Actress Drew Barrymore is now lobbying Congress for the UN World Food Program. Do Hollywood star-activists help bring attention to global problems, or do they get in the way of those who know what they're doing?

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Hollywood Stars Find an Audience For Social Causes

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William M. Gumede is a former deputy editor of The Sowetan, Johannesburg. He is the author of the bestselling Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC. His new book, The Democracy Gap: AfricaŹ¼s Wasted Years, will be released in the U.S. in May, 2009.

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Africa needs genuine friends. The danger is always that Africa will become a passing fad. Western leaders speak eloquently about the advantages of globalization, but the rules are stacked in favor of the West. Celebrities can do a great deal if they partner with Africans on issues Africans have identified themselves.

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