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A Nurse At A Hospital Dressed Infants In Crocheted Red Sweaters And Blue Sneakers To Honor Mister Rogers.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood thanks to one nurse at a Pittsburgh hospital. 

Earlier last week, on November 13th, the world celebrated in World Kindness Day and so did a troop of newborns at Pittsburgh’s UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital after a registered nurse created outfits for the infants and dressed them up in the iconic red sweater and blue sneakers look worn by Pittsburgh’s very own Fred Rogers.

Newborns at the UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital were dressed in crocheted red sweaters and blue sneakers to honor Mister Rogers.

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Pechin worked hours on her project to knit the sweaters for the newborns. Speaking to Good Morning America, Pechin said “It’s more just something I do for fun. I really enjoy making things for all the babies because they look so cute in them.”

In an interview with GMA about the hospital’s sweet celebration of Mister Rogers and the newborns, Kristen Lewandowski and her husband, Michael described the celebration as “really special.” “It was just a really special thing to see the red sweater and the shoes and to know that they were both knitted by one of the nurses in the hospital,” Kristen Lewandowski told “GMA.”

According to their interview with GMA the Lewandowski’s said that seeing their child in a red cardigan was particularly special because they had grown up watching “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

“When I was little I watched ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ with my grandmother, my grandma Mary, who we named our [daughter] Mary after,” Michael Lewandowski said.

The event was made to be even more special when Mrs. Joanne Rogers, late Mister Rogers’s wife, also appeared at the event to welcome the newborns into the world and honor her husband.

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Joanne Rogers, Fred Rogers’ widow, is a concert pianist who met her late husband while the two attended Rollins College. The twofer married in 1952 and was married for 50 years until he died in 2003 of stomach cancer. 

“She was so sweet and so sincere and just wished us the best of luck as new parents,” Kristen Lewandowski told GMA, “and just told us to support one another and we thought that was great advice.”

For the special occasion, Joanne Rogers is reported to have worn an old sweater that belonged to her husband. Fans of the “Mister Rogers Neighborhood” series will remember that Fred Rogers’s red cardigans were an iconic part of his show and he often wore cardigans as part of his look. In the original series that debuted in 1962 and ended in 2001. Rogers could be seen in every episode greeting his audience while singing the show’s theme song and changing from a suit jacket to a cardigan. 

For her visit to the hospital, Joanne Rogers was serenaded to the beloved song “It’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood” by the hospital staff and employees. According to GMA, the hospital’s nurses and staff wore T-shirts that looked like red sweaters.

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Here’s Who We Want to Play Legendary Cuban-American Triple-Threat Sammy Davis Jr. In His Upcoming Biopic

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Here’s Who We Want to Play Legendary Cuban-American Triple-Threat Sammy Davis Jr. In His Upcoming Biopic

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Looks like Sammy Davis Jr. is finally getting his place in the sun. On Wednesday, Variety announced that MGM will be producing a biopic about the Cuban-American triple threat. The prolific writer and actor Lena Waithe will be co-producing. The script will be based off of Davis Jr.’s daughter’s biography: “Sammy Davis Jr.: My Father”.

According to reports, the movie will take a close look at the legendary singer’s later life and his relationship with his daughter. It will also give us a peak into Davis Jr.’s younger days, showing us flashbacks from his time as a “child prodigy” to a “global superstar”.

For those who are unfamiliar with Sammy Davis Jr., he was an immensely popular star of ’50s and ’60s. He was what some people would call the original “triple threat”–he could dance, sing, and act. And he did all three excellently.

Throughout his life, he would lie and say his Cuban-born mother, Elvera Sanchez, was of Puerto Rican descent. Later he admitted that he did this because he was afraid that the prevailing anti-Cuban sentiment in the wake of the Cuban missile crisis would have hurt his career.

But Sammy Davis Jr. was perhaps most known for being a member of the legendary “Rat Pack”–a powerful group of Hollywood hotshots that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. Their collective power and raucous Vegas stays made them living legends in their time.

But beneath the fortune and fame, Davis Jr. struggled with internal demons. He was of a victim of the brutal racism of the entertainment industry, as well as his unrelenting health and addiction problems. He eventually died in 1990 at the age of 64 due to cirrhosis.

We hope that the upcoming movie does Sammy Davis Jr.’s story justice! Here are the actors we would love to see fill the very talented shoes of the Afro-Cubano star.

Jharrel Jerome

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Jharrel Jerome took the world by storm when he portrayed the wrongly accused Korey Wise in “When They See Us”. His performance was so moving that he won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series. We’d love to see this gifted Dominican performer try his hand at playing Sammy. It also doesn’t hurt that he has a music career too.

Miguel

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Miguel captured our hearts long ago with his powerful but soothing vocals. We fell in love with him even more when the Mexican-American singer sang “Remember Me” at the 2018 Oscars. Plus, he’s acted before. So you know he’s no rookie.

Kid Cudi

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You may know Kid Cudi mostly as a hip-hop artist, but this rapper of Mexican descent also has a successful acting career. We also know that he would be able to tap into the pain and struggle of Davis Jr’s inner turmoil.

Elijah Kelley

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Elijah Kelley is an immensely multi-talented singer-actor who you may know from hits like “Hairspray” and “The Butler”. He isn’t Afro-Latino (which we would love to see), but he’s a phenomenal singer and dancer. And he even looks a bit like Sammy Davis Jr!

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This 12-Year-Old MENSA Member Is Starting His Sophomore Year of College But Stays Humble— ‘I Just Grasp Information Quickly’

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This 12-Year-Old MENSA Member Is Starting His Sophomore Year of College But Stays Humble— ‘I Just Grasp Information Quickly’

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Twelve-year-old Caleb Anderson has a head on his shoulder that’s steering him towards a bright and brilliant future. Most kids Anderson’s age are diving headfirst into their 7th-grade year, he on the other hand is headed to college.

Back to college that is.

Anderson is currently enrolled at Chattahoochee Technical College as a sophomore.

From Marietta, Georgia, he’s on track to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering in two years. Speaking to CBS News for an interview the pre-treen remains humble and chalks up his success to being quick.

“I’m not really smart,” Caleb explained in his interview with the outlet. “I just grasp information quickly. So, if I learn quicker, then I get ahead faster.”

When it comes to pursuing his education, Anderson has his eyes set on a greater prize than just earning his bachelor’s degree. The 12-year-old is intent on heading off to Georgia Institute of Technology or the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. He’s hoping to eventually wind up with an internship at Tesla working for SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

“When I was like 1, I always wanted to go to space,” Anderson said in a separate interview with USA Today. “I figured that aerospace engineering would be the best path.”

Just twelve and Anderson has made quite a few other accomplishments.

At just 9 months old he learned how to do American Sign Language began reading just a few months later. “I have this distinct memory of going to a first-grade class and learning there, and everyone was way taller than me, because, you know, I was 2,” he explained to USA Today. “I could barely walk!”

According to his interviews, Anderson began solving math equations by the time he reached his second birthday and qualified for MENSA at just 3 years old. MENSA is the largest and oldest high IQ society across the globe. The non-profit organization is open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized intelligence test. Members have included the likes of Geena Davis, Nolan Gould of “Modern Family,” and Joyce Carol Oates.

Explaining what it is like to raise a genius, Anderson’s father Kobi WKYC that he realized his kid was special when he began to speak to other parents.

“As we started to interact with other parents, and had other children, then we started to realize how exceptional this experience was because we had no other frame of reference,” Kobi explained. “He has far surpassed me in math, so I can’t help him anymore. Seriously! He’s in calculus two now!”

When it comes to her son, Anderson’s mother says that she hopes other parents see him as an example and that he inspires other Black children.

“I think people have a negative perspective when it comes to African-American boys,” she explained. “There are many other Calebs out there… African-American boys like him. From being a teacher — I really believe that. But they don’t have the opportunity or the resources.”

Check out Anderson’s interview below!

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