This blog, brought to you by UPP Studios, discusses notoriety, and how it gives people a a means of instigating change. With great power, comes great responsibility. There are clearly many people within the entertainment industry that feel a sense of responsibility when it comes to public issues. While there are a multitude of problems in our world, (from the environment to social injustices), celebrities tend to choose one thing to focus on, in a dedicated effort to make the world a better place. Leonardo DiCaprio, for instance, has become one of the major faces in the effort to combat global warming, starting a foundation to combat the damage being done to our environment. DiCaprio has not only traveled the world, speaking on the issue, but he also recently used his oscar acceptance speech as a platform for awareness, addressing the issue, making it a household topic of conversation and hopefully instigating change. Angelina Jolie has become a major human rights activist that has traveled to countless countries, pushing for awareness that results in instigating change. U2 lead singer Bono probably has the most notoriety when discussing celebrities who used their status ultimately instigating change for the better in the world. He has travelled to places like Ethiopia, Nicaragua and El Salvador, not only shining a light on conflicts in those areas, but also starting education programs that encompass hygiene and health as well. Jesse Williams just received a humanitarian award from BET, and he used his acceptance speech as a platform for awareness, addressing the state of racism and oppression that exists within our country, demanding a switch in perspective. Some notorious individuals choose to be the voice of issues they are directly effected by like Jesse Williams, while others choose to be the voice for those that don't have one, like Angelina Jolie and others.