Jack Black’s “Red Nose Day” Filmed Segment Moved Us To Tears

By on May 22, 2015

We’re sure you’ve probably read or heard about the Red Nose Day movement by now, and it seems that NBC’s three-hour special last night did a good job of putting out the word in advance, but we thought this particular segment that aired with Jack Black — where he recalls spending the day with a homeless 12-year old Ugandan boy who sleeps in a landfill — was so moving that it deserved another look.

Jack Black wears a red nose alongside children in a slum in Uganda to raise awareness of kids living in poverty

As part of the Red Nose movement, the actor traveled to Uganda to meet kids living in poverty, and was deeply affected, breaking his public promise not to cry. He came back to the U.S. and was interviewed on the “Today” show, and you can read about it here.

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Here’s an excerpt:

The trip was an eye-opening experience for Black as he admits, “Spending time with these kids and their parents and just seeing how amazing they were as people really moved me the most. If I had gone over there and had just seen a bunch of victims that didn’t have any hope, it wouldn’t have been as powerful to me as seeing these kids that were so funny and talented and brilliant. And, I just was most blown away by the tragedy of the loss of potential. Here are these amazing people that I could see growing up and having amazing contributions to the world and that’s what really gave me the deep sense of urgency to help. These kids have magic in them. They’re hungry for education just as much as they are for food. It’s not just about survival; it’s also about nurturing something really special. That was my biggest takeaway in general and the thing that moved me the most. I hope that really shows in the films I made because when you can relate to a person that’s in trouble and you can see the potential there, I think you’re a lot more likely to lend a hand to someone.”

 

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“Red Nose Day,” began in Britain in 1988 to raise money for poverty-stricken children in the UK and Africa. The charity night has been an annual event in the UK for 30 years but is largely unknown in America, but this year, the fund-raiser became an NBC prime-time event,  hosted by Seth Meyers, David Duchovny and Jane Krakowski from New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom.

Red Nose Day is sponsored by Comic Relief UK, an organization founded after the 1985 Live Aid concert. (It helped inspire — but has no other relation to — the American telethon started by Bob Zmuda and long hosted by Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal.) The British event is held every two years. There are also Red Nose Days in Finland, Germany and Iceland.

According to the Red Nose Day website, as of this writing, they’ve raised more than £78 million (about $122 million at current exchange rates).

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Variety reported that NBC executive Paul Telegdy used to work for the BBC, which has aired Red Nose Day events since the late ’80s. He’s seen the power of the event in Britain for raising money for a good cause.

The money raised during Red Nose Day will help 12 charities and fund projects for children and young people living in poverty in the US, as well as in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The pre-selected charity partners are Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity: water; Children’s Health Fund; Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Fund; LIFT; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children and United Way.

You can help by making a donation by calling 844-446-6673 and or going here.

And if you’ve like to share about someone you know who is making a difference, and you’ve got a video you’d like us to see — something you think we’ll agree makes an “Impact” — we’d love to hear from you here at Night Flight. Drop us a comment below or get in touch, however you can.

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About Bryan

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide and a dozen other websites and zines, most of them long gone. He’s also worked for over twenty years at reissue record labels, and penned scads of liner notes -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He is now somewhat reclusive and bides his time quietly in his dusty Miracle Mile hermitage in Los Angeles, CA.