As if we didn’t love LeVar Burton enough already.
The “Reading Rainbow” host, who’s quite possibly the greatest storyteller of our generation, read Adam Mansbach’s children’s book, Go The Fuck To Sleep, for a crowd of adults during Rooster Teeth‘s 24 Hour Extra Life stream. During the stream, more than $240,000 was raised for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, in which LeVar’s performance helped to contribute. Keep reading »
It’s been only one day since LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdsource funds to reboot iconic children’s show “Reading Rainbow” and he’s already hit over $2 million, twice his original goal. In the video above, watch LeVar — aka Geordi LaForge from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” — tearfully react to hitting $1 million:
“I am overwhelmed. Thank you so much. This is going to enable us to really, really do a lot of good. I am so proud that this community has come together to support this effort and it’s a people’s thing. It’s the $5, it’s the $10, it’s the $25, it’s the $1 pledges and it’s unbelievable. Or actually, it’s very believable. Thank you do much. We are literally changing the world, one children’s book at a time.”
So so so awesome. I am not embarrassed to say that if “Reading Rainbow” does indeed hit our television screens again, I’ll be watching from time to time too. [YouTube]
Last weekend, I was in a bar with five friends and we were talking about the television shows we loved when we were kids. Somehow, we all started singing the “Reading Rainbow” theme song in our corner booth. Heads turned as we belted out, “Take a look/It’s in a book/A reading rainbow/I can go anywhere …” But we didn’t stop—we are all proud former Rainbowheads. So imagine my surprise today when I saw that LeVar Burton, the actor from “Roots” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation Actor” turned the star/executive producer of “Reading Rainbow,” announced via Twitter that a reboot of the show could be in the works. “You heard it here first,” he said. “Reading Rainbow 2.0 is in the works! Stay tuned for more info. But, you don’t have to …” Keep reading »