Leadership Awards at the Kennedy Center held Monday, April 7, in Washington D.C.

Pictured left to right: Vital Voices Global Partnership Chair Melanne Verveer, pregnant Angelina Jolie, Mariane Pearl, Vice Chair of Vital Voices Mary Yerrick and Vital Voices President Alyse Nelson Bloom.

At the gala, Jolie presented Pearl with the Fern Holland Award. “[Marianne is an example of] courage, hope and tolerance,” Angie, who is expecting her fifth child this summer, told gala attendees.

Just Jared on Facebook
Photos: Sharon Farmer/Vital Voices Photo
Posted to: Angelina Jolie, Pregnant Celebrities

JJ Links Around The Web

  • Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey definitely isn't getting stolen this year - TMZ
  • Bella Thorne rocked a new hairstyle at Sundance - Just Jared Jr
  • Scott Disick made Kourtney Kardashian cry because of her new boyfriend - TooFab
  • Ryan Reynolds is bringing a board game to life - The Hollywood Reporter
  • Nick Jonas is the face of John Varvatos' new campaign - Just Jared Jr
  • Lady G

    Thanks Jared for the new thread.

  • tabitha

    Angelina looks really beautiful. Marianne looks good as well.

  • Lady G

    She Escaped Strife, but Embraced Those Scarred by It
    Burmese-Born Charm Tong Is Among Activists Honored for Contributions to Women’s Causes
    By Nora Boustany
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Tuesday, April 8, 2008; Page C02

    Charm Tong was born in Burma’s conflict-lacerated countryside 26 years ago. She was 6 when her parents stuffed her into a straw basket strapped onto a donkey and sent her to join a caravan of villagers snaking its way through lush jungles to an orphanage inside the Thai border. Their desperate choice seemed a better option as the country’s repressive military regime moved through some 1,400 farming villages, taking ethnic Burmese from their lands and forcing them into labor, often after torturing them.

    In that orphanage, Tong learned to read and study English. By the time she was 16, she was working with refugees and migrant workers who crossed the 2,000-kilometer border between Burma and Thailand. She listened to their heartbreaking stories, soothing them, counseling them and organizing women’s networks among border villages.

    For her leadership, she was one of six honored last night at the Kennedy Center by Vital Voices Global Partnership, a nonprofit group dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of women around the world. The hall was packed with about 500 guests, including ambassadors, donors and A-listers, among them first lady Laura Bush and actress-activist Angelina Jolie, both of whom presented awards.

  • yay!!

    woot, woot!! #4?

    I love this woman!! she looks fab :D

  • Lady G

    Article continue…

    Introducing Tong, Mrs. Bush, who has embraced the cause of Burma’s oppressed as the defining mission of her East Wing legacy, spoke of incarcerated democracy activist and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and about the repression of the Burmese, women especially. She described how unarmed monks protesting a spike in gas prices were beaten, arrested and killed. Mrs. Bush described Tong’s efforts to form the women’s action network as well as her work on the eye-opening 2002 report “License to Rape,” about 600 women who were violated. Tong also has been to a school for the children of refugees coming from Shan province; Mrs. Bush said the students call Tong “a candle in the dark.”

    Mrs. Bush has become this administration’s point person on the Burmese crisis, picking up the phone to express her outrage to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, hosting Burmese democracy activists at the White House, giving dozens of interviews on the subject and writing her own op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal marking Suu Kyi’s birthday.

    Jolie, greatly pregnant and radiant in a flowing taupe gown, stepped onto the stage to speak glowingly of award recipient Mariane Pearl, the widow of Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl, who was killed in Pakistan. Her book, “A Mighty Heart,” was made into a film in which Jolie portrayed Mariane Pearl. Last night the actress talked of Pearl’s special gift as a mother and an example in “courage, hope and tolerance.”

    Also honored were Kakenya Ntaiya, an education advocate from Kenya; political corruption activist Laura Alonso of Argentina; and human-rights advocate Khin Ohmar of Burma. United Arab Emirates minister of economy and foreign trade Sheikha Lubna al-Qasimi, the first female minister in her Persian Gulf state, was presented the Global Trailblazer Award and introduced by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.

    Sen. Hillary Clinton appeared confident and relaxed in a blue pantsuit, taking time off from her presidential marathon to help host this event, as she does every year with her Republican counterpart from Texas, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The senators had made it to the evening “against all odds,” said Vital Voices co-founder Melanne Verveer, who was Clinton’s chief of staff when she was first lady.

  • Thanks Jared!

    Brad on Idol gives back!

  • Lady G

    Article continue…

    The event grew out of the Vital Voices Democracy Initiative, created in 1997 by Clinton and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright to make the promotion of women’s causes a U.S. foreign policy goal.

    In an interview Friday, Tong described her life. After fleeing her home, she saw her parents briefly, every two or three years; to get to her, they had to trek for a week or longer along the same tortured and dangerous routes she took as a child. “I thought they did not love me,” she said. She described the brief encounters with her parents as “happy, tearful and heartbreaking.”

    “You arrive from school one day and they are there. The next day you hurry back from school and they are gone. They would tell me what was happening and say, ‘We cannot give you anything except this opportunity.’ ”

    All she can remember are blurred patches of her childhood, scurrying from village to village for safety. Her parents bundled her and her younger sister along with rags, pots and pans as the children fled from the soldiers, who ransacked huts, killing and sexually assaulting those who resisted.

    “With time I began to understand. Fresh out of junior high I began hearing about and seeing the scars from all the atrocities,” she noted. By the time some women shuffled across the northern Thai border, they had been raped six to eight times. “They arrive with nothing,” Tong said. “You never forget their faces. So many women believe it was their fault and ask us if they had done anything wrong. We were traumatized just listening to them relive their horrors,” she added.

    One case that tore up Tong’s soul was that of Nag Hla, who was only 17 and six months pregnant when she escaped from her village of Laikha in 2002. She had been gang-raped from 10 in the morning until 4 that afternoon, Tong said, “her husband blindfolded and tied to a tree, close enough so he could hear” his wife’s screams. Hla set off on foot and delivered her premature infant alone.

    Thai government officials estimate that 3 million Burmese have taken up residence in Thailand over the years. Many who cross from Shan province, where Tong was born, find there are no refugee camps for them when they arrive, she said. Instead, they settle together or with Thai families as stateless, undocumented farmhands. Tong is active in organizing other women stationed along border passages to teach refugees about reproductive health.

    Tong became a global advocate at 17, when she went to Geneva in a delegation of seven Burmese to address the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in 1999. Before an audience that included members of the military regime, Tong shook as she spoke and broke down tearfully as she testified about the women she had met along the border.

    “I was lucky. I went to school,” she says now with measured gratitude. She began reading a newsletter on human rights violations from Shan province at an early age. “It game me more answers than I found in school and it inspired me to do something to help.”

  • http://justjared Felinelilly

    Wow another one? Thanks jared.

  • http://justjared Felinelilly


    If you’re around, I left you a reply on the last thread. :)

  • Thanks to Jared

    Jared is on a roll.
    Can’t keep up!

  • nice

    God, keep blessing and watching over the Jolie-Pitt family.

  • the oc fansite


  • soopx

    Thanks Jared ! I love seeing beautiful Angelina.

  • nice

    Brad’s wife looks gorgeous as usual.
    How come she never gets the puffy pregnant face most of us get?


    Go Angie.

  • sharon

    jared, you are spoiling us. Thanks for another new thread. Angie looks great.


    The answer to your question is good genes.

  • http://justjared Felinelilly

    Angie looks really beautiful. And she’s getting big! :)

  • BrangelinaFan

    As always, BEAUTIFUL. Simply BEAUTIFUL !!

  • http://........................ Ryan

    TO # 3

  • missouri girl

    # 15 nice @ 04/08/2008 at 2:00 pm Brad’s wife looks gorgeous as usual.
    How come she never gets the puffy pregnant face most of us get?

    …That is because she is tall, lanky and naturally skinny like me…oh and us brunettes are beautiful.

  • !

    She’s goooorgeous!!!

  • missouri girl

    high cheek bones, defined face……..we have so much in common…a good man and good kids, oh I could go on and on.

  • me


  • missouri girl

    And I get to stomp on Brads ol’ stomping grounds, caves, lakes and all….life is good……….

  • estelle

    Thank you JJ for 2 wonderful threads and Thank you Lady G for posting the article.

  • pete

    lovely!!!!!!! thanks jared

  • ~-B.e.l.l.e-`
  • cook


    …he has it now, and wait awhile so he can get it… maybe, just before you leave, he might have received it and read it…then, you can contact up top and request…maybe wait til tomorrow…I think he’s a student too…he might not get to it right away…NO shenanigans?…it’s just you…good enough?…who’s going home on dwts?…I watched the Yankees last night before and during the game…no, the coach could’ve called time-out during regulations but, he relied on the greatness his players had been giving him all season…of course free throws could’ve helped and good coaching works too which wasn’t the case here at the end…we agree to disagree…I love you waayy too much…what can I do…

  • T&L

    Angelina looks stunning – I’m hoping someone releases a video of the awards – specially as it pertains to Angelina handing Marianne hers.

  • lol

    is it just me it see that Mrs Jolie Pitt is pregnant with twins

    this is from perezhilton:
    Spotted: Angelina Jolie with her boys, Maddox and Pax, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in D.C. on Monday.

    Mrs. Pitt goes to Washington!

  • Shar

    God, i wished i looked that good when i was Pregnant!! She is truely Sexy pregnant!!!

  • !

    Oh come on, play nice, just dont bother about the haters!
    Nice and Sasha: Angie did in fact get puffy- but during the last month before she gave birth, I’m so jealous lol

  • Shar

    missouri girl , u are hilarious. Thanks for the laugh, girl :)

  • Mrs. Smith

    Jared, you’re really making this a great morning. Thank you.

    It must have been quite an incredible evening with all these incredible women at such an event. Way to go Angie! She has the sexiest bump ever.

  • T&L

    I’m not sure if this was posted or not so here it goes just in case:,,20189484,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines-yahoobuzz

    Chalk up another tip of the hat to Brad Pitt and Ellen Degeneres: the Make It Right Web site on which they appear in support of rebuilding New Orleans is one of the nominees for the Webby Awards, in the activism category.

    The two join a host of other names – both familiar and un- – in more than 100 categories in the running for what are widely considered the Oscars of the Web. Now in their 12th year, the Webby Awards recognize excellence on the Internet, including Web sites, online film and video, interactive advertising and mobile Web sites.

  • angel

    i love angie,but is amazing how trolls are first in the thread,angie is so very beautiful,am sure she had a good time with BFF mariane

  • soopx

    Angelina is so graceful and gorgeous.

  • original jpf

    Gorgeous, courages, amazing, and I’m talking about Angelina and Mariane. So in awe of Mariane and I’m so happy that these two women found a bond and a true friendship.

    I just bought AMH and will be seeing it for the first time and so this is very cool seeing them together here.

    Thanks JJ


  • piper, with a low

    Wow… Angelina looks exquisite!

    And Marianne is absolutely lovely too.

  • bampzs#1

    Angie looks absolutely GORGEOUS!!
    I love her dress.

  • T&L

    To vote for the MIR website you can go here:

    in the dropdown menu [select nominees], select MIR and the site will take you to the voting screen…. you have to register [free] first and it only lets you vote once.


    Hey dear jj friends, i haven’t written in a while, but i just saw this great article about how angie and marianne met- its a jem!!! there is also a great relaxed picture of the two of them- their first meeting, they took their kids to an existential play- mad and addam were three!!! i love it
    - enjoy

  • http://justjared Felinelilly


    Ok, just took a look. So how does the forwarding work without him having to read people’s emails? Do I just write “forward to…” in the SUBJECT line/ box? I WAS going to wait until tomorrow or a little later anyway. Gotta give it some time.
    Where do you mean no shenanigans? Here or for real? Because I can’t keep you from living your life, lol. It’s like you said right? :)

    I don’t know who’s going home on DWTS, I’m thinking Adam Corolla, he just can’t dance. And the judges baffle me. They’ll nitpick every little thing one week and score Adam and Marlee the same (can you tell me why? LOL), and forgive everything the next.

    I love you too, and we can always agree to disagree. :D

  • Anonymous

    She looks like a damned trollip in that stupid dress. Very overdressed and very wrongly dressed for the occasion. Hey Angelina – Washington DC ain’t Vegas.

  • Dancer

    Thanks JJ for the threads! You DO spoil us! AJ looks stunning!

  • Dancer

    #46 Anonymous–
    Wow, such ire. She is beautiful and she is a movie star so she is dressed for the occasion! Sorry you are so repressed and such a hater that you can’t see style and inner beauty when it is right before your eyes.

  • angel

    3=46,same coward,hiding behind the computer opening your smelly mouth to spread hate.idiots like you need to be locked up,far way from people

  • lovesangie

    Anonymous @ 04/08/2008 at 2:31 pm

    She looks like a damned trollip in that stupid dress. Very overdressed and very wrongly dressed for the occasion. Hey Angelina – Washington DC ain’t Vegas.


    Obviously, you’re just jealous. We’re all stunned by her and then you’re here saying that she’s wrongly dressed. What do you want her to wear?

  • alexkziel

    What a beautiful dress and Angie looks stunning.