Radar magazine hosted the first annual New Radicals Awards on December 4th, honoring the most unique in pop culture. The New Radical Awards celebrates the achievements of those “other” stars that maybe aren’t on the cover of Vogue or even well known in every household, but have something to say.
The New Radicals included actress/comedian Kathy Griffin (“My Life on the D-list”), musician Spankrock (aka Naeem Juwan), actor Jesse Eisenberg(“The Squid and the Whale”), actress Candis Cayne (ABC’s “Dirty, Sexy Money”), actress/comedian Kristen Schaal (HBO’s “Flight of the Concords”), director Craig Brewer (“Hustle & Flow” and “Maggie Lynn”), author Shalom Auslander (“Foreskin’s Lament”), producers World of Wonder – Fenton Bailey and Randy Borbato (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”).
And this wasn’t just all fun and games, both the gala and silent auction benefited the International Fund For Animal Welfare. When Radar’s Editor-In-Chief, Maer Roshan, was asked why the International Fund For Animal Welfare was chosen, he said, “As the world’s leading animal welfare group, they’ve been instrumental in changing the way we view animals. When it was founded 40 years ago, the idea that pets and people might have common interests was nuts. Today, Leona Helmsley’s dog, Trouble, has $12 million and his own chauffeur.” Muscian, Spankrock added, “I appreciate all life, so hopefully we can continue to preserve all wildlife. Anyway we can preserve our natural resources means a lot to me.”
Well, I’m impressed. Radar, in the spirit of honoring others, I hope you will accept the Parrish Kick-Ass Award for doing something a little different and keeping it real in the name of Mama Earth!