Rocker Steven Tyler served up turkey and a helping of advice on Thanksgiving at a substance abuse treatment center for women in Boston, reports The Associated Press.

Tyler, front man for Aerosmith, shared his own struggles with drugs and alcohol with the two dozen residents of Women’s Hope.

“If I can just tell them how good it is for me now, and that it is possible … then I’ve done my job,” said Tyler, who lives in the Boston area.

The singer, who has been clean for nearly 20 years, describes himself as “a living example” that addictions can be conquered.

“Letting go and letting God really does work,” Tyler told the women.

His words inspired Shannon Holland, who is enrolled in the 28-day residential program.

“It was a surprise to all of us,” Holland said of Tyler’s visit, “and I think all of us are really excited that somebody cares so much enough to stop by the house and do this for us.”

Meanwhile, Mariah Carey got into the true spirit of Thanksgiving by volunteering her time at the True Worship Church in New York, reports

Working in conjunction with the nonprofit organization Fresh Air Fund, the pop diva gave a little something back to the community by hosting a special three-hour Thanksgiving dinner.

With her hair tied up in a bun, Carey was all smiles as she served up plates of roast turkey, stuffing and vegetables to inner-city children and their families at the Brooklyn church. After the meal, she took time to pose for pictures and chat with the children.

Stars in Los Angeles were also getting into the holiday spirit. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Melissa Joan Hart – of “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch” fame – lent a hand in feeding the homeless at the Los Angeles mission’s annual Thanksgiving dinner. They were part of a crew of volunteers who helped serve more than 3,000 meals to less fortunate locals.


Buckingham Palace has termed “irresponsible” newspaper reports that a kidnapping threat forced Britain’s Prince Harry to cut short a trip to a polo pony farm in Argentina, reports ABC News.

A spokesman for Harry, son of heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, played down front page reports in most British newspapers that armed police foiled a plot to kidnap the young prince.

“I have seen the headlines. It is just hugely irresponsible,” the royal spokesman said, declining to categorically deny the stories. “We never comment on security matters,” he added.

Harry, third in line to the throne, arrived back in Britain early Friday and made no comment to waiting reporters.

The Times trailed the story on its front page with the banner headline: “Kidnap threat forces Prince Harry home.”

Citing the Argentine newspaper Pagina 12, the Times said a murder suspect in the local underworld tipped off the Argentine government about a plot to kidnap the prince. The Times report said 15 armed officers were sent to patrol the ranch, in Lobos in the Pampa region, 60 miles southwest of the capital Buenos Aires.


With World AIDS Day approaching Wednesday, singer/songwriter Alicia Keys is calling upon her peers in the music industry to raise their voices to help millions suffering from AIDS in Africa, reports Billboard Online.

“Just for a moment, imagine the media hysteria and global outrage if 25 million Americans, many of them children, died from a treatable disease because the medicine was too costly,” Keys writes in the Dec. 4 issue of Billboard. “Imagine if another 42 million people were infected and had no hope of paying for lifesaving treatment. … This is exactly what is happening throughout sub-Saharan Africa.”

Keys, who recently traveled to Africa, points out that UNAIDS estimates 100 million will be infected with AIDS by the end of this decade. She also notes that fewer than 1 percent of Africans with AIDS have access to antiretroviral treatment that has greatly improved the lives of those inflicted in Western countries.

“The disease is more than a humanitarian catastrophe; it is a moral crisis that is beginning to destroy whole countries,” she continues. “I believe this should be as important as the war on terrorism; as important as rebuilding impoverished countries like Afghanistan or Iraq; as important as peace in the Middle East. This should be as important as if our own daughters and sons were dying.”

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